Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide

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Whether you're a beginner, power user, or seasoned professional, Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide has everything you need to customize the operating system, master your digital media, manage your data, and maintain your computer — regardless of which Windows Vista edition you're using.

Why this book and not some other resource? Bestselling author and Windows expert William Stanek doesn't just teach you the steps you need to follow, he also tells you how features work, why ...

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Overview

Whether you're a beginner, power user, or seasoned professional, Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide has everything you need to customize the operating system, master your digital media, manage your data, and maintain your computer — regardless of which Windows Vista edition you're using.

Why this book and not some other resource? Bestselling author and Windows expert William Stanek doesn't just teach you the steps you need to follow, he also tells you how features work, why they work, and how you can customize them to meet your needs. You'll learn how to squeeze out every last bit of power out of Windows Vista, and how to make the most out of its features and programs, including how to:

  • Set up, customize and tune Windows Vista - Optimize its appearance and performance; install, configure and maintain software; customize your hardware; and install printers, scanners and faxes
  • Manage your files - Search your computer more efficiently; secure your files and data; share and collaborate; and get the most out of accessories such as the Mobility Center
  • Master your digital media - Create media libraries with Media Player; manage digital pictures and videos with Photo Gallery; make DVDs with DVD Maker; and create movies with Movie Maker
  • Get connected and start networking - Set up a home or small-office network; learn to use Windows Mail, Calendar, and Meeting Space; conquer Internet Explorer 7; and master on-the-go networking
  • Protect your computer - Keep your family safe while on the Internet; set up parental controls and content ratings; navigate the computer security maze; configure Windows Vista's security features
  • Manage and support Windows Vista systems - Deal with user accounts, disks and drives; handle routine maintenance and troubleshooting; and resolve advanced support and recovery issues
  • Learn advanced tips & techniques - Manage the Windows boot environment, explore Group Policy, discover keyboard shortcuts, and much more

This comprehensive guide covers everything readers need to know to deploy, manage, and maintain Windows Vista. It offers complete details on new features and enhancements, including the superior searching and organization tools, the multimedia and collaboration suite, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596528003
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Stanek has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He has written 61 books including: "Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant", "Windows Server 2003 Inside Out", "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant", and "Microsoft IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant" (all from Microsoft Press). These are currently the best sellers in their respective markets. Mr. Stanek has an MS degree in Information Systems with distinction, and a BS degree in Computer Science magna cum laude.

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Table of Contents

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Preface

Part I: Setting Up, Customizing, and Tuning Windows Vista

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Vista

Chapter 2: Optimizing Windows Vista's Interface

Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning Windows Vista's Appearance and Performance

Chapter 4: Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining Software

Chapter 5: Customizing Your Computer's Hardware Devices

Part II: Mastering Your Data and Digital Media

Chapter 6: Mastering Windows Explorer and Searching Your Computer

Chapter 7: Navigating the Web with Internet Explorer 7

Chapter 8: Creating Your Media Library with Windows Media Player

Chapter 9: Capturing and Managing Your Digital Pictures and Videos

Chapter 10: Making Video DVDs and Movies

Chapter 11: Securing and Sharing Your Data

Chapter 12: Setting Up Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines

Chapter 13: Making the Most of Your Computer's Accessories

Part III: Connecting and Networking

Chapter 14: Setting Up Your Network

Chapter 15: Protecting Your Computer with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

Chapter 16: Using Windows Mail, Calendars, and Contacts

Chapter 17: Mastering Dial-Up, Broadband, and On-the-Go Networking

Part IV: Managing and Supporting Windows Vista

Chapter 18: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls

Chapter 19: Managing Disks and Drives

Chapter 20: Handling Routine Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Chapter 21: Getting Help and Handling Advanced Support Issues

Part V: Advanced Tips and Techniques

Chapter 22: Installing and Running Windows Vista

Chapter 23: Exploring the Windows Boot Environment

Chapter 24: Understanding Windows Vista Security Changes

Chapter 25: Mastering Windows Media Center

Chapter 26: Using Group Policy with Windows Vista

Chapter 27: Navigating Windows Vista Policy Changes

Chapter 28: Navigating Internet Explorer 7 Policies

Chapter 29: Desktop Tips and Tricks with Keyboard Shortcuts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    How was the definitive guide?

    I cut my teeth as an administrator on Stanek's Pocket Consultants. Like every Stanek book, this one is a must have. I bought two copies so I have one at work and one at home. I have been buying and using Windows since 1990 and still learn from William Staneks books. It's also a bargain and a no-brainer buy at the price. I highly recommend this book for anyone with Vista. If for no other purpose than a handy reference guide.

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