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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (13 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901098
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Lavande TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec 2010
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This book reminds me of the cover of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, which had the words 'Don't Panic' written on the front. For anybody like me, who finds a computer necessary but does indeed panic when the wretched thing doesn't work properly, this book is like a cross between the Little Book of Calm and your best mate who works in I.T and knows what to do. It gives sensible, practical, knowledgeable advice on computer problems and breakdowns, talking you step by step through how to fix everything that can be fixed at home by yourself. Totally invaluable. Topics covered are:

Chapter One: Hardware difficulties; start up-problems, sound and memory problems, installing Windows 7.

Chapter Two: Full chapter on Windows 7, common problems associated with it, and how to troubleshoot them.

Chapter Three: Files and documents; accidentally losing documents, moving and saving files, common printer errors.

Chapter Four: Network problems; securing your network, problems connecting to the internet, faster web-surfing, changing your I.S.P.

Chapter Five: Internet and mail; problems with web browsers, common error messages on websites, using e-mail attachments.

Chapter Six: Security; virus checking, and what to do if you find a virus in your computer; removing spyware; using a firewall; which websites are safe or unsafe?

Chapter seven: USB devices; installing and using printers, cameras, camcorders, etc., and troubleshooting common problems.

Chapter eight: Photos, music and video; troubleshooting common problems plus video editing tips.

Chapter nine: P.C. Health; files back up, system repair, updating drivers, what to do if your computer is running slowly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emily - London on 22 Jan 2011
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This is is a step by step guide from the Which consumer organisation - with clear screen shots about what buttons to press. Warning - it is clearly focused on those with Windows 7 operating systems - so not suitable if you are using an older system. It does not make you an expert, but it should stop you looking too stupid in front of your family. It says 'don't panic' when faced with those scary moments when your computer won't start, you've lost a file, or your computer is getting slower and slower and you may worry you've got a virus. It is not afraid to tell you the obvious such as how to attach a photo to an e-mail or how to defrag your disc. It is also about making your computer healthier - taking you through what you can do to make web surfing faster, or to back up files and how to make surfing safe for kids. It didn't tell me how to access my e-mails remotely or how to alter the way photos appear on my wide screen computer. But it did say on the front that it included free access to the Which computing helpdesk. And it did tell you how to download free extra software programmes from Microsoft.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rod H VINE VOICE on 12 Dec 2010
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Do you, like me, sometimes get frustrated at your own lack of knowledge when things go wrong with your PC? I got this book in the hope that it would guide me through the simpler things we can all do to our PC if we only knew how. It certainly succeeds.
Where some books of this kind either assume you already have a degree in IT, or that you are a idiot with the mind of a 2 year old, this book tackles everyday problems with clear instructions, nicely laid out, without talking down to the reader. Although my current operating system is VISTA, I am thinking of updating to Windows 7, which this book is based on. However, much of what it details works in much the same way with Vista. so I was able to put much into practice. Only a week after getting this book, my PC crashed and I had to reinstall windows. Where I might have struggled with how to do this, the instructions in here helped me through it with ease. There is also the basic PC healthchecks detailed, which I now follow on a regular basis to help my PC run more smoothly. There is chapters on all aspects of Computing, from security and network problems, to connecting devices and dealing with photos, music and video. Everything is explained in an easy-to-follow step by step guide.
I have read a few of these 'manuals' in the past, but this is the only one I would refer to time and again. Much recommended....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 12stringbassist VINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2010
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This excellent little book does everything it says it will.

Most problems that you can fix yourself that are likely to occur on any computer are solved here, in a simple to follow - step by step way.

Is your network playing you up? Is your email not playing at all? Blue screen of death? Want to clear your cache or know what it does?

There's a reassuring index at the back of the book that is really useful and also a jargon buster that sorts things out as well.

I liked this book a lot and would happily recommend it to any and all of you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Dunelmian VINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2010
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I thought that "Which?" guides would be easy to follow, well written and pretty comprehensive.

This book is all of those and more. However, I use Vista and not Windows 7, so although many aspects are similar not all are identical.

Nonetheless this is a good reference text for simple trouble shooting and jargon busting. The illustrations are a big bonus and the step by step guides to solving common problems are written in a way that non-IT people would understand and follow.

When I have a problem with my pc I usually Google it, but the big fear I had was what I would do if I couldn't get online. Fortunately this book also covers such problem solving - even up to how to reinstall Windows if a fatal error did happen.

For the money this is a good simple non-gimmicky guide.

However, it cannot be all things to all people, so the technical detail for more complex problems or other OS's may not be here just when you need it most, hence one star off the maximum.
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