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Old 08-18-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default Good Win7 books?

My sister has ordered her new netbook/laptop--the HP DM1Z...

I've always gone to annoyances.org and found useful info on tweaking Windows but they have virtually nothing useful for Win7.

Can anyone recommend good Win7 books? I usually buy a good tweaking book--something that tells me about the OS and how to make it work the way I want it to, not the way Microsoft thinks I want it to work (within reason of course...'-}}). For example, for WinXP, I bought (and found useful) Windows XP Annoyances For Geeks.

I've found 4 books at amazon that look like they might be workable--in no particular order:

1. Windows 7: The Missing Manual

2. Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out: The ultimate, in-depth troubleshooting reference

3. Windows® 7 Inside Out

4. Windows 7 Annoyances

Other suggestions?


I've never seen Win7 (or Vista for that matter) and I know there are "things" about user accounts--what they can and cannot do--and other things I know nothing about so I'm looking for a book that will discuss these issues clearly. Given that this laptop will be up in ME and given that my sister is well...how shall I put this delicately...hmmmm...not gifted in security matters, I want to set this laptop up with a modicum of protection that I, personally, wouldn't need but she does so any suggestions on those aspects of Win7 would be helpful....

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I bought number 1 and 4. I like 4. I'm not thrilled with 1.

   
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andrew: I like 4. I'm not thrilled with 1.
Thanks...having used Karp's (#4) previous book, I figured I'd probably find his current one useful...

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I decided to see what was available online in the way of Win7 tutorials and found a free Win7 tutorial site that, at this point at least, is quite helpful--clearly written and straightforward...

For me, the biggest frustration is the reliance on video tutorials, none of which are closed captioned making them useless for me but I did just find that lynda.com's win7 videos are closed captioned (and there is a transcript too) so I might just check into how much it costs for full access--there are some free videos...

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I've found 4 books at amazon that look like they might be workable--in no particular order:

1. Windows 7: The Missing Manual

2. Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out: The ultimate, in-depth troubleshooting reference

3. Windows® 7 Inside Out

4. Windows 7 Annoyances


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I am reading the Windows 7 Annoyances on my Nook, and also using the Windows 7: The Missing Manual for references, also on the Nook. The Nook for PC software makes it easy to read my technical computer Nook books online, and in a larger form than on the Color Nook.
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dthomsen8: I am reading the Windows 7 Annoyances on my Nook, and also using the Windows 7: The Missing Manual for references, also on the Nook.
Do you find either book worth recommending?

Thanks...

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Can you copy and paste from the PC version of Nook?

   
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I haven't done too much reading, but I found Windows 7 for Dummies surprisingly helpful. Not for someone who really already knows a lot, and probably a bit basic for someone who is really good with XP and needs some information on the basics, but probably a good reference for your sister. One thing it's very good at is explaining terms.
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kayza: but probably a good reference for your sister. One thing it's very good at is explaining terms.
Thanks...I'll check it out...

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