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Windows 7: Up and Running: A quick, hands-on introduction (Animal Guide) [Paperback]

Wei-Meng Lee
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October 11, 2009 0596804040 978-0596804046 1

This compact book offers the quickest path for Windows users to get started with Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. You get the essential information you need to upgrade or install the system and configure it to fit your activities, along with a tour of Windows 7's features and built-in applications.

Microsoft has learned from the mistakes of Windows Vista, and Windows 7 shows it-this new OS is much faster and more stable. With Windows 7: Up and Running, you'll learn what's new and what's changed from XP and Vista, and get advice on ways to use this system for work, entertainment, instant communication, and more. Windows 7 is poised to be a big hit, and with this handy guide, you can be up and running -- and productive -- with it right away.

  • Master the user interface, including the taskbar, jump lists, desktop gadgets, Aero Shake, and notification area
  • Discover the joys of networking with HomeGroup file sharing and improved Wi-Fi
  • Tour the system's improved security, including the Action Center, User Account Control, and Credential Manager
  • Learn how to use Windows Live Essentials for messaging, photo sharing, moviemaking, emailing, and blogging
  • Get to know built-in applications such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 12, Microsoft Paint, and WordPad
  • Learn about optional Microsoft software to enhance your Windows 7 experience

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About the Author

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) ( is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions (http://www.developerlearningsolutions.​com), a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies. He is an established developer and trainer specializing in .NET and wireless technologies.

Wei-Meng speaks regularly at international conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous books on .NET, XML and wireless technologies. He writes extensively for the O'Reilly Network on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. He is also the author of Windows XP Unwired and .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide, both from O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Product Details

  • Series: Animal Guide
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596804040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596804046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Primer for Mom, Dad & Friends October 23, 2009
Nowadays almost everyone from grandma to the kid who lives next door is online and has a computer. The digital age has meant that many of us know the basics of how to use a computer, get online and do basic tasks -- but for many users they learn a particular way of doing things, and when software (or the OS) changes they find themselves scratching their heads wondering where things went and how they got changed. In this handy primer guide the author has done a fairly good job of helping get casual end-users up to speed on Windows 7.

The book walks you through many of the features that have changed and introduces you to some of the new functionality of the OS (for example, Libraries in Windows 7). It also walks users through common "gothcas" and things to be aware of (for example, why all sites don't support the use of Web Slices in IE8). Sidebars and a generous library of pictures help to call the reader's attention to specific items.

I was a little dissapointed in the Installation Chapter of the book, and thus took away one star. Though the author covers netbooks and dual-booting, the issue of upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 is never covered. So let me cover it right here: ALWAYS DO A FRESH, CLEAN INSTALL -- NEVER DO AN IN PLACE UPGRADE! Given the brevity of of the chapter on installation, and the main focus of the book, I feel this chapter could even be taken out without taking away from the book.

This book would make an excellent gift for mom and dad, or that friend who just bought a new computer with Windows 7 on it. It's a good primer for getting started with Windows 7 and making the jump to help keep your digital life a bit more organized and productive!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should come with every copy of Windows 7 March 10, 2010
I really enjoyed reading this book. Having been a Windows XP user for many years, I did not take the plunge into Windows Vista. Having seen Windows 7 at Microsoft's developer conference, I wanted to learn more. Even though I have been a developer for more than 20 years, I still found this book providing me with several "wow" moments. I learned truly how Windows 7 is superior to Vista and how to use the features it provides.

This book does a very good job at introducing Windows 7 to users at many different levels. The organization is good and the content is delivered simply and effectively. I realized that I would recommend this book to other users who wanted to learn more about Windows 7, whether they had technical backgrounds or not. This book is definitely not the all-inclusive source of information that some books strive to be, but it is not advertised as such and does not have to be. It's meant to get you comfortable with Windows 7 as an operating system, so you can focus on your day-to-day tasks at hand. It also covers the differences between Windows 7 and Vista (user interface, security, utilities, etc.) very well. It's a small book, but it uses its space wisely.

If you are looking to get more familiar with Windows 7 (especially if coming from the XP world like I did), I would highly recommend this book. It provides a relatively quick read - one that is well worth it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Ma and Pa November 16, 2009
This was not my impression of the book at all. This book is for the busy professional who knows a bit about using Windows and would like to know as quickly as possible the most interesting features of the latest Windows.

I liked the lively style of the author, who managed to skip the tedium and focus on things that might interest you. Example: I also picked up a 950-page book, "Windows 7, The Definitive Guide" and found (from the index), only 1 short sentence on Windows PowerShell. In comparison, Wei-Meng Lee devoted two full pages to this feature in his small book.

If you focus on the good stuff, you won't notice, and might appreciate, that this book weighs less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book lives up to its title August 12, 2010
This book is, as advertised, a quick introduction to Windows 7. The book, including index, is 185 pages.

It succinctly covers the different versions of Windows 7, system requirements, installation and upgrading. Later in the book you will learn how to install from a thumb drive or USB hard drive, dual-booting Windows 7 and XP or Vista and installing Windows 7 on a virtual drive.

It's the What's New in Windows 7 that will be of most interest to the XP and Vista users.

In general I like the new Windows 7 taskbar and the ability to pin apps and documents to the task bar. I like how it shows multiple instances of a program. For example if I have 4 tabs open in Internet Explorer, when I hover over the IE taskbar icon I see screenshots of all 4 and can choose any with a click. Same with multiple Word documents or other apps.

The one thing I don't like is they moved Vista's Show Desktop icon to a small strip at the right hand side of the taskbar (next to date and time). With powerful hardware we all have a bunch of apps loaded so seeing the desktop is more important than ever. The easy work around, of course, is Windows Key-D, but I wish there was an icon for it.

If you haven't yet experienced Windows 7 touchscreen support or Aero Peek, Aero Shake and Aero Snap, the book briefly explains these UI enhancements. The author touches on the basics: Gadgets, WordPad, paint, etc. but you will probably skip over them. I do like the 2 new modes in the venerable Calculator though - Programmer and Statistics.

A convenient new UI feature is the Jump List. If you right-click on a pinned app ypou will get various options as well as tasks and destinations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, useful, easy to read
I needed a quick introduction to using Windows 7 - I'm used to XP and found 7 frustrating. This gave me all the information I needed to feel confident I could navigate to all the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Siktberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7; Up and Running, etc.
This review is, at least, two years late. The intro to Windows 7 left a lot to be desired and didn't help me get a grasp on Win 7. Look for another book to help you.
Published 22 months ago by Dr. Manuel S. Tayao
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumping from XP to Win7?
This book is a first good leap at the task. The last two chapters were the most useful. The book is well worth price for the Kindle edition and is an easy read. Read more
Published on March 25, 2011 by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars All the stuff you need to know switching from XP or Vista to 7
For experienced Windows users needing an introduction to the unique features of Windows 7, this book is ideal. Read more
Published on January 15, 2011 by D. Greenbaum
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview of Windows 7
This gave a good overview of Windows 7. It will take me some time to digest all the information.
Published on August 24, 2010 by M. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Does very well in hitting its target audience...
I have all the computers in my house now running on Windows 7 (having for the most part skipped Vista), but there's still a bit of the "so how do I do this..." going on. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Thomas Duff
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best
I found this book to be difficult to understand for one new to Windows 7 (most all of us?). The photographic examples are sparse, and the explanations inadequate for me, at least. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Charles R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is probably of of the best if not the best Windows 7 book out there. Well organized and easy to read. If you are new to Windows 7 this is the book to have.
Published on January 31, 2010 by A. Rios
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
It has some decent tips and tricks. However the section about installation can be removed.
Published on January 27, 2010 by A. D'Angelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Primer for Windows 7
I am not a computer garu or very knowledgeable about computers. When I upgraded to a new computer with W-7 I wanted to have a good reference book about the features of W-7 and how... Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Leonard J. Ozmun
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