PCs For Dummies, Windows 7 Edition Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470465424
ISBN-10: 0470465425
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From the Back Cover

Making Everything Easier!

Windows® 7 Edition

PCs for Dummies

Learn to: <<ul>

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

About the Author

Dan Gookin wrote the very first For Dummies book in 1991. With more than 11 million copies in print, his books have been translated into 32 languages. PCs For Dummies, now in its 12th edition, is the bestselling beginning PC book in the world. Dan offers tips, games, and fun at www.wambooli.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3367 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470465425
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was a "dummy" when it came to pc basics. I wanted to know Ram, rom, whats on the motherboard, etc. I wanted to know my Dell 4100 inside and out. Thanks to Mr. Gookin's excellent book, I am on my way to becoming very good friends with the very computer that once intimidated the heck out of me. He talks in, depth (but doesnt go so far as to confuse the beginner with a lot of geek jargon), and with humor, all you need to know about your computer so you can feel confident about using it. Youre not going to be a techinician when youre done with this book, but after reading it, you will be able to go to the local computer store with confidence and talk their language and not get the runaround. If every computer were to come with an instruction book, this one should be it!! Hats off to Dan Gookin and IDG books for such an excellent book. I look forward to reading Upgrading and Fixing Pc's For Dummies next!
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This book is aimed at complete beginners, which is not a bad thing; too few computer books really are. It covers the basics of how to use a computer (with an emphisis on the XP OS). Covers basic hardware and software, what part of the computer does what, the difference between an OS and application software (many people don't have a clue) and other basics. It won't make you a computer geek, but it will certainly, for many people, increase thier computer literacy significantly.

Particularly valuable for most people will be the explination of the basic hardware and software, as opposed to the basic instructions for using XP. I work in an office supply store that sells PC components, and I'm always amazed when people don't know the difference between RAM and their processor. The basic, painless, introduction to the hardware would alone be worth the price of the book. He details most of the major PC components well enough that you understand what role they perform in running your PC. He's also good about explaining basic software categories (i.e., an OS as opposed to an application program).

The instructions for using XP (Managing files, etc.) are basic enough that they could probably have been left out, as most people figure it out pretty easily and intuitively.

Overall, the writing is done tolerably well, and in an easy manner that doesn't intimidate or condescend, which is nice. The information is sound, and basic, enough to provide a good foundation of knowledge so that you are not totally in the dark about your PC.

Bottom line? If you don't understand what a processor is, or the difference between XP and Office, buy this book. It will help. If you can't tell the difference between RAM and your hard drive, buy this book. It'll make the computer age easier on you .
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Purchased a new computer and Windows XP is no longer an option. Having heard many stories about VISTA, I chose WINDOWS 7. When the computer arrived, the format is very different from what I was use to on XP and being Tech Challenged I ordered this book. It is GREAT!!!!! Gives you step by step help in a language easy to understand. I highly suggest to anyone who is not a Tech sWizard to get this if switching from an old Windows system to WINDOWS 7.
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I have been working with computers for a number of years and I am still mystified by all the computer hardware, software, jargon, acronyms, properties, claims, capabilities etc. Most of what I have learned has been through experimentation, reading Dilbert, and pleading for advice. Dan Gookin's book PCs for Dummies has been a great help in demystifying the world of PCs. After breaking down and purchasing this book, I realized just who the "dummy" was.
The format of Gookin's book is unique. It is well written, humorous, and very informative. Best of all, PCs for Dummies actually makes reading about computers "nerdless." The book is broken down into 34 chapters and covers everything from turning the computer on (power-up) to the Internet. Each chapter covers a specific piece of hardware, software, and/or computer function. Individual chapters are further subdivided into sections. For example, Chapter Eight is titled, "Just Your Basic Computer Guts." Subsections include, The Mother of All Boards, The Microprocessor, Connectors for Things Various and Sundry, Expansion Slots, Tick Tock Goes the Clock, and The Bios. I would love to tell you how it ends, but I am forbidden to do so by Amazon.com guidelines.
The best attributes of PCs for Dummies are that the book can not only be used as a reference source, but can also be used in place of a phone book to interrogate surly computer gurus. You don't have to read the entire book before using your newfound knowledge. Just turn to that particular section for which you need help, read, and press "Enter."
PCs for Dummies teachs how to use computers based on the learning philosophy of "Constructivism." Whoa!
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Here is the 9th edition of PCs for Dummies, dedicated to Windows XP. Dan Gookinfs book is the anti-geek guide to what you need to know about computers. All aspects of PC technology, hardware and software have been completely updated. Youfll learn about the common mistakes beginnerfs make along with a bunch of helpful tips. No geek gobbledygook or clutter. PCs for Dummies demystifies as it informs.
This edition contains mostly new information. Tutorials on burning CD-Rs and creating musical CDs, information on broadband technology, wireless networking at home, having fun with digital photography; advice about how to protect yourself from internet plagues such as spyware, pop-up windows and viruses. Dan Gookinfs inimitable style makes understanding computers easy for the not so techie.
A nice touch is the wide margins; make use of them for sticky notes or jottings. Before reading this book from start to finish, first read the three chapters in part V: The Parts of Ten, and thereafter dip into this book often. A must read before you go computer shopping. Of course you may ignore this advice at your own peril and miss the chance of saving the cost of this book and avoiding regrets by buying the wrong parts. Have fun!
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