Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2013
Pages: 950

Windows 8.1 continues the evolution of the most radical redesign in Microsoft’s history. It combines the familiar Windows desktop with a new, touchscreen-friendly world of tiles and full-screen apps. Luckily, David Pogue is back to help you make sense of it—with humor, authority, and 500 illustrations.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • What’s new in 8.1. The update to 8.1 offers new apps, a universal Search, the return of the Start menu, and several zillion other nips and tucks.
  • New features. Storage Spaces, Windows To Go, File Histories—if Microsoft wrote it, this book covers it.
  • Security. Protect your PC from viruses, spyware, spam, sick hard drives, and out-of-control kids.
  • The network. HomeGroups, connecting from the road, mail, Web, music streaming among PCs—this book has your network covered.
  • The software. Media Center, Photo Gallery, Internet Explorer, speech recognition—this one authoritative, witty guide makes it all crystal clear. It’s the book that should have been in the box.
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    5.0

    Great as always!

    By Paul

    from Bloomington, IN

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        Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

        Another outstanding O'Reilly "Missing Manual" book! This one helped me figure out Win. 8.1's confusing interface, and learn how to replace Bing as the default search engine. Along with other handy things.

        My disappointment is not with the book, but with Win. 8.1 itself! I think it's a poorly thought-out OS.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Big Book!

        By Leah

        from Inglewood, CA

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          Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

          This book has more information than I'll ever use! It's a great reference book. I recently bought a Win8.1 laptop, so I refer to the book whenever I have a question. I also go down the index to see what I want to learn.

           
          5.0

          Lots of info. easy to read

          By Frank

          from Florida

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            Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

            Answered a lot of my questions some things I didn't know could be done. Very good book.
            Service great too.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Just what I was missing!

            By sherry

            from North Carolina

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              Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

              I am new to Windows 8 so I was pretty lost. I received no info with my new PC. I haven't finished reading yet, but this helped me tremendously.

               
              5.0

              Impressive

              By jsm486

              from Yucaipa, CA

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                  Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

                  The book provided me a quick startup on using WIN 8.1. Good references and the do's and don't's. I like the quick guidelines as to "why's." I recommend this book for everyone.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Reference

                  By WV Don

                  from Charleston, WV

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                    Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

                    Best used in conjunction with the PDF. Covers all areas.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very, very good.

                    By flasheeprom

                    from Ottawa, Canada

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                      Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

                      Insanely great depth of coverage - hey, I can use an old Apple phrase to describe a book on Windows, can't I? Helping out family and friends using the stuff in this book will certainly make your geek friends go "Uh, when did you start working with Windows 8, like, the alpha version?" It's that good.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great information for Windows 8.1

                      By The Ancient Computer Tech

                      from Kamloops BC, CA

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                      Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

                      This manual explains the Windows 8.1 apps nicely and makes them useful. Haven't looked up too much yet but what I have has been excellent. Detailed information is very hard to find in the online help for Windows 8.1

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Really simple and fun! )

                      By Borisov Alexey

                      from Russia, Moscow

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                        Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

                        When I were young enough, I'm used to work with DOS and Windows 3.1. Since then I haven't missed any MS OS and was pretty sure I know almost everything about all of them. But 20 years later I decide to refresh my knowledges by reading this amazing book. And I was surprised to learn alot of interesting stuff has appeared in Win 8.1.

                        I've spent one wonderful week by reading this manual and glad that my knowledges are update now.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Missing Win 8 Manual? Right!

                        By Gianni

                        from Italy

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                          Comments about oreilly Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual:

                          Written by David Pogue, qualified and popular columnist for the New York Times in computer science, this book stands out right away with a title that says it all: nothing "Step by step", nor "Ultimate Guide", even if it comes with a full coverage and gradual exposure.
                          "Missing manual" refers to the fact that indeed Windows 8 - as, now, 8.1 - looks fragmented and poor in the online help, probably because Microsoft has decided that its intuitive and friendly interface do not require too many clear and detailed speeches. The majority of its users will soon exceed the (modest) shock due to the drastic change compared to the classic Windows, particularly if they spent some practice with tablets and smartphones, whose interface inspire Windows 8, but many structural details and tips 6 tricks will remain ignored. Dave give a valid and effective help in both points.
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