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Overview

Is Windows XP making you feel like a 98-pound weakling? Is the bevy of security holes, patches, and networking gotchas making you want to reach for a revolver? If so, then you’re like millions of others who are ready to install Windows Vista - the sorely needed revision to the world’s most popular operating system. Maximum PC shows you how to get the most out of this dramatic improvement to Windows. Far from being a mere cosmetic makeover of Windows XP, Windows Vista has been reengineered from the ground up to provide a solid foundation for business, home, education, gaming, and multimedia users. We take the guesswork out of getting up to speed with Vista, and we do it without making you want to put your fist through the screen. Chock full of real world, hands-on solutions, Maximum PC Windows Vista Exposed will have you up and running in no time flat.

Here’s what you’ll find inside:
-Coverage of Vista’s all-new Aero interface
-The skinny on Vista’s new menu system
-Deep coverage of new apps within Vista, including Windows Media Player 11, Windows Movie Maker 6, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Media Center, and Windows DVD Maker
-How to secure your PC with Vista’s vastly improved security and user management features
-Advice for protecting yourself from hackers, spammers, spies, and phishers
-Details on new parental controls designed to help you protect your family
-Coverage of a heavily revamped Internet Explorer, as well as the new, built-in email application, Windows Mail.
-Steps for setting up your own home network (wired or wireless) with Vista’s much improved networking capabilities
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789735867
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Series: Future Press Series
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edward Soper has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since 1992. Mark has used almost every version of Microsoft Windows starting with version 1.04 and has contributed chapters to Special Edition Using Windows Millennium Edition, all editions of the Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP series, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows Vista, and Easy Windows Vista. Mark blogs on Windows Vista at his Amazon.com blog.

Mark is the author or coauthor of many books on a variety of technology subjects, including Upgrading and Repairing Networks, 5th Edition, Upgrading and Repairing Servers, Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Automation, and Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Networking, as well as books on digital photography, broadband Internet, computer upgrading, and A+ certification. Mark is currently writing Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center and a new A+ certification study guide. He is a regular contributor to Maximum PC magazine and writes the Windows blog for the Maximum PC website. When he’s not working on technology projects, Mark enjoys photography, researching the history of transportation, church activities, and his family.

 

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A Hard-Core Computer Enthusiast's View of Windows_VistaA Hard-Core Computer Enthusiast's View of Windows Vista

Introduction

How This Book Is Organized

Special Features

This book is designed to be like no other Windows Vista book you've seen. Some books try to cover every feature in Windows Vista, including often-rewarmed leftovers such as Paint and WordPad that haven't been exciting since—ever? Others are aimed at explaining basic features to technology newcomers. There's nothing wrong with books like these (and I've helped create a few of them as a contributing writer and technical reviewer). However, if you're an experienced Windows user, you're looking for something more. You're looking for a book that looks under Vista's hood, kicks the tires, and test drives the new and different features in Windows Vista.

In other words, Maximum PC Guide to Microsoft WindowsVista Exposed is a member of that all-too-rare class of technology books: a critical examination from a veteran technology enthusiast without an axe to grind. Like the magazine it's patterned after, this book is designed to tell the truth about Windows Vista. What features work? Which ones need work? Which features make your technology life easier? Which ones make it harder? You'll find out here.

Unlike many Windows Vista books, this one is based on actual production Windows Vista editions. That's important, because some Windows Vista features and installation methods were not known until retail product was available. This book uses the same Windows Vista that you can buy, so you know the issues,solutions, and workarounds discussed apply to your situation.

Whether you are already using Windows Vista, trying to decide whether to send in a Vista upgrade coupon, buying an upgrade version for your existing PC, or planning a computer purchase for yourself or your company, this book will help you choose the right Vista edition and get the most out of it.How This Book Is Organized

This book contains 15 chapters, divided into four sections. Sure, you can read it cover to cover—and if you're still on the fence about Windows Vista (or if you want to stroke this author's ego), you should. But, if you're already using Windows Vista, make the most of this book by jumping directly into the sections that answer your most burning questions:

  • What makes Windows Vista different? Better? And which Windows Vista edition is right for me? See Part I, "Introducing Windows Vista," for the answers.

  • What's the best way to get started with Windows Vista? Discover how to install it, configure it, and use it to manage files, hardware, and contacts in Part II, "Getting to Work with Vista."

  • What's new in media and gaming? What's happening with networking? It's time for Part III, "Windows Vista at Play: Entertainment, Internet, and Networking."

  • How can I protect my Windows Vista system, safeguard the data it contains, and fix problems? Part IV, "Keeping Windows Vista Safe with Backup and Troubleshooting Tools," has the answers you need.

Special Features

If this book reminds you of a very large special edition of MaximumPC, the magazine, there's a good reason: It's designed to read like it! We've added lots of special features to make your reading enjoyable, useful, and on-task:

  • Lots of figures, including annotated and overlapping figures, help you discover Windows Vista's most significant new features.

  • Tips, Cautions, and Notes are sprinkled liberally throughout the text to help you find shortcuts, watch out for potential problems, and learn more about a particular topic.

  • Sidebars provide focused discussions of topics that might not appeal to every reader, but provide extra information that may be essential to you.

  • Feature ratings, using the venerable thumbs up/thumbs down method (hint: it's a lot older than that movie-rating TV show), help you discover what works—and what needs work.


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I:   Introducing Windows Vista 3

1   Welcome to Windows Vista 5

2   The Many Editions of Windows Vista 23

Part II: Getting to Work with Vista   35

3   Installing Windows Vista   37

4   Mastering the Vista User Interface 73

5   Vista Tools for Faster and Better File Organization   97

6   Mastering Your Hardware and Environment with Vista 121

7   Managing Your Contacts with Vista    151

Part III:   Windows Vista at Play: Entertainment, Internet, and Networking 173

8   Mastering Windows Media Player 11 175

9   Windows Media Center the Vista Way  219

10    Gaming with Windows Vista 247

11    Internet the Windows Vista Way 267

12    Building a Home Network the Windows Vista Way   289

Part IV:    Keeping Windows Vista Safe with Backup and Troubleshooting Tools 309

13    Burn, Baby, Burn! Backup Inferno   311

14    Protecting Windows Vista 327

15    Troubleshooting and Maintaining Windows Vista 353

Index 385

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