Well, actually, not one book: this is really nine mini-books in one. Book #1 is your Windows Vista "orientation," including a chapter for complete newbies and another for Windows XP upgraders. Leonhard helps you choose the right version of Vista, too (and with Microsoft's confusing new choices, that's tougher than it sounds.)
In Book #2, "Vista Boot Camp," you'll get down to business: navigating Vista, working with files, handling routine maintenance, and so forth. Then, there's an entire mini-book on Vista security, from the new Security Center to the improved firewall. Here, Leonhard tells you all you need to know about virus protection and the new Windows Defender, and offers his no-baloney views on Windows' automated patching system.
The topics are serious, but Leonhard's unique voice makes it all go down easy. And, once your system's secured, it's time for some out-and-out fun. Leonhard walks you through personalizing your desktop, then provides some nifty tips on "beating and cheating" Vista's souped-up game collection.
Next, you'll explore Vista's Internet toolset, from email and IM to Internet Explorer. A nice touch: This book covers Firefox, too. Along similar lines, if you own an iPod, you'll appreciate Leonhard's full chapter on iPods and iTunes, not something typically found in a Windows book. In fact, two whole mini-books are dedicated to multimedia and video: everything from Windows Media Player 11 to podcasting to moviemaking. Bill Camarda, from the January 2007 Read Only
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