A Beginner's Guide to Windows 8

Windows 8 is Microsoft's successor to the popular Windows 7 operating system. It's a brand new operating system that has been designed not only with desktops and notebooks in mind, but also for tablet devices and other computers that implement touchscreens, such as all-in-one PCs and hybrid-style Ultrabooks.

There has been a radical change in the design of the operating system and how it works compared to Windows 7. This book will guide you through some of the new features that you can expect to find in Windows 8, including the all-important Start screen (formerly called the Metro interface), which is the first thing you'll see when you boot up a Windows 8-based computer. We'll also talk a little about some of the new types of computers that are available for Windows 8, and whether you should upgrade your hardware or stick with what you've got.

A Beginner's Guide to Windows 8 is proudly sponsored by TREND MICRO.

Contents

Chapter 1: The Windows 8 Start screen
Chapter 2: Using the mouse and keyboard to navigate Windows 8
Chapter 3: Using a touchpad to navigate Windows 8
Chapter 4: Learning to touch
Chapter 5: Desktop improvements
Chapter 6: Networking
Chapter 7: User accounts and account settings
Chapter 8: What are Windows 8 apps and where do I get them?
Chapter 9: Security and parental features
Chapter 10: Backing up and restoring a Windows 8 computer
Chapter 11: SkyDrive cloud storage
Chapter 12: The Control Panel and other system settings
Chapter 13: What are the different versions of Windows 8?
Chapter 14: How do I get Windows 8?
Chapter 15: What types of new computers run Windows 8?
Chapter 16: Microsoft Surface
Chapter 17: What is Windows RT?
Chapter 18: Do I need a new computer to run Windows 8?
Chapter 19: System requirements
Chapter 20: Windows 8 in action