It’s back !!! – The Book of Windows Vista – download now

Windows VistaAs you’ll recall, I posted a preliminary version of the Windows Vista Product Guide (also known as “The Book of Windows Vista”) a few weeks ago.  It was in .xps form and initial feedback was very good.  However, in order to view and print the must have information, you needed to install WinFX.  XPS is the XML Paper Specification.  Well, we got some good critical feedback and guess what, we listened. 

Now, you can download this puppy in Microsoft word or XPS format.  Careful though, it’s not your daddies download.  It’s 60MB of rich knowledge transfer.  It’s a comprehensive view of the feature set in Windows Vista.  There are consumer oriented chapters.  There are chapters devoted to the IT Pro feature set.

You’ll need to decide if you are going be eco friendly or not.  Use it in “digital” form or send it to your trusty duplex printer.  Either way, I think you’ll enjoy this guide as you take your journeys to the wonderful world that is Windows Vista.

It’s my understanding this will also be printed and sold in a hard back format.  I think it would make a nice edition in my library.  Maybe I can get Brian or Jim to autograph one for me.  Now that would really be kewl.

UPDATE 5/25/2006: contains the links to the .xps and .doc versions.

Enjoy my friends!!!

Comments (18)

  1. Petr says:

    The format is very strange, fonts look like very coarse bitmap and the whole document is almost unreadable, at least in Word 2003 and Word XP under Windows XP SP2.

    The font used is Segoe but it does not appear in font substitutes list and I also don’t know where to get this ttf.

    Any idea how to improve the readability of this document?

  2. Nei says:

    hoo yeah!!!resumed the download!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    얼마전에 XPS포맷으로 공개되었다가 링크가 내려갔던 그 문서가…

  4. John D says:

    Hey man, I want to add it to my library too! Think I can get an autograph???

  5. frankki says:

    where do I find the .xps version of this document?

  6. Keith Combs says:

    Regarding autographs, I can’t help you much there.  Regarding an updated .XPS version, I’m checking on that…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Keith Combs points to the Book of Windows Vista in this post to his blog (available in Word DOC format)…..

  8. peewitsol says:

    Just a BIG THANKS to Keith

  9. Tux Stallman says:

    Thanks, it took a few minutes to import into OOo ( on SuSE 10.0, but once it was in there I converted it to a PDF and now it’s only 17.7MB in size. No problem with the fonts either. And I don’t have to be afraid of the recently discovered unpatched vulnerabilities in Word.

  10. Anthony says:

    Thanks!! This is gonna be one useful read!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Okay, we are going to try this one again.  One of teammates Keith Combs in the middle of April,…

  12. Mike Salvio says:

    I liked this better in the other format, it’s very compressed in Word and not all the formatting shows up.

  13. pete says:

    Can you publish this in pdf?

  14. Keith Combs says:

    Regarding creating a .pdf, this isn’t something we normally do on  You could purchase one of the conversion products at or try


  15. regarding the fonts in the document, try opening with Word installed on Vista – there is a bunch of fonts used in the doc that aren’t in Windows XP

  16. Syphon says:

    Could you recommend a good XPS reader/viewer which I could use.  I’ve searched and supposedly WinFX has one, but I can’t seem to find out where it is installed to.

    Thanks for the help!

  17. Keith Combs says:

    Regarding the XPS reader, see

    The XPSViewer is already installed within Windows Vista Beta 2.  At least it was for me.

  18. Keith Combs says:

    FYI, Under my Windows Vista Beta 2 install, if I double click the .XPS document, it tries to launch Word2007 and fails.

    However, if I right mouse click the document and tell it to open with the XPSViewer, it launches IE7 and runs the viewer correctly.

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