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Windows Vista in a Nutshell

By Preston Gralla
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: December 01, 2006
ISBN-10: 0-596-52707-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-596-52707-5
Pages: 800

This unique reference thoroughly documents every imprtant setting and feature in Microsoft's new operating system, with alphabetical listings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes, buttons, scrollbars and other elements of Windows Vista. With this book's simple organization, you'll easily find any setting, tool, or feature for the task you want to accomplish.
Along with a system overview that highlights major changes, and a tour of the basics such as manipulating files and getting around the interface, Windows Vista in a Nutshell offers alphabetized references for these topics:

The User Interface: Covers the Sidebar, Aero Glass, the new Control Panel layout, and applets, as well as how to customize animated windows, the desktop, Start menu, pop-up windows on the Taskbar, and more.

The File System, Drives, Data, and Search: Discusses working with the new Windows Explorer, Virtual Folders, searches, indexing, saved searches, metadata, and sharing.

The Internet and Networking: Examines TCP/IP, RSS, tabbed browsing, and anti-phishing features of Internet Explorer, plus cookie handling, parental control features, and more.

Networking and Wireless: Offers an illustrated, step-by-step guide to setting up a home network; covers the Network Center, Sync Center, Hot Spot access, wireless management, collaboration, and sharing.

Working with Hardware: Describes how to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware--including keyboards, mice, monitors, USB devices, scanners, cameras, and sound devices--and how to add, install, and troubleshoot drivers.

Security: Includes the Security Center, Windows Defender, User Account Protection, System Protection, Network Access Protection, WiFi encryption, Windows Firewall, file encryption, and more.

Mobility: Explains Mobility Center settings, plugging a secondary monitor into your computer, and the new "network projection" feature for making presentations.

Multimedia: Covers Windows Photo Gallery, Media Player, Media Center, podcasting features, connecting to and synching with MP3 players, recording TV and videos, making videos with Windows Movie Maker, and burning CDs and DVDs.

The Command Prompt: Provides commands for working with files, utilities for troubleshooting the network, and instructions on how to create your own batch files.
Appendixes include information on installation, keyboard shortcuts, common filename extensions, and more. Windows Vista in a Nutshell is your one-stop source for everything you need from Microsoft's latest operating system.

Table of Contents | Index



Part I: The Big Picture

Chapter 1. The Lay of the Land

Section 1.1. The Big Picture

Section 1.2. What's New in Windows Vista

Section 1.3. Windows Vista Editions

Section 1.4. Hardware Requirements

Section 1.5. Upgrading from Earlier Versions of Windows

Chapter 2. Using Windows Vista

Section 2.1. The Desktop

Section 2.2. Point-and-Click Operations

Section 2.3. Starting Up Applications

Section 2.4. Windows and Menus

Section 2.5. Keyboard Accelerators

Section 2.6. Common Controls

Section 2.7. Files, Folders, and Disks

Section 2.8. The Command Line

Section 2.9. Online Help

Section 2.10. Shutting Down

Part II: Nutshell Reference

Chapter 3. The User Interface

Section 1.1. Controlling the Interface

Chapter 4. Working with the Filesystem, Drives, Data, and Search

Chapter 5. Internet Explorer

Section 5.1. Security

Chapter 6. Windows Mail

Chapter 7. Networking, Wireless, and Mobility

Section 7.1. Networking 101

Section 7.2. Planning Your Network

Section 7.3. Setting Up a Network

Section 7.4. Wired and Wireless Connections, Management, and Configuration

Section 7.5. Sharing Resources and Files

Section 7.6. Network Applications

Section 7.7. Mobile Computing

Section 7.8. Networking and Internet Command-Line Tools

Chapter 8. Security

Section 8.1. General Security

Section 8.2. Internet Security

Section 8.3. Encryption

Chapter 9. Working with Hardware

Chapter 10. Managing Programs, Users, and Your Computer

Section 10.1. User Accounts and Computer Management

Section 10.2. Applications and Utilities

Section 10.3. Games

Chapter 11. Performance and Troubleshooting

Section 11.1. Performance, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting

Section 11.2. Startup

Chapter 12. Graphics and Multimedia

Chapter 13. The Registry

Section 13.1. What's in the Registry

Section 13.2. Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values

Section 13.3. Registry Protection in Windows Vista

Section 13.4. Organization of the Registry

Section 13.5. Hives

Section 13.6. Backing Up the Registry

Section 13.7. Exporting and Impoting Registry Data with Patches

Section 13.8. Five Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry

Chapter 14. The Command Prompt

Section 14.1. Using the Command Line

Section 14.2. Command Prompt Choices

Section 14.3. Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirection

Section 14.4. Batch Files

Part III: Appendixes

Installing Windows Vista

Section A.1. Performing a Clean Install

Section A.2. Upgrading from a Previous Version of Windows

Section A.3. Windows Anytime Upgrade

Section A.4. Potential Problems During Setup

Keyboard Shortcuts

Section B.1. Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Key

Section B.2. Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function

Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters

Common Filename Extensions


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