- Series: Inside Out
- Paperback: 1136 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (January 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735622701
- ISBN-13: 978-0735622708
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Windows Vista Inside Out 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
Key Book Benefits:
-Award-winning INSIDE OUT format makes hundreds of tips, tricks, and workarounds easy to find and easy to use -Includes coverage of new features in Windows Vista, Windows Media Player, and Internet Explorer 7 -Details how to configure and customize your desktop and how to use security-enhanced features -Includes a companion CD with tools, eBooks, and more
About the Author
Ed Bott is an award-winning journalist and one of the most recognized voices in the computing world. He's been writing about Microsoft® Windows® and Office for two decades and is the author of more than two dozen books.
Carl Siechert specializes in implementing and documenting operating system technologies. He has coauthored several Windows®-related books, including the popular Windows Vista® Inside Out, Deluxe Edition, with Ed Bott and Craig Stinson.
Craig Stinson is a journalist and author. He has written or coauthored more than 20 books including Windows Vista® Inside Out, Deluxe Edition and Microsoft® Office Excel® 2007 Inside Out.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
However, there is a method to Vista's madness -- you just need someone to explain it. For example, to search for a file in Win XP you can right-click on a folder and select Search. In Vista, there are many ways to search, most of them are not as self-defined as in XP. Vista Help, as with many Microsoft products, is not sufficient, at least for me.
You will use this as a reference -- no one would actually want to read through the book chapter by chapter. The writing is clear and diagrams helpful. All in all, another good book in the Inside Out series.
I need something for a beginner. This book would be great for someone with more computer knowledge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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