Other sections will perplex novice Windows users—what are "shell commands"? Why should anyone alter the registries? Does anyone need to know about Windows PowerShell? Arguably most readers, particularly if they are at the beginning-to-intermediate levels—will never need to use these functions. Full-color illustrations as well as coloring the various sidebars and boxes would also make for easier reference. Also, remember that this is a Microsoft-branded publication; anyone looking for objective information on Windows products (e.g. which is better—Windows Media Player or iTunes?) should supplement this text with an additional resource not connected with the computing giant.
The bottom line: first-time and intermediate computer users should consult shorter, more basic guides like Windows 7 Plain and Simple, or any Dummies or Missing Manual book. Advanced users wanting to know about Windows 7's every function, and who want to fully customize the operating system to their very specific needs, should own Windows 7 Inside Out Deluxe Edition. If the authors haven't covered a particular concern or function, you probably do not need to know about it!
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