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Windows Vista: The Complete Reference

by: Margaret Levine Young, John Levine

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Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL,15.03.07

Category: Windows Vista Level:

ISBN: 0072263768
ISBN13: 9780072263763

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  * Previous Complete References on the Windows operating system have sold over 55,000 copies combined

  * Author team co-wrote the million-selling The Internet for Dummies (Wiley, 2005)


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

Author Biography


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.

Table of Contents

Part I: Working in Windows Vista
Chapter 1: The Basics of Windows Vista
Chapter 2: Running Programs
Chapter 3: Installing Programs
Chapter 4: Getting Help
Chapter 5: Copying, Moving, and Sharing Information Between Programs
Chapter 6: Sharing Your Computer with Multiple Users
Chapter 7: Managing Appointments and Schedules with Windows Calendar
Part II: Managing Your Desk
Chapter 8: Using Files and Folders
Chapter 9: Managing Files and Folders
Chapter 10: Backing Up Your Files with the Backup Utility
Part III: Configuring Windows for Your Computer
Chapter 11: Setting Up Your Start Menu and Taskbar
Chapter 12: Setting Up Your Desktop
Chapter 13: Configuring Your Keyboard, Mouse, Game Controller, and Regional Settings
Chapter 14: Adding and Removing Hardware
Chapter 15: Printing
Chapter 16: Running Windows Vista on Laptops
Chapter 17: Ease of Access Center
Part IV: Working with Text, Pictures, Sound, and Video
Chapter 18: Working with Documents in Windows Vista
Chapter 19: Working with Graphics
Chapter 20: Working with Sound
Chapter 21: Working with Video
Chapter 22: Working with Windows Media Center
Part V: Windows Vista on the Internet
Chapter 23: Configuring Windows to Work with Your Modem
Chapter 24: Connecting to the Internet
Chapter 25: Using Windows Mail for E-Mail
Chapter 26: Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer
Chapter 27: Internet Conferences with Windows Live Messenger
Chapter 28: Other Internet Programs That Come with Windows Vista
Part VI: Networking with Windows Vista
Chapter 29: Designing a Windows-Based Local Area Network
Chapter 30: Configuring Windows for a LAN
Chapter 31: Sharing Drives and Printers on a LAN
Chapter 32: Connecting Your LAN to the Internet
Chapter 33: Network, Internet, and Web Security
Part VII: Windows Housekeeping
Chapter 34: Formatting and Partitioning Disks
Chapter 35: Keeping Your Disk Safe
Chapter 36: Tuning Windows Vista for Maximum Performance
Chapter 37: Troubleshooting Windows Vista
Chapter 38: Windows Update, Windows Ultimate Extras, and Other Windows Vista Resources
Part VIII: Behind the Scenes: Windows Vista Internals
Chapter 39: Windows Vista Configuration Files
Chapter 40: Registering Programs and File Types