Book Review: Optimizing Windows 7 Pocket Consultant
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Published: 18 Oct 2011
It is essential to optimize Windows 7 in order to make use of the features to its full potential. However, it is difficult to find and locate the various elements which require optimization. In this review, Anand examines the contents of Optimizing Windows 7 Pocket Consultant book authored by William Stanek. After reading the review, you will be in a position to judge whether the book will be suitable for you or not.
by Anand Narayanaswamy
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Windows 7 ships with numerous tools using which you can tweak the operating system to perform at its full potential. However, beginners will find it difficult to find them unless they have the required documentation such as Optimizing Windows 7 Pocket Consultant, which examines the steps required to tweak Windows 7 in various ways. Authored by renowned Windows expert, William Stanek, the book is divided into 8 chapters with solid and concise information.

Inside the Book

Chapter 1 examines the various ways with which you can customize the Windows 7 User Interface. The author has provided comprehensive explanations with related screenshots and source code examples. Moreover, options are marked in bold font for easy readability followed by relevant explanation.

While Chapter 2 examines the various ways to personalize the appearance of Windows 7, Chapter 3 provides the steps required to be followed to customize boot, startup and power management options.

Chapter 4 examines the tips and techniques associated with Windows Explorer and Windows Search including aspects related to Indexing. You will learn the various ways to perform a search to locate a particular document or file inside your computer.

In Chapter 5, you will learn the techniques involved with software optimization and the management of installed softwares. Chapters 6 and 7 enable you to check the performance of the system including the current performance levels and that of Logging related aspects. You will be able to learn the steps involved to resolve failures including recording and analyzing performance data.

The final chapter enables you to optimize power management settings for performance including enhancing performance with ReadyBoost, Virtual Memory, Disk Drive Cleaning, Error Checking and much more. The book also includes an appendix which examines the various options for Firmware Interface.


Optimizing Windows 7 Pocket Consultant will be very useful for beginners as they need not have to search various materials for content. Instead all the relevant concepts are explained in detailed manner under a single umbrella. The book will also be useful for computer hardware technicians and engineers as they can easily troubleshoot their clients system without any external help. Advanced users can make use of the book as a ready reference material as it will help them to quickly optimize Windows 7 so that they can use the operating system to its fullest potential.

About the Reviewer

Anand Narayanaswamy is the author of Community Server Quickly. He works as a freelance writer based in Trivandrum, India and runs, which provides reviews of Windows based freeware tools and articles related to Windows 7.

About the Book


Optimizing Windows 7 Pocket Consultant


William R. Stanek


Microsoft Press

ISBN - 13



September 2011





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