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Switching to Microsoft Windows 7: The Painless Way to Upgrade from Windows XP or Vista Paperback – November 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0789742216 ISBN-10: 0789742217 Edition: 1st
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Elna R.Tymes and Charles E. Prael are a writing team who have been authoring books about computers and software since the mid-1980s. They have written a large number of books and manuals about both Windows and Macintosh environments and have an active consulting practice working with Silicon Valley companies in the areas of program development, writing, and training. Working with their company, Los Trancos Systems, Tymes and Prael have developed a video server for Stanford University; standalone training material for Oracle and other Silicon Valley companies; and documentation sets for such widely diverse companies as Genentech, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and a host of smaller companies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (November 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789742217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789742216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Riley on December 19, 2009
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I bought this book in anticipation of switching from Windows XP to Windows 7. This book gives an excellent outline of the procedures by which one can upgrade to Windows 7 from either Windows XP or Windows Vista (the latter of which I never installed). It describes the process of upgrading "from scratch," aka a "clean installation," which normally is best for moving up from Windows XP. It also describes the process of moving up from Windows Vista (which didn't apply to me), which does not require a "clean installation," also the latter often is the best when changing operating systems, generally speaking.

In separate sections, the book also gives a very good overview of preparing for an upgrade to Windows 7, as well as the new features (including the stricter security protections) found in Windows 7. I will add that at first, the increased security protections took some getting used to in Windows 7. It was quite a nuisance at first when exchanging and zipping up game files between pbem (play by email) opponents, for example.

In short, this is a great book for anyone planning to move from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7. In my case, the new installation was relatively painless and efficient, even considering that I had to reinstall all of my programs. I have loved Windows 7, even with some "black (not blue) windows of death" crashes at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlton L. Burton on April 14, 2010
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This book does a good job in helping a user transition from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7. It is a definite help to me. Going from Windows XP to 7 seems to be filled with transition pains - I have become 'very comfortable' with the XP user interface over time (and still find myself looking for that ever elusive 'XP Classic' skin for Windows 7). This book is helpful in giving tips that ease the transition process. The transition journey from XP is still somewhat of a struggle, but having this book along as a companion, I believe I'll make it!
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As the authors tell you - you can't really "upgrade" from XP to Win 7, except by using the optional (at extra cost) program "PC Mover". I wish they had gone into more detail about using PC Mover instead of making it an afterthought at the end of the book. I went to Win 7, stuck in twice as much RAM, new video card, new sound card, put in a new power supply and upgraded the CPU and cooling, so now I can procrastinate for a year (or two) before buying a new PC. It's a slippery slope and very easy to spend too much, but if I can upgrade a PC then so can you.
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What about XP mode and Virtual PC? The author doesn't discuss these interesting topics which facilitate the transition from XP to WIN7.
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You really need a professional to do the job. I did and had to pay $375.00. What a ripoff! Not happy with Microsoft
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