Windows Vista For Dummies

From the Back Cover
Create music CDs and photo DVDs or even watch TV
Move your files to a new computer, or get your old PC ready for Vista

The thing that’s made Windows For Dummies so successful is that it’s packed with the basics you need to make Windows work. This book gets you through all the Windows Vista tasks and tripwires, including starting programs, finding files, navigating the new see-through interface, staying safe while you cruise the Internet, and much more.

Discover how to

Find files when they’re hiding
Hook up with another computer
Make Vista work like XP
Block Internet bad guys
Share a PC without sharing your files
Fix problems yourself

About the Author
Andy Rathbone started geeking around with computers in 1985 when he bought a 26-pound portable CP/M Kaypro 2X. Like other nerds of the day, he soon began plying with null-modem adapters, dialing computer bulletin boards, and working part-time at Radio Shack.
He wrote articles for various techie publications before moving to computer books in 1992. He’s written the Windows For Dummies series, Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies, TiVo For Dummies, PCs: The Missing Manual, and many other computer books.
Today, he has more than 15 million copies of his books in print, and they’ve been translated into more than 30 languages. You can reach Andy at his Web site, www.andyrathbone.com.

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Windows XP is the most powerful of Microsoft’s Windows software – software that’s been updated many times since starting to breathe in January 1985. XP is short for Experience, but Microsoft calls it Windows XP to give it a more modern-day, “at-this-happening-moment” sound. Someday, sometime, something in Windows XP will eventually leave you scratching your head. No other program brings so many buttons, bars, and babble to the screen.
Windows XP For Dummies is for everyone who has a clue about what they want to do with their computers. Bypassing the technical hoopla, this friendly reference comes to the rescue when Windows XP stumps you or when you’re feeling spunky and want to dig into deeper details of the ever-popular operating system. In either case, you can expect to pick up information on

Finding the file you saved or downloaded yesterday
Moving those little windows around on the screen with the mouse
Making Windows XP run like your older versions of Windows
Starting and closing programs by clicking the mouse button
Making Windows XP work again when it’s misbehaving

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