Series: For Dummies (Computers)
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 10, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
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shipped this "Windows 10 for Dummies" just five days after the Microsoft release of Windows 10, and it arrived at my doorstep one week after the release. Overall, this book teeters between 3 and 4 stars (and would get a 3.5 if had such a feature...)What this means is that the content in this book is based on pre-release versions of Windows 10, and incomplete knowledge of the final look, feel and functions of the operating system as it was released. While this means the book is probably based on a 90% (perhaps more) exposure to the final version, some gaps are evident in its rush to market.Unfortunately, this begins on the inside of the front cover, where the book provides a URL for "cheat sheet" content ("...checklists, charts, common instructions and other good stuff"). Unfortunately, entering this URL in your browser delivers only a "page not found" redirect message. This is an unfortunate disconnect between the book and the online content it promises to be linked to.Update: the "cheatsheet" URL now has content (although the true URL differs significantly from the one provided in the book). I would generously describe it as "modest" (and really not worth waiting for...)I've always had mixed feelings about the entire "for dummies" concept, since books in this family often address complicated technical matters that are challenging even for smart people. Toss in the persistent presence of an author's voice that sometimes tries a little too hard to affiliate with the readers in sympathetic way, and every "dummies" title is something of crapshoot.
There's going to plenty of us folks who will shortly need a guide to Windows 10. It's replacing Windows 8 and--for free. This is a drastic move by Microsoft. Like many other people, I totally hate Windows 8.1 and I'm going to admit, I need a guide book because I'm not as familiar with 8 as I was Win 7--and now 10 is coming. So, I purchased this book for help with using the new operating system on my laptop.The book starts out with a pretty good explanation of what Windows 10 tries to accomplish and why it's so disorienting compared to Win 7. The brilliant minds at Microsoft wanted to have a consistent look across phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. They seem to have thought that apps (a small icon you touch to activate a program beneath it) were the way to go and they ignored two important facts about use-case (how people use software.) One thing they ignored was that laptops and PC's are usually not touch-screen. Touch screens are why you use apps. No need to read tiny text and mouse in--just touch the app and go. Great for a phone or tablet, not what you really do, with a mouse, on a laptop or PC.What's In This Book:The first section is an introduction of what Windows 10 is, and should you upgrade and will your PC handle itStuff Everyone Thinks You Already Know (...and probably don't?)Working with Programs Apps and FilesGetting Things Done on the InternetCustomizing and Upgrading Windows 10Music Photos and MoviesHelp (if stuff is broken, strange messages, moving from an old PC to a new Win 10 PC, Help with the "Help" section in Win 10)Parts of Ten (Top Ten Things You'll Hate about Win 10 and how to fix them, Ten Tips for Tablet and Laptop Owners.
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