home, that’s fine, but you should have previously used a computer at work or at a
library. You should also have some knowledge of how operating systems work and
how to use a browser to surf the Web. If you know what the Start button is and what
Internet Explorer is, you’re in good shape—please read on!
Conventions Used in This Book
Within this book, I’ll use the following typographical conventions:
Indicates code terms, command-line text, and command-line options.
constant width bold
Indicates values that should be typed literally.
constant width italic
Indicates variables and user-defined elements.
Indicates URLs and introduces new terms.
I’ll also use the following elements:
Notes to provide additional information or highlight a specific point.
Warnings to provide details on potential problems.
No single magic bullet exists for learning everything you’ll ever need to know about
Windows Vista. While some books are offered as all-in-one guides, there’s simply no
way one book can do it all. With this in mind, I hope you’ll use this book as it is
intended to be used—as a comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, guide. Plenty
of other great Windows Vista books are available—and I’ve even written a few of
them. So as you set out to learn and truly master Windows Vista, I hope you’ll keep
this in mind.
Also, your current knowledge will largely determine your success with this or any
other Windows Vista book. As you encounter new topics, take the time to practice
what you’ve learned and read about. Seek out further information as necessary to get
the practical, hands-on knowledge you need.