Using Windows 8

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-10
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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“Why learn different skills for each computing device you own? With Windows 8 on your PC, laptop, and tablet you avoid the confusion of moving from one GUI to another across your computing devices. Now you can sign in to each device with a Microsoft account, synchronize all your music, videos, photos, email, accounts, and other files wherever you go. The new Start Screen is the heart of the new Windows 8 GUI, and it consists of a mosaic of live tiles for launching apps. Live tiles also display active content, such as news feeds, weather, social networking alerts, and how many new email messages are waiting for you. Windows 8 has improved features for sharing and managing files, securing your computing devices, networking, and enjoying your music, video and photo collections. Start enjoying Windows 8 now!” Author, Jane Holcombe

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Windows 8Overview 1

What Is an Operating System andWhy Do You Need One? 2
Single-Purpose Computers without SeparateOperating Systems 2
Multipurpose Computers with Operating Systems 3
Functions of Operating Systems 3
Introducing Windows 8 9
Windows 8 New or Improved Features—the Short List 9
Windows 8 Versions and Editions 11
Support for Computers with Traditional ROM BIOS as Well asUEFI-Compliant Computers 14
Starting Up and Logging In to Windows 8 14
Starting Fresh in Windows 8 14
Starting Up Your Computer 15
Windows 8 Login/Sign In 15
Logging Off and Shutting Down Windows 8 17
Logging Off/Signing Out 18
Shut Down and Restart from the Start Screen 19
What Happens During Windows 8 Shut Down? 21
Sleep Versus Hibernate Power Options 21

CHAPTER 2 Navigating and Customizing theWindows 8 GUI 27

Navigating the Windows 8 GUI 28
Windows 8: The Natural User Interface 28
Anatomy of the Start Screen 29
Windows 8 Search 30
Corners and Edges 31
Switching Between Two GUIs 32
Opening the Desktop 32
Customizing Windows 8 33
Ease of Access 33
Power Tools 36
Disabling the Lock Screen 39
Customizing the User Account Picture 42
Windows 8 and Screen Resolution 44
Customizing the Start Screen Background 45
Personalizing the Desktop Background 45
Adding the Hibernate Option to the Power Button 46
Assigning Hibernate to a Laptop's Power Button 49
Managing Apps in Windows 8 50
The Windows Store 50
Updating Windows 8 Apps 50
The Apps Screen 51
Unpinning an App from the Start Screen 51
Pinning an App to the Start Screen 52
Pinning Apps to the Taskbar 52
Closing Open Apps 52
Uninstalling Apps and Removing Windows Components 53
Windows 8 Snap 55

CHAPTER 3 Windows 8 File Managementand Printing 59

Basic File Management in Windows 8 59
A File and Folder Primer 60
File Management from a Windows App 61
Basic File Management in File Explorer 67
Just Beyond Basic File Managementin Windows 8 78
Introduction to Windows 8 Libraries 78
Searching for Apps, Files, or Folders 83
Jump Lists 83
Inserting a Disc or Connecting an External Drive 84
What to Do about AutoPlay 85
Disconnecting an External Drive 86
Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8 86
Configuring File History for Backup 86
Changing File History Settings 87
Restoring a Deleted File 88
Working with Printers in Windows 8 91
Installing a Local Printer 91
Installing a Network Printer 92
Setting a Default Printer 93

CHAPTER 4 Windows 8Security 99

Threats to Privacy and Data 100
Computer Hardware Theft 100
Disasters, Big and Small 100
Social Engineering 101
Identity Theft 102
Exposure to Inappropriate or Distasteful Content 103
Invasion of Privacy 103
Misuse of Cookies 103
Stealing Passwords 104
Malicious Software 105
Web Browser Hijacking 109
Malware 109
Viruses 109
Worms 110
Botnets and Zombies 110
Spyware 110
Adware 110
Protecting Yourself 111
Education 111
Keeping Windows 8 Updated 111
Using Strong Passwords 112
Authentication and Authorization 112
Security Account Basics 113
User Account Control 117
Windows 8 Sign-in Options 119
Antivirus/Antispyware: Windows Defender 123
Using a Secure PDF Reader 126
Action Center 126
Create a Password Reset Disk 129
Recovery Control Panel 130
Recovering from Damage to Windows 132
Restore System Files and Settings to a Point in Time 132
Refresh Your PC 132
Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows 134

CHAPTER 5 Using Windows 8on a Network 139

Sharing Files and Printers in Windows 8 140
HomeGroups: Sharing Between Windows 7and Windows 8 Computers 140
Public Folders: Sharing Between Windows 8 Filesand Windows XP and Windows Vista 145
Web Browsing in Windows 8 146
The Web Browser Back Story 146
Internet Explorer 10 148
Configuring Browser Securityin Internet Options 160
Accessing Internet Options 160
The General Tab 160
The Security Tab 160
The Privacy Tab 163
The Content Tab 163
Using Email in Windows 8 165
Creating an Account in Windows 8 Mail 165
Adding Contacts to People 169
Creating and Sending Email 170

CHAPTER 6 Music, Video, and Picturesin Windows 8 177

Digital Media Basics 178
Digital Media Files 178
Why Buy Media Software? 178
Windows Media Center for Windows 8 179
Acquiring Windows Media Center for Windows 8 179
Windows Media Center Tasks 180
Windows Media Center TV 183
Windows Media Center Movies 184
Windows Media Center Music 185
Windows Media Center Pictures Videos 187
Windows Media Center Sports 188
Windows Media Center Extras 188
Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 188
Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox 360 189
Enjoying Music in Windows 8 189
Using Windows Media Player 189
Using the Music App 193
Viewing and Managing Videos and Photosin Windows 8 197
The Video App 197
The Photos App 199

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