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Learning PC Maintenance and Performance

Course by: Dan Gookin
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  • Course details

    PC maintenance and performance go hand in hand; when you correctly maintain your computer, you usually see a corresponding boost in performance. Happily, basic computer maintenance tasks are simple enough for anyone to accomplish. This course teaches the elemental skills related to PC maintenance. It's a good, thorough background for anyone who works with Windows-based computers. Dan Gookin helps you configure simple settings to make sure your system is running at its peak, including Windows security settings, backup and recovery options, and updates. Plus, learn how to make everything run faster and smoother by identifying resource hogs and using tools like ReadyBoost for external caching.


    • Dan Gookin

      Dan Gookin

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      Dan Gookin is the author of more than 120 titles. He has been writing about technology for over 20 years.

      Dan combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Because his 120 titles have 12 million copies in print that have been translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

      Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

      Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies, Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful website,

      Dan holds a degree in communications/visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.

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    Skills covered in this course

  • PC maintenance for performance

    - Hello, I'm Dan Gookin. Welcome to PC maintenance and performance fundamentals. Yes, it's that old topic, maintenance. That thing you know you're supposed to do, but probably avoid. The good news is that maintaining a PC is pretty simple. You don't have to change any filters, deal with messy liquids, or trim the computer's toenails. The better news is that when you maintain your PC, you see a boost in performance. The two go together, and the end result is a computer system that runs well and you get the full worth of your technology investment. In this course, I review some simple items in Windows you can check or configure that handle the maintenance tasks and confirm that your system is running at peak performance. Now it's time to get started exploring PC maintenance and performance fundamentals.

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