Windows 7 Annoyances
Tips, Secrets, and Solutions
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2010
Pages: 722

Windows 7 may be faster and more stable than Vista, but it's a far cry from problem-free. David A. Karp comes to the rescue with the latest in his popular Windows Annoyances series. This thorough guide gives you the tools you need to fix the troublesome parts of this operating system, plus the solutions, hacks, and timesaving tips to make the most of your PC.

  • Streamline Windows Explorer, improve the Search tool, eliminate the Green Ribbon of Death, and tame User Account Control prompts
  • Explore powerful Registry tips and tools, and use them to customize every aspect of Windows and solve its shortcomings
  • Squeeze more performance from your hardware with solutions for your hard disk, laptop battery, CPU, printers, and more
  • Stop crashes, deal with stubborn hardware and drivers, fix video playback issues, and troubleshoot Windows when it won't start
  • Protect your stuff with permissions, encryption, and shadow copies
  • Secure and speed up your wireless network, fix networking woes, make Bluetooth functional, and improve your Web experience
  • Get nearly all of the goodies in 7 Ultimate, no matter which edition you have

"Blunt, honest, and awesome."

--Aaron Junod, Manager, Integration Systems at Evolution Benefits

"This could be the best [money] you've ever spent."

--Jon Jacobi, PC World

"To use Windows is to be annoyed -- and this book is the best way to solve any annoyance you come across. It's the most comprehensive and entertaining guide you can get for turning Windows into an operating system that's a pleasure to use."

--Preston Gralla, author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, and Computerworld contributing editor

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    5.0

    Excelent book

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      4.0

      Overall, Great Book

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Windows 7 Annoyances:

      It gives a great deal of info on how to use the Registry, and how to use many other Windows 7 functions not mentioned in other books - However, some functions shown do not work in W7 even Ultimate but only in Server versions (like the command to relocate your System Restore files, ref pg 412).
      However, overall the best book I have purchased on this subject.

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      4.0

      The glass is more than half full

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Windows 7 Annoyances:

        I am deploying Windows 7 in a school environment. I enjoyed WinXP Annoyances by the same author and find this book helpful in many of the same ways...."real world" utility and a healthy dose of skepticism regarding "features". Lots of great add-ons and workarounds including URLs for useful free software make the book more than worth the price.

        Strong networking chapters..."homegroups" feature thoroughly demystified.

        It seems to me that the challenge the IT community faces, after all the years bashing Microsoft for Vista and other buggy, feature-laden products released before they were ready, is to embrace this one...Maybe somebody besides Microsoft should write a book called "Why Windows 7 Is Really So Much Better than Vista and XP that you should go to the Trouble to Upgrade. Now."

        Thanks for a very helpful, readable guide O'Reilly and Mr. Karp.

        Joe

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        4.0

        Up to O'Reilly's high standards

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Windows 7 Annoyances:

          I upgraded from XP to Win 7, so I didn't know what to expect. This book was excellent at demystifying Win 7 and explaining how to configure it for practical use.

          My only negative is that the "Users and Security" chapter seemed to be unnecessarily hard to follow. It took several readings of that chapter till I understood, and I wish they had just said this clearly and directly: "There are administrative users and standard users. Admin users can install software that changes system settings if they 'elevate' it; standard users can't elevate installers. If this is your own computer, the default admin account is safe for everyday use (unlike Win XP) as long as you don't give privilege to anything that you didn't deliberately install." Sure, all the extra stuff in the chapter is valuable; but I felt like that chapter gave way too much "trees" and not enough "forest".

          That chapter was the exception (and it's why I gave the book four stars instead of five). Everything else that I've read so far has been terrific, and after going through about half the book I'm already the go-to guy for other people who have Win 7. I strongly recommend this book; just be aware in advance that you'll have to read chapter 8 ("Users and Security") several times before it makes sense.

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