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Jul 26 2010   2:55PM GMT

Windows 7: We’ve done our research for your research

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Transitioning to a new operating system is never easy, especially when migrating an entire company. Avoid minor speed bumps becoming major setbacks by catching up on your Windows 7 literature. We’re giving you a bit of a head start by compiling some good old-fashioned book resources for you to peruse and consider.

For Beginners

Windows 7: The Missing Manual: A Google search for this book will yield mixed reviews, though it seems the negative reviews stem from readers already having a comfortable grasp on Windows operating systems. This book is probably best for beginners, novices and casual learners. Check out reader reviews here and here.

Of course, there’s always the handy Windows 7 for Dummies, providing the details of upgrading your operating system and the ins and outs of new features in a familiar format.

Step by Step: Windows 7 is coauthored by Joan Preppernau and Joyce Cox, both experienced developers of training materials on Windows for non-technical audiences.

Easy Microsoft Windows 7 is for those visual learners out there looking to get familiar with this operating system.

For Non-Beginners

Windows 7 Inside Out: A well-organized resource for “timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds.” Customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and seem to suggest that this book is a great as-needed reference or cover-to-cover read, depending on your level of interest.

Windows 7 Tweaks: Steve Sinchak created Tweaks.com, a site dedicated to optimizing various operating systems and servers through personalization. This is the book version; a compilation of modification methods for Windows 7.

In the same breath as he recommended Step by Step: Windows 7 for novices, one reviewer recommended Windows 7: The Definitive Guide for those who are more advanced in their knowledge of the operating system.

Windows 7 Resource Kit: Compiled by Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals and the Windows 7 team, this resource kit promises in-depth technical guidance.

Using Microsoft Windows 7 is the answer to all types of learners; offering multi-media options for absorbing its content.

Windows 7 In Depth was written for non-beginners, explaining Windows 7 tasks from migrating to Windows 7 (both for personal and business) to securing Windows 7 PCs.

Microsoft Windows 7 Your Way: Speed Up and Customize Windows is another compilation of tweaks and ways to personalize Windows 7 to your specifications.

Just want the gist?

Windows 7: Up and Running is “a quick, hands-on instruction” to getting started with Windows 7. Everything is need-to-know, including upgrade, installation, configuration, features and built-in apps.

Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant: Meant to be an “on-the-go reference” to be used in the trenches during Windows 7 support and management.

Windows 7 Annoyances: After Vista, we’re all gasping for fresh air, but no one claims Windows 7 is perfect, especially not this guide. Check this out for fixes on the annoying parts of the OS.

Microsoft Windows 7 On Demand is great as a quick reference, providing “answers in a visual step-by-step format,” to provide context for a quick fix.

Since Windows 7 has been out for a while now, there are undoubtedly numerous more resources for beginners and advanced IT professionals alike. See something on this list you weren’t too fond of? Make your argument in the comments! Don’t see something that saved you and your company from operating system malfunction (or anything a little less dramatic)? Share that as well. This is a living list, so feel free to email me at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com with suggestions, reviews or tweaks and check back for updates!

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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