PCs for Grown-Ups

PCs for Grown-Ups : Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computer

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If you have plenty of life experience, but not as much computer experience, this is your perfect Windows 8 PC guidebook! Paul McFedries explains all the basics in a friendly, relaxed tone that makes you feel at home, without ever patronizing you. Larger print and clear zoomed-in images help you quickly find what you're looking for, and get to the point immediately. Planning to buy a new computer? McFedries' easy, up-to-date Buyer's Guide will help you choose the right equipment at the right price. Already have your new computer? You'll find dozens of simple tips, tricks, and shortcuts for every aspect of living with it. Step by step, McFedries shows you how to easily organize and manage all your digital photos, music, and movies. You'll learn great new ways to work, learn, and play online... how to safely use Facebook and other social networks... and how to keep your computer secure and private. McFedries even teaches simple PC troubleshooting skills that could someday save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs! Why should kids have all the fun? Paul McFedries, president of Logophilia Limited, is a technical writer, passionate computer tinkerer, and Windows expert. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 computer books, selling more than 4 million copies worldwide. His most recent books include Using iPhone, Using the Microsoft Office Web Apps, My Office 2013 RT, and Windows 8 In Depth. He also runs wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases entering the English language.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 0789749610
  • 9780789749611
  • 2,328,282

Table of contents

1 Getting to Know the PC .................................................5 It's What's Inside That Counts ...........................................6 The Central Processing Unit .....................................................................6 Hard Drive ..................................................................................................7 Memory ......................................................................................................9 DVD Drive ................................................................................................10 Memory Card Reader ..............................................................................10 Expansion Cards .....................................................................................11 Judging a PC by Its Cover ..................................................14 The Case .................................................................................................14 What's Up Front.......................................................................................16 Ports, Ports, and More Ports ..................................................................17 A Sideways Look at Peripherals ......................................20 Monitor ....................................................................................................20 Keyboard .................................................................................................20 Mouse ......................................................................................................21 Printer ......................................................................................................21 Sound System .........................................................................................21 2 Buying a PC .....................................................................23 Choosing a Computer Type .......................................23 Tower PC .................................................................................................24 All-In-One PC ..........................................................................................24 Laptop PC ...............................................................................................26 Tablet PC .................................................................................................27 Selecting a CPU ..................................................................28 How Much Memory Do You Need? ...................................29 Selecting Data Storage Options ......................................31 Selecting a Hard Drive .............................................................................32 Selecting an Optical Drive .......................................................................34 Selecting a Memory Card Reader ...........................................................36 Choosing a Monitor ......................................................37 Purchasing Additional Software ..............................................39 Some Final Purchase Considerations .....................................40 3 Setting Up Your PC .......................................................41 Setting Up Your Work Area ................................................41 Location, Location, Etc. ..........................................................................42 Choosing Your Desk and Chair ...............................................................44 Connecting the Components ..........................................45 Unpacking the Components ...................................................................45 Positioning the System Unit ....................................................................46 Some Notes Before Making Any Connections........................................47 Connecting the Monitor ...........................................................................49 Connecting USB Devices ........................................................................51 Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse ....................................................54 Connecting Even More Devices ......................................56 Sound System .........................................................................................56 Memory Card ...........................................................................................58 Wi-Fi Antenna ..........................................................................................59 CD or DVD ...............................................................................................60 Connecting the Power Cords ................................................61 4 Taking Your PC for a Spin ............................................63 Starting Your PC ..................................................................63 Setting Up Windows 8 .........................................................65 A Digression: Learning How to "Click" Things ........................................66 Back to the Tour ......................................................................................66 Starting Windows 8 Next Time................................................................68 Getting to Know the Mouse ...................................................69 Getting Comfy with the Keyboard .........................................69 Using Gestures on a Tablet ...................................................70 Taking a Tour of the Windows 8 Interface................................72 The App Bar ............................................................................................74 The Charms Menu ...................................................................................75 Navigating the Start Screen .....................................................76 Putting Your PC to Sleep ........................................................77 Restarting Your PC ............................................................78 Shutting Down Your PC ......................................................78 5 Learning Windows Basics......................................................79 Working with Apps ..................................................................80 Starting an App .......................................................................................82 Returning to the Start Screen .................................................................83 Switching Between Apps ........................................................................83 Shutting Down an App ............................................................................85 Installing New Apps .................................................................................85 Uninstalling Windows 8 Apps .................................................................87 Tracking Your Appointments .................................................87 Managing Your Contacts..........................................................90 Getting Directions to a Location.......................................91 Tracking a News Topic .......................................................93 Monitoring a Stock ..................................................................94 Following Your Favorite Team ..................................................95 Planning a Trip ..........................................................................97 6 More Windows Techniques You Should Know ....................101 Personalizing Windows 8 ....................................................101 Changing Your Account Picture ............................................................102 Customizing the Start Screen ...............................................................103 Customizing the Lock Screen ...............................................................104 Pinning a Program to the Start Screen .................................................105 Resizing a Tile .......................................................................................106 Moving a Tile .........................................................................................107 Searching Windows 8 .....................................................107 Working with Files and Folders .......................................109 Creating a New File or Folder ...............................................................111 Selecting Files and Folders ...................................................................112 Copying and Moving a File or Folder ....................................................113 Renaming a File or Folder .....................................................................113 Deleting a File or Folder ........................................................................114 Overcoming Visual Challenges .........................................114 Making Screen Items Appear Bigger ....................................................114 Magnifying the Screen ...........................................................................115 Switching to a High-Contrast Screen ...................................................116 Making the Cursor Easier to See ..........................................................117 Hearing What's on the Screen...............................................................118 Adjusting the Volume .......................................................118 Overcoming Physical Limitations ......................................120 Showing Notifications for a Longer Time ..............................................120 Controlling Your PC with Speech Recognition......................................120 7 Dealing with Digital Photos ..........................................123 Getting Photos onto Your PC ...........................................123 Transferring Photos from a Digital Camera ...........................................124 Transferring Photos from a Memory Card .............................................126 Scanning a Photo ..................................................................................127 Taking a Photo with the PC's Camera ..................................................129 Viewing Photos .................................................................129 Looking Through Your Photos ...............................................................130 Watching a Photo Slideshow ................................................................131 Fixing Your Photos .......................................................132 Rotating a Photo ...................................................................................132 Cropping Out Unwanted Elements .......................................................133 8 Working with Digital Music ..........................................135 Easy Listening with the Music App .....................................135 Navigating the Music App .....................................................................136 Buying Music .........................................................................................136 Searching for Music ..............................................................................138 Playing Music ........................................................................................138 Making Beautiful Music with Media Player .......................139 Navigating Media Player........................................................................140 Playing Music ........................................................................................140 Playing a Music CD ...............................................................................142 Copying Music from a Music CD ..........................................................143 Copying Music to a Recordable CD .....................................................145 9 Working with Digital Video ...........................................147 Importing Video to Your PC ............................................147 Importing Video from a Smartphone, Camcorder, or Digital Camera ...................................................................................148 Importing Video from a Memory Card ...................................................149 Navigating the Video App ...............................................150 Renting or Buying Videos ..........................................151 Renting a Movie.....................................................................................151 Buying a Movie ......................................................................................153 Buying a TV Show Season or Episode .................................................154 Searching for Movies and TV Shows ..............................155 Playing a Video ..............................................................156 Playing Video on Your TV ..............................................157 10 Getting Online ............................................................159 Getting Online Using a Broadband Modem Connected Directly to Your PC .....160 Attaching the Internet Connection Cable ..............................................160 Connecting the Modem to Your PC ......................................................162 Registering the Modem .........................................................................163 Creating a Windows 8 Broadband Internet Connection .......................163 Making the Connection .........................................................................164 Getting Online Using a Wireless Broadband Connection ..........165 What Is Wireless Networking? ..............................................................165 Understanding Wireless Network Adapters ..........................................166 Understanding Wireless Routers ...........................................................167 Configuring the Wireless Router to Connect to Your ISP .....................168 Configuring Your Wireless Network Settings ........................................171 Registering the Modem .........................................................................172 Connecting the Broadband Modem to the Wireless Router .................173 Connecting to Your Wireless Network ..................................................174 Creating a Microsoft Account ............................................175 11 Surfing the Web .........................................................179 Understanding the Web .................................................180 Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer ............................181 Entering a Web Page Address ..............................................................182 Navigating the Pages You've Visited .....................................................184 Opening Multiple Pages with Tabs ........................................................184 Searching the Web ............................................................186 Saving Your Favorite Pages ...............................................187 Adding a Page to the Internet Explorer Favorites List ..........................187 Pinning a Page to the Start Screen .......................................................188 12 Exchanging Email .....................................................189 Setting Up a Mail Account ............................................189 Handling Incoming Messages ..............................................192 Handling Message Attachments ...........................................................194 Replying to a Message ..........................................................................195 Forwarding a Message ..........................................................................196 Printing a Message ................................................................................196 Moving a Message to a Different Folder ...............................................197 Deleting a Message ...............................................................................197 Sending a Message .........................................................198 Minding Your Email Manners ...............................................199 The Three B's of Composing Email .......................................................200 DON'T SHOUT! .....................................................................................200 Take Your Subject Lines Seriously ........................................................201 More Snippets of Sending Sensitivity ...................................................201 13 Maximizing Internet Security and Privacy .......................203 Avoiding Viruses ................................................................204 Avoiding Viruses on the Web ................................................................204 Avoiding Viruses in Email ......................................................................206 Keeping Spyware at Bay ................................................207 Listening to User Account Control ...................................209 Creating Secure Online Passwords ..................................211 Avoiding Online Scams ......................................................213 Giving Out Your Credit Card Information Safely ...................................213 Understanding Phishing Scams ............................................................214 Preventing Identity Theft .......................................................................216 Protecting Yourself from "419" Scams ..................................................217 14 Securing Your PC ....................................................219 Thwarting Snoops and Crackers .....................................219 Taking Some Basic Precautions ............................................................220 Locking Your PC ....................................................................................221 Checking Your Computer's Security Settings .......................223 Making Sure Windows Firewall Is Turned On .......................................224 Making Sure Windows Defender Is Turned On .....................................225 Making Sure User Account Control Is Turned On .................................226 Making Sure the Administrator Account Is Disabled ............................227 Making Sure the Firewall Is Up to Snuff ................................................227 15 Maintaining Your PC ...............................................229 Checking Free Disk Space .............................................229 Deleting Unnecessary Files ............................................231 Defragmenting Your Hard Disk ......................................233 Preparing for Trouble ......................................................234 Backing Up File Versions with File History ............................................235 Restoring a Previous Version of a File ..................................................236 Setting System Restore Points .............................................................239 Creating a Recovery Drive .....................................................................240 Creating a System Image Backup.........................................................242 Setting Up a Maintenance Schedule .....................................244 16 Troubleshooting Your PC ..............................................247 Determining the Source of a Problem ..............................247 Did You Get an Error Message? ............................................................248 Did You Recently Change Any Windows Settings? ..............................248 Did You Recently Change Any Application Settings? ...........................248 Did You Recently Install a New Program? ............................................250 Did You Recently Install a New Device? ...............................................250 General Troubleshooting Tips .............................................250 Troubleshooting Device Problems .................................251 Troubleshooting with Device Manager ..................................................251 Troubleshooting Device Driver Problems ..............................................253 Rolling Back a Device Driver .................................................................254 Recovering from a Problem .............................................255 Accessing the Recovery Environment ...................................................255 Navigating the Recovery Environment ..................................................257 Booting Up in Safe Mode ......................................................................260 Recovering Using System Restore .......................................................261 Refreshing Your PC ...............................................................................263 Resetting Your PC .................................................................................264 Restoring a System Image ....................................................................265 17 Repairing Your PC ....................................................267 What Tools Do You Need? ...............................................267 What Software Do You Need? ............................................272 Setting Up Your Work Area .............................................273 Playing It Safe ..................................................................274 Keeping Yourself Safe ...........................................................................275 Keeping Your Components Safe ...........................................................276 Opening the Computer Case ...........................................278 Making Cable Connections ..................................................280 Installing an Expansion Card ............................................284 18 Upgrading Your PC ....................................................291 Looking Inside the Computer .............................................292 Accessing the System Configuration Program ..........................294 Running the Device Manager and System Information Utilities ......296 Searching for the System Manual Online ....................299 Making the Old PC Run Faster ................................302 19 Buying PC Components .................................................303 Researching Parts Online ................................................303 Checking Out Product Reviews ............................................................304 Performing Price Comparisons .............................................................307 Researching Retailers Online .....................................309 Buying Parts Online ................................................311 Returning Parts Online ....................................................314 Buying Parts Offline ..................................................317 Buying Non-Shrink-Wrapped Parts......................................319 20 Replacing the Hard Drive ............................................321 How a Hard Drive Works .................................................321 Understanding Hard Drive Specs ...................................323 The Hard Drive Interface and Throughput ............................................324 The Hard Drive Form Factor ..................................................................330 The Hard Drive Speed ...........................................................................330 Buying a Hard Drive .........................................................331 Removing the Old Hard Drive ......................................332 Installing a New Hard Drive ........................................335 Finishing Up ................................................................336 21 Replacing the CD or DVD Drive .....................................339 Buying a CD or DVD Drive ........................................339 Removing the Existing Optical Drive ................................341 Installing the New Optical Drive .........................................344 22 Adding More Memory ...................................................347 Understanding Memory Specs .....................................348 The Memory Module Standard .............................................................349 The Memory Type and Speed ...............................................................349 The Memory Module Capacity ..............................................................350 Buying Memory ...............................................................350 Pulling Out the Old Memory Modules ................................352 Installing the New Memory Modules ...............................353 Index ...................................................................357
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About Paul McFedries

Paul McFedries is full-time technical writer and passionate computer tinkerer. He is the author of more than 80 computer books that have sold over four million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing books Windows 7 Unleashed and Windows Home Server 2011 Unleashed and the Que Publishing books Windows 8 In Depth (coauthored with Brian Knittel), Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Excel 2013, Using iPhone, and Using the Microsoft Office Web Apps. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com), a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language. Paul's web home is at www.mcfedries.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/paulmcf and twitter.com/wordspy.
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