Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
The advantage for me with books is that there is always stuff in them which I never would have searched for online..perhaps I didn't know it existed, perhaps I would have found it boring, etc. But if it's in the book and I'm reading the book, I'll at least read it over and might pick up a few useful tidbits.
I'm another of the dying breed of manual readers, and browsing through a book often steers me in directions I would not have thought to explore. That being said, I find I am relying more and more on online help, especially for problem-solving, where the information is often more up to date than written material. Browsing user boards is a lot like scanning the manuals, too, and leads to new knowledge about all facets of the OS.
Bottom line, both methods work to educate and can go hand-in-hand. David Pogue's "missing manual" book and the Dummies offering are both good reference choices. Go to a local book store and page through the Windows 7 section. See which books are right for your level of experience.