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Download instructions i'm a senior and dont know how to download stuff from the computer to 'my documents' where can i purchase a 'beginners' book for a step by step guide to downloading some videos from my internet to my computer? thank you naive shirley from florida

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    AS A SENIOR, HOW DO i DOWNLOAD VIDEOS FROM THE INTERNET? ANY STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ...OR FREE

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Hello,

Here's a good resource for getting started on Windows XP.

http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-Beginners-Guide-Windows-2nd/dp/078973432X

You can purchase it from Amazon.com, or you can probably find it at a local bookstore.

This book is for Windows XP - make sure that is what is currently installed on your computer. If you bought your computer within the last year or two, there is a chance it may have Windows Vista instead. If that is the case, please let me know and I will notify you of a different book for getting started on Windows Vista.

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