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Windows Vista for Dummies, Special Preview Edition
     

Windows Vista for Dummies, Special Preview Edition

by Andy Rathbone
 

The first full upgrade to Microsoft Windows since XP is on its way! Be prepared with this special preview edition of Windows Vista For Dummies, and get a head start on all the cool new features plus a sneak peek at Office 2007.

Windows is the #1 operating system in the world, and Vista is loaded with exciting new features like a task-based interface, new

Overview

The first full upgrade to Microsoft Windows since XP is on its way! Be prepared with this special preview edition of Windows Vista For Dummies, and get a head start on all the cool new features plus a sneak peek at Office 2007.

Windows is the #1 operating system in the world, and Vista is loaded with exciting new features like a task-based interface, new file management and search features, and updated media tools. Based on the Beta 2 release of Vista, this handy guide introduces you to

  • The exciting Aero interface with its see-through effect
  • Live taskbar thumbnails
  • A streamlined Start menu
  • New file naming conventions with keywords
  • A Search box that makes finding stuff easier
  • Integrated multimedia capabilities
  • New security enhancements

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for your computing life to get easier, your wait is almost over. With this handy, economically priced book in hand, you can explore Vista and be prepared to

  • Use Windows Flip, find visual cues on your taskbar, and make your way around Vista’s folders, drives, and documents
  • Share your Windows Vista environment and secure it with updated virus and spyware protection
  • Quickly find lost files, folders, windows, programs, music, photos, videos, or computers
  • Take advantage of new photo organizing and DVD authoring capabilities
  • Print, fax, scan photos or documents, get online, send and receive e-mail, and use instant messaging
  • Check out the jazzed-up Office 2007 productivity suite

Written by Andy Rathbone, the bestselling author of all previous editions of Windows For Dummies, this sneak preview guide will make you first on your block to take advantage of Vista’s exciting enhancements and upgrades. Why wait any longer?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you’re a Windows User who’s keen to see what the forthcoming new version, Vista, is all about ..." (Guernsey Press and Star, September 2006)

"Andy Rathbone, the book’s author, is well-qualified to handle this subject and it shows." (Micro Mart, September 2006)

The Barnes & Noble Review
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470050910
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/19/2006
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Special Preview Edition
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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 nullmodem 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 & 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. Andy can be reached at his Web site, www.andyrathbone.com.

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