This compact book offers the quickest path for Windows users to get started with Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. You get the essential information you need to upgrade or install the system and configure it to fit your activities, along with a tour of Windows 7's features and built-in applications.
Microsoft has learned from the mistakes of Windows Vista, and Windows 7 shows it-this new OS is much faster and more stable. With Windows 7: Up and Running, you'll learn what's new and what's changed from XP and Vista, and get advice on ways to use this system for work, entertainment, instant communication, and more. Windows 7 is poised to be a big hit, and with this handy guide, you can be up and running -- and productive -- with it right away.
Master the user interface, including the taskbar, jump lists, desktop gadgets, Aero Shake, and notification area
Discover the joys of networking with HomeGroup file sharing and improved Wi-Fi
Tour the system's improved security, including the Action Center, User Account Control, and Credential Manager
Learn how to use Windows Live Essentials for messaging, photo sharing, moviemaking, emailing, and blogging
Get to know built-in applications such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player 12, Microsoft Paint, and WordPad
Learn about optional Microsoft software to enhance your Windows 7 experience
Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) (http://weimenglee.blogspot.com) is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions (http://www.developerlearningsolutions.com), a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies. He is an established developer and trainer specializing in .NET and wireless technologies.
Wei-Meng speaks regularly at international conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous books on .NET, XML and wireless technologies. He writes extensively for the O'Reilly Network on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. He is also the author of Windows XP Unwired and .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide, both from O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Table of Contents
Preface; How This Book Is Organized; Who This Book Is For; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; How to Contact Us; Safari® Books Online; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Installing Windows 7; 1.1 Versions of Windows 7; 1.2 Installing Windows 7; 1.3 Summary; Chapter 2: Getting Around Windows 7; 2.1 Taskbar; 2.2 Libraries; 2.3 Desktop Gadgets; 2.4 Summary; Chapter 3: File Sharing; 3.1 HomeGroup; 3.2 File Sharing with Windows XP; 3.3 File Sharing with Mac OS X; 3.4 Summary; Chapter 4: Security; 4.1 Action Center; 4.2 User Account Control; 4.3 The Credential Manager; 4.4 BitLocker Drive Encryption; 4.5 Encrypting File System (NTFS Encryption); 4.6 Antispyware and Firewall Applications; 4.7 Summary; Chapter 5: Essential Applications; 5.1 Windows Live Essentials; 5.2 Built-in Applications; 5.3 Summary; Chapter 6: Internet Explorer 8; 6.1 Usability; 6.2 Privacy; 6.3 Security; 6.4 Summary; Chapter 7: Using Windows XP Mode; 7.1 Installing Windows XP Mode; 7.2 Running Windows XP Mode Seamlessly with Windows 7; 7.3 Installing Other Operating Systems; 7.4 Summary; Chapter 8: Windows 7 Tips and Tricks; 8.1 Customizing the UI; 8.2 Taskbar; 8.3 Utilities/Troubleshooting Tools; 8.4 Installing Windows 7; 8.5 Summary; Colophon;