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Product Details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470878673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470878675
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

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 PC

  • Power to the laptop — manage power and battery issues, keep it clean, and learn laptop travel safety

  • Cure Internet insanity — make peace with Internet Explorer, explore other browsers, troubleshoot email problems, and protect your PC

  • Network for success — solve problems with routers, modems, workgroups, and wireless issues

  • More geeky stuff — repartition drives, schedule tasks, and venture inside the case

Open the book and find:

  • Solutions for Windows 7, Vista, and XP

  • What some common error messages mean

  • Built-in Windows tools that help solve problems

  • Why your laptop needs a good warranty

  • URLs for useful video tutorials

  • Translations of terms like NIC, DCHP, and FTP

  • How to back up files, programs, and your entire PC

  • A guided tour of what's inside the console

Visit the companion web site at for videos and other examples from the book.

6 Books in 1

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Laptops

  • Internet

  • Networking

  • Maintenance

About the Author

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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Good basic to do it yourself for a change and know exactly what is what and where. Things we need to know today
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fd136c) out of 5 stars This book was useless to me--I sent it back March 25 2013
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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. Then, the author says to use "X," BUT HE DOESN'T TELL YOU WHERE TO FIND IT--causing you to stop your reading, find the term in the index, turn to a different page, read that section--and, come back to the previous section to again try to figure out what to do. Or, he'll give you a vague reference to where you'll find the information you need in another chapter, no page number, causing you to search, flip pages--who needs this kind of "help"? The author really needed to present his information better.

Perhaps more experienced computer users will find this book useful and easy enough to use. If so, I wish I had your talents. As for me, I gave up trying to use this book. I went online, found a PC clean-up product and clicked. For $30, I saved myself $70+ had I taken my PC to a pro. I'd still rather learn how to fix my PC myself, but, I cannot find an author yet to help me do that.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fd1774) out of 5 stars Great deal Oct. 21 2012
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I brought 15 of these for my career and tech class that I teach in computer repair. These high school students found the language very easy to read. The layout of the book makes it easy to move among different chapters out of order and still understand the concepts and skills taught. I haven't found such a good book and valued deal anywhere else on the internet.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fd157c) out of 5 stars basic help Dec 11 2011
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this is a good book for starting out doing your own repairs. but for more info you need a more advanced book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fd17b0) out of 5 stars A Well Organized and Thorough Guidebook Feb. 10 2012
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An excellent guide for those interested in both maintaining and / or troubleshooting apparent problems with their PC. It is an easy read, extensive in its content, and provides detailed and understandable steps to enable one to solve asoftware / hardware problems. Personally, I highly recommend it as well worth the cost.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fd1ba0) out of 5 stars Hey, I can do this! Oct. 13 2012
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Dan Gookin has a knack for simplifying the seemingly unsimple...i.e. self-diagnosing and, in most cases, self-remedying many computer woes. He identifies issues we've all experienced, then lays out the steps in logical, easy to follow, order. Even when I don't feel comfortable tackling an issue myself, Gookin's explanation of it allows me to describe it intelligently to a pro. I highly recommend.