Chapter 1

Windows 10 4 N00bs

In This Chapter

arrow A newbie’s quick guide

arrow Hardware is hard — and software is hard, too

arrow Windows’s place in the grand scheme of things

arrow Those computer words that all the grade schoolers understand

arrow What, exactly, is the web?

arrow Buying a Windows 10 computer

Don’t sweat it. We all started out as n00bs (“newbies”).

If you’ve never used an earlier version of Windows, you’re in luck — you don’t have to force your fingers to “forget” so much of what you’ve learned. Windows 10 is completely different from any Windows that has come before. It’s a melding of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1, tossed into a blender, speed turned up full, poured out on your screen.

If you heard that Windows 8 was a dog, you only heard the printable part of the story. By clumsily forcing a touch-screen approach down the throats of mouse-lovers everywhere, Windows 8 alienated the touch-first ...

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