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PCs For Dummies, 13th Edition

Dan Gookin

ISBN: 978-1-119-04177-1 December 2015 360 Pages


The bestselling PC reference on the planet—now available in its 13th edition

Completely updated to cover the latest technology and software, the 13th edition of PCs For Dummies tackles using a computer in friendly, human terms. Focusing on the needs of the beginning computer user, while also targeting those who are familiar with PCs, but need to get up to speed on the latest version of Windows. This hands-on guide takes the dread out of working with a personal computer.

Leaving painful jargon and confusing terminology behind, it covers Windows 10 OS, connecting to and using services and data in the cloud, and so much more. Written by Dan Gookin, the original For Dummies author, it tells you how to make a PC purchase, what to look for in a new PC, how to work with the latest operating system, ways to protect your files, what you can do online, media management tips, and even basic topics you're probably too shy to ask a friend about.

  • Determine what you need in a PC and how to set it up
  • Configure your PC, hook up a printer, and connect to the Internet
  • Find your way around Windows 10 OS with ease and confidence
  • Play movies and music, view photos, and explore social media

If you're a first-time PC user at home or at work or just need to brush up on the latest technological advancements, the new edition of this bestselling guide gets you up and running fast.

Introduction 1

Part I: Hello, PC! 7

Chapter 1: What Is This Thing, This PC 9

Chapter 2: The PC Knobs, Buttons, and Doodads Tour 19

Chapter 3: PC Setup 29

Chapter 4: Both On and Off 41

Part II: The Nerd's]Eye View 51

Chapter 5: Deep Inside the Console 53

Chapter 6: PC Memory 63

Chapter 7: The Mass Storage System 73

Chapter 8: Merry Monitor Mayhem 87

Chapter 9: Input This 99

Chapter 10: System Expansion 115

Chapter 11: P Is for Printer 127

Chapter 12: PC Audio Abilities 139

Part III: Basic Computing 151

Chapter 13: Relevant Parts of Windows 153

Chapter 14: Programs On Your PC 165

Chapter 15: Fun with Files and Folders 177

Chapter 16: Life On the Cloud 195

Chapter 17: The Weird World of Networking 205

Part IV: Your Digital Life 223

Chapter 18: An Internet Refresher 225

Chapter 19: Hello, Other Gizmo 235

Chapter 20: Images Digital 243

Chapter 21: Electronic Entertainment 255

Part V: Security and Maintenance 265

Chapter 22: System Security 267

Chapter 23: That All]Important Safety Copy 279

Chapter 24: Maintenance Chores 289

Part VI: The Part of Tens 301

Chapter 25: Ten PC Commandments 303

Chapter 26: Ten Things Worth Buying for Your PC 307

Chapter 27: Ten Tips from a PC Guru 313

Index 319

“PCs for Dummies,” by Dan Gookin, is your primer for everything there is to know about personal computers." (Graham & Wolf 2016)