PCs AIO Desk Reference For Dummies 2nd Edition

From the Back Cover
Your key to PC success!
8 computer books in 1

Your one-stop guide to PC basics, Windows XP, the Web, multimedia stuff, and more

Like that cute tyke who’s suddenly a teenager, the PC has grown up. No wonder you need an updated guidebook! This one takes you from basics to bells and whistles, with self-contained minibooks that provide answers whether this is your first PC or the upgrade of your dreams. Don’t you wish kids came with instructions like this?

The Dummies Way

Coverage of the essentials and beyond
Explanations in plain English
“Get in, get out” information
Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
A dash of humor and fun

About the Author
Mark L. Chambers is a computer consultant, programmer, hardware technician, and author. His previous books include Building a PC For Dummies and Scanners For Dummies.

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