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PCs For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Dan Gookin
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Book Description

The all-time bestselling PC reference, fully updated for the newest technologies!

Previous editions of this fun and friendly PC guide have sold more than three million copies, making it the bestselling PC reference in the world. Dan Gookin, the author whose straightforward and entertaining style is the foundation of the For Dummies series, gives you the same easy-to-follow guidance in this edition, fully updated for Windows 8, using the cloud, and all the newest PC bells and whistles. It's perfect for the absolute beginner as well as for anyone switching to the latest hardware and software.

  • Updated with information on all the latest upgrades, this edition of a worldwide bestseller covers all the essentials of using a PC, and presents them in a fun, non-intimidating style
  • Popular technology author Dan Gookin starts at the beginning with all the basics that other books assume everyone knows
  • Covers setting up your PC, exploring the Windows 8 interface, using network hardware and software, getting online and browsing with the newest version of Internet Explorer, setting up an e-mail account, connecting to the cloud, and using cloud-based services
  • Shows you how to install and upgrade programs and manage files and folders
  • Explores working with digital photos, downloading music, watching movies, and participating in social media

PCs For Dummies, 12th Edition is the jargon-free, easy-to-use guide to everything you need to know about your PC.

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Determine what you need in a PC and how to set it up
  • Configure your PC, hook up a printer, and connect to the Internet
  • Find your way around Windows® 8 and use the touchscreen
  • Play movies and music, view photos, and explore social media

Your PC just wants to be understood. This book will make you both happy.

Nervous about starting a relationship with that box of chips and circuits? Fear not! Dan Gookin has been holding the hands of new PC users for nearly 20 years. This friendly guide tells you what to look for in a PC, how to work with Windows 8, ways to protect your files, what to do online, media management tips, and even basic stuff you were shy about asking.

  • Just what you need — follow Dan's advice for buying a PC and choosing one just for you
  • Assembly 101 — get plug-by-plug directions for connecting a keyboard, mouse, printer, and other peripherals
  • Ah, memories — learn about RAM, ROM, and flash memory, how much memory you need, and how to add more
  • Do Windows — tour the Start screen, use the charms bar, find and run programs, and create and manage files
  • Get off my cloud — explore storage options including optical discs, removable drives, and cloud storage
  • Spinning the web — choose an ISP, get online, browse and share web pages, and protect your PC with antivirus software and a firewall
  • It's a digital life — store and share photos, play music, watch TV and movies, and venture into social media

Open the book and find:

  • How to start up and shut down your PC
  • A peek inside the console
  • Why USB ports are so useful
  • How to resurrect a dead file or find a missing one
  • A straightforward look at Windows 8
  • The scoop on wired and wireless networking
  • What Bluetooth is all about
  • Helpful hints for parents

About the Author

Dan Gookin wrote the original For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, in 1991 and launched a phenomenon. Since then, his list of bestsellers keeps growing. More than 12 million copies of Dan's books are in print, and his books have been translated into 32 languages. Dan welcomes visitors at his website,

Product Details

  • File Size: 2918 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 12 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new computer July 19, 2013
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I purchased this book because I'm new at computers, and I just wanted to get to know a little bit more about them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Dan Gookin! June 9, 2013
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This guide eliminates much of the confusion about how your PC works. It is especially useful if you need help buying a new computer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful book September 12, 2013
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Didn't realize how much of a dummy I am when it comes to PC's until I started reading this book. I've owned PC's for 19 years and wish I had bought earlier versions of this book when I went through windows 95 and 98, XP, Vista, and 7. Explains and shows "how to" on some pretty basic principles I was never acquainted with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift for my brother... February 1, 2014
By Bam
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My brother's feedback indicated that the book was a marvelous aid to his recent interest in "finally getting with it" as far as computers goes; He went on to say that he found the index to be quite comprehensive, thus adding to the ease of utilizing the book as a reference tool!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all it promises June 19, 2013
By terry
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This book really doesn't teach you much! Not all that it promises anyway. Will probably not buy from then again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Marks January 26, 2014
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As is true with all the " For Dummies" books I've read thus far, this book is easily understood, comprehensive, and since this is the 12th edition ( I have dog-eared my 10th edition) covers computers as they exist today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book October 6, 2013
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I bought this book for my brother. He just bought his first PC. He has no experience with computers and he says this book has been very helpful in getting to know how to use his.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review August 5, 2013
By Mel
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Although I have only scanned this book and read selected portions, I have found information that I was unaware of. I would recommend it.
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More About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Having written more over 120 titles with 12 million copies in print translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web site,

Dan holds a degree in Communications/Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.

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