I purchased this book, Windows 7 Secrets, a few months ago and the reasons for doing so are plenty. I made up my mind just as I was starting to design Techmedia Fusion that I was not going to solely focus on Apple as a company or their products, despite the fact I own quite a bit of Mac equipment. When I was medically retired from the Army I completed an MCSE and so for me Windows was really the only operating system. About four or five years after using Windows I started looking into other operating systems and once I found Mac OS X, I left Windows at version XP.
As I’ve already mentioned, I knew that in order to make any kind of success with Techmedia Fusion, I was going to have to be much more diverse and so wanted to purchase Windows 7. I also knew that I was so far behind with regards to the Windows operating system that I was practically going to have to start all over again.
As an avid fan and viewer of Twit TV and in particular MacBreak Weekly and Windows Weekly, I became a massive fan of Paul Thurrott. Although Paul has based his career around writing about Microsoft as a company and their products, has candidness in pointing out both faults and successes was so refreshing. All too often individuals are to dismissive of other ideas or products simply based upon branding, and I must admit, I have been guilty of such immaturity in the past. Being able to recognise your competitors strengths and embrace them is incredibly intelligent.
As a result of my new found Microsoft guru, when I decided to buy a Windows 7 laptop and start learning about the operating system all over again I couldn’t think of a better person to turn to than Paul Thurrott. I must also explain that Paul Thurrott runs his own personal web site dedicated to all things Microsoft and the site is called Winsupersite.
Windows 7 Secrets was co written by Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera, throughout the book they walk the reader through so many twist and turns within the operating system that you perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily discover on your own. The fantastic thing about this book is that although you are being shown such complex secrets in Windows 7, both Paul and Rafael have discovered a unique way of guiding the reader around, making it very simple but without the under tone of patronising the reader.
I think if you are completely new to the Windows environment Windows 7 Secrets is a book you simply must have, in any format, or if you are in a similar situation that I found myself in and you need a reintroduction to the operating System, then Windows 7 Secret is equally valuable. Keep this book in your arsenal of tech and you will always have what seems like your own personal technical advisor with you at all times, only with the knowledge of Paul Thurrott & Rafael Rivera thrown in for good measure.
Paperback: 1080 pages
In Windows 7 Secrets you will find topics covering subjects such as, “Selecting the Right Windows 7 Edition,” “Installing And Upgrading To Windows 7,” “Windows 7 Security,” “Managing E-Mail and Contacts” and this is just a very small selection of the amazing information available within the pages of this truly must have book.
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