Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out

Author: Mike Halsey
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Pages: 528
ISBN: 978-0735645202
Aimed at: General users of Windows 7
Rating: 4
Pros: Good advice for how to be prepared
Cons: Lacks explanation
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

Is this a book about troubleshooting - or is it about avoiding disasters by planning ahead?

Author: Mike Halsey
Publisher: Microsoft Press, 2010
Pages: 528
ISBN: 978-0735645202
Aimed at: General users of Windows 7
Rating: 4
Pros: Good advice for how to be prepared
Cons: Lacks explanation
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

 

Well yes things do go wrong with Windows 7 now and again and when they do it is nice to have a book that will help you sort them out.

In this case, however, the book is strong on telling you what to do but without really explaining why. Large parts of it are also more focused on stopping trouble happening rather than troubleshooting Windows 7. This is a good idea, but is it really what you are looking for in a book that claims to be about fixing problems not stopping them happening in the first place?

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The whole of Part 1 is about prevention and it starts off with installing Windows 7, setting up the firewall, Windows Defender, security in general. how to backup and restore, disk cleanup , managing users and virtualization. All very good but not really about troubleshooting.  It also mostly tells you what is good for you without any explanation - for example page 7 gives a list of partition sizes without discussing anything about what a partition is or what the advantages and disadvantages are of using them.  There is a lot of good advice in this part of the book but the presentation is patchy.

Part 2 is about quick fixes - whatever this means. Chapter 9 is called Annoyances and it is at last  basically  about troubleshooting software and hardware problems - not many topics are covered and the selection is fairly random. After this chapter we are back to more general matters - viruses and malware, system restore, safe mode and drivers

Part 3 is called Technical Fixes - I'm not at all sure what the rest of the earlier fixes were, untechnical fixes? This is probably the best part of the book if you really do have a WIndows 7 problem because it outline how to go about finding the source of the problem. It explains all sorts of technical topics such as the diagnostic tools and advanced repair methods.

Part 5 is Disaster Recovery and this is really what most of the book has been about. In this section here we look at what to do if you didn't prepare for the disaster by making a backup. It covers topics such as RAID restore, restore from another PC, using Linux to boot the system, proprietary rescue tools, and what to do about a broken encrypted filing system.

The final part of the book is power utilities, only it isn't. Really its mostly about the registry and firewalls with a little about configuration and troubleshooters.

In many ways the whole philosophy of this book is make your system redundant by backing up and installing in such as way that recovery is easy. It really isn't about solving specific problems that you might have with Windows 7, more about finding your way around the tools that can help you solve problems on your own. Of course in the real world it is usually easier to simply reinstall and if that doesn't work it's time to start swapping hardware.

Recommended but only if you are not looking for a book that actually solves your specific Windows 7 problems.


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Fluent Python

Author: Luciano Ramalho
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 770
ISBN: 978-1491946008
Print: 1491946008
Kindle: B0131L3PW4
Audience: People who already program in Python
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Mike James 

A book whose title doesn't give the reader sufficient information to pick it out from the [ ... ]



Build an HTML5 Game

Author: Karl Bunyan
Publisher: No Starch Press
Date: March 30, 2015
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781593275754
Print: 1593275757
Kindle: B00V3WS8EY
Audience: JavaScript programmers
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Mike James 

 

If you want to build an HTML5 game is this the book you are looking for?


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