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An easy to use basic guide, and not too technical
on 5 November 2012
I have seen at least one other title from the 'Plain and Simple' series which are restricted to Windows' main version releases, commencing from XP. Unlike other series, they are aimed at the non-technical reader and are thus very easy to use. Anyone familiar with the Visual Guides from another publisher will feel quite at home here. In some respects, it could be equated to a series of related magazine articles although readers will have the comfort of the Microsoft name on the front cover as an assurance of correctness of its contents.
The book uses a minimal amount of text and relies mostly on screen captures to demonstrate the specific point under discussion at any stage. It will easily suit the younger reader and those who are not overtly technically-minded but need or want to gain as much information about the System as quickly as possible. There are sufficient changes in appearance, methodology and in relocation of tools etc in relation to Windows 7 to demand some guidance to the new user who may be upgrading. If you do not have any prior experience with Windows, it will certainly get you up and running with a new computer with the System pre-installed but does not specifically provide information about installation issues for upgraders. There is an Appendix section where one short chapter approaches some upgrade-specific considerations but it does not provide a step-by-step pre-installation regime in any way comparable to the contents of any of its main chapters. There are other titles from Microsoft where such information is available for those who may need it.
The book is moderately sized and not too thick with less than 350 pages. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive and there will probably be a point in time when you may need to progress to another title with broader or more detailed coverage for your on-going use, or to expand its capabilities and usability by choosing, buying and installing other software.
Comfortably priced, easy to use and to read, it is a good starting point for Windows 8 users.