I got my hands on some new Vista books recently that are more focused on the consumer or home user. One of them,Windows Vista Home Entertainment with Windows Media Center and Xbox360, gives you a really good introduction and step-by-step guide on everything from how to set up your Mediacenter, how to configure speech recognition, how to create a movie in Moviemaker and how to use your Xbox360 as an extender etc. The other two books are Windows Vista Home Networking and Windows Vista Step by Step. All of them are really cool and useful, a perfect gift for someone so you don't have to be the "personal helpdesk" anymore ;-)