- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Que Publishing; 5 edition (September 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789742535
- ISBN-13: 978-0789742537
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everything casual users need to know to get the most out of their new Windows 7 PCs, software, and the Internet
This year, you may be one of the millions of casual computer users that will buy a new Windows 7 notebook or desktop PC. You'll want to know how to find your way around, get comfortable, and get the job done - without jargon, complexity, or hassle. There's a book for you: Michael Miller's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition. It's the one book that covers everything today's beginners and near-beginners need to know: not just about Windows, but also about software, hardware, and the Internet. Through 90+ books, author Michael Miller has established an unparalleled track record in explaining complicated concepts simply and clearly, and empowering beginners. Now, he's thoroughly updated his best-selling Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics to cover today's user experience - with Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, and today's hottest online tools, from craigslist and Facebook to Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google Docs. Miller offers step-by-step instructions and friendly, practical advice for making the most of Windows 7's improvements, including the new taskbar, Action Center, and Aero Snap. He walks through setting up a new computer; connecting to the Internet; working with digital media; burning custom CDs; watching DVD movies; using Microsoft Office and other popular software; managing money online; setting up home networks; keeping PCs running reliably; and protecting them from spam, viruses, and spyware. This is the one indispensable book for today's PC novice
About the Author
Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical
advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.
Mr. Miller has written more than 90 best-selling books over the past two decades. His
books for Que include Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay, How Microsoft Windows Vista
Works, Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers, and
Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read
writing style and his practical, real-world advice–as well as his ability to explain a
wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.
You can email Mr. Miller directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is located at
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Top Customer Reviews
This book makes no assumptions concerning your knowledge of computers, there are a lot of helpful 'windows' on the pages that make sure that you don't miss areas of: Caution, Tips and Notes.
It is broken down into 7 parts:
[Part 1] Getting Started: 2 Chapters
[Part 2] Using Windows: 3 Chapters
[Part 3] Upgrading and Maintaining Your System: 5 Chapters
[Part 4] Using Computer Software: 5 Chapters
[Part 5] Using the Internet: 12 Chapters
[Part 6] Communicating via the Internet: 4 Chapters
[Part 7] Exploring the Digital Lifestyle: 7 Chapters
From the start, you will be assisted in setting up a new computer. Then the book also has numerous screen shots that will help you along the way as you learn Windows from the ground up and begin to personalize it. There are also a lot of web sites provided that cover a wide area of interests.
This reading material is systematic, well laid out logically and easy to follow. It is a sure fire and will get any newbie up and running quickly.
The comments I've gotten back from my customers is that they find this book easy to read and understand -- and it's understanding that is the most important part. For any self-help type of book to be useful folks need to understand what it is saying. My customers like the fact that they can take it at their own pace and not feel concerned that they will break the computer while they are trying new stuff.
Oh sure, I would love to make tons of money spending hours with my customers training them on how to use their computer, but most people don't have that kind of money these days. This book lets them get more enjoyment and use out of their computer investment.
One note, this book is written for Windows 7, so I don't recommend it for other operating systems.