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Degunking Windows 7 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071760058
ISBN-10: 0071760059
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About the Author

Joli Ballew, MCSE, MCTS, MCDST, Microsoft MVP, is a technical writer, technology trainer, and web site manager. She is the bestselling author of several computer books, including How to Do Everything: iPad, How to Do Everything: BlackBerry Storm2, and How to Do Everything: Netbook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071760059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071760058
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Bluttman on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am in the computer business and thought I could handle taming Windows (Windows 7 in this case) to behave the way I want. Well, I am humbled. Reading through Degunking Windows 7 by Joli Ballew showed me new ways to optimize and clean out my computer I hadn't considered. It's like spring cleaning! I buy computers often and they all come with loaded on cr*p I don't need. Joli's book shows how to get rid these unwanted programs and trialware, as well as fixing up ones you do want.

We've all heard of 12 step programs - and in here is the Degunking 12 Step Program. What better way to tame the beast then with a step by step approach? A particularly helpful chapter for me is about Internet Explorer. This browser from Microsoft gives me a major migraine. Other browsers just "work." Internet Explorer is like a crybaby. Thanks though that Joli goes over the ins and outs of IE with tips on using it.

All-in-all this is a must-have book for all that have purchased a Windows 7 computer - and I suppose that means you. Get this book, you'll be glad you did!
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Are you a slow learner and become frustrated like me when it comes to understanding why your computer is so sluggish? Don't waste another minute and invest in becoming your own geek by purchasing this book. I have two pcs the kids have completely gunked up over the last couple of years and I now have one running quite smoothly. The author gives you plenty of options to learn this 12-step degunking program and let me tell you, within her one hour class of degunking, I felt like a champion geek! I have spent way too much gas, time and money on those natural born geeks to resurrect my sluggy pcs (as well as my 80yr/old mother's) so instead of throwing away $100+ here and there to have them fixed, I decided to find a self-help book and invest in degunking my own future! I am amazed at how interesting the author is and felt like I was being privately tutored all the way through. I highly recommend investing in this book for less than a fourth of what it could cost to hire it done. Good luck and can't wait to read your reviews!
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Degunking Windows 7 is a very informative Do-It-Yourself Computer book that will benefit beginners and advanced users alike. This is one of the few books that tell how a PC with Windows 7 works and how to keep it at its best. The 12-Step Program will show the reader how to organize the Hard Drive, Remove Unwanted Files, Icon, and Programs as well as securing the Computer and Network. Some chapters may be for advanced users though. Just the tittle gets your attention. The book could also have been called: A 12-Step program for a healthier computer. The book is specific to Windows 7 but many activities can be applied to other version of Microsoft Windows.
"Degunking Windows 7"is an instructional D-I-Y manual with detailed steps to perform using clear simple language, even with humor here and there.
The first 2 chapters are mostly general information regarding the process. Each of the chapters 3 through 14 is dedicated to one of the step activity. Each chapter begins with a degunking checklist and ends with a summary.The Appendix - Buy and Degunk a new PC - Should be read by anyone getting a new PC
I belong to a computer group and I am recommending "Degunking Windows 7" as a must read. Follow the 12-step recommendation and you will be surprise how good this old beast is becoming a thoroughbred. You can't go wrong
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I am a professional software developer. As such, I need to ensure that my hardware is running as fast as possible. This book provides many handy tips to help you degunk your PC. I especially liked the 10-Minute Degunking checklist and the Spare-Moment checklist. When you have more time to spend degunking your system, there is an entire chapter for each of the 12 steps in the Degunking 12-Step Program. Since I started working through this book - my PC is running like new.
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There's a dance we do with technology in our modern society; while most of us enjoy the benefits of electronic complexity, few want to be involved in keeping the tools tuned up and working properly. The fact is computers get "gunked up" over time and the software that runs them needs an occasional housecleaning to run efficiently. Unless you buy new equipment often, or pay someone to remove the gunk and optimize the system, the user is left with the task.

Kudos to the author for providing some well thought through methods for dealing with this problem. If you're the one who has to be your own Windows 7 computer mechanic, consider this a required reference. And, if you actually take to heart and apply the practices recommended in the book, you'll have made a giant step closer to keeping your system running smoothly, will get a lot more out of it, and have a much better handle on electronic information management as a whole. While this approach goes deeper than some may wish (after all, not everyone wants to be a genuine geek), there's that old "personal responsibility" issue, and in the long run there's no one you can trust more than yourself.
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How many ways can you say "clean out every nook and cranny." I think the average Window's user has grown past this chitty-chatty message. This is like a bad movie sequel to "Degunking Windows" and "Debunking PC." There is no passion to the story. I don't fault the author because I have both previous books and they were good because the author had something to say. To me this reads like a rehashed publisher makeover, that slapped the author's name on it to give it some credibility. The book reads like a bad sophmore book report written over night; "Pictures are often a source of a lot of gunk." The word "gunk" gets old after the 2nd page. This is a publisher recycle. Get it at the library. Take it from a technology trainer, there are better titles out there. I tortured myself to give it 2 stars.
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