Synopses & Reviews
Over the 15 years since the first edition of PCs For Dummies
, PCs have become immensely faster and more powerful. They have also sprouted new and wondrous capabilities at a dizzying pace. This 11th Edition
of the all-time bestselling PC guide has been polished and honed to deliver everything you need to know about your twenty-first-century PC — from what plugs into what to adjusting your monitor to burning DVDs, and much more.
Whether you want to go online, install a firewall, live the digital life, or finally get a handle on the whole computer software concept, this fun, plain-English handbook is here to answer all your questions PC questions. You'll find out why Windows Vista is the way to go and how to use it to get everywhere else. And, you'll pick up Web and email tricks and learn about all the new levels of PC security. Discover how to:
- Set up your PC
- Use Vista menus
- Store your stuff on Memory Cards
- Record live TV
- Download digital photos
- Connect to a wireless network
- Explore the Internet safely
- Print perfect documents, photos, and more
- Use your PC as the new hub of your digital world
Complete with helpful hints on how to avoid beginner mistakes, a list of extras and accessories you may want for your PC, and insider tips from a PC guru. PCs for Dummies, 11th Edition is the one PC accessory you can't do without.
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, 11th Edition, has a complete update of all existing information including all the new step-by-step procedures using Windows Vista. The book’ s new coverage includes burning DVDs, password disks and security, new networking procedures, Codecs, assistive technologies, updated info on scanning and digital imaging, wireless peripherals, TV adapters, and more
Here's a place where computer gurus speak English!
Get going with Vista, connect peripherals, and secure your stuff — painlessly
Nobody's better at introducing you to your first PC than Dan Gookin! Here's what you need to know (and might not want to ask) — from what plugs into what to adjusting your monitor to burning DVDs, installing a firewall, going online, and living the digital life. It's all in plain English, and you might even find that it's fun!
- Set up and configure your PC
Store your stuff on memory cards
Manage your PC's power
Record live TV and download digital photos
Connect to a wireless network
Explore the Internet safely
Featuring new step-by-step procedures using Windows Vista, this editions new coverage includes burning DVDs, password disks and security, new networking procedures, Codecs, assistive technologies, updated info on scanning and digital imaging, wireless peripherals, TV adapters, and more.
About the Author
has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He has contributed articles to numerous high-tech magazines and written over 110 books on personal computers, many of them accurate.
Dan combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Having sold more than 14 million titles 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). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day.
Dan’s most popular titles include Word 2007 For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies (all published by Wiley). He also maintains the vast and helpful Web page www.wambooli.com.
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 in the gentle woods of Idaho.
Table of Contents
Part I: Your Computer Will Not Explode.
Chapter 1: A Painless Introduction to Computers.
Chapter 2: The Nerd’s-Eye View.
Chapter 3: PC Setup.
Chapter 4: The Most Powerful Button (On-Off).
Chapter 5: Windows Rules.
Part II: Computer Guts.
Chapter 6: Mysteries of the Console.
Chapter 7: Jacks on the Box.
Chapter 8: Temporary Storage (Memory).
Chapter 9: Permanent Storage (Disks and Media).
Chapter 10: Glorious Graphical Goodness.
Chapter 11: Input Buddies: Keyboard and Mouse.
Chapter 12: The Printer’s the Thing.
Chapter 13: Sounds Good.
Chapter 14: Mighty Modems.
Chapter 15: Positive PC Power Management.
Part III: It’s a Digital Life.
Chapter 16: Picture This.
Chapter 17: PC TV.
Chapter 18: The Digital Ear.
Part IV: Networking and Internet-Working.
Chapter 19: N Is for Networking.
Chapter 20: I’ve Been Working on the Network.
Chapter 21: Cowboy Dan’s Internet Roundup.
Chapter 22: Flinging Files Freely.
Chapter 23: Internet and PC Security.
Part V: The Soft Side of Computing.
Chapter 24: Files: The Key to Understanding Software.
Chapter 25: Organizing Your Compu-Junk.
Chapter 26: File Control.
Chapter 27: Software, Programs, Applications.
Chapter 28: Making Your Own Discs.
Part VI: 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.