Windows Vista: The Missing Manual (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Dec 27, 2006 - Computers - 848 pages
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Windows Vista is Microsoft's most important software release in more than a decade. It offers users an abundance of new and upgraded features that were more than five years in the making: a gorgeous, glass-like visual overhaul; superior searching and organization tools; a multimedia and collaboration suite; and above all, a massive, top-to-bottom security-shield overhaul. There's scarcely a single feature of the older versions of Windows that hasn't been tweaked, overhauled, or replaced entirely.

But when users first encounter this beautiful new operating system, there's gonna be a whole lotta head-scratchin', starting with trying to figure out which of the five versions of Vista is installed on the PC (Home, Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate).

Thankfully, Windows Vista: The Missing Manual offers coverage of all five versions. Like its predecessors, this book from New York Times columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners, veteran standalone PC users, and those who know their way around a network. Readers will learn how to:



  • Navigate Vista's elegant new desktop
  • Locate anything on your hard drive quickly with the fast, powerful, and fully integrated search function
  • Use the Media Center to record TV and radio, present photos, play music, and record any of the above to DVD
  • Chat, videoconference, and surf the Web with the vastly improved Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browser
  • Build a network for file sharing, set up workgroups, and connect from the road
  • Protect your PC and network with Vista's beefed up security
  • And much more.

This jargon-free guide explains Vista's features clearly and thoroughly, revealing which work well and which don't. It's the book that should have been in the box!

  

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Contents

The Missing Credits
Introduction
The Vista Desktop
Vista Software
Vista Online
Pictures Movies and Media Center
Hardware and Peripherals
PC Health
The Vista Network
Appendixes
Index
Colophon
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

David Pogue is an American technology writer and TV science presenter. He was born in 1963 and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985, with distinction in music. After graduation, Pogue wrote manuals for music software, worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and wrote for Macworld Magazine. He wrote Macs for Dummies, which became the best-selling Mac title, as well as other books in the Dummies series. He launched his own series of humorous computer books entitled the Missing Manual series, which includes 120 titles. He spent 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times, before leaving to found Yahoo Tech. In addition to how-to manuals, he wrote Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life, collaborated on The World According to Twitter, and co-authored The Weird Wide Web.

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