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Troubleshooting Common PC Issues for Users

Accessing the UEFI and updating the BIOS

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    Are you a help desk specialist or the go-to technical troubleshooter in your department? If people rely on you to diagnose and fix their computer issues, this course was designed to help you help them. Join PC expert Dan Gookin as he takes you through a number of diagnostic and repair steps. First, he explains how to determine if the source is hardware or software related. Then, he provides instructions on how to resolve the most common issues, such as dealing with errors, leveraging the Task Manager, fixing Windows issues, and more. In addition, he also demonstrates maintenance techniques to help protect storage drives, as well as how to address problems you encounter with devices like printers and monitors. He wraps up with how to restore network and internet connectivity.

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      Dan Gookin

      Mad Genius

      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, www.wambooli.com.

      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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  • Troubleshoot PC issues yourself

    - [Instructor] Your PC features a startup configuration tool called the UEFI. That weird acronym stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. Informally known as the BIOS, the UEFI, or UEFI, provides an interface between the PC's basic hardware and the operating system. It also offers a configuration menu or shell where you can set basic hardware options. This movie covers how to access and use the UEFI, and how to update the PC's firmware, which is also referred to as updating the BIOS. You can access the UEFI from the PC Startup Menu, or you can get there from the Windows Recovery Menu. The Startup Menu consists of a list of function keys you can press when the PC first starts. The list is shown briefly, so you must be quick to catch and press a key. As an example, my office PC lists three function keys I can press. The F2 key enters the startup program, the UEFI. F7 enters the BIOS, which also runs the UEFI program. And F10 enters a boot menu, which lists all media attached…

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