Windows Vista For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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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So you're not exactly a geek. But you've heard Windows Vista's coming, you've heard it's different, you've heard it's pretty interesting. Maybe your company's planning to upgrade. Maybe you'll be buying a new PC soon, and you want to know what you're in for. Maybe you're just plain curious. Whatever the case, we have the easiest, quickest (and cheapest) Windows Vista preview you can find: Windows Vista for Dummies Special Preview Edition.

Check out the price. But also check out the author, Andy Rathbone. He's been writing For Dummies guides on Windows since the Pleistocene era (well, actually, 1992). So he's got the formula down perfectly: fun, easy, real. In just 192 pages, Rathbone's captured the stuff about Windows Vista that'll be important to normal people -- not techies.

Rathbone shows how to download a free beta test copy of Vista, then sorts through its five versions (there will be two home versions, believe it or not). You'll glide through Vista's new interface, getting comfy with goodies like the Sidebar and Windows Flip (2D and 3D versions). There's a full chapter on personalizing Vista -- including controlling security features such as Windows Firewall, Automatic Updates, malware protection, and user account controls.

There's a chapter on Vista's improved search features (maybe, just maybe, you'll finally be able to find that old file you're looking for). And, of course, Rathbone covers Windows' improved Internet tools, including Internet Explorer 7. He even previews the new Microsoft Office that's due around the same time as Vista, also with a revamped interface. Hard to believe Rathbone could do all this in such a short, easy-to-read book. But he has. Bill Camarda, from the September 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118043899
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 617,268
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Andy Rathbone started geeking around with computers in 1985 when he bought a 26-pound portable CP/M Kaypro 2X. Like other nerds of the day, he soon began plying with null-modem adapters, dialing computer bulletin boards, and working part-time at Radio Shack.
He wrote articles for various techie publications before moving to computer books in 1992. He’s written the Windows For Dummies series, Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies, TiVo For Dummies, PCs: The Missing Manual, and many other computer books.
Today, he has more than 15 million copies of his books in print, and they’ve been translated into more than 30 languages. You can reach Andy at his Web site, andyrathbone.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Windows Vista Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know.

Chapter 1: What Is Windows Vista?

Chapter 2: The Desktop, Start Menu, and Other Windows Vista Mysteries.

Chapter 3: Basic Windows Mechanics.

Chapter 4: Flipping Through Files, Folders, Floppies, and CDs.

Part II: Working with Programs and Files.

Chapter 5: Playing with Programs and Documents.

Chapter 6: Briefly Lost, but Quickly Found.

Chapter 7: Printing Your Work.

Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet.

Chapter 8: Cruising the Web.

Chapter 9: Sending and Receiving E-mail.

Chapter 10: Safe Computing.

Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows Vista.

Chapter 11: Customizing Windows Vista with the Control Panel.

Chapter 12: Keeping Windows from Breaking.

Chapter 13: Sharing One Computer with Several People.

Chapter 14: Connecting Two or More Computers with a Network.

Part V: Music, Movies, Memories (and Photos, Too).

Chapter 15: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player.

Chapter 16: Fiddling with Photos and Movies.

Part VI: Help!

Chapter 17: The Case of the Broken Window.

Chapter 18: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute.

Chapter 19: Moving from an Old Computer to a New One.

Chapter 20: Help on the Windows Vista Help System.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten or So Things You’ll Hate about Windows Vista (and How to Fix Them).

Chapter 22: Ten or So Tips for Laptop Owners.

Appendix: Upgrading to Windows Vista.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    get to know windows Vista

    I have had Windows XP dummies book and it was very helpful when I started to learn about computers. This book is for people who want to know how to use Windows Vista from a Beginners point of view.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    Excellent starting point

    I don't agree with the other negative review at all. This is a good book for someone who needs to have Vista broken down into digestible pieces. It isn't overly technical, and it is written in the same format as the rest of the 'for Dummies' books. I would have given this only 4 stars for recommended, but I gave it 5 instead because I really don't think the 1 star rating was justified.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Books for Dummies

    Loved this book as much as I loved Laptops for Dummies, it also was funny at times. Easy to read, it makes learning about Windows Vista more fun & easier. I had bought this one & Laptop for Dummies for my neighbor who didn't know the first thing about computers & through these books she learned much more than going to a class. I highly recommend these books for learning anything & they have a lot of them out there for lots of subjects.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Informative and clear language - recommended highly

    I have not read the book from cover to cover, but I will. I do a few chapters at a time, and review the material given in each chapter. The book is delightfully written, and provides humor as well as knowledge regarding my computer. I am anxious to complete the whole reference book. Worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    windows Vista for Dummies

    great service at a good price

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Another "Dummies" book

    This book was much easier to understand and follow than the Microsoft book which I returned.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    Goood Resource

    This is a handy basic resource when I have a quick question for navigating through Vista.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2007

    A complete, total waste of time

    This is the worst pc book I ever bought in my entire life. The author talks down to you and treats his readers like theyre stupider than dirt. Skip this one!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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