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Windows Vista For Seniors In Easy Steps
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2008
My old XP computer was showing signs of wear, so I decided to get a new system. This also required a shift from XP to Vista. There are several books about but as Iam not very computer literate I decided to try "Windows Vista for Seniors". I found it very informative, large print and plenty of pictures taken from the screen. This is probibly a basic study of Vista but it suited my needs admirably. It gives a general overal view of Vista without going into too much depth.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I found this book invaluable to start into vista.Clear and easy to follow directions.Good reference manual to boot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2011
When I had my first computer 18 months ago I knew absolutely nothing about computers at all. Since then I've been trying to teach myself, with a little help from my son. I have the fear most 65 year olds feel when confronting the machine and have bought several books on the subject in the hope of conquering it. I,m afraid that I didn't find the book very helpful, as the instructions are not detailed enough and quite confusing at times. I've found beter books that this one for a novice to understand.
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I haven't bought this book, but I just took advantage of the invitation to "Look inside this book" to see whether it might be useful for my elderly mother who is struggling to use a laptop. The first pages displayed after the contents list do not look encouraging. It immediately starts explaining about Windows Vista, which is totally meaningless for someone who is just starting to use a computer. What do they know or care whether they have Windows 7 or Vista or whatever?

We need to start with instructions about how to switch on, and what you would see on the screen. The writer doesn't seem to understand we're dealing with people who may not know the most basic terminology. Look at this for instance: "The more advanced edition of Windows Vista include a redesigned user interface known as Windows Aero. This includes transparencies, glass effects and window animations and uses a new default font." My mother certainly wouldn't understand terms like "user interface" (actually, I'm not sure that I do), "default", "animations" or probably even "font". And all the stuff about transparencies and glass effects could only add to the confusion. This shows a basic failure to get into the minds of the kind of people who need a book with this title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2010
The basics are set out clearly, but most users are already familiar with the "basics" of Windows programmes.

The book does not give enough of an insight into the differences between Vista and XP, especially in matters of security which can be by-passed. I don't think that Microsoft have really thought out the requirements of home and business use (where large amounts of money may be involved) and written the versions accordingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2010
I purchased this book as gift for my 85 year old father who has a Vista compatible laptop and was forever phoning my husband whenever he was unable to "do something" on his computer. He seems delighted with the book and and the phone calls have certainly lessened. A good buy I would say.
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on 30 June 2014
I purchased this for a relative who is intelligent but not confident with PCs. It's poorly presented, glosses over important things but goes into detail about unnecessary things. It also opens with lots of pages on intimidating things when it needs to be more encouraging to the "seniors" it is written for. It also uses lots of side column "Don't forget" markers like other books such as the Dummies series do, however these Don't Forget things are things it never explained in the first place. It almost seems they were an afterthought to help the main, poorly written, instructions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2009
There are lots of really useful information, all of which is fairly easy to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2009
Bought this for my mother in law , she loves it, no stopping her now !!!
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on 3 January 2012
This was a present for my Aunt aged 87 and she has found this book very useful with her recondition PC
It does help her to keep in touch with her friends
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