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Windows 7 Bible Paperback – September 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470509098 ISBN-10: 0470509090 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470509090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470509098
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...readable, easy to understand and packed with useful references for all.' (IT Training, March 2010).

From the Back Cover

The book you need to succeed!

Get the most out of Windows 7 with this complete guide

Whether you're new to Windows or moving from XP or Vista, this comprehensive book from a Microsoft expert will get you thoroughly up to speed on the much-anticipated new Windows 7. Covering all three parts of the new platform—the core OS, Windows Live Essentials, and Windows Live Services—this step-by-step guide is packed with practical techniques and tips. Get set up, manage files, blog, add Bluetooth, build a home network, and more.

  • Set up user accounts, security, parental controls, and printing

  • Get quick access to your programs with new Jump lists

  • Explore Windows Live Services such as Desktop Gadgets Gallery and Hotmail

  • Make movies, play music, share photos, and more with Windows Live Essentials

  • Manage files, understand metadata, and conduct power searches

  • Sync your hardware devices and performance tune everything

  • Keep track of your favorite Internet content with Web Slices

  • Create a home network or share files with HomeGroup

Personalize your new Windows 7 desktop

Manage all hardware devices with one tool

Easily share media across different computers


More About the Author

Jim Boyce has authored or coauthored more than 45 books about
computer hardware and software, including Microsoft Outlook Version 2002
Inside Out. He is a former contributing editor and monthly columnist for
WINDOWS Magazine. He has been involved with computers as a programmer and
systems manager in a variety of capacities since the late 1970s. He has a
wide range of experience in the MS-DOS®, Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft
Windows NT®, and UNIX environments.

Customer Reviews

If you are a beginner or an intermeadiate user I recomment this book highly.
Charles B. Silsbee
If you just need a book to get a handle on Windows 7 and have some fun, buy the Windows 7 Bible.
Diana De Avila
It's organized well and the table of contents makes finding things relatively easy.
jhcpa

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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Diana De Avila TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2009
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You may be intimidated by the size of this tome when you pick it up (it is 1100+ pages) but you needn't be. It is truly a Windows 7 book geared toward the Beginner to Intermediate PC user. When I received it, I had a benchmark I was working against which is Windows 7 Inside Out. The Windows Inside/Out book was written more for the techie in mind. Very little fluff on the user interface or how to use fun and creative applications. The Inside/Out book was not a book geared for fun ... however, the Windows 7 Bible IS. The Windows 7 Bible really caters to creativity too!

The first half of the book is all about getting around Windows 7, customizing your desktop and Windows experience and learning about cool new features like "Flip 3D" (press the Windows and Tab button simultaneously ... COOL). The book shows the cool, fun parts of learning Windows 7 without ever being intimidating or too technical. There are no CD's with code and the book takes you to the edge of creating a home network ... but not much farther. If you are a computer hobbyist that just needs a good reference book on getting around Windows 7, learning how to sync devices, manage files, work with media, making music, using Windows Live Mail, etc ... this is your book.

If you want something much more technical that gets more into networking and performance, I suggest Windows 7 Inside Out. If you just need a book to get a handle on Windows 7 and have some fun, buy the Windows 7 Bible. It's worth the money.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Bob Feeser TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2010
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There are so many Windows 7 books out there it is hard to give any one 5 stars. This book, the Windows 7 Bible may be 5 stars to some, and well, less than 5 stars to others. Why? Because, although this book appeals to the widest audience, in that it is a perfect blend of easy to read instructions, and complete enough to not disappoint, even the avid computer user, it still is not the simple yet effective tool for the beginner.

For example if you were someone who was introducing the older parent to computers for the first time, they would be challenged to use it. For that audience I recommend Windows 7 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft)), it appears to be the top seller here at Amazon for those new to computing. I also like the Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 7 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) because a picture says a thousand words, and for someone who doesn't know the words that most of us take for granted, that is a great way to learn. When I was learning Excel 2007 for the first time, even though I was deeply steeped in Access 2007, I needed a quick guide that would provide the essentials, and the visual series was just right. You could turn to any section, and the clearly illustrated photos of the work screens made the procedures effortless, and unmistakable. You could pop open a page, read what you wanted to know, and be familiar enough with the function to step right through it.

The number one seller, but not for beginners is the
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2010
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I'm a person who tried her best to hold on to XP as long as possible, but the time came that change was inevitable as my old computer died. Those who went from XP to Vista and then to W7 might have found the transition easier. But, for me,who only stayed in Vista for 2 1/2 weeks while reinstalling programs, hardware drivers, and transferring documents, the change was considerable.

Since I purchased the computer just before W7 was released it came with Vista and Dell gave me a free upgrade to the W7 Home Premium Edition, and then I purchased an upgrade to the W7 Pro edition. This is a lot of change for a Grandma to adjust to, and I couldn't have done it without this book.

For the Vista part of the adventure, I purchased a "missing manual" series book which was no help at all. I had to partition the secondary hard drive and couldn't make heads or tails of what it was telling me to do since it neglected to explain an intermediate step. I had to go to the internet to get clear directions. That book is thick and heavy and probably contains everything someone else needs to know, but it had nothing I tried to look up.

The transition to W7 came and The Windows 7 Bible is even thicker and heavier and I wasn't looking forward to any of this. But, amazingly, whatever problem or issue came up, I could find a clear and sensible solution for in this book. It is well-indexed; logically arranged; and gives clear, logical, and sequential instructions and explanations. With this book by your side, you feel you're talking to someone efficient from tech support.
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