PCs All-in-One For Dummies

PCs All-in-One For Dummies

Mark L. Chambers

Language: English

Pages: 723


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A perfect companion for your PC!

Whether you use your PC for work or play, there's a lot to learn and a lot of territory to discover, so take along a good guide. Serving up nine meaty minibooks, this All-in-One guide covers essential PC topics from soup through nuts, including the latest on PC hardware, Windows 8, the Internet, all the tools in Office 2013, digital media, troubleshooting and maintenance, upgrading your PC, home networking, and PC gaming. You'll get to know your PC inside and out and find yourself turning to this terrific resource again and again.

This new edition features expanded coverage of home networking and desktop gaming, cool hardware for hardcore gamers, exciting new Windows 8 features, and much more.

  • Nine minibooks provide a comprehensive PC overview and include PC Hardware; Windows 8; The Internet; Troubleshooting and Maintenance; Office 2013; Music, Movies, and Photos; Upgrading and Supercharging; Home Networking; and Gaming
  • Explores step-by-step procedures for using the new Windows 8 operating system
  • Delves into the techy nitty-gritty on things like processor speeds, hard drive capacities, and upgrading
  • Reviews ways to protect your PC from viruses, offers troubleshooting tips, and discusses how to supercharge your PC's performance

PCs All-in-One For Dummies, 6th Edition covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your PC.

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Have to perform if you upgrade your current drive because you don’t have to restore the current contents of your old drive to the new drive. Most PCs have at least one open drive bay. Unless your computer is already stuffed to the gills, you should have enough room to add a second hard drive. If it is stuffed to the gills, you either have to upgrade the current drive or add an external FireWire, eSATA (external SATA), Thunderbolt, or USB 2.0/3.0 drive. For more information about these.

You’ll likely keep the default settings for everything. For an idea of just what kind of power you can wield over your network as you share your Internet connection, take a gander at the sidebar “What the Sam Hill does that mean?” in Chapter 5 of this minibook. Luckily, you probably don’t have to use any of those optional settings, but it’s good to know that they’re there. Wireless sharing devices Most folks think that sharing an Internet connection over a wireless network must be.

Also sends commands and data to the various peripherals in your system. But why are games so demanding on your CPU? Consider the work involved in running a popular 3D first-person shooting game such as Crysis 3, where the processor in your gaming computer must handle all of these chores: Artificial intelligence: Your PC must react to your movements, calculate the appropriate strategy, and manipulate the computer players (which are becoming more and more sophisticated with every passing.

Conversations while you’re playing, you need to invest in a gaming headset, which enables you to keep both hands on your gaming controller and keyboard. These headsets incorporate both full headphones and a microphone, which is activated either by the press of a key or the sound of your voice. * * * Extreme gamers yearn for more Some gamers aren’t satisfied with ordinary visuals and audio — they look for peripherals that will add an extra level of realism, and price is often no object!.

File type, who created it, and when the file was last modified. If you’re displaying a drive’s properties: You can see how much free space the drive has left, or you can scan it for errors and then defragment it. (Read more on scanning and defragmenting in Book IV, Chapter 2.) Here’s the point: Every item on your Windows 8 Desktop and in a File Explorer window has a Properties panel, and the contents change depending on what the item is. Throughout the rest of this book, I show you how.

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