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"Lots of shiny software ahead. Most prominently, the new Windows operating system Vista, so you'll want to bone up now before you make the big transition. Well, a good start just hit the shelves: Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue (O'Reilly Media). Pogue, by the way, is the digital bigwig at The New York Times. We think he's really a Mac guy, but so what?—he knows all the pitfalls, pratfalls, and significant stuff hidden in Vista. Heck, without this book you could spend a year just searching for a Start button. Besides, it's always nice to have someone with a sense of humor lead the way when your galloping into unknown territory. Tally ho, Pogue!"
-- Derek Pell, DingBat Magazine: The Monthly Review of Cool tools

"As long as I’m recommending additional reading on Windows Vista, I’d say you should consider a new book from my competitor, David Pogue, at the New York Times. He’s written a book, “Windows Vista, the Missing Manual.”"
-- Dean Takahashi, The TechTalk Blog

"Every Windows Vista User should purchase this book at the same time Windows Vista is purchased, or, immediately after the purchase of Windows Vista."
-- Fred Greene, Amazon Tech Reviewer

"You really need this book to make sense out of Vista [Do not rely on the Windows Help!] Profusely illustrated with many examples and a good index to find subjects. And there is a website where you can check for corrections, updates etc."
-- Joseph Stomp, Amazon Tech Reviewer

"What's nice about this book is that it's got an accessible, tutorial writing style. Clear, non-geeky and intellectually padded with loads of annotated screen shots. Yeah, you can use this as a text book and teach your co-workers this stuff while they're reading it; but unless they ate a lot of lead paint chips as children, Pogue's word smithing doesn't really need a teacher's backup. Power users can go through the other chapters in Pogue's book and get benefit, too. Especially the items on security, the new control panel features, the maintenance and disk sections and even the media sections if they're turning their home machines into TiVos."
-- Oliver Rist, InfoWorld

"The Missing Manual series is simply the most intelligent and usable series of guidebooks..."
-- Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post

"There are a lot of good books, but I keep returning to the Missing Manual series because they are inexpensive, easy to read and full of cool tricks and tips."
-- Bob Brooks, The South Bay Apple Mac User Group

"The table of contents is so good you can find just about anything on the topic in just a few seconds. You can find out how to turn off the special effects that hog a lot of memory in Microsoft's new Vista operating system. You can switch to the Windows "classic" screen if the new look just confuses you or your hardware isn't powerful enough for the new bells and whistles."
-- Bob and Joy Schwabach, On Computers

"For intending Vista users who already know their way around Windows it is an essential resource: authoritative, comprehensive, well organized, information easy to find, and plenty of helpful tips and tricks. "
-- Major Keary, Book Notes

"It seems the primary intention of the author was to fill in all the holes left by various scattered guides and walkthroughs that you can often find for Windows, putting them all into one place. If you're a seasoned Windows expert, odds are a book of this nature doesn't interest you - but the majority of users are office or home users, who often could benefit from reading a bit before calling IT."
-- Justin Mann, TechSpot

"As with any operating system you buy these days, you get no user guide with the software...With Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Vista, this lack of a manual has created an opportunity for others to fill the gap. To the rescue comes this wonderful guide to Windows Vista that easily can serve as the manual that should have accompanied the software. Filled with hundreds of screen shots, this guide includes numerous step-by-step instructions for using almost every Windows Vista feature, including those you may not even have quite understood, let alone mastered."
-- Dale Farris, Reviews Coordinator, Golden Triangle PC Club

"This is the second book in the Missing Manual series I’ve gotten my mitts on (the iPod one being the first) and I’m extremely impressed with the series so far...The section on Vista’s multi-media capabilities is particularly well done and has given me some very interesting ideas for ways to better use my Vista-based home systems."
-- Jim Holmes, FrazzledDad

"Windows Vista - The Missing Manual does contain something for everyone. It is a great book to read and excellent reference. If you are planning to upgrade to Windows Vista, the book can help you make the right choice and ease the transition."
-- Lynn Page, Cystal River Users Group

"Five years in the making and dubbed “Windows Vista: The Missing Manual”, the book. is designed to teach from the ground up the purpose of Vista and what sets it apart from Microsoft OS'es of the past...If you're a seasoned Windows expert, odds are a book of this nature doesn't interest you - but the majority of users are office or home users, who often could benefit from reading a bit before calling IT. "
-- Justin Mann, TechSpot.com

"If your going to be working with Vista or using it at home, this book will be very helpful too you. I’ve had it in my hands for just under 5 days now and I’ve already completed reading it and implemented several suggestions. Plus I got to play with a neat voice recognition system that comes with Vista. I’d heard about it but this book convinced me to try it."
-- Ben Gerber, Arsgeek

"David Pogue in "Windows Vista (Missing Manual)" acknowledges the learning curve Vista will entail and the confusion resulting from things that changed places, got renamed or simply dissapeared, leaving both, new and experienced Windows users at a loss. At the same time, his voice and tone keep you engaged in spite of the length of the book (827 pages), resulting in a book that serves as a general go-to reference for specific things and doubts, as well as a guide to take you through the thick and thin of Windows Vista until you become as experienced as you want to get and you are enjoying all the cool features Vista brings to the screen for PC users. "
-- MANUEL J HERNANDEZ, Amazon Reviewer

"Mixing a great combination of humor and good, common sense, they ease you into using these programs and placate the fear we all experience when faced with a new interface or operating system we don't understand."
-- Mike Berman, Scripps Howard News Service, SacBee.com

"I have never seen a manual for any program, hardware or OS which is anywhere close to this series in its helpfulness to the reader. Anyone other than the well trained techs can find this book valuable."
-- Ray Bowler, Vice President, Des Moines Macintosh User's Group

"What's nice about this book is that it's got an accessible, tutorial writing style. Clear, non-geeky and intellectually padded with loads of annotated screen shots. Yeah, you can use this as a text book and teach your co-workers this stuff while they're reading it; but unless they ate a lot of lead paint chips as children, Pogue's word smithing doesn't really need a teacher's backup. Power users can go through the other chapters in Pogue's book and get benefit, too. Especially the items on security, the new control panel features, the maintenance and disk sections and even the media sections if they're turning their home machines into TiVos."
-- Oliver Rist, InfoWorld

"Windows Vista—The Missing Manual targets a huge audience and meets all expectations. In fact, the book contains so much well organized detail that I'd be surprised if it wasn't already sitting on many office shelves at Microsoft. I was surprised to continually come across valuable configuration and usability information that I had never fully thought out, relegating it to the edge of my understanding. After all, Windows Vista is even larger and more complex than its predecessors and is consequently too vast to be fully intuitive to use. For this reason alone, the tag line on the front cover, "The book that should have been in the box", is absolutely accurate. There are thousands (if not millions) of Windows Vista users who are frustrated by the Windows online help system (F1) as they work their way through various configurations and system problems. David Pogue's sense of purpose, clarity and entertainment is well balanced and provides a superb foundation for learning, reference and above all else, thorough control and understanding of Windows Vista. The large Table of Contents and detailed Index are both useful for quickly locating information about specific items, issues, configurations and problems. Truly useful for legions of beginner, intermediate and advanced users of Windows Vista. Highly recommended."
-- Jack Reikel, KickStart News

"If you're interested in getting the most out of your investment in Vista, you need The Missing Manual. Trying to learn all the changes and new features would be a daunting task for the best of us."
-- Tim Kekeis, Chicago Computer Society

"What's nice about this book is that it's got an accessible, tutorial writing style. Clear, non-geeky and intellectually padded with loads of annotated screen shots. Yeah, you can use this as a text book and teach your co-workers this stuff while they're reading it; but unless they ate a lot of lead paint chips as children, Pogue's word smithing doesn't really need a teacher's backup...It's not a book of hidden hacks and ways to make Vista do things only a hobbit could love, but Windows Vista, The Missing Manual is a solid primer for the new OS. Well written and clear to boot."
-- Oliver Rist, InfoWorld

"As the "Missing Manual" series states - this book should have been in the box! New Vista users, beginners and intermediates alike will find this publication extremely helpful...this book talks about a variety of Vista topics and is a valuable learning "manual" and a reference book. It's a must have!"
-- Giovanni Tairov, Amazon.com

"What is different about this 460 page manual is that I read the whole thing because I could not put it down...It really did keep my attention and was very easy to understand."
-- Leta DuGoff, Space Coast PC Users Group, Inc.

"The book will have you up and running quickly and will do what all Missing Manuals have done for years and years: show you things that you will actually use but never would have found on your own...In short, David Pogue has written the perfect guide to Vista for people like me who want a tour of enemy territory without revoking their Apple citizenship. have a look. You'll like it."
-- Nate, Coals [2] Newcastle

"Windows Vista: The Missing Manual is a great and comprehensive collection of helpful how to's and pointers for every part of Windows Vista broken down into collections of groups that make sense....I highly recommend Windows Vista: The Missing Manual from David Pogue, it truly is the manual you should have gotten when purchasing Vista."
-- Jeff Gedgaud, AssociatedContent: The People's Media Company

"David Pogue has written a marvelous book, Windows Vista: The Missing Manual. This is a book for those making the transition from earlier versions of Windows or buying a new computer with Vista pre-installed. There is a note on the cover that says, 'The book that should have been in the box.' I certainly agree with this statement after reading the book."
-- W. Dwain Alford, Crossroads Reporter

"Pogue, the New York Times computer columnist, is among the world's best explainers."
-- Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired

"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated



"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
--Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post