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Windows 7 When You Need It

  • Oct 23, 2011
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Windows 7 is a complete overhaul of the Windows operating system. Its predecessor, Windows Vista, was very buggy and never really caught on with the consumers. For the most people Windows XP remained the operating system of choice due to its relative simplicity and stability. Windows 7 has, however, finally delivered on the premise of a modern operating system that can be used on a vast variety of hardware. It is a very powerful operating system, and for the most part it is fairly intuitive. However, if you want to make the most out of the experience with your Windows PC, as well as if you want to simplify your workflow, then it would behoove you to invest a bit of your time to familiarize yourself with as many subtleties and features of Windows 7 as you can. However, if you are too busy (and who isn't these days), then you may not want to invest too much time in going through a long-winded book that takes you systematically through all of the aspects of Windows 7. If you just need to know very specific things that you need to know immediately, then "Windows 7 on Demand" is an ideal book for you.

The book is essentially built out of many individual tasks, which are grouped in thematic units. These thematic units are essentially book chapters, although they are much more loosely organized. You don't have to go through chapters, or event the book, sequentially - you can focus on all the tasks that interest you at the moment, and each task is completely self-contained.

There is no prior knowledge necessary for reading this book, and even if you are an absolute beginner you will not feel intimidated with its content. However, there are many tasks and chapters that deal with the latest Windows features, and even people who use PCs professionally in their daily work stand to benefit from learning more about these by reading

Each task is presented on two facing pages. This greatly improves readability and accessibility of the content, and makes it easier to work on those tasks while simultaneously reading the book.

Many tasks involve manipulating or modifying various files. All the files that are required for the completion of the given examples can be downloaded from the publisher's website. This is a fairly straightforward procedure, and the files are relatively small and don't take long to download.

A lot of the information that can be found in this book is available online on various helpful websites. However, in my experience it is always easier to just leaf through a book when you need to find out something "on demand". This particular book is very useful in that regard, especially if you are new to PCs or Windows. If you've already had experience with previous versions of Windows you could still benefit from knowing what's new in 7, but getting this book might be an overkill for you.

Overall this is a very well written and informative book. Highly recommend it.

**** Review copy provided by the publisher. ****

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Steve Johnson has written more than 45 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS3, Adobe Flash CS4 and CS3, Dreamweaver CS4 and CS3, Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Microsoft Expression Web 2, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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