After the disappointment that was Windows Vista, Microsoft spent a lot of time with its latest incarnation of PC based operating system working to make it more usable as well as more user friendly. The results have shown that Windows 7 has been very well received and ranks as one of the best reviewed versions in a long time.
In Windows 7: The Missing Manual, David Pogue, the creator of The Missing Manual series, now has put together all of the important stuff that you need to know about this new operating system. When you consider that Microsoft seldom includes more than a quick start pamphlet, this is truly the case of a missing manual that should have been in the box.
Not only is Windows 7 an update, it is the product that should have been released instead of Vista. That is, it keeps all the things that were good about Vista, and fixes what everyone hated about it. That is not to say that there aren't new things as well. So Microsoft expects you to learn how all of these things work without a manual?
That is why Windows 7: The Missing Manual is here to the rescue. With humor, wit and a whole lot of style, David Pogue guides you through the maze of changes to get you up to speed with Windows 7. This book is divided into eight parts, twenty-seven chapters and four appendixes.
Part One, "The Windows 7 Desktop," explores just that, the Windows 7 Desktop. While this area is similar to Vista, there are still many who have been using Windows XP and refused to upgrade, so this makes this an important section.
Pogue describes the fear the many experience when they first turn on Windows 7 if they have never used Vista. You will look at the desktop, start menu, the explorer, the taskbar, searching organizing, working with themes and how to find help when you need it.
Part Two, "Windows 7 Software," explores the various programs, gadgets and freebie software that is included with Windows 7. He takes you through the control panel terminology hell. There are more icons than ever, and the author explains them all. He even shows you how to change it back in to classic view.
Part Three, "Windows 7 Online," gets you hooked up to the internet and will explain much of the new security setups, Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Mail. In this section you will learn about everything that you need to get up and running online as well as working with the various Windows Live Services such as Live Calendar, Live Groups, Live Photos and more.