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Windows 7 For Dummies

Windows 7 For DummiesThe plain-English guide to Windows 7, which lives on nearly every PC sold today!

Windows For Dummies is the all-time bestselling guide to the Windows operating system. The latest edition in the series, this book answers all your questions about Microsoft’s latest operating system and its new features and tools.

Whether you’re new to computers or just eager to start using the newest version of Windows, Windows 7 For Dummies walks you through the most common Windows 7 tasks, including managing files, starting programs, copying digital photos to your computer, setting up Internet access, and more.

If you’ve never used Windows before, this book shows you the things most books assume you already know, like how to navigate the interface, customize the desktop, and work with the file system. Then it helps you grow comfortable with Windows 7, the fastest-selling version of operating system used on nearly 90 percent of the world’s computers.

  • Covers basic management of applications, files, and data; creating and printing documents; setting up an Internet connection and e-mail account; and online security
  • Explores using Windows to edit and manage audio, video, and photo files, and how to create CDs, DVDs, and playlists with Media Center
  • Helps you tweak and customize Windows 7  to set up secure user accounts, build an easy home network, and maintain your PC
  • Provides troubleshooting advice, helps you find missing files and use the Help system, and explains common error messages

Windows 7 For Dummies will have you up and running on the newest version of Windows quickly and easily. Some versions of the book also come bundled with a DVD training program.

Click the book’s cover to visit its link on Amazon, where you may browse through it online before buying it. (Amazon also sells the book/DVD bundle.)

Here’s the free downloadable Windows 7 For Dummies Cheat Sheet.


A few errors inevitably creep into every book. These errors have appeared in Windows 7 For Dummies. As soon as they’re reported, I make sure they’re fixed in the book’s next printing.

Foreign editions

Windows 7 For Dummies’ foreign editions are listed here. If you know of any others, please let me know, and I’ll add them.

Windows 7 Fur Dummies (German edition) is available now.

Windows 7 Para Dummies (Spanish edition) is available now.

Windows 7 per negati (Italian edition) is available now.

Windows 7 Tantusz Könyvek (Hungarian edition) is available now. (Thanks, Balint!)

Windows 7 pour les nuls (French Edition) is available now.

Amazon Kindle Editions

Amazon sells three different Kindle editions of Windows 7 For Dummies. Unfortunately, Amazon’s layout doesn’t allow for detailed descriptions of each book. Here’s the breakdown:

Kindle Edition $3.99: This tiny book came out as a pre-release promotional item. It’s not the complete book, and I don’t recommend it.
Kindle Edition (August 19, 2009): If you want the full “Windows 7 For Dummies” book to read on your Kindle, buy this version.
Kindle Edition with Audio/Video (June 1, 2010): This contains the full “Windows 7 For Dummies book, as well as some (16) of the videos from the Windows 7 For Dummies book/DVD combo. Currently, this edition can only be viewed on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. That will eventually change as more Kindle devices are able to display video. If you choose this book, you can still read the text, but you can’t watch the videos until your particular version of the Kindle supports video.


Comment from Dale
Time September 15, 2009 at 7:46 am

Is windows 7 is that out now can I get it at Barnes & Noble?

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time September 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Windows 7 For Dummies is out now and available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and most other bookstores. Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system will be available October 22, 2009.

Comment from FSoft
Time October 3, 2009 at 5:49 am

In which languages is available?

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time October 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Fsoft, the book is usually available in 15 languages, if not more. For example, it looks like the Italian version will be available March 10, 2010.

Comment from Dale
Time October 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’m just looking on barnes & noble website and saw there was a new winodw 7 edition that is coming out how many other eidtion are coming out andy.

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time October 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Hi Dale,

Windows 7 For Dummies is a complete book; there are no other editions. However, a version of that book that includes a bundled DVD comes out this week. The DVD includes more videos of Windows 7 tasks included in the book.

Comment from Dale
Time October 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Ok you got another one call windows 7 that is coming out in januray 2010 is that right. the link is below.


Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time October 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I checked the ISBN numbers, and that version won’t be released. Apparently the publisher planned to release the DVD by itself, and then changed its mind. At this point, it looks like the DVD will only be bundled with the book.

Comment from Joe
Time November 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

HI Andy,

I was reading Win. 7 For Dummies and I noticed you did not say anything about partitioning or formatting the hard drive. Did you leave this out on purpose or did you just not think of it?

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time November 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Joe, I left out information on partitioning and formatting hard drives to keep the book readable for casual Windows 7 owners, which are the core audience. Most Windows 7 owners never need to partition or format a hard drive. However, I discuss partitioning and formatting at length in Upgrading and Fixing PCs: Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, which will come out September, 2010.

If you have a specific question about formatting or partitioning hard drives, feel free to ask me, and I’ll answer it on my Web site.

Comment from brian
Time August 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

your books are the best.before reading it i could not use a p.c. but as you can see i can now thanks to your book

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time August 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thanks, Brian, I’m glad to hear you enjoy the book!

Comment from Jim
Time December 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Mr. Rathbone,
I’ m working my way through the Window 7 book and tried to down load the Avery program which you suggested on page 132. This program is not compatible with a 64 bit machine. What is next? TU Jim

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time December 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Jim, try the solution on this page — or, if you have a way to export your name/address information in CSV file, check the comment at that page’s bottom. It lists a free Web site that imports a CSV file, then prints those names/addresses onto Avery labels.

Comment from Mary
Time January 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I have a new Dell PC (ugh). I’m ordering your Windows 7 for Dummies. I need a “Dummies” book for my new Dell PC and Office HOME & Student 2010 (Word, Excell etc) Do you have those two “Dummies”? If not, could you recommend good ones?

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time January 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Mary, I wrote Windows For Dummies, but I haven’t written any Dummies books about Microsoft Office. However, you’ll find Microsoft Word 2010 For Dummies and Microsoft Excel 2010 For Dummies on Amazon.

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