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

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

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By (author) Dan Gookin

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 792 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 30mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470878673
  • ISBN 13: 9780470878675
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 426,648

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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, 2 nd Edition helps you to confidently handle whatever PC problems you may encounter.

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Dan Gookin is the bestselling author of the very first For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies . With more than 11 million copies in print, his books have been translated into 32 languages and include PCs For Dummies , Laptops For Dummies , and Word 2010 For Dummies . Visit Dan's web site at

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PC on strike? Let Dan Gookin show you how to fix your PC problems -- and prevent new ones!Dan Gookin helps you get things back on track, and he shows you how different PC problems often have similar origins. He also guides you through proper maintenance steps that can head off future headaches. Discover what makes that magical machine tick and how to keep it happy!Maintain happy hardware -- resolve start-up and shutdown issues and problems with peripherals while adding a little pep to your PCPower to the laptop -- manage power and battery issues, keep it clean, and learn laptop travel safetyCure Internet insanity -- make peace with Internet Explorer, explore other browsers, troubleshoot email problems, and protect your PCNetwork for success -- solve problems with routers, modems, workgroups, and wireless issuesMore geeky stuff -- repartition drives, schedule tasks, and venture inside the caseOpen the book and find: Solutions for Windows 7, Vista, and XPWhat some common error messages meanBuilt-in Windows tools that help solve problemsWhy your laptop needs a good warrantyURLs for useful video tutorialsTranslations of terms like NIC, DCHP, and FTPHow to back up files, programs, and your entire PCA guided tour of what's inside the consoleVisit the companion web site at for videos and other examples from the book.6 Books in 1HardwareSoftwareLaptopsInternetNetworkingMaintenance

Table of contents

Introduction. 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. Index.