Windows 8 Hacks
Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2012
Pages: 422

Windows 8 is quite different than previous Microsoft operating systems, but it’s still eminently hackable. With this book, you’ll learn how to make a variety of modifications, from speeding up boot time and disabling the Lock screen to hacking native apps and running Windows 8 on a Mac. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll find more than 100 standalone hacks on performance, multimedia, networking, the cloud, security, email, hardware, and more. Not only will you learn how to use each hack, you’ll also discover why it works.

  • Add folders and other objects to the Start screen
  • Run other Windows versions inside Windows 8
  • Juice up performance and track down bottlenecks
  • Use the SkyDrive cloud service to sync your files everywhere
  • Speed up web browsing and use other PCs on your home network
  • Secure portable storage and set up a virtual private network
  • Hack Windows 8 Mail and services such as Outlook
  • Combine storage from different devices into one big virtual disk
  • Take control of Window 8 setting with the Registry
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      4.0

      Good information

      By Glen H

      from Olympia, WA

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      • Concise
      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Windows 8 Hacks:

        Many of the hacks are useful, some are not, however overall the hacks presented are worth having.

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        5.0

        Un libro para tener al lado del ordenado

        By DGGONZALEZ

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Well-written

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          Comments about oreilly Windows 8 Hacks:

          Windows 8 se diferencia de las versiones anteriores en que responde a un paradigma distinto, un paradigma en donde las pc no son los dispositivos dominantes y las redes sociales son los servicios más usados de la red.
          Es por esto que empezando por su rediseñada interfaz Microsoft tuvo que hacer un sistema operativo radicalmente diferente.

          El libro de Preston Gralla no es para quienes no esten farmiliarizados por Windows 8 sino para quienes habiendo conseguido superar los prejuicios por su aspecto diferente quieran avanzar más allá y sacarle partido.

          Tal vez más que un libro de hacks debería llamarse "libro de recetas" dado que eso es lo que parece, Un titulo corto descriptivo e instrucciones fáciles de seguir acompañada de capturas de pantalla cuando es necesario.

          En definitiva es para tener al lado de la pc

           
          4.0

          Great Book for Windows 8 Users

          By Andy

          from Germany

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          • Helpful examples

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            Comments about oreilly Windows 8 Hacks:

            Preston Gralla is the author of more than 30 books (including Windows XP Hacks, Windows XP Cookbook and Big Book of Windows Hacks). He has written technology articles for many national newspapers and magazines.

            The title of the book might be misleading. It's more about tweaking Windows and doesn't have to do anything with hacking (e. g. exploiting) Windows.

            IMHO this book is a must have for windows8 (Power-) Users. It helps you to get along with all the new features and concepts of Windows 8.
            On the other hand it helps you to get some of the good old Windows 7 feeling back to Windows 8 (if you like).

            Overall this Book contains 121 Hacks grouped in 11 Chapters of different categories and it is best used as a reference. Some of the Hacks are on a more intermediate level and some are more advanced so that this book is helpful for beginners and power users.

            The Book is well organized and has a great Table of Content so that it is easy to find the information you a looking for.

            Some Hacks have notes where the author gives further information for the Hack (e. g. you can edit the registry directly instead of using the group policy editor when you don't have the Windows Pro version).

            For some hacks he doesn't mention that you need to enable "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" in the folder options (for some Hacks he does).

            Sometimes the given Path for a Folder contains to many spaces or a slash is missing (e. g. C:\Program Data\ or C: ProgramData). This won't be a problem for advanced users but maybe a big problem for new users.

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            4.0

            Great Reference Book

            By Beekay

            from Walnut Creek, CA

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            Comments about oreilly Windows 8 Hacks:

            I have been a fan of Preston Gralla since I read "Windows XP Hacks" and this new book confirms his knowledge and ability to express himself with clarity and ease.
            As we are all new to Windows 8 this book will be useful to everyone. The contents range from the fairly mundane and obvious such as obtaining a start button from third parties to serious editing to the registry (please do so with caution!). This book covers a multitude of potential changes that can be made to Windows 8. I use the word changes rather than improvements as not all the suggestions will suit everyone and therefore you should pick and choose the choices offered here. I was particularly happy with the chapters on "productivity" (chapter 4) and "security" (chapter 8) both contain a wealth of useful information.
            This is a book I use as a reference rather than one I would read from cover to cover. Looking through the table of contents gives you an excellent overview and from there you can cherry-pick the items that interest you. For instance If you use or need information on g-mail for instance there are some very useful tips in the chapter on e-mail.
            My only complaint is the choice of title; "hack" is defined as either "to break into computers" or "an inelegant but effective solution to a computer problem". Although this book tends to be the latter I think most of the tips given are anything but inelegant!
            To summarize a very worthwhile and cost effective addition to your library when you venture into Windows 8.

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