Maybe you're among the millions of people who've come to view themselves as Windows power users. When you install Vista, you can sort out the "easy" stuff for yourself: Microsoft spent billions of dollars in usability testing to make sure of it. But if someone took you way beyond that, into Vista's far nooks and crannies, that's a book you'd pay for. And that's the book Jonathan Hassell and Tony Campbell have written.
They've given Vista a big-time workout. (Their blog previews dozens of the tips you'll find in the book. They've spent months conversing with their readers about Vista features and tools many authors still haven't gone near, or even heard of: WinSAT performance ratings, IPv6 networking support, Windows SideShow, Network Presentation...)
If you'd like to tweak Vista's interface to your preferences, you'll find valuable information here -- from configuring Windows' new Gadgets to getting your hands grubby with the Registry and Local Computer Policies.
And if you're in charge of administering multiple Windows computers, you'll appreciate the authors' coverage of Event Subscriptions, which allow you to consolidate events from multiple computers -- forwarding all events that match your filter to a specific computer for response. You'll also drill down into Vista's Reliability and Performance Monitor -- especially the System Stability Index, which promises to summarize system reliability in a single number from 1 to 10.
Hassell and Campbell go under the hood with features ranging from Bitlocker drive encryption to Vista's enhanced collaboration features, DVD Maker to Windows Defender. There's a lot here, and best of all, you don't already know it. Bill Camarda, from the March 2007 Read Only