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PCs for Grown-Ups: Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computer by Paul McFedries

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Introduction

In most households these days, the joke is that it’s the kids who run the show, at least as far as the technology goes. They provide the specs for new PCs, suggest peripherals and gadgets to buy, configure the router, perform routine Windows tasks, handle computer maintenance and repairs, and go inside the PC when the hard drive or the memory needs upgrading. And even if the kids are all grown up with families of their own, they probably still perform all these tasks whenever they drop by for a visit; that, or their kids—yes, the grandkids—take over these duties.

That’s all well and good, but it leads to an important question: Why are parents and grandparents—why are you—letting the kids and grandkids have all the fun? The basics ...

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