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Which “Big” Book on Windows 8.1 is the “Right” One”?


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#1 shamrock838

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 02:15 PM

I’m a former Windows Vista Business user and new to Windows 8.1.  I’m also shopping for the right “thick” 8.1 book that covers everything – or nearly so. 

 

At Barnes & Noble, I saw 4-7 such books! – all in the $35-50 range.  I’ve wondered why so many such books and which might be “the right one” for me. 

 

How would I recognize such a book when I saw it?  [BTW, I define “big book” as averaging about 2” thick.]

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

 I bought "Windows 8.1 for Dummies (all in one).  It has 10 books in one volume.  It covered everything I could think of and even more.  I read the entire book chapter by chapter and made summary notes as I read.  I now use the book ans notes as a reference.  I recommend it.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 04:41 PM

Silly Billy,

 

Thanks for your input - I've seen it but I'll take a closer look at it when I revisit B&N.

 

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:38 PM

Wileys Bible series have always been fairly decent.

 

http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111883531X.html



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 07:11 PM

I go with Silly Billy. He mentions the series 'XYZ for Dummies', there is also the series 'An idiots guide to XYZ'.

 

I have always found these well written, explicit in their assumptions about existing knowledge and contain a welcome element of humour regardless of the subject. My wife doesn't know it yet, but the 'Idiots's guide to Linux' is on my Christmas wish list ! 

 

These books are for those looking for an introduction to any subject, you would not use them as texts in a Ph.D course, but as an answer to the question 'There must be an easier way to do that ?' they are excellent. As you may gather, I rate them highly !

 

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 11:45 PM

Thanks to John C_21 - and Chris Cosgrove - for your replies.  I'm starting to get a consensus here - which is good.  I may have to choose one - or get both.  Great for weight lifting too < grin >.

 

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