Bye, bye, Windows XP

I don’t know about you, but I loved my older computer with its Windows XP interface. I hung on to the bitter end, until Windows XP became obsolete. Now I’m faced with having to learn a whole new way of computing.

If you’re like me, you’ll want some help discovering the ins and outs of the newest Windows versions--Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The Urbana Free Library has a collection of informative books that cover the basics of these newer operating systems.

You can discover these recent Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 manuals at our library. Let me highlight two of special interest.

Teach Yourself Visually Windows 8.1, by Paul McFedries, provides step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots to show exactly how things are done. This is great for those of us who are visual learners. Pictures really help!










Windows 8.1 for Seniors in Easy Steps coverWindows 8.1 for Seniors in Easy Steps, by Michael Price, is equally useful to both those who are upgrading from an earlier version and to those who are brand new to computers. It comes with larger type, and clear, brief instructions. Whether you prefer touch or a keyboard, this is a book that can get you started with the basics.









These, and many other computer or technical books, are waiting at The Urbana Free Library, ready to help you learn and conquer your computers! If you need help placing a hold, or want assistance tracking down certain titles or topics, please give us librarians a call. Our Reference Desk phone is 217-367-4405. Or, email us at

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