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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Jobs Number 1, 2, 3…

Once you’ve installed Windows 8, you can start using the computer however you like. But if you’re smart, you’ll make these tasks your first order of business:

  • Transfer files from your old computer (see Windows Easy Transfer).

  • Download Windows Essentials, the free Microsoft software suite that includes excellent programs for managing mail, photos, blog pages, and more (Windows Essentials).

  • Put the Desktop tile in the upper-left corner of the Start screen. From now on, you can jump to the desktop from anywhere by pressing the key and then Enter in rapid succession.

  • Restore the Start menu (Return of the Start Menu).

  • Add users. That means adding accounts to a PC that will be used by more than one person, as described in Chapter 24.

  • Eliminate TileWorld, if you like (Restoring the Real Start Menu).

  • Turn on Windows Defender. If you have a new PC, and it came with a trial version of antivirus software like Norton or McAfee, you’d be wise to mutter, “But Windows 8.1 comes with its own antivirus software!”

Well done! Now uninstall the trialware and turn on Windows Defender (Deleting Notes).

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