PCs For Dummies, 10th Edition
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!
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.