- Paperback: 1080 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470508418
- ISBN-13: 978-0470508411
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Go beyond the obvious and explore the secrets behind Windows 7 with this comprehensive guide. Leading authorities in the field expose the hidden functionality within the Windows 7 operating system, revealing everything from its new features and functionality to how to modify the system to work for you. These expert tips and tricks will help you gain the skills you need to quickly go from a Windows 7 user to a Windows 7 expert.
The Insider's Guide to
Installing or upgrading to Windows 7 (see Chapter 2)
Hardware and software compatibility (see Chapter 3)
Personalizing and configuring Windows 7 (see Chapter 6)
Windows 7 security (see Chapter 7)
Organizing, fixing, and sharing digital photos (see Chapter 12)
Zune® as a digital media alternative (see Chapter 14)
Using tablet PCs and ultra-mobile PCs (see Chapter 18)
Managing e-mail and your schedule (see Chapters 21 & 22)
Keeping your data safe (see Chapter 24)
About the Author
The author of over 20 books, Paul Thurrott is a technology analyst for Windows IT Pro and the majordomo of the SuperSite for Windows (www.winsupersite.com). He writes a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE (www.windowsitpro.com/email), a daily Windows news and information e-mail newsletter called “WinInfo Daily News” (www.wininformant.com), and a monthly column called “Need to Know” in Windows IT Pro Magazine. He also blogs daily via the SuperSite Blog (community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul), posts regularly on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thurrott), and appears weekly in the highly rated and hugely popular Windows Weekly podcast with Leo Laporte (www.twit.tv/ww).
Rafael Rivera is a software developer for a VAR 500 company, Telos Corporation, where he works on mission critical systems. He is a Certified Reverse Engineering Analyst (CREA) and takes Windows apart on his blog Within Windows (www.withinwindows.com). He also regularly “tweets” (www.twitter.com/withinrafael). Rafael was born on the same day as Windows 1.0—November 20, 1985—which many believe is no coincidence.
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I did learn about a few features that I had not already discovered just using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit but overall I was disappointed with the content of the book and came away feeling like I expected considerably more. "Secrets" or tips - consistently seemed to be obvious features and options, most of which a user would encounter just using Windows 7 in a typical manner. It's probably not fair to blame the book for this as Windows 7 generally is easier to use and does a far better job of explaining how to use features/options than do previous Windows versions.
I found the book enjoyable reading, it just lacked the "beneath-the hood" substance and insight I expected.
I think this would be an excellent resource for those completely unfamiliar with Windows or even those who find the change to Windows 7 a bit challenging and want a good overall guide through whats new and what has changed.
For those who like to just jump in and get your feet wet, or if you have average to moderate experience with previous versions of Windows or Win 7 you'll probably find your money better spent on a more comprehensive, in-depth book as most of this information is going to be too basic or redundant for you.
Its great reading and in spite of not being very useful for me, I truly enjoyed the writing style - excellent in conveying info without ever becoming boring or tedious.
It's somewhat my fault as a moderately experienced IT geek, for not looking for a more in-depth book but the title seemed to imply that it would be, to me.
I have listened to Paul and Leo on their Podcast for years now and finally broke down with Windows 7 and purchased the book (all 8 lbs of it - thank you amazon prime for free shipping)
So I dove into the book and it is great to see that Paul does not mince words and maintains the same air he does on the weekly podcast. I like the tell it like it is content delivery and when I read a book like this I want to be told all the cool things or have a way to just get to the important items and this books layout does this by clearly makring the tips and secrets vs. joust general topic information.
Well worth the money - even if it was just for the sections on UI tips and tricks - and this is coming from someone who have been using Windows 7 since the first Beta.
Well done Paul.... you deserve to take some time off for putting together an actual helpful book that is actually full of information people can use vs. just an author that pats themselves on the back chapter after chapter. Plus the inclusion of links to content that will be updating as we push toward the release date is even more helpful.
This book should be called the Windows 7 User Manual! Don't let the number of pages fool you because you don't read this book cover-to-cover, or, at least I didn't. Part One of the book, Surviving Setup, helps you determine what version (flavor) of Windows 7 to get by explaining the differences in each of the versions right down to 32 vs 64-bit versions! It also covers upgrading vs clean installation and OEM installs along with all the information you'll ever need on hardware and software compatibility and much more!
Part Two covers the user experience starting with a "what's new" in Windows 7 section that is very helpful because there is a bit of a difference between XP and Vista and 7.
From there, you go on to Networking and Security and that's probably the section I refer to the most - repeatedly!
But that's not all! There is so much information packed into this book that will appeal to the average home user (who may or may not be interested in ACL and User Account Access) to the PC Tech who's also interested in Digital Entertainment and DVDs!
I have yet to NOT find something I needed in this book!
Whether you're a home user who just wants help now and then to answer a question or solve a simple home networking problem, or you're a PC Tech who wouldn't mind having the answers right at hand - when you need it, this book has it! A full index in the back makes locating information on the fly easy, and if you have more time to read, the full table of contents gives you a teaser into the more fun areas of the book - like the entertainment options.
I honestly think this book should be sold with every new PC loaded with Windows 7. Oh wait! That's a bad idea. It would put me out of business!