26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A solid book for all levels...
, August 12, 2010
"Windows 7 is the best-reviewed, best-loved Microsoft operating system ever. It brings you security, speed, good looks, and several trillion new features - but it still comes without a single page of printed instructions. Fortunately, award-winning author and New York Times columnist David Pogue is back, ready to serve as your clear, funny, expert guide to the world of Windows 7." So says the back of this wonderful book on Windows 7 Despite being an experienced Windows user and having spent much time using Windows 7, I learned a lot while reading this book.
The book begins by teaching you a basic understanding of the Windows 7 interface and goes all the way through to maintenance and high-level tweaks. Every user will gain something from this book. It is a worthwhile purchase and read for all levels of understanding. I give fair warning to more experienced users. Portions of the book will bore you. Despite this, "Windows 7: The Missing Manual" is a great resource. You don't need to read this book cover-to-cover. You can just read the sections that are relevant to you.
Of special interest to me were the appendices. Appendix A teaches you the different ways you can install Windows 7 and how to move your data and settings over to the new install. Appendix B shows you how to perform some very cool registry tricks to spice up Windows 7 and make it run more your own way. Appendix C helps you find all the items that you loved in previous versions of Windows that have disappeared in Windows 7. Appendix D takes you through a review of common keyboard shortcuts as well as several new ones that are very helpful.
All in all, I think "Windows 7: The Missing Manual" is a very worthwhile purchase and I highly recommend it.