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Troubleshooting And Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies

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.

Paperback: 792 pages

Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 28, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0470878673

ISBN-13: 978-0470878675

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #352,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #39 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Maintenance, Repair & Upgrading #91 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Personal Computers > PCs #4482 in Books > Textbooks > Computer Science

I'm an experienced computer user and can deal with most software quirks on the front end. But, when it comes to fixing "the system," I start zoning out. Hence, I bought this book to fix my PC with its promise of helping the challenged because the book stated that it covered, in part, the Windows XP product. My computer's plumbing was getting so constipated, it slowed, it stopped, it did things without my approval--in effect, it was a mess.This book reminds me of a bread crumb trail that forks in too many spots leaving an inexperienced "computer fixer" clueless which way to go. Like a bread crumb trail, this book, for beginners, has gaps in the instructions that are truly annoying. Frankly, I don't believe that this author is aware enough to effectively write PC books for "dummies." Such writing requires a certain talent that most computer tech writers don't have--meaning--you have to write for a reader who doesn't understand what you're writing about and needs the author to lead the way. It's like an author writing "Everything you need to know about fixing cars." You buy the book, instructions are within, you're ready to learn, but, the author forgets to write, "This is a spark plug, here's where you find it," etc. Without such info, the inexperienced reader is quickly lost and must now guess what to do.What I found particularly annoying was that this author would suggest a great solution--then, tell you, that the solution isn't found in XP. When I read such sections, I'd find myself slamming the book down in disgust. Why didn't he just tell me it wasn't for XP before I started reading? Every time I thought I'd find help, the information provided was for VISTA or other products.

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