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Product Details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471749419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471749417
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

9 books in 1 — your key to Windows Vista survival!

Your one-stop guide to new Vista features, video, music, networks, cool hardware, and more

Tame and tease Vista's new features with the expert advice in these handy minibooks. From gadgets to glass, desktops to downloads, backups to browsers, find what you need to know about Vista, iPods, free antivirus software, pictures, scumbusting, Windows renovation and resuscitation, and much more.

Discover how to

  • Choose and install the right Vista version
  • Rip and burn discs of data, music, or movies
  • Organize your desktop files and folders
  • Spruce up pictures in the Photo Gallery
  • Play music and podcasts anywhere

About the Author

Woody Leonhard's wisdom and straight-shooting style have saved many from Windows agony. He invented the "MS-DEFCON" system for consumers to safely apply patches. He runs the AskWoody.com Web site and has written a dozen For Dummies books.

More About the Author

If you're a typical mouse-and-keyboard Windows 7 user and you're not particularly interested in trying anything really new, you can give Windows 8.1 a miss.

I know that's a horrible thing to say on an ordering page for "Windows 8.1 All-In-One For Dummies." But it's the truth -- the kind of straight talk you'll find throughout this book. All of my books, for that matter.

If you're buying a new touch-sensitive tablet or combo, and want to stick with Windows 8.1, it's a great operating system. If you want to dabble with some new things - particularly using one of the new tiled "Metro" apps -- Win8.1 has all the bells and whistles, and then some.

I've been writing books for a long time. My first book - "Windows 3.1 Programming For Mere Mortals" - came out at the dawn of the Windows era. Along the way, I've learned that most folks appreciate the straight story, and that's what you'll find in all of my books, including this one. If there's a problem, I tell you about it, and try to steer you around it. If something works well (for example, Windows 8.1's Storage Spaces works wonders!), I not only point you to the feature, I explain in depth how to make it work right -- for you. If you don't need something -- antivirus in Windows 8.1 being a good example, because Win8.1 has all the AV you'll ever need -- I warn you to save your money. Lots of money.

The straight story. No sugar coating. I wrote this book for you, not for Microsoft.

Check out the previews for "Windows 8.1 All-In-One For Dummies." I hope you're impressed.

I'm a senior contributing editor at both InfoWorld and Windows Secrets Newsletter, and I'm co-editor of InfoWorld's TechBrief daily newsletter. You can follow me on Twitter, @woodyleonhard, or check out my blog at www.AskWoody.com.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to anyone new to, or wanting to learn more about Vista.
Debbra Ikeler
If you're looking for a book that will help you in a pinch with a Vista related issue, get Andy Rathbone's Windows Vista For Dummies - it's much, much, much better.
Kurt E. Feltenberger
Most all other "Dummies" books have helped, but unfortunetly Vista is soooooooo bad, nothing but getting rid of it would help this time!!!!!!!
Kathleen O. Cooknell

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James E. Tille on March 10, 2007
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I found the book Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference quite helpful in learning the new features of Vista. I wish I could say the same for Vista. It is a memory hungry, slow dog of a system. It was definitely released before it was ready. If I knew what I know now about drivers, slowness, and lack of a great deal of backward compatibility in the 32-bit version, I would have stayed with Windows XP Pro. Anyway, the book is a great help for me to use when I encounter some the silly built in features of Vista. Buy the book, if you plan to use Vista. It will help keep you sane.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joan E. Fogleman on April 10, 2007
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I ordered this book for Windows Vista but figured I wouldn't really need it...Wrong. This book has answered a great many questions and helped me handle a few of the glitches that come in every new operating system.

I highly recommend it.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 22, 2007
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These days, everyone knows how to purchase a computer. Yet, while everybody does know how to get one, they just really don't knwo how to operate one. There are so many owners who've thrived at this point with Windows XP on their computers as the main operating system whether it is the original operating system, or the now popular media center edition, which is currently standard on all Windows XP computers. Yet, there has been so much hype now with the next operating system, Windows Vista. Nevertheless, it does work very well for some, others might not know whether to upgrade to the next edition. This book will help you decide that choice.

Windows Vista All-in-one For Dummies is a much more decresptive and reflective look into the next edition of Microsoft Windows. The version covers all the versions from the basic Vista, to the popular Media center edition. This book reflects on every aspect for the premium Vista user. The book teaches you how to operate on all the new chapters and changes in operating programs like the newest Internet Explorer 7, which including phishing filters for identity theft protection, and Windows Media Player 11, which includes the ability to download music from new music and video sites like Urge. The photos and the graphs give die hard wannabe Vista operators a real reflection of every aspect of knowing how to use anything for the system including the new interface, and the method of programming earlier programs that aren't as compatable to Vista.

All in all, Windows Vista All-in-One is a comprehensive reflection on the new upcoming operating sytem that is sure to give Windows users a run for their money. Before you decide to get the new version, you definitely should consider buying this and see how easy it can be to operate on your computer. I definitely recommend buying this a whole lot.

Price: B

Convience: B-

Photos and Graphs: B 1/2+

Overall: B
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Bradshaw on March 28, 2007
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This book has become an indispensible reference that remains on my desktop constantly. Vista has changed many ways that we work with Windows and this book has become my key to unlocking the power that is waiting in Vista. This book covers everything from the mundane procedure of burning a CD or DVD, to unlocking the power of automated system maintenance. I couldn't do without it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Learning on May 30, 2007
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I am more than satisfied with the content of this book; not only is it written in "user friendly" language, it helped me to understand three different items of concern. There are chapters I probably will not use; but I have already turned to it many times as a reference. I don't believe you could be disappointed in the information.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 22, 2007
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Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies is one of the best

desktop reference books I now own. Came to my attention just in the nick of time when I was floundering around in the new Vista OS & solved one of my worst problems with the first chapter!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David R. Harper on December 28, 2007
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I am warming to Vista but not because of this book. I thought it would be a good reference but it's pretty shallow. When I've had questions, the answers often aren't in the book; e.g., I just wanted to change file associations today, can't find that in index, briefly mentioned in Chapter 3 which says go to Book I, but it's not really there. Finally, I just used the built-in help. Two ways to do it, not bad!

The Dummies style is often cute, but here is the thing: Vista is an operating system and I just want the answers I don't really want the long-winded cuteness and this author has too much style. The book is over 700 pages, far as i can tell, because several hundred pages seem like folksy anecdote or anti-MS (he's really steamed about the lack of default extensions)...

My main criticism, and maybe i just misunderstood the book so i don't know if this is fair, is that I expected 9-in-1 to be a comprehensive Vista reference but (i) it doesn't cover certain things at all/in depth an (ii) much of the other "books" are really basic and about other stuff (e.g., internet, podcasting). So maybe this is a good introduction for someone who hasn't used Windows before and the associated tools, but as a reference, i am reaching for the built in help
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Miller on August 4, 2007
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This book is a must have for Windows Vista users. It is literally 9,yes,9 books in one! It is great!!! It tells you everything you need to know,and otherwise would have no way of knowing,by the way,about Windows Vista and all its vast programs and files. It will serve as an invaluable desk reference and no doubt anyone could benefit from it. It is very user friendly and written in layman's terms. Very Good!
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