The Book That Should Have Been in the Box
First reactions to Windows Vista, the successor to Windows XP, are
exciting. Those who have seen it applaud Vista’s gorgeous, glass-like visual
overhaul; its superior searching and organization tools; its multimedia and
collaboration suite; and above all, the massive, top-to bottom security-shield
Microsoft will release Vista to general consumers early this winter–but without
a user’s manual. Thankfully, David Pogue’s Windows Vista: The Missing Manual
(O’Reilly) will be right there when Vista hits the streets-an
up-to-the-nanosecond single book that offers complete, comprehensive coverage of
all five Vista versions.
“After years of clunking along, piling features upon features without much
thought or care about beauty, elegance, or coherence, Microsoft has gotten an
Apple-like religion of doing things right,” says author David Pogue. “Vista is
beautiful, and presents a much less technical, geeky personality. Unfortunately
you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. In Vista, familiar
features have been simplified, thrown out, renamed, or moved around. In other
words, Vista is much better, but very confusing to anyone used to the old
Like its predecessors in the Missing Manual series, this book-sporting a new
updated look-from columnist, best-selling author, and Missing Manual creator
David Pogue, illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and
In Windows Vista: The Missing Manual readers will learn how to:
Understand and use features that were unavailable in Windows XP
Avoid feeling disoriented, lost, and frustrated with the new Vista interface
Navigate the totally new desktop
Use the Media Center to record TV, radio, present photos, play music, record to
Chat, videoconference, and surf the web with the vastly improved Internet
Build a network for file sharing, and connect from anywhere
Protect their PCs from viruses and spyware with Vista’s beefed up security
Understand the demand Vista puts on computer hardware
David Pogue is witty, down-to-earth, and unafraid to identify certain useless
features as “dogs.” His Windows Vista: The Missing Manual is a powerful,
inexpensive how-to guide that informs the reader about thousands of new
features, showing not only what they do but why you would use them-or not.
The bottom line is that when Windows Vista hits, there’ll be a whole lot of
head-scratching going on-and The Missing Manual will be there to show readers
the important things they need to know.
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times, CBS
Sunday Morning contributor, Discovery Channel series host and creator and
primary author of the Missing Manual series. Titles in the series include Mac OS
X, Windows, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie, and many
others. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world’s
bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the “for
Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with
several computer-humor books and a techno-thriller, Hard Drive. David is a
graduate of Yale University.
About The Missing Manuals, The book that should have been in the box.
Warm, witty, and jargon-free, Missing Manuals have enough clarity for the
novice, and enough depth and detail for the power user.