Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Download Windows 7 Documentation (i.e. Manual) from Microsoft

Some of you may already know this, but for those who don’t, you can download the Windows 7 Documentation via Microsoft’s Download Center. The documentation spans 140 pages and is available either as a PDF or XPS document format.


What you get with this download is a guide on using Windows 7, nothing more, nothing less. However, if you want a quick reference guide, then this is it. It covers such topics as different Windows 7 Editions, New Features in Windows 7, Windows 7 for Consumers, and Windows 7 for IT Professionals. It also includes a brief section entitled “Designing Windows 7” which is kind of interesting as it portrays what Windows 7 tries to accomplish (which, I dare-say, does-so very well).


If I’m not mistaken, though, this documentation is available when you purchase a new copy of Windows 7 from a retail outlet. So, if you purchased Windows 7 electronically or with a new PC, you won’t get the documentation; however, I believe if you purchased Windows 7 from Best Buy, Fry’s, etc. via retail packaging, you should get a paper based version of this manual. Either way, it’s a good read, especially for those first starting out with Windows 7.


Keep in mind, though, that the manual can also be used for those who have been using Windows for years, as Windows 7 offers some unique changes since Windows Vista and XP. So, if you want to learn more about Windows 7, or are just bored, you can check out the Windows 7 Documentation from the Microsoft Download Center.



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