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Windows Vista in a Nutshell






By Preston Gralla
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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


Copyright


Preface


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



Services


About the Author


Colophon


Index


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