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Quite Useful, But Somewhat Disappointing
on October 30, 2014
After fighting with Windows 7 for six months, with extreme frustration and annoyance at the loss of simplicity, efficiency, and productivity compared to my daily use of Windows XP for 10½ years, this title and its selling points grabbed my attention. It does provide a lot of insight, techniques, and tips to help get Win 7 under control, but I had already figured out most of that. There is also a strong emphasis on third-party tools, free and paid, that may help overcome some of Win 7's deficiencies, but I'm reluctant to garbage up my system with such things. Many of the major annoyances are completely ignored.
I also found the author's writing style to be sometimes vague and obscure. I have quite a lot of computer experience from well before the early days of Personal Computers (both as an IT professional and a personal user), but I had to reread some sentences and paragraphs multiple times to try to decipher what he meant. At times he gets bogged down in details, often not making his main points clear — leaving it up to the reader to figure it out. Other times he briefly mentions techniques, then says "covered in Chapter" such and such.
Don't misunderstand me. The book can be a great help for those learning Win 7 and/or struggling with its idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. There are many useful tidbits! The installation/upgrade information is very good. It was published in 2010, digs pretty deeply into the system, and provides a lot of information that is still timely (though there are a number of inaccuracies).
I have benefited from reading it. I would give it three and a half stars if I could.