Windows 8 Step by Step Book From Microsoft Press – Review & Giveaway

Windows 8 will soon be made available to all. Microsoft has reimagined Windows and there are many things users will have to actually unlearn first before they can learn Windows 8. To help users get the feel of the new operating system quickly, Microsoft Press is releasing quite a few Books for learning Windows 8. One of the finest is Windows 8 Step by Step, a complete book that walks you through every detail of Windows 8. The Book has been authored by good friend Ciprian Adrian Rusen along with Joli Ballew, a Microsoft MVP for Windows.

Windows 8 Step by Step Review

Windows 8 Step by Step helps you learn and adapt to the new ways of working with Windows on your PC and touch-enabled devices. With this book at hand, you can learn how to customize your Windows experience with cool apps, Manage photos, movies & music, organize files and folders, store them in cloud and tune up or secure your system in best possible way.

The book has been published for those who are new to Windows 8 and its apps as well as for those who are planning to upgrade their previous versions of Windows OS to the latest version i.e. Windows 8. All topics and information pertaining to the new OS has been covered extensively. It will start helping you, right from the beginning – that is from how to install Windows 8 on your PC. It will also help you in exploring it to the fullest extent. The language used is simple to help users better understand a topic. Also, for exploring Windows 8, you will find a series of chapters that are well titled and nicely indexed.

The book has over 780 pages and covers the following topics:

  1. Understanding the new Start screen.
  2. Finding your way through the Windows 8 interface and all its novelties.
  3. Using the most important Windows 8 apps.
  4. Using the Windows Store.
  5. Gaming and connecting Windows 8 to your Xbox.
  6. Synchronizing your files and settings with SkyDrive.
  7. Managing your child’s computing activities with Family Safety.
  8. Securing Windows 8.
  9. Networking and sharing files, folders and devices from Windows 8
  10. Troubleshooting common Windows 8 problems.

Each chapter covers more advanced information and considerations. For example, the first chapter – Introducing Windows 8 explains to you:

  1. How to set up Windows 8
  2. Explore and customize the Start Screen
  3. Customize Live Tiles
  4. Access the traditional Desktop
  5. Work with Windows and apps
  6. Work with PC Setting and Control Panel
  7. End a computing session

So, in way all the important aspects that one needs to know and learn about the operating system, to be productive enough while using it, has been included. Each topic is self-contained and complete with all exercises. Still, for some reason if you need help remembering how to perform a certain procedure of this book, the following features have been provided to help you find it easily.

  • Detailed table of contents – Allows searching the listing of the topics and sidebars within each chapter.
  • Chapter thumb tabs – Easily locates the beginning of the chapter you want.
  • Topic-specific running heads – Helps quickly locate the topic you are searching for by looking at the running heads at the top of odd-numbered pages.
  • Glossary – Looks up the meaning of a word or the definition of a concept.
  • Keyboard shortcuts – Gets all the shortcuts in one place.
  • Detailed index – Looks up specific tasks and features in the index.

The book ends with a list of 20 useful tips and tricks that aims to help users improve their experience of Windows 8. So, if you begin now and work your way through all the exercises, you will gain enough proficiency to use Windows 8 to its fullest potential!

Windows 8 Step by Step will hold your hand and walk with you every step, as you learn how to use the new OS and unravel its features, secrets and beauty. It will make learning and using Windows 8 a pleasure! If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8, this is one book I’d strongly recommend you consider buying.

Windows 8 Step by Step Book Giveaway

The Book costs $29.99 for the print version and $23.99 for the eBook, but we are delighted to be able to offer 5 copies of the eBook free to our readers, thanks to Ciprian. To win a license, simply share this post on any social networking site/s of your choice, and share its status URL here. If you do not use any social site, you may tell us in the comments why you think you deserve to get this eBook.

You may use the following format to share if you wish:

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Process for receiving Windows 8 Step by Step prize:

  1. The winners be selected by me randomly based on their comments and the email IDs forwarded to the author Ciprian.
  2. Winners will have to create an account on the O’Reilly Shop.
  3. The winners need to share the display name and the e-mail they used to register.
  4. O’Reilly will be contacted to add the prize into their account. This generally takes up to 3 working days.
  5. The winners will automatically be informed of the book being added to their account. The whole process may take up to 7 days.

The book will be shared in all digital formats, DRM free. They will get access, for free, to future updates of the book (e.g. errata’s being fixed) and to special offers on other books distributed by O’Reilly Media.

The giveaway will close after 10 days. If you do not wish to wait for the giveaway, but want to purchase a copy right away, head over to the authors site for more details.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Bionic

    Hey TWC and thanks for offering, I wouldn’t mind a copy of this Step by Step Book.

    I’ve been using Windows 8 since early previews and would now like to improve my own Windows experience.

    It’s the first time I ever signed up for an E-book giveaway but this Step by Step Book looks indeed interesting.

    Many thanks to authors Ciprian Adrian Rusen, Joli Ballew

    (New logo looks nice and works for me)

  • Rohit
  • Azziz Mouloud

    To get familiar with Windows 8 this ebook will be great. Thanks for the contest.

  • KushangDholakia

    Hey TWC team,

    I went from 7 to Windows 8 and I want to learn how to use the pc with more experience.

    Anyway, thank you for your advice.

  • Jef

    I would like to learn how to use windows 8, become familiar with it, also to help others to be able to make the change to the new OS.

  • Curlew

    I live in a village of about 800 people most of whom are either retred or on disability of one sort or another. I am the go to guy for computer problems in this very low income area. As a registered blind person, above retirement ,I spend my time keeping up to date with XP, Vista, W7 and now W8 systems so that I can provide a low cost solution to the area.
    Windows 8 is quite a diversion from what has gone before thus having a copy of the book would be a great help once W8 is standard in many laptops, notebooks and PCs.

  • dvdtoflash

    Also, I’d like to know how to use Windows 8 and willing be an expert of Windows 8. BTW, do you guys think that the appearance of Windows 8 looks like the Nokia Lumia series cell phones? lol….

  • Shimon Leff

    Sorry, no social site. However, I really could use a copy of the book. I am an amateur IT consultant and I need all the info I can get my hands on.
    This ebook would be perfect.

  • Nitin
  • Ovidiu

    It would be a great book to start learning Windows 8 now, that I moved on from Windows 7.

  • Ernie

    I have been trialing windows 8 for a while now and still find it hard to get my head around. It is vast leap forwards and it looks as though my chronically challenged brain has decided to stop working. If I were to win this e-book it would enable me to fully understand and use the new OS. At the moment the changes are off-putting but with this give-away I would have no more excuses.


  • Steven

    We suppost a few hundred users. The majority are still on XP. We need to get familiar with Windoes 8 ASAP!

  • vhick

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  • Fayez Ahmed Khan Noman
  • Belthazor78
  • Dacko
  • biswasark

    Please count me in.

  • Aravind
  • briareoushex
  • Naukribox

    Familiar with Windows 8 this ebook will be great Thank you so much.

  • Navjot Singh
  • Dragan Pavlovic

    windows 8 is great

  • Cosmin Tataru
  • Vicki Sprowles
  • Paras
  • john3347

    I am not so insecure with myself that I have to announce to the world every time I fart, so I am not a member of any “social network”. Everything I have seen or heard about Windows 8 fails to encourage me to install it on any of my computers. I wonder if there is any information in a 700+ page book that can present a cause to wish to install the newest abortion from Microsoft.

  • Islam Nadim
  • Jushilli

    I am not familiar with Windows 8 at all but would like to try it out so this book would be extremely useful to make sure that Windows 8 is correctly used

  • Lisa Koster
  • Lisa K
  • Juquel

    I would like to have a copy of this book, so I can spread the Microsoft gospel. I want to convince people that Windows 8 is the future. I also like anything free because I am a poor college student… :-)

  • Balachandran Subramanian

    I had vista and

  • Balachandran Subramanian

    I had vista @ my home laptop and didn’t move to windows7. But when Windows8 RC was released, i felt that i shall plunge in to this change and installed windows8. I find it difficult to figure out how to do things in Windows8 as the UI is redically different from Vista. I believe that this book will help me to navigate better. Thanks.

  • English Consulting

  • English Consulting

  • g33k247
  • Larry Rydel

    I was one of the first to download Windows 8 Pro 64-bit within its 1st hour of release. But, of course the download did not come with any printed manual which is what I like to read and work from. I want to extract every little goodie I can from this OS! Thank you.

  • Anand Khanse

    Congrats to the following 5 winners

    Larry Rydel
    Cosmin Tataru
    Balachandran Subramanian
    Shimon Leff

    I have forwarded your email ID to the author.

    Please see above: Process for receiving Windows 8 Step by Step prize and do the needful.

  • Cosmin Tataru

    O’Reilly account user name : cosmintataru
    O’Reilly email address :

  • Cosmin Tataru

    Thank you for the e-Book. I followed your instructions and posted the O’Reiily data next to my original answer in the thread.

  • Bionic

    Display Name: Mr Bionic
    Email: bionic [at]

  • Bionic

    Many thanks! I’m looking forward to read it.. extra steps from email sent
    Display Name: Mr Bionic
    Email: bionic [at]

  • Anand Khanse

    As mentioned, I have forwarded your email IDs to the Author. Give him a week or so to get in touch with you. :)

  • MCrimi

    Looking forward to (hopefully) getting this book.

  • Shimon Leff

    Sorry for the delay I was away without internet connection; plus your email went to spam.

    Display Name: shimdim

    hope I’m not too late.

  • Lynda Sanders

    Just got new laptop and sure need help learning Win 8. I have your Photoshop elements book and it is so easy to understand. I know your Win 8 book would help me and then I could pass it on to my computer group members.

  • sen

    Its a new os & will like to know more about it.

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