Windows Vista in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

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This unique reference thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Microsoft's new operating system, with alphabetical listings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes, buttons, scrollbars and other elements of Windows Vista. With this book's simple organization, you'll easily find any setting, tool, or feature for the task you want to accomplish.

Along with a system overview that highlights major changes, and a tour of the basics such as manipulating ...

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Overview

This unique reference thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Microsoft's new operating system, with alphabetical listings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes, buttons, scrollbars and other elements of Windows Vista. With this book's simple organization, you'll easily find any setting, tool, or feature for the task you want to accomplish.

Along with a system overview that highlights major changes, and a tour of the basics such as manipulating files and getting around the interface, Windows Vista in a Nutshell offers alphabetized references for these topics:

  • The User Interface: Covers the Sidebar, Aero Glass, the new Control Panel layout, and applets, as well as how to customize animated windows, the desktop, Start menu, pop-up windows on the Taskbar, and more.
  • The File System, Drives, Data, and Search: Discusses working with the new Windows Explorer, Virtual Folders, searches, indexing, saved searches, metadata, and sharing.
  • The Internet and Networking: Examines TCP/IP, RSS, tabbed browsing, and anti-phishing features of Internet Explorer, plus cookie handling, parental control features, and more.
  • Networking and Wireless: Offers an illustrated, step-by-step guide to setting up a home network; covers the Network Center, Sync Center, Hot Spot access, wireless management, collaboration, and sharing.
  • Working with Hardware: Describes how to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware—including keyboards, mice, monitors, USB devices, scanners, cameras, and sound devices—and how to add, install, and troubleshoot drivers.
  • Security: Includes the Security Center, Windows Defender, User Account Protection, System Protection, Network Access Protection, WiFi encryption, Windows Firewall, file encryption, and more.
  • Mobility: Explains Mobility Center settings, plugging a secondary monitor into your computer, and the new "network projection" feature for making presentations.
  • Multimedia: Covers Windows Photo Gallery, Media Player, Media Center, podcasting features, connecting to and synching with MP3 players, recording TV and videos, making videos with Windows Movie Maker, and burning CDs and DVDs.
  • The Command Prompt: Provides commands for working with files, utilities for troubleshooting the network, and instructions on how to create your own batch files.

Appendixes include information on installation, keyboard shortcuts, common filename extensions, and more. Windows Vista in a Nutshell is your one-stop source for everything you need from Microsoft's latest operating system.

Written for enthusiasts and IT pros, this comprehensive reference covers every feature of the new operating system, which will be sold to millions of Windows XP and 2000 upgraders and installed on all new PCs shipped.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527075
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 965,808
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Preston Gralla, editor of O'Reilly Network's WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet, is the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. He has written for national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others.

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Table of Contents

Preface;
Considerations and Scope;
Organization of the Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
We'd Like to Hear from You;
Safari® Enabled;
Acknowledgments;
Part I: The Big Picture;
Chapter 1: The Lay of the Land;
1.1 The Big Picture;
1.2 What's New in Windows Vista;
1.3 Windows Vista Editions;
1.4 Hardware Requirements;
1.5 Upgrading from Earlier Versions of Windows;
Chapter 2: Using Windows Vista;
2.1 The Desktop;
2.2 Point-and-Click Operations;
2.3 Starting Up Applications;
2.4 Windows and Menus;
2.5 Keyboard Accelerators;
2.6 Common Controls;
2.7 Files, Folders, and Disks;
2.8 The Command Line;
2.9 Online Help;
2.10 Shutting Down;
Part II: Nutshell Reference;
Chapter 3: The User Interface;
1.1 Controlling the Interface;
Chapter 4: Working with the Filesystem, Drives, Data, and Search;
Chapter 5: Internet Explorer;
5.1 Security;
Chapter 6: Windows Mail;
Chapter 7: Networking, Wireless, and Mobility;
7.1 Networking 101;
7.2 Planning Your Network;
7.3 Setting Up a Network;
7.4 Wired and Wireless Connections, Management, and Configuration;
7.5 Sharing Resources and Files;
7.6 Network Applications;
7.7 Mobile Computing;
7.8 Networking and Internet Command-Line Tools;
Chapter 8: Security;
8.1 General Security;
8.2 Internet Security;
8.3 Encryption;
Chapter 9: Working with Hardware;
Chapter 10: Managing Programs, Users, and Your Computer;
10.1 User Accounts and Computer Management;
10.2 Applications and Utilities;
10.3 Games;
Chapter 11: Performance and Troubleshooting;
11.1 Performance, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting;
11.2 Startup;
Chapter 12: Graphics and Multimedia;
Chapter 13: The Registry;
13.1 What's in the Registry;
13.2 Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values;
13.3 Registry Protection in Windows Vista;
13.4 Organization of the Registry;
13.5 Hives;
13.6 Backing Up the Registry;
13.7 Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches;
13.8 Five Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry;
Chapter 14: The Command Prompt;
14.1 Using the Command Line;
14.2 Command Prompt Choices;
14.3 Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirection;
14.4 Batch Files;
Part III: Appendixes;
Installing Windows Vista;
A.1 Performing a Clean Install;
A.2 Upgrading from a Previous Version of Windows;
A.3 Windows Anytime Upgrade;
A.4 Potential Problems During Setup;
Keyboard Shortcuts;
B.1 Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Key;
B.2 Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function;
Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters;
Common Filename Extensions;
Services;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a network administrator or application developer? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Preston Gralla, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that focuses on users and their networks and applications, not on large enterprise or corporate systems or network administration. Gralla, begins with a brief guided tour of Windows Vista. Then, the author covers the basics of using windows, such as starting applications, manipulating files, and getting around the interface. Next, he provides a thorough examination of the elements that make up the Windows Vista graphical user interface. The author also covers all aspects of files and the file system, including the myriad of new features of Windows Explorer. He continues by detailing all aspects of the revamped browser in Windows. Then, the author puts the spotlight on the e-mail program formerly known as Outlook Express. Next, he covers wired and wireless networks, as well as laptops and mobile computing. The author then covers the myriad of new security tools built into Vista, with an emphasis on Internet security. He continues by covering everything about setting up, maintaining , and troubleshooting hardware, including keyboards, mice, monitors, USB devices, input devices, scanners, cameras, sound devices, and printers. Then, he covers how user accounts work on Windows Vista, and how to make use of them. Next, he covers all of the performance and troubleshooting tools in Windows. In addition, the author covers music and video playing and production, as well as new features that make it easier to connect a variety of multimedia devices to a PC. He continues by describing the organization o the Windows XP Registry, the central configuration database upon which Windows and all of your applications rely to function and remember your settings. Finally, the author provides complete documentation of the Command Prompt--which is often the overlooked and underestimated part of the operating system. This most excellent book offers you a basic understanding of the deeper levels of network configuration available in large, enterprise-level networks. Perhaps more importantly, this book has tried to speak universal truths about Windows Vista.

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