Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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Packed with information on the latest tools in Windows Vista, this book covers updated interface features, security options, DVD authoring, and setup processes, plus the newly introduced Windows Desktop Search Nine valuable minibooks address Vista basics, customizing, searching and sharing, the Internet, hardware, multimedia, security, and wired and wireless networking Features a brand-new minibook on popular third-party software such as Firefox and Google Desktop search New chapters focus on filesharing, ...

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Overview

Packed with information on the latest tools in Windows Vista, this book covers updated interface features, security options, DVD authoring, and setup processes, plus the newly introduced Windows Desktop Search Nine valuable minibooks address Vista basics, customizing, searching and sharing, the Internet, hardware, multimedia, security, and wired and wireless networking Features a brand-new minibook on popular third-party software such as Firefox and Google Desktop search New chapters focus on filesharing, podcasting, and how to use an iPod optimally with Windows

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Microsoft Vista looks different, feels different, from its Aero Glass interface to its beefed-up security. Why not let a Windows legend help you settle in? The legend is Woody Leonhard, and his book is Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies.

Well, actually, not one book: this is really nine mini-books in one. Book #1 is your Windows Vista "orientation," including a chapter for complete newbies and another for Windows XP upgraders. Leonhard helps you choose the right version of Vista, too (and with Microsoft's confusing new choices, that's tougher than it sounds.)

In Book #2, "Vista Boot Camp," you'll get down to business: navigating Vista, working with files, handling routine maintenance, and so forth. Then, there's an entire mini-book on Vista security, from the new Security Center to the improved firewall. Here, Leonhard tells you all you need to know about virus protection and the new Windows Defender, and offers his no-baloney views on Windows' automated patching system.

The topics are serious, but Leonhard's unique voice makes it all go down easy. And, once your system's secured, it's time for some out-and-out fun. Leonhard walks you through personalizing your desktop, then provides some nifty tips on "beating and cheating" Vista's souped-up game collection.

Next, you'll explore Vista's Internet toolset, from email and IM to Internet Explorer. A nice touch: This book covers Firefox, too. Along similar lines, if you own an iPod, you'll appreciate Leonhard's full chapter on iPods and iTunes, not something typically found in a Windows book. In fact, two whole mini-books are dedicated to multimedia and video: everything from Windows Media Player 11 to podcasting to moviemaking. Bill Camarda, from the January 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471749417
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/18/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 850,992
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Woody Leonhard's wisdom and straight-shooting style have saved many from Windows agony. He invented the "MS-DEFCON" system for consumers to safely apply patches. He runs the AskWoody.com Web site and has written a dozen For Dummies books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book I: A Vista Orientation 9

Chapter 1: Windows 4 N00bs 11

Chapter 2: Vista versus the WinXPerienced 27

Chapter 3: Choosing a Version 35

Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs 43

Book II: Vista Boot Camp 59

Chapter 1: Running Vista from Start to Finish 61

Chapter 2: Controlling Users 97

Chapter 3: Maintaining Your System 113

Chapter 4: Getting the Basic Stuff Done 147

Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vista 171

Book III: Securing Vista 187

Chapter 1: Lock Down: Spies, Spams, Scams, and Slams 189

Chapter 2: Security Center Overview 217

Chapter 3: Windows Firewall Backward and Forward 225

Chapter 4: Patching and Plugging 249

Chapter 5: Virus Protection and the Big Defender 263

Book IV: Customizing Vista 281

Chapter 1: Personalizing Your Desktop 283

Chapter 2: Organizing Your Vista Interface 303

Chapter 3: Searching on Your Desktop 321

Chapter 4: Beating and Cheating Vista’s Games 333

Book V: Vista on the Internet 345

Chapter 1: Getting the Most from the Internet 347

Chapter 2: Finding Your Way around Internet Explorer (And Firefox) 363

Chapter 3: Making Internet Explorer Your Own 387

Chapter 4: Windows Mail and the Alternatives 399

Chapter 5: Working Together — IM OK, You’re OK 413

Chapter 6: Searching on the Internet 425

Book VI: Adding Cool Hardware 437

Chapter 1: Finding and Installing the Hardware You Want 439

Chapter 2: iPimping iPods and iTunes 465

Chapter 3: Adding a Second (Or Third) Hard Drive 485

Chapter 4: Picking Printers and Printer/Scanner/Faxers 493

Book VII: Joining the Multimedia Mix 511

Chapter 1: Jammin’ with Windows Media Player 513

Chapter 2: Podcasting 553

Chapter 3: Discovering Digital Cameras 563

Chapter 4: Mugging in the Photo Gallery 581

Chapter 5: Lights! Action! Windows Movie Maker 595

Book VIII: Vista Video 617

Chapter 1: Preparing a Media Center PC 619

Chapter 2: Starting Media Center 631

Chapter 3: Turning On the Tube 641

Chapter 4: Beyond the Media Center Basics 651

Book IX: Setting Up a Vista Network 667

Chapter 1: Those Pesky Network Things You Need to Know 669

Chapter 2: Building Your Network 683

Chapter 3: Putting the Why in Wi-Fi 705

Index 721

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Clear and concise

    As the author says, not for reading cover to cover, but when you find your problem his expanations are clear and concise. However, one must apparently be smarter than this Dummy to think of the right word to find one's problem in the index. For example, there is no "uninstall" under U in the index even though it's an operation one performs infrequently enough that it must be looked up. Still, I know it's there somewhere and, when I find it, it'll be explained clearly and concisely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    Worth buying

    This a helpfull book to have around the desk. It's helpfull in different chapters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Call New Delhi, Instead

    A guide for "dummies" should be simple, clear, free of jargon and well-ganized. The author appears more interested in displays of questionable
    wit, which include weak analogies and cutsie meanderings, than teaching. My tech support person in New Delhi was far more helpful and his efforts were covered by my DSL service. Let's hear it for outsourcing.

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