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PCs: The Missing Manual

PCs: The Missing ManualThis manual covers every part of your Windows XP PC: How to set it up in your home or office, upgrade it with new parts, and diagnose problems.

It not only covers your PC, but everything you can plug into it, including digital cameras, USB drives, memory cards, and the usual crowd of keyboards, mice and monitors.  It answers just about any question you may have about your PC.

PCs: The Missing Manual covers the following things:

  • Diagnosing problems
  • Buying and installing new parts
  • Connecting things to your PC
  • Moving digital photos from your camera to your PC
  • Printing photos, letters, Web sites and labels
  • Copying files to and from CDs and DVDs
  • Setting up Internet access and email accounts
  • Creating a network to link two or more Windows XP PCs
  • Adding a wireless network
  • Sharing things between two Windows XP PCs

Feel free to browse the complete Table of Contents online, and here’s a list of download links for every program mentioned in the book.

Visit its link on Amazon, where you may browse through it online before buying it.

Four chapters wouldn’t fit into the published book, so they’re available free as PDF files for your downloading pleasure:

Appendix B: Memory Cards and USB Drives
Appendix C: Other Cool Things You Can Do Online
Appendix D: Dealing with Technical Support
Appendix E: Packing a Laptop Bag

“Thank you!!  After reading PCs The Missing Manual, I feel more in informed and in control.  I’ve worked with computers for years, but always just ‘getting by’ and winging it.  Now I feel more confident that I actually understand; you’ve filled in some of the gaps.  I also really appreciate your style- just the right touch of humor to make me, the reader, feel like we’re looking at the PC together and exploring its features and quirks.  And sufficient depth that I feel I do know enough to do it myself! Thank you again – I will look for your books first when I have questions!”



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Comment from Eckels Mozingo
Time March 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Where can I buy this book? What is the latest version?

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time March 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Eckels, you can still buy the book from Amazon.

The book was written for Windows XP, so it’s still reasonably current if your computer runs Windows XP.

There hasn’t been an updated edition for Windows Vista or Windows 7, however. If you’re concerned about the book being up-to-date, feel free to look for it at your local library first to see if it meets your needs.

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