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Windows Vista Inside Out [Paperback]

Ed Bott , Carl Siechert , Craig Stinson
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Conventions and Features Used in This Book; Text Conventions; Design Conventions; About the CD; What’s on the CD; System Requirements; Support Information; Part I: Setup and Startup; Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows Vista; 1.1 Introducing the Windows Vista Family; 1.2 The Windows Vista Interface: Up Close and Personalized; 1.3 Searching, Sharing, and Other File Management Tasks; 1.4 Windows Vista Security at a Glance; 1.5 Digital Media Essentials; 1.6 Inside Internet Explorer 7; 1.7 Mail and Collaboration; 1.8 Performance and Reliability; 1.9 And Much, Much More...; Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring Windows Vista; 2.1 Before You Start...; 2.2 Setting Up Windows Vista; 2.3 Activating and Validating Windows Vista; 2.4 Transferring Files and Settings from Another Computer; 2.5 Configuring System Recovery Options; 2.6 Finishing Your Windows Vista Installation; Chapter 3: Personalizing Windows Vista; 3.1 Customizing the Aero User Interface; 3.2 Turning Aero Off; 3.3 Modifying the Predefined Color Schemes; 3.4 Making Text Easier to Read; 3.5 Customizing the Desktop Background; 3.6 Choosing a Screen Saver; 3.7 Changing the Way Events Are Mapped to Sounds; 3.8 Customizing Mouse Pointers; 3.9 Saving Your Settings as a Theme; 3.10 Configuring Screen Resolution; 3.11 Configuring a Multi-Monitor Display; 3.12 Configuring Desktop Icons; 3.13 Using and Customizing Windows Sidebar; 3.14 Personalizing the Start Menu; 3.15 Launching Programs with the Quick Launch Toolbar; 3.16 Customizing the Taskbar; 3.17 Controlling the Display of Icons in the Notification Area; 3.18 Using Additional Toolbars; 3.19 Setting Default Programs, File Type Associations, and AutoPlay Options; Chapter 4: Adding, Removing, and Managing Programs; 4.1 Dealing with User Account Control (UAC); 4.2 Dealing with Compatibility Issues; 4.3 Installing Programs on 64-bit Versions of Windows; 4.4 Creating and Customizing Program Shortcuts; 4.5 Managing Startup Programs; 4.6 Managing Running Programs and Processes with Windows Task Manager; 4.7 Running a Program as an Administrator or Another User; 4.8 Uninstalling Programs; Chapter 5: Setting Up and Troubleshooting Hardware; 5.1 A Crash Course in Device Drivers; 5.2 Installing and Configuring a New Device; 5.3 Changing Settings for an Installed Device; 5.4 Managing Installed Drivers; 5.5 Enabling and Disabling Individual Devices; 5.6 Decoding Hardware Errors; Chapter 6: Using Internet Explorer 7; 6.1 Choosing a Default Web Browser; 6.2 Using and Personalizing Internet Explorer; 6.3 Managing Your Favorites; 6.4 Blocking Pop-Up Windows; 6.5 Using (or Refusing) AutoComplete; 6.6 Internet Explorer Security and Privacy Options; 6.7 Finding, Reading, and Subscribing to RSS Feeds; 6.8 Using Internet Explorer as an FTP Client; Chapter 7: Finding and Organizing Files and Information; 7.1 What’s What in Windows Explorer; 7.2 Navigating in Windows Explorer; 7.3 Working with Properties in the Details Pane; 7.4 Managing User Profiles; 7.5 Relocating Personal Data Folders; 7.6 Using and Configuring Search and Indexing; 7.7 Restoring Files and Folders with Previous Versions; 7.8 Recovering Files and Folders with the Recycle Bin; 7.9 Maximizing Storage Space with NTFS Compression and Compressed (Zipped) Folders; Chapter 8: E-Mail, Collaboration, and Personal Productivity; 8.1 Using Windows Mail; 8.2 Managing Contacts; 8.3 Using Windows Calendar; 8.4 Using Windows Meeting Space; Chapter 9: Obtaining Help and Support; 9.1 Using Windows Help And Support; 9.2 Connecting to Another PC with Windows Remote Assistance; Part II: Security and Networking; Chapter 10: Security Essentials; 10.1 Understanding Security Threats; 10.2 What’s New in Windows Vista; 10.3 Preventing Unsafe Actions with User Account Control; 10.4 Monitoring Security in Windows Vista; 10.5 Blocking Intruders with Windows Firewall; 10.6 Keeping Your System Secure with Windows Update; 10.7 Blocking Viruses and Worms with an Antivirus Program; 10.8 Stopping Spyware with Windows Defender; 10.9 Controlling Your Children’s Computer Access; Chapter 11: Managing User Accounts, Passwords, and Logons; 11.1 Introducing Windows Security; 11.2 Working with User Accounts; 11.3 Setting a Logon Password; 11.4 Managing the Logon Process; 11.5 What Happened to the Administrator Account?; 11.6 Learning About Your Own Account with Whoami; 11.7 Advanced Account Setup Options; Chapter 12: Setting Up a Small Network; 12.1 Capabilities of a Small Network; 12.2 What’s New in Windows Vista; 12.3 Using Network And Sharing Center; 12.4 Hardware, Cabling, and Connections; 12.5 Setting Up a Wireless Network; 12.6 Setting Up a Shared Internet Connection; 12.7 Exploring the Network; 12.8 Understanding Location Types; 12.9 Changing Network Settings; 12.10 Managing Network Connections; Chapter 13: Managing Shared Folders and Printers; 13.1 Understanding Sharing and Security Models in Windows Vista; 13.2 Configuring Your Network for Sharing; 13.3 Sharing Files with Public Folders; 13.4 Sharing Files and Folders from Any Folder; 13.5 Managing Shared Folders; 13.6 Accessing Shared Folders; 13.7 Sharing a Printer; 13.8 Command-Line Utilities for Managing Shared Resources; Chapter 14: Tweaking and Troubleshooting a Small Network; 14.1 Viewing Status in Network And Sharing Center; 14.2 Diagnosing Problems Using Network Map; 14.3 Troubleshooting TCP/IP Problems; 14.4 Network Troubleshooting Tools; 14.5 Fine-Tuning Network Performance; 14.6 Bridging Two Networks; Part III: Digital Media; Chapter 15: Digital Media Essentials; 15.1 Using Windows Media Player; 15.2 Customizing the Player’s Look and Feel; 15.3 Using Plug-Ins and Extensions; 15.4 Adding and Updating Codecs; 15.5 Which File Formats Are Supported?; 15.6 Managing Your Media Library; 15.7 Using Media Center; 15.8 Synchronizing and Sharing Media with Portable Devices; 15.9 Understanding and Protecting Your Digital Rights; 15.10 Security and Privacy Issues; Chapter 16: Playing and Organizing a Digital Music Collection; 16.1 Playing Music in Windows Media Player; 16.2 Building a Digital Music Library; 16.3 Organizing a Music Collection; 16.4 Working with Playlists; 16.5 Burning Custom CDs or DVDs; Chapter 17: Viewing, Organizing, and Sharing Digital Photos; 17.1 Using Windows Photo Gallery; 17.2 Importing Pictures into the Gallery; 17.3 Organizing and Categorizing Your Digital Pictures; 17.4 Editing Image Files; 17.5 Sharing Digital Images; Chapter 18: Creating and Watching Movies and DVDs; 18.1 Watching DVDs in Windows Media Player; 18.2 Introducing Windows Movie Maker; 18.3 Planning a Movie Maker Project; 18.4 Using the Storyboard and Timeline to Assemble a Project; 18.5 Saving and Sharing Movies; 18.6 Turning Movies and Pictures into Custom DVDs; Chapter 19: Using Windows Media Center; 19.1 Getting Started with Windows Media Center; 19.2 Recording and Watching TV; 19.3 Connecting and Using a Media Center Extender; 19.4 Sharing a Media Library with Other PCs; Part IV: System Maintenance and Management; Chapter 20: Performing Routine Maintenance; 20.1 Checking Disks for Errors; 20.2 Defragmenting Disks for Better Performance; 20.3 Managing Disk Space; 20.4 Smart Backup Strategies; Chapter 21: Tuning Up and Monitoring Performance; 21.1 Basic Strategies for Improving Performance; 21.2 Taking Performance Snapshots; 21.3 Monitoring Performance in Real Time; Chapter 22: Monitoring System Activities With Event Viewer; 22.1 Getting Started with Event Viewer; 22.2 Understanding the Event Logs Summary; 22.3 Viewing Individual Logs and Events; 22.4 Monitoring Events; 22.5 Working with Log Files; Chapter 23: Troubleshooting Windows Errors; 23.1 Configuring and Using Windows Error Reporting; 23.2 Reviewing the Error History with the Reliability Monitor; 23.3 Reviewing the Error History with Event Viewer; 23.4 Rolling Back to a Stable State with System Restore; 23.5 Dealing with Stop Errors; Chapter 24: Recovering From a Computer Crash; 24.1 Using Advanced Boot Options; 24.2 Making Repairs with the Windows Recovery Environment; Chapter 25: Managing Services; 25.1 Using the Services Console; 25.2 Recommended Startup Settings for Services; 25.3 Managing Services from a Command Prompt; 25.4 Managing Services from Task Manager; Chapter 26: Editing the Registry; 26.1 Understanding the Structure of the Registry; 26.2 Avoiding Registry Mishaps; 26.3 Browsing and Editing with Registry Editor; 26.4 Monitoring Registry Changes; 26.5 Using .Reg Files to Automate Registry Changes; 26.6 Working with a Remote Computer’s Registry; 26.7 Changing Registry Key Permissions; 26.8 Restricting Access to Registry Editor; 26.9 Editing the Registry from the Command Line; Part V: Advanced System Maintenance; Chapter 27: Advanced Internet Explorer Security and Administration; 27.1 Working with (and Around) Protected Mode; 27.2 Using and Customizing Internet Security Zones; 27.3 Protecting Yourself from Unsafe and Unwanted Software; 27.4 Installing, Removing, and Troubleshooting Add-ons; 27.5 Managing Cookies; 27.6 Managing Internet Explorer’s Cache and History; 27.7 Blocking Objectionable Content; 27.8 Saving and Applying Internet Explorer Settings; Chapter 28: Managing Disks and Drives; 28.1 Running Disk Management; 28.2 Managing Disks from the Command Prompt; 28.3 Understanding Disk Management Terminology; 28.4 Formatting Disks; 28.5 Creating New Volumes; 28.6 Assigning or Changing a Vo...

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