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Windows Vista Inside Out [Paperback]

Ed Bott , Carl Siechert , Craig Stinson
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21 Jan 2007

You’re beyond the basics, so dive right in and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Windows Vista—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery!

  • Explore features and capabilities in each edition of Windows Vista
  • Configure and customize your system with advanced setup options
  • Manage files, folders, and media libraries with new search and organization features
  • Set up a wired or wireless network and manage shared resources
  • Administer accounts, passwords, and logons—and help control access to resources
  • Configure Windows Internet Explorer settings and security zones
  • Master security essentials to help protect against viruses, worms, and spyware
  • Troubleshoot errors and fine-tune performance
  • Automate routine maintenance with scripts and other tools

CD includes:

  • Fully searchable eBook
  • Downloadable gadgets and other tools for customizing Windows Vista
  • Insights direct from the product team on the official Windows Vista blog
  • Links to the latest security updates and products, demos, blogs, and user communities
  • Windows Vista Product Guide eReference and other eBooks

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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (21 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622708
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 18.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I needed 1 Jan 2008
I'm just a home user and this book did provide some useful tips. Where it fell short though was when it came to giving 'easy to understand' descriptions of how things in Vista work. All I wanted to know sometimes was how to just do the simplest of things in the quickest way - I don't really want to know all the technical details - but I found myself having to read many things over and over before i got the gist of what was being explained.

I know most people are probably more into computers than i am and maybe they need to know all the technical stuff. I guess I just got the wrong guide.

It is nicely written and laid out though and for people who are IT professionals it will probably make much more sense than it did to me.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Business or Home? 4 April 2007
If you are an IT pro looking for inforamtion on Vista, this is NOT the book for you. Unlike the [..] it does not contain any information on how to deploy Vista using automated setups, sysprep etc. Nor does it contain any information about domain integration, group policy or enterprise system management.

For home users there is plenty about how to configure your media player, how to do an in place upgrade etc. I give it 2 stars only for the home user. 0 for the IT pro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Title for End-Users 4 Jun 2007
By Jase T. Wolfe - Published on
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If you're an administrator and are looking for a title to give you an edge on configuring, managing, deploying, etc. Vista, this title isn't for you; the Windows Vista(TM) Resource Kit is what you're looking for. This book is for average users new to Vista who want to familiarize themselves with the new OS and the bundled applications.

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.
91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all things Windows Vista 12 Feb 2007
By Kenneth Gardner - Published on
Like XP Inside and Out before it, this book covers -- superbly -- every major aspect of Windows Vista. Major topics include setup and startup, personalization, security and networking, digital media, and system maintenance and management. Subtopics include Vista's new Aero look, the new start menu, the (awesome) new search features, the new and improved Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer 7, Media Player 11, the new security features (including a persuasive defense of Vista's new UAC feature), and the new system maintenance and performance tools. It is essential reading for all things Vista.

The book is chock full of practical information and advice on how best to install, configure, operate, and maintain Vista. If there is one way to do something, they tell you the correct way. If there is more than one correct way, they tell you that, too. They often make recommendations about what method you should choose. I was particularly interested in the sections covering how to get the most out of the new performance tools such as the revamped Task Manager and new Resource Overview tool. If you regard yourself as a power user, you are going to love these new tools.

In sum, this book is your instruction manual for how to get the most out of Vista. This is regardless of what Vista edition you use or whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced user. As an extra bonus, the book also comes with a CD containing a searchable edition of the book and a few other goodies. You can install it on your hard drive and use it as a online guide. If I was going to buy only one Vista book, this is it. Just as the XP Inside and Out book was before it.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 3 Mar 2007
By Mattress Mack - Published on
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They've done it again. Those who have read Windows XP Inside-Out should proceed straight to Checkout because this Vista edition is the encore of that performance. Suffice it to say this book will fill your heart with the same joy and happiness you got from the last edition and so there is no need for you to read beyond this paragraph.

Multiple authors should be able to produce a better product than a lone ranger, and while that is not always realized, these authors have managed that achievement. The authors spent over three years on the book and solicited input from the source - the programmers and technical professionals who developed Vista. The result is a tome that is thorough and comprehensive.

Windows Vista Inside-Out covers all user features of all editions of Vista and indicates differences with XP - new or dropped features. The Inside-Out titles are not written for Grandma, and so it is presumed the reader is proficient at basic computing. After the basics, you can ride this tome from novice to power-user status or higher. There is plenty here to use or support Vista in a standalone or workgroup environment. Consider Windows Vista Resource Kit to fill the gaps, including deployment in server environments.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Book For More Technically Oriented Windows Vista Users 25 Mar 2007
By Fred Greene - Published on
Two books I consider as "Must Have" books for Windows Vista users are Windows Vista (Missing Manual) and Windows Vista Inside Out. I found most of what I needed to know in Windows Vista (Missing Manual), a great book to help one get up and running with the new Windows Vista operating system. I find the more technical information that interests me and allows me to keep learning even after I become a comfortable and competent user of Windows Vista in Windows Vista Inside Out. I would not be without either book.

Windows Vista Inside Out is and in-depth and comprehensive reference. Buy it. If you are technically oriented and enjoy continuous learning, this book will assist and guide you along. If you are like most Windows users, and I consider myself like most Windows users, you will not learn everything available to you in this book right away. As you use Windows Vista and need or want to know something more along the way, you are likely to find the information you need or want in Windows Vista Inside Out. I used Windows XP Inside Out and would not be without Windows Vista Inside Out.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written guide to all things Vista 28 Feb 2007
By Zaine Ridling - Published on
Definitely a must-have book for anyone with Vista. Anyone. I especially appreciate all the warnings of cautions of what will happen if you do "x", not to mention recommendations of more powerful third-party software included throughout. The authors are well-known for their critical honesty toward Microsoft and their knowledge of Windows operating systems. Just buy it; you can thank me later.
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