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DOS for Dummies [Paperback]

By Dan Gookin (Author)
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Item description for DOS for Dummies by Dan Gookin...

Explains the features of MS-DOS in a Windows 98 environment, including file retrieval, shared data, error messages, DOS utilities, and common problems

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Windows may rule the world of popular computing on PCs around the globe, but DOS still has a place in the hearts and minds of computer users who vaguely remember what a C prompt looks like. Even if DOS (with all its arcane commands and its drab, boring look) isn't your idea of the best way to get things done on a PC, you'll find plenty of fast and friendly help on hand with the third edition of "DOS For Dummies."

Here's a plain-speaking reference guide to all the command-line stuff and nonsense that makes DOS work, whether you're a native DOS user or are an occasional dabbler who needs the operating system to run all those cool games under Windows.

"DOS For Dummies, 3rd Edition, " avoids all the technical jargon to cut to the heart of things with clear, easy-to-understand explanations and step-by-step help forChanging disks and drivesDealing with the DOS promptManaging filesRunning DOS inside WindowsInstalling and running DOS-based software programsWorking with the printer and serial portsUsing the mouse and keyboardTroubleshooting problemsUnderstanding DOS error messages

All the basic DOS commands, from APPEND to XCOPY, are demystified to make life in DOS much more bearable. This handy guide has plenty of helpful tips and tricks for bending DOS to your will, without having to dedicate your life (and all your free time) to mastering this little corner of the PC.

Author Dan Gookin's first edition of "DOS For Dummies" became an international best-seller. He considers himself a computer "guru" whose job it is to remind everyone that computers are not to be taken too seriously. His approach to computers is light and humorous, yet very informative. Gookin mixes his knowledge of computers with a unique, dry sense of humor that keeps you informed - and awake.

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DOS for Dummies by Dan Gookin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 8

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.42" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 2, 1998
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764503618  
ISBN13  9780764503610  
UPC  785555503618  

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Only covers "DOS box"   Apr 23, 2008
As usual, A book has been published by Wiley that seeks to add ease of use to a rather difficult subject. Dan Gookin has written many computer books for MS press and in other places.

This book is well-written and concise (silly comic sketches aside). It is a fair representation of what Wiley wants their books to be about. Except...

This book is not for MSDOS users, it is for folks who have tried their hand at using DOS box in Windows 95/98/XP and or Vista. I highly disagree with the subject matter of the book as to the absense of substantial coverage of MSDOS 6 and the dated coverage of the DOSbox programs. Don't expect to get support for either. Instead, I recommend using some of Gookin's earlier works actually written for MSDOS 5 and 6. Updated versions and documentation of DOS box is freely available on the web.

I really don't recommend this book to any reader who is serious about learning about DOS and DOS box. I gave it 1 star for its lack of substance and its value as a doorstop.
It's A Dummie (What's more to say)   Aug 18, 2007
Dummies books are written for the rest of us. On the DOS side of things. This book is a reference without spending a lot of money and without all the mumbo-jumbo. Just the stuff you need without the technical words. I have other Dummies computer books and ther great as well. Well worth the price.

I went to school for this sort of thing. I keep Dummies books handy for a quick reference. When I get a phone call 9 times out of 10 I'm reading a dummies book. With that said this and other Dummies books are great.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK  Apr 24, 2007
Do you have a friend that knows DOS, or an IT professional that is willing to teach you? Either way, do not buy this book, because if it may be useful to you he tells you to ask a friend or a professional. He is painfully not humorous or clever either, though he thinks he is.
You will learn more Google-ing DOS than you will from this book... which is not saying much. Look into Peter Norton's Complete Guide to DOS 6.22 if you want to know how to use DOS and or write batch files.
A Classic  Aug 13, 2005
Not so long ago most people did not know how to use a computer. Dan Gookin's "DOS for Dummies" stepped us through the hills and vales of how to use one. For this alone the book deserves respect.

A very short while ago, a computer professional said to me, "For that I generally go to DOS and use 'XCOPY'." Anyone remember what that means? "DOS for Dummies" will tell you.
Every Page Another Stupid Joke  Mar 31, 2005
The concept in the "...for Dummies" series is to write in a friendly style and give the reader some substantial information along the way. What you get in this waste of paper is tons of useless unfunny attempts at humor with some passing references to DOS along the way.

Most of his book is just padding, and you get maybe one useful sentence per page. After reading it for awhile, I started to notice the phrase, "go talk to an expert to get this done..." popping up again and again. Well... I buy a how-to book in order to learn something new. I already know that I can pay to have an expert do just about anything for me. The writer telling me to just "go consult an expert" defeats the reason for buying a how-to book.

Save your money and buy something else.

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