Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 2007
Pages: 944

Whether you're a beginner, power user, or seasoned professional, Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide has everything you need to customize the operating system, master your digital media, manage your data, and maintain your computer -- regardless of which Windows Vista edition you're using.

Why this book and not some other resource? Bestselling author and Windows expert William Stanek doesn't just teach you the steps you need to follow, he also tells you how features work, why they work, and how you can customize them to meet your needs. You'll learn how to squeeze out every last bit of power out of Windows Vista, and how to make the most out of its features and programs, including how to:

  • Set up, customize and tune Windows Vista - Optimize its appearance and performance; install, configure and maintain software; customize your hardware; and install printers, scanners and faxes
  • Manage your files - Search your computer more efficiently; secure your files and data; share and collaborate; and get the most out of accessories such as the Mobility Center
  • Master your digital media - Create media libraries with Media Player; manage digital pictures and videos with Photo Gallery; make DVDs with DVD Maker; and create movies with Movie Maker
  • Get connected and start networking - Set up a home or small-office network; learn to use Windows Mail, Calendar, and Meeting Space; conquer Internet Explorer 7; and master on-the-go networking
  • Protect your computer - Keep your family safe while on the Internet; set up parental controls and content ratings; navigate the computer security maze; configure Windows Vista's security features
  • Manage and support Windows Vista systems - Deal with user accounts, disks and drives; handle routine maintenance and troubleshooting; and resolve advanced support and recovery issues
  • Learn advanced tips & techniques - Manage the Windows boot environment, explore Group Policy, discover keyboard shortcuts, and much more
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5.0

Very Good

By jdruin

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Comments about oreilly Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide:

This book is great for new users of Vista and power users alike. A full range of configuration, set up, and administration topics are covered. The book is geared towards the home user and the business user that is not administering for an Enterprise, so the vast majority of users should find value with this guide. The sections on setting up networking and the general user interface were particularly useful; especially if a user is accustomed to the layout of Windows XP. After previewing Windows 7, it appears at first glance that the same information can be applied to the latest version of Windows.

 
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By Hardik Shah

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Comments about oreilly Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide:

Finally something core on Windows Vista.

This book starts with a simple TOC, which lets you get to the landing page - if you are a pro user of vista - or if you are a beginner. Chapters 1 to Chapter 5 talk about setting up your Vista enviornment, getting used to the new interface and getting familiar with the configurations

Chapter 6 to Chapter 13 talk about Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows DVD Maker, Printers and other add-ons with Vista. In short - it talks about improving your experience with Digital Media and Data

Chapter 14 to Chapter 17 talk about Networking and Emails. From this section onwards, the book moves up a gear and starts talking advanced topics.

Chapter 18 to Chapter 21 describe features that help you manage your computer. It talks about user security, diagnostic tools, the new and improved Help and Support and Troubleshooting of the OS.

The last part of the book includes topics which would excite the power users and administrators. Starting with the Vista Boot environment, the Boot Config Data (BCD), Vista's Security Policy changes, the Media Center, Group Policies, and IE 7 policies.

Overall, this is a must have book for all types of readers, weather you want to learn vista, or you want to know about the internal changes. A recommended for all audiences.

 
4.0

A well covered Vista book

By CarmenK

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This is very comprehensive book that covers the different Windows Vista editions, a must for beginners and advanced users. First it takes you out of the Windows Vista "jungle" and keeps you there. Once problems are ironed out, and options understood, it serves as a great learning tool.

I particularly liked the key shortcuts in the index. Without a reference such as this, it is hard to remember that they even exist!

 
5.0

Outstanding reference....

By jdruin

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This book does an excellent job of covering the various user inferfaces within Vista. The book is generally grouped by setting up your interface (desktop, menus, etc.), managing programs and files, managing peripherals, multimedia, networking, security, and installation. Each section is broken down into chapters that cover a genneral topic. The book is well organized and generally is ordered in such a way that more basic questions would be answered in the earlier chapters and the more difficult questions in later chapters. One suggestion I might have would be to put the section on installation up front since anyone installing Vista right now is like doing so for the first time and may need help with this. The book does cover installation quite well though. This section is located in the back of the book in the advanced section. Some of the best feature in my opinion are the chapters dedicated to networking and security. Vista handles these topics significantly differently that XP and the author took the time to explain the new features clearly. The login chapter is disjoint from the security chapter but this is not too much of an inconvience since the login section is located up front which does make sense. The section on keyboard shortcuts will be particuarly helpful for system admins and power users that avoid the mouse when possible. A poster or cut out of these would have been a nice addition. Overall the book is excellent in its information content, readability and indexing.

 
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Very good and easy to read

By Desktop General

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Comments about oreilly Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide:

This is really a great book absolutely packed with everything you need to know about Windows Vista. I haven't upgraded just yet - Microsoft seem intent on ripping of Australian consumers compared to USA.

But this book covers everything making it an essential purchase.

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