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Windows 8 Apps and the Windows Store : Installing Apps from the Windows Store, Sharing Windows 8 App Data
In these days of ubiquitous social networking, we are immersed in a world of sharing: happenings, links, information, and much more. You can enhance your social contacts and share more of your life with other people by using Windows 8’s Share feature to send data.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 7) - Travel, Video
The Travel app is designed to help you research travel destinations and then book your trip once you’ve decided where to go.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 6) - Store, Weather
You use the Store app to access the online Windows Store and browse and purchase new Windows 8 apps for your Windows 8 PC.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 6) - Photos, SkyDrive, Sports
If there are any sections of the Photos app you never use, you can hide them. Press Windows Logo+I (or display the Charms menu and click Settings) to open the Settings pane, and then click Settings. Click the switch to Off for each section you want to hide.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 5) - News, People
The News app offers the latest news stories from various categories, which are listed on the main News screen and include World, Technology, Business, Entertainment, Politics, and Sports.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 4) - Messaging, Music
You use the Messaging app to exchange instant messages with your friends. By default, your “friends” are the contacts associated with your Microsoft account’s Messenger service.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Quick Help for Getting Started, Logging Off, Shutting Down
Windows 8 provides a much quicker startup process than previous versions of Windows. In some cases, the boot-up time is less than 8 seconds, which is substantially quicker than Windows 7.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Using the Notification Area (part 2) - Using scroll bars, Using Back and Forward buttons
Scroll bars appear in program windows whenever the window contains more information than it can fit. You may not see any on your screen right now. But don’t worry about that.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Using the Notification Area (part 1) - Responding to notification messages
Over on the right side of the taskbar is the Notification area (also called the system tray or tray). Each icon in the Notification area represents a program or service that’s running in the background. For example, antivirus and antispyware programs often show icons in the Notification area so that you know they’re running.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Closing a Program
When you’re finished using a program, you should close it. Every open program and document consumes some resources, mostly in the form of using memory (RAM).
Windows 8 : Running Programs and Apps (part 4) - Moving and sizing from the keyboard
As you’ve seen, most of the techniques for moving and sizing program windows rely on the mouse. There are some keyboard alternatives, but they’re not available in all program windows.
Windows 8 : Running Programs and Apps (part 3) - Sizing program windows
As a rule, program windows can be any size you want them to be, but this rule has a few exceptions. For example, the tiny Calculator program can’t be sized at all.
Windows 8 : Running Programs and Apps (part 2) - Arranging program windows
You can use options on the taskbar shortcut menu to arrange all currently open program windows. To get to that menu, right-click an empty portion of the taskbar, or right-click the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen
Windows 8 : Running Programs and Apps (part 1) - Switching among open programs
Whenever you have two or more programs open at the same time, you want to be able to easily switch among them. You have several ways to switch among open programs, as discussed in the sections that follow.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Using Jump Lists
Jump lists were a new feature of Windows 7 that enhance the usefulness of the icons and pin items on the taskbar. Windows 8 continues to use jump lists. Jump Lists add the most recently used objects from the application to a pop-up menu.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Windows Start Screen, Using the Windows Desktop
As mentioned, the Windows desktop is the electronic equivalent of a real desktop. It’s the place where you keep stuff you’re working on right now. Every program that’s currently open is usually contained within some program window.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Logging In
Obviously, the first step to using a computer is to turn it on. Shortly after you first start your computer, the Windows 8 Lock screen appears (see Figure 1). To log in, slide the display up.
Windows 8 : Getting Around the Windows Desktop - Terminology for Things You Do
When you rest your hand comfortably on the mouse, the left mouse button should be under your index finger. You don’t want to hold the button down, however. Just rest your index finger on it lightly. If you are left-handed, you can switch the orientation of the buttons using the Mouse applet in the Control Panel.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 3) - Mail, Maps
The Mail app is an extremely simple mail client that offers only the most basic functionality: sending messages, responding to messages (Reply, Reply to All, or Forward), moving messages to different folders (although you need to create new folders online), and deleting messages.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 2) - Finance, Internet Explorer
The Finance app is Windows 8’s one-stop shop for business, economic, and investing news and statistics, gathered by Bing Finance.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 1) - Calendar,Bing,Camera, Desktop
Calendar is Windows 8’s scheduling app, enabling you to create events for meetings, appointments, get-togethers, and all-day tasks such as conferences and vacations.
Using the Windows 8 Interface : Bypassing the Start Screen (part 2) - Pinning a Program to the Taskbar, Using Desktop Programs as the Defaults
We mentioned earlier that it’s jarring to switch between the Start screen and desktop interfaces because they’re just so drastically different. Unfortunately, Windows 8 often forces this transition by using many Windows 8 apps as the default programs for certain file types.
Using the Windows 8 Interface : Bypassing the Start Screen (part 1) - Booting Directly to the Desktop, Accessing Start Menu Items from the Taskbar
The bad news is that Windows 8 doesn’t offer any built-in option that you can set to boot directly to the desktop. There’s no setting, no Registry value, no group policy. We experimented with various startup and logon tweaks, but we found them to be flaky and slow.
Windows 8 : Introducing Storage Spaces - Creating storage spaces
Storage Spaces is the new storage virtualization and management technology Microsoft has developed. The concept of Storage Spaces has been around for quite some time; Windows Home Server used Drive Extender to make external storage manageable within Windows Home Server, and Storage Spaces takes a cue from this technology.
Windows 8 : Working with file systems (part 5) - Working with quotas, Working with quotas for user accounts
Working with disk quotas can provide a way to ensure that certain volumes allow each person using the computer to use only a predetermined amount of space. Consider the following example.
Windows 8 : Working with file systems (part 4) - Understanding Encrypting File System, BitLocker
Windows and NTFS provide a method for each person using a computer to encrypt his or her files, folders, and drives. Encrypting File System (EFS) is a method used to encrypt files and determine who can access the files.
Windows 8 : Working with file systems (part 3) - Auditing access to securable objects by using SACLs
After the security of discretionary access lists is in place, NTFS allows only those user accounts or groups with the correct permissions to access objects. However, others within an environment might attempt to access files or folders.
Windows 8 : Working with file systems (part 2) - Inheritance and cumulative effectiveness
The combinations of permissions are complex. Before you consider them, think about the inheritance of permissions and the fact that permissions for user accounts and groups have a cumulative effect. This alone can be confusing.
Windows 8 : Working with file systems (part 1) - Security within the file system
One of the primary focuses of the NTFS file system is security. People who use Windows have at one time or another tried to open a file on the network and received an Access Denied message for that particular file.
Windows 8 : Managing disks and storage (part 5) - Using Microsoft Drive Optimizer to organize data - The DiskPart utility
This section looks at the DiskPart utility in more detail, explaining the options available with DiskPart and how it might be used when performing maintenance on or troubleshooting a computer. The DiskPart utility and commands are designed to work directly with disks, volumes, and partitions.
 
 
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