Windows 7 OS manual?

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2009/11/21 15:20:28 (permalink)
OK, i know this may sound goofish but is there any chance ther is a manual how to understand certain parts of the Win7?
 
I'd like to tweak the system to run more efficiently and faster if possible but there is alot of stuff about the services,resources,processes and things like this that i just dont know about. i mean i know most of the stuff butthere is so much stuff on this OS i dont kow which is safe to mess with and whats not.
 
for example when i look in the task manager. i check the processes taba nd i see 7 running. but when i click on the performance tab it says i have 45 running lol
that there had me flipping trying to figure out whats running. took me about an hour to find it but i did all 45 of them. the thing is there is over 20 of them i have no clue what they are and what they do. this is one of the things id liek to figure out.
BTW i have already been over at tweakwin7.com for whatever they have but its all just nothing im really interested in. unless you wanna know how to get more wallpapers and stuff.


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    VistaHead
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    Re:Windows 7 OS manual? 2009/11/21 15:39:27 (permalink)
    Don't know what is in it, but it's 140 pages...
    http://www.microsoft.com/...4830-ac89-31c71d6be5f3
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    KMoore4318
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    Re:Windows 7 OS manual? 2009/11/21 15:59:01 (permalink)
    There are several books by various authors on the topic, But there is no official manual, and doubt one could be written that covers everything, as no one person wrote the program, but instead thousands of programmers wrote parts, some parts they decided not to incoperate, but left some of the code in place, when these are found they are referred to as " Easter Eggs, some of the hidden programs  were for diagnostics, by microsoft, and were left hidden, some of the program was left over from previous builds, I doubt there is one person in all the world that truly knows the software,If possible,  A comprehensive manual on windows 7 would probably be larger than The Encylopidia Bretanica.  

      
         
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    Re:Windows 7 OS manual? 2009/11/22 10:01:57 (permalink)
    KMoore, I don't know about its being impossible for Microsoft to write a manual.  I work in a well-known, very large computer corporation and we have a separate ID (Information Development) division whose sole job is to understand and write manuals about the software that runs on our computers.  And believe me, I have no clue how they do it as some of the software is extremely complex.  But they do.  And yes, some of the manuals for a certain software OS cover as much of a footprint as Encyclopaedia Brittanica !  But since Microsoft hasn't created manuals as new Windows OS's were developed, I agree that at this point it would not be cost-effective.

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    Re:Windows 7 OS manual? 2009/11/22 11:18:59 (permalink)
    When I was new to Windows and Vista, I bought 5 books, and came down to 2 for Windows 7, realizing that most are just revising, adding and revamping content. I really like Pocket Consultant 

    Windows® 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant - William R. Stanek;
    http://www.amazon.com/exe...g/detail/-/0735626995/

    Windows 7 Inside Out
    http://www.amazon.com/exe...g/detail/-/0735626650/

    both from Microsoft Press, if that matters.
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    Re:Windows 7 OS manual? 2009/11/22 13:48:14 (permalink)
    you shouldn't need to tweak windows  7 at all as it should be fine out of the box . and windows 7  just so ya know only enabled services  that are needed when you need them all unnecessary services are off by default  so no tweaking should be needed.  just dont bother   windows 7 itself is  already massively tweaked compared to windows vista  alot of work was done under and above the hood .


     a good friend of mine just got a Netbook with windows 7 on it and the damn thing flys   so yea  
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    Re:Windows 7 OS manual? 2009/11/28 06:08:57 (permalink)
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    There are several books by various authors on the topic, But there is no official manual, and doubt one could be written that covers everything, as no one person wrote the program, but instead thousands of programmers wrote parts, some parts they decided not to incoperate, but left some of the code in place, when these are found they are referred to as " Easter Eggs, some of the hidden programs  were for diagnostics, by microsoft, and were left hidden, some of the program was left over from previous builds, I doubt there is one person in all the world that truly knows the software,If possible,  A comprehensive manual on windows 7 would probably be larger than The Encylopidia Bretanica.  

    Actually, VistaHead has a link to the official manual I first posted a while back. It's probably not gonna help lascivious1 much though since it only covers how to use Win7 and all the new features for a normal user.
    Since Windows isn't open source the closest he could get to figuring out how all the technical details work is by reading the Russonovich book:
    Windows Internals, 5th edition is the update to Windows Internals, 4th edition to cover Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit). It was written by Mark Russinovich, a Technical Fellow in Microsoft’s Windows Core Operating System Division, David Solomon, an operating systems expert and Windows internals teacher, and with contributions from Alex Ionecsu, who specializes in OS internals and security.
    http://technet.microsoft....nternals/bb963901.aspx
    Only problem is that you'll have to have taken a computer architecure class in college and some programming classes to understand it. I know I didn't understand most of it when I first started reading it.
    And even then it probably won't tell you everything since the guys that wrote the book were just guessing how Windows worked by using the systinternal tools they created. Well they probably know now since they work for Microsoft and can see the source code but they didn't when they wrote it.
    Instead of going to all that trouble you can just install processquicklink or some tool like it. That's what I use to see what all the processes are.


    post edited by daviangel - 2009/11/28 06:15:37

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