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I bought another book earlier from local bookstore I thought would answer my questions but it was pretty and was easy to understand but partly cause it was so shallow. Was good for someone that was new to all operating systems and not just xp.
Calling this a quick start guide is misleading but might be a good selling point. I was looking for something that could guide me thru the differences of vista and xp and this is it.
I am so used to vista now I hardly remember xp even tho it is only been around a month. If something didn't work intuitively I could just open this book. What really sold me on this book was the look inside option, I could look at the table of contents and see that it was just what I was looking for.
Great reference, so far it has answered everything I needed to know.
Couldn't live without it. Know XP like the back of my hand, but Vista is so obtuse. Probably meant to be easy for first time users. However, this book eliminates having to jump through so many hoops to get things to work. Didn't want Vista on my new computer, but took it because I teach computers, and thought I should keep up with technology. Still haven't found any advantage of Vista over XP, I also have the Visual Quick Start Guide to MAC OS Tiger and found it very useful. "The Missing Manual - Switching to the MAC" has also been extremely helpful to one who thinks XP and needs to translate to "MAC Speak" .
This book is the best one I've found for Vista and includes references and information not specifically from Microsoft, and therefore not included in the Microsoft Vista manual. The writing style is quite readable. Also, my buying experience from Amazon was first rate.