Windows Vista Secrets

Windows Vista Secrets

by Brian Livingston, Paul Thurrott


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"If one book can help you master Vista, this is it." —Fred Langa, former editor-in-chief of Byte Magazine

"These two know more about Windows than Microsoft does." —Chris Pirillo, editor of

Go beyond Microsoft's Help guide and discover the true secrets of Windows Vista that are essential to power users. Written by two of the most recognized Windows authorities, this resource provides you with numerous tips, tricks, and undocumented features that aren't available anywhere else. You'll find extensive screenshots, tables, and illustrations that clearly show how to achieve optimal performance, fix desktop problems, and take advantage of the robust features of Windows Vista.

The Insider's Guide to

  • Installing and upgrading your system (see Chapter 2)
  • Quickly finding and organizing all of your files (see Chapter 5)
  • Taking advantage of new security features (see Chapter 8)
  • Creating your own movies and DVDs (see Chapter 12)
  • Playing state-of-the-art games with amazing effects (see Chapter 14)
  • Going wireless using Windows Vista mobility features (see Chapter 15)
  • Managing your schedule with Windows® Calendar (see Chapter 20)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764577048
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/10/2007
Series: Secrets Series , #70
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Brian Livingston is the coauthor of 11 Windows Secrets books. He is also editorial director of the weekly Windows Secrets Newsletter and author of the Executive Tech column for Datamation.

Paul Thurrott is the author of more than a dozen books as well as the news editor of Windows IT Pro Media and editor of the SuperSite for Windows. He writes a daily Windows newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE.

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Table of Contents

Read This First.

Part I: Surviving Setup.

Chapter 1: Selecting the Right Vista Version.

Chapter 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows Vista.

Chapter 3: Vista Compatibility.

Part II: Understanding the Windows Vista User Experience.

Chapter 4: What’s New in the Windows Vista User Interface.

Chapter 5: Where’s My Stuff? Finding and Organizing Files.

Chapter 6: Using Windows Sidebar.

Chapter 7: Fonts.

Part III: Security.

Chapter 8: Windows Vista Security Features.

Chapter 9: New User Account Features.

Part IV: Digital Media and Entertainment.

Chapter 10: Windows Media Player 11.

Chapter 11: Enjoying Digital Photos.

Chapter 12: Making Movies and DVD Movies.

Chapter 13: Digital Media in the Living Room: Windows Media Center.

Chapter 14: Having Fun: Games and Vista.

Part V: Mobility.

Chapter 15: Computing to Go: Windows Vista Mobility Features.

Chapter 16: New Tablet PC Features.

Part VI: Internet and Networking.

Chapter 17: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 7.

Chapter 18: Windows Mail and Contacts.

Chapter 19: Using and Understanding Windows Live Services.

Part VII: Home Office/Power User.

Chapter 20: Managing Your Schedule with Windows Calendar.

Chapter 21: Keeping Your Data Safe.

Chapter 22: Microsoft PowerShell.

Appendix: Vista Symbols.


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Windows Vista Secrets 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bigbazza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as my Vista Annoyances book, by David A. Karp
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hate Vista, but if you need to learn it quickly, this guide is a good choice. There's no secrets revealed, really, only some less well publicized shortcuts.
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When I buy a book entitled 'Windows Vista S-E-C-R-E-T-S', I expect just that: SECRETS. And by that I understand advanced and hard to come by tips about OS configuration and tweaking. i.e.: Registry tips, Management console, security and group policies, Shell, network configuration, firewall rules, remote assistance (one of the most frustrating mysteries!), TCP/IPv6, etc. This book is about the OBVIOUS stuff any smart user can find out on his or her own by toying a couple days with the OS. By ¿Networking¿, Mr. Livingston and Mr. Thurrott understand explaining you the ¿intricacies¿ of Internet Explorer 7. And I¿m sure those who look for Vista ¿secrets¿ are eager to find out how to view pictures on their PC. There¿s even a whole chapter dedicated to the GAMES that come with Vista! BRAVO!!...The only cool reference in this book is Powershell. Perhaps this Book should be entitled: ¿Windows Vista secrets for those who haven¿t yet seen Windows Vista¿.