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Windows 7: The Missing Manual

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

An informative and useful reference to Windows 7 in all of its flavors.

It took me a little while after Windows 7 became available before I gave up my Windows XP desktop and purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-loaded. Like those who endured the change to Windows Vista, I found myself floundering around a little trying to ...
It took me a little while after Windows 7 became available before I gave up my Windows XP desktop and purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-loaded. Like those who endured the change to Windows Vista, I found myself floundering around a little trying to figure out all of the new bells and whistles Microsoft had added to their operating system. Windows 7: the missing manual by David Pogue is meant to address the needs of people like me. The book, while readable by beginners, is written for users with some acquaintance with Windows. Advanced users will find the book too simplistic, but users up to the intermediate level will find it a handy reference to the new features in all of the flavors of Windows 7.

Writing for the multiple levels of Windows 7 is handled by including a little sub-heading "cheat sheet" after each major heading. Most will have "All Versions", but you may see a subset like "Home Premium * Professional * Enterprise * Ultimate". Handling multiple levels of users is a little more difficult. The book is written for advanced beginners to intermediate users, but beginners to Windows have "Up to Speed" sidebars added to help them understand concepts regular Windows users already know. More advanced users have "Power User's Clinic" sidebars to provide additional information.

Windows 7: the missing manual is organized into 8 parts, comprising 27 chapters and 4 appendices. Overall, the book does assume you've at least seen a previous version of Windows, as a lot of text explains how Windows 7 is different. I personally would have preferred the author keep the focus on Windows 7 and less on the differences from prior versions. There are a lot of attempts at humor. On the plus side, it keeps the tone of this fairly large book accessible to the novice to intermediate user. On the minus side, the occasional joke usually seems out of place.

I found Windows 7: the missing manual a valuable reference to the many offerings in Microsoft's latest incarnation of Windows. While the writing style varies from simple reference to the occasional attempt at light-hearted guidance, it is a comprehensive, informative and (most importantly) useful manual of the ins and outs of using Windows 7 in all its flavors. With few flaws, I rate this a 4 out of 5.

posted by greygeek on May 31, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A casestudy in mediocrity

You'd think a book released so late after Windows 7 itself would be more comprehensive and more accurate. Instead I found nothing except a rehash of materials from other books and online help. To make it worse, often online help was better and at least online help gets ...
You'd think a book released so late after Windows 7 itself would be more comprehensive and more accurate. Instead I found nothing except a rehash of materials from other books and online help. To make it worse, often online help was better and at least online help gets to the point. Even more frustrating was that there'd be a few paragraphs on something I really wanted to know and then pages and pages on useless subjects. Avoid if you have a choice. If you already got it, I feel your pain.

posted by MiniMart on April 13, 2010

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