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Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition



Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Dan Gookin

ISBN: 978-1-118-06744-4 June 2011 768 Pages


Diagnose and solve your PC problems with this easy-to-understand guide

Written by veteran For Dummies author Dan Gookin, this straightforward guide shows you how to diagnose and solve the most common hardware and software problems your PC may encounter. In addition, he presents advice for preventing PC problems in the first placeand clearly explains how to create a safe and secure PC environment.    

  • Walks you through ways to diagnose the most common PC hardware, software, and operating system problems
  • Offers clear and easy-to-understand solutions for confidently handling these problems
  • Shares valuable advice about maintaining your system to maximize its lifespan
  • Reviews an array of useful tools
  • Covers Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Internet Explorer 8

Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you to confidently handle whatever PC problems you may encounter.


Book I:  Hardware.

Chapter 1: Let There Be PC.

Chapter 2: Birth Pangs.

Chapter 3: Death Throes.

Chapter 4: Mass Storage Issues.

Chapter 5: Pain in the Printer.

Chapter 6: Seeing Trouble.

Chapter 7: Peripheralitis.

Chapter 8: Deep Inside the Computer Case.

Book II: Software.

Chapter 1: Windows Gone AWOL.

Chapter 2: Programs, Processes, and Services.

Chapter 3: The Safe Mode Chapter.

Chapter 4: Putting the Pep Back into Your PC.

Chapter 5: User Accounts.

Chapter 6: Unexpected Application Situations.

Chapter 7: Reporting for Duty.

Chapter 8: Recovery Options.

Chapter 9: Registry Fixes.

Book III: Laptops.

Chapter 1: Laptop Asleep, Laptop Awake, Laptop Dead.

Chapter 2: A More Usable Laptop.

Chapter 3: Out on the Road.

Chapter 4: Laptop Maintenance.

Book IV: Internet.

Chapter 1: Internet Malaise.

Chapter 2: Woes on the Web.

Chapter 3: Email Postage Due.

Chapter 4: Wicked Software.

Chapter 5: The File Transfer Chapter.

Book V: Networking.

Chapter 1: Network Hardware Help.

Chapter 2: The Soft Side of Networking.

Chapter 3: Peer-to-Peer Networking.

Chapter 4: Networking Unplugged.

Book VI: Maintenance.

Chapter 1: Backup, Backup, Backup.

Chapter 2: Pampering the Hard Drive.

Chapter 3: On Schedule.

Chapter 4: A Time to Clean.