Windows Vista: Beyond the Manual

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Windows Vista: Beyond the Manual is a comprehensive guide to installing, configuring, exploiting, and using the richest Microsoft client operating system on the market. It guides you through the complexities of configuring and running a successful Windows Vista client computer. It also takes an in-depth look at the wealth of features and functions comprising the various flavors of the software.

Windows Vista provides a range of new capabilities and features, many of which are ...

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Overview

Windows Vista: Beyond the Manual is a comprehensive guide to installing, configuring, exploiting, and using the richest Microsoft client operating system on the market. It guides you through the complexities of configuring and running a successful Windows Vista client computer. It also takes an in-depth look at the wealth of features and functions comprising the various flavors of the software.

Windows Vista provides a range of new capabilities and features, many of which are apparent through a totally redesigned interface, and many more that are hidden just beneath the surface. With the help of Windows Vista: Beyond the Manual, IT professionals and home PC enthusiasts alike will become expert users, taking full advantage of the myriad functions and features that make up this release. Noted authors Jonathan Hassell and Tony Campbell pack this book full of their own experience, plus hundreds of hints, tips, and walkthroughs, making it an indispensable companion that wont waste your time.

  • Aone-stop shop for geeks and knowledgeable users getting to know Windows Vista.
  • The authors walk you through practically every useful function.
  • All versions of Windows Vista are covered and analyzed, and recommendations are offered.
  • The book devotes a section to next-generation Media Center.
  • A complete "Where Am I" guide is included for new Vista users.
  • Domain integration and unattended installation are also covered in detail.
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Maybe you're among the millions of people who've come to view themselves as Windows power users. When you install Vista, you can sort out the "easy" stuff for yourself: Microsoft spent billions of dollars in usability testing to make sure of it. But if someone took you way beyond that, into Vista's far nooks and crannies, that's a book you'd pay for. And that's the book Jonathan Hassell and Tony Campbell have written.

They've given Vista a big-time workout. (Their blog previews dozens of the tips you'll find in the book. They've spent months conversing with their readers about Vista features and tools many authors still haven't gone near, or even heard of: WinSAT performance ratings, IPv6 networking support, Windows SideShow, Network Presentation...)

If you'd like to tweak Vista's interface to your preferences, you'll find valuable information here -- from configuring Windows' new Gadgets to getting your hands grubby with the Registry and Local Computer Policies.

And if you're in charge of administering multiple Windows computers, you'll appreciate the authors' coverage of Event Subscriptions, which allow you to consolidate events from multiple computers -- forwarding all events that match your filter to a specific computer for response. You'll also drill down into Vista's Reliability and Performance Monitor -- especially the System Stability Index, which promises to summarize system reliability in a single number from 1 to 10.

Hassell and Campbell go under the hood with features ranging from Bitlocker drive encryption to Vista's enhanced collaboration features, DVD Maker to Windows Defender. There's a lot here, and best of all, you don't already know it. Bill Camarda, from the March 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590597712
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Beyond the Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 1.02 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Campbell is a veteran Microsoft consultant (MCP) specializing in the architecture and design of secure Microsoft-centric business solutions. He also has vast experience in many other industry niches such as networking, collaboration, security, business logic, and disaster recovery and resilience. Tony has been involved with all sizes of business, from the very small to the very large, and has successfully delivered secure, reliable, robust solutions to more than 150,000 clients during his 18 years in the business. Tony started his career back in the 1980s as a green screen mainframe programmer for the British Meteorological Office, finally arriving after a long journey to his current role as a self-employed IT consultant for more than a dozen full-time customers.

Tony is a regular contributor to a number of IT journals distributed across the globe, and has been involved in the production of software manuals, user guides, white papers, hardware manuals, and training courses. His love of writing has led to publication of some fiction by a number of small presses as well as by a few more obscure magazines.

Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant, and speaker on a variety of IT topics. His published works include RADIUS, Hardening Windows, Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, and Learning Windows Server 2003. His work appears regularly in such periodicals as Windows IT Pro, PC Pro, and TechNet Magazine. Jonathan also speaks worldwide on topics ranging from networking and security to Windows administration. He is currently an editor for Apress, which specializes in books for programmers and IT professionals.

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