Windows Vista: The Complete Reference

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March 13, 2007


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007150950X / 9780071509503

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The Ultimate Windows Vista Resource

Take full advantage of the high-performance features available in Microsoft Windows Vista and experience the power of this integrated, next-generation operating system. Windows Vista: The Complete Reference shows you how to install and configure Windows Vista for optimal performance, customize the streamlined new desktop, display sidebars and gadgets, and enjoy all the entertainment capabilities, including music, movies, and games.

Find out how to manage your files, install software and hardware, and use the latest Internet technologies. You'll also learn to secure your system, back up and restore your files, and set up a Local Area Network (LAN) so you can share resources. Filled with clear screenshots and detailed explanations, this is your one-stop guide to mastering Windows Vista.

  • Customize your desktop with new UI components
  • Use the new User Account Control (UAC)  to prevent unauthorized changes to your computer
  • Manage files and folders using Windows Flip 3D and Windows Live Taskbar thumbnails
  • Protect your files using the Backup and Restore Center
  • Manage and edit your photos with the new Windows Photo Gallery
  • Keep track of your appointments with the new Windows Calendar
  • Use Windows Media Center to record live TV and radio, view digital photos, play music, and burn CDs and DVDs
  • Connect to the Internet and use Windows Mail, Internet Explorer 7, and Windows Live Messenger
  • Secure your PC and use Windows Update
  • Troubleshoot and tune Windows Vista for maximum performance

Table of contents

Part I: Working in Windows VistaChapter 1: The Basics of Windows VistaChapter 2: Running ProgramsChapter 3: Installing ProgramsChapter 4: Getting HelpChapter 5: Copying, Moving, and Sharing Information Between ProgramsChapter 6: Sharing Your Computer with Multiple UsersChapter 7: Managing Appointments and Schedules with Windows CalendarPart II: Managing Your DeskChapter 8: Using Files and FoldersChapter 9: Managing Files and FoldersChapter 10: Backing Up Your Files with the Backup UtilityPart III: Configuring Windows for Your ComputerChapter 11: Setting Up Your Start Menu and TaskbarChapter 12: Setting Up Your DesktopChapter 13: Configuring Your Keyboard, Mouse, Game Controller, and Regional SettingsChapter 14: Adding and Removing HardwareChapter 15: PrintingChapter 16: Running Windows Vista on LaptopsChapter 17: Ease of Access CenterPart IV: Working with Text, Pictures, Sound, and VideoChapter 18: Working with Documents in Windows VistaChapter 19: Working with GraphicsChapter 20: Working with SoundChapter 21: Working with VideoChapter 22: Working with Windows Media CenterPart V: Windows Vista on the InternetChapter 23: Configuring Windows to Work with Your ModemChapter 24: Connecting to the InternetChapter 25: Using Windows Mail for E-MailChapter 26: Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet ExplorerChapter 27: Internet Conferences with Windows Live MessengerChapter 28: Other Internet Programs That Come with Windows VistaPart VI: Networking with Windows VistaChapter 29: Designing a Windows-Based Local Area NetworkChapter 30: Configuring Windows for a LANChapter 31: Sharing Drives and Printers on a LANChapter 32: Connecting Your LAN to the InternetChapter 33: Network, Internet, and Web SecurityPart VII: Windows HousekeepingChapter 34: Formatting and Partitioning DisksChapter 35: Keeping Your Disk SafeChapter 36: Tuning Windows Vista for Maximum PerformanceChapter 37: Troubleshooting Windows VistaChapter 38: Windows Update, Windows Ultimate Extras, and Other Windows Vista ResourcesPart VIII: Behind the Scenes: Windows Vista InternalsChapter 39: Windows Vista Configuration FilesChapter 40: Registering Programs and File TypesAPPENDIX A: INSTALLING OR UPGRADING TO WINDOWS VISTAINDEX

Author comments

Margaret Levine Young is a software engineer and the bestselling author or coauthor of several computer books, including Internet: The Complete Reference.

John R. Levine is the bestselling author or coauthor of several books, including Windows XP: The Complete Reference.

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