The Healthy Pc
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The Healthy Pc

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by Carey Holzman

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Learn routine maintenance as well as desktop basics, hard drive care and defragmentation, and plenty more to make your PC more efficient and keep it running smoothly. Learn software management, tame the Internet, secure your machine, deal with downloads, and much more.


Learn routine maintenance as well as desktop basics, hard drive care and defragmentation, and plenty more to make your PC more efficient and keep it running smoothly. Learn software management, tame the Internet, secure your machine, deal with downloads, and much more.

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7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Healthy Pc 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Thousand Oaks, California Computer Club Although almost anyone can learn to use a PC, there are many things that need to be done to keep the system working reliably. Many PC users have no idea of the myriad of tasks they need to perform to keep their computer in top shape. The Healthy PC will help you identify and perform many essential tasks. This book is easy to read and provides simple step by step directions to solve problems, and also to help prevent them. The book also covers many tasks that should be done regularly for your PC that new users never think about. Descriptions of the programs, why you run them, and how you run them are provided in easy to understand English. Part of the book covers the internet and e-mail, which are both areas than come with annoyances and dangers. What you can do to protect yourself is well covered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I'm not a novice as far as PCs are concerned, I'm not an expert either. Sure glad I brought this book, just finished it and surprisingly all of your links worked. A nice change from most of the PC magazines. Very easy reading and understandable, easily worth 5 stars in my estimation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well organized and quite easy to comprehend. The procedures are quite easy to follow, and enough background info is given to allow the reader to understand why the suggestions will improve PC performance. How many times have you been reading a 'How To' book and said to yourself 'Now why didn't I think of that?' If your answer is 'never' try reading this book so you can become familiar with the experience. Don't expect in depth technical jargon that will leave your mind in a clutter. This book is more about taking care of one potential problem, then walking over to see if there is something that can be done about the next. Also don't expect to delve deep into the Windows OS and perform major surgery, instead you will find simple common sense approaches to improving the performance of your PC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Healthy PC by Carey Holzman is highly recommended by Cathy Jenkins. The technical advice provided in the book is very easy to understand, even if you are not technically inclined. The step-by-step instructions and screen shots were highly appreciated. I learnt how to reduce my electricity bill, maintain a healthier PC, and help the environment through using Windows Power Settings for Desktop Computers. I once worked as a network administrator at a primary school and as a computer technician. I had to work with over 50 computers, and I have always debated whether or not to turn the computers off over night. This book provides the reasons why you should turn your computer off over night, by providing advice about the computer fans which is very understandable. Information about windows scheduling (also known as scheduled tasks) was useful for me. I learnt how to turn my computer into an alarm clock using windows scheduling. While this book wont tell you how to turn your computer into an alarm clock, it does show you how to use windows scheduling. Given the increase of spam, spy ware, and constant security holes in operating systems - it's essential to have a copy of this book. You'll learn how to solve your problems, and most importantly, prevent them before they occur. This book will tell you how to tell if your computer is vulnerable to attack and what to do if it is. I was also able to turn off error reporting and automatic restart in Windows XP. I once found it very annoying how internet explorer would crash, and I would get prompted with a message saying 'send this report to microsoft'. This book has taught me to think logically and technically. I would happily recommend the book to people who are interested in learning more about computers and how they operate, or just simply want to improve system performance or implement computer upgrades. The best thing about this book is it covers just about anything. You will learn how to perform a number of technical tasks, why they should be performed, and what to do if your system constantly crashes. At the same time, I might add you learn *why* through actually following the step-by-step instructions - not reading technical jargon you don't understand. For those of a technical background, this book contains great advice which is easy to follow for tweaking power and hardware settings, screen savers, and startup routines. If hardware isn't really your area of speciality, this book will be very handy when it comes to checking whether or not the capacitors on the motherboard are leaking. Why waste money on technicians who may not even solve your problem to begin with? This book will guide you through just about anything and even provides resources for free technical advice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book I should have bought my Dad when he started to get into computers: it would have saved me a lot of time. The author covers a great deal ground with clear explanations and avoiding jargon at all costs. He even explains some of the weirder computer terminology in a humorous way that makes computing accessible to the new user. If you or someone you know is new to using a PC this book is well worth having propped up against the monitor for easy reference. If you've been using a computer for a while then it's probably too simple for you, although I call myself an expert and I didn't know that TWAIN stood for 'Technology Without An Interesting Name'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this in my local public library and saw immediately that this the kind of book I've been looking for for a long time. Other books that I've seen tend to be quite thick, quite technical and quite intimidating. In a simple, straightforward manner, Holzman goes through the necessary steps to improve the performance of any PC running Windows. The book is written in such a way that even someone that is a bit phobic about messing with their PC can follow the clear steps and see significant performance improvements. I found it particularly helpful that he covers Win 98, ME and XP so that one is not left wondering how a particular fix would be done on another version of Windows. This includes not only text, but screen shots of menus so that the reader sees exactly what is to be done. Holzman also provides additional references throughout the book for those seeking additional information on a given topic. I found this to be quite useful as in a few cases I wanted to get a better understanding of the impact of making a particular fix. Since I purchased the book a few weeks ago I've 'tuned' 4 PCs of various vintages and Windows versions. In all cases, performance has notably improved. My sense is that those who have PCs that are a couple years old and have had a fair number of applications loaded will notice the biggest difference. I found the chapters covering Optimizing Internet Connections and Windows Performance Tips to be most useful. My quibbles with this well written book are minor and deal more with emphasis than content. In my view Holzman goes through a thorough discussion of improving internet connection speed for dial-up modem users while giving short shrift to broadband users. More detail is needed here. Second, and I think this may be a philosophical difference with the author, a detailed desription of how to install a software firewall such as the free version of Zone Alarm is not included. Overall, I found this to be an excellent guide for those of us who are not PC technicians, but are called upon by family and friends to repair the information home appliance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a member of the Phoenix PCUG for over ten years. I have worked with PC's for more than 15 Years but as I work my way through this book my PC performance is improving, my Internet connection speed has greatly increased and I am only part way through the book. Best yet, it is written so a novice should be able to understand what to do and the most experienced user will find many helpful hints. The text instruction is great but also pay attention to the Figures, you may find additional helpful information. For example on page 45, among other things the figure shows an unchecked box for Append to Log. I unchecked it and viewed my log. It seems I have been adding to this log for a long time. The file was so big Notepad could not load it. I cleared this huge log which was undoubtedly affecting my PC connection time. I have seen varying opinions on setting swap file (paging) size but this is the most lucid and understanable I have seen. I am only part way through the book, but already my money has been well spent. Over the years I have bought hundreds of books on PC help but none have been as easy to use and so quick to see results. I am impressed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would just like to take the time to inform anyone who suffers from PC hate syndrome to buy this book. Not only did this book guide me through the basics of how to clean up my system and keep it running faster, it also has taught me to be alert of all the intrusions I suffer! Since reading and implementing the suggestions Carey has written, my computer runs faster, crashes less(pretty much not at all) and is easier to find the files I need on my PC. It's about time somebody wrote a book easy to understand and actually delivers what it promises! Know anyone with these PC issues, this would make a great christmas gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I must say, that as a PC tech, it's one of the best books I've come across. Carey has made it easy for the casual user to understand how to take care of simple PC problems that we face everyday. This book is written in simple language that anyone can understand and put to use immediately. I will be recommending this book to all of my customers. Thanks to Carey for bringing this book and it's information to the masses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well done, easy to understand and has been helpful to me from the first day I received it. This book is great for beginners through computer techs. It packs a lot of GOOD information in a small package. Great Book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a healthy, functioning computer both at home and at work.