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SPECIAL EDITION Microsoft® Windows Vista® Second Edition


The only Windows Vista book you need


We crafted this book to grow with you, providing the reference material you need as you move toward Vista proficiency and use more advanced features. If you buy only one book on Vista, Special Edition Using Microsoft® Windows Vista®, Second Edition, is the book you need.


     •    Tired of the constant barrage of spam, spyware, viruses and other ‘Net nasties? We show you how to rebuke the onslaught of hacker attacks, protect your identity, and keep your sanity, all at the same time.

     •    Is the new Vista interface making your trigger-finger itch? Ours too…that is, until we turned Windows inside out, shook out all the loose parts, and figured out just what makes this beast tick. Learn from our pain and suffering.

     •    If you finally broke down and purchased a Windows Media Center computer, or if you think you have one and didn’t even know it, you are holding just the book for you. We show you how to get up to speed with your new computer, transforming it from the little PC that could into the media juggernaut, entertainment center, gaming center, and way-better-than-TiVo replacement you never knew it could be.

     •    Ready to upgrade? We provide from-the-trenches advice on upgrading to Windows Vista. Maybe you to still want to run Windows XP but would like to try Vista for a while to see if you like it. We cover how to dual-boot your computer safely with both operating systems.


Category: Microsoft® Windows Operating System

Covers: Microsoft® Windows Vista®, all versions Windows Vista Service Pack 1

User Level: Beginner–Intermediate


Robert Cowart has written more than 40 books that have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. He made his name writing for Sybex and Osborne–most notably in the best-selling Mastering Windows series. As an author and media developer for Que, Bob has written numerous Windows titles, including multiple editions of Que’s flagship Windows book, Special Edition Using Microsoft® Windows®.


Brian Knittel is a software developer, consultant, and writer. He’s authored or coauthored many of Que’s best-selling Windows books, including Que’s leading Windows book, Special Edition Using Microsoft® Windows®. Brian also is the author of Windows XP Under the Hood and coauthored Upgrading and Repairing Windows® with Scott Mueller.


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More than 80 minutes of how-to video, showing you how to get up to speed with Windows Vista! Bob and Brian show you how the new Vista Welcome Center works, how to personalize and tweak the desktop, how to use the new Windows Explorers, how to manage user accounts and more! Using screen cam videos and voice over, you’ll be able to watch the Windows masters at work, taking the guesswork out of getting up to speed with Vista. It’s like having Bob and Brian sitting next to you while you’re learning how to use Vista!


About the Author

Robert Cowart

has written more than 40 books on computer programming and applications, with more than a dozen on Windows. His titles include Windows NT Unleashed, Mastering Windows 98, Windows NT Server Administrator’s Bible, and Windows NT Server 4.0: No Experience Required. Several of his books have been bestsellers in their category and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has written on a wide range of computer-related topics for such magazines as PC Week, PC World, PC Magazine, PC Tech Journal, Mac World, and Microsoft Systems Journal. In addition to working as a freelance consultant specializing in small businesses, he has taught programming classes at the University of California Extension in San Francisco. He has appeared as a special guest on the PBS TV series Computer Chronicles, CNN’s Headline News, ZD-TV’s The Screen Savers, and ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Robert lives in Berkeley, California. In his spare time he is involved in the music world, producing chamber-music concerts and playing various genres of music. He meditates regularly in hopes of rewiring his inner computer.


Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 30 years. After doing graduate work in nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging technologies, he began a career as an independent consultant. An eclectic mix of clients has led to long-term projects in medical documentation, workflow management, real-time industrial system control, and most importantly, 20 years of real-world experience with MS-DOS, Windows, and computer networking in the business world. Previously, he coauthored Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP, and contributed to several of Bob Cowart’s other Windows books. Brian also coauthored Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows, with Scott Mueller, and is the sole author of Windows XP Under the Hood. Brian lives in Oakland, California, and spends his free time restoring antique computers and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.

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Good Book for Advanced Users 31 May 2008
By Tomas Conde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read and put to work about half of this book and I'm impressed with its thorough coverage. However be aware that to fully benefit from this book you must have intermediate to advanced prior knowledge of the Windows OS. This new edition includes SP1, but I found several remnants of references to pre SP1 Vista features that were not corrected or edited. For example, the Search link was deleted from the Start Menu by SP1. Yet the book refers to this link as if it was still present. If these minor problems had been corrected I would have rated this book 5 stars.
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
excellent book for advance users 15 Mar 2007
By B. G. Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the book which gives the Window users tons of information. Robert Cowart must have spent a lot of time for exploring and studying the Window Vista to write this book. He supplies most of the detail I have expected to look for. Moreover, I can learn a lot of new useful functions of Vista which I haven't thought of.

This is an excellent book for Vista users.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good reference 4 Jun 2008
By Manuel Freitas - Published on Amazon.com
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Now I have not read the book all the way through. I only use it as a reference when I can't figure something out on my own.

It has had the answer every time I needed it, so I am very impressed so far. Also bought the book on the new version of Office by the same authors and have the same thing to say about it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Que Special Edition Using Microsoft's Windows Vista 2nd Edition 6 July 2009
By Jerome W. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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As with all the Que Special Editions, this book, at 1,489 pages and an enclosed CD is thorough in it's coverage of the use of the Windows Vista Operating System. The stated user level is Beginner to Intermediate. I found the procedures and tips a great help and easy to follow.

It covers all versions of the Vista OS. This second Edition covers the Vista service pack 1 as well. I highly recomend it as a 1-book "library".

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows Vista (2nd Edition) (Special Edition Using) 20 Oct 2008
By John Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is another great help when tackling trouble or using it to use windows vista's full potential. it has more information to find what you want faster than going to Microsoft web pages.It also comes with a dvd which makes looking up information a lot easier.Well worth the price.I keep this close to my computer.
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