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Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out [Kindle Edition]

Mike Halsey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You're beyond the basics, so dive right into troubleshooting Windows 7 -- and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference describes hundreds of prevention tips, troubleshooting techniques, and recovery tools in one essential guide. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts keep their Windows 7-based systems running smoothly -- and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

  • Take control of essential Windows 7 maintenance and security features, such as the Action Center and User Account Control
  • Master quick fixes to the most common problems using expert tips and step-by-step repair guides
  • Implement best practices to help prevent and combat viruses, malware, and identity theft
  • Apply advanced troubleshooting techniques by understanding how Windows 7 works
  • Diagnose hardware problems and work safely with your PC
  • Develop a recovery plan to restore your system and data in the event of a disaster
  • Know when to use power utilities for advanced performance, maintenance, and diagnostics

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Book Description

The ultimate, in-depth troubleshooting reference

About the Author

Mike Halsey is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Expert). He has worked for many years in second and third-line IT support, and is a technical beta-tester for Microsoft. Mike also works as a teacher of English, maths and ICT, helping those without qualifications and the long-term unemployed gain what is for some, their first ever qualifications.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15463 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mike Halsey's background in IT comes from years of front-line support for international corporations, large and small businesses, micro-businesses and individuals in their homes, so however you need to work with your computer, smartphone or tablet he's able to see things from your point of view.

With a background as a teacher of adult (basic-skills) English, he prides himself on using language that is as clear and straightforward to the widest range of people as possible, and his books are frequently complimented for the ease with which they can be understood by non-technical people.

Mike is also a technology blogger for high-profile websites including and, as well as providing text and video-based support on his own website Mike is also a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional).

Mike posts regularly on Twitter ( and Facebook (

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all levels 24 May 2011
Mike Halsey got everything right on this book. It is an excellent resource to beginners and home users, as well as to everyday support personnel. As a consultant I find this book to contain all the information you need to successfully troubleshoot issues on Windows 7, as well as many tips on how to keep your computer and operating system clean and understand basic concepts of general troubleshooting, including some Linux tools!
The author chose a very appropriate language to write the book to make it accessible. The only remark is that the book is labelled as Intermediate/Advanced, when it should read "For all levels".
If you are starting on the world of Windows 7 I couldn't recommend a better book. Troubleshooting Windows 7 - InsideOut will keep you company from your first day on Windows 7, until the day you migrate to your next OS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful! 3 Jun. 2011
In my opinion everyone who runs Windows 7 should read & own this book. It's helped me numerous times with troubleshooting my own Windows problems and will probably help a lot of other people too.
The reviewer below is right, this is for all users not just Intermediate/Advanced.

A must have if you ask me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing really... 27 April 2011
The Ultimate, In-depth Troubleshooting Reference - well not quite as ultimate as you might want. I had found just about everything in the book by Googling. There are a number of W7 sites which serve up better stuff (but I think it is not permitted to mention them here). I bought the book, being already relatively adept, but I had some problems with the control of a UPS, and some performance issues. Maybe this book would enlighten me. However, it didnt do so, and on some topics like the use of MSCONFIG for identifying software conflicts, it is somewhat sloppy to the extend of being misleading, not the same as being incorrect. Also, I am not sure that the suggestion of using Linux as a debugger is so hot. There is nothing about RAID, which, if using W7 software raid would be quite an issue when using Linux to fix things - apparently the author is only aware of hardware RAID (as defined in his Glossary). Under 'RAID' in the index, we find this: 'RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) see RAID', a circular reference of the shortest kind.

The index is pretty useless in many cases, with entries pointing to the wrong pages - the best of which being /R command, p256 - p256 being a blank page! Actually the /R command is on p250... but that is just one in a whole bunch of errors.

I suppose if you are a relatively naive user, and can't be bothered to search on Google, with search strings like 'How to use safe mode', then this book is for you. Otherwise, get going with Google, you will get better results. I think I should add that I generally give good reviews, except on books. I expect a lot from books and hate being disappointed (see my other reviews).
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