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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Windows 7 Manual for Most People, March 27, 2010
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This review is from: Windows 7: The Missing Manual (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. For example, in the section that teaches you about faxing, he has a sidebar on how to create your own fax cover page.

One of my favorite features of the book are the extraordinarily useful keyboard shortcuts. He provides shortcuts for every situation that has one. In addition, he provides a full keyboard reference in Appendix D.

This is truly the Missing Manual for Windows 7. It is not, however, a reference manual. It's designed to be read like a book. And it's a really good book.
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Initial post: Mar 28, 2010 2:59:15 PM PDT
Wayne says:
May I ask how you can review a product two days before it is released? Or are you the author?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2010 6:21:26 PM PDT
TanMan says:
No sir, I'm not the author. The publisher requested volunteers to review the book for them. I was accepted, and they provided me an e-book early release so I could do the review.

I am in no way affiliated with the publisher or the author.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2010 1:48:07 PM PDT
Ngoma says:
mmmm...love the missing manual series, but this review seems a little um "suspect", would like to hear a review that especially compares this book to the Windows 7 Inside Out which I already own.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2010 2:55:07 PM PDT
TanMan says:
"Suspect"? I explained exactly how I came by the book. In what way am I "suspect"? Please, check my other reviews to see this is my first review of any book here.

Unfortunately, I don't have Windows 7 Inside Out, or I'd help you out with a comparison. Ed Bott is a great author and a good technician. If you're satisfied with Ed's book, I suspect there's no need for you to get this one. However, Pogue's writing style is less technical than Ed's, which makes his books easier to read for most people. And Pogue also injects his books with humor, which makes them more fun to read, too.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 12:52:04 AM PST
JeffT says:
Microsoft heavily promoting "to the cloud" feature....and this 900+ book has no mention. Huh?

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 11:52:57 AM PDT
Dave 68 says:
TanMan gives me hope that I can successfully jump from Win XP to Windows 7. I just ordered a new desktop computer from Dell and can't wait to get started on Windows 7 and Word 2010. I'm less sanguine about being able to install Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11, but that's another subject. Thanks, TanMan!

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 1:24:26 PM PST
Is this a better book than windows 7 for dummies? Or would you recommend as a companion to the windows 7 for dummies?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 1:30:47 PM PST
TanMan says:
I'm not a big fan of the Dummies books, but that's probably just because I don't like the name (I'm not a dummy). This is a good, easy to read book with plenty of Pogue-style humor. I'm sure you'll find this book useful.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 1:47:33 PM PST
This is for my Dad, who is eighty,his background is in television,electronics,, and a steel guitar player.

At 80, he is not a dummy either. He requested this book to learn more about windows seven. He bought a new computer.

Is this a better book for someone who does have a grasp of these things, or the dummies book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 1:49:44 PM PST
TanMan says:
If he asked you for this book, why would you get a different one?
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