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ISBN-13: 978-0470487631 ISBN-10: 0470487631 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470487631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487631
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

What you want to know about Windows 7 is in one of these handy minibooks

When you're looking for a Windows 7 guide that goes above and beyond anything you get from Microsoft, start here. With detailed coverage of all of Windows 7, the best Windows add-on programs, in-depth troubleshooting, and much more, this book offers everything from the basics to the secrets of the pros.

  • What Windows 7 can and can't do — get an honest rundown of the good and not-so-good qualities

  • Making it work — set up and customize Windows 7, know what to do about security, and make the system work for you

  • Control the controls — manage user account controls, know when to automatically update and when not to, and handle the Firewall

  • Have some fun — explore Windows games, capture Windows Media streams, set up the Media Center, and make your iPod happy

  • Safety first — learn what the Action Center does and how to show filename extensions, scan for rootkits, and protect your network

  • Get the best Windows add-ons — discover fabulous free tools, from browsers to antivirus protection to picture editors and music players

  • Hardware options — the scoop on cameras, printers, scanners, memory, USB key drives, and what DeviceStage does

Open the book and find:

  • Where to get Windows Live Mail and Messenger tools

  • Desktop details the way you want them

  • How to dodge problems and protect your PC

  • Tips on improved search features

  • Steps for sharing files on a home network

  • Web surfing advice for Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, or Google Chrome

  • Troubleshooting advice

  • How to avoid zombies, botnets, phishers, and 0day exploits

About the Author

Woody Leonhard describes himself as a "Windows victim." Since 1992, he's been sharing the solutions to his own tech problems with millions of readers. In addition to writing several books in the For Dummies series, Woody is a Contributing Editor for Windows Secrets newsletter. He also runs his own blog at AskWoody.com.

More About the Author

If you're a typical mouse-and-keyboard Windows 7 user and you're not particularly interested in trying anything really new, you can give Windows 8.1 a miss.

I know that's a horrible thing to say on an ordering page for "Windows 8.1 All-In-One For Dummies." But it's the truth -- the kind of straight talk you'll find throughout this book. All of my books, for that matter.

If you're buying a new touch-sensitive tablet or combo, and want to stick with Windows 8.1, it's a great operating system. If you want to dabble with some new things - particularly using one of the new tiled "Metro" apps -- Win8.1 has all the bells and whistles, and then some.

I've been writing books for a long time. My first book - "Windows 3.1 Programming For Mere Mortals" - came out at the dawn of the Windows era. Along the way, I've learned that most folks appreciate the straight story, and that's what you'll find in all of my books, including this one. If there's a problem, I tell you about it, and try to steer you around it. If something works well (for example, Windows 8.1's Storage Spaces works wonders!), I not only point you to the feature, I explain in depth how to make it work right -- for you. If you don't need something -- antivirus in Windows 8.1 being a good example, because Win8.1 has all the AV you'll ever need -- I warn you to save your money. Lots of money.

The straight story. No sugar coating. I wrote this book for you, not for Microsoft.

Check out the previews for "Windows 8.1 All-In-One For Dummies." I hope you're impressed.

I'm a senior contributing editor at both InfoWorld and Windows Secrets Newsletter, and I'm co-editor of InfoWorld's TechBrief daily newsletter. You can follow me on Twitter, @woodyleonhard, or check out my blog at www.AskWoody.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is very, very informative.
Greg
A lot of the info I may never need but nice to know it's there if I ever want to do some "fancy" stuff.
Robert Schmitz
I have just started to read through the book to help me with the new Windows 7.
luv2sew56

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110 of 115 people found the following review helpful By C. Braun on December 1, 2009
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I purchased this book even before I received Windows 7. I wanted a "heads up" on what I was geting into. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Woody Leonhead spells it out and tells you exactly as it is. Even questions you wouldn't think to ask. And, to top that off, he even has put in information that Microsoft wouldn't tell you, e.g., if you download your pictures from either your camera or your memory stick, Windows 7 AUTOMATICALLY deletes your pictures from your camera or memory stick, whichever one you are using. So, photo people, BEWARE and find another way to keep your pictures. I'm sure there is a lot more very interesting items that Woody will let all of us know, only if you are willing to purchase his book. BTW, he used to work at Microsoft and is a now a BETA tester for them. So, you know you are getting all the "ins" and outs" of Windows. I am definitely recommending to everyone that they purchase this book. One of a kind that you will not find in any other book.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By William A. Schmitt on October 11, 2009
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This is a very enjoyable book to read and learn. It's easy to read and easy to understand. Very informative. There's also no shortage of info. You certainly get your money's worth. It is a large book (over 800 pages) and Woody covers everything needed. I am totally satisfied with Woody Leonhard's Windows 7 For Dummies.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Cochran on January 1, 2010
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This is the one to buy. It is complete, clear and friendly. Woody adds humour to hold your interest. He doesn't mind telling the truth about MS and 7 when necessary.
Buy it from Amazon to get the best service and price.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Hill on May 15, 2010
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I spent a lot of time reading the customer reviews before I purchased this book. I should have listened to the negative reviews. I am very disappointed in the book because it addresses everything but basic difinitions and how the Windows file sturcture works. For instance he doesn't even tell you in a clear manner what Aero means, or UNC or UNL or the differnence between forward slash and back slash. Also the indexing is bad, everything I looked up wasn't there. Buying the book was a poor choice.

Finally I purchased the book "Windows 7 The Missing Manual" It is a wonderful book and answers almost every question. Also it is well indexed.

I wish I could return the Dummies book but I have highlighted a lot of it. Maybe Amazon would buy it back from me and sell it as used. I purchased the book via Amazon's website through another distributor.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James C. Jones on May 19, 2010
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On the 17 April 2010 I purchased the windows 7 all-in-one for dummies. The reason for me buying this book was:
1. Previously I had a windows xp computer, and then a windows vista omputer.
2. I bought the yellow book for dummies for the windows xp, then the one for windows vista. Whenever I had a
problem I went to this book, and it never let me down.
3. From what I read about the new windows 7 with all its bells and whistles I knew I needed something
that I could rely on, and so for the book windows 7 all-in-one for dummies has done this.
I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By luv2sew56 on December 28, 2009
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I received this book as a gift for Christmas. I have just started to read through the book to help me with the new Windows 7. I have found it to be very informative and helpful. I was able to upgrade my laptop with no problems, and the book help me understand what was happening at the time. As of this writing I have had no problems with Windows 7. It is an easy book to understand and very helpful as a walk through for upgrading.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Donald Pixley on December 8, 2009
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Very helpful finding our way with Windows 7. My aging eyes have trouble reading the dialog with the figures, too small a font and often ink is too faint. I have contacted the author and he is looking into the problem.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Handyguy on March 21, 2010
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The material covered is great especially for new computer users and previous Vista users that have upgraded to Windows 7. You can jump into Windows 7 which has the look and feel of XP but with more security upgrades and quicker start ups. Vista folks will also be so pleased to have moved up to Windows 7. Windows 7 for dummies is well written and is a must have since virtually all new computers come installed with windows 7 but little or no written material about how to use it. Previous XP users will also benefit from the book to take full advantage of the new features in windows 7
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