Book Review: Windows 7 In Depth

Windows 7 In DepthWhile Windows 7 has been released for some time now (October 2009 for the retail version), many would have or are going to purchase a new PC since then with windows 7 pre-installed. I’ll go out on a limb and say that if you are familiar with Windows Vista, then Windows 7 will not be that much of a stretch for you to learn; the interface is very similar. However, if you are making the leap from Windows XP to Windows 7, then you have a lot to learn!

Previously, WindowsTalk reviewed the Windows 7 books Windows 7 Unleashed and Windows 7: The Missing Manual; now we take a closer look at “Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth” by Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel.

The Que “IN Depth” series has as it’s motto: “Beyond the Basics…Beneath the Surface…In Depth.”  This is a book for those familiar with the basics of Windows, but want to get more familiar with the new features of Windows 7 and learn how to take advantage of them to be more productive. This is not to say that the average ‘home’ user of Windows 7 could not use this book; on the contrary, the book is not too ‘techy’ and is very accessible in my opinion. You can pick it up and start reading anywhere, or use it as a reference for when you forget how to do something, for instance.

However, the book starts with three chapters on the basics by introducing the reader to what is new in Windows 7, installing and upgrading Windows 7 and what to do in the first hour after starting Windows 7 for the first time, which is a good read for those with new Windows 7 PCs and laptops. That takes up Part I of this 1100+ page book.

  • Part II is about using Windows 7 and getting around in the new user interface (UI), managing files, gadgets and printing.
  • Part III deals with multimedia and imaging, scanning and faxing, making DVDs and other Windows 7 tools.
  • Part IV is all about getting Windows 7 connected to the Internet, using Internet Explorer 8, email (remember, there is no email client in Windows 7!) and troubleshooting your Internet connection.
  • Part V is all about networking: getting your PCs (and Macs) to ‘see’ each other and share files, etc.
  • Part VI concerns itself with maintaining Windows 7, tweaking, customizing, updating, editing the registry and more.
  • Part VII discusses security and how to protect Windows from viruses and spyware, data loss and hackers.
  • Finally, Part VIII deals with windows 7 in the mobile environment, including wireless networking, remote desktop, conferencing and Tablet PC features of Windows 7.

This book covers a lot of ground as you can see! So if you are looking for a good, all-purpose Windows 7 book that goes beyond the basics (but still covers the basics) then you will undoubtedly enjoy using this book.