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Good but could have been better
on 7 January 2012
The second chapter "Installing and Config. W7" could be easier. Why cant it cover a clean upgrade, single user (Admin) then adding other Users. After move on to upgrade from XP etc. Then into Multi Boot making each case step by step and put all the heavy stuff at the section end. Eg: "The Ins and Outs of Drive Letters", "... Startup process". Basically, a reader trying to get up and running, wants it simple for his installation type and then tell me the fine detail after.
For the first, basic case (or any so far as I can see), there is nothing about doing a clean install after a previous one. Fortunately I found how to Format for myself. There is a clue on the picture on page 38, in that it shows the word Format but nothing is said about it.
The book implies that it is sensible to Enter a Password, as you install, but at this stage you know nothing about backing this up to a USB key! I entered a Password and did NOT forget it but got locked out of the PC. So I had to do another Format and start over. Book should tell you how to immediately backup the Password or say leave it for now. I have not been brave enough to put one on the PC yet and probably wont do it!!
If you miss the "Dont Activate W7 now" tick box, the get around on Page 57 didnt work for me. Yes! I did another Format. The Manual value is still 0 even though I am yet to Activate.
There is plenty of detail in the book and I have much still to explore / read but as always the first chapters are the most important... to get up and running. Then poke around and use the book as you go.
Seems to me that they didnt give the book to enough (or any?) users and say do each of these type of installs and see how you get on... Bet there would have been some changes and improvements...
But I havent seen a better book so with some reservations its a good buy.