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  • Paperback: 722 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596157622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596157623
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Experience with Windows 7

About the Author

David A. Karp is the author of twelve power-user books, including the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and O'Reilly's eBay Hacks. David's books are available in ten languages, and can be found under the short legs of tables around the world.

David is the founder of, one of the most respected and popular computer help sites on the Interwebs. He writes for PC Magazine, but they're curiously reluctant to publish photos of his bicycle. Notable recognition has come from PC Computing, Windows Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and the New York Times.

He scored 30.96647% on the Geek Test (, earning a rating of "Total Geek." He hopes future revisions of the test reward publishing his score in the backs of computer books. David spends nearly every spare moment with his son.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bhob on July 28 2013
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If you are looking for guidance on just how to get up and running in Win 7, this is not the best book for you. (I bought the "The Missing Manual" a couple of years ago).

This book is for those who have been using Win 7 for a while and want to sort out some of the quirks of Win 7 and customize it so it runs the way you want, not the way Microsoft thinks you want. From simple tweaks using some of the drop down menus to diving into the Registry to get at a hidden function or two. Sometimes back to that old DOS prompt.

A mass of information which gives an insight into the mishmash of different software activity that lies behind that friendly(?) GUI.
Some of it you may never really need to know but it gives a better understanding of the why windows operates (or doesn't operate) the way it does.

My Win 7 experience would have bee much less frustrating if I had bought this book sooner. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ein Stien on Dec 13 2010
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I found this book at the local Library borrowed it and gave it a good read. I had borrowed and read other reference books on Windows 7 before this one, and there are many good ones out there. However this one stood out as the best and most comprehensive I had read. I liked it so much that I decided to buy a copy it as a reference book instead of trying to find it at the library when I needed it (usually checked out or there is a waiting list). For the price, it is worth it to get your own copy.
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By Tom West on Nov. 14 2011
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This book has already saved me several hours of desperate Internet searching, so it has already paid for itself. It's exactly what it purports to be and rather more. It's detailed explanations of things MS would like to think 'just happen naturally' have saved me hours of frustration.

As well, the attitude is about right. Slightly snarky, but understanding that we're *not* MS Windows target market, so we have to expect things to be less than optimal from our point of view.

Having the OS anticipate what the user wants and doing it for him works nicely 90% of the time. But the other 10% of the time, it leaves the user so far up the creek without a paddle that it more than cancels out the 90%.

"Windows 7 Annoyances" provides a paddle.
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