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Windows 7: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

David Pogue
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0596806396
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0596806392
  • Edition: 1
  • Length: 908 pages
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In early reviews, geeks raved about Windows 7. But if you're an ordinary mortal, learning what this new system is all about will be challenging. Fear not: David Pogue's Windows 7: The Missing Manual comes to the rescue. Like its predecessors, this book illuminates its subject with reader-friendly insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners as well as veteran PC users.


Windows 7 fixes many of Vista's most painful shortcomings. It's speedier, has fewer intrusive and nagging screens, and is more compatible with peripherals. Plus, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new features, including better organization tools, easier WiFi connections and home networking setup, and even touchscreen computing for those lucky enough to own the latest hardware.


With this book, you'll learn how to:


  • Navigate the desktop, including the fast and powerful search function
  • Take advantage of Window's apps and gadgets, and tap into 40 free programs
  • Breeze the Web with Internet Explorer 8, and learn the email, chat, and videoconferencing programs
  • Record TV and radio, display photos, play music, and record any of these to DVD using the Media Center
  • Use your printer, fax, laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone with Windows 7
  • Beef up your system and back up your files
  • Collaborate and share documents and other files by setting up a workgroup network



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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


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  • File Size: 12999 KB
  • Print Length: 908 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pogue Press; 1 edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043EWV1U
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512 of 520 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two hours to power April 24, 2010
Format:Paperback
When you pick up a 904-page book, one of the first questions you ask yourself is "When can I put this puppy back down?"

For me, the answer in the case of "Windows 7: The Missing Manual" was that I couldn't put it down for two hours, because I was sitting in front of my computer at the time, with the book in my lap, and every time I turned a page I found another great new idea that I wanted to try. This went on for 172 fun-filled pages (yes, you read that correctly) before I took a break.

Let me back up and put this in perspective: I've been using Windows almost exactly 18 years, since Windows 3.1 was released in April of 1992, and I've been among the very first to try each new version of Windows since then. I've taught Windows courses. Most of the people I know consider me to be a power user of Windows. I don't necessarily agree with them, but I certainly consider myself to be comfortable with Windows, and I've never found myself thinking that I wish David Pogue would drop by and kick my productivity up a notch or two. (Besides, when someone drops by and starts kicking things, isn't there a chance you could get hurt?)

A little more perspective: I've been working in Windows 7 for several months now, and so I already knew that Windows 7 is not only the most powerful but also the fastest, most visually appealing, most user-friendly version of Windows ever released.

Yet while working my way through the first 172 pages of "The Missing Manual," I discovered dozens of new refinements in Windows and dozens of new, faster ways of doing things that until then had escaped my notice.
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303 of 311 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Windows 7 Manual for Most People March 27, 2010
By TanMan
Format:Paperback
This is a review of Windows 7: The Missing Manual by Daivd Pogue. The book is written in Pogue's clear, easy-to-read, and entertaining style. Through it all, he maintains his sense of humor. It covers most everyone from the most basic beginner to the the advanced super user, although the most sophisticated users won't need much from this book. But even for them, it includes some handy pointers and reference material.

It provides a complete Windows 7 manual, with everything from how to install (Appendix A), to Windows basics (using Windows, file management and search, and setting your desktop) to finding and installing programs, to connecting to and using the Internet, to advanced features like joining a domain and VPN. And it covers everything else in between.

New features like Libraries and Jump Lists are covered nicely. He even describes the Library problems where you can't add a network location to a Library without making that folder available off-line. He correctly points out that this copies that entire folder onto the local hard drive, so you probably don't want to do this.

I especially liked that when features were missing from a particular version of Windows 7, Pogue points that out. He also points out when a feature is available only on certain versions. For example, Aero is not available in Windows 7 Starter Edition, and he points that out when talking about Aero.

The book provides special help for people transitioning from XP and Vista. When he can, Pogue compares things to the way they used to be in XP and/or Vista. For example, he explains how the Start menu and taskbar have changed from both earlier versions.

He also offers handy sidebars with tips and other related information throughout the book.
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189 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7: The Missing Manual April 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
As a professional in the ever growing technical field i'm often asked "How can i keep up with technology?" And often times the answer is very blunt, "you really can't." With the release of Windows 7, I've been slowing promoting it to all of my clients, customers, co-workers and peers, but often i'm faced with the words "I don't have time to learn it."

I was graciously given the opportunity by O'reilly to review Windows 7: The Missing Manual. Most of the time while reading a book explaining anything technology, I become bored. It seems that often it is geared to the 'I'm Just learning about technology' individuals. After reading Windows 7: The Missing Manual, I was impressed to say the least. If I were to sum up Windows 7: The Missing Manual in a sentence i'd have to say, This book is one of the best instructive tutorial books I have ever read for any computer related product.

With their down to earth, yet at some points witty, instructive procedures, it was not only painless to read, but enjoyable. They tackle anything from switching screens, to folder options, to Taskbars. You name it, this book has touch based on it. To everyone that wants to start tackling Windows 7, whether computer savvy or not, I wouldn't only suggest to read this, I would highly recommend.

So, to the People of O'reilly, thank you for finally making a book to help, not only, the advanced users, but also the lesser of the computer savvy.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful if you want to accomplish a task February 20, 2011
By LaRaine
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I gave this book three stars because the back cover says "Answers found here!" and I didn't find many answers.

I think this book should identify itself as either a reference manual or a user guide. It kinda looks like both, but actually is not either and I think that makes is less usable. It's also not properly organized/cross-referenced/indexed. It seems the book was not targeted for specific audience types, which is problematic. For example, to add a Win7 computer to an existing network of non-Win7 OSs (as in file and print sharing), you need to open the networking panel and change "homegroup" to "workgroup." You will not find this task/concept in this book, well, you can find information in several places that talk around the subject, but nothing that simply tells you that is what you need to do. The back cover lists the explanation of networking as a main feature of the book, but I had to google to figure this out, so I think this book is "missing" basic "answers."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book was in better condition than I expected! And is helping me a lot with what I've had problems with! Recommend highly!
Published 1 day ago by Linda Shipes
3.0 out of 5 stars Too advanced
This probably is ok with someone who really is into the computer. I just wanted something for the simple laymen terms on how to do the basics with a computer, e-mail,how to store... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Larry Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is the first book I have purchased written by David Pogue and it is excellent. I thought I knew Windows pretty good, but it seems I learn something new on every page. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joe Comando
5.0 out of 5 stars The BIG book of Win 7
Breeze thru this book 1st, just skim the surface. You will see plenty of topics that will grab your interest. Then go back and step thru the details. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Darkmirror
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual
I like to get in deeper than most, to operate my computer and not have it operate me. This is a very good reference for what you can do to make the system operate the way you want... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Glenn
4.0 out of 5 stars .
Very impressive. Has solved most of my problems. I recomend it to anyone who is having problems with Windows 7.
Published 22 days ago by F. Pletzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful!
Windows 7 has been confusing to me. Finally I broke down and bought the manual, and wish I had done it sooner. Very useful manual.
Published 24 days ago by Camellia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Remember when software came with instructions? This book really is "the missing manual". I like the fact that it is written in language I can understand. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 Manual
I stopped reading these big manuals years ago because Microsoft kept changing the operating system and my computers kept breaking down and the new operating systems would be loaded... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas C. Silverstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
So far it is very helpful. Only a few things that I have encountered that I can't find an answer to
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Toni Neill
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David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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