Chapter 7. Networking, the Web, Wireless, and the Internet

Using a computer without the Internet is about as unthinkable as using a computer without a display or screen. The Internet has become thoroughly entwined in the way we compute. In fact, it has become so much a part of how we use technology that there no longer seems to be a dividing line between our computer and the vast resources of the Net and the Web. And increasingly, accessing the Internet means using wireless networking.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to hack all things related to the Internet—your home network, wireless technologies, Internet Explorer and other web browsers, and more. Whether you’re looking to replace your Windows 8 native Internet Explorer browser with something else, make Windows 8 play nice with your home network, hack Windows 8 wireless networking, get down and dirty with your home wireless router, speed up Web browsing, remotely control another computer, or more, you’ll find it all here.

Hack #67. Make the Desktop Version of Internet Explorer the Default Rather than the Windows 8 Native Version

Not a fan of the Windows 8 native version of Internet Explorer? Here’s a way to make the Desktop version the default browser—even when you’re using the Start screen interface.

There’s a good chance that you’ve been confused at times when using Internet Explorer in Windows 8, because there are two Internet Explorer apps—the Windows 8 native version and the Desktop version. The Windows 8 native version is more ...

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