By John R. Levine and Margaret Levine Young.
June 2007, 730 pages, US$39.99.
Windows Vista is the latest version of Windows, and it's intended for use in
corporations, small offices, and homes.
It's an update of both Windows XP Home and Pro.
with many improvements on both, and it comes loaded
on most new IBM-compatible PCs.
Our mammoth book covers all versions of Windows Vista.
an enormous range of topics, from configuring your desktop to
getting on line to configuring your Web browser to setting up LANs and
Internet connections to coercing ancient DOS applications to run.
Every page offers the benefits of our hand-to-hand combat with Windows XP,
so you can get going and up to speed fast.
What's the big deal about Windows Vista?
- It looks much whizzier than XP
- Internet Explorer 7.0, the improved version of Microsoft's popular Web browser, and Windows Mail, their e-mail program
- NTFS file format, which supports password-protected files.
- User accounts, so that each person who uses the computer can customize the PC and have a private place to store files. With fast User Switching, one person can remain logged in while another person uses the PC.
- Internet Connection Firewall, which protects your computer from Internet hackers.
- Photo printing and Web publishing are built in, along with CD burning (if you have a CD-R or CD-RW drive).
- Web folders, for uploading and downloading files using Windows Explorer.
- Remote Assistance, which enables you to ask a friend, coworker, or a support professional to take over your computer via the Internet and fix a software problem.
- Compressed Folders, which enable you to see and change the contents of ZIP files in Windows Explorer.
Table of Contents
What's New in Windows Vista
Part I: Working in Windows Vista
Chapter 1: The Basics of Using Windows Vista
Chapter 2: Running Programs
Chapter 3: Installing Programs
Chapter 4: Getting Help
Chapter 5: Copying, Moving, and Sharing Information Between Programs
Chapter 6: Sharing Your Computer with Other People
Part II: Managing Your Files
Chapter 7: Using Files and Folders
Chapter 8: Managing Files and Folders
Chapter 9: Backing Up Your Files with the Backup Utility
Part III: Configuring Windows for Your Computer
Chapter 10: Setting Up Your Start Menu and Taskbar
Chapter 11: Setting Up Your Desktop
Chapter 12: Configuring Your Keyboard, Mouse, Game Controller, and Regional Settings
Chapter 13: Adding and Removing Hardware
Chapter 14: Printing and Faxing
Chapter 15: Using Windows Vista on Laptops
Chapter 16: Accessibility Options
Part IV: Working with Text, Numbers, Pictures, Sound, and Video
Chapter 17: Working with Text and Numbers
Chapter 18: Working with Graphics
Chapter 19: Working with Music, Speech, and Other Sound
Chapter 20: Working with Video
Part V: Windows Vista on the Internet
Chapter 21: Configuring Windows to Work with Your Modem
Chapter 22: Connecting to the Internet
Chapter 23: E-Mail and Newsgroups Using Outlook EVistaress
Chapter 24: Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet EVistalorer
Chapter 25: Conferencing over the Internet
Chapter 26: Using Other Internet Programs with Windows Vista
Part VI: Networking with Windows Vista
Chapter 27: Designing a Local Area Network
Chapter 28: Configuring Windows for a LAN
Chapter 29: Sharing Drives and Printers
Chapter 30: Connecting Your LAN to the Internet
Chapter 31: Network Security
Part VII: Windows Housekeeping
Chapter 32: Formatting and Partitioning Disks
Chapter 33: Keeping Your Disk Safe
Chapter 34: Tuning Windows Vista for Maximum Performance
Chapter 35: Troubleshooting Windows Vista
Chapter 36: Other Windows Vista Resources
Part VIII: Behind the Scenes: Windows Vista Internals
Chapter 37: Windows Vista Configuration and Control Files
Chapter 38: Registering Programs and File Types
Chapter 39: Running DOS Programs and Commands
Chapter 40: Automating Tasks with the Windows Script Host
Appendix: Installing or Upgrading to Windows Vista