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Windows 7 Tweaks: A Comprehensive Guide on Customizing, Increasing Performance, and Securing Microsoft Windows 7

Windows 7 Tweaks: A Comprehensive Guide on Customizing, Increasing Performance, and Securing Microsoft Windows 7 [Kindle Edition]

Steve Sinchak
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The definitive guide to unlocking the hidden potential of the Windows 7 OS

Written by bestselling author and the creator of Steve Sinchak, this unique guide provides you with the ultimate collection of hidden gems that will enable you to get the most out of Windows 7. Packed with more than 400 pages of insider tips, the book delves beneath the surface to reveal little-known ways to tweak, modify, and customize Windows 7 so you can get every ounce of performance from your operating system.

Regardless of your experience with tweaking your system, you'll find fascinating and fun tips and tricks for getting under the hood of Windows 7 that will allow you to optimize its appearance, speed, usability, and security.

  • Bestselling author and creator of shows you how to tweak, modify, customize, and take complete control of the new Windows 7 operating system
  • Unlocks hidden gems for optimizing the appearance, speed, usability, and security of the Windows 7 OS
  • Shows you how to customize boot and login screens, supercharge your network and online speed, get rid of features that drive you nuts, fine tune your User Account Protection, and more

So roll up your sleeves and take off your gloves so you can take total control over your Windows 7 OS!

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Your Windows. Your way. You can make it happen. Windows 7 has been hailed as the best version to date, designed with a focus on quality and user input. But did anyone ask what YOU wanted? Follow Steve Sinchak′s expert and understandable advice, and you can have Windows 7 exactly your way. Better performance. Faster bootups. A personalized user interface. Tighter security that doesn′t drive you crazy. By the time you′ve finished this book, your Windows 7 will look and feel as if Microsoft designed it just for you. Analyze the performance of your PC and learn how specific components can be optimized Security is improved in Windows 7 but the most powerful and flexible settings are hidden from normal users Understand the different versions, choose what you need, and install Windows 7 Customize startup and navigation, including the Taskbar and Windows Explorer interface Tweak Windows Media® Player and Media Center for your specific needs Optimize the file system, RAM, and other core Windows components Analyze performance to find and fix bottlenecks Take command of User Account Control and secure your data Improve online security and guard your privacy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7392 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470525916
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (2 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B6QZ86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By IanB
Maybe the issue here is that I expected too much from this book. There are lots of pretty tweaks offered, but not any of real value other than cosmetic personalization. Improving startup is a good section, as is the information on security.

For me the book goes wrong in the early pages where a clean installation and complete rebuild is the only option offered. Upgrading an existing installation of XP or Vista is not mentioned other than to say DON'T DO IT. I did upgrade and now need to know a lot of tweaks to get the system working better. I'd hoped that these tweaks might be in this book. So, dissapointed, I'll need to look into more comprehensive texts to find useful answers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to make the great Windws 7 even greater 26 Sep 2010
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Windows 7 is just superb, but this small book allows you to make it even better, in four sections labelled "Introduction", "Customizing Windows 7", "Increasing Your System's Performance" and "Securing Windows". Each of these gives you proven methods which allow you to get the best out of Windows 7 and cover over any perceived shortcomings. Especially, it isn't just for techies, but the tips are clearly explained so that anyone could apply them.
I would highly recommend this book and I consult my copy regularly, especially when installing on new systems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tweaks for Windows 7 Operating System 8 Jun 2011
By Mr. Paul Evans VINE VOICE
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Hi There,
This book is fairly good at giving tweaks, although some of the tweaks I do not personally agree with, but overall It is very helpful especially in the security area.
Paul Evans
Windows 7 Tweaks: A Comprehensive Guide on Customizing, Increasing Performance, and Securing Microsoft Windows 7
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Win 7 Tweaks 7 Sep 2010
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Very to the point and easy to understand and put into pratice, I found this book a great help in understanding all the new features of win 7 and so well put together.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative! 22 July 2010
By kclam - Published on
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This book offers a very useful guide to increasing system perfomance and securing Windows 7. Indeed, many of the them apply to Windows Vista as well!

In particular, I find that some tweaks really deliver significant system enhancement. For example: 1) System Boot can be speeded up by defragmenting boot files and disabling unneeded harware devices/services; 2) Computer can log on faster by disabling unneeded startup programs; 3) Windows Explorer runs faster by disabling legacy filename creation; 4) System performance can be enhanced by using a USB memory device for ReadyBoost and defagmenting hard drive using PerfectDisk utility; 5) Internet Explorer can be speeded up by changing default registry values of downloading just two files at a time; web browser security can be boosted by fine-tuning security settings and privacy can be increased by not accepting third-party cookies and do not save encrypted pages to disk.
62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tweak7 Software 7 Mar 2010
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I understand this is a review for a book, but I want to say something about the companion software. I got the book and liked it, so I looked at the companion web site listed in the front of the book and found Tweak7 software. I downloaded the trial and it seemed to work fine so I clicked on purchase and was taken to a site called Stardock to purchase the software. After purchasing the software I was informed I had to download a program called Impulse in order to download the tweak software. I did this to find out Impulse is a front end that pushes you to buy other software. I asked Stardock for a download site and serial for the Tweak software as I didn't want Impulse on my system. As the Tweak software would not run correctly from with in Impulse. The best they would do was refund 75% of my money. Again the book is very informative. I would think twice before ordering the software.
The book is very good and the software works and is easy to use, the problem I had was only with the company selling the software, they are not the people putting out the book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is fine book on Windows 7 19 Jan 2011
By H. Friedman - Published on
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I purchased Windows 7 Tweaks at the same time as Windows 7 Inside Out and boy are the two books different.

Windows 7 Inside Out is just a standard Windows 7 manual with no extra tips, tricks or deeper insights.

But this book, Windows 7 Tweaks, is exactly that: a great book for learning more about Windows 7, and getting it to run the way you want it to, and to optimize its performance.

I can recommend this book to anyone (except perhaps those afraid of their computer).

I will be implementing many of its tips and will be keeping it as a reference (and giving Windows 7 Insight Out away).

Note: A week later, I purchased Windows 7 Annoyances by David A. Karp and WOW! It's the best book by far for those of us who want to learn how to get Windows 7 to behave better, work faster, and to resolve the issues and the deficiencies within Windows 7. It has many more tweaks and fixes and suggestions than the other books on Windows 7.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! 8 Feb 2010
By Chever - Published on
While I do not own this book yet, I have borrowed it from a local library and I am going to be purchasing it as soon as I can. I had also borrowed the Windows 7 Inside Out book and Windows 7 Tweaks is far better hands down. Within the first few pages the author is already suggesting registry tweaks and third party apps from the internet to accomplish certain OS changes. The whole book appears to be like this. While you could likely find the same stuff and tweaks on the web, having it in book form to to browse by chapter is handy. It might also be a bit technical for users who have never opened regedit or done stuff on the command line.

However if you know your way around the Windows registry this is the book for you.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 24 Mar 2010
By G. Stanfill - Published on
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Very helpful book for experienced Windows users moving to Windows 7. Cuts to the chase on what's new and how to best use Win 7. The section on Win 7 services alone is almost worth the price. Most useful for people who are fairly familiar with older versions of Windows.

So many computer books are just the same old material, re-hashed and recycled, plus manufacturer's briefing material turned into book form. Not this one, it's full of solid and useful information.

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