Recently, I bought a copy of Computer Secrets Unleashed, a 3-volume downloadable PDF e-book set.
It’s aimed at helping novice to medium-skilled computer user to get more familiar with their computers, solve hardware problems, tweak their systems, handle home networking, solve problems themselves and more.
Basically, the author wants you to feel comfortable fixing hardware and software issues, and help you avoid expensive shop repairs and house calls. There are also some tips and "Oh, yeah!" moments for the more experienced users, too.
It’s focused primarily on Windows XP, with Windows Vista receiving some attention. Windows 7 apparently wasn’t released yet when the book was updated (it’s a 2009 update of the 2007 original). Computer Secrets Unleashed also comes with some additional computer ebooks as bonuses.
At one point, the author had a set of videos available (at extra cost) to go with the books. However, they don’t appear to be available now.
The first volume focuses on tips and tricks for using your PC more effectively, including security and other tips as well as problem-solving.
Topics include how to buy a computer, saving your old computer, hardware triage and troubleshooting, tweaking the computer for maximum performance, protecting your computer from viruses and spyware, backing up your computer, free software, and more tips and tricks.
The second volume focuses on home networking. It includes wireless networking as well as wired networking in its coverage. It explains routers and switches, wiring your local area network, wired networking, wireless networking, configuring File and Printer Sharing, setting up a Shared Folder, sharing printers, remote desktop connections, and troubleshooting.
The third volume focuses on downgrading from Windows Vista to Windows XP.
I’ve skimmed through the books and am impressed with them. I’m going back to read them in more detail. The books are easy to read, written to be understood, and include a number of images and illustrations to help explain the points. They also have links to the corresponding videos, for those who purchased the video access.
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