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Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-In-One for Dummies


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Introduction 1 About This Book 1 How This Book Works 2 Icons Used in This Book 3 Beyond the Book 3 Where to Go from Here 4 Book 1: Solve My Problem Now! 5 Chapter 1: Trouble Comes Hither 7 The Root of All PC Trouble 7 What's Changed? 8 Hardware versus Software Problems 11 When to Give Up 12 Chapter 2: Quick Fixes 15 Things to Try First 15 Help! 22 Book 2: O, We Got Trouble! 29 Chapter 1: Startup Problems 31 The Onset of PC Heartbreak 31 Phase I: Power On 32 Phase II: The POST 35 Phase III: Startup Options 36 Phase IV: The Search for an Operating System 42 Phase V: Operating System Initialization 44 Phase VI: Sign In to Windows 45 The Last Thing You Do 46 Chapter 2: Disk Disaster 47 PC Storage Overview 47 Mass Storage Tools and Utilities 59 Drive Management and Maintenance 61 Fun with Partitions 73 Chapter 3: Monitor Mayhem 83 The PC Graphics System 83 Captain Video Troubleshooter 96 Chapter 4: Internal Issues 107 Deep Inside the Case 107 Things to Upgrade, Fix, or Repair Inside the Case 115 Power Management Issues 127 Chapter 5: Printer Problems 135 Between the Computer and Printer 135 The Windows Side of Printing 143 Printer Driver Duties 151 Printer Problems and Solutions 154 Chapter 6: Peripheral Perils 159 Hardware Troubleshooting 160 Audio Anxieties 165 Keyboard and Mouse Woes 172 Chapter 7: Software Situations 181 Installation Issues 181 Banish the Unwanted 185 The Good and Evil of File Association 188 Common Software Problems and Solutions 194 Chapter 8: Network Nonsense 201 The Network Big Picture 201 Network Hardware Connection and Configuration 205 The Software Side of Networking 214 Network Troubleshooting 222 Network Problems and Solutions 226 Chapter 9: Shutdown Issues 229 Such a Turn-Off 229 Problems with Restarting 234 Shutdown Malaise 237 Book 3: Tools to Use 241 Chapter 1: Windows Recovery Environment 243 Startup Keys and Recovery Options 243 The Sacred Recovery Volume 249 The Windows Recovery Environment 252 Chapter 2: The Device Manager 261 Your Pal, the Device Manager 261 Device Manager Duties 265 Chapter 3: MSCONFIG and the Task Manager 271 The System Configuration Utility 271 MSCONFIG Startup Options 284 Chapter 4: Safe Mode 287 The Mode Is Safe 287 Safe Mode to the Rescue 288 Not Safe Mode Duties 299 Chapter 5: System Restore 301 The System Restore Philosophy 301 Restore the System, Restore Your Sanity 304 System Restore on Schedule 309 Chapter 6: The Task Manager 313 Task Control Central 313 Here a Task, There a Task 321 Chapter 7: The Windows Registry 325 Behold the Registry 325 Registry Cleaning 334 Chapter 8: Events and Diagnostics 335 What Has Gone On Here? 335 Diagnostics to the Rescue 339 Book 4: PC Security 347 Chapter 1: Windows Update 349 Windows Updates, Doesn't It? 349 Update Hiccups 353 Chapter 2: Keep Mr PC Safe 357 Malicious + Software = Malware 357 Windows Defender to the Rescue 361 Life Behind the Firewall 365 Chapter 3: Backup and Restore 371 An Emergency Copy 371 Prepare for Backup! 373 File Time-Travel 378 The System Image 381 Book 5: This Old PC 385 Chapter 1: Performance and Resources 387 The Relationship Between Performance and Resources 387 How Ya Doin', PC? 388 Chapter 2: More Mass Storage 395 The Mass Storage Pie 395 Get Yourself More Mass Storage Capacity 399 Even More Storage 407 Chapter 3: Boost PC Performance 411 Man, Your PC Is Slow! 411 Speed Up Your PC 413 Index 421

About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 25 years. Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, which became the world's fastest-selling computer book. He has written over 120 titles with 12 million copies in print and translated into over 32 languages. Dan's books are informative, entertaining, and never boring.

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