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

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 1, 2011 - Computers - 768 pages
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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, 2nd Edition helps you to confidently handle whatever PC problems you may encounter.


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Chapter 5 Pain in the Printer
How the Videos on the Web Site
The horrifying blinking cursor
StartUp Menus
To view a video enter into your computers web browser the web page address
Chapter 3 Death Throes
Shutdown Malaise
Power Management Issues
Restoring to a specific date and time
What Happens When You Close the
Updating power drivers
Chapter 2 A More Usable Laptop
Chapter 3 Out on the Road
Choose Your Internet Programs
Removing cookies

General Printer Problems
Chapter 6 Seeing Trouble
Captain Video the Troubleshooter
Chapter 7 Peripheralitis
Speaking of Trouble
Your Pal the Device Manager
Chapter 8 Deep Inside the Computer Case
Checking for loose cables
The Miracle of Expansion Cards
Your PC Wants More Memory
More Storage for You
Problems and Solutions for Windows Vista
Files Missing and Found
StartUp Programs
Chapter 3 The Safe Mode Chapter
Safe Mode Troubleshooting
Problems That Slow Down Your Computer
Chapter 5 User Accounts
Parental Controls
The User Account Control
Chapter 6 Unexpected Application Situations
The Good and Evil of File Association
Common Problems and Solutions
Chapter 7 Reporting for Duty
What Has Gone On Here?
Chapter 8 Recovery Options
Web Page Hell
Hook Line and Stinker
Life Behind the Firewall
Disabling Windows Remote Assistance
Downloading the right term
Email Attachment Irritants
FTP Trouble
Chapter 1 Network Hardware Help
You Say Rooter I Say Router
General Network Troubleshooting
Chapter 2 The Soft Side of Networking
IP Gone Wrong
Network Troubleshooting
Everybody Share
Workgroup Woes
Chapter 4 Networking Unplugged
When the HookUp Gets Hung
The Bluetooth Thing
Chapter 1 Backup Backup Backup
The Computer Backs Up for
Files from Days of Yore
The Windows Vista Complete PC Backup
Chapter 2 Pampering the Hard Drive
Disk Drive Tools
Media Manipulation Mania
Messing with Volumes
Chapter 3 On Schedule

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About the author (2011)

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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