Working with Windows 8
- What you need to know about Win8 and Windows RT before you buy
- Your first hour with the new OS
- Simple steps for setting up Win8
- Customizing your new installation
- Understanding Win8’s File Explorer
- Essential keyboard shortcuts for working faster
There are many changes in Windows 8 that confuse even seasoned Windows users. In Volume 2, we begin with a discussion of Microsoft accounts. Like no version of Windows before it, Windows 8 is deeply tied to the Internet. Going forward, Windows users will have to have an MS account to download native Win8 apps from the Microsoft store, access SkyDrive-stored files online, and do other Web-connected tasks. Understanding Microsoft accounts tells you what‘s required and what’s optional.
Section 2 – Win8’s backup and restore tools – delves into the operating system’s two backup and restore systems. One is completely new; the other works almost identically to Win7’s system.
Section 3 offers some tips on Windows 8 oddities and how advanced users can make it work a bit faster.
The last section gives step-by-step instructions on setting up a dual-OS environment. Whether testing the new OS, providing a bullet-proof migration path, or simply staying in a multi-Windows world, Two ways to put Windows 7 and 8 on the same PC gives the pros and cons of virtual-machine and dual-boot strategies.
We hope you’ll find this ebook a valuable addition to your technology library.
Happy computing with Windows 8!
Table of Contents
Part 1: Before using Windows 8
- Understanding Microsoft accounts
- What, exactly, is a Microsoft account?
- How Windows 8 uses a Microsoft Account
- The hidden risks of Microsoft Accounts
- The choice depends on your security sensitivity
Part 2: Win8’s backup and restore tools
- Win8′s built-in, hidden, image/backup tool
- A no-reformat reinstall for Win8
- File History: Restoring previous versions
- Give Win8 access to older backup files
Part 3: Working with Win8’s idiosyncrasies
- Bypassing the Windows 8 sign-in password
- With Windows 8, “off” isn’t really off
- Finding Safe Mode in Windows 8 isn’t easy
- Tweaks for improving Win8 performance
- Apps that restore the Start menu
- Acquiring apps at the Microsoft Store
Part 4: Advanced topics
- Two ways to put Windows 7 and 8 on the same PC
- i. Living in a dual-Windows environment
- Part 1: Installing Windows 8 on a virtual machine
- Part 2: Setting up a Win7/Win8 dual-boot system