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Windows 8.1 in Depth

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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 Jumplists 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 Calendar Camera Desktop Finance Food & Drink Games Health & Fitness Internet Explorer Mail Maps Music News People Photos Reading List OneDrive (SkyDrive) Skype Sports Store Video Weather 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 Faxing Chapter 8 Accessories and Accessibility A Boatload of Useful Tools Gadgets Are Gone Apps as Accessories Desktop Accessories Calculator Character Map Math Input Panel Notepad Paint Snipping Tool Steps Recorder Sticky Notes Sound Recorder Windows Journal WordPad XPS Viewer Accessibility Tools Ease of Access (in PC Settings) Ease of Access Center (in Control Panel) Magnifier Narrator 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 ISDN DSL 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 ipconfig ping tracert Third-Party Utilities WhatIsMyIP 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 Samba Client Tools Samba Server Tools Internetworking with Macintosh Compatibility Issues Working with Mac OS X Installing Optional Network Components 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 Network Troubleshooters Windows Firewall Event Viewer Device Manager Testing Network Cables Checking Network Configuration ipconfig System 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 Troubleshooters 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 Tweak-8 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 Recognizer 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 9780789752819 TOC 2/18/2014

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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