Synopses & Reviews
If the fact that PCs are everywhere still hasn’t made you feel warm and fuzzy when you use one, you’re not alone. They may be transforming how we all live, work, get our cars repaired, and balance checkbooks, but they’re not exactly intuitive.
Now you can take charge of these useful but perplexing creatures, and turn them into the productive citizens you know they can be. What’s exactly is a motherboard? Is virtual memory real memory? Once you learn the fundamentals, it’s gets much less complicated. So jump right into this all-new 10th Edition of the bestselling PCs For Dummies, and you’ll quickly start getting the basics in plain English. Far and away the most popular and bestselling reference for beginning PC users, this friendly guide will explain how to:
- Understand how a computer works, including the basics of I/O, processing, software, and storage
- Unpack it, set it up, and plug in all the gizmos
- Kick around on the desktop and fire up the printer
- Open up the console and poke around the insides
- Mind your monitor, mouse, modem, memory, and more
And that’s just the first half. In his cheerful and irreverent style, bestselling author Dan Gookin builds on the basics and really revs things up. You’ll learn how to network computers, map drives, set up a firewall, and tackle the trendy stuff like wireless networking, playing games, burning CDs, and searching the Web. Along the way, you’ll quickly appreciate why there’s been nine previous bestselling editions of this book. It’s funny, fun, and practical! Keep PCs for Dummies on hand and you’ll learn:
- Ten common beginner’s mistakes
- Ten tips from a PC guru
- Step-by-step instructions on managing information
- Up-to-date guidance on connecting to and using the Internet
- Updates on the latest in hardware and software
- Ten things worth buying for your PC
Beginners or seasoned users, show your PC who’s boss with PCs for Dummies 10th Edition. It’s the fun and easy way® to get started!
What the book covers: The book talks about using a computer in friendly, human— and often irreverent— terms. It focuses on the needs of the beginning computer user. The author provides everything the beginning user needs to know about the PC without painful jargon. What's new in this edition: PCs For Dummies, 10th Edition, includes greater detail on connecting to and facilitating use of the Internet; more information on USB storage and peripherals; a new part on networking, especially wireless networking; more step-by-step instructions on managing information, and a complete update of all existing information.
* The perennial bestseller for first-time PC users is back and better than ever-and is, of course, written in Dan Gookin's trademark friendly style
* Focusing on the needs of the beginning computer user, Gookin provides everything readers need to know-but without the usual painful and exasperating computer jargon
* Shows users how to connect and use the Internet, explains USB storage and peripherals for transferring data, and features an entirely new section on networking, including wireless networking
* Includes step-by-step instructions on managing and organizing information on your personal computer
This edition includes greater detail on connecting to and using the Internet; more "information" on USB storage and peripherals; wireless networking, and acomplete update of all existing information.
Join the PC generation the fun and easy way®!
Hook up your PC, connect peripherals, get online, and get to work or play
Don't start a relationship with that PC until you read this book! It's full of the stuff you need and just the stuff you need without the technobabble. From bringing your baby home and setting up the parts to getting extra storage, installing a modem, managing information, and even playing online games, it's all explained in plain English.
Discover how to
- Connect all the parts of your computer
- Understand and use toolbars, menus, and shortcuts
- Set up your modem and get online
- Create a wired or wireless network
- Make your own CDs
About the Author
Dan Gookin wrote the original For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, in 1991. He hosts the popular Wambooli.com Web site, and his books have more than 11 million copies in print.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing the PC.
Chapter 1: Computer? PC? What’s That?
Chapter 2: The Nerd’s-Eye View.
Chapter 3: Insert Tab A into Slot B.
Chapter 4: Computer On, Computer Off.
Chapter 5: Places to Go, Things to See in Windows.7
Part II: Computer Guts.
Chapter 6: Inside the Box.
Chapter 7: The Basic Ports.
Chapter 8: Disk Drives Me Crazy.
Chapter 9: Memories . . . Like a PC Full of RAM.
Chapter 10: Minding Your Monitors.
Chapter 11: The Keyboard and Mouse Chapter.
Chapter 12: More than a Mortal Printer.
Chapter 13: The Mighty Morphin’ Power Modem.
Chapter 14: Sounds Like.
Chapter 15: Even More Hardware!
Part III: Networking Nonsense.
Chapter 16: Basic Painless Networking.
Chapter 17: Abusing the Network.
Chapter 18: Your Network and the Internet.
Chapter 19: Look, Ma: No Wires!
Part IV: The Soft Side of Computing.
Chapter 20: Files: The Key to Understanding Software.
Chapter 21: Organizing Your Compu-Junk.
Chapter 22: File Control.
Chapter 23: Software, Programs, Applications.
Chapter 24: Making Your Own CDs.
Chapter 25: Your Basic Internet Introduction.
Chapter 26: It’s a World Wide Web We Weave.
Chapter 27: Basic E-Mail.
Chapter 28: Files to Here, Files from There!
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 29: Ten Common Beginner Mistakes.
Chapter 30: Ten Things Worth Buying for Your PC.
Chapter 31: Ten Tips from a PC Guru.