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Windows 8 In Depth

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Windows 8 In Depth

Do more in less time!

Experienced with Windows? Don’t let Windows 8 make you feel like a beginner again! This book is packed with intensely useful Windows 8 knowledge you won’t find anywhere else. Full of new tips and shortcuts, it’s the fastest, best way to master Windows 8’s full power, get comfortable with its radically different interface, and leverage its new tools for everything from business to video, security to social networking!

•        Take a quick guided tour of everything that’s new in Windows 8

•        Survive without the Start menu

•        Navigate the new Windows 8 interface (and customize it to make yourself more comfortable)

•        Learn hidden shortcuts you’d never find on your own

•        Quickly locate and use files, media, apps, websites, and management tools

•        Set up your Web connection, and discover Internet Explorer 10’s latest improvements

•        Get comfortable with Windows 8’s built-in apps, from Calendar and Finance to Weather and Windows Store

•        Save time by monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn through one unified app

•        Make the most of Windows 8’s supercharged media and imaging tools

•        Profit from Windows 8’s built-in support for business presentations

•        Maximize the performance and efficiency of hardware, storage, and software

•        Protect yourself from viruses, spyware, data theft, fraud, spam, hackers, and snoops

•        Use SkyDrive to access your data from anywhere—and use Remote Desktop to access your computer, too

•        Get even more power with Windows 8’s command-line interface

•        Use Hyper-V to run other operating systems alongside Windows 8

•        Troubleshoot the most common Windows 8 problems—and the toughest ones

In Depth offers:

• Comprehensive coverage, with detailed solutions

• Breakthrough techniques and shortcuts that are unavailable elsewhere

• Practical, real-world examples with nothing glossed over or left out

• Troubleshooting help for tough problems you can’t fix on your own

• Outstanding authors recognized worldwide for their expertise and teaching style

• Quick information via sidebars, tips, reminders, notes, and warnings

In Depth is the only tool you need to get more done in less time!

CATEGORY: Windows Operating System

COVERS: Microsoft® Windows 8

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. About the Authors
  6. Dedication
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. We Want to Hear from You!
  9. Reader Services
  10. Introduction
    1. Welcome
    2. Why This Book?
    3. How Our Book Is Organized
    4. Conventions Used in This Book
      1. Text Conventions
      2. Special Elements
  11. Part I. Starting Out with Windows 8
    1. 1. Meet Windows 8
      1. An Overview of Windows 8
        1. Should I Get Windows 8?
        2. Windows 8 Versions
        3. Upgrading Windows
      2. What’s New in Windows 8?
        1. A Tale of Two Windows: The Start Screen Versus the Desktop
        2. Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me!
        3. Windows 8 Apps
        4. Charmed, I’m Sure
        5. Online User Accounts
        6. File Explorer Ribbon
        7. The Windows Store
        8. Management Tools
        9. Installation and Setup
        10. Storage Spaces
        11. Improved Web Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
        12. Faster Startup
        13. Secure Boot
        14. Integrated Cellular Data Connections
      3. Life Without the Start Menu
    2. 2. Installing or Upgrading Windows 8
      1. Windows 8 System Requirements
        1. Processor Requirements
        2. Memory Requirements
        3. Storage Requirements
        4. Graphics Requirements
        5. Hardware Requirements for Various Windows 8 Features
      2. Preparing Your System: A Checklist
        1. Check Your System Requirements
        2. Back Up Your Files
        3. Clean Up Your Hard Disk
        4. Check and Defragment Your Hard Disk
        5. Create a System Image Backup and a System Repair Disc
      3. Installing Windows 8
      4. Upgrading to Windows 8
        1. Upgrading from Windows 7
        2. Upgrading from Windows Vista
        3. Upgrading from Windows XP
        4. Running the Upgrade
      5. Dual- (and Multi-) Booting Windows 8
        1. Dual-Booting Windows 8
        2. Multi-Booting with Three or More Operating Systems
        3. Using Windows Boot Manager
      6. Customizing the Boot Configuration Data
        1. Using Windows Boot Manager to Modify the BCD
        2. Using Startup and Recovery to Modify the BCD
        3. Using the System Configuration Utility to Modify the BCD
        4. Using BCDEDIT to Customize the Startup Options
      7. Installing Windows 8 Components
    3. 3. Your First Hour with Windows 8
      1. The First Things to Do After Starting Windows 8
      2. A Quick Tour of Windows 8’s Important Features
        1. The Lock and Sign On Screens
        2. The Start Screen
        3. Windows 8–Style Apps (Don’t Call It Metro)
        4. Charmed, I’m Sure
        5. The Touch Tour
        6. Important Keyboard Shortcuts
        7. The Desktop, or Who Moved My Start Menu?
        8. Windows Explorer Is Now Called File Explorer
        9. Search Before You Look
        10. Getting to the Management Tools
      3. Setting Up User Accounts
        1. Microsoft Versus Local Accounts
        2. Create New Accounts
        3. Change Account Settings
        4. Before You Forget Your Password
        5. Just One User?
      4. Downloading Critical Updates
      5. Personalizing Windows 8
        1. Personalize Screen Settings
        2. Tune Up the Taskbar
        3. Important Adjustments and Tweaks
      6. Transferring Information from Your Old Computer
        1. Windows Easy Transfer
      7. How the Heck Do I Shut This Thing Off?
      8. More Than You Wanted to Know
        1. After You Forget Your Password
        2. Using a Password Reset Disk
        3. Accessing the Real Administrator Account
        4. Configuring a Default User Profile
      9. If You’re Moving to Windows 8 from XP
        1. Control Panel Wordiness
        2. Where’s My Stuff? The User Profile Structure
        3. Compatibility and Virtualization
        4. User Account Control
        5. The New Taskbar
        6. Jumplists
  12. Part II. Using Windows 8
    1. 4. Using the Windows 8 Interface
      1. Taking a Tour of the Windows 8 Interface
        1. The App Bar
        2. The Charms Menu
      2. Navigating the Start Screen
        1. Navigating the Start Screen with a Mouse
        2. Navigating the Start Screen with a Keyboard
        3. Navigating the Start Screen with a Touch Interface
      3. Working with Running Apps
        1. Snapping an App
        2. Switching Between Running Apps
        3. Shutting Down an App
      4. Working with Notifications
      5. Searching via the Start Screen
      6. Customizing the Start Screen
        1. Resizing a Tile
        2. Moving a Tile
        3. Creating an App Group
        4. Turning Off a Live Tile
        5. Pinning a Program to the Start Screen
        6. Pinning a Website to the Start Screen
        7. Displaying the Administrative Tools on the Start Screen
        8. Adding Shutdown and Restart Tiles to the Start Screen
        9. Customizing the Start Screen Background
      7. Customizing the Lock Screen
        1. Customizing the Lock Screen Background
        2. Controlling the Apps Displayed on the Lock Screen
        3. Disabling the Lock Screen
      8. Bypassing the Start Screen
        1. Booting Directly to the Desktop
        2. Accessing Start Menu Items from the Taskbar
        3. Pinning a Program to the Taskbar
        4. Using Desktop Programs as the Defaults
    2. 5. Windows 8 Apps and the Windows Store
      1. The Windows 8 Apps
        1. Calendar
        2. Bing
        3. Camera
        4. Desktop
        5. Finance
        6. Internet Explorer
        7. Mail
        8. Maps
        9. Messaging
        10. Music
        11. News
        12. People
        13. Photos
        14. SkyDrive
        15. Sports
        16. Store
        17. Travel
        18. Video
        19. Weather
        20. Games
      2. Installing Apps from the Windows Store
      3. Uninstalling Windows 8 Apps
      4. Sharing Windows 8 App Data
    3. 6. Managing Files and Searching
      1. Understanding File Types
        1. File Types and File Extensions
        2. File Types and the Registry
      2. Navigating the Windows 8 Folder Windows
        1. Folder Navigation
        2. Instant Search
        3. The Ribbon
        4. The Navigation Pane
      3. Basic File and Folder Chores: The Techniques Used by the Pros
        1. Selecting Files with Check Boxes
        2. Resolving File Transfer Conflicts
        3. Expert Drag-and-Drop Techniques
        4. Taking Advantage of the Send To Command
        5. The Recycle Bin: Deleting and Recovering Files and Folders
        6. File Maintenance Using the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes
        7. Metadata and the File Explorer Property System
      4. Desktop Searching
        1. As-You-Type Searches with Instant Search
        2. Using Advanced Query Syntax to Search Properties
        3. Saving Searches
      5. Grouping and Filtering with Metadata
        1. Grouping Files
        2. Filtering Files
    4. 7. Devices and Printers
      1. Windows Printing Primer
      2. Installing and Configuring a Printer
        1. Adding a New Printer
        2. Installing a Local Printer
        3. If the Printer Isn’t Found
        4. What to Do If Your Printer Isn’t Listed
      3. Changing a Printer’s Properties
        1. Printing Preferences
        2. Printer Properties
        3. Print Server Properties
      4. Removing a Printer
      5. Printing from Your Applications
        1. Printing Offline
      6. Working with the Printer Queue
        1. Deleting a File from the Queue
        2. Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer
        3. Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process
      7. Advanced Printer Management
      8. XPS Print Output
      9. Faxing
    5. 8. Accessories and Accessibility
      1. A Boatload of Useful Tools
        1. Gadgets Are Gone
        2. Apps as Accessories
      2. Desktop Accessories
        1. Calculator
        2. Character Map
        3. Math Input Panel
        4. Notepad
        5. Paint
        6. Snipping Tool
        7. Steps Recorder
        8. Sticky Notes
        9. Sound Recorder
        10. Windows Journal
        11. WordPad
        12. XPS Viewer
      3. Accessibility Tools
        1. Ease of Access Center (in Control Panel)
        2. Ease of Access (in PC Settings)
        3. Magnifier
        4. Narrator
  13. Part III. Multimedia and Imaging
    1. 9. Windows Media Player
      1. Getting to Know Media Player
        1. Navigating the Library
        2. Customizing the Navigation Pane
        3. Syncing Media Devices
      2. Playing Media Files
      3. Setting Media Player’s Playback Options
      4. Copying Music from an Audio CD
        1. Selecting a Location and Filename Structure
        2. Choosing the Recording File Format
        3. Specifying the Quality of the Recording
        4. Copying Tracks from an Audio CD
      5. Copying Tracks to a Recordable CD or Device
        1. Creating a Playlist
        2. Recording to a CD or Device
      6. Streaming Your Media Library
    2. 10. Windows Media Center
      1. Windows 8 and Windows Media Center
      2. Media Center Hardware Requirements
      3. Connecting Your PC to Other Media Devices
      4. Touring the Windows Media Center Interface
      5. Some Useful Media Center Techniques
        1. Rating Pictures via the Keyboard
        2. Setting Up a Custom Slide Show
        3. Setting Parental Controls
        4. Media Center Keyboard Shortcuts
        5. Archiving Recorded TV on Your Network
    3. 11. Windows and Imaging Devices
      1. Connecting Imaging Devices
        1. Testing an Installed Scanner
        2. Configuring Device Events
      2. Accessing Media on a Memory Card
      3. Importing Photos from a Digital Camera
        1. Viewing Digital Camera Images
        2. Importing Digital Camera Photos
      4. Burning Photos to an Optical Disc
        1. Selecting an Optical Disc Format
        2. Burning a Mastered Disc
        3. Closing a UDF Session
        4. Burning a Live File System Disc
      5. Sending Photos to a Printer
    4. 12. Scanning and Faxing
      1. Introducing Windows Fax and Scan
        1. Installing Fax and Scanner Hardware
      2. Configuring the Fax Service
        1. Creating a Customized Cover Page
        2. Changing Fax Settings
      3. Sending Faxes from Windows Fax and Scan
        1. Select Recipients
        2. Select a Dialing Rule
        3. Select a Cover Page
        4. Enter Subject and Comment Text
        5. Add Other Documents to the Fax
        6. Add Scanned Pages
        7. Preview the Fax
        8. Send the Fax
        9. Monitoring Outgoing Faxes
      4. Receiving Faxes
        1. Printing Received Faxes Automatically
      5. Scanning Documents with Windows Fax and Scan
        1. Editing Scan Profile Defaults
        2. Creating a New Scan Profile
        3. Scanning Images
        4. Emailing and Faxing Scans
    5. 13. More Windows 8 Media Tools
      1. Controlling the Volume
        1. Controlling the Overall System Volume
        2. Controlling an Application’s Volume
        3. Determining the Devices That Appear in the Volume Control
        4. Balancing Your Headphones
        5. Equalizing the Volume
      2. Setting the Default Output Device
      3. Assigning Sounds to Events
      4. Recording Sounds with the Sound Recorder
        1. Setting Up the Microphone
        2. Recording a WMA File
      5. Controlling Your Computer with Speech Recognition
  14. Part IV. Windows 8 and the Internet
    1. 14. Getting Connected
      1. Going Worldwide
      2. Connection Technologies
        1. Analog Modem
        2. ISDN
        3. DSL
        4. Cable Modem
        5. Satellite Service
        6. Wireless and Cellular Service
        7. Choosing a Technology
        8. Choosing Equipment
      3. Installing a Modem for Dial-Up Service
      4. Configuring a Dial-Up Internet Connection
        1. Creating a New Dial-Up Connection
        2. Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties
      5. Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection
        1. Hanging Up a Dial-Up Connection
      6. Installing a Network Adapter for Broadband Service
        1. Installing Filters for DSL Service
      7. Configuring a High-Speed Connection
        1. Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection
        2. Setting Up Dynamic IP Addressing (DHCP)
        3. Setting Up a Fixed IP Address
      8. Changing the Default Connection
      9. Managing Multiple Internet Connections
    2. 15. Using Internet Explorer 10
      1. Understanding Web Page Addresses
      2. Tips and Techniques for Better Web Surfing
        1. Taking Advantage of the Address Bar
        2. Creating a Shortcut to a URL
        3. Working with Tabs
        4. Using the Handy History List
      3. Searching the Web
      4. The Favorites Folder: Sites to Remember
        1. Adding a Shortcut to the Favorites Folder
        2. Opening an Internet Shortcut from the Favorites Folder
        3. Maintaining Favorites
        4. Sharing Favorites with Other Browsers
      5. Working with RSS Feeds
        1. Subscribing to a Feed
        2. Reading Feeds
        3. Setting the Feed Update Schedule
      6. Customizing Internet Explorer
        1. Controlling the Web Page Cache
        2. Setting Internet Explorer Options
        3. Changing the Home Page
        4. Configuring the Page History
        5. Setting More General Options
        6. Understanding Internet Explorer’s Advanced Options
    3. 16. Windows 8 Internet Communications
      1. Working with Email
      2. Setting Up Mail Accounts
        1. Specifying Basic Account Settings
        2. Setting the Default Account
        3. Specifying Advanced Account Settings
      3. Handling Incoming Messages
        1. Processing Messages
        2. Setting Read Options
      4. Sending Messages
        1. Taking Control of Your Messages
        2. Creating a Signature
        3. Setting Send Options
      5. Maintaining Mail
      6. Filtering Incoming Messages
      7. Finding a Message
        1. Simple Searches
        2. Advanced Searches
      8. Setting Up Social Networks with the People App
        1. Connecting to a Social Network
        2. Editing a Connection’s Settings
        3. Removing a Connection
    4. 17. Troubleshooting an Internet Connection
      1. It’s Great When It Works, But...
      2. Troubleshooting Step by Step
      3. Identifying Software Configuration Problems
        1. Troubleshooting a Cable or DSL Modem Connection
        2. Troubleshooting a LAN Connection
      4. Identifying Network Hardware Problems
      5. Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities
        1. ipconfig
        2. ping
        3. tracert
      6. Third-Party Utilities
        1. WhatIsMyIP
        2. Speed Check
        3. Reverse tracert
  15. Part V. Networking
    1. 18. Creating a Windows Network
      1. Creating or Joining a Network
      2. Planning Your Network
        1. Are You Being Served?
        2. When to Hire a Professional
      3. Choosing a Network and Cabling System
        1. 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
        2. 802.11n and 802.11g Wireless (Wi-Fi) Networking
        3. Phoneline and Powerline Networking
        4. 1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet)
        5. Mixed Networking
      4. Additional Networking Functions
        1. Printing and Faxing
        2. Providing Internet Connectivity
        3. Providing Remote Access
        4. Connecting to a Remote Network
      5. Installing Network Adapters
        1. Checking Existing Adapters
        2. Installing Multiple Network Adapters
      6. Installing Network Wiring
        1. Cabling for Ethernet Networks
        2. General Cabling Tips
        3. Wiring with Patch Cables
        4. Installing In-Wall Wiring
        5. Connecting Just Two Computers
        6. Connecting Multiple Switches
      7. Installing a Wireless Network
        1. Wireless Network Setup Choices
        2. Setting Up a New Wireless Network
        3. Getting Maximum Wireless Speed
      8. Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network
        1. Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol
        2. Enabling and Disabling Sharing
        3. Setting Your Computer Identification
        4. Configuring Windows Firewall
        5. File and Printer Sharing Without a Router
        6. Setting Up a Homegroup
        7. Alternatives to Using a Homegroup
        8. Wrapping Up
      9. Joining a Windows Domain Network
      10. Bridging Two Network Types
    2. 19. Connecting Your Network to the Internet
      1. Sharing an Internet Connection
      2. Ways to Make the Connection
        1. Managing IP Addresses
        2. NAT and Internet Connection Sharing
        3. Special Notes for Wireless Networking
        4. Special Notes for Cable Service
      3. Configuring Your LAN
        1. Scheme A—Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Dial-Up Connection
        2. Scheme B—Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Broadband Connection
        3. Scheme C—Connection Sharing Router with a Broadband Connection
        4. Using Universal Plug and Play
        5. Scheme D—Cable Internet with Multiple Computers
        6. Scheme E—Routed Service Using a Router
      4. Making Services Available
        1. Enabling Access with Internet Connection Sharing
        2. Enabling Access with a Sharing Router
    3. 20. Networking with Other Operating Systems
      1. Mix and Match with Windows and Macs
      2. Internetworking with Windows 7, Vista, and XP
        1. Setting TCP/IP as the Default Network Protocol
        2. Password Protection and Simple File Sharing
        3. Using Windows Vista and XP with a Homegroup
      3. Internetworking with UNIX and Linux
        1. Samba
        2. Samba Client Tools
        3. Samba Server Tools
      4. Internetworking with Macintosh
        1. Compatibility Issues
        2. Working with Mac OS X
      5. Installing Optional Network Components
      6. The Hosts File
    4. 21. Using a Windows Network
      1. Windows Was Made to Network
      2. Using Shared Folders in Windows 8
        1. Browsing Through a Homegroup
        2. Browsing a Network’s Computers
        3. Viewing a Computer or Shared Folder Directly Using Its UNC Path
      3. Searching the Network
        1. Searching for Files or Folders
        2. Searching for Computers
        3. Searching for Printers
        4. Searching Active Directory
      4. Security and File Sharing
        1. File Permissions and Networking
        2. Network Permissions
      5. Using Printers on the Network
        1. Using a Shared Printer
        2. Using Printers over the Internet with IPP
        3. Using UNIX and LPR Printers
        4. Using Other Network-Connected Printers
      6. Network Power User Topics
        1. Backing Up Your Computer over the Network
        2. Adding a Network Folder to a Library
        3. Sharing and Using an Entire Drive
        4. Understanding the Universal Naming Convention
        5. Mapping Drive Letters
        6. Mapping a Drive to a Subfolder
      7. Sharing Resources
        1. Sharing with a Homegroup
        2. Sharing the Public Profile Folder
        3. Sharing Your Own Folders in Place
        4. Sharing Folders Independently
      8. Sharing Printers
        1. Setting Printer Permissions
        2. Changing the Location of the Spool Directory
        3. Printer Pooling
      9. Managing Your Network
        1. Monitoring Use of Your Shared Folders
        2. Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line
    5. 22. Troubleshooting Your Network
      1. When Good Networks Go Bad
      2. Getting Started
      3. Troubleshooters and Diagnostic Tools
        1. The Network and Sharing Center
        2. Network
        3. Network Troubleshooters
        4. Windows Firewall
        5. Event Viewer
        6. Device Manager
      4. Testing Network Cables
      5. Checking Network Configuration
        1. ipconfig
        2. System
        3. Network Connections
      6. Testing Network Connectivity with ping
      7. Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems
  16. Part VI. Maintaining Windows 8
    1. 23. Windows Management Tools
      1. Managing Windows
      2. Controlling Windows 8 with Control Panel
        1. Touring the Control Panel Window
        2. Reviewing the Control Panel Icons
        3. Understanding Control Panel Files
        4. Easier Access to Control Panel
      3. Policing Windows 8 with Group Policies
        1. Understanding Group Policies
        2. Local Group Policy Editor and Windows Versions
        3. Launching the Local Group Policy Editor
        4. Working with Group Policies
        5. Group Policy Examples
      4. Configuring the Microsoft Management Console
        1. Reviewing the Windows 8 Snap-Ins
        2. Launching the MMC
        3. Adding a Snap-In
        4. Saving a Console
        5. Creating a Custom Taskpad View
        6. Controlling Snap-Ins with Group Policies
      5. Controlling Services
        1. Controlling Services with the Services Snap-In
        2. Controlling Services at the Command Prompt
        3. Controlling Services with a Script
        4. Making Windows Shut Down Services Faster
        5. Resetting a Broken Service
      6. Monitoring Performance
        1. Viewing Your Computer’s Performance Rating
        2. Monitoring Performance with Task Manager
        3. Using the Resource Monitor
        4. Using the Performance Monitor
    2. 24. Tweaking and Customizing Windows
      1. Working with the PC Settings App
        1. Changing Your User Account Picture
        2. Changing a Password
        3. Creating a Picture Password
        4. Customizing Notifications
        5. Customizing Search
        6. Synchronizing Your Settings Between Devices
      2. Customizing File Explorer
        1. Customizing the Ribbon
        2. Changing the View
        3. Viewing More Properties
        4. Turning On File Extensions
        5. Exploring the View Options
      3. Customizing the Taskbar for Easier Program and Document Launching
        1. Improving Productivity by Setting Taskbar Options
        2. Pinning a Favorite Program to the Taskbar
        3. Pinning a Destination to a Program’s Jump List
        4. Using the Windows Key to Start Taskbar Programs
        5. Taking Control of the Notification Area
        6. Displaying Multiple Clocks for Different Time Zones
        7. Displaying the Built-in Taskbar Toolbars
        8. Setting Some Taskbar Toolbar Options
        9. Creating New Taskbar Toolbars
    3. 25. Managing Hard Disks and Storage Spaces
      1. Dealing with Hard Disk Errors
        1. Hard Drive Health States
        2. Repairing a Drive Manually
      2. Checking Free Disk Space
      3. Deleting Unnecessary Files
      4. Defragmenting Your Hard Disk
        1. Running the Defragment and Optimize Drives Tool
        2. Changing the Optimization Schedule
        3. Changing Which Disks Get Defragmented
      5. Working with Storage Spaces
      6. Managing Your Disks
        1. Assigning a Different Letter to a Disk Drive
        2. Dividing Your Hard Drive into Two Volumes
        3. Creating a Spanned Volume
        4. Creating Mirrored Volumes
        5. Creating a RAID 5 Volume
      7. Working with Disk Files
        1. Mounting an ISO File
        2. Mounting a Virtual Hard Disk
        3. Creating a Virtual Hard Disk
    4. 26. Troubleshooting and Repairing Problems
      1. Troubleshooting Strategies: Determining the Source of a Problem
        1. Did You Get an Error Message?
        2. Does an Error or Warning Appear in the Event Viewer Logs?
        3. Does an Error Appear in System Information?
        4. Did You Recently Edit the Registry?
        5. Did You Recently Change Any Windows Settings?
        6. Did Windows 8 “Spontaneously” Reboot?
        7. Did You Recently Change Any Application Settings?
        8. Did You Recently Install a New Program?
        9. Did You Recently Install a New Device?
        10. Did You Recently Apply an Update from Windows Update?
      2. General Troubleshooting Tips
      3. More Troubleshooting Tools
        1. Running the Windows 8 Troubleshooters
        2. Running the Memory Diagnostics Tool
        3. Checking for Solutions to Problems
      4. Troubleshooting Startup
        1. Some Things to Try Before Anything Else
        2. Disabling Startup Programs
        3. Disabling Startup Services
        4. A Startup Troubleshooting Procedure
      5. Troubleshooting Device Problems
        1. Troubleshooting with Device Manager
        2. Troubleshooting Device Driver Problems
        3. Rolling Back a Device Driver
      6. Recovering from a Problem
        1. Accessing the Recovery Environment
        2. Navigating the Recovery Environment
        3. Booting Up in Safe Mode
        4. Automatically Repairing Your PC
        5. Recovering Using System Restore
        6. Refreshing Your PC
        7. Resetting Your PC
        8. Restoring a System Image
    5. 27. Managing Your Software
      1. Configuring and Managing Windows Update
        1. Configuring Automatic Updates
        2. Setting the Automatic Maintenance Schedule
        3. Checking for Updates
        4. Selecting Updates to Install
        5. Hiding and Restoring Updates
      2. Working with Third-Party Software
        1. Running Through a Pre-Installation Checklist
        2. Installing Software
        3. Opening the Programs and Features Window
        4. Changing a Software Installation
        5. Repairing a Software Installation
        6. Uninstalling Software
        7. Understanding Compatibility Mode
    6. 28. Managing Your Hardware
      1. Windows 8 and Hardware
      2. Viewing Your Devices
      3. Installing Devices
        1. Installing Plug and Play Devices
        2. Using Action Center to Complete a Device Install
        3. Installing a Bluetooth Device
      4. Running Windows 8 with Multiple Monitors
        1. Extending the Screen to a Second Monitor
        2. Duplicating the Screen on a Second Monitor
        3. Using Only the Second Monitor
        4. Multiple Monitors and the Windows 8 UI
        5. Setting the Multi-Monitor Desktop Background
        6. Configuring the Taskbar for Multiple Monitors
        7. Moving Up to Three Monitors
      5. Managing Your Hardware with Device Manager
        1. Controlling the Device Display
        2. Viewing Device Properties
        3. Showing Nonpresent Devices in Device Manager
      6. Working with Device Drivers
        1. Tips for Downloading Device Drivers
        2. Checking Windows Update for Drivers
        3. Updating a Device Driver
        4. Configuring Windows to Ignore Unsigned Device Drivers
        5. Write a Complete List of Device Drivers to a Text File
      7. Uninstalling a Device
      8. Working with Device Security Policies
    7. 29. Editing the Windows Registry
      1. What Is the Registry?
      2. How the Registry Is Organized
      3. New Registry Features
        1. Registry Virtualization
        2. Registry Redirection and Reflection
      4. Backing Up and Restoring the Registry
        1. Backing Up the Registry
        2. Restoring the Registry
      5. Using Regedit
        1. Viewing the Registry
        2. Searching in the Registry
        3. Editing Keys and Values
        4. Editing Registry Entries for Another User
        5. Editing Registry Entries for Another Windows Installation
        6. Editing Registry Security
      6. Other Registry Tools
        1. Registry Toolkit
        2. Registrar Registry Manager
        3. Tweak-8
      7. Registry Privileges and Policies
    8. 30. Command-Line and Automation Tools
      1. Command-Line Tools
      2. The Windows 8 Command Prompt Environment
        1. Changing Directories
        2. Saving Output
        3. The Search Path
        4. Running Commands with Elevated Privileges
        5. Cutting and Pasting in the Command Prompt Window
        6. Learning About Command-Line Programs
        7. Running GUI Programs from the Command Line
      3. Setting Environment Variables
        1. Setting the PATH Environment Variable
      4. The MS-DOS Environment
        1. Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application
        2. Issues with DOSKEY and ANSI.SYS
        3. Printing from MS-DOS Applications
      5. Batch Files
        1. Batch File Tips
      6. Windows Script Host
        1. Some Sample Scripts
      7. Windows PowerShell
      8. Task Scheduler
  17. Part VII. Security
    1. 31. Protecting Windows from Viruses and Spyware
      1. Avoiding Viruses and Spyware: The Basics
        1. First, a Few Simple Precautions
        2. Locking Your Computer
        3. Requiring Ctrl+Alt+Delete at Startup
      2. Checking Your Computer’s Security Settings
        1. Making Sure Windows Firewall Is Turned On
        2. Making Sure Windows Defender Is Turned On
        3. Making Sure User Account Control Is Turned On
        4. Making Sure the Administrator Account Is Disabled
      3. Understanding User Account Control (UAC)
        1. Elevating Privileges
        2. Configuring User Account Control
        3. User Account Control Policies
        4. Preventing Elevation for All Standard Users
      4. Enhancing Your Browsing Security
        1. Blocking Pop-Up Windows
        2. Adding and Removing Zone Sites
        3. Changing a Zone’s Security Level
        4. Protected Mode: Reducing Internet Explorer’s Privileges
        5. Total Security: Internet Explorer Without Add-Ons
      5. Understanding Internet Explorer’s Advanced Security Options
      6. Protecting Yourself Against Email Viruses
    2. 32. Protecting Your Data from Loss and Theft
      1. Preparing for Trouble
        1. Backing Up File Versions with File History
        2. Restoring a Previous Version of a File
        3. Setting System Restore Points
        4. Creating a Recovery Drive
        5. Creating a System Image Backup
        6. Creating a System Repair Disc
      2. Protecting a File
        1. Making a File Read-Only
        2. Hiding a File
      3. Setting Security Permissions on Files and Folders
        1. Assigning a User to a Security Group
        2. Assigning a User to Multiple Security Groups
        3. Assigning Standard Permissions
        4. Assigning Special Permissions
        5. Fixing Permission Problems by Taking Ownership of Your Files
      4. Encrypting Files and Folders
        1. Encrypting a Folder
        2. Backing Up Your Encryption Key
      5. Encrypting a Disk with BitLocker
        1. Enabling BitLocker on a System with a TPM
        2. Enabling BitLocker on a System Without a TPM
    3. 33. Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops
      1. It’s a Cold, Cruel World
        1. Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?
        2. Types of Attack
        3. Your Lines of Defense
      2. Preparation: Network Security Basics
      3. Active Defense
        1. Firewalls and NAT (Connection-Sharing) Devices
        2. Windows Firewall
        3. Packet Filtering
        4. Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing
        5. Add-on Firewall Products for Windows
        6. Secure Your Router
        7. Configure Passwords and File Sharing
        8. Set Up Restrictive Access Controls
      4. Testing, Logging, and Monitoring
        1. Test Your Defenses
        2. Monitor Suspicious Activity
      5. Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack
        1. Make a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online
        2. Make Frequent Backups When You’re Online
        3. Write and Test Server Restore Procedures
        4. Write and Maintain Documentation
        5. Prepare an Incident Plan
      6. Specific Configuration Steps for Windows 8
        1. Windows 8’s Security Features
        2. If You Have a Windows 8 Computer Without a LAN
        3. If You Have a LAN
        4. Keep Up to Date
        5. Tightening Local Security Policy
      7. Configuring Windows Firewall
        1. Enabling and Disabling Windows Firewall
        2. Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Firewall
        3. Change Notification Settings, Turn Windows Firewall On or Off
        4. Restore Defaults
        5. Advanced Settings
      8. More About Security
    4. 34. Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Spam
      1. Phishing for Information
        1. Common Types of Fraud
        2. Live Phish: A Real-World Example
        3. More Help from Internet Explorer
        4. Protecting Yourself on a Public Computer
        5. Two-Way Authentication
        6. Two-Factor Authentication
        7. Identity-Management Software
      2. Fighting Spam
        1. Protect Your Email Address
        2. Use Spam Filtering
        3. Avoid Spammers’ Tricks
      3. Take Action Against Email Abuse
        1. Whois Database
  18. Part VIII. Windows On the Move
    1. 35. Windows 8 on Mobile Devices
      1. Windows 8 on Tablets and Mobile Devices
        1. Windows RT Versus Windows 8
      2. Tablet Input Methods
        1. Touch Keyboard
        2. The On Screen Keyboard
        3. Multitouch Input and Gestures
        4. Pen and Stylus Input
      3. Configuring Touch and Pen Input
      4. Pen Flicks
      5. Using Handwriting Recognition
        1. Handwriting Gestures
        2. Training the Handwriting Recognizer
    2. 36. Wireless Networking
      1. Wireless Networking in Windows 8
        1. Types of Wi-Fi Networks
        2. Take Care When You Share
      2. Joining a Wireless Network
        1. In the Corporate Environment
        2. At Your Home or Small Office
        3. In Someone Else’s Home or Office
        4. At a Public Hot Spot
      3. Ad Hoc Networks and Meetings
      4. Managing Wireless Network Connections
        1. Changing Wireless Settings
        2. Setting Up Preferred Wireless Networks
        3. Adding a Network Manually
        4. Deleting Wireless Profiles
    3. 37. Computing on the Road
      1. Windows Unplugged: Mobile and Remote Computing
      2. Managing Mobile Computers
        1. Airplane Mode
        2. Windows Mobility Center
        3. Getting the Most Out of Your Battery
      3. VPN and Dial-Up Networking
        1. Virtual Private Networking
        2. Setting Up a VPN or Dial-Up Networking Connection
        3. Setting a VPN or Dial-Up Connection’s Properties
        4. Managing Dial-Up Connections from Multiple Locations
        5. Establishing a VPN or Dial-Up Connection
        6. Using Remote Network Resources
        7. Email and Network Connections
        8. Monitoring and Ending a VPN or Dial-Up Connection
        9. Advanced Routing for Remote Networks
      4. Incoming VPN and Dial-Up Access
        1. Setting Up VPN and Dial-Up Access
        2. Enabling Incoming VPN Connections with NAT
        3. Disabling Incoming Connections
      5. Offline Files
        1. Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use
        2. Using Files While Offline
        3. Sync Center
        4. Managing and Encrypting Offline Files
        5. Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others
      6. Multiple LAN Connections
    4. 38. Meetings, Conferencing, and Collaboration
      1. Windows 8 Plays Well with Others
      2. Making Presentations with a Mobile Computer
        1. Adjusting Presentation Settings
        2. Controlling An External Display
        3. Connecting to Network Projectors
      3. Remote Assistance
        1. Enabling Remote Assistance
        2. Requesting Remote Assistance
        3. Responding to an Assistance Request
        4. Working with Remote Assistance
        5. Using Third-Party Tools
      4. Online Meeting Tools
    5. 39. Remote Desktop and Remote Access
      1. Using Your Computer Remotely
      2. Setting Up Access to Your Own Computer
        1. Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer
        2. Establishing 24×7 Access
        3. Setting Up Dynamic DNS
        4. Configuring Port Forwarding
      3. Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop
        1. Using the Windows 8–Style Remote Desktop Client
      4. Using the Standard Remote Desktop Client
        1. Connection Options
        2. Using the Remote Connection
        3. Keyboard Shortcuts
      5. Third-Party Remote Control Tools
  19. Part IX. Appendixes
    1. A. Virtualization
      1. Windows 8 as a Host: Running Other Operating Systems Inside Windows 8
        1. Installing and Configuring Hyper-V
        2. Creating Virtual Machine Instances
        3. Running and Connecting to a VM
        4. Converting a Physical Computer to a VM
        5. Windows XP Mode Virtual Machines
      2. Windows 8 as a Guest: Running Windows 8 Inside Other Operating Systems
      3. Booting a VHD File on Hardware
    2. B. Command-Line Utilities
      1. Working with Disk Management Tools
        1. CHKDSK: Checking for Hard Disk Errors
        2. CHKNTFS: Scheduling Automatic Disk Checks
        3. DEFRAG: Defragmenting the System Drive
      2. Working with File and Folder Management Tools
        1. ATTRIB: Modifying File and Folder Attributes
        2. FIND: Locating a Text String in a File
        3. REN: Renaming a File or Folder
        4. REPLACE: Smarter File Copying
        5. SORT: Sorting the Contents of a File
        6. XCOPY: Advanced File Copying
      3. Working with System Management Tools
        1. REG: Working with Registry Keys and Settings
        2. SHUTDOWN: Shutting Down or Restarting the System
        3. SYSTEMINFO: Returning System Configuration Data
        4. TYPEPERF: Monitoring Performance
        5. WHOAMI: Getting Information About the Current User
      4. Working with Users, Groups, and Shares
        1. NET USER: Working with Users
        2. NET LOCALGROUP: Working with Groups
        3. NET USE: Mapping Folders
      5. Working with Network Troubleshooting Tools
        1. PING: Checking Connectivity
        2. TRACERT: Tracking Packets
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