Switching to Microsoft Windows 7: The Painless Way to Upgrade from Windows XP or Vista [NOOK Book]

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The only Windows 7 book upgraders need!

Switching to Microsoft Windows 7? Here?s all the help you?ll ever need!

Learn how to move from Windows XP or Windows Vista quickly and painlessly? discover the fast, efficient ?Windows 7 way? to perform every common task... do more with your PC than you ever could before! It?s all here... everything from Family Safety to Photo Gallery, ...

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Overview

The only Windows 7 book upgraders need!

Switching to Microsoft Windows 7? Here’s all the help you’ll ever need!

Learn how to move from Windows XP or Windows Vista quickly and painlessly… discover the fast, efficient “Windows 7 way” to perform every common task... do more with your PC than you ever could before! It’s all here... everything from Family Safety to Photo Gallery, to search to security!

Every Windows 7 upgrader needs a friendly expert to show them the ropes. With this book, you’ve got yours!

  • Discover what’s different about Windows 7–and what hasn’t changed from Vista and XP
  • Plan for the easiest possible upgrade
  • Migrate your applications and data, painlessly
  • Find everything fast, with Windows 7’s supercharged search tools
  • Use Microsoft’s latest new applications–including the downloadable, free Live Essentials
  • Set up Windows 7 networks, and connect Windows 7 computers to existing networks
  • Use Windows 7’s powerful new virtual hard disk feature
  • And much more...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768692198
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,108,324
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Elna R. Tymes and Charles E. Prael are a writing team who have been authoring books about computers and software since the mid-1980s. They have written a large number of books and manuals about both Windows and Macintosh environments and have an active consulting practice working with Silicon Valley companies in the areas of program development, writing, and training. Working with their company, Los Trancos Systems, Tymes and Prael have developed a video server for Stanford University; standalone training material for Oracle and other Silicon Valley companies; and documentation sets for such widely diverse companies as Genentech, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and a host of smaller companies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

1 Planning Your Upgrade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Which Version of Windows 7? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Windows 7 Starter Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Windows 7 Home Basic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Windows 7 Home Premium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Windows 7 Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate . . . . . . . . . . .9

Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Windows Compatibility List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Windows Logo’d Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Hardware Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

More Than the Minimum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

CPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Disk Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Graphics Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

DVD Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Audio Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Internet Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Finding Out What You Have . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Backing Up Under Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Backing Up Under Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Running Windows Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

2 Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Evaluating Applications for Upgrading or Cross-Grading . . .25

A Word About Data Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Applying Application Standards to Older Operating

Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Migrating Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Dealing with Applications Versus Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Migration Versus Reinstallation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Cross-Grading Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

3 Migrating from XP to Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

Migrating Applications from Windows XP to Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

Installing Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

How to Do a Custom (Clean) Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

Migrating Your Applications from XP to Windows 7 . . . . . . . . .46

Installing Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

Reloading Application and User Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

Resolving Application Upgrades and Cross-Grades . . . . . .48

4 Migrating from Vista to Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Documenting Your Vista System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

What You Need to Have on Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Performing the Migration to Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Installing Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

How to Perform a Custom (Clean) Installation . . . . . . . . . . . .53

How to Perform an Upgrade Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Finishing the Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

5 Application and Data Migration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Which Approach to Use? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

Choosing the Right Migration Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

General Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

Migrating Data on a Single Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Task 1: Install the Migration Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66

Task 2: Create and Store Your Application Archive . . . . . . .66

Task 3: Install Windows 7 and Antivirus Software . . . . . . . . .74

Task 4: Install the Migration Software Under Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . .75

Task 5: Use Migration Software to Install Your Application/Data Archive . . . .75

Migrating Applications and Data to a New Windows 7 Computer . . . . . . . . .

Task 1: Premigration Setup for Network Connect . . . . . . . .79

Task 2: Install the Migration Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Task 3: Create a Connection Between the Two Computers . . . . . . . . . . .82

Task 4: Use the Migration Software to Perform Your Migration . . . . . . .82

Task 5: Clean Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87

Using PC Mover to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 . . . . . . .87

Disposing of Your Old Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

Software Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

Disposing of Your Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

6 New Windows 7 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

What’s on the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

Desktop Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92

Clock Gadget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92

View Headlines Gadget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93

Slide Show Gadget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

Recycle Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

Taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95

Changes to the Graphical User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

Aero Peek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

Aero Shake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

Aero Snap Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

Jump Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97

Invisible Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97

Altering Taskbar, Start Menu, and Toolbar Properties . . . . . . . .98

Changing Taskbar Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

Changing Start Menu Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

Changing Toolbar Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

The Calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

Windows 7 Search Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

Changes to the Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104

Device Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105

Devices and Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106

Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107

Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107

Virtual Hard Disks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

ClearType Text Tuner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109

Gadgets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109

Sticky Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

Workspaces Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

Location and Other Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

Credentials Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Biometrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

HomeGroups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

Wireless Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

Direct Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

BranchCache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120

Security (Windows Action Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120

APIs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

Changes to AutoPlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

BitLocker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

AppLocker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

Windows Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

Play To . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

Streaming Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

Windows Live . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

User Interface Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127

Speech Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

Internet Explorer 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

New Features in Internet Explorer 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

Visual Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130

Using Internet Explorer’s Instant Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131

Accelerators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132

Web Slices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132

7 New Windows 7 Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Windows Live . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135

Bing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137

Windows Live Messenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138

Windows Live Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

Windows Live Photo Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143

Windows Live Writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144

Windows Live Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145

Windows Live Family Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146

Windows Live Movie Maker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146

Live Movie Maker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146

Windows Live Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148

SkyDrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148

Office Outlook Connector 12.1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150

Office Live Add-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150

Silverlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

Windows Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

Internet Explorer 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156

Accelerators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157

Web Slices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157

Colored Tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158

InPrivate Browsing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158

InPrivate Filtering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158

8 Windows 7 Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

New Security Features in Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161

The Action Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162

BitLocker To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Direct Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166

Credentials Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

Windows Live Family Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

SkyDrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

Fingerprint Scanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168

Smart Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168

New Security Features in Internet Explorer 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168

InPrivate Browsing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

SmartScreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

Microsoft Security Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171

A Word about File Sharing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171

9 Windows 7 Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Setting Up Your Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173

Setting Up Your Home Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174

Connecting a Printer or Other Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185

Uninstalling a Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186

Adding a Device Not Shown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186

Your HomeGroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187

Changing Your Homegroup Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189

Libraries and Public Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189

Creating a New Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .190

Network and Sharing Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .191

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192

Using the Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192

Windows 7 and Domains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193

10 Windows 7 Wireless Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

Setting Up a Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196

Viewing and Connecting to Available Wireless Networks . . . . .. . . . .198

How Do I Know if a Wireless Network Is Secure? . . . . . . . . . . . .199

What Makes a Home or Work Network Safe to Connect To? . . . . .200

How Windows Firewall Affects Network Locations . . . . . . . . .201

Some Wi-Fi Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202

Choosing a Network Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203

To Change a Network Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .204

Connecting to the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205

11 Virtualization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

Advantages of Virtualization and VHDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208

Disadvantages of Virtualization and VHDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210

Virtualization and VHDs in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210

Example 1: Garage-Based Manufacturer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210

Example 2: Freelance Graphic Artist and Publisher . . . . .211

Example 3: Multiple Home Users Under the Same Roof . . . .211

Using Windows 7 Virtualization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212

Virtual Hard Disks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212

Native Hard Disk Support in Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213

Creating a VHD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214

Dependent VHDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216

Creating VHDs from Within Windows 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .217

Mounting VHDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .218

Windows XP Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219

Configuring Windows XP Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223

Virtual Windows XP Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223

Why Use Windows XP Mode? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224

Windows 7 and Existing Virtualization Environments . . . . . .224

Sun xVM VirtualBox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

VMWare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228

Other Virtual Environments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230

Moving to a Virtualized Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230

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