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Troubleshooting Common PC Issues for Users

Updating the printer driver

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  • Course details

    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.

    Instructor

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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.

    Skills covered in this course

  • Troubleshoot PC issues yourself

    - (Instructor) When you attach a printer to your PC, what you're really adding is software in Windows that controls the printer. This software is generically referred to as a printer driver. A bad printer driver can lead to endless woe, from a printer that just doesn't print, one that's chronically unavailable, or a printer that outputs gibberish. The solution is to reinstall the printer driver. Unlike reinstalling other hardware drivers, reinstalling a printer driver involves removing its presence from the PC. You then reinstall the printer, choosing whether to use the existing driver or to fetch a new one. To disassociate the printer, press the Windows+I keyboard shortcut to bring up the settings app, choose devices, printers and scanners. Select the problem printer and choose remove device. Am I sure? Yes. Now if the printer you removed was the default, Windows will reassign a default printer. Now don't worry, you can re-reassign the default printer later. Now to add the printer…

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