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Windows 8 In Depth

Do more in less time!

Experienced with Windows? Don’t let Windows 8 make you feel like a beginner again! This book is packed with intensely useful Windows 8 knowledge you won’t find anywhere else. Full of new tips and shortcuts, it’s the fastest, best way to master Windows 8’s full power, get comfortable with its radically different interface, and leverage its new tools for everything from business to video, security to social networking!

•        Take a quick guided tour of everything that’s new in Windows 8

•        Survive without the Start menu

•        Navigate the new Windows 8 interface (and customize it to make yourself more comfortable)

•        Learn hidden shortcuts you’d never find on your own

•        Quickly locate and use files, media, apps, websites, and management tools

•        Set up your Web connection, and discover Internet Explorer 10’s latest improvements

•        Get comfortable with Windows 8’s built-in apps, from Calendar and Finance to Weather and Windows Store

•        Save time by monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn through one unified app

•        Make the most of Windows 8’s supercharged media and imaging tools

•        Profit from Windows 8’s built-in support for business presentations

•        Maximize the performance and efficiency of hardware, storage, and software

•        Protect yourself from viruses, spyware, data theft, fraud, spam, hackers, and snoops

•        Use SkyDrive to access your data from anywhere—and use Remote Desktop to access your computer, too

•        Get even more power with Windows 8’s command-line interface

•        Use Hyper-V to run other operating systems alongside Windows 8

•        Troubleshoot the most common Windows 8 problems—and the toughest ones

In Depth offers:

• Comprehensive coverage, with detailed solutions

• Breakthrough techniques and shortcuts that are unavailable elsewhere

• Practical, real-world examples with nothing glossed over or left out

• Troubleshooting help for tough problems you can’t fix on your own

• Outstanding authors recognized worldwide for their expertise and teaching style

• Quick information via sidebars, tips, reminders, notes, and warnings

In Depth is the only tool you need to get more done in less time!

CATEGORY: Windows Operating System

COVERS: Microsoft® Windows 8

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Meet Windows 8

An Overview of Windows 8 7

    Should I Get Windows 8? 11

    Windows 8 Versions 13

    Upgrading Windows 16

What’s New in Windows 8? 17

    A Tale of Two Windows: The Start

    Screen Versus the Desktop 17

    Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me! 17

    Windows 8 Apps 18

    Charmed, I’m Sure 19

    Online User Accounts 20

    File Explorer Ribbon 20

    The Windows Store 20

    Management Tools 21

    Installation and Setup 22

    Storage Spaces 22

    Improved Web Browsing with Internet

    Explorer 10 23

    Faster Startup 23

    Secure Boot 24

    Integrated Cellular Data

    Connections 24

Life Without the Start Menu 24

Chapter 2 Installing or Upgrading Windows 8

Windows 8 System Requirements 27

    Processor Requirements 28

    Memory Requirements 28

    Storage Requirements 29

    Graphics Requirements 30

    Hardware Requirements for Various

    Windows 8 Features 30

Preparing Your System: A Checklist 31

    Check Your System Requirements 32

    Back Up Your Files 32

    Clean Up Your Hard Disk 32

    Check and Defragment Your Hard Disk 32

    Create a System Image Backup and a System Repair Disc 33

Installing Windows 8 34

Upgrading to Windows 8 37

    Upgrading from Windows 7 37

    Upgrading from Windows Vista 38

    Upgrading from Windows XP 39

    Running the Upgrade 40

Dual- (and Multi-) Booting Windows 8 41

    Dual-Booting Windows 8 42

    Multi-Booting with Three or More Operating Systems 42

    Using Windows Boot Manager 43

Customizing the Boot Configuration Data 45

    Using Windows Boot Manager to Modify the BCD 45

    Using Startup and Recovery to Modify the BCD 46

    Using the System Configuration Utility to Modify the BCD 47

    Using BCDEDIT to Customize the Startup Options 49

Installing Windows 8 Components 54

Chapter 3 Your First Hour with Windows 8

The First Things to Do After Starting Windows 8 57

A Quick Tour of Windows 8’s Important Features 58

    The Lock and Sign On Screens 58

    The Start Screen 59

    Windows 8—Style Apps (Don’t Call It Metro) 61

    Charmed, I’m Sure 61

    The Touch Tour 62

    Important Keyboard Shortcuts 63

    The Desktop, or Who Moved My Start Menu? 64

    Windows Explorer Is Now Called File Explorer 64

    Search Before You Look 66

    Getting to the Management Tools 66

Setting Up User Accounts 68

    Microsoft Versus Local Accounts 68

    Create New Accounts 69

    Change Account Settings 70

    Before You Forget Your Password 72

    Just One User? 73

Downloading Critical Updates 74

Personalizing Windows 8 74

    Personalize Screen Settings 74

    Tune Up the Taskbar 76

    Important Adjustments and Tweaks 76

Transferring Information from Your Old Computer 77

    Windows Easy Transfer 77

How the Heck Do I Shut This Thing Off? 81

More Than You Wanted to Know 82

    After You Forget Your Password 82

    Using a Password Reset Disk 84 Accessing the Real Administrator Account 84

    Configuring a Default User Profile 85

If You’re Moving to Windows 8 from XP 86

    Control Panel Wordiness 86

    Where’s My Stuff? The User Profile Structure 86

    Compatibility and Virtualization 88

    User Account Control 90

    The New Taskbar 91

    Jumplists 92

Chapter 4 Using the Windows 8 Interface

Taking a Tour of the Windows 8 Interface 93

    The App Bar 95

    The Charms Menu 97

Navigating the Start Screen 98

    Navigating the Start Screen with a Mouse 99

    Navigating the Start Screen with a Keyboard 100

    Navigating the Start Screen with a Touch Interface 102

Working with Running Apps 104

    Snapping an App 104

    Switching Between Running Apps 105

    Shutting Down an App 107

Working with Notifications 107

Searching via the Start Screen 108

Customizing the Start Screen 110

    Resizing a Tile 111

    Moving a Tile 111

    Creating an App Group 112

    Turning Off a Live Tile 113

    Pinning a Program to the Start Screen 114

    Pinning a Website to the Start Screen 114

    Displaying the Administrative Tools on the Start Screen 114

    Adding Shutdown and Restart Tiles to the Start Screen 117

    Customizing the Start Screen Background 118

Customizing the Lock Screen 119

    Customizing the Lock Screen Background 120

    Controlling the Apps Displayed on the Lock Screen 121

    Disabling the Lock Screen 121

Bypassing the Start Screen 122

    Booting Directly to the Desktop 122

    Accessing Start Menu Items from the Taskbar 123

    Pinning a Program to the Taskbar 123

    Using Desktop Programs as the Defaults 125

Chapter 5 Windows 8 Apps and the Windows Store

The Windows 8 Apps 127

    Calendar 129

    Bing 130

    Camera 130

    Desktop 131

    Finance 131

    Internet Explorer 132

    Mail 133

    Maps 134

    Messaging 136

    Music 136

    News 138

    People 139

    Photos 140

    SkyDrive 140

    Sports 141

    Store 142

    Travel 143

    Video 144

    Weather 145

    Games 145

Installing Apps from the Windows Store 146

Uninstalling Windows 8 Apps 146

Sharing Windows 8 App Data 147

Chapter 6 Managing Files and Searching

Understanding File Types 149

    File Types and File Extensions 149

    File Types and the Registry 150

Navigating the Windows 8 Folder Windows 152

    Folder Navigation 153

    Instant Search 154

    The Ribbon 154

    The Navigation Pane 154

Basic File and Folder Chores: The Techniques Used by the Pros 155

    Selecting Files with Check Boxes 155

    Resolving File Transfer Conflicts 157

    Expert Drag-and-Drop Techniques 158

    Taking Advantage of the Send To Command 158

    The Recycle Bin: Deleting and Recovering Files and Folders 159

    File Maintenance Using the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes 161

    Metadata and the File Explorer Property System 162

Desktop Searching 164

    As-You-Type Searches with Instant Search 166

    Using Advanced Query Syntax to Search Properties 167

    Saving Searches 169

Grouping and Filtering with Metadata 169

    Grouping Files 170

    Filtering Files 171

Chapter 7 Devices and Printers

Windows Printing Primer 173

Installing and Configuring a Printer 175

    Adding a New Printer 176

    Installing a Local Printer 176

    If the Printer Isn’t Found 177

    What to Do If Your Printer Isn’t Listed 179

Changing a Printer’s Properties 181

    Printing Preferences 181

    Printer Properties 183

    Print Server Properties 184

Removing a Printer 185

Printing from Your Applications 185

    Printing Offline 187

Working with the Printer Queue 188

    Deleting a File from the Queue 189

    Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer 189

    Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process 189

Advanced Printer Management 190

XPS Print Output 191

Faxing 191

Chapter 8 Accessories and Accessibility

A Boatload of Useful Tools 193

    Gadgets Are Gone 194

    Apps as Accessories 194

Desktop Accessories 195

    Calculator 195

    Character Map 196

    Math Input Panel 197

    Notepad 198

    Paint 198

    Snipping Tool 200

    Steps Recorder 201

    Sticky Notes 201

    Sound Recorder 202

    Windows Journal 202

    WordPad 203

    XPS Viewer 203

Accessibility Tools 204

    Ease of Access Center (in Control Panel) 204

    Ease of Access (in PC Settings) 205

    Magnifier 206

    Narrator 206

Chapter 9 Windows Media Player

Getting to Know Media Player 209

    Navigating the Library 209

    Customizing the Navigation Pane 211

    Syncing Media Devices 212

Playing Media Files 213

Setting Media Player’s Playback Options 215

Copying Music from an Audio CD 216

    Selecting a Location and Filename Structure 216

    Choosing the Recording File Format 217

    Specifying the Quality of the Recording 218

    Copying Tracks from an Audio CD 219

Copying Tracks to a Recordable CD or Device 219

    Creating a Playlist 220

    Recording to a CD or Device 220

Streaming Your Media Library 220

Chapter 10 Windows Media Center

Windows 8 and Windows Media Center 223

Media Center Hardware Requirements 224

Connecting Your PC to Other Media Devices 226

Touring the Windows Media Center Interface 228

Some Useful Media Center Techniques 231

    Rating Pictures via the Keyboard 231

    Setting Up a Custom Slide Show 231

    Setting Parental Controls 232

    Media Center Keyboard Shortcuts 233

    Archiving Recorded TV on Your Network 235

Chapter 11 Windows and Imaging Devices

Connecting Imaging Devices 239

    Testing an Installed Scanner 240

    Configuring Device Events 241

Accessing Media on a Memory Card 242

Importing Photos from a Digital Camera 243

    Viewing Digital Camera Images 243

    Importing Digital Camera Photos 244

Burning Photos to an Optical Disc 249

    Selecting an Optical Disc Format 249

    Burning a Mastered Disc 249

    Closing a UDF Session 250

    Burning a Live File System Disc 251

Sending Photos to a Printer 252

Chapter 12 Scanning and Faxing

Introducing Windows Fax and Scan 255

    Installing Fax and Scanner

    Hardware 256

Configuring the Fax Service 256

    Creating a Customized Cover Page 258

    Changing Fax Settings 259

Sending Faxes from Windows Fax and Scan 260

    Monitoring Outgoing Faxes 263

Receiving Faxes 263

    Printing Received Faxes

    Automatically 264

Scanning Documents with Windows Fax and Scan 264

    Editing Scan Profile Defaults 264

    Creating a New Scan Profile 266

    Scanning Images 266

    Emailing and Faxing Scans 267

Chapter 13 More Windows 8 Media Tools

Controlling the Volume 269

    Controlling the Overall System Volume 269

    Controlling an Application’s Volume 270

    Determining the Devices That Appear in the Volume Control 271

    Balancing Your Headphones 271

    Equalizing the Volume 273

Setting the Default Output Device 274

Assigning Sounds to Events 274

Recording Sounds with the Sound Recorder 275

    Setting Up the Microphone 275

    Recording a WMA File 276

Controlling Your Computer with Speech Recognition 276

Chapter 14 Getting Connected

Going Worldwide 279

Connection Technologies 280

    Analog Modem 280

    ISDN 280

    DSL 280

    Cable Modem 281

    Satellite Service 282

    Wireless and Cellular Service 282

    Choosing a Technology 283

    Choosing Equipment 284

Installing a Modem for Dial-Up Service 285

Configuring a Dial-Up Internet Connection 287

    Creating a New Dial-Up Connection 287

    Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties 288

Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection 290

    Hanging Up a Dial-Up Connection 292

Installing a Network Adapter for Broadband Service 293

    Installing Filters for DSL Service 294

Configuring a High-Speed Connection 294

    Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection 295

    Setting Up Dynamic IP Addressing (DHCP) 296

    Setting Up a Fixed IP Address 297

Changing the Default Connection 298

Managing Multiple Internet Connections 299

Chapter 15 Using Internet Explorer 10

Understanding Web Page Addresses 301

Tips and Techniques for Better Web Surfing 302

    Taking Advantage of the Address Bar 304

    Creating a Shortcut to a URL 305

    Working with Tabs 306

    Using the Handy History List 308

Searching the Web 310

The Favorites Folder: Sites to Remember 311

    Adding a Shortcut to the Favorites Folder 311

    Opening an Internet Shortcut from the Favorites Folder 312

    Maintaining Favorites 312

    Sharing Favorites with Other Browsers 313

Working with RSS Feeds 314

    Subscribing to a Feed 315

    Reading Feeds 316

    Setting the Feed Update Schedule 316

Customizing Internet Explorer 317

    Controlling the Web Page Cache 317

    Setting Internet Explorer Options 318

    Changing the Home Page 319

    Configuring the Page History 320

    Setting More General Options 320

    Understanding Internet Explorer’s Advanced Options 321

Chapter 16 Windows 8 Internet Communications

Working with Email 331

Setting Up Mail Accounts 331

    Specifying Basic Account Settings 332

    Setting the Default Account 333

    Specifying Advanced Account Settings 333

Handling Incoming Messages 335

    Processing Messages 337

    Setting Read Options 338

Sending Messages 340

    Taking Control of Your Messages 340

    Creating a Signature 341

    Setting Send Options 342

Maintaining Mail 345

Filtering Incoming Messages 347

Finding a Message 349

    Simple Searches 349

    Advanced Searches 350

Setting Up Social Networks with the People App 351

    Connecting to a Social Network 351

    Editing a Connection’s Settings 353

    Removing a Connection 354

Chapter 17 Troubleshooting an Internet Connection

It’s Great When It Works, But... 355

Troubleshooting Step by Step 355

Identifying Software Configuration Problems 359

    Troubleshooting a Cable or DSL Modem Connection 360

    Troubleshooting a LAN Connection 361

Identifying Network Hardware Problems 363

Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities 364

    ipconfig 364

    ping 365

    tracert 367

Third-Party Utilities 368

    WhatIsMyIP 368

    Speed Check 368

    Reverse tracert 369

Chapter 18 Creating a Windows Network

Creating or Joining a Network 371

Planning Your Network 371

    Are You Being Served? 373

    When to Hire a Professional 374

Choosing a Network and Cabling System 375

    10/100BASE-T Ethernet 375

    802.11n and 802.11g Wireless (Wi-Fi) Networking 377

    Phoneline and Powerline Networking 378

    1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet) 381

    Mixed Networking 381

Additional Networking Functions 382

    Printing and Faxing 382

    Providing Internet Connectivity 383

    Providing Remote Access 383

    Connecting to a Remote Network 383

Installing Network Adapters 384

    Checking Existing Adapters 384

    Installing Multiple Network Adapters 385

Installing Network Wiring 386

    Cabling for Ethernet Networks 386

    General Cabling Tips 387

    Wiring with Patch Cables 388

    Installing In-Wall Wiring 389

    Connecting Just Two Computers 390

    Connecting Multiple Switches 391

Installing a Wireless Network 392

    Wireless Network Setup Choices 393

    Setting Up a New Wireless Network 395

    Getting Maximum Wireless Speed 400

Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network 402

    Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol 402

    Enabling and Disabling Sharing 405

    Setting Your Computer Identification 405

    Configuring Windows Firewall 406

    File and Printer Sharing Without a Router 407

    Setting Up a Homegroup 407

    Alternatives to Using a Homegroup 410

    Wrapping Up 410

Joining a Windows Domain Network 412

Bridging Two Network Types 413

Chapter 19 Connecting Your Network to the Internet

Sharing an Internet Connection 415

Ways to Make the Connection 415

    Managing IP Addresses 416

    NAT and Internet Connection Sharing 418

    Special Notes for Wireless Networking 420

    Special Notes for Cable Service 420

Configuring Your LAN 421

    Scheme A–Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Dial-Up Connection 422

    Scheme B–Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Broadband Connection 422

    Scheme C–Connection Sharing Router with a Broadband Connection 424

    Using Universal Plug and Play 426

    Scheme D–Cable Internet with Multiple Computers 426

    Scheme E–Routed Service Using a Router 427

Making Services Available 428

    Enabling Access with Internet Connection Sharing 429

    Enabling Access with a Sharing Router 430

Chapter 20 Networking with Other Operating Systems

Mix and Match with Windows and Macs 433

Internetworking with Windows 7, Vista, and XP 435

    Setting TCP/IP as the Default Network Protocol 436

    Password Protection and Simple File Sharing 437

    Using Windows Vista and XP with a Homegroup 439

Internetworking with UNIX and Linux 440

    Samba 441

    Samba Client Tools 441

    Samba Server Tools 441

Internetworking with Macintosh 444

    Compatibility Issues 444

    Working with Mac OS X 446

Installing Optional Network Components 452

The Hosts File 454

Chapter 21 Using a Windows Network

Windows Was Made to Network 455

Using Shared Folders in Windows 8 456

    Browsing Through a Homegroup 456

    Browsing a Network’s Computers 458

    Viewing a Computer or Shared Folder Directly Using Its UNC Path 459

Searching the Network 460

    Searching for Files or Folders 460

    Searching for Computers 461

    Searching for Printers 461

    Searching Active Directory 462

Security and File Sharing 463

    File Permissions and Networking 463

    Network Permissions 464

Using Printers on the Network 465

    Using a Shared Printer 466

    Using Printers over the Internet with IPP 467

    Using UNIX and LPR Printers 468

    Using Other Network-Connected Printers 469

Network Power User Topics 469

    Backing Up Your Computer over the Network 469

    Adding a Network Folder to a Library 470

    Sharing and Using an Entire Drive 471

    Understanding the Universal Naming Convention 471

    Mapping Drive Letters 472

    Mapping a Drive to a Subfolder 474

Sharing Resources 474

    Sharing with a Homegroup 475

    Sharing the Public Profile Folder 478

    Sharing Your Own Folders in Place 479

    Sharing Folders Independently 479

Sharing Printers 480

Setting Printer Permissions 481

    Changing the Location of the Spool Directory 483

    Printer Pooling 483

Managing Your Network 484

    Monitoring Use of Your Shared Folders 484

    Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line 484

Chapter 22 Troubleshooting Your Network

When Good Networks Go Bad 487

Getting Started 488

Troubleshooters and Diagnostic Tools 489

    The Network and Sharing Center 489

    Network 490

    Network Troubleshooters 493

    Windows Firewall 494

    Event Viewer 495

    Device Manager 497

Testing Network Cables 497

Checking Network Configuration 498

    ipconfig 498

    System 499

    Network Connections 500

Testing Network Connectivity with ping 501

Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems 502

Chapter 23 Windows Management Tools

Managing Windows 505

Controlling Windows 8 with Control Panel 505

    Touring the Control Panel Window 506

    Reviewing the Control Panel Icons 507

    Understanding Control Panel Files 512

    Easier Access to Control Panel 513

Policing Windows 8 with Group Policies 515

    Understanding Group Policies 516

    Local Group Policy Editor and Windows Versions 516

    Launching the Local Group Policy Editor 517

    Working with Group Policies 517

    Group Policy Examples 523

Configuring the Microsoft Management Console 529

    Reviewing the Windows 8 Snap-Ins 529

    Launching the MMC 531

    Adding a Snap-In 531

    Saving a Console 533

    Creating a Custom Taskpad View 534

    Controlling Snap-Ins with Group

    Policies 537

Controlling Services 538

    Controlling Services with the Services Snap-In 538

    Controlling Services at the Command Prompt 541

    Controlling Services with a Script 541

    Making Windows Shut Down Services Faster 545

    Resetting a Broken Service 545

Monitoring Performance 547

    Viewing Your Computer’s Performance Rating 547

    Monitoring Performance with Task Manager 549

    Using the Resource Monitor 553

    Using the Performance Monitor 554

Chapter 24 Tweaking and Customizing Windows

Working with the PC Settings App 557

    Changing Your User Account Picture 559

    Changing a Password 561

    Creating a Picture Password 563

    Customizing Notifications 564

    Customizing Search 566

    Synchronizing Your Settings Between Devices 566

Customizing File Explorer 568

    Customizing the Ribbon 569

    Changing the View 570

    Viewing More Properties 570

    Turning On File Extensions 572

    Exploring the View Options 574

Customizing the Taskbar for Easier Program and Document Launching 577

    Improving Productivity by Setting

    Taskbar Options 577

    Pinning a Favorite Program to the Taskbar 579

    Pinning a Destination to a Program’s Jump List 580

    Using the Windows Key to Start Taskbar Programs 581

    Taking Control of the Notification Area 581

    Displaying Multiple Clocks for Different Time Zones 585

    Displaying the Built-in Taskbar Toolbars 586

    Setting Some Taskbar Toolbar Options 587

    Creating New Taskbar Toolbars 587

Chapter 25 Managing Hard Disks and Storage Spaces

Dealing with Hard Disk Errors 589

    Hard Drive Health States 591

    Repairing a Drive Manually 592

Checking Free Disk Space 593

Deleting Unnecessary Files 595

Defragmenting Your Hard Disk 597

    Running the Defragment and Optimize Drives Tool 598

    Changing the Optimization Schedule 599

    Changing Which Disks Get Defragmented 600

Working with Storage Spaces 601

Managing Your Disks 603

    Assigning a Different Letter to a Disk Drive 603

    Dividing Your Hard Drive into Two Volumes 605

    Creating a Spanned Volume 607

    Creating Mirrored Volumes 610

    Creating a RAID 5 Volume 611

Working with Disk Files 614

    Mounting an ISO File 614

    Mounting a Virtual Hard Disk 616

    Creating a Virtual Hard Disk 616

Chapter 26 Troubleshooting and Repairing Problems

Troubleshooting Strategies: Determining the Source of a Problem 620

    Did You Get an Error Message? 620

    Does an Error or Warning Appear in the Event Viewer Logs? 620

    Does an Error Appear in System Information? 621

    Did You Recently Edit the Registry? 621

    Did You Recently Change Any Windows Settings? 622

    Did Windows 8 “Spontaneously” Reboot? 622

    Did You Recently Change Any Application Settings? 624

    Did You Recently Install a New Program? 625

    Did You Recently Install a New Device? 626

    Did You Recently Apply an Update from Windows Update? 626

General Troubleshooting Tips 626

More Troubleshooting Tools 627

    Running the Windows 8

    Troubleshooters 627

    Running the Memory Diagnostics Tool 628

    Checking for Solutions to Problems 629

Troubleshooting Startup 631

    Some Things to Try Before Anything Else 631

    Disabling Startup Programs 632

    Disabling Startup Services 633

    A Startup Troubleshooting Procedure 634

Troubleshooting Device Problems 635

    Troubleshooting with Device  Manager 635

    Troubleshooting Device Driver Problems 637

    Rolling Back a Device Driver 638

Recovering from a Problem 638

    Accessing the Recovery

    Environment 638

    Navigating the Recovery Environment 642

    Booting Up in Safe Mode 644

    Automatically Repairing Your PC 647

    Recovering Using System Restore 648

    Refreshing Your PC 649

    Resetting Your PC 650

    Restoring a System Image 651

Chapter 27 Managing Your Software

Configuring and Managing Windows Update 653

    Configuring Automatic Updates 653

    Setting the Automatic Maintenance Schedule 655

    Checking for Updates 655

    Selecting Updates to Install 656

    Hiding and Restoring Updates 657

Working with Third-Party Software 657

    Running Through a Pre-Installation Checklist 657

    Installing Software 660

    Opening the Programs and Features Window 661

    Changing a Software Installation 662

    Repairing a Software Installation 662

    Uninstalling Software 662

    Understanding Compatibility Mode 663

Chapter 28 Managing Your Hardware

Windows 8 and Hardware 667

Viewing Your Devices 668

Installing Devices 669

    Installing Plug and Play Devices 669

    Using Action Center to Complete a Device Install 670

    Installing a Bluetooth Device 671

Running Windows 8 with Multiple Monitors 673

    Extending the Screen to a Second Monitor 674

    Duplicating the Screen on a Second Monitor 675

    Using Only the Second Monitor 676

    Multiple Monitors and the Windows 8 UI 676

    Setting the Multi-Monitor Desktop Background 677

    Configuring the Taskbar for Multiple Monitors 677

    Moving Up to Three Monitors 678

Managing Your Hardware with Device Manager 680

    Controlling the Device Display 680

    Viewing Device Properties 681

    Showing Nonpresent Devices in Device Manager 681

Working with Device Drivers 682

    Tips for Downloading Device Drivers 682

    Checking Windows Update for Drivers 683

    Updating a Device Driver 685

    Configuring Windows to Ignore Unsigned Device Drivers 685

    Write a Complete List of Device Drivers to a Text File 688

Uninstalling a Device 690

Working with Device Security Policies 690

Chapter 29 Editing the Windows Registry

What Is the Registry? 691

How the Registry Is Organized 692

New Registry Features 694

    Registry Virtualization 694

    Registry Redirection and Reflection 696

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry 697

    Backing Up the Registry 697

    Restoring the Registry 699

Using Regedit 701

    Viewing the Registry 701

    Searching in the Registry 702

    Editing Keys and Values 703

    Editing Registry Entries for Another User 704

    Editing Registry Entries for Another

    Windows Installation 706

    Editing Registry Security 707

Other Registry Tools 708

    Registry Toolkit 708

    Registrar Registry Manager 708

    Tweak-8 708

Registry Privileges and Policies 708

Chapter 30 Command-Line and Automation Tools

Command-Line Tools 711

The Windows 8 Command Prompt Environment 712

    Changing Directories 713

    Saving Output 713

    The Search Path 713

    Running Commands with Elevated Privileges 714

    Cutting and Pasting in the Command Prompt Window 715

    Learning About Command-Line Programs 715

    Running GUI Programs from the Command Line 716

Setting Environment Variables 716

    Setting the PATH Environment Variable 718

    The MS-DOS Environment 719

    Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application 719

    Issues with DOSKEY and ANSI.SYS 720

    Printing from MS-DOS Applications 720

Batch Files 721

    Batch File Tips 722

Windows Script Host 723

    Some Sample Scripts 723

Windows PowerShell 725

Task Scheduler 726

Chapter 31 Protecting Windows from Viruses and Spyware

Avoiding Viruses and Spyware: The Basics 731

    First, a Few Simple Precautions 732

    Locking Your Computer 734

    Requiring Ctrl+Alt+Delete at Startup 735

Checking Your Computer’s Security Settings 736

    Making Sure Windows Firewall Is Turned On 736

    Making Sure Windows Defender Is Turned On 737

    Making Sure User Account Control Is Turned On 740

    Making Sure the Administrator Account Is Disabled 740

Understanding User Account Control (UAC) 741

    Elevating Privileges 742

    Configuring User Account Control 744

    User Account Control Policies 745

    Preventing Elevation for All Standard Users 746

Enhancing Your Browsing Security 747

    Blocking Pop-Up Windows 748

    Adding and Removing Zone Sites 749

    Changing a Zone’s Security Level 751

    Protected Mode: Reducing Internet Explorer’s Privileges 752

    Total Security: Internet Explorer Without Add-Ons 752

Understanding Internet Explorer’s Advanced Security Options 753

Protecting Yourself Against Email Viruses 755

Chapter 32 Protecting Your Data from Loss and Theft

Preparing for Trouble 759

    Backing Up File Versions with File History 760

    Restoring a Previous Version of a File 765

    Setting System Restore Points 767

    Creating a Recovery Drive 768

    Creating a System Image Backup 770

    Creating a System Repair Disc 772

Protecting a File 772

    Making a File Read-Only 773

    Hiding a File 774

Setting Security Permissions on Files and Folders 775

    Assigning a User to a Security Group 777

    Assigning a User to Multiple Security Groups 778

    Assigning Standard Permissions 779

    Assigning Special Permissions 779

    Fixing Permission Problems by Taking

    Ownership of Your Files 782

Encrypting Files and Folders 784

    Encrypting a Folder 785

    Backing Up Your Encryption Key 785

Encrypting a Disk with BitLocker 786

    Enabling BitLocker on a System with a TPM 787

    Enabling BitLocker on a System Without a TPM 788

Chapter 33 Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops

It’s a Cold, Cruel World 791

    Who Would Be Interested in My Computer? 792

    Types of Attack 793

    Your Lines of Defense 795

Preparation: Network Security Basics 795

Active Defense 797

    Firewalls and NAT (Connection-Sharing) Devices 797

    Windows Firewall 798

    Packet Filtering 799

    Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing 801

    Add-on Firewall Products for Windows 802

    Secure Your Router 802

    Configure Passwords and File Sharing 802

    Set Up Restrictive Access Controls 804

Testing, Logging, and Monitoring 805

    Test Your Defenses 805

    Monitor Suspicious Activity 807

Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack 808

    Make a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online 808

    Make Frequent Backups When You’re Online 808

    Write and Test Server Restore Procedures 809

    Write and Maintain Documentation 809

    Prepare an Incident Plan 809

Specific Configuration Steps for Windows 8 810

    Windows 8’s Security Features 810

    If You Have a Windows 8 Computer Without a LAN 811

    If You Have a LAN 812

    Keep Up to Date 812

    Tightening Local Security Policy 813

Configuring Windows Firewall 816

    Enabling and Disabling Windows Firewall 817

    Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Firewall 818

    Change Notification Settings, Turn Windows Firewall On or Off 819

    Restore Defaults 819

    Advanced Settings 820

More About Security 822

Chapter 34 Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Spam

Phishing for Information 823

    Common Types of Fraud 824

    Live Phish: A Real-World Example 826

    More Help from Internet Explorer 830

    Protecting Yourself on a Public Computer 831

    Two-Way Authentication 832

    Two-Factor Authentication 832

    Identity-Management Software 833

Fighting Spam 833

    Protect Your Email Address 834

    Use Spam Filtering 835

    Avoid Spammers’ Tricks 835

Take Action Against Email Abuse 836

    Whois Database 837

Chapter 35 Windows 8 on Mobile Devices

Windows 8 on Tablets and Mobile Devices 839

    Windows RT Versus Windows 8 840

Tablet Input Methods 841

    Touch Keyboard 841

    The On Screen Keyboard 842

    Multitouch Input and Gestures 842

    Pen and Stylus Input 843

Configuring Touch and Pen Input 843

Pen Flicks 844

Using Handwriting Recognition 845

    Handwriting Gestures 846

    Training the Handwriting Recognizer 847

Chapter 36 Wireless Networking

Wireless Networking in Windows 8 849

    Types of Wi-Fi Networks 850

    Take Care When You Share 850

Joining a Wireless Network 851

    In the Corporate Environment 854

    At Your Home or Small Office 854

    In Someone Else’s Home or Office 854

    At a Public Hot Spot 856

Ad Hoc Networks and Meetings 856

Managing Wireless Network Connections 858

    Changing Wireless Settings 858

    Setting Up Preferred Wireless Networks 858

    Adding a Network Manually 860

    Deleting Wireless Profiles 860

Chapter 37 Computing on the Road

Windows Unplugged: Mobile and Remote Computing 861

Managing Mobile Computers 862

    Airplane Mode 862

    Windows Mobility Center 862

    Getting the Most Out of Your Battery 864

VPN and Dial-Up Networking 867

    Virtual Private Networking 868

    Setting Up a VPN or Dial-Up Networking Connection 869

    Setting a VPN or Dial-Up Connection’s Properties 871

    Managing Dial-Up Connections from Multiple Locations 873

    Establishing a VPN or Dial-Up Connection 873

    Using Remote Network Resources 876

    Email and Network Connections 876

    Monitoring and Ending a VPN or Dial-Up Connection 877

    Advanced Routing for Remote Networks 877

Incoming VPN and Dial-Up Access 879

    Setting Up VPN and Dial-Up Access 879

    Enabling Incoming VPN Connections with NAT 881

    Disabling Incoming Connections 881

Offline Files 882

    Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use 883

    Using Files While Offline 884

    Sync Center 886

    Managing and Encrypting Offline Files 888

    Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others 889

Multiple LAN Connections 890

Chapter 38 Meetings, Conferencing, and Collaboration

Windows 8 Plays Well with Others 891

Making Presentations with a Mobile Computer 892

    Adjusting Presentation Settings 892

    Controlling An External Display 893

    Connecting to Network Projectors 895

Remote Assistance 896

    Enabling Remote Assistance 897

    Requesting Remote Assistance 897

    Responding to an Assistance Request 900

    Working with Remote Assistance 901

    Using Third-Party Tools 903

Online Meeting Tools 903

Chapter 39 Remote Desktop and Remote Access

Using Your Computer Remotely 905

Setting Up Access to Your Own Computer 907

    Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer 908

    Establishing 24x7 Access 909

    Setting Up Dynamic DNS 910

    Configuring Port Forwarding 912

Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop 914

    Using the Windows 8—Style Remote Desktop Client 915

Using the Standard Remote Desktop Client 918

    Connection Options 920

    Using the Remote Connection 922

    Keyboard Shortcuts 923

Third-Party Remote Control Tools 924

Appendix A Virtualization

Windows 8 as a Host: Running Other Operating Systems Inside Windows 8 928

    Installing and Configuring Hyper-V 928

    Creating Virtual Machine Instances 929

    Running and Connecting to a VM 930

    Converting a Physical Computer to a VM 932

    Windows XP Mode Virtual Machines 933

Windows 8 as a Guest: Running Windows 8 Inside Other Operating Systems 933

Booting a VHD File on Hardware 934

Appendix B Command-Line Utilities

Working with Disk Management Tools 935

    CHKDSK: Checking for Hard Disk Errors 936

    CHKNTFS: Scheduling Automatic Disk Checks 938

    DEFRAG: Defragmenting the System Drive 940

Working with File and Folder Management Tools 942

    ATTRIB: Modifying File and Folder Attributes 943

    FIND: Locating a Text String in a File 945

    REN: Renaming a File or Folder 946

    REPLACE: Smarter File Copying 947

    SORT: Sorting the Contents of a File 949

    XCOPY: Advanced File Copying 950

Working with System Management Tools 953

    REG: Working with Registry Keys and Settings 954

    SHUTDOWN: Shutting Down or Restarting the System 956

    SYSTEMINFO: Returning System Configuration Data 958

    TYPEPERF: Monitoring Performance 960

    WHOAMI: Getting Information About the Current User 962

Working with Users, Groups, and Shares 963

    NET USER: Working with Users 963

    NET LOCALGROUP: Working with Groups 965

    NET USE: Mapping Folders 965

Working with Network Troubleshooting Tools 966

PING: Checking Connectivity 969

TRACERT: Tracking Packets 970

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