Giving someone a new PC? Getting a new one yourself? Get them (or you) off on the right foot, with Ed Bott’s Your New PC. Sure, that PC’s gonna come with some big poster that tells how to plug everything in. And, sure, there are lots of introductory books out there. But this one answers the questions and captures the details those other books miss.
For instance: how to set up security before you connect to the Internet (yes, before). How to protect your account with a password (stunningly, Setup doesn’t ask you to). And, once you’ve done that, how to create a password reset disk (someday you’ll be awfully glad you did).
You’ll learn how to check your hard disk’s storage size when you get home -- and why it’s OK if it’s slightly different from what the store promised. How, also, to check your disk’s format: why you should convert to NTFS if you’re not running it already, and how to do it.
You’ll walk through setting up digital cameras, printers, whatever your heart desires. Bott, who’s edited two of the leading PC magazines and written more than a dozen books on Windows and Office, also offers some great ideas for personalizing and organizing your computer right from the get-go.
Finally, you’ll learn how to clear all your personal data off your old PC before you get rid of it. Most computer users forget this step -- and in an age of identity theft, that can be a huge mistake. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.