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Vista is the most radical revamping of Windows since 1995. However, along with all the fantastic improvements, there are a couple of things that likely drive you up the wall. Don’t worry, though—just join forces with author Steve Sinchak and you’ll end up feeling as though Microsoft designed Vista just for you! He shows you how to tweak logon screen settings, build custom Sidebar gadgets, personalize Aero Glass with themes and visual styles, turn your PC into an HDTV media center, fine-tune your firewall, and ...
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Vista is the most radical revamping of Windows since 1995. However, along with all the fantastic improvements, there are a couple of things that likely drive you up the wall. Don’t worry, though—just join forces with author Steve Sinchak and you’ll end up feeling as though Microsoft designed Vista just for you! He shows you how to tweak logon screen settings, build custom Sidebar gadgets, personalize Aero Glass with themes and visual styles, turn your PC into an HDTV media center, fine-tune your firewall, and more.
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Microsoft has poured millions of person-hours into Windows Vista. Guess what: A few hours of your own time could make it a whole lot better -- more convenient, more efficient, faster, more secure, and less frustrating. Steve Sinchak proves that in Hacking Windows Vista.

Sinchak has earned Microsoft's elite MVP designation and hosts the hugely popular TweakVista.com. His previous book, Hacking Windows XP, quickly became the No. 1 book ever released in the ExtremeTech series, and it deserved the plaudits it received. Here, he's gone back to the drawing board, returning with an enormous collection of great ideas for Vista power users.

Take, for instance, his comprehensive coverage of understanding system performance and then improving it. (Typically, without spending a dime. But even those rare techniques which aren't free are still quite cheap -- such as giving Windows more memory via a ReadyBoost-compliant USB key). There's a full chapter on speeding up system boot (Vista's Boot Manager gives you 30 seconds to choose an operating system before it loads Vista, but what if you always choose Vista?) Oh, and do you really need to load all those programs in your startup folder, including that maddening RealPlayer Message Center? We highly doubt it.)

But performance is just one area Sinchak focuses on. He reveals great interface customizations for new Vista features like Aero Glass and Windows Sidebar; shows how to change your right-click Send To menu; even walks you through creating multiple home pages in IE7 (when you open your browser, each page opens in a separate tab.) He walks you through everything from customizing Windows Media with virtual surround sound to improving your system's privacy. This is one Vista book that'll keep paying dividends for years to come. Bill Camarda, from the July 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470046876
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #46
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Sinchak, in addition to being a Microsoft MVP, is an entrepreneur who runs a Web development firm, Advanced PC Media LLC. He has worked with computers for 15 years and writes for several geek-oriented Web sites, including TweakVista.com. Steve is a systems engineer for a Global 100 company and the author of several books, including Hacking Windows XP, also published by Wiley.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Customizing Your Computer.

Chapter 1: Customizing the Look of the Startup.

Chapter 2: Customizing User Navigation.

Chapter 3: Hacking the Desktop.

Chapter 4: Customizing the Appearance of the Windows Interface.

Chapter 5: Hacking Windows Explorer.

Chapter 6: Hacking IE7.

Chapter 7: Hacking Windows Media.

Part II: Increasing Your System's Performance.

Chapter 8: Analyzing Your System.

Chapter 9: Speeding Up the System Boot.

Chapter 10: Making Your Computer Log On Faster.

Chapter 11: Speeding Up Windows Explorer.

Chapter 12: Optimizing Windows Core Components.

Chapter 13: Speeding Up Your Web Browser and Network Connection.

Part III: Securing Your System.

Chapter 14: Windows Security.

Chapter 15: Internet Security.

Chapter 16: Protecting Your Privacy.

Index.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    I expected to learn more funny thing is I felt I already knew 85+ percent of the material in the book... Do not mistake me I learned a handful of regedit tweaks.. This book would be good for a person who does not know anything about vista but is curious to learn more better than a vista for dummies book.

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