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Windows Vista in a Nutshell
By Preston Gralla
Pub Date: December 01, 2006
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
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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