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June 12, 2017

More Trouble, More Shooting

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

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My Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC All-in-one Desktop Reference For Dummies is not only my longest titled title, and one of the most popular, but it was getting old. I’ve recently updated the book to cover Windows 10, and it is now available in those few bookstores that still exist.

The old Troubleshooting book was really popular. I remember walking away from a Library and seeing a guy carry off the book. It was the second time he checked it out. That’s really cool (though it’s better if you just buy the book – hint, hint).

The old book, actually the 2nd edition, covered Windows XP through Windows 7. I’m glad that publisher didn’t want me to cover Windows 8, which was awful and let’s all forget about that episode, but they did express interest in covering Windows 10.

It’s a good thing that the book is updated because Windows 10 offers plenty of great troubleshooting features. Microsoft also removed some conflicting tools and consolidated some features, which helps with the troubleshooting task.

The new book isn’t as thick as the old one, mostly because I pulled out all the material on Windows XP and Windows Vista. It still has some Windows 7 material in it, but the main focus is on Windows 10. Therefore, the new book is a lot thinner than the old one: 438 pages versus 768 pages. Also, I didn’t do any updated videos for the book. Oddly, the publisher has pulled the videos, which are no longer available on their website.

This title is my 161st book. The Android “O” update to my Android books is coming soon. They still don’t know whether the “O” is “Oreo,” and my two Android books are being combined into a single title, which makes sense. That book will most likely be out in the late fall.

I might also be doing a new programming book. I’ll keep you abreast of the details as things develop.


  1. Windows 10, I have it, I use it (not for anything serious yet) but have to wonder how secure and dependable is it? Windows XP would work you could throw rocks at it (I once got an Embedded PC back with a bullet hole in it, still booted!). Windows 7 Nice, OK had some issues with the way it handle boot up could lead to waiting and then running a built in boot surveyor to find what was there in the boot sequence that was holding everything up stop that thing booted fine. Win 8 Oh boy! walking away, booted quick though. Win 10 fast boot, no bloody Metro interface that got in the way Parents will use. Still I don’t yet have the same level of trust that I gave XP…I am paranoid right?

    Comment by glennp — June 13, 2017 @ 4:43 am

  2. Now I’m the opposite. I liked XP, but today I wouldn’t trust it at all. Given that it has the second largest installed user base, and it hasn’t been patched in years, it’s truly vulnerable.

    The biggest issue with Windows 10 is that Microsoft can’t make up its mind between using the Settings app and the Control Panel. My guess is that they want to transition away from the Control Panel, but they just can’t let it go. Probably because a lot of automated scripts still access it. Even so, they hide the Control Panel and other handy tools, which makes troubleshooting frustrating.

    Yet, of all the Windows versions available, I’d still prefer 7 over 10, but only slightly.

    Comment by admin — June 13, 2017 @ 7:31 am

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