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Windows 98 For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5555502611
ISBN-10: 0764502611
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The Dummies series long ago proved itself an excellent means of explaining the elementary aspects of operating systems to new users. Windows 98 for Dummies continues the tradition with its admirable coverage of Microsoft's latest consumer operating system.

Windows 98 for Dummies begins by explaining the differences between PCs and Macintoshes and detailing the differences between clicking and double-clicking. In the process of introducing the operating system, Rathbone explains lots of incidental factoids, including what a graphical user interface is and how the Print Screen button has been given new functionality in Windows 98. He then moves on to the mechanics of window management, explaining how to maximize, minimize, and incrementally adjust the size of application windows. Other chapters deal with cutting and pasting, the accessory programs, and the details of getting DOS programs to run properly. Rathbone's prose is clear and intelligent, and a superb index helps you zero in on the facts you need in a hurry.

Throughout, this book carries the lighthearted adornment that has always characterized Dummies books. The attempts at frivolity range from clunkers (Rich Tennant's weary cartoons) to knee slappers (some of the author's quips in the text). It's always a pleasure to see a computer book that doesn't take itself or its technology too seriously.

Generally speaking, Windows 98 for Dummies stays away from networking issues. More Windows 98 for Dummies, the book's sequel, covers networking in some detail. Though LANs are sufficiently complicated to merit a second volume, it's too bad this book doesn't include any information on dial-up networking--especially since the author discusses Web surfing at some length. And Outlook Express, Windows 98's e-mail program, gets scarcely a mention in these pages. With Windows 98 more focused on connectivity than any previous Microsoft operating system, it seems improper to consign connectivity to a second volume.

You'll learn a lot from Windows 98 for Dummies if you're new to Windows 98 or to computers in general. However, the book leaves you hungry for more before long. --David Wall

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"This book feels your pain and prescribes a chuckle." --Business Week

"It's the most fun you'll have with a computer book." --Business Week

"Informative, friendly, conversational, and slightly irreverent.... It could help save you time and ease your frustration level." --San Diego Union-Tribune
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764502611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764502613
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book lives up to its brag of providing information on Windows 98 that is comprehensible to people who are not techno-geeks. It also addresses the kinds of questions that can be urgent to newcomers (e.g., "Where did all my stuff go?" or "Why won't my computer respond?") However, the information is diluted with more chat and cuteness than is needed; I think twice as much information could have been provided in this number of pages (and at this price) without compromising understandability. Perhaps then there wouldn't have had to be so many recommendations to go get "More Windows 98 for Dummies" and other "Dummies" books. In short: I recommend it for anyone confronted with Windows 98 and feeling a little helpless about it (as I was after upgrading from Windows 3.1), but don't expect to become very proficient based upon this book alone.
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If you want to start computing and you are really at ground zero--my exact scenario, I'm afraid--this is your bible! This book assumes you know nothing--my exact scenario, I'm afraid--and gets you going painlessly and with humor. It comes with a cd to download for on-screen, hands-on lessons; what more could you ask for? NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH "WINDOWS 98 FOR DUMMIES," this book, "Dummies 101,Windows 98" is the place for you to start if "Windows 98 for Dummies" was over your head--my exact scenario, I'm afraid. Of course now I'm a whiz, but this book got me started and I'm sending copies to friends in need this X-Mas.
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I thought this book was an excellent book for people who are just beginningto learn the bloated version of Windows 95- Windows 98. It is good at teaching the basic manuevers and how to do basi stuff, but it does not go into any depth about advanced functions. Overall, it wasn't bad. i reccomend it for beginner to lower intermediate.
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Super 270 page book that takes you step by step through the process of learning and using Windows 98. I found most everything I needed to know to get me started, and much more. It features a very complete table of contents and index to help you quickly find the info you want, then presents the info in an easy to understand manner, without the technical jargon the "experts" use. Topics range from Bare Bones Basics, Fixing Problems and Understanding Windows and Menus, to Printing Files, Sharing Information, Changing Settings and Finding Help When an Error Message Appears On Your Screen (An aid that I use often). This volume contains more data than some of the much more expensive videos and books I've seen, and its even easier to use. A free CD-Rom is included to help you. I refer to the book often. Well worth the price.
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Absolutely positively the best book yet for Windows 98 beginners. All the "stuff" you need to get you started. Guarantee that if you read and use this book you will have all the basics you need to move around and operate Window 98. Newer addition also includes Second Edition of Windows 98. A must for beginners especially. Pay real close attention to the tips they give you.
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Got my first computer (really) two weeks before Christmas. It has Windows 98 as the operating system. With the computer I received two books to help get me started. Win 98 for Dummies and The User Friendly Guide To Internet & Computer Terms. Both are great. Win 98 for Dummies takes you step by step thru the process of getting acquainted with a computer. The User Friendly Guide has a great dictionary along with tons of tips and articles about computers and the Internet. There's so much to know! If you need a great reference book, spend the money and get both of these.
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By A Customer on December 3, 1998
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This book does a good job of giving some good basic information about Windows 98, although I did find errors. I bought this book and Patrick Neal's Windows 98:Exam 70-098 (Accelerated MCSE from McGraw-Hill.) Either book is quite readable, however, as an MCT, I'm recommending Neal's Windows 98 book to both my students and my friends because it's just as readable as this one, as well as giving a thorough, and basic explanation of Windows 98 functions in the scheme of computer networks. Both this book and Neals' can be read by the novice as well as the professional. I'm rcommending this book to my friends who want a more light-hearted read about Windows 98.
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By A Customer on October 27, 1999
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The windows 98 for dummies got the job done. I learned alot from this book. This is a must book if you're just starting out. bob fav
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