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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7 (Corrected Reprint Edition) (Certification) Paperback – 31 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735627088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627086
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40 years of experience in industry, commerce, and education. He's written 18 books, including coauthoring MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-291): Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, Second Edition, plus many technical articles and papers. He currently runs his own consulting company.

Orin Thomas is a writer, teacher, and consultant whose books include the Self-Paced Training Kits for Windows® 7, Vista®, Server 2008 / 2008 R2 and Exchange exams.


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. R. Phillips on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Above all, i passed my exam after reading this book.

There was just about enough information in the book to allow me to pass. Though the exam DEFINATELY asked lots of questions on subjects that the book didnt even touch, or at the very least glossed over vaguely.

The book has so many spelling mistakes, erroneous characters (IN SYSTEM COMMANDS!!) which can set you back hours and days in troubleshooting until you find them. I have a whole questions/answers part printed in my book BACK TO FRONT! This leads to a fun experience trying to work out if you have studied the chapter or not.

I cannot stress how much this book needs to be updated, some sections were laughable.

On the other hand, alot of parts were in depth, accurate and on topic - which kept you interested.

I passed every practice exam on the CD that i took, and i didnt see one single similar question in my exam - i was VERY worried.

So, after i read my Windows Vista book by the same authors, i thought this was natural progression. It seems as though this was not proof read and was rushed out. How many other parts have i been taught wronly by this book?

I have read lots of similar reviews to this, so be careful...

Sorry guys!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay. E on 14 May 2010
Format: Paperback
The book was easy to follow although as mentioned there are some mistakes.

It covers Windows 7 new features and the test questions will make you feel confident booking an exam.

Each practise test I did - over eight seen a lowest score of 82% and highest of 91%. Unfortunately what a complete waste of time this book and test questions have been. Less than 10% applied to the exam that I sat and I questioned myself if I had booked the right one.

By all means read the book but you will want to study with something else as well that is more in-depth. This on its own is simply not enough.

Windows 7 was definitely not Orin Thomas' idea and I'm not a PC.

One word to sum this up disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam N on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a good guide for those taking the exam and identifying the knowledge that is required to pass successfully. However, the number of errors and the confusing format of some parts make it very difficult to use as a tutorial guide that functioned so well in other SPTK's. Other work by Orin Thomas is generally very high quality and informative and possibly this book was rushed out by MS Press to cover the lack of other training materials for Windows 7.

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Firstly, it's clear that meeting the prerequisites for this book is not enough. You really need some very stable experience of using Windows 7 in a business environment, not just any Windows client as stated in the book. The book guides you through the setup of at least two Windows 7 machines which can be performed in a virtual machine (make sure you understand the VM software) but make sure your PC has got a fair chunk of RAM and a decent processor (preferably with hardware VT). A lot of the book also requires a working knowledge of Server 2008 and a VM of this would be a good idea too. Note that this is not the fault of the book but the exam can have a few Server 2008 related questions shoved in there too.

The first three chapters are unbelievably confusing and some parts seem to be done in the wrong order. Some hard to understand topics are discussed early on and you spend a lot of time trying to wrap your head round it only to find a much simpler explanation in a later lesson/chapter. Accurately skim the chapters first, then read again from the beginning. From chapter four onwards things get much easier and the errors much less frequent. It's also important to try the free Microsoft resources that are recommended in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Lennox on 4 May 2010
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This book starts off really well, but as you go through it you run into commands that dont work, or procedures missing information. Or just information that the exam has, but the book seems to be missing.

Most notable for me was the 'Virtual Hard Drives' section at the beginning of the book. BCDEDIT not being a tool i have used often, i was a bit 'wound up' each time i ran into a problem, which i googled only to find that the reason some of the commands were not working was due to typo's in the book. Eventually if you persevere enough and look in the right places (internet, ask colleagues, google, etc...), you get there.

One example, On page 108, there is a command that goes like this : "bcdedit /set <guid> device vhd=partition w:" which actually errors. Ive actually skipped the whole Virtual HDD section for now due to every other page (seemingly) having errors. It may be that I'm not be doing something right, but surley this would mean the text isn't cleary enough explained?

Another example, when building a Windows AIK disk image, it kept failing to boot. It wasnt until i found that i needed to copy a certain file into a folder that was to be copied onto the WAIK disc, that my disc's then started to work. Using non Re writable disc's, it can get wasteful, especially if you dont click on to the fact there is a problem. For example, the first one I did I thought I had used a bad disc.

This book needs to be Proof Read (again if it wasnt done the first time), and alot of mistakes corrected before the next edition is released. In fact..... if this book could blue screen.... i think it would have done already!!
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