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Microsoft Windows 7 Unleashed by [McFedries, Paul]
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Covers Release Candidate of Windows 7. 

With purchase of this book you will get a free online edition written on final product. See product registration ad in back of book for details.



Microsoft® Windows 7 Unleashed gives IT professionals, serious power users, and true geeks the powerhouse Windows 7 tweaks, hacks, techniques, and insights they need: knowledge that simply can’t be found anywhere else. Top Windows expert Paul McFedries dives deep into Windows 7, returning with the most powerful ways to handle everything from networking to administration, security to scripting.


McFedries begins with advanced customization, covering everything from startup/shutdown to the file system. He introduces new ways to tune Windows 7 performance, police Windows via Group Policies, tweak the Registry, make the most of Windows 7s management tools, and control Windows 7 from the command line. You’ll find thorough coverage of securing Windows 7, including detailed guidance on web and email security and hardening both wireless and wired networks. You’ll also discover better ways to troubleshoot devices, networks, and startup; add Macs to Windows networks; and automate Windows administration with state-of-the-art scripting techniques.


This book is packed with expert tips, tricks, and troubleshooting techniques drawn from McFedries’ unsurpassed Windows experience. If you want maximum value and performance from your Windows 7 PCs, you won’t

find a more valuable resource.


  • Customize everything about Windows 7: IE8, startup/shutdown, file systems, the Start menu, Taskbar, and more
  • Systematically monitor, tune, and optimize Windows performance–including practical techniques for accelerating startup
  • Set up an easy, automated 9-Step maintenance schedule for any Windows 7 PC
  • Unleash Windows 7s power user tools, including Group Policies, the Registry, MMC, and the command line
  • Secure Windows 7 with security settings: auto-lock, Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, parental controls, BitLocker encryption, and more
  • Protect your web privacy with Windows 7s new InPrivate Browsing
  • Solve problems with Windows 7, startup, networking, and hardware
  • Set up reliable Windows 7 networks, and manage them efficiently
  • Safely provide remote access and VPN connectivity
  • Use Windows 7 as a Web server
  • Program the Windows Scripting Host and Windows PowerShell



  • Free Online Edition! When Microsoft releases the final product, you can get an updated edition of this book absolutely free!
  • All examples and source code presented in this book


$49.99 USA / $59.99 CANz


About the Author

Paul McFedries, president of Logophilia Limited, is a full-time technical writer, passionate computer tinkerer, and Windows expert. He has authored 60+ computer books that have sold 3,000,000+ copies. His recent titles include Tweak It and Freak It: A Killer Guide to Making Windows Run Your Way; Windows Vista Unleashed, 2E; Windows Home Server Unleashed; Build It. Fix It. Own It; Networking with Windows Vista; Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Excel 2007; Tricks of the Microsoft Office 2007 Gurus, and Microsoft Access 2007 Forms, Reports, and Queries. He is also proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com) a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the English language.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23110 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (14 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,033,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Andy K VINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2009
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I found this book especially useful for those who really want to learn Scripting in windows 7. There is a lot of command line information in its pages. As the Author clearly states, you need to be a power user to appreciate this book. For instance you will find comprehensive information editing the Registry - well explained. You will not find things like Windows 7 deployment, Imagex, WIM. To me this was dissapointing but then this book was not aimed for that. Insteady you will find tones of optimisation hacks, things you may not find in most books. I do not know if there are many books that will give you that much information on Windows 7 scripting. Don't buy the book if you are not a power user as you may find it 'punishing'. Good book if you want to be a Windows 7 guru. This book has given me power on 'hidden' settings in Windows 7, the author is really experienced in Windows.
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My wife bought me this. I wish she hadn't. I have Unleashed XP, which is pretty good, Unleashed Vista, which isn't and now Unleashed 7 which maintains the downward trend.

I was waiting for you guys to produce some reviews before buying a W7 book but she went ahead and bought this, thinking she was doing the right thing as I already had two of them. Ah well.

You do realise that this book covers the Release Candidate and not what you're running on your pc? OK there is apparently an online updated version but you bought a book because you wanted, well, a book. If you want something online you'll Google the specific issue, sort the wheat from the chaff and get some good information.

The style is wearing. I find my eyes moving over the words but realise that my brain has disengaged because there is no content, just words. This is a text book, so less of the homilies, opinions and general empty chat please. Read the first two paragraphs of the Introduction for a flavour of what you are in for.

This is an author who takes exception (page 84) to having to click on "Start" to shut down and proceeds to provide you with a script to circumvent this "irritation". I've only read this objection in joke emails before but this is the general flavour. I just don't have the inclination to spend as much time as the author does "saving time" or getting upset over such trivial matters.

There is not enough attention drawn to "this is new / changed in W7". Whole chunks have been carried forward from the Unleashed Vista book. This is not a bad thing as I don't want to have to refer back to older books for things which are unchanged but, as I said, the Vista book is pretty poor. To be fair it's the publisher at fault there not the author.

You may have gathered by now that I'm not impressed. Don't buy it.
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After the difficulties working with Vista, I was a bit wary about the newest version of Windows. I decided to do a bit more research before I started to think seriously about upgrades. My biggest concern was that this new version would be so different from what I'm used to that it would take time to relearn everything.

After reading Microsoft Windows 7 Unleashed, I was surprised to read about the user friendliness of Windows 7. It looks as though Microsoft has worked out the bugs from Vista and then added a lot more features. Of particular interest are the security, networking, and back up features.

Microsoft Windows 7 Unleashed is quite an extensive resource. The text is readable for the average person and contains a wealth of information about aspects that the average person wouldn't normally know about. Step by step instructions are also provided.
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Having tried the UNLEASHED books before - I gave this a shot in lieu of the fact that there was no alternative at the time of purchase. I wish that I had saved my money and just used Microsoft Technet articles etc and waited for the Official Microsoft press book on the 70-680 MCTS (which is still not released at the time of writing). The book is fine if you want a general overview of the operating system but the author has too many opinions and assumptions about Microsoft technologies and I simply got fed up with reading these and therefore this now sits on a dusty shelf never to be referenced again. He obviously majors in registry edits and command line tools - which have very dangerous implications for most users and technicians. I would suggest that going straight into the registry would not be a Microsoft approved approach (even with your UNLEASHED manual in one hand). Might be handy in the future if I get a very wobbly table to fix in the lab. If you are going for the MCTS qualification - get the Microsoft MCTS 70-680 book when published and use Technet resources.
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This is an excellent publication, aimed squarely at folks who are already familiar with the basics and more mundane features of Windows - past and present. It is very thorough and comprehensive in its approach - nearly 800 pages. I especially liked the chapters on security and networking (particularly arcane subjects!), and the numerous 'hints and tips' coded scripts can be downloaded from Paul McFedries website as a zip file, a great timesaver. Inidentally, many of the comments also relate to Windows Vista, which is an added bonus for those still running that O.S.

The other aspect that I liked, is that the diagrams are concise and to the point, not overly large or colourful or taking up valuable 'real-estate'. Some publications, usually, to be fair, aimed at a more basic level of understanding, have lots of 'pretty pictures' but little really useful explanatory text. This manual is definitely NOT one of those!

Incidentally, Amazon's copy is exactly half the price of a major high street bookstore, so is a fantastic bargain. I wholeheartedly endorse it.
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