Windows 7 Tweaks

Steve Sinchak

Published by

Wiley

ISBN

978-0-470-52591-3

RRP

£19.99

Reviewed by

Peter Daly CITP

Score

2 out of 10

Windows 7 TweaksThis book appealed to me because I have just received a new Windows 7 laptop. Right, let's see what tweaks and customisations we can do to make it work quicker and better. Many of the tweaks you may have applied to XP or Vista will also apply in Windows 7; the only difference being where you might find the tweak.

So it's hard to justify the cost of this book on that basis. Can we really find anything in this book that cannot be found via a search engine? No, not really. Consequently, for a seasoned user of Windows this book has little merit; certainly, I didn’t learn anything new.

What about novice users? Will they get more information out of this book? Not really, because it's so badly written; I suspect the editor just couldn't be bothered to read it when I came across sentences like ‘One of the best parts of System Restore is that you can always undoing the recent restore ...’ (p. 23). What's all that about?

Much of the content is about the Aero Glass interface and how to tweak that. This does not appeal, since all users should just switch it off for performance reasons. There is also a chapter devoted to tweaking Internet Explorer 8, which does not make any sense since many of the tweaks are already provided by other browsers. The best advice there would be ‘do not use IE 8’.

There is a whole chapter devoted to installing Windows 7, which is stretching the definition of a tweak beyond reason. Finally, there are pages and pages of policies and an explanation of what they do. For example, the policy ‘Lock the Taskbar’ has the following explanation: ‘Controls the locking state of the taskbar. A locked taskbar does not allow any changes to be made to it’. Who decides this is useful information to impart to the reader?

So, overall, save some trees and some money and buy something else.

Further Information: Wiley

November 2010