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Windows Vista For Dummies

Create music CDs and photo DVDs or even watch TV Move your files to a new computer, or get your old PC ready for Vista The thing that’s made Windows For Dummies so successful is that it’s packed with the basics you need to make Windows work. This book gets you through all the Windows Vista tasks and tripwires, including starting programs, finding files, navigating the new see-through interface, staying safe while you cruise the Internet, and much more. Discover how to Find files when they’re hiding Hook up with another computer Make Vista work like XP Block Internet bad guys Share a PC without sharing your files Fix problems yourself

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Windows Vista For Dummies Reviews

Review by John Matlock:
Having been around Windows as long as Windows has been around, I know that I need two books on Windows Vista.

First I want something quick and easy. Something that will give me the overview that tells me simple things like, ‘what version do I want.’ Vista comes in five main versions: Basic, Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate. A quick glance on pages 18 & 19 tell me I need the Business version.

Microsoft always throws in a bunch of new things just when you aren’t expecting it. Vista, for instance, comes on a DVD, not a CD. I don’t watch movies on my PC’s, and they were constructed for business, not entertainment. So to use Vista, I’ve got to buy at least one DVD drive — RATS. And this AeroGlass things seems to require high end graphics. How do I turn that off to work with low end graphics cards — see page 376. Parental control, no kids here. Anyway you get the idea.

This Dummies book is exactly what I need to get through these kinds of problems. It is easy to read, easy to find what you need, quickly tells you how to do simple things like turn off parental controls.

The second book I’ll need is something more complex, when you have a question like, ‘how many open web sessions can Vista/Bussiness have’ don’t expect to find it in this book. Most likely I’ll get Windows Vista Inside Out. It will cost at least double, have three times as many pages, and be much harder to find things.

Start with this one. With it you can get started quickly and begin to find where your real problems are.

Review by Joseph Johnson:
This marks the ultimate… although not the Windows Vista Ultimate edition!… of Dummies titles gone wrong.

What began years ago, Dos for Dummies, has turned into a mish-mesh of topics that do not relate, do not connect, and do nothing more than confuse newcomers.

As an advanced Windows user and programmer, I understood the concepts herein. It was my first exposure to Vista. But all through the book I kept wondering HOW anybody who does not already consider themself a master at operating systems could go from one point to the next.

The topics appear almost randomly.

The Dummies publisher does this intentionally, and it used to work because it would be a surprise and not a planned, contrived way to just look, well, dumb.

The more traditional titles, especially Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows Vista All in One (Sams Teach Yourself), go out of their way to address BOTH the newcomer’s needs as well as getting the more advanced user up to speed.

This Dummies title, and unfortunately many others these days, rely on their series gimmicks to fill the book and rely far less on content that will truly help the newcomer to the topic.

If you know Vista or don’t, you will get little value. I do like the cartoons! And I do like the top ten lists, but is the book worth buying just for those?

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Windows Vista: The Missing Manual

Windows Vista is Microsoft’s most important software release in more than a decade. It offers users an abundance of new and upgraded features that were more than five years in the making: a gorgeous, glass-like visual overhaul; superior searching and organization tools; a multimedia and collaboration suite; and above all, a massive, top-to-bottom security-shield overhaul. There’s scarcely a single feature of the older versions of Windows that hasn’t been tweaked, overhauled, or replaced entirely. But when users first encounter this beautiful new operating system, there’s gonna be a whole lotta head-scratchin’, starting with trying to figure out which of the five versions of Vista is installed on the PC (Home, Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate). Thankfully, Windows Vista: The Missing Manual offers coverage of all five versions. Like its predecessors, this book from New York Times columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners, veteran standalone PC users, and those who know their way around a network. Readers will learn how to:

Navigate Vista’s elegant new desktop Locate anything on your hard drive quickly with the fast, powerful, and fully integrated search function Use the Media Center to record TV and radio, present photos, play music, and record any of the above to DVD Chat, videoconference, and surf the Web with the vastly improved Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browser Build a network for file sharing, set up workgroups, and connect from the road Protect your PC and network with Vista’s beefed up security And much more. This jargon-free guide explains Vista’s features clearly and thoroughly, revealing which work well and which don’t. It’s the book that should have been in the box!

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Windows Vista: The Missing Manual Reviews

Review by John A. Suda:
It’s been over five years in the making and it’s nearly perfect. No, I’m not referring to Microsoft’s vast new operating system named Windows Vista, but to the reference book “Windows Vista: the Missing Manual,” by author David Pogue. The Missing Manual series is the benchmark of quality for computer manuals. Unless you’re a system administrator, programmer, or uber-geek, this is probably the only reference source you’ll need to learn Microsoft’s Vista.

Vista is the long-awaited successor to Windows XP and it is a major overhaul and upgrade of that operating system. It was designed primarily to address long-standing security issues with XP and its predecessors, but it also has a vastly new look and feel graphically and in operating features. It comes with a large number of new programs and features.

This Missing Manual uses every bit of 827 pages (including index) to provide similar descriptive and informational material as the built-in Vista sources, but provides much, much more:

One. Beyond mere description of features and functions, the book explains and evaluates all of the major (and many of the minor) changes from Windows XP to the new Vista. The introductory chapter itemizes all of the most important changes providing perspective on what Microsoft has done with the new operating system. It also highlights some of the more significant interface changes – the new search tool, the revised Start Menu, and the new “ribbon” bar.

Two. The author notes the options a user has in either using a new Vista feature, or in reconfiguring the operating experience to return to pre-existing features and the aesthetic elements of Windows XP and earlier versions of the operating system.

Three. Pogue provides an expert user’s perspective on the value of the changes and new features in Vista. Some things are improvements and upgrades; others are rated as inferior to what was before. If you don’t like the new or changed feature, Pogue guides you how to revert to previous iterations of the featuress, or otherwise provides workarounds.

Four. Pogue is great at providing an expert user’s perspective on working with the operating system efficiently and pragmatically. The Manual is written so that one almost feels that one is getting a one-on-one, hands-on lesson, in using Windows Vista. There is good reason that Pogue has been described as one of the “world’s best explainers.”

Five. Beyond all of the information, guidance and perspectives, Pogue has a great writing style. The writing is sprinkled with wit, sarcasm, and good-natured humor, extremely rare for a computer related book.

Six. The author writes for multiple levels of need and understanding. He details the basics of Windows Vista for beginners, provides richer material in breadth and depth for intermediate users, and a good amount of material useful for power users. There are many sidebars sprinkled throughout called “Power Users Clinic” which offer more technical tips, shortcuts, and information to PC veterans.

There is a lot new to Vista. The most important, if not the most noticeable, are the security enhancements. Microsoft now has a user account control which limits installation of new applications to a “user” who has administrative permissions. There is a full page of FAQs just regarding the user account control.

A major security upgrade is “service hardening” which prevents access to the all-important system files by outsiders or unauthorized users. Other new security elements are the Windows Defender program designed to prevent spyware installs, a phishing filter in Internet Explorer, parental controls, drive encryption, address space randomization, and much more.

What is most noticeable is the appearance of the desktop, windows, icons, system font , and interface features. These are all redesigned to take advantage the vastly enhanced graphic capabilities of Vista referred to as “Aero”. The Start Menu has been redesigned to be easier to use. The conventional menu bar for the desktop and most application windows has been replaced with a content-based ribbon bar.

There is a lengthy list of new applications, most significantly Window’s response to Apple Macintosh’s iLife suite of media applications. In Vista, these are the Photo Gallery, Calendar, DVD Maker, Media Player 11, and DVD Maker.

Mr. Pogue is an accomplished writer and computer expert having authored over 40 books, including 17 of the Missing Manual series. The writing is clear, concise, and jargon free. The book provides a fair evaluation of Microsoft’s latest operating system and gives it good grades overall.

The book is organized into eight parts including a set of appendices. These include the Desktop (or user workspace), the Vista software, Internet connection matters, the new Pictures, Movie, and Media applications, hardware and peripherals, PC maintenance, and networking with Vista. The page layout is clean. The book is filled with hundreds of screenshots and numerous step-by-step instructions on nearly all of Vista’s elements.

Part One explains the Desktop and what’s new, including the Welcome Center, Start Menu, and the greatly enhanced search tool which graces every window and the desktop itself. It now offers natural language searching for the first time. A full 10 pages is devoted to Microsoft’s improved speech recognition system, including a large handful of insights from an experienced user of such software.

Part Two contains most of the material on the new programs and the improved programs – Internet Explorer and its new RSS capability, tabs, and search bar, Mail (the Outlook replacement), and the Control Panel, which now contains at least 50 icons for mini-applications, wizards, links, and folders. Chapter 8 provides an applet by applet description. Dealing with the Internet with Internet Explorer and Mail comprises most of Part Three. There is a comprehensive section on connecting to the Internet with the growing number of methods-cable, DSL, dial-up, WiFi, cell, etc.

The media applications are covered in detail in Part Four including comparisons of Microsoft’s media applications to iTunes and Zune. Part Five deals with the fax, print, and scan functions and hardware related matters. Especially interesting are the printer tricks and the section on laptops, tablets, palm tops and hand-recognition software.

For maintenance, troubleshooting, and problem solving, there is a trio of chapters in Part Six covering disk maintenance and repair, the new “dynamic discs” feature, compression and encryption, and backups. Geeks may be interested in knowing how to uncover the hidden controls for the new improved firewall.

Part Seven covers the basics of accounts and networks. There is a lot new in Vista, especially in regard to its “separate users” architecture. The difference between workgroup and domain networks is explained clearly. Sharing and collaboration functions are explained and there is a comprehensive and deep section on remote control using a multitude of methods.

The appendices are great. Appendix A. discusses the installation of Vista in a comprehensive, systematic manner, from pre-purchase and installation considerations, to making decisions about upgrades or clean installs, to dual booting.

Appendix B. is cheekily titled “Fun with the Registry” and is an introduction, with examples, to the notorious registry which is carried over from XP and predecessors. Most authors writing for this level of reader tend to avoid discussion of the registry, but Pogue provides just enough material to intrigue the intermediate user.

Appendix C. is a short itemization of what’s missing in Vista from previous Windows operating systems.

Appendix D. is a master list of keyboard shortcuts for both the operating system and its major applications, like Internet Explorer 7, and the new Windows Mail.

There is no wasted space or text in this book. It’s worth every cent of its .95 price.

Review by Dale F. Farris:
Author David Pogue, now well known for his acclaimed “Missing Manual” series from O’Reilly, once again stuns us with his latest title, Windows Vista: The Missing Manual. The latest in this marvelous series of “Missing Manual” guides will surely get the attention of potential buyers when they peruse the abundance of computer books now filling the shelves. More importantly, Vista is a major new operating system from Microsoft, not just another security update, and this makes this title even more important.

With Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista, this lack of a manual has created an opportunity for others to fill the gap. To the rescue comes this wonderful guide to Windows Vista that easily can serve as the manual that should have accompanied the software. Filled with hundreds of screen shots, this guide includes numerous step-by-step instructions for using almost every Windows Vista feature, including those you may not even have quite understood, let alone mastered.

Author Pogue has organized this book into eight parts, including The Windows Vista Desktop, Vista Software, Vista Online, Pictures, Movies, and Media Center, Hardware and Peripherals, PC Health, The Vista Network, and the Appendixes.

In this Missing Manual title, the author also discusses concerns regarding upgrading, versus a clean install of Windows Vista, and the all important issue of whether to even consider loading Vista on an existing machine, versus purchasing a brand new machine with Vista already installed. Readers will also be glad to know that the author includes comments on all the five (5) versions of Vista that will be available. These include Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, Vista Enterprise, and Vista Ultimate.

This important book is designed to accommodate readers at every technical level, except system administrators. Computer network operators will want to supplement this book aimed more at desktop users with other more technical books on supporting Vista that will soon fill the shelves.

The primary discussions are written for advanced-beginner or intermediate PC users. If you are a first-time Windows user, the special sidebar articles called “Up To Speed” provide the introductory information you need to understand the topic at hand. If you are an advanced users, keep your eye out for similar shaded boxes called “Power Users’ Clinic” that offer more technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the veteran PC fan.

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Vistas – Introduccion a la lengua espanola

Vibrant and original, VISTAS takes a fresh, student-friendly approach to introductory Spanish aimed at making students’ learning and instructors’ teaching easier, more enjoyable, and more successful. And, it works! Since its first publication in fall 2000, VISTAS has become the most widely adopted new introductory Spanish program in a decade.

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Vistas – Introduccion a la lengua espanola Reviews

Review by jaimee gonzales:
My book came in a timely manner and in very good condition I am very satisfied and will be purchasing book for next semester

Review by Jennifer Anderson:
The book was in good shape and it was delivered quickly. Glad it eve came quicker than the time that it said. WE were pleased with this book and the quick time we received it in. Thanks!!

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Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Windows Vista Edition (Shelly Cashman)

In Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques you’ll find features that are specifically designed to improve retention and prepare readers for future success. Our trademark step-by-step, screen-by-screen approach now encourages users to expand their understanding of the Office 2007 software through experimentation, exploration, and planning ahead.

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Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Windows Vista Edition (Shelly Cashman) Reviews

Review by Damian O. Plaza:
I bought this book for my computer College Class, It is so good that I decided to just keep it. I highly recommend this one because it is extremely user friendly and very USEFUL!

Review by E. Yoder:
This book is a excellent product. It is very useful and extremely user friendly. I would highly recommend it to beginners and other too.

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Windows Vista Inside Out

Learn everything you need to know for working with Windows Vista–from the inside out! Written by the authors of the immensely popular Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, this book packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds for using the latest version of the Microsoft Windows® operating system–all in concise, fast-answer format. Dig into the work-ready tools and resources that help you take your Windows Vista experience to the next level. Get the answers you need to use the new features of Windows Vista, including the sidebar and gadgets, and the Windows slideshow. You’ll also discover how to use new features in Microsoft Windows Media® Player and Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7. Get up-to-date information on how to configure and customize your desktop, how to use new security-enhanced features, and more. Plus, you’ll get tools, ebBooks, and more on the companion CD. With INSIDE OUT, you get all muscle and no fluff!

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Windows Vista Inside Out Reviews

Review by Jase T. Wolfe:
If you’re an administrator and are looking for a title to give you an edge on configuring, managing, deploying, etc. Vista, this title isn’t for you; the Windows Vista(TM) Resource Kit is what you’re looking for. This book is for average users new to Vista who want to familiarize themselves with the new OS and the bundled applications.

For the most part, the first 9 chapters cover the basics of Vista insofar as the user experience is concerned, concentrating on configuration, getting your plug and play hardware to work, understanding and using the embedded software, and using the provided support tools to help yourself and your friends. The coverage in this area is very complete, well written and easy to follow, with very little missing insofar as things “you should know”. Although separated by a few chapters, chapters 15 thru 19 continue this coverage with information about the digital media (pictures, video, and music) tools included (Windows Media Player, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Media Center, and DVD Maker).

Chapters 10 thru 14 deal primarily with security and in-home networking. These sections include understanding what viruses, worms, and spyware are, reviewing the security tools and utilities in Vista that can protect you from these kinds of threats, and keeping your system updated. This is followed by an overview of local account management and parental controls, and finally setting up a peer to peer network and sharing resources. Again, all these sections are very well written and make it easy for those that might be uncomfortable with these areas to read and implement successfully.

The remaining chapters step up the technical level to include information on system maintenance, system tune-ups, troubleshooting tools, service management, as well as the registry. Many of these topics, if not properly explained, can cause the reader to have issues with their system when not properly implemented, but the authors have done a good job of explaining the what’s and how’s, as well as providing good recommendations on when to not do something.

If you’re looking for a good end-user book to teach you the basics of Vista and then advance your skills on the OS, this is an excellent and inclusive read that won’t leave you looking for additional materials later on.

Review by Kenneth Gardner:
Like XP Inside and Out before it, this book covers — superbly — every major aspect of Windows Vista. Major topics include setup and startup, personalization, security and networking, digital media, and system maintenance and management. Subtopics include Vista’s new Aero look, the new start menu, the (awesome) new search features, the new and improved Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer 7, Media Player 11, the new security features (including a persuasive defense of Vista’s new UAC feature), and the new system maintenance and performance tools. It is essential reading for all things Vista.

The book is chock full of practical information and advice on how best to install, configure, operate, and maintain Vista. If there is one way to do something, they tell you the correct way. If there is more than one correct way, they tell you that, too. They often make recommendations about what method you should choose. I was particularly interested in the sections covering how to get the most out of the new performance tools such as the revamped Task Manager and new Resource Overview tool. If you regard yourself as a power user, you are going to love these new tools.

In sum, this book is your instruction manual for how to get the most out of Vista. This is regardless of what Vista edition you use or whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced user. As an extra bonus, the book also comes with a CD containing a searchable edition of the book and a few other goodies. You can install it on your hard drive and use it as a online guide. If I was going to buy only one Vista book, this is it. Just as the XP Inside and Out book was before it.

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Microsoft Windows Vista Step by Step

The smart way to learn the latest version of Microsoft Windows–one step at a time! Work at your own pace through the easy numbered steps, practice files on CD, helpful hints, and troubleshooting help to master the fundamentals of working with Windows Vista, including how to navigate the new user interface and how to use the new search features for finding anything on your desktop. You will learn how to manage files and folders to simplify your work, easily add or remove programs, hook up printers and other devices, and set up your Internet connection, email, and instant messaging. You will also discover how to use security-enhanced features to help protect your PC, as well as how to share your computer while still helping keep personal settings and files private. You’ll even learn how to enjoy all your favorite entertainment–music, pictures, and more–all in one place. With STEP BY STEP, you can take just the lessons you need or work from cover to cover. Either way, you drive the instruction–building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

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Microsoft Windows Vista Step by Step Reviews

Review by Nancy D. McAlister:
Although initially intimidated about getting started with Vista, my fears eased as I got further and further into this very easy to understand guide. My confidence increased as I worked through the exercises on the CD. Joan Preppernau’s style is friendly and approachable. She was always one step ahead of me in anticipation of the questions I had. If you have Vista, this book is a “must have.”

Review by Walter Steuber:
This book is a good guide to the Vista operating system for someone with only a smattering of knowledge about the subject. It’s clearly written in a rational manner, so I liked it a lot. Expect an occasional exasperating experience when you find the Vista coding has been changed since the book was written. I had to keep reminding myself that the atrocious features of the Vista system are not the fault of the book–it only reports what the system is doing.

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VISTAS 2/e Lab Manual

this manual is clean and unused, perfect for students

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VISTAS 2/e Lab Manual Reviews

Review by K. O. Thomas:
I paid for the book and expected it to arrive before September29 but never received anything . I would like to find out why?

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Windows Vista For Dummies, Special DVD Bundle (For Dummies (Computers))

Included in this unique Dummies DVD bundle: A specially created FREE video DVD, a .98 value, that walks you through the screens and tasks you’ll confront in Vista. With clear narration and step-by-step instructions linked to actions on the screen, you will find it’s like having a computer expert right beside you, making everything clearer and a lot less intimidating. The accompanying book is the popular Windows Vista For Dummies bestseller, priced at .99, which has sold more than 13 million copies in all editions. Vista’s interface and tools represent some significant changes from previous versions, and even longtime Windows users will need help finding their way. This convenient package is a guided tour that both computer newbies and those who are accustomed to earlier versions of Windows will appreciate. Covers the new task-based Windows interface, upgraded security tools, new DVD authoring capabilities, and the revamped file system The video DVD, bestselling book, and bargain price make this the perfect package for a new generation of Windows users and upgraders

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Windows Vista For Dummies, Special DVD Bundle (For Dummies (Computers)) Reviews

Review by John:
Bought for my mom so she can learn about computers and how they work. She liked the fact that the dvd was informitive and explained some things she did not know about. It also came with a book that she could follow along with and use the dvd to look stuff up or to be more desciptive.

Review by Otto J. Fafoglia:
Purchased this item and disappointed because does not provide a reference for trouble shooting, for example, it does not include a section on compatiblity. That section allows games to work from XP to Vista. Had to go to Yarnold’s “Windows Vista Tip and Tricks”, which I recommend. Dummies is a good source for beginners but not for problem solutions.

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