Chapter 1

Windows 10 4 N00bs

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Reading the newbie’s quick guide

check Understanding that hardware is hard — and software is hard, too

check Seeing Windows place in the grand scheme of things

check Defining computer words that all the grade-schoolers understand

check Finding out what, exactly, is the web

check 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 heard only the printable part of the story. By clumsily forcing a touchscreen approach down the throats of mouse-lovers everywhere, ...

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