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3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets? No - More a nicely done general introduction to Win 7, October 3, 2009
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I am systems developer and have purchased hundreds of computer books in my life, and this one has the same problem that it seems to me all of these very large books of this type have: They are too large and heavy for the way they can be effectively used. This is most definitely not a reference book, but rather a well done general introduction to Windows 7. Due to the large number of screen captures in the book, it reads very very quickly and would be a nice book to flip through while lying in bed. But it's tedious to hold.

As for the 'secrets'... no, they aren't secrets, though if you are new to Windows and 7 specifically, there may be things that you don't know. Paul Thurrott certainly knows Windows, but this book feels just slightly dumbed-down for a general audience. I also get the feeling that the publisher required that there be 'secrets' at certain minimal intervals because some of them are almost embarassingly trivial and obvious.

If you are comfortable with Vista, this book will probably disappoint. If you are are using XP, then you may find it very useful.

But - don't buy this book if you fall into the category of someone who has been working with Win 7 (as many people have since the free beta and RC) expecting to find much.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2009 1:39:06 PM PST
J. Jackson says:
Dave hit the nail right on the head. As a system admin type with a managed services business I was truely in search of secrets however none were to be found. Quite disappointing to be honest.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 10:48:21 PM PDT
I am a systems administrator. If you are a power user, then the book adds no value to your knowledge. If you are a novice, this book will do you good!
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