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  • Students will master Windows 8.1 in an hour with this book that serves as a reference for all of the maintenance tasks they'll need
  • Written for the intermediate to advanced Windows user
  • Covers all of the hidden features, tricks and tips that students will need to use Windows 8.1 effectively
  • Written by bestselling Windows authors


  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5281-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5281-9

Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH

Do more in less time!

Experienced with Windows? Don’t let Windows 8.1 make you feel like a beginner again! This book is
packed with intensely useful knowledge you won’t find anywhere else. Full of new tips and shortcuts,
it’s the fastest, best way to master Windows 8.1’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 8.1

•    Survive without the Start menu

•    Navigate the Windows 8.1 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 11’s latest improvements

•    Get comfortable with Windows 8.1’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’ supercharged media and imaging tools

•    Profit from Windows’ 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 8.1’s command-line interface

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

•    Troubleshoot the most common Windows 8.1’s 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 styles

•    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 8.1

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Starting Out with Windows 8

Chapter 1 Meet Windows 8.1

An Overview of Windows 8.1

    Should I Get Windows 8.1?

    Windows 8.1 Versions

    Upgrading Windows

What’s New in Windows 8.1?

    A Tale of Two Windows: The Start Screen Versus the Desktop

    Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me!

    Windows 8—Style Apps

    Charmed, I’m Sure

    Online User Accounts

    File Explorer Ribbon

    The Windows Store

    Management Tools

    Installation and Setup

    Storage Spaces

    Improved Web Browsing with Internet Explorer 11

    Faster Startup

    Secure Boot

    Integrated Cellular Data Connections

    What Changed Between Windows 8 and 8.1

Life Without the Start Menu

Chapter 2 Installing or Upgrading Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 System Requirements

    Processor Requirements

    Memory Requirements

    Storage Requirements

    Graphics Requirements

    Hardware Requirements for Various Windows 8.1 Features

Preparing Your System: A Checklist

    Check Your System Requirements

    Back Up Your Files

    Clean Up Your Hard Disk

    Check and Defragment Your Hard Disk

    Create a System Image Backup and a System Repair Disc

Installing Windows 8.1

Upgrading to Windows 8.1

    Upgrading from Windows 8

    Upgrading from Windows 7

    Running the Upgrade

Dual- (and Multi-) Booting Windows 8.1

    Dual-Booting Windows 8.1

    Multi-Booting with Three or More Operating Systems

    Using Windows Boot Manager

Customizing the Boot Configuration Data

    Using Windows Boot Manager to Modify the BCD

    Using Startup and Recovery to Modify the BCD

    Using the System Configuration Utility to Modify the BCD

    Using BCDEDIT to Customize the Startup Options

Installing Windows 8.1 Components

Chapter 3 Your First Hour with Windows 8.1

The First Things to Do After Starting Windows 8.1

A Quick Tour of the Important Windows 8.1 Features

    The Lock and Sign On Screens

    The Start Screen

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

    Using the Charms

    The Touch Tour

    Important Keyboard Shortcuts

    The Desktop, or Who Moved My Start Menu?

    Windows Explorer Is Now Called File Explorer

    Search Before You Look

    Getting to the Management Tools

Setting Up User Accounts

    Microsoft Versus Local Accounts

    Create New Accounts

    Change Account Settings

    Before You Forget Your Password

    Just One User?

Downloading Critical Updates

Personalizing Windows 8.1

    Personalize Screen Settings

    Tune Up the Taskbar

    Important Adjustments and Tweaks

Transferring Information from Your Old Computer

    Windows Easy Transfer

How the Heck Do I Shut This Thing Off?

More Than You Wanted to Know

    After You Forget Your Password

    Using a Password Reset Disk

    Accessing the Real Administrator Account

If You’re Moving to Windows 8.1 from XP

    Control Panel Wordiness

    Where’s My Stuff? The User Profile Structure

    Compatibility and Virtualization

    User Account Control

    The New Taskbar


Part II: Using Windows 8.1

Chapter 4 Using the Windows 8.1 Interface

Taking a Tour of the Windows 8.1 Interface

    The App Bar

    The Charms Menu

Navigating the Start Screen

    Navigating the Start Screen with a Mouse

    Navigating the Start Screen with a Keyboard

    Navigating the Start Screen with a Touch Interface

Working with Running Apps

    Snapping an App

    Switching Between Running Apps

    Shutting Down an App

Working with Notifications

Searching via the Start Screen

Customizing the Start Screen

    Resizing a Tile

    Moving a Tile

    Creating an App Group

    Turning Off a Live Tile

    Pinning a Program to the Start Screen

    Pinning a Website to the Start Screen

    Displaying the Administrative Tools on the Apps Screen

    Adding Shutdown and Restart Tiles to the Start Screen

    Customizing the Start Screen Background

Customizing the Lock Screen

    Customizing the Lock Screen Background

    Controlling the Apps Displayed on the Lock Screen

    Disabling the Lock Screen

Bypassing the Start Screen

    Booting Directly to the Desktop

    Accessing Start Menu Items from the Taskbar

    Pinning a Program to the Taskbar

    Using Desktop Programs as the Defaults

Chapter 5 Windows Apps and the Windows Store

The Windows Apps





    Food & Drink


    Health & Fitness

    Internet Explorer







    Reading List

    OneDrive (SkyDrive)






Installing Apps from the Windows Store

Uninstalling Apps

Sharing App Data

Chapter 6 Managing Files and Searching

Understanding File Types

    File Types and File Extensions

    File Types and the Registry

Navigating the Windows 8.1 Folder Windows

    Folder Navigation

    Instant Search

    The Ribbon

    The Navigation Pane

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

    Selecting Files with Check Boxes

    Resolving File Transfer Conflicts

    Expert Drag-and-Drop Techniques

    Taking Advantage of the Send To Command

    The Recycle Bin: Deleting and

    Recovering Files and Folders

    File Maintenance Using the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes

    Metadata and the File Explorer Property System

Desktop Searching

    As-You-Type Searches with Instant Search

    Using Advanced Query Syntax to Search Properties

    Saving Searches

Grouping and Filtering with Metadata

    Grouping Files

    Filtering Files

Chapter 7 Devices and Printers

Windows Printing Primer

Installing and Configuring a Printer

    Adding a New Printer

    Installing a Local Printer

    If the Printer Isn’t Found

    What to Do If Your Printer Isn’t Listed

Changing a Printer’s Properties

    Printing Preferences

    Printer Properties

    Print Server Properties

Removing a Printer

Printing from Your Applications

    Printing Offline

Working with the Printer Queue

    Deleting a File from the Queue

    Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer

    Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process

Advanced Printer Management

XPS Print Output


Chapter 8 Accessories and Accessibility

A Boatload of Useful Tools

    Gadgets Are Gone

    Apps as Accessories

Desktop Accessories


    Character Map

    Math Input Panel



    Snipping Tool

    Steps Recorder

    Sticky Notes

    Sound Recorder

    Windows Journal


    XPS Viewer

Accessibility Tools

    Ease of Access (in PC Settings)

    Ease of Access Center (in Control Panel)



Part III: Multimedia and Imaging

Chapter 9 Windows Media Player

Getting to Know Media Player

    Navigating the Library

    Customizing the Navigation Pane

    Syncing Media Devices

Playing Media Files

Setting Media Player’s Playback Options

Copying Music from an Audio CD

    Selecting a Location and Filename Structure

    Choosing the Recording File Format

    Specifying the Quality of the Recording

    Copying Tracks from an Audio CD

Copying Tracks to a Recordable CD or Device

    Creating a Playlist

    Recording to a CD or Device

Streaming Your Media Library

Chapter 10 Windows Media Center

Windows 8.1 and Windows Media Center

Media Center Hardware Requirements

Connecting Your PC to Other Media Devices

Touring the Windows Media Center Interface

Some Useful Media Center Techniques

    Rating Pictures via the Keyboard

    Setting Up a Custom Slide Show

    Setting Parental Controls

    Media Center Keyboard Shortcuts

    Archiving Recorded TV on Your Network

Chapter 11 Windows and Imaging Devices

Connecting Imaging Devices

    Testing an Installed Scanner

    Configuring Device Events

Accessing Media on a Memory Card

Importing Photos from a Digital Camera

    Viewing Digital Camera Images

    Importing Digital Camera Photos

Burning Photos to an Optical Disc

    Selecting an Optical Disc Format

    Burning a Mastered Disc

    Closing a UDF Session

    Burning a Live File System Disc

Sending Photos to a Printer

Chapter 12 Scanning and Faxing

Introducing Windows Fax and Scan

    Installing Fax and Scanner Hardware

Configuring the Fax Service

    Creating a Customized Cover Page

    Changing Fax Settings

Sending Faxes from Windows Fax and Scan

    Select Recipients

    Select a Dialing Rule

    Select a Cover Page

    Enter Subject and Comment Text

    Add Other Documents to the Fax

    Add Scanned Pages

    Preview the Fax

    Send the Fax

    Monitoring Outgoing Faxes

Receiving Faxes

    Printing Received Faxes Automatically

Scanning Documents with Windows Fax and Scan

    Editing Scan Profile Defaults

    Creating a New Scan Profile

    Scanning Images

    Emailing and Faxing Scans

Chapter 13 More Windows 8.1 Media Tools

Controlling the Volume

    Controlling the Overall System Volume

    Controlling an Application’s Volume

    Determining the Devices That Appear in the Volume Control

    Balancing Your Headphones

    Equalizing the Volume

Setting the Default Output Device

Assigning Sounds to Events

Recording Sounds with the Sound Recorder

    Setting Up the Microphone

    Recording a WMA File

Controlling Your Computer with Speech Recognition

Part IV: Windows 8.1 and the Internet

Chapter 14 Getting Connected

Going Worldwide

Connection Technologies

    Analog Modem



    Cable Modem

    Satellite Service

    Wireless and Cellular Service

    Choosing a Technology

    Choosing Equipment

Installing a Modem for Dial-Up Service

Configuring a Dial-Up Internet Connection

    Creating a New Dial-Up Connection

    Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties

Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection

    Hanging Up a Dial-Up Connection

Installing a Network Adapter for Broadband Service

    Installing Filters for DSL Service

Configuring a High-Speed Connection

    Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection

    Setting Up Dynamic IP Addressing (DHCP)

    Setting Up a Fixed IP Address

Changing the Default Connection

Managing Multiple Internet Connections

Chapter 15 Using Internet Explorer 11

Understanding Web Page Addresses

Tips and Techniques for Better Web Surfing

    Taking Advantage of the Address Bar

    Creating a Shortcut to a URL

    Working with Tabs

    Using the Handy History List

Searching the Web

The Favorites Folder: Sites to Remember

    Adding a Shortcut to the Favorites Folder

    Opening an Internet Shortcut from the Favorites Folder

    Maintaining Favorites

    Sharing Favorites with Other Browsers

Working with RSS Feeds

    Subscribing to a Feed

    Reading Feeds

    Setting the Feed Update Schedule

Customizing Internet Explorer

    Controlling the Web Page Cache

    Setting Internet Explorer Options

    Changing the Home Page

    Configuring the Page History

    Setting More General Options

    Understanding Internet Explorer’s Advanced Options

    Accelerated Graphics

Chapter 16 Windows 8.1 Internet Communications

Working with Email

Setting Up Mail Accounts

    Specifying Basic Account Settings

    Setting the Default Account

    Specifying Advanced Account Settings

Handling Incoming Messages

    Processing Messages

    Setting Read Options

Sending Messages

    Taking Control of Your Messages

    Creating a Signature

    Setting Send Options

Maintaining Mail

Filtering Incoming Messages

Finding a Message

    Simple Searches

    Advanced Searches

Setting Up Social Networks with the People App

    Connecting to a Social Network

    Editing a Connection’s Settings

    Removing a Connection

Chapter 17 Troubleshooting an Internet Connection

It’s Great When It Works, But...

Troubleshooting Step by Step

Identifying Software Configuration Problems

    Troubleshooting a Cable or DSL Modem Connection

    Troubleshooting a LAN Connection

Identifying Network Hardware Problems

Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities




Third-Party Utilities


    Speed Check

    Reverse tracert

Part V: Networking

Chapter 18 Creating a Windows Network

Creating or Joining a Network

Planning Your Network

    Are You Being Served?

    When to Hire a Professional

Choosing a Network and Cabling System

    10/100BASE-T Ethernet

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

    Phoneline and Powerline Networking

    1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet)

    Mixed Networking

Additional Networking Functions

    Printing and Faxing

    Providing Internet Connectivity

    Providing Remote Access

    Connecting to a Remote Network

Installing Network Adapters

    Checking Existing Adapters

    Installing Multiple Network Adapters

Installing Network Wiring

    Cabling for Ethernet Networks

    General Cabling Tips

    Wiring with Patch Cables

    Installing In-Wall Wiring

    Connecting Just Two Computers

    Connecting Multiple Switches

Installing a Wireless Network

    Wireless Network Setup Choices

    Setting Up a New Wireless Network

    Getting Maximum Wireless Speed

Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network

    Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol

    Enabling and Disabling Sharing

    Setting Your Computer Identification

    Configuring Windows Firewall

    File and Printer Sharing Without a Router

    Setting Up a Homegroup

    Alternatives to Using a Homegroup

    Wrapping Up

Joining a Windows Domain Network

Bridging Two Network Types

Chapter 19 Connecting Your Network to the Internet

Sharing an Internet Connection

Ways to Make the Connection

    Managing IP Addresses

    NAT and Internet Connection Sharing

    Special Notes for Wireless Networking

    Special Notes for Cable Service

Configuring Your LAN

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

    Scheme B–Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Broadband Connection

    Scheme C–Connection Sharing Router with a Broadband Connection

    Using Universal Plug and Play

    Scheme D–Cable Internet with Multiple Computers

    Scheme E–Routed Service Using a Router

Configuring the Rest of the Network

Making Services Available

    Enabling Access with Internet Connection Sharing

    Enabling Access with a Sharing Router

Chapter 20 Networking with Other Operating Systems

Mix and Match with Windows and Macs

Internetworking with Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

    Setting TCP/IP as the Default Network Protocol

    Password Protection and Simple File Sharing

    Using Windows Vista and XP with a Homegroup

Internetworking with UNIX and Linux


    Samba Client Tools

    Samba Server Tools

Internetworking with Macintosh

    Compatibility Issues

    Working with Mac OS X

Installing Optional Network


The Hosts File

Chapter 21 Using a Windows Network

Windows Was Made to Network

Using Shared Folders in Windows 8.1

    Browsing Through a Homegroup

    Browsing a Network’s Computers

    Viewing a Computer or Shared Folder

    Directly Using Its UNC Path

Searching the Network

    Searching for Files or Folders

    Searching for Computers

    Searching for Printers

    Searching Active Directory

Security and File Sharing

    File Permissions and Networking

    Network Permissions

Using Printers on the Network

    Using a Shared Printer

    Using Printers over the Internet with IPP

    Using UNIX and LPR Printers

    Using Other Network-Connected Printers

Network Power User Topics

    Backing Up Your Computer over the Network

    Sharing and Using an Entire Drive

    Understanding the Universal Naming Convention

    Mapping Drive Letters

    Mapping a Drive to a Subfolder

Sharing Resources

    Sharing with a Homegroup

    Sharing the Public Profile Folder

    Sharing Your Own Folders in Place

    Sharing Folders Independently

Sharing Printers

    Setting Printer Permissions

    Changing the Location of the Spool Directory

    Printer Pooling

Managing Your Network

    Monitoring Use of Your Shared Folders

    Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line

Chapter 22 Troubleshooting Your Network

When Good Networks Go Bad

Getting Started

Troubleshooters and Diagnostic Tools

    The Network and Sharing Center


    Network Troubleshooters

    Windows Firewall

    Event Viewer

    Device Manager

Testing Network Cables

Checking Network Configuration



    Network Connections

Testing Network Connectivity with ping

Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems

Part VI: Maintaining Windows 8.1

Chapter 23 Windows Management Tools

Managing Windows

Controlling Windows 8.1 with Control Panel

    Touring the Control Panel Window

    Reviewing the Control Panel Icons

    Understanding Control Panel Files

    Easier Access to Control Panel

Policing Windows 8.1 with Group Policies

    Understanding Group Policies

    Local Group Policy Editor and Windows Versions

    Launching the Local Group Policy Editor

    Working with Group Policies

    Group Policy Examples

Configuring the Microsoft Management Console

    Reviewing the Windows 8.1 Snap-Ins

    Launching the MMC

    Adding a Snap-In

    Saving a Console

    Creating a Custom Taskpad View

    Controlling Snap-Ins with Group Policies

Controlling Services

    Controlling Services with the Services Snap-In

    Controlling Services at the Command Prompt

    Controlling Services with a Script

    Making Windows Shut Down Services Faster

    Resetting a Broken Service

Monitoring Performance

    Monitoring Performance with Task Manager

    Using the Resource Monitor

    Using the Performance Monitor

Chapter 24 Tweaking and Customizing Windows

Working with the PC Settings App

    Changing Your User Account Picture

    Changing a Password

    Creating a Picture Password

    Customizing Notifications

    Synchronizing Your Settings Between Devices

Customizing File Explorer

    Customizing the Ribbon

    Changing the View

    Viewing More Properties

    Turning On File Extensions

    Exploring the View Options

Customizing the Taskbar for Easier Program and Document Launching

    Improving Productivity by Setting Taskbar Options

     Pinning a Favorite Program to the Taskbar

    Pinning a Destination to a Program’s Jump List

    Using the Windows Key to Start Taskbar Programs

    Taking Control of the Notification Area

    Displaying Multiple Clocks for Different Time Zones

    Displaying the Built-in Taskbar Toolbars

    Setting Some Taskbar Toolbar Options

    Creating New Taskbar Toolbars

Chapter 25 Managing Hard Disks and Storage Spaces

Dealing with Hard Disk Errors

    Hard Drive Health States

    Repairing a Drive Manually

Checking Free Disk Space

Deleting Unnecessary Files

Defragmenting Your Hard Disk

    Running the Defragment and Optimize Drives Tool

    Changing the Optimization Schedule

    Changing Which Disks Get Defragmented

Working with Storage Spaces

Managing Your Disks

    Assigning a Different Letter to a Disk Drive

    Dividing Your Hard Drive into Two Volumes

    Creating a Spanned Volume

    Creating Mirrored Volumes

    Creating a RAID 5 Volume

Working with Disk Files

    Mounting an ISO File

    Mounting a Virtual Hard Disk

    Creating a Virtual Hard Disk

Chapter 26 Troubleshooting and Repairing Problems

Troubleshooting Strategies: Determining the Source of a Problem

    Did You Get an Error Message?

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

    Does an Error Appear in System Information?

    Did You Recently Edit the Registry?

    Did You Recently Change Any Windows Settings?

    Did Windows 8.1 “Spontaneously” Reboot?

    Did You Recently Change Any Application Settings?

    Did You Recently Install a New Program?

    Did You Recently Install a New Device?

    Did You Recently Apply an Update from Windows Update?

General Troubleshooting Tips

More Troubleshooting Tools

    Running the Windows 8.1


    Running the Memory Diagnostics Tool

    Checking for Solutions to Problems

Troubleshooting Startup

    Some Things to Try Before Anything Else

    Disabling Startup Programs

    Disabling Startup Services

    A Startup Troubleshooting Procedure

Troubleshooting Device Problems

    Troubleshooting with Device Manager

    Troubleshooting Device Driver Problems

    Rolling Back a Device Driver

Recovering from a Problem

    Accessing the Recovery Environment

    Navigating the Recovery Environment

    Booting Up in Safe Mode

    Automatically Repairing Your PC

    Recovering Using System Restore

    Refreshing Your PC

    Resetting Your PC

    Restoring a System Image

Chapter 27 Managing Your Software

Configuring and Managing Windows Update

    Configuring Automatic Updates

    Setting the Automatic Maintenance Schedule

    Checking for Updates

    Selecting Updates to Install

Working with Third-Party Software

    Running Through a Pre-Installation Checklist

    Installing Software

    Opening the Programs and Features Window

    Changing a Software Installation

    Repairing a Software Installation

    Uninstalling Software

    Understanding Compatibility Mode

Chapter 28 Managing Your Hardware

Windows 8.1 and Hardware

Viewing Your Devices

Installing Devices

    Installing Plug and Play Devices

    Using Action Center to Complete a Device Install

    Installing a Bluetooth Device

Running Windows 8.1 with Multiple Monitors

    Extending the Screen to a Second Monitor

    Duplicating the Screen on a Second Monitor

    Using Only the Second Monitor

    Multiple Monitors and the Windows 8.1 UI

    Setting the Multi-Monitor Desktop Background

    Configuring the Taskbar for Multiple Monitors

    Moving Up to Three Monitors

Managing Your Hardware with Device Manager

    Controlling the Device Display

    Viewing Device Properties

    Showing Nonpresent Devices in Device Manager

Working with Device Drivers

    Tips for Downloading Device Drivers

    Checking Windows Update for Drivers

    Updating a Device Driver

    Configuring Windows to Ignore Unsigned Device Drivers

    Write a Complete List of Device Drivers to a Text File

Uninstalling a Device

Working with Device Security Policies

Chapter 29 Editing the Windows Registry

What Is the Registry?

How the Registry Is Organized

New Registry Features

    Registry Virtualization

    Registry Redirection and Reflection

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

    Backing Up the Registry

    Restoring the Registry

Using Regedit

    Viewing the Registry

    Searching in the Registry

    Editing Keys and Values

    Editing Registry Entries for Another User

    Editing Registry Entries for Another Windows Installation

    Editing Registry Security

Other Registry Tools

    Registry Toolkit

    Registrar Registry Manager


Registry Privileges and Policies

Chapter 30 Command-Line and Automation Tools

Command-Line Tools

The Windows 8.1 Command Prompt Environment

    Changing Directories

    Saving Output

    The Search Path

    Running Commands with Elevated Privileges

    Cutting and Pasting in the Command Prompt Window

    Learning About Command-Line Programs

    Running GUI Programs from the Command Line

Setting Environment Variables

    Setting the PATH Environment Variable

The MS-DOS Environment

    Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application

    Issues with DOSKEY and ANSI.SYS

    Printing from MS-DOS Applications

Batch Files

    Batch File Tips

Windows Script Host

    Some Sample Scripts

Windows PowerShell

Task Scheduler

Part VII: Security

Chapter 31 Protecting Windows from Viruses and Spyware

Avoiding Viruses and Spyware: The Basics

    First, a Few Simple Precautions

    Locking Your Computer

    Requiring Ctrl+Alt+Delete at Startup

Checking Your Computer’s Security Settings

    Making Sure Windows Firewall Is Turned On

    Making Sure Windows Defender Is Turned On

    Making Sure User Account Control Is Turned On

    Making Sure the Administrator Account Is Disabled

Understanding User Account Control (UAC)

    Elevating Privileges

    Configuring User Account Control

    User Account Control Policies

    Preventing Elevation for All Standard Users

Enhancing Your Browsing Security

    Blocking Pop-Up Windows

    Adding and Removing Zone Sites

    Changing a Zone’s Security Level

    Protected Mode: Reducing Internet Explorer’s Privileges

    Total Security: Internet Explorer Without Add-Ons

Understanding Internet Explorer’s Advanced Security Options

Protecting Yourself Against Email Viruses

Chapter 32 Protecting Your Data from Loss and Theft

Preparing for Trouble

    Backing Up File Versions with File History

    Restoring a Previous Version of a File

    Setting System Restore Points

    Creating a Recovery Drive

    Creating a System Image Backup

Protecting a File

    Making a File Read-Only

    Hiding a File

Setting Security Permissions on Files and Folders

    Assigning a User to a Security Group

    Assigning a User to Multiple Security Groups

    Assigning Standard Permissions

    Assigning Special Permissions

    Fixing Permission Problems by Taking Ownership of Your Files

Encrypting Files and Folders

    Encrypting a Folder

    Backing Up Your Encryption Key

Encrypting a Disk with BitLocker

    Enabling BitLocker on a System with a TPM

    Enabling BitLocker on a System Without a TPM

Chapter 33 Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops

It’s a Cold, Cruel World

    Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?

    Types of Attack

    Your Lines of Defense

Preparation: Network Security Basics

Active Defense

    Firewalls and NAT (Connection-Sharing) Devices

    Windows Firewall

    Packet Filtering

    Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing

    Add-on Firewall Products for Windows

    Secure Your Router

    Configure Passwords and File Sharing

    Set Up Restrictive Access Controls

Testing, Logging, and Monitoring

    Test Your Defenses

    Monitor Suspicious Activity

Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack

    Make a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online

    Make Frequent Backups When You’re Online

    Write and Test Server Restore Procedures

    Write and Maintain Documentation

    Prepare an Incident Plan

Specific Configuration Steps for Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1’s Security Features

    If You Have a Windows 8.1 Computer Without a LAN

    If You Have a LAN

    Keep Up to Date

    Tightening Local Security Policy

Configuring Windows Firewall

    Enabling and Disabling Windows Firewall

    Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Firewall

    Change Notification Settings, Turn Windows Firewall On or Off

    Restore Defaults

    Advanced Settings

More About Security

Chapter 34 Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Spam

Phishing for Information

    Common Types of Fraud

    Live Phish: A Real-World Example

    More Help from Internet Explorer

    Protecting Yourself on a Public Computer

    Two-Way Authentication

    Two-Factor Authentication

    Identity-Management Software

Fighting Spam

    Protect Your Email Address

    Use Spam Filtering

    Avoid Spammers’ Tricks

Take Action Against Email Abuse

    Whois Database

Part VIII: Windows on the Move

Chapter 35 Windows on Mobile Devices

Windows 8.1 on Tablets and Mobile Devices

    Windows RT 8.1 Versus Windows 8.1

Tablet Input Methods

    Touch Keyboard

    The On Screen Keyboard

    Multitouch Input and Gestures

    Pen and Stylus Input

Configuring Touch and Pen Input

Pen Flicks

Using Handwriting Recognition

    Handwriting Gestures

    Training the Handwriting


Chapter 36 Wireless Networking

Wireless Networking in Windows 8.1

    Types of Wi-Fi Networks

    Take Care When You Share

Joining a Wireless Network

    In the Corporate Environment

    At Your Home or Small Office

    In Someone Else’s Home or Office

    At a Public Hot Spot

Ad Hoc Networks and Meetings

Managing Wireless Network Connections

    Changing Wireless Settings

    Setting Up Preferred Wireless Networks

    Adding a Network Manually

    Deleting Wireless Profiles

Chapter 37 Computing on the Road

Windows Unplugged: Mobile and Remote Computing

Managing Mobile Computers

    Airplane Mode

    Windows Mobility Center

    Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

VPN and Dial-Up Networking

    Virtual Private Networking

    Setting Up a VPN Connection

    Editing a VPN Connection’s Properties

    Establishing a VPN Connection

    Using Remote Network Resources

    Email and Network Connections

    Monitoring and Ending a VPN Connection

    Advanced Routing for Remote Networks

Incoming VPN Access

    Setting Up VPN Access

    Enabling Incoming VPN Connections with NAT

    Disabling Incoming Connections

Offline Files

    Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use

    Using Files While Offline

    Sync Center

    Managing and Encrypting Offline Files

    Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others

Multiple LAN Connections

Chapter 38 Meetings, Conferencing, and Collaboration

Windows 8.1 Plays Well with Others

Making Presentations with a Mobile Computer

    Adjusting Presentation Settings

    Controlling An External Display

    Connecting to Network Projectors

Remote Assistance

    Enabling Remote Assistance

    Requesting Remote Assistance

    Responding to an Assistance Request

    Working with Remote Assistance

    Using Third-Party Tools

Online Meeting Tools

Chapter 39 Remote Desktop and Remote Access

Using Your Computer Remotely

Setting Up Access to Your Own Computer

    Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer

    Establishing 24/7 Access

    Setting Up Dynamic DNS

    Configuring Port Forwarding

Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop

    Using the Windows 8—Style Remote Desktop Client

Using the Standard Remote Desktop Client

    Connection Options

    Using the Remote Connection

    Keyboard Shortcuts

Third-Party Remote Control Tools

Appendix A Virtualization

Windows 8.1 as a Host: Running Other Operating Systems Inside Windows 8.1

    Installing and Configuring Hyper-V

    Creating Virtual Machine Instances

    Running and Connecting to a VM

    Converting a Physical Computer to a VM

    Windows XP Mode Virtual Machines

Windows 8.1 as a Guest: Running Windows 8.1 Inside Other Operating Systems

Booting a VHD File on Hardware

Appendix B Command-Line Utilities

Working with Disk Management Tools

    CHKDSK: Checking for Hard Disk Errors

    CHKNTFS: Scheduling Automatic Disk Checks

    DEFRAG: Defragmenting the System Drive

Working with File and Folder Management Tools

    ATTRIB: Modifying File and Folder Attributes

    FIND: Locating a Text String in a File

    REN: Renaming a File or Folder

    REPLACE: Smarter File Copying

    SORT: Sorting the Contents of a File

    XCOPY: Advanced File Copying

Working with System Management Tools

    REG: Working with Registry Keys and Settings

    SHUTDOWN: Shutting Down or Restarting the System

    SYSTEMINFO: Returning System Configuration Data

    TYPEPERF: Monitoring Performance

    WHOAMI: Getting Information About the Current User

Working with Users, Groups, and Shares

    NET USER: Working with Users

    NET LOCALGROUP: Working with Groups

    NET USE: Mapping Folders

Working with Network Troubleshooting Tools

    PING: Checking Connectivity

    TRACERT: Tracking Packets

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