Using Microsoft Windows 7

Using Microsoft Windows 7

by J. Peter Bruzzese



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Using Microsoft Windows 7 by J. Peter Bruzzese

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789742919
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 05/20/2010
Series: Using Series
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

J. Peter Bruzzese (co-founder of ClipTraining) is an internationally published technical author and well-known tech speaker and journalist. Over the past 15 years, Peter has worked with Goldman Sachs, CommVault Systems, and Microsoft, to name a few. His focus has been, and continues to be, on enterprise environments with a special focus on Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, and desktop operating systems. He holds the following certifications:

• Microsoft: MCSA 2000/2003, MCSE NT/2000/2003, MCITP:Messaging with Exchange 2007, MCT

• Novell: CNA

• Cisco: CCNA

• CIW: CIW Master, CIW Certified Instructor

• CompTIA: A+, Network+, iNET+

J.P.B. recently joined forces with Train Signal to create powerful admin-oriented training videos that relate to a variety of subjects (starting with Exchange 2010). Peter is also a contributor to Redmond magazine, WindowsITPro magazine, and several tech sites. He is a regular speaker for TechMentor Conferences and the FETC Conference. He has also spoken at Microsoft TechEd, the IT360 Tech Conference in Canada, the TEC Conference, and WinConnections. Last but certainly not least, he writes the Enterprise Windows column for InfoWorld.

Nick Saccomanno is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and has worked with various IT departments to provide technical support and network administration. As a screencast instructor and a technical author, he is on the forefront of the latest technologies, trying to help the everyday user get the most out of them. Nick has created screencasts for ClipTraining relating to Windows, Office 2007, and more. His unique style is due mostly in part to his love of technology and the gift of learning it quickly. When away from training, Nick enjoys playing guitar and speaking Bulgarian. Nick lives in Melbourne, Florida, with his wife, Marie, and their pets, Noah and JJ.

Table of Contents

1 Navigating Your Windows 7 Environment

The Windows 7 Desktop

Begin Learning How to Navigate Around Your Desktop

Desktop Gadgets

Let’s Work with a Few Gadgets on Your Desktop

Locate and Download Additional Gadgets from the Internet

Using Shortcut Keys

Let’s Try a Few Shortcut Keys

An Enhanced Taskbar and Start Menu

Working with the Taskbar

Jump Lists Help You Work Faster

Using the Windows Explorer Jump List

Aero Shake and Aero Snap

Aero Shake

Aero Snap

Working with New Windows Explorer Features


Federated Search


Shutting Down Your System

Putting Your System To Sleep

2 Personalizing Your System

Changing Display Settings

Adjusting Your System to Work With Multiple Monitors

Altering Personalization Settings

Adjusting Your Background

Customizing Your Screen Saver

Configuring the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

Taskbar Tab

Start Menu Tab

Toolbars Tab

Configuring Time Options

Adding an Additional Clock to the Notification Area

Installing Applications

Installing an Application

3 Working with Onboard Applications

Using WordPad and Paint



Using the Calculator

Using the Snipping Tool

Taking a Freeform Snip with the Snipping Tool

Using DVD Maker

Creating a Custom DVD from Stored Video

Using the Command Prompt (For Users and Admins)

Combining Tools Project

Putting All Our Onboard Tools Into One Task

4 Windows Live Essentials

Download Windows Live Essentials

Downloading and Installing the Windows Live Essentials Tools

Windows Live Messenger

Altering the Live Messenger Background

Configure Live Messenger to Not Save Your Contact List

in a Shared Environment

Windows Live Call

Windows Live Family Safety

Setting Up the Family Safety Filter

Windows Live Mail

Create and Configure a New Email Account

Customizing Your Interface Colors

Add and Save an Appointment with Your Calendar

Adding Calendars

Windows Live Movie Maker

Create and Publish a Video

Build an Impressive Photo Slide Show

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Photo Straightening with Live Photo Gallery

Creating a Photo Panorama

Windows Live Writer

Opening an Additional Blog Account with Live Writer

5 Viewing and Sharing Media

Using Windows Media Player 12

Adding Media to your Windows Media Player 12 Library

Edit Your Media Information Manually in Your Library

Deleting Files from the Library Only

Creating a Personal Playlist

Altering the Video Border Color

Using Windows Media Center

Adding a Media Center Library

Customizing Media Center Settings

Troubleshooting Your TV Connection

Volume Mixer Improvements

Lowering Specific Application Audio

Turning Features On and Off

Turning the Index Service

Media Streaming

Using Media Streaming

Using Tabbed Browsing in IE8

6 Internet Explorer 8.0

The Evolution of IE8

Quick Tabs

Tab Settings

Tab Groups: Grouped Favorites and Multiple Home Pages

Additional IE7 Features Carried Over to IE8

Using New Features in IE8

Suggested Sites


Web Slices

Compatibility View

Working with Security Enhancements

Protected Mode

The SmartScreen Filter

InPrivate Browsing

InPrivate Filtering

Additional IE Features


Pop-Up Blocker

Security Report

7 Using Security Features in Windows 7

User Account Control (UAC) Improvements

In-Depth Look at UAC

What’s New with UAC?

UAC Within Your Network

The Action Center

Opening the Action Center

Viewing and Saving Data from the Reliability Monitor

Turning Off Virus Protection Messages in the Action Center

Downloading and Installing Free Antivirus Software

Windows Defender

Performing a Quick Scan with Windows Defender

Performing a Full Scan of Your Computer from the

Windows Defender Console

Performing a Custom Scan of Your Computer from the

Windows Defender Console

Windows Defender Tools and Settings

Windows Firewall

Turning Off Windows Firewall

Allowing a Program or Feature Through Windows Firewall

Opening Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Open Local Ports in Windows Firewall

Restoring Windows Firewall Default Settings

BitLocker Encryption

Setting Up BitLocker to Work on an Operating System

BitLocker to Go

Windows Biometric Framework

Opening the Biometric Devices Control Panel

8 Networking with Windows 7


Creating a HomeGroup

Locating a Lost HomeGroup Password

Accessing the HomeGroup Settings

Changing the HomeGroup Password

Sharing Additional Libraries with the HomeGroup

Removing Libraries from the HomeGroup

Removing Your Computer From a HomeGroup

Using the HomeGroup Troubleshooter

Turning on Public Folder Sharing

Workgroups, HomeGroups, and Domains: What’s the Difference?

The Network and Sharing Center

Upgrade Your Network Adapter Driver

Setting Up Your Network Location

Utilizing the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI)

Removing the Network Icon from the Notification Area

The Network Map

Viewing the Network Map

Advanced Sharing Settings

Troubleshoot Problems

Accessing the Troubleshooting Packs

Accessing the Internet Connections Troubleshooting Pack

Accessing the Shared Folders Troubleshooting Pack

Accessing the HomeGroup Troubleshooting Pack

Accessing the Network Adapter Troubleshooting Pack

Accessing the Incoming Connections Troubleshooting Pack

Accessing the Connection to a Workplace Using

DirectAccess Troubleshooting Pack

Accessing the Printer Troubleshooting Pack

Configuring Your TCP/IP Settings

Opening Local Area Connection Properties

Checking Your TCP/IP Settings from a Command Prompt

Changing a Network Adapter to Use a Static IPv4 Address

Setting Up Internet Connection Sharing on a Wired Network

9 Using Windows 7 on the Network

Domain Networking

The Logon Process and Tokens

Joining a Domain

Domain-Joined Computers and HomeGroups

Changing Advanced Sharing Settings

Looking at DirectAccess and BranchCache




Open AppLocker to Configure Rules

Starting the Application Identity Service and Configuring

AppLocker to Audit Rules

Local Group Policy Settings

Opening MMC and Saving the Local Group Policy Editor Snap-In

Creating a 90-Day Password Policy Using Local

Security Policy Editor

Remote Desktop Connections

Opening Remote Desktop Connection

Configuring Remote Desktop Connection Permission

on a Host Machine

Connecting with Another Computer on the Same Network

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

Starting RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Using a URL

10 Control Panel Features in Windows 7

Using the Control Panel

Expanding the Control Panel from the Start Menu

The Item Lineup

The Action Center

Administrative Tools


Backup and Restore

BitLocker Drive Encryption

Color Management

Credential Manager

Date and Time

Default Programs

Desktop Gadgets

Device Manager

Devices and Printers

Device Stage


Ease of Access Center

Folder Options


Getting Started


Indexing Options

Internet Options


Location and Other Sensors


Network and Sharing Center

Notification Area Icons

Parental Controls

Performance Information and Tools


Phone and Modem

Power Options

Programs and Features


Region and Language

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections


Speech Recognition

Sync Center


Taskbar and Start Menu


Problem Steps Recorder (PSR)

User Accounts

Windows CardSpace

Windows Defender

Windows Firewall

Windows Mobile Device Center

Windows Update

11 Managing and Monitoring Windows 7

Performance Information and Tools

Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT)

Advanced Tools

The Reliability Monitor

The Resource Monitor

Open the Resource Monitor

Working with the Performance Monitor

Task Manager







Menu Items

System Properties

Computer Name



System Protection


System Information

Accessing System Information

12 Working with Administrative Tools

Using Administrative Tools

Creating a Link to the Administrative Tools Section from the Start Menu

Tools You Might Never Use

Component Services

Data Sources (ODBC)

iSCSI Initiator

Local Security Policy

Print Management

Windows PowerShell Modules

Working with Computer Management

Creating and Formatting a New Partition

Using Disk Management to Create a VHD

Event Viewer

Opening Event Viewer and Viewing all Error Events Recorded

Scheduling an Email to be Sent to You in Response to an Event


Stopping and Restarting the Print Spooler Service

Setting Up Recovery Actions to Take Place When a Service Fails

System Configuration As a Troubleshooting Tool

Speed Up Windows Startup by Removing Startup Items






Task Scheduler

Scheduling Backup and Restore to Launch Every Monday

Connecting to a Remote Computer to Create a Task

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Starting the Memory Diagnostic Tool with Advanced Options


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Using Microsoft Windows 7 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
paulwdaniel More than 1 year ago
Using Windows 7 by J. Peter Bruzzese is a very affordable way to learn how to use Microsoft's new operating system Windows 7. The book is structured in a simple format that makes following along a cinch. After reading this book I can now implement all of Windows 7 new features and customize my new computer they way I want it. This book is very diverse by applying to beginners with step by step instructions and it also applies to professionals by containing technical information about the operating system. Pros: - Well structured - Simple step by step analysis - Screenshots to help guide the user - Online video tutorials Cons: - All black and white, making reading sometimes boring and screenshots not as easy to see - Only a few spelling/grammar errors Overall, for only $15 I definitely recommend it.
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