Simply Windows 7 Paperback – 16 Jul 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The step-by-step organisation is helpful for inexperienced users like me! Having borrowed it from the local library I found it sufficiently helpful to buy a copy for myself for... Read morePublished on 1 July 2013 by georgina
A must have for any one starting out computer life.
Easy to understand and witten for the learner not all computer jargon
I'm an IT consultant, so to be honest there is nothing in here that I didn't know already. But, as an IT tech, I deal with a lot of people who REALLY need this book sat on their... Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2011 by S. Minchin
This is a well designed and useful booklet and would be idea for someone just starting with computing on Windows 7 or needing some help with the additional features. Read morePublished on 16 May 2011 by Mrs. Stella White
This is very well done, It is basic, but that's what it says on the cover! For anyone just starting with computers and find themselves using Window 7 this is an excellent tutor. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2011 by Jeff Clark