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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (16 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470711337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470711330
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As is usually the case with any computer software, it is assumed that the buyer understands every detail of the product and does not need a simple thing like a users manual. Not so....
Whenever Microsoft changes/ updates an operating system, it is inevitable that while it does everything it's predecessor does, only better, the method by which this is achieved can change drastically. The majority of users, should they not be IT professionals, can often feel confused and unaware of all the things their operating system can do. Therefore, a book like this one is essential, and although there are many on the market, this is as good as, if not better. Everything is laid out simply, showing step-by-step instructions and using screen reproductions as illustrations.
From an introduction to the system, through to use of programs; documents, images; music/media; networking, surfing the net, emailing and security, all bases are covered in an easy-to read format. I found this book informative, well-designed and extremely useful. Pretty much does what it says on the tin...
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Excellent helpful book for a beginner very easy to follow as i knew nothing ordered it and got it within 2 days so they must have sent it just after I had ordered it couln t have asked for a better service
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By Lector TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2011
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If you are completely new to computing (to the extent that you're still need tips on how to click your mouse) and have never used a previous version of Windows, then this may be the book you need.

If you're already using Windows 7, (or have a basic working knowledge of Vista or XP) the chances are that this book has nothing to teach you.

Let me stress, I am NOT a Windows expert by any stretch of the imagination. I don't even like Windows, and use it only when I have to. But in the 200-odd pages of this book, I learned nothing. Not one single thing that I didn't already know.

This makes it hard for me to review this book. If it claimed to be for total beginners, I might have rated it more highly. But when it states that it's "Also for more computer literate individuals who want to expand their knowledge," I have to say that it fails dismally.

I stress again - if you are even SLIGHTLY computer literate, you don't need this book.
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Windows changed greatly between XP and Vista, and I never got on with Vista, so when Windows 7 came along, this book seemed like a good idea, especially as Windows 7 is Vista corrected. Unfortunately I found little in this book that I couldn't find in the one-off magazine I bought at around the time Windows 7 was released and which cost half the price.

The book is well illustrated, with plenty of screen shots, and basic operations spelled out, but it's really intended for people new to Windows, not people who, like me, have been with Windows since version 3.11.

Indeed the two topics I wanted to know about aren't even covered in this book: XP mode for those programs that just won't run under Windows 7 (including the original version of Civilisation), and speech recognition - I needed to re-type a large amount of text back into a file and it seemed easier to dictate it rather than break the spine of a book to get it to lie flat.

I'm afraid all I can do is damn this book with faint praise: good for someone new to computers, but it covers too much basic ground to be of use to anyone who's been around PCs for more than one version of Windows.
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I have just changed my laptop, and am nnnnnnow using Windows 7, instead of Vista. Being a silver surfer, I wanted a book that was easy to follow, without too much technical jargon. This book has proved very helpful, with procedures easy to follow. I am so glad I purchased it. The seller gbve first class service, both in delivery and postage. Many thanks
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As it clearly states on its back cover, the books in this series are aimed primarily at the beginner or those needing to familiarise themselves with previously unused features. If transferring or considering a transfer to Windows 7 from a different operating system, especially those moving from a netbook-based Linux installation or from Mac OSX, a book such as this is an essential. In many respects, it is the sort of guide you wished had been in the box. It is certainly more than sufficient to get you started. If you are a reasonably experienced user, the book may offer something fresh but there are other, more detailed alternatives available from Wiley and other publishers.

The range of contents is quite vast and there is something here for just about everyone, including use and management of images, music, movies and much more. The whole of the book is contained within little more than 200 pages. The book is not unduly thick or heavy and may be read from front to back if needed or you can choose a chapter or a section within a chapter for the information required. the indexing is quite good and should enable anything to be readily found.

The intent of the series is to keep the text to a minimum and to have two or three screen images on almost every page so that the less experienced can compare the image in the book with their screen display. In style, the books share a common ideal with the Visual series of guides published by another major company and to which they share many similarities. Wiley are well experienced in the publication of computer-related books and they are always value for money and rarely seriously disappoint. With Amazon's discounts the books are an excellent value and a no-brainer to avoid.
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