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PCs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From PCs For Dummies, 13th Edition

By Dan Gookin

Even though computers are supposed to make our lives easier, you may find it beneficial to print and complete some information about your PC. That way you can remember your PC’s technical information, Internet and e-mail information, or how all those wires and peripherals should be hooked up to your PC — even while the computer is off. You’ll also want to check out the following list of helpful PC hints.

My PC’s Technical Information and Stuff

The following technical information is specific to your own computer — stuff that you’ll probably reference from time to time but won’t necessarily bother storing in your brain. Print this page and write down the information, and then save the page with the other material that came with your computer.

Make and model: ____________________

Serial number: ______________________

Microprocessor: _____________________

RAM (MB): _________________________

Primary storage device capacity (GB): __________

Drive C is a ___ hard drive ___ SSD

Drive ___ is a ___ hard drive ___ SSD

Drive ___ is a ___ hard drive ___ SSD

Drive ___ is an external backup drive.

Drive ___ is an optical drive

Drive ___ is a memory card drive. Type: _________________

Drive ___ is a memory card drive. Type: _________________

Drive ___ is a memory card drive. Type: _________________

Drive ___ is a memory card drive. Type: _________________

Drive ___ is _________________.

Drive ___ is _________________.

The Things That Plug into Your PC

Here’s a list of standard computer peripherals — items that attach to the PC console. Place an X in the box to indicate where each item is attached. This information can help you reconnect everything later, in case you ever need to move the computer or take it to the repair shop.

Peripheral Back USB port Front USB port USB Hub A USB Hub B Other Port (specify)
Backup drive
Media card reader
Optical Drive
USB hub B
Other device: _________
Other device: _________

Important Contact and Support Information for Your PC

Use this space to fill in the phone numbers or e-mail addresses of the various people who can help you with your computer, in the event your PC acts up. And, oh yes, it will act up.

Computer dealer or retail store: ___________________

Sales rep (name/ext.): ___________________________

Next Sales rep after the first one gets fired:    

Dealer tech support: ____________________________

Operating system support: _______________________

ISP: _________________________________________

ISP tech support: ______________________________

Computer guru: _______________________________

Helpful PC Hints

Here are some essential tips for working with your PC. Keeping your PC in good working order prolongs its life and prevents you from losing important data.

  • Always use your best posture while you compute. Don’t slouch! Elevate your wrists. Don’t tilt your head too far down.

  • Get a UPS for your PC. Plug the monitor, console, and external backup drive into the battery-backed-up sockets.

  • Properly turn off your PC; use the Windows Shutdown command.

  • You can connect and disconnect USB devices to and from the computer while the computer or the device is on.

  • To get to the Control Panel in Windows 10, press Win+X and choose Control Panel from the super-secret menu.

  • The best gift you can buy your PC is more memory.

  • Obtain an external hard drive and implement a backup regimen on your PC.

  • Remember to properly eject and safely remove any removable media in Windows; don’t just yank something out of your PC.

  • The key to understanding software is to know what a file is. The key to organizing files is to know what a folder is.

Your PC’s Internet Information

Use this information to help keep track of your Internet account information and other, PC-related trivial tidbits that you should keep in one location (other than your brain or your PC):

Internet login name: _________________________________

Internet password: (Write down elsewhere.)

My e-mail address: _________________________________

My e-mail password: (Write down elsewhere.)

My ISP’s domain name: _________________________________

My web e-mail address: _________________________________

My web e-mail password: (Write down elsewhere.)

Other e-mail address: _________________________________

Other e-mail password: _________________________________

POP server name: _________________________________

SMTP server name: _________________________________

Favorite flavor of ice cream: _________________________________