The bestselling book on Windows, now updated for the new 8.1 features Microsoft has fine-tuned Windows 8 with some important new features, and veteran author Andy Rathbone explains every one in this all-new edition of a long-time bestseller. Whether you're using Windows for the first time, upgrading from an older version, or just moving from Windows 8 to 8.1, here's what you need to know. Learn about the dual interfaces, the new Start button, how to customize the interface and boot operations, and how to work with programs and files, use the web and social media, manage music and photos, and much more. You'll even find troubleshooting tips This edition covers the upgrades in Windows 8.1, including the dual interfaces, basic mechanics, file storage, and how to get the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 Shows how to manipulate app tiles, give Windows the look you choose, set up boot-to-desktop capabilities, connect to a network, and create user accounts Covers working with programs, apps, and files; using the Internet and social media; new apps and capabilities for working with onboard and online media; and how to move files to a new PC Written by Andy Rathbone, author of every edition of the bestselling Windows For Dummies Windows 8.1 For Dummies is exactly what you need to get going and be productive with the newest Windows update.
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Learn to: Launch apps from the Start screen Send e-mail and link to social media accounts Create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos Install updates that keep Windows 8.1 working smoothly Just want to make Windows work? Here's what you need to make Windows 8.1 do what you want! This book isn't about making you a Windows guru. It's much less lofty. It tells you how to use the Start screen, snap your most-used apps to the traditional desktop, find missing files and programs, use the built-in security tools, safely surf the web, enjoy music, organize and share photos, and more. Find what you need when you need it! Movin' up -- learn how to get the free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Starting with Start -- use the 8.1 Start button, load apps and programs from the Start screen, find the traditional desktop, and navigate folders It's touching -- Windows 8.1 was made with touchscreen users in mind; see how things work on your touch device Be social -- integrate your social networks into Windows 8.1 along with e-mail, calendars, and messaging Setting your settings -- customize your desktop, user accounts, hardware and gadget settings, and more with the two control panels Fun stuff -- explore all the options for playing music, watching movies, and managing digital photos To the rescue -- learn to diagnose and treat common Windows glitches with the Windows 8.1 Help system Open the book and find: How to switch between the Start screen and desktop Tips for making the Start screen more user-friendly All about your built-in OneDrive account How to find anything with Windows 8.1's Search feature Steps for downloading and installing Windows 8.1 updates Do-it-yourself maintenance tips Help deciphering error messages Ways to fix things that bug you Find exclusive Windows 8.1 articles, videos, step-by-step examples, and more at www.dummies.com/extras/windows8dot1