So many places.
All of them.
None of them.
I know that’s not a helpful answer, and I apologize. The problem is that — much like Ask Leo! itself — different sources speak to different people in different ways. Anything I recommend might be absolutely awful for you, or it could be fantastic. I have no way to know.
Let’s review some of those different ways.
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The best approach to finding resources to learn Windows 10 is to browse books on the subject, either in a library or online; look into online courses; and make use of the immense amount of information available on sites like YouTube. What works best is different for each person, so trying a few different sources is important.
Some of the names mentioned in your question are popular series of books. For example, the “For Dummies” series includes Windows 10 For Dummies, Windows 10 For Seniors For Dummies, and more. (Unfortunately, it looks like “The Complete Idiots Guide” series is no more.)
But even beyond the series, a simple search for “Windows 10 Beginner” returns dozens and dozens of results on Amazon.com.
What to choose?
When it comes to books, I have three recommendations:
- Spend a little time at a local library and page through some of the books available there. There’s also a good chance that a librarian will have recommendations.
- Use Amazon’s preview feature to look at the first portion of books that look interesting.1
- Use reviews on Amazon as a guide as well. Don’t take them as absolute — as I said, not everything resonates with everyone — but try to get a sense for themes in the commentary, paying particular attention to issues that you feel are important.
Some of these books will, for lack of a better term, “feel” better than others. They’ll use language and terminology that make sense to you.
Those are the places to start.
Courses & tutorials
If you’re more of a visual learner but you want structure, online courses can be very, very useful. Examples here include:
- Professor Teaches Windows 10, as you mentioned.
- Udemy has many courses on Windows 10 from many different instructors.
- Lynda.com (now Linked In Learning) has many courses on various aspects of Windows 10, including for novices.
- Skillshare is another popular learning platform with several Windows 10 courses.
- GCFLearnFree.org has several Windows 10 tutorials.
These are only examples — there are many such resources available.
My advice remains the same: browse different instructors on different platforms and see which ones appear to be the most sensible and understandable to you, and who moves at a comfortable pace.
Honestly, the rest of the internet seems optimized for answering questions. This is especially true of YouTube.
So, leverage that. Visit YouTube and start searching for answers to the questions you have. Start with a search for Windows 10 for Beginners, and you’ll find many (MANY) available videos. Once again, you can try out the different presenters and go deeper with those who work best for you.
On YouTube, you’ll also see ratings in the form of Thumbs Up and Down, as well as comments made on the various videos. You can see how old the video is and how many times it’s been viewed. These are all good pieces of information that can lead you to useful information.
And of course, as you inevitably end up with specific questions, use YouTube or Google search to find many, many answers.
The problem with all of them (myself included)
Technology is ever-changing, and that’s nowhere truer than in computers and operating systems like Windows 10.
That means it’s important to:
- Understand how old the material is. Windows 10 has been around for a long time, and has gone through many changes. Educational material from five years ago will have significant differences from that produced today.2
- Understand that material for the absolutely latest and greatest version might not be available. Be prepared to deal with differences. Most of the time the differences are minor, and hopefully easily translated between your educational material and the version on your computer.
- Realize that it’s also not uncommon for older, better-presented material to be more valuable than something newer of poorer quality. Don’t rely on dates alone.
Particularly when it comes to introductory material as opposed to reference material, how well something resonates with you may be the single most important characteristic. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to look for a variety of offerings from a variety of sources to see what works the best for you.
Footnotes & References
1: For Kindle books, it’s usually the first 10% of the book that’s made available for preview. For books without a Kindle edition, it’s unclear which pages they select, but you should at least be able to view the table of contents and some representative content.
2: That’s one of the reasons there’s a date on every Ask Leo! article.