This is the official web site for Windows 7 Inside Out, written by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, and Craig Stinson and published by Microsoft Press. The book is on its way to the printer now and according to the publisher, copies should be available to the public on September 30, well in advance of the October 22 on-sale date for Windows 7 itself.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave them here.

39 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. I have my copy of w7io, and a quick gallop through indicates that it promises to be as helpful – indeed, as essential – to newby as well as experienced users of w7 as all of Ed Bott’s previous books. We must thank all the authors for their explanations of what and why w7 differs from earlier versions of Windows.
    I am looking forward to the posting on this website of the “updates, corrections, links and tips” mentioned at the bottom of p1027 of w7io.
    There’s a lot to read before October 23 dawns….
    Thanks, chaps!

  2. I got W7IO because of the quality of VISTAIO. I am reading it cover to cover, and so far it is most excellent.

    One question: W7IO is 300 pp. shorter than VISTAIO. Why? Is the economic downturn affecting the IO books, too? 🙂

  3. Walter, Windows 7 Inside Out is almost exactly the same size as the original edition of Windows Vista Inside Out. You’re looking at the Deluxe edition of WVIO, which was released a year after the original edition and cost $10 more.

    We expect that we’ll be releasing a deluxe edition for W7IO as well, and I would guess it will be about 300 pages longer than this edition!

  4. Been doing some reading. That powercfg -energy command is an awesome tool! Unfortunately, the energy-report.html command doesn’t open the report. In fact it did nothing. I found the file in system32 and tried to open it in several browsers and none could open it. Tried opening it in Expression Web, it couldn’t open it either. Fortunately I was able to open it in Notepad, but it’s a little tiring to try to read it that way. So I copied the text, opened a blank page in Expression Web, and pasted the content into the code view window. Expression showed its error symbols in the status bar, and from there I could go to the error. There were a and entries, which I simply deleted, and the error notifications disappeared. I was then able to save the page – and from there was able to open it in the browser. Really an awesome tool. You’ve got some great stuff in this book so far!

  5. Hmm… I see that my two entries didn’t survive posting. Toward the end it now says “There were a and entries,” that should be a “style” and “/style” entries – which I had put in their usual html brackets.

  6. I obviously don’t have my new computer with Windows 7 yet (I don’t plan on getting it until around April 2010, but I am greatly looking forward to it), but if Windows 7 Inside Out is as helpful to me as Windows XP Inside Out was when I bought it about 6 or 7 years ago, It will be one of the best books I ever bought!

  7. Hi,

    Ditto Patty MacDuffie. I’ve been trying to dig deeper, but have not been having much luck. The nifty Command Line Reference at %SystemRoot% Help ntcmds.chm is gone and the online Command Line Reference I found has not been updated since 2007.

    I finally found something about Powercfg.exe, but it too is out of date because there is no mention of the -energy switch.

    Any suggestion where to look?

  8. ps,

    When I drop the HTML Energy Report found in System32 into an open Firefox window, it opens properly. IE will probably do the same.

  9. I’m working my way through “Windows 7 Inside & Out” as part of my planning for upgrading to Windows 7. I’ve been running the RC, which I will wipe out. So far, I have learned a lot of little details from your book and it helped me greatly getting familiar with the system (I skipped Vista), thanks!

    In chapter 10, page 363, you discuss “Relocating Personal Data Folders”. However, the method you describe is applicable only to individual folders under the “Users” folder and also does not work for “AppData” because of the user registry portion stored there. Further, moving all folders manually is error prone and also leaves behind a number of dummy entries on the system drive. It also seems to confuse quite a few programs.

    What I’m looking for is a way to move the whole “Users” subtree to a different data drive, which does not seem possible in the way you described. The only way I have found so far seems to be to do this with an answer file during installation, but that adds a whole other level of complexity to the OS setup. What I would like to do is set my boot and data partitions up beforehand and interactively point Windows 7 setup to where I’d like it to install (I have a dual-boot system), then run through setup and just have the “Users” data moved to the data partition on a different drive.

    Short of answer files, do you have any tips how I might be able to get something like this set up?



  10. Dear Inside Out team. I find your book to be very helpful. However, I can’t find an answer to the following problem: I have a network of Windows 7 laptops and an XP PC as server and the file sharing works (thanks to your book) . However, I would like to show the 6 different folders in the data partition of the XP (the typical path is: “\serverdata(d)server letters & papers” or “\serverdata(d)pictures”) as the standard locations in the W7 Libraries or, if that is not possible, at least as “default folders” in the appropriate windows when the “save as” and / or “open” actions open in all applications running on the Windows 7 machines. Please can you advise me how to do that?

  11. Love the book and I too am reading cover to cover. Has
    already got me out of a spot of trouble. I am still frustrated though as to why I cannot wirelessly stream blu ray using homegroup.

  12. The links in the Table of Contents, I believe do not work correctly. When I double click on any of the links it just goes to the cover page.
    This is very annoying because it would be very helpful if it would bring you to the correct page instead.
    I am already using windows 7 in 64 bit system.

  13. So far the book has been helpful to understand Win7 file sharing. One question that I can’t answer is if you connect over a network workgroup from a WinXP machine and loggin using a user account on the Win7 machine how can you “unshare”. If I enable even a single Homeshare folder such as Pictures Win7 keeps sharing the entire user account with read/write access. The only way I’ve stopped this is to unshare the “user” folder which disables the homegroup. The XP machine remembers and no longer prompts for a username/password.

  14. Great Book!! I think someone likes the word Recalcitrant (smile).

    Following is some potential errata for the book.

    1. The Note on page 60. There are two links which I believe are incorrect. W7io.com/0213 is supposed to be a forum but is actually a link for KeyFinder. W7io.com/0214 is supposed to be a link to forums regarding activations. It appears that it is for Vista activation specifically. I’m not sure if this was the intent.

    2. Page 144. It states “By default, for DPI settings of 120 (125y or below,…”. I’m not sure what this was supposed to be.

    3. Page 173. It states, “To wit:”. I’m not sure what was meant here.

    4. Page 313. It states, “The list yof formats on the File Types tab…”.

    5. Page 394. Your link w7io.com/1104 redirects to MSDN but should be more specific and redirect to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa378870(VS.85).aspx

    6. Page 435. It states, “You don’t have to add a track to the playlist to enter it.” I’m not sure what was meant by the word enter.

    7. Page 594. It states, “…which can reach maximum speeds of 54 Gbps.” I believe this may be incorrect. Maybe Mbps.

    8. Page 621. It states, “…a screen like the on shown next appears.” I believe it should be one.

    9. Page 627. It states, “Creating or joining a workgroup creates the HomeGroupUser$ user…”. I’m thinking workgroup should be Homegroup.

    10. Page 635. It states, “With the Sharing wizard at the ready, follow…”. I’m not sure if the word ready was intended.

    11. Page 754. It states, “You can schedule operation to be daily…”. I believe the word the may be missing.

  15. Thanks for the careful notes Brian! I’ll fix the redirect links and add the others to our list of corrections for the next edition. No telling if the recalcitrant authors will heed them, however. (Btw, there are four occurrences in W7IO!)

  16. Glad to help. It’s one of the best technical books I ever read.

    One more comment if I may. So I read the book once completely through and then browsed back through it and read a few sections again. So now I’m ready……

    I purchased a brand new Dell Laptop with Windows 7 Professional x64 on it. I install all my programs and use the clunky XP Mode for all the other applications that don’t work (i.e. Access 2.0 16bit). I really wanted to take advantage of the location-aware printing, so I threw in my Windows 7 Enterprise x64 DVD and begin the upgrade process. Excited that it would only take 10 minutes as opposed to an hour or more as it did in Vista, I decided not to take that long coffee break and then….

    I’m presented with the following calamitous message.

    “Windows 7 Professional cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Enterprise. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Enterprise instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Enterprise, click the Back button in the upper left-corner, and select “Custom (advanced)”.

    It just goes to show that nothing beats real-world hands-on experience! It always amazes me that no matter how many books I read, articles I peruse, I always end up missing something key that really costs me (at least in time).

    I don’t believe it is clear in the book regarding this scenario. Maybe put in a “signature” tip regarding this (say on page 51).

    I thought I would pass along my experience and the suggestion for possible inclusion in the Deluxe edition or future edition of the book.

    Thank you.

  17. Hello Dear authors,

    Thank You very much for Your “Windows 7 Inside Out” Book. Excellent and it helped me a lot.

    May I suggest some additions?
    1) In Chapter 11, section “Restoring a system Image Backup”, page 388, you mention using the “system Repair disc” or using the “Windows 7 Installation DVD” to restore a System Image Backup. But (in contast to Chapter 23, section “Restoring Your Computer to Working Condition”, page 850) you do not mention use of the Windows Recovery Environment for Restoring a System Image Backup.

    I suggest that you update the descriptions of Restoring a System Image Backup (on page 388) to mention also the use of the windows Recovery Environment. Its simpler to restore the System Image without needing to search for and handle a DVD/CD. And it works, even without a reliable/functioning CD/DVD device.

    2) Some information that I miss a lot: under which circumstances will a run of the Windows Backup Program result in a large Full Backup File and in which circumstances will it result in a smaller incremental backup file?

    A good description of this subject can be very helpfull to those users who need to backup a lot of data. I need to backup around 160 GB worth of data. For me, it makes a big difference whether a backup run will result in a full backup file of approximately 160 GB or in a much smaller Backup File of say 500 MB. I would therefore like to find in your book a dewscription which would help me to avoid (when possible) the creation of large Full Backup files.

    Unfortunately, even on the Microsoft sponsored “Microsoft answers” Forums, I could not get good answers on this subject.

  18. This book is amazing! The CD was incredibly helpful, but I have to say that the ebook version of the book on the CD is just a .PDF that can easily be copied… No security there.

  19. I have only been using Win 7 a short time–went directly from XP Pro as Vista was junk. Now I have your generally well done book (it needs the extra 300 pgs. for more subjects and details). Your CD says it has XPS docs on it. BUT WHERE AND HOW TO ACCESS IS MISSING!

    It is a long way from a room sized computer with machine language programing these days, and I still keep my TRASH 80 as a historic artifact. But it sometimes seems that now authors write manuals more for them selves than the people trying to get information. Why not give a pre-published copy to a beginner/intermediate and see what results you get?

  20. Moderation? Keep your hands off! Except maybe “them selves” to themselves. I was doing binary programing for earliest computers before most of the writers were born, and with two doctorates and Mensa IQ that still works I’ve never had to play catch-up with something as twisted as Windows 7. Eight gig of memory and a terabyte of disk space does not a computer make without a workable operating system–and the question is open on Win 7.

  21. All first-time comments here are moderated. Once a first comment has been approved, future comments should appear automatically unless they look like spam.

    We’re looking into the XPS documents. PDFs are on the CD.

  22. great book – pretty much essential. After playing with Win 7 for a month or so now, with w7io to hand, I’ve found my first errata.

    p. 384 – you state that you can only have one system image backup on a network folder – I’ve not tested this, but my testing has proved that this is also true for external (USB/NTFS) storage – which is the opposite if what you’ve stated.
    Yes NTFS will I think back up more than one copy of a file (not tested that) but every system image backup replaces the previous one – and I’m on Ultimate. I’ve tested this with booting from a repair CD and you only ever get one system image to repair from. What if the disk fries mid-backup?
    It is possible to keep more than one copy, by copying the /WindowsImageBackup folder, but restoring from an image will only work if the Image is in /WindowsImageBackup. Given that it’s on USB (portable) storage, that’s not a show-stopper. I do think the Windows Backup program needs considerable work (multiple schedules is the most obvious requirement).

    keep up the good work,


  23. Hello there:

    Have W7IO and love it’s massiveness.

    I had a problem with Devices and Printers contents not showing. Thinking it was a glitch with the printer and it’s software I bought, I contact HP and they walked me though a Remote Desktop Fix, telling me to make another User Profile (which I did). HP told me I only needed to copy the contents of DonB [Original INSTALL] to DonB2 [New Profile] DID: OPENED DonB, COPY & PASTE Contents

    NEW PROFILE [DonB2] (missing)
    Quick Launch and Notification Area Icons Gadgets from OLD profile
    Desktop Background.

    Thanks, Donald

    BTW: If you could tell me how to copy it I’d be a HAPPY

  24. I have been searching your book and cannot find a simple way of putting icons from web sites – e.g. Google – on to my desk top. If you want to have your book respected PLEASE include simple stuff for users such as myself – I am 90 and need very simple, clear instructions.

  25. Great book. But I would love to know how to dual-boot Windows 7 (installed on first hard drive) and Ubuntu 10.04 Linux (installed on second hard drive via BCD. Is it in fact possible for BCD to handle dual drive/dual booting of Windows and Linux?

    I have got round the situation by simply using my BIOS’s startup “choice of which drive you want to boot” feature and selecting the second hard drive from that, but I can’t believe it is not possible for BCD to carry out this task. There needs to be far, far more documentation about this new Windows bootloader. I’m not criticising your book specifically – I mean generally.

  26. …. What an excellent book! I have bought other so called reference books on eairler versions of Windows, they were OK, but, covered extremely basic ground, in my opinion, wasting a lot of valuable space!

    With ‘Windows 7 inside out’ it assumes basic knowledge, so, gets straight to the point(s) although, a lot of the workj will have already been discovered through trial and error, it still has a mountain of extremely useful information.

    Whilst pretty expensive (£22 in UK) it was well worth it, there are much cheaper books available, but, I’m pretty certain, they will not as comprehensive as this one.

    The deciding factor for me in particular was, that it was written by 3 experts, and published by Microsoft, that’s alost amounts to a quality guarantee!

    Thank you for an excellent book, I’m absorbing it in tiny chunks, thatwas I remember, rather than reading several chapters, then forgetting important data!

    Keep up the good work ………………..

  27. Where in Windows 7 can I change the number of clicks on my mouse to open a program? In XP I could go to Folder Options and change from 2 clicks to 1 click. Has that been eliminated in W7?

    1. In Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization, then, under Folder Options, click “Specify single- or double-click to open.”

  28. Excellent Book. I learned many useful hints and feel this is a must have to get the most out of windows 7.

    One small error I would like to pass on … The following Visual Basic Script to Customize System Restore intervals on page 398 of “Windows 7 Inside Out” does not work.

    Set oRP = getobject(“winmgmts:\.rootdefault:Systemrestore”)
    newRestore = oRP.createrestorepoint (“Created by my scheduled task”, 0, 100)

    I found script that will work at this link:

    The script I used follows:

    If WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
    Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”)
    objShell.ShellExecute “wscript.exe”, Chr(34) & WScript.ScriptFullName & Chr(34) & ” Run”, , “runas”, 1
    GetObject(“winmgmts:\.rootdefault:Systemrestore”).CreateRestorePoint “Instant Restore Point”, 0, 100
    End If

    Hope this will help someone else.

  29. I found a workaround for the “issue” describe on page 172 troubleshooting box. No need to mess around with access control entries. My workaround is this:

    – Create the shortcut on your desktop.
    – Move this newly created shortcut to %programdata%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup (copy and paste that path to your address bar in Windows explorer, drag and drop the shortcut).
    – Windows will display a box telling you that you need to provide administrator permission to move the folder, click Continue.
    – Done.

    I found this useful on an environment where you don’t want restricted users to delete entries on the startup folder. Of course, You can always create an entry in the Run key at the registry to accomplish the same.

  30. Answer to Apollyon’s comment:

    Simplest way is to create an entry on your Favorites. However, to accomplish exactly what you want, do this:

    – Go to the webpage you want to have the icon on your desktop.
    – Make sure that you can see an open area of your desktop. Resize the browser window if necessary.
    – Click and drag the small icon (usually the website logo) on the left of the address you typed or followed to the free area of your desktop.
    – Done.

    This will create a URL shortcut on your desktop for the web site you just visited.

  31. Have all your books and love them.
    Found a “flaw” in Windows 7 Inside Out

    Have Win 7 Home premium with Windows Media Player V.12.0.7600.16667

    Manually adding album art. On page 436 it says right-click the generic album album cover image on the Library tab, and click Paste Album Art.

    Didn’t work for me but right-clicking the actual album entry in the Library got me a result

  32. I’m from Iraq, I read w7io book and found it as a fantastic book.
    thanks for all the arcane secrets of w7!

  33. Have Inside Out XP and now Inside Out 7. Question, Robocopy and Robocopy GUI, have not been able to locate Robo GUI. Looked at Robocopy and know I will need GUI. Can it be found at “?”

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