PCs For Dummies

PCs For Dummies

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by Dan Gookin
     
 

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Making Everything Easier!

Windows® 7 Edition

PCs for Dummies

Learn to:

  • Get started with Windows® 7 and use all the new features
  • Make your PC safer for kids
  • Store your files on memory cards and flash drives
  • Share photos online and explore new digital options

Dan Gookin

Author of all editions of

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Making Everything Easier!

Windows® 7 Edition

PCs for Dummies

Learn to:

  • Get started with Windows® 7 and use all the new features
  • Make your PC safer for kids
  • Store your files on memory cards and flash drives
  • Share photos online and explore new digital options

Dan Gookin

Author of all editions of Laptops For Dummies

You can tame the PC beast, and Windows 7 too! Dan Gookin makes it easy and fun

So you've become the proud parent of a PC with Windows 7? Congratulations! This book is the best friend you and your PC can have. Here's all the stuff you need to know, from turning the PC on and keeping your information safe to sharing photos and videos on the Internet, storing your files, and, most importantly, getting things done.

  • Open the box — start at the beginning with a tour of the parts, setup instructions, and a guide to what goes where
  • Get graphical — explore the Windows interface and use the taskbar, Start menu, and Control Panel
  • It's the network — use networking hardware and software and set up a HomeGroup
  • The Internet — configure Windows to use it, choose an ISP, browse the Web, and make the most of e-mail
  • Dodging the evil ones — protect yourself with the Action Center and Internet Explorer's safety tools
  • Getting stuff done — install and upgrade software and manage files and folders
  • Have some fun! — download pictures from your digital camera, watch TV using Windows Media® Center, and burn music CDs
  • Your life online — join Facebook®, share videos on YouTube, and send tweets

Open the book and find:

  • A complete PC assembly guide
  • The scoop on storage devices
  • How to set up a printer
  • Tips on power management
  • Explanations of Internet dangers and how to avoid them
  • How to set up parental controls
  • Valuable Web-browsing tips
  • How to handle a cyberbully

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Got a new PC this fall? Getting one for the holidays? Or maybe your great aunt is finally joining the digital revolution? We've got the accessory that really ought to come standard: PCs for Dummies, Eighth Edition. Dan Gookin invented the For Dummies series, and over a decade later, there's still nobody you'd rather learn PCs from.

Of course, there's plenty of new technology to cover in this edition (which is one reason this might be just the right book even if you've been a casual PC user for years already). Gookin has added about 80 entirely new pages: new coverage of Windows XP, 2000, and Me; new stuff on USB and on your digital camcorder's FireWire interface; flat-panel monitors, CD burners, digital cameras, and lots of new Internet coverage -- including a full chapter on using Outlook Express as your email software.

Gookin nails the nitty-gritty stuff: how to switch your mouse for lefties, what computer game ratings mean, how to adjust your monitor, where you can't get viruses from. There's also a good deal of simple troubleshooting -- including the solution to the ever-popular "I accidentally moved my taskbar and now I can't put it back" problem (Tip: in Windows XP, you can lock your taskbar in place. About time!) (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

Library Journal
Who would have thought a line of reference works "for dummies" would ever sell? Well, they have, and this series installment by author Gookin is an excellent example of how to make something otherwise complicated simple for lay readers. Newbie computer users will find much useful information here, from opening the box and setting up a new computer system to basic file management, hardware and software issues, and basic WindowsR steps. Gookin's fun and easy-to-follow advice is tailor-made for the many people buying PCs for the first time. This new version includes Windows 95R procedures, as well as helpful hints on understanding how computers operate, how to read and write files to hard and floppy disks, and how to set up a basic Windows system configuration. Because of the technical nature of this material, many readers may also want to read the book (available from IDG) while they follow these handy tips with their own computer. This item and the entire "DummiesTM" line is a sure bet for all public libraries.Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
From the Publisher
“…the fun and easy way to get your PC up and running in no time…” (Choice Magazine, May 2004)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470465424
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Windows 7 Edition
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gookin is a gizmo geek who's been writing about technology for over 25 years. In 1991, his DOS For Dummies became the world's fastest-selling computer book and launched the For Dummies series. Dan's 130+ books have been translated into more than 30 languages. Visit his website at www.wambooli.com.

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