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Love it or hate it, Win8 is the future of Windows computing! Our two guides put together the key information you’ll need to smoothly transition to Microsoft’s new OS.
Windows 8 Guide, Volume 1: Getting started with Windows 8
This first volume covers the confusing differences between Windows 8 and Window RT – two operating systems that look and work in very similar ways, but have some extraordinarily important differences. Also we delve into the Windows 8 tiles, how to get the most out of File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer), and how to use standard keyboard controls to navigated Win8′s touch-centric interface.
We think you’ll find this concise reference useful, as you start to learn your way around Windows 8.
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Volume 1, covers 2 main topics:
- An introduction to Windows 8
- Customizing your new Win8 installation
Windows 8 Guide, Volume 2: Working with Windows 8
For this second Windows Secrets ebook on Microsoft’s newest operating system, we gathered the most useful stories from our archives on working with Windows. In this volume you’ll find out that 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. We have also delved into the operating system’s two backup and restore systems. Section 3 offers some tips on Windows 8 oddities and how advanced users can make it work a bit faster. Last but not least important you’ll find step-by-step instructions on setting up a dual-OS environment: Two ways to put Windows 7 and 8 on the same PC gives the pros and cons of virtual-machine and dual-boot strategies.
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Volume 2, Working with Windows 8, covers topics such as:
- Understanding Microsoft accounts
- Win8’s backup and restore tools
- Working with Win8’s idiosyncrasies
- Two ways to put Windows 7 and 8 on the same PC
Happy and safe computing!
— The editors of the Windows Secrets Newsletter