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This 50-page Guide to Windows 7 is Free

If you're still running Windows XP or Vista, but you're considering the move to Windows 7, here's a handy e-book which goes into useful detail about where 7 is different from, or similar to, previous incarnations of Windows.  It's a handy, easy read, and is well worth checking out.

Click through to and you can choose to download the book as a PDF or read it online through something called scribd.  The latter fills much of your screen with ads and a clunky navigation bar.  I'd therefore recommend that you stick with the PDF download.


 Windows 7 Free Book

Comments from Gizmo

1. This is an useful guide for beginners or intermediate users who are moving to Windows 7. Despite the title, it is of little interest to pro users.

2.  When I first verified this offer the book was available as a free standing PDF download. Today I notice that the hosting website now requires you to subscribe to their newsletter in order to receive the book.  I don't like this switching strategy but it is unfortunately, increasingly common. That said, there is nothing stopping you subscribing, downloading the book and then unsubscribing.


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by Rich Robinson (not verified) on 25. October 2010 - 20:19  (60158)

I run a site where I give away free books that I spend hundreds of hours creating.

I see no issue with asking people to sign up for a free newsletter to get the book and subsequent newsletters with Windows tips. 18,000+ readers can tell you I haven't harvested their emails for anything other than to deliver them what I promised.

It unsettles me that a few of the comments here (which, I'm sure, come from concerned readers who are just trying to help) jump to the conclusion that this is for spamming purposes. Please, if you're offering advice to those "that don't know how to spot a bad site", be sure you're offering good advice. That's all I ask. In return, I promise to do the same.

by won't get fooled again (not verified) on 17. September 2010 - 23:45  (58027)

I did give them two of my web-mail addresses. Two days later, both webmail accounts were hacked and used to send out spam. Heck of a coincidence, huh?

by MidnightCowboy on 18. September 2010 - 8:02  (58041)

This is the risk all users face without taking a few simple precautions.

by Aussie John (not verified) on 16. September 2010 - 6:31  (57913)

You DO NOT need to give yoru email address to download the book. Just click on the link and go SAVE AS etc.

Very simple process.

John in Oz

by Black bull (not verified) on 14. September 2010 - 5:03  (57794)

Email harvesting site I let pass by.

by Aibek Esengulov (not verified) on 14. September 2010 - 8:45  (57803)

Hi guys, he is the direct download link:

manuals [DOT] makeuseof [DOT] com.s3.amazonaws [DOT] com/makeuseof_Windows_7_Guide_r2.pdf

[Moderator's Note :

1. This link has been posted by Aibek Esengulov who is from the MakeUseOf site that is offering the e-book so this is a perfectly legitimate way to get the ebook.

2. If you use the above link you do not have to supply your email address to receive the ebook.

3. Because our site policy does not permit direct links to file downloads we have obfuscated the link so that it is not clickable. To use the link copy and paste the link address into you browser and replace [DOT] with a . Make sure you don't leave any spaces.

by quinnat on 14. September 2010 - 2:08  (57784)

Go to:
Click the book cover to download it without signing up!

by Jakeman on 14. September 2010 - 5:39  (57797)

Thanks for this link, which not only works perfectly, but also makes available a bunch of other ebooks offered by this wonderful website. Appreciate your contribution to this great "hot find"...

by murat_92 (not verified) on 14. September 2010 - 17:26  (57829)

Wonderful Site!

From the link above, you can take off the #windows7 and it still works.

Also, if using Firefox and DownThemAll! You can type in *.pdf into DTA and grab them all (except the "where to watch guide") at once.


by MrWednesday7 on 13. September 2010 - 19:55  (57767)

Further to my comment. Whilst I appreciate these recommendations I wish that they were checked out 1st.'s_Law

by gizmo.richards on 14. September 2010 - 1:21  (57782)

All offers we feature are verified before publication. We cannot however however prevent other websites from changing the conditions of the offer after we have promoted it, as was the case here.

This offer remains valid but instead of simply downloading the book you now have to first subscribe to their free email newsletter before you receive the download link.

In the circumstances I feel perfectly comfortable suggesting you subscribe, download the book then unsubscribe immediately.

by Aibek Esengulov (not verified) on 14. September 2010 - 8:44  (57802)

Hey Richard

Aibek from is here. Normally, we keep the manuals free to download (no sign up) for about 10 days. After that the manuals made available to subscribers only.

I had no idea we were linked from Gizmo and found out about it only today. If I knew earlier I definitely wouldn't add the sign up option until most of users grabbed a free copy. Sorry about that. I have removed the login for a few days.

by ianjrichards (not verified) on 14. September 2010 - 23:08  (57853)

Thank you for the clarification Aibek. I'm sure our readers will appreciate you making the original offer available again. - Gizmo

by MrWednesday7 on 13. September 2010 - 19:50  (57766)

Email harvesting site. Avoid.

by emailaddy (not verified) on 13. September 2010 - 18:40  (57755)

Just another email harvesting site. Don't bother to use an email address that you value. It revealing when it blocks you from registering with various one-time email addresses.

by Aibek Esengulov (not verified) on 14. September 2010 - 8:46  (57804)

direct download link

manuals [DOT] makeuseof [DOT] com.s3.amazonaws [DOT] com/makeuseof_Windows_7_Guide_r2.pdf

Aibek Esengulov

[Moderator's Note : Link obfuscated, as normally we do not allow links to direct download of any files.]

by mpb (not verified) on 13. September 2010 - 16:02  (57742)

The link is not to the actual pdf but rather to a required subscription to their service.

SW Reynolds-- how is this book not useful? I'm reluctant to sign up to a service to check it for myself.

by Mike H (not verified) on 11. September 2010 - 17:58  (57661)

I found this book delightfully useful

by totot (not verified) on 10. September 2010 - 3:53  (57557)