Windows Vista: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]


Windows Vista is Microsoft's most important software release in more than a decade. It offers users an abundance of new and upgraded features that were more than five years in the making: a gorgeous, glass-like visual overhaul; superior searching and organization tools; a multimedia and collaboration suite; and above all, a massive, top-to-bottom security-shield overhaul. There's scarcely a single feature of the older versions of Windows that hasn't been tweaked, overhauled, or ...

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Windows Vista is Microsoft's most important software release in more than a decade. It offers users an abundance of new and upgraded features that were more than five years in the making: a gorgeous, glass-like visual overhaul; superior searching and organization tools; a multimedia and collaboration suite; and above all, a massive, top-to-bottom security-shield overhaul. There's scarcely a single feature of the older versions of Windows that hasn't been tweaked, overhauled, or replaced entirely.

But when users first encounter this beautiful new operating system, there's gonna be a whole lotta head-scratchin', starting with trying to figure out which of the five versions of Vista is installed on the PC (Home, Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate).

Thankfully, Windows Vista: The Missing Manual offers coverage of all five versions. Like its predecessors, this book from New York Times columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners, veteran standalone PC users, and those who know their way around a network. Readers will learn how to:

  • Navigate Vista's elegant new desktop
  • Locate anything on your hard drive quickly with the fast, powerful, and fully integrated search function
  • Use the Media Center to record TV and radio, present photos, play music, and record any of the above to DVD
  • Chat, videoconference, and surf the Web with the vastly improved Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browser
  • Build a network for file sharing, set up workgroups, and connect from the road
  • Protect your PC and network with Vista's beefed up security
  • And much more.

This jargon-free guide explains Vista's features clearly and thoroughly, revealing which work well and which don't. It's the book that should have been in the box!

This text offers coverage of all five Vista versions. Like its predecessors, this book from "New York Times" columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hard nosed objectivity for beginners, veteran stand alone PC users, and those who know their way around a network.

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Pogue is great at providing an expert user's perspective on working with the operating system efficiently and pragmatically. He doesn't just describe a feature or function but includes tips and guides on how to be more efficient and practical with it .... The Manual is written so that one almost feels that they are getting a one-on-one, hands-on lesson, in using Windows Vista.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596554002
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/27/2006
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year").Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie, and many others. His Web page is, and his email address is

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
What's New in Windows Vista;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Part 1: The Vista Desktop;
Chapter 1: Welcome Center, Desktop, and the Start Menu;
1.1 The Welcome Center;
1.2 The Vista Desktop—Now with Aero!;
1.3 The Start Menu;
1.4 What's in the Start Menu;
1.5 Start - (Sleep);
1.6 Start - (Lock);
1.7 Start - Log Off, Restart, Hibernate, Shut Down;
1.8 Start - Help and Support;
1.9 Start - Default Programs;
1.10 Start - Control Panel;
1.11 Start - Connect To;
1.12 Start - Network;
1.13 Start - Computer;
1.14 Start - Recent Items;
1.15 Start - Search;
1.16 Start - Games;
1.17 Start - Music, Pictures;
1.18 Start - Documents;
1.19 Start - [Your Name]: The Personal Folder;
1.20 Start - Run;
1.21 Customizing the Start Menu;
Chapter 2: Explorer, Windows, and the Taskbar;
2.1 Universal Window Controls;
2.2 Explorer Window Controls;
2.3 Optional Window Panes;
2.4 Tags, Metadata, and Properties;
2.5 Icon and List Views;
2.6 Sorting, Grouping, Stacking, and Filtering;
2.7 Uni-Window vs. Multi-Window;
2.8 Immortalizing Your Tweaks;
2.9 The "Folder Options" Options;
2.10 Sizing, Moving, and Closing Windows;
2.11 Windows Flip (Alt+Tab);
2.12 Windows Flip 3D;
2.13 The Taskbar;
2.14 Taskbar Toolbars;
Chapter 3: Searching and Organizing Your Files;
3.1 Meet Vista Search;
3.2 Search from the Start Menu;
3.3 Explorer-Window Searches;
3.4 Saved Searches (Search Folders);
3.5 The Folders of Windows Vista;
3.6 Life with Icons;
3.7 Selecting Icons;
3.8 Copying and Moving Folders and Files;
3.9 The Recycle Bin;
3.10 Shortcut Icons;
3.11 Compressing Files and Folders;
3.12 Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop;
Chapter 4: Interior Decorating Vista;
4.1 Aero or Not;
4.2 Dialing Up Your Own Look;
4.3 Desktop Background (Wallpaper);
4.4 Screen Savers;
4.5 Sounds;
4.6 Mouse Makeover;
4.7 Change Your Theme;
4.8 Monitor Settings;
Chapter 5: Getting Help;
5.1 Navigating the Help System;
5.2 Remote Assistance;
5.3 Getting Help from Microsoft;
Part 2: Vista Software;
Chapter 6: Programs, Documents, and Gadgets;
6.1 Opening Programs;
6.2 Exiting Programs;
6.3 When Programs Die: The Task Manager;
6.4 Saving Documents;
6.5 Closing Documents;
6.6 The Open Dialog Box;
6.7 Moving Data Between Documents;
6.8 Speech Recognition;
6.9 The Sidebar;
6.10 Filename Extensions and File Associations;
6.11 Installing Software;
6.12 Uninstalling Software;
6.13 Running Pre-Vista Programs;
Chapter 7: The Freebie Software;
7.1 Default Programs;
7.2 Internet Explorer;
7.3 Windows Calendar;
7.4 Windows Contacts;
7.5 Windows Defender;
7.6 Windows DVD Maker;
7.7 Windows Fax and Scan;
7.8 Windows Live Messenger Download;
7.9 Windows Mail;
7.10 Windows Media Center;
7.11 Windows Media Player;
7.12 Windows Meeting Space;
7.13 Windows Movie Maker;
7.14 Windows Photo Gallery;
7.15 Windows Update;
7.16 Accessories;
7.17 Extras and Upgrades;
7.18 Games;
7.19 Maintenance;
7.20 Startup;
Chapter 8: The Control Panel;
8.1 Home View: The Big Vista Change;
8.2 Classic View;
8.3 The Control Panel, Applet by Applet;
Part 3: Vista Online;
Chapter 9: Hooking Up to the Internet;
9.1 Broadband Connections (Cable Modems and DSL);
9.2 Wireless Networks;
9.3 Dial-Up Connections;
9.4 Connection Management;
9.5 Details on Dial-Up;
Chapter 10: Internet Security;
10.1 Security Center;
10.2 Windows Firewall;
10.3 Windows Defender;
10.4 The Phishing Filter;
10.5 Privacy and Cookies;
10.6 History: Erasing Your Tracks;
10.7 The Pop-up Blocker;
10.8 Internet Security Zones;
10.9 Hot Spot Security;
10.10 Protect Your Home Wireless Network;
10.11 Parental Controls;
Chapter 11: Internet Explorer 7;
11.1 IE7: The Grand Tour;
11.2 Tabbed Browsing;
11.3 Favorites (Bookmarks);
11.4 History List;
11.5 RSS: The Missing Manual;
11.6 Tips for Better Surfing;
11.7 The Keyboard Shortcut Master List;
Chapter 12: Windows Mail;
12.1 Setting Up Windows Mail;
12.2 Sending Email;
12.3 Reading Email;
12.4 Junk Email;
12.5 Configuring Windows Mail;
12.6 Newsgroups;
Part 4: Pictures, Movies, and Media Center;
Chapter 13: Windows Photo Gallery;
13.1 Photo Gallery: The Application;
13.2 Getting Pictures into Photo Gallery;
13.3 The Post-Dump Slideshow;
13.4 The Digital Shoebox;
13.5 Tags and Ratings;
13.6 Editing Your Shots;
13.7 Finding Your Audience;
Chapter 14: Windows Media Player;
14.1 The Lay of the Land;
14.2 Online Music Stores;
14.3 DVD Movies;
14.4 Pictures and Videos;
Chapter 15: Movie Maker and DVD Maker;
15.1 Importing Video, Music, and Photos;
15.2 Editing Video;
15.3 DVD Maker;
Chapter 16: Media Center;
16.1 Your Gear List;
16.2 Setup;
16.3 TV: Your PC as TiVo;
16.4 Music: Your PC as Jukebox;
16.5 Photos and Video;
16.6 Advanced Settings;
Part 5: Hardware and Peripherals;
Chapter 17: Fax, Print, and Scan;
17.1 Installing a Printer;
17.2 Printing;
17.3 Controlling Printouts;
17.4 Fancy Printer Tricks;
17.5 Printer Troubleshooting;
17.6 Fonts;
17.7 Faxing;
17.8 Scanning Documents;
Chapter 18: Hardware;
18.1 External Gadgets;
18.2 Installing Cards in Expansion Slots;
18.3 Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear;
18.4 Driver Signing;
18.5 The Device Manager;
Chapter 19: Laptops, Tablets, and Palmtops;
19.1 Laptops;
19.2 Tablet PCs;
19.3 Windows Mobile Devices;
19.4 The Sync Center;
19.5 Offline Files;
Part 6: PC Health;
Chapter 20: Maintenance and Speed Tweaks;
20.1 Disk Cleanup;
20.2 Disk Defragmenter;
20.3 Hard Drive Checkups;
20.4 Disk Management;
20.5 Task Scheduler;
20.6 Four Speed Tricks;
20.7 Windows Update;
Chapter 21: The Disk Chapter;
21.1 Dynamic Disks;
21.2 Compressing Files and Folders;
21.3 Encrypting Files and Folders;
21.4 BitLocker Drive Encryption;
Chapter 22: Backups and Troubleshooting;
22.1 Automatic Backups;
22.2 Complete PC Backup;
22.3 System Restore;
22.4 Shadow Copies;
22.5 Safe Mode and the Startup Menu;
22.6 Problem Reports and Solutions;
22.7 Startup Repair (Windows Recovery Environment);
Part 7: The Vista Network;
Chapter 23: Accounts (and Logging On);
23.1 Introducing User Accounts;
23.2 Windows Vista: The OS with Two Faces;
23.3 Local Accounts;
23.4 Local Accounts on a Domain Computer;
23.5 Local Users and Groups;
23.6 Fast User Switching;
23.7 Logging On;
23.8 Profiles;
23.9 NTFS Permissions: Protecting Your Stuff;
Chapter 24: Setting Up a Workgroup Network;
24.1 Kinds of Networks;
24.2 Sharing an Internet Connection;
24.3 The Network and Sharing Center;
Chapter 25: Network Domains;
25.1 The Domain;
25.2 Joining a Domain;
25.3 Four Ways Life Is Different on a Domain;
Chapter 26: Network Sharing and Collaboration;
26.1 Sharing Files;
26.2 Accessing Shared Files;
26.3 Mapping Shares to Drive Letters;
26.4 Windows Meeting Space;
Chapter 27: Vista by Remote Control;
27.1 Remote Access Basics;
27.2 Dialing Direct;
27.3 Virtual Private Networking;
27.4 Remote Desktop;
Part 8: Appendixes;
Appendix A: Installing Windows Vista;
A.1 Before You Begin;
A.2 Upgrade vs. Clean Install;
A.3 Dual Booting;
A.4 Installing Windows Vista;
A.5 Welcome Center;
A.6 Activation;
A.7 Windows Easy Transfer;
Appendix B: Fun with the Registry;
B.1 Meet Regedit;
B.2 Regedit Examples;
Appendix C: Where'd It Go;
Appendix D: The Master Keyboard Shortcut List;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    Easy Fun Read

    Enjoy. Nice flow of information, easy to read, clear to understand, and sprinkled with humor along the way. If you know how to turn on a computer and move around, this book is for you. You move from one subject matter to the next with new confidence in your understanding of Vista. While there may be other books on Vista, I'm happy with my choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Beta Book?

    I've been trying to get an early start on Windows Vista and picked up a few early preview books. All the other preview books say so, why doesn't this say it is a preview book when it clearly is? Also after a few chapters I realized the author doesn't really understand the product. How can someone writer about something he doesn't understand? Baffling.... Skip this one.

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