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Windows 8.1 in Depth


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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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About the Author

Brian Knittel is a software developer, consultant, and writer. He has authored or coauthored many of Que's best-selling Windows books, including Que's leading Windows books, Windows 8 In Depth, Windows 7 In Depth, and Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows. Brian is also the author of Windows 7 and Vista Guide to Scripting, Automation, and Command Line Tools and Windows XP Under the Hood. In addition, Brian coauthored Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows with Scott Mueller.Paul McFedries is the author of more than 85 computer books that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing books Microsoft Windows 7 Unleashed and Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed and the Que Publishing books PCs for Grownups, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Fixing Your Computer, and My Office RT. Paul also is the propietor of Word Spy, a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language.

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