Making yourself at home with Windows 8

Windows 8 Hacks

For some people, new operating systems promise stormy weather — and a rocky ride as users navigate through new ways to work with their PCs.

For savvy old computing salts, the trick might be finding as much familiar ground as possible in the new OS — even as they exploit new OS virtues.

Preston Gralla’s Windows 8 Hacks: Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops is for users who want to make Windows 8 work their way. Windows 8 is “eminently hackable,” says the book — which offers more than 100 ways to enhance security and hardware functions; speed up networking, browsing, and file synching; and generally improve other important computer services.

This month, all Windows Secrets subscribers can download an excerpt: Chapter 2, “Hacking the Start Screen, the Windows 8 Interface, and Apps,” and Chapter 3, “Hacking the Desktop.”

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Windows 8 Hacks: Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops

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Want to hack the new Start screen and tiles for your Win8 Device, the new Lock screen, the new tile-based apps, or the automatic notification information? Yes, you can do that. How about running other operating systems inside Windows 8, running Windows 8 on a Mac, or hacking SkyDrive and social media? We'll show you how to do that as well. Get this excerpt and other 5 bonuses if you subscribe now!

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