A Windows 10 Field Guide Update

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 16 Comments

The Windows 10 Field Guide is now being updated to support Windows 10 version 1803, and we are lowering the price of the book. As always, these new updates will be free for those who have already purchased the book.

That the book would be updated for this new Windows 10 version wasn’t always a certainty: Thanks to Microsoft’s torrid twice-a-year delivery schedule for Windows 10 feature updates, keeping the book up-to-date has proven to be an arduous and somewhat thankless task. And I have spoken to Rafael and Martin a few times about various options for moving forward.

For now, I’ve decided to stop stressing over this and move to what I call the “Rick Steves model.”

That is, every year, Rick Steves produces a new season of his European travel TV series. But he doesn’t record a new episode for every single place he travels to each season. Instead, each records a new show from each location once every three or four years. So if he covers, say, 24 places in Europe overall and produces new 8-episode seasons every year, his latest episode about Paris (or wherever) should never be more than 3 or 4 years old.

Change comes more quickly to technology than it does to European travel destinations, of course. So I don’t have the luxury of updating chapters every 3 or 4 years. Instead, I’m shooting for a system where no chapter is ever off by more than one Windows 10 version.

Today, the book is currently a mix of chapters that were updated for Windows 10 version 1703, 1709, and now 1803. Short term, I will work make it a mix of chapters that are updated for the two most recent versions, 1709 and 1803. And to finish that work before Windows 10 version 1809 ships to the public.

So I will be updating the 1703-based chapters and updating a handful of key chapters (like the one for Microsoft Edge, which I recently did update for 1803) where a lot has changed between versions. Then, I’ll move on to new content (like 3D/Mixed Reality and the new experiences in the Photos app) that I’ve intended to add for some time. I’ll update most of the 1709 chapters last since they are reasonably up-to-date, and because some of the app-based content will keep changing anyway.

The question, then, has changed to what we should do about Windows 10 version 1809. That is, will the Windows 10 Field Guide be updated for this version of Windows too?

Based on what I saw at Build 2018 and learned about Microsoft’s commitment to Windows 10 from its recent reorganization, I’ve decided that I will keep updating the book at least through the end of 2018 and to include version 1809. And that existing readers will get that content for free too.

Additionally, the three authors have collectively decided to lower the minimum price of the book to just $9.99. And that this new price will now include Martin’s wonderful posters. (We will no longer sell a second version with the posters as before; instead, everyone who buys the book at this new price going forward will get the posters too.)

If you are a Windows 10 Field Guide reader, thank you. If not, I hope the new lower pricing will change your mind.

You can purchase the Windows 10 Field Guide from LeanPub. Thanks for your support! –Paul


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Comments (16)

16 responses to “A Windows 10 Field Guide Update”

  1. DaveHelps

    Would you interested in “pull requests” for fringe content? Maybe some kind of open source, Creative Commons appendix?

    Not that I’ve written anything (yet). But if, say, you’re too busy to write a list of DLLs that contain cool icons for use in shortcuts, or a chapter on charmap.exe or changing the IO priority of OneDrive.exe to avoid freezing your PC during initial sync.... maybe some of the readers would be interested in contributing?

    After all, I’m sure you could cut out your COD time to edit our ramblings!

  2. Chris_Kez

    Thanks Paul. This has to be the best deal in publishing.

  3. RickBudzy

    The Field Guide is great and publishing it on LeanPub with the constant updating makes this an unbelievable deal.  I bought the Field Guide several years ago.  I have received much more value than what I paid such that I'm feeling guilty; I'd gladly pay a yearly or bi-yearly continuance fee.

  4. helix2301

    Paul, just quick question. Have you guys ever thought of a patreon account for the book? Readers could donate for cost of your writing the updates or get like signed print copy if they donate so much just wondering?

  5. toshdellapenna

    i just grabbed my copy finally!

  6. howardjr48

    Has "Controlled Folder Access" been covered? I have Pro and as of the last update, I have begun to get these notifications that are lacking info on how to handle. Thanks for any info.

  7. Hougaard

    But the cover still only says fall creators update?

  8. Trickyd

    Can you try and get Leanpub to get rid of the obnoxious captcha logon they have please which is an irritation and delay every time we go to get the latest version of the book.

    Would be useful also if they offered dropbox/onedrive etc. integration to make it easy to update when the book changes as OReilly and others do.

    I would also be interested in a more advanced version of the field guide for existing windows users with expanded backup and recovery content and how to deal with broken drivers , high cpu troubleshooting etc