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Five Things You Can Tweak Right Away in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Oct 10, 2013
This article spotlights five personalizations you can try as soon as you begin using Windows 8.1.
Discovering Windows 8’s Hidden Quick Access Menu
By Michael Miller
Sep 3, 2013
Michael Miller shows you how to find the hidden Windows 8 Quick Access Menu, and explains all the neat things you can do with it.
Fixing Your Computer Absolute Beginner's Guide: Troubleshooting Device Problems
By Paul McFedries
Aug 23, 2013
Paul McFedries covers some of the built-in Windows tools that can help you troubleshoot problematic hardware.
Using Windows 8’s Xbox Music
By Michael Miller
Jul 23, 2013
Xbox Music is the new music app in Windows 8; it’s also accessible from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console and Windows 7/8 phones. In this article, author Michael Miller shows you how to use Xbox Music to manage your own music collection and to listen to and purchase new music online.
Using Windows 8 - Learning What's New If You've Used Windows Before
By Michael Miller
Jul 5, 2013
If you’ve used a computer - and Windows - before, it’s likely that you'll find Windows 8 a tad confusing. This chapter will help you learn what's changed and where to find where Microsoft put everything.
How to Add the Start Menu Back to Windows 8
By Michael Miller
Jun 26, 2013
One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is Microsoft’s removal of the Start button and Start menu. In this article, author Michael Miller examines third-party applications that promise to put the Start menu back in Windows 8 – and tells you which are worth your while.
Finding, Downloading, and Using Windows 8 Apps
By Michael Miller
Jun 20, 2013
Windows 8 is built around a new class of full-screen apps, available from the Windows Store. In this article, author Michael Miller takes you on a tour of the Windows Store and shows you how to find and download Windows 8 apps—for purchase and for free.
Dealing with Digital Photos
By Paul McFedries
May 22, 2013
Windows 8 comes with some tools that help you view and perform some basic and helpful photo-related tasks. This chapter provides you with the details.
Windows 8 Touch On the Cheap
By Ed Tittel
May 22, 2013
Ed Tittel explains why you may not need a touch display to take advantage of touch in Windows 8.
Bringing the Start Menu Back to Windows 8
By Ed Tittel
May 15, 2013
Ed Tittel examines two of the most popular Windows 8 Start menu replacements.
Windows 8 Driver Gotchas
By Ed Tittel
May 15, 2013
Ed Tittel explains some of his favorite tips, tricks, and resources for updating Windows drivers.
Essential Windows 8 Shortcuts, Clicks, and Gestures
By Michael Miller
Apr 9, 2013
Michael Miller provides an invaluable reference to everything you need to know to use Windows 8 to the fullest.
Windows 8 Apps and the Windows Store
By Brian Knittel, Paul McFedries
Jan 25, 2013
This chapter describes the basic apps that come with Windows 8. It also explains how to get new apps from the Windows Store as well as how to uninstall and share apps.
Managing Files and Folders in Windows 8
By . Perspection Inc., Steve Johnson
Jan 24, 2013
This chapter takes a beginner's look at working with individual files in Windows 8 and explains how to find, move, copy, delete, and organize them.
Advanced Windows 8 Configuration Options
By Mark Edward Soper
Jan 15, 2013
This chapter shows how you can modify Windows 8 settings to customize your specific setup.
Starting and Stopping Windows 8
By Paul Sanna
Nov 6, 2012
This chapter walks you through the steps necessary to start your computer and then sign in to Windows in you're new to Windows 8. You'll also learn how to put your computer to sleep and shut it down completely.
Customizing the Windows 8 Start Screen, Colors, and Other Settings
By Michael Miller
Oct 23, 2012
This chapter walks you through some basic Windows 8 personalization features using lots of illustrated, step-by-step examples.
Wow! Getting Around in Windows 8
By Katherine Murray
Oct 17, 2012
This chapter shows you how to get started with your Windows 8 PC and use touch, mouse, and keyboard to perform common tasks.
Switching to Windows 8: A Quick Guide for Current Windows Users
By Michael Miller
Oct 15, 2012
Michael Miller shows you what’s new in Windows 8, and helps you learn how to do all your old tasks the new Windows 8 way.
Personalizing Windows 8
By Michael Miller
Oct 11, 2012
Windows presents a lot of different ways to personalize the look and feel of your system, and this chapter teaches you some of the ways you can do this.

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