Windows Vista is complex software, but its user interface—the aspects of it that you see and hear and use to control Vista—is designed to let you wield a lot of power with a modest amount of learning. The secret is understanding the underlying consistency of the ways that Windows works. As you use Windows, techniques like switching programs, searching for files, resizing windows, drag-and-drop, and copy-and-paste will become familiar.
This chapter and the next one get you up and running and introduce you to Windows fundamentals. Chapter 3 tells you how to get help with learning and configuring Windows, on or off the internet. After that you’re on your way to becoming a power user.