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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 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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
The Big Picture
The Lay of the Land 3
The Big Picture 4
What's New in Windows Vista 5
Windows Vista Editions 10
Hardware Requirements 13
Upgrading from Earlier Versions of Windows 15
Using Windows Vista 17
The Desktop 17
Point-and-Click Operations 17
Starting Up Applications 21
Windows and Menus 23
Keyboard Accelerators 28
Common Controls 30
Files, Folders, and Disks 32
The Command Line 40
Online Help 42
Shutting Down 42
The User Interface 45
Controlling the Interface 49
Working with the Filesystem, Drives, Data, and Search 145
Internet Explorer 184
Windows Mail 229
Networking, Wireless, and Mobility 264
Networking 101 265
Planning Your Network 272
Setting Up a Network 275
Wired and Wireless Connections, Management, and Configuration 283
Sharing Resources and Files 310
Network Applications 320
Mobile Computing 330
Networking and Internet Command-Line Tools 347
General Security 369
Internet Security 385
Working with Hardware 405
Managing Programs, Users, and Your Computer 440
User Accounts and Computer Management 441
Applications and Utilities 460
Performance and Troubleshooting 500
Performance, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting 501
Graphics and Multimedia 562
The Registry 588
What's in the Registry 590
Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values 593
Registry Protection in Windows Vista 595
Organization of the Registry 596
Backing Up the Registry 608
Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches 609
Five Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry 612
The Command Prompt 615
Using the Command Line 616
Command Prompt Choices 618
Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirection 621
Batch Files 660
Installing Windows Vista 677
Keyboard Shortcuts 682
Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters 689
Common Filename Extensions 691