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This book provides everything you need to manage and maintain Windows 7. You'll learn all of the features and enhancements in complete detail, along with specifics for configuring the operating system to put you in full control. Bestselling author and Windows expert William Stanek doesn't just show you the steps you need to follow, he also tells you how features work, why they work, and how you can customize them to meet your needs. Learn how to squeeze every bit of power out of Windows 7 to take full advantage of its features and programs.

  • Set up, customize, and tune Windows 7 -Optimize its appearance and performance, install and manage software, customize your hardware, and install printers, scanners, and faxes

  • Manage your files and data -Search your computer more efficiently, secure your data, share and collaborate, and get the most out of optional programs such as Windows Live Mail

  • Master your digital media -Create media libraries, manage digital pictures and videos, make DVDs, and create movies

  • Get connected and start networking -Set up a home or small-office network, conquer Internet Explorer, and master on-the-go networking

  • Protect your computer -Keep your family safe while on the Internet, navigate the computer security maze, and configure Windows 7's protection features

  • Manage and support Windows 7 systems -Configure user accounts, disks and drives, troubleshoot and handle routine maintenance, and resolve advanced support and recovery issues

  • Learn advanced tips & techniques -Manage the Windows boot environment, explore Group Policy, and much more

Table of Contents

  1. Windows 7: The Definitive Guide
    1. Preface
      1. How This Book Is Organized
      2. Who Should Read This Book
      3. What You Need Before You Start
      4. Conventions Used in This Book
      5. Other Resources
      6. How to Contact Us
      7. Using Code Examples
      8. Safari® Books Online
      9. Acknowledgments
    2. I. Setting Up, Customizing, and Tuning Windows 7
      1. 1. Getting Started with Windows 7
        1. Getting to Know Windows 7
        2. Installing and Using Windows 7
          1. Logging On and Finalizing the Installation
          2. Performing Essential Configuration Tasks
            1. Changing your network location type
            2. Connecting to the Internet
            3. Responding to Action Center notifications
            4. Other setup tasks
          3. Reviewing and Activating Your Computer
        3. Working with Windows 7
        4. Logging On, Switching, Locking, Logging Off, and Shutting Down
          1. Logging On to Your Computer
          2. Switching Users
          3. Locking Your Computer
          4. Logging Off Your Computer
          5. Sleeping and Turning Off Your Computer
      2. 2. Optimizing Windows 7’s Interface
        1. Customizing Windows 7’s Desktop
          1. Getting Around the Desktop
          2. Getting Around the Start Menu
            1. Navigating and customizing the programs list
            2. Navigating common folders and customizing the listed features
            3. Navigating the control buttons and customizing the power configuration
            4. Navigating the Search box
          3. Getting Around the Taskbar
            1. Navigating and customizing taskbar buttons
            2. Navigating and customizing the notification area
        2. Using Desktop Gadgets
          1. Getting to Know Your Computer’s Gadgets
            1. Using the Calendar gadget
            2. Using the Clock gadget
            3. Using the CPU Meter gadget
            4. Using the Weather gadget
            5. Using the Stock gadget
            6. Using the Currency gadget
            7. Using the Slide Show gadget
        3. Customizing Menus and the Control Panel
          1. Navigating and Customizing Your Computer’s Menus
          2. Navigating and Customizing the Control Panel
      3. 3. Fine-Tuning Windows 7’s Appearance and Performance
        1. Balancing Appearance and Performance
          1. Getting Your Windows Experience Index Score
          2. Understanding Your Windows Experience Index Score
          3. Improving Your Windows Experience Index Score
        2. Understanding User Account Control and Its Impact on Performance
          1. User Accounts and Permissions
          2. Permission and Consent Prompting
          3. Elevation and the Secure Desktop
          4. Configuring and Tuning UAC
        3. Understanding Windows 7 Personalization
          1. Personalization Settings
          2. User Experience Levels
        4. Personalizing Windows 7
          1. Fine-Tuning Your Window Colors and Experience Level
            1. Optimizing Aero Glass
            2. Changing the experience level and appearance effects
          2. Choosing Your Desktop Background
          3. Choosing and Configuring Your Screensaver
            1. Selecting a screensaver
            2. Customizing the 3D Text and Photos screensavers
          4. Choosing Your System Sounds
            1. Selecting a sound scheme
            2. Customizing your sound scheme
          5. Choosing Your Mouse Pointers
            1. Selecting a mouse pointer scheme
            2. Customizing your mouse pointer scheme
          6. Choosing and Managing Your Themes
          7. Configuring Your Monitors
            1. Setting the screen resolution and orientation
            2. Setting the refresh rate and color quality
            3. Customizing multiple-monitor configurations
            4. Setting the monitor or graphics card driver
        5. Optimizing Performance
          1. Fine-Tuning Visual Effects
          2. Fine-Tuning Application Performance
          3. Fine-Tuning Virtual Memory
          4. Fine-Tuning Data Execution Prevention
          5. Using ReadyBoost to Enhance Performance
            1. Enabling Windows ReadyBoost
            2. Configuring Windows ReadyBoost
            3. Ejecting a ReadyBoost device
      4. 4. Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining Software
        1. Software Installation: What’s Changed
        2. Software Installation: What You Need to Know
          1. AutoPlay
          2. Autorun
          3. Application Setup
          4. Windows and 64-bit Programs
        3. Installing and Running Your Software
          1. Installing Software
          2. Making Software Available to Others
          3. Using MS-DOS and 16-Bit Software with Windows 7
          4. Running Applications in Windows XP Mode
          5. Using Older Programs with Windows 7
            1. Running the Program Compatibility Wizard
            2. Setting compatibility options manually
        4. Managing Software Once It’s Installed
          1. Assigning Default Programs
            1. Setting your default programs
            2. Setting global default programs
          2. Reconfiguring, Repairing, or Uninstalling Software
          3. Viewing and Managing Currently Running Programs
          4. Viewing and Managing Startup Programs
            1. Viewing your startup programs
            2. Enabling and disabling startup programs
          5. Adding and Removing Windows Features
      5. 5. Customizing Your Computer’s Hardware Devices
        1. Hardware Installation: What’s Changed
          1. Which Type of Internal Device Is the Right Choice?
          2. Which Type of External Device Is the Right Choice?
        2. Hardware Installation: What You Need to Know
          1. Where Does the Operating System Store Device Drivers?
          2. How Does the Operating System Validate Device Drivers?
          3. How Does the Operating System Obtain Driver Updates?
        3. Learning About Your Computer’s Hardware Devices
          1. Viewing Installed Hardware
          2. Getting to Know Your Computer’s Hardware Devices
            1. Disk Drives
            2. Display Adapters
            3. DVD/CD-ROM Drives
            4. Human Interface Devices
            5. IEEE 1394 bus host controllers
            6. Imaging Devices
            7. Keyboards
            8. Mice and other pointing devices
            9. Monitor
            10. Network Adapters
            11. Sound, video, and game controllers
            12. System devices
            13. USB hubs and controllers
          3. Viewing and Managing Device Information
        4. Customizing Your Computer’s Input Devices, Regional Settings, and Date/Time
          1. Optimizing Your Keyboard Settings
            1. Configuring your computer’s keyboard
            2. Configuring the device driver for your keyboard
            3. Configuring your programmable keyboard
              1. Updating the keyboard type
              2. Reassigning keys
              3. Configuring the zoom key
          2. Optimizing Your Mouse Settings
            1. Configuring your computer’s mouse settings
            2. Configuring the device driver for your mouse
          3. Optimizing Your Audio Settings
            1. Controlling your computer’s master volume and application volume
            2. Setting audio playback levels
            3. Setting up your speakers
            4. Setting playback quality
            5. Setting audio recording levels
            6. Setting audio recording quality
          4. Optimizing Your Computer’s Regional and Language Settings
          5. Optimizing Your Computer’s Date and Time Settings
            1. Setting your computer’s date and time
            2. Displaying time in additional time zones
            3. Keeping your computer’s clock synchronized
        5. Installing and Managing Hardware
          1. Getting Available but Unconfigured Hardware to Work
          2. Installing New Hardware Devices
          3. Installing and Maintaining Device Drivers
          4. Rolling Back Device Drivers
          5. Enabling, Disabling, Removing, and Uninstalling Hardware Devices
          6. Troubleshooting Hardware
    3. II. Mastering Your Data and Digital Media
      1. 6. Exploring and Searching Your Computer
        1. Exploring Your Documents
        2. Navigating Your Computer with the Address Bar
          1. Accessing Locations on Your Computer
          2. Using Selected Paths to Quickly Navigate Your Computer
        3. Putting Windows Explorer to Work for You
          1. Setting Folder Options
          2. Optimizing Folder Views
        4. Searching Your Computer
          1. Searching Your Computer: The Essentials
          2. Searching Your Computer: Search Options
          3. Searching Your Computer: Search Filters
            1. Searching on a date or range of dates
            2. Searching on an approximate file size
            3. Searching for a specific kind or type of file
          4. Searching Your Computer: Save Search Options
        5. Indexing Your Computer for Faster Searches
          1. Adding or Removing Indexed Locations
          2. Specifying Files Types to Include or Exclude
          3. Optimizing File Properties for Indexing
          4. Resolving Indexing Problems
      2. 7. Navigating the Web with Internet Explorer 8
        1. Getting Started with Internet Explorer 8
        2. Getting Around the Web and Using Internet Explorer 8
          1. Navigating Web Page Addresses
          2. Searching the Web and Setting Search Providers
          3. Working with Internet Explorer Menus and Toolbars
          4. Using Caret Browsing and Other Features
          5. Configuring Web Pages as Home Pages
          6. Printing Web Pages Without Wasting Paper
          7. Understanding Status Bar Indicators
        3. Protecting Your Computer While Browsing
          1. Viewing and Managing Add-Ons
            1. Configuring toolbars and extensions
            2. Configuring accelerators
          2. Understanding Web Address and Domain Restrictions
          3. Viewing and Managing Browsing History
            1. Configuring temporary Internet file storage
            2. Configuring the history list
            3. Configuring AutoComplete settings for forms and passwords
            4. Configuring the use of browser cookies
            5. Clearing your browsing history
          4. Blocking Pop-Ups
          5. Protecting Your Computer from Phishing
          6. Restricting Permissions Using Security Zones
            1. Setting the security level for a zone
            2. Setting a custom security level for a zone
            3. Configuring local intranet detection and sites
            4. Configuring trusted sites
            5. Configuring restricted sites
          7. Setting Advanced Internet Options
          8. Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Problems
      3. 8. Creating Your Media Library with Windows Media Player
        1. Getting into Your Multimedia
          1. Configuring Windows Media Player for the First Use
          2. Navigating Windows Media Player Menus and Toolbars
            1. Using the combined Navigation and Address toolbar
            2. Using the Options toolbar
            3. Using the Search box
            4. Using the Navigation Pane
            5. Navigating your music library
            6. Navigating your picture library
            7. Navigating your video library
            8. Navigating your recorded TV library
        2. Playing Your Media
          1. Playing Media Added to Your Library
          2. Playing Video DVDs Loaded into Your DVD Drive
          3. Playing Audio CDs Loaded into Your CD/DVD Drive
          4. Enhancing Your Playback
            1. The “Crossfading and auto volume leveling” control
            2. The “Graphic equalizer” control
            3. The “Play speed settings” control
            4. The “Quiet mode” control
            5. The “SRS WOW effects” control
            6. The “Video settings” control
            7. The “Dolby Digital settings” control
        3. Building Your Media Library
          1. Adding Media Folders to Your Media Library
          2. Adding Media to Your Library When Played
          3. Ripping Audio CDs into Your Media Library
            1. Choosing audio formats for ripping CDs
              1. Windows Media Audio
              2. Windows Media Audio with Variable Bit Rate
              3. Windows Media Audio Pro
              4. Windows Media Audio Lossless
              5. MP3 audio
              6. WAV audio
            2. Configuring the default rip settings
            3. Ripping audio CDs
          4. Creating and Managing Playlists
            1. Creating and using playlists
            2. Editing playlists
          5. Deleting Media and Playlists
          6. Burning Audio CDs and Data CDs or DVDs
            1. Burning an audio CD
            2. Burning a data CD or DVD
          7. Syncing Your Media to MP3 Players and Other Devices
            1. Setting up a device for syncing
            2. Syncing a device manually
            3. Syncing files automatically
      4. 9. Capturing and Managing Your Digital Pictures and Videos
        1. Getting Started with Windows Live Photo Gallery
          1. Accessing Key Features
          2. Searching and Browsing Pictures and Videos
        2. Organizing Your Gallery
          1. Grouping and Sorting Your Gallery
          2. Viewing Your Pictures and Videos
          3. Viewing and Managing Ratings, Tags, and Captions
          4. Identifying People in Your Pictures
        3. Building Your Photo and Video Gallery
          1. Adding or Removing Media Folders
          2. Getting Your Digital Pictures
          3. Getting Your Videos
            1. Capturing video from analog video cameras
            2. Getting video from digital video cameras or cell phones
          4. Importing Digital Pictures from Cameras, Scanners, CDs, and DVDs
          5. Importing Digital Videos from Cameras, CDs, and DVDs
          6. Changing the Default AutoPlay Settings
          7. Configuring Import Settings
          8. Fixing Your Pictures
            1. Editing picture color, brightness, and contrast
            2. Straightening and cropping pictures
            3. Sharpening, reducing noise and bringing pictures into focus
            4. Fixing red-eye
            5. Using undo and redo while fixing pictures
            6. Restoring the original version of a picture
            7. Controlling when the original versions of pictures are deleted
        4. Sharing Your Photo and Video Gallery
          1. Publishing Your Pictures
          2. Printing Your Pictures
          3. Emailing Your Pictures and Videos
            1. Emailing pictures
            2. Emailing videos
          4. Burning Data CDs and DVDs
            1. Navigating the available types of data discs
            2. Navigating data disc filesystem options
            3. Burning data disc masters
            4. Burning a data disc with a live filesystem
      5. 10. Making Video DVDs and Movies
        1. Creating Video DVDs with Windows DVD Maker
          1. Getting Started with Windows DVD Maker
          2. Adding Your Pictures and Videos, and Setting the Play Order
            1. Selecting pictures and videos for your DVD
            2. Setting the play order
          3. Setting the DVD Burning and Playback Options
          4. Customizing the DVD Menu
          5. Customizing Your Picture Slideshow and Adding an Audio Soundtrack
          6. Previewing and Finishing Your Video Project
          7. Opening and Burning Saved Projects
        2. Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker
          1. Getting Started with Windows Movie Maker
          2. Creating Your Storyboard
          3. Editing Your Storyboard
          4. Creating an AutoMovie
          5. Adding Effects to Your Video
          6. Adding Transitions to Your Video
          7. Adding Narration, Music, and Other Audio
          8. Adding Titles, Credits, and Overlays
          9. Setting Video Options
          10. Previewing and Finishing Your Movie Project
          11. Opening and Producing Saved Projects
        3. Creating Movies with Windows Live Movie Maker
          1. Getting Started with Windows Live Movie Maker
          2. Creating and Editing Your Live Storyboard
          3. Creating a Live AutoMovie
          4. Adding Animations and Visual Effects to Your Live Video
          5. Adding a Soundtrack to Your Live Video
          6. Adding Text Overlays to Your Live Video
          7. Previewing and Finishing Your Live Video Project
          8. Opening and Producing Saved Projects
      6. 11. Securing and Sharing Your Data
        1. Securing Your Files
          1. FAT Versus NTFS
          2. File Attributes
          3. NTFS Permissions
        2. Controlling Access to Your Data
          1. Basic Permissions
            1. Viewing and modifying existing basic permissions
            2. Adding new basic permissions
            3. Removing basic permissions
          2. Special Permissions
            1. Viewing and modifying existing special permissions
            2. Adding new special permissions
            3. Removing new special permissions
          3. Ownership Permissions
          4. Inherited Permissions
          5. Effective Permissions
        3. Sharing Your Data
          1. Enabling Sharing
          2. Configuring Standard Folder Sharing
          3. Accessing Shared Data
          4. Accessing Shared Folders Offline
          5. Working Offline and Syncing
      7. 12. Setting Up Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
        1. Installing Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
          1. Installing Physically Attached Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
            1. Installing a printer or fax machine manually
            2. Installing a scanner manually
          2. Installing Wireless and Bluetooth Printers
          3. Installing Network-Attached Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
        2. Sharing Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
          1. Sharing Printers and Fax Machines
          2. Connecting to Shared Printers and Fax Machines
          3. Sharing and Connecting to Scanners
        3. Configuring Printer, Scanner, and Fax Machine Properties
          1. Changing Ports for Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
          2. Changing Printer, Scanner, and Fax Machine Drivers
          3. Setting Printer Scheduling, Prioritization, and Other Options
        4. Managing Print, Fax, and Scan Jobs
          1. Working with Print Jobs
          2. Working with Printers
          3. Working with Scanners and Fax Machines
            1. Scanning images
            2. Managing scanned documents
            3. Managing faxed documents
            4. Receiving faxes
      8. 13. Making the Most of Windows’ Accessories
        1. Capturing Screens and Windows with the Snipping Tool
          1. Creating Snips
          2. Editing and Saving Your Snips
          3. Setting Snipping Options
        2. Creating Sticky Notes
        3. Getting Your Computer to Listen
          1. Getting Started with Speech Recognition
          2. Configuring Speech Recognition for First Use
          3. Using Speech Recognition for Dictation
        4. Using Laptop and Tablet PC Extras
          1. Navigating the Windows Mobility Center
          2. Connecting to Projectors
          3. Using Your Tablet PC Pen
            1. Tapping your pen
            2. Flicking your pen
            3. Writing with your Tablet PC pen
          4. Creating a Windows Journal
        5. Making Your Computer More Accessible
          1. Using the Ease of Access Center
          2. Using the Magnifier
          3. Using the On-Screen Keyboard
          4. Using Narrator
          5. Making the Keyboard Easier to Use
    4. III. Connecting and Networking
      1. 14. Setting Up Your Network
        1. Understanding Home and Small-Business Networks
          1. Requirements for Building a Small Network
          2. Installing Network Adapters in Your Computers
          3. Installing Ethernet Routers, Hubs, and Switches
          4. Setting Up a Wireless Router or Access Point
        2. Mapping Your Networking Infrastructure
          1. Using the Network and Sharing Center
          2. Viewing the Network Map
          3. Viewing and Managing Your Network Connections
        3. Networking with TCP/IP
          1. Understanding IPv4
          2. Using Private IPv4 Addresses and Networking Protocols
          3. Understanding IPv6
          4. Configuring IPv4, IPv6, and Other Protocols
        4. Advanced Networking Concepts
          1. Introducing VPN
          2. Introducing IPSec
          3. Understanding the OSI Model
        5. Troubleshooting Common Problems on Small Networks
          1. Using the Network Diagnostics and Repair Option
          2. Checking Physical Connectivity
          3. Using the Command Line to Diagnose Network Problems
          4. Fixing Network Problems
      2. 15. Protecting Your Computer with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall
        1. Navigating the Computer Security Maze
          1. Introducing Malware
          2. Understanding Antimalware Programs
          3. Understanding Computer Viruses
          4. Introducing Antivirus Programs
          5. Understanding Spyware
          6. Introducing Antispyware Programs
        2. Introducing Action Center
        3. Using Windows Defender
          1. Working with Windows Defender
          2. Configuring Windows Defender
          3. Scanning Your Computer for Spyware and Malware
          4. Using Windows Defender Tools
          5. Troubleshooting Windows Defender
        4. Working with the Windows Firewall
          1. Windows Firewall Features and Improvements
          2. Configuring Security for the Basic Windows Firewall
          3. Troubleshooting the Basic Windows Firewall
          4. Configuring Advanced Firewall Security
          5. Troubleshooting Advanced Firewall Problems
      3. 16. Using Windows Live for Email, Calendars, and Contacts
        1. Getting Started with Windows Live
        2. Using Windows Live Mail
          1. Getting to Know Windows Live Mail
          2. Setting Up Windows Live Mail and Configuring Email Accounts
          3. Creating, Sending, and Receiving Email
          4. Protecting Yourself from Junk Email
          5. Protecting Yourself from Phishing Links
          6. Changing Windows Live Mail Security Settings
        3. Using Windows Live Contacts
          1. Getting to Know Windows Live Contacts
          2. What’s in a Live Contact?
          3. Creating Live Contacts for Individuals
          4. Importing and Exporting Contacts
          5. Creating Contact Categories
        4. Using Windows Live Calendar
          1. Getting to Know Windows Live Calendar
          2. Creating and Using Calendars
          3. Sharing Your Calendars with Others
          4. Synchronizing Google Calendar with Windows Live Calendar
          5. Scheduling Appointments and Meetings
          6. Viewing Agendas and Creating To-Do Lists
      4. 17. Mastering Dial-Up, Broadband, and On-the-Go Networking
        1. Configuring Dial-Up, Broadband, Wireless, and VPN
          1. Creating Dial-Up Connections
            1. Setting a connection to use dialing rules
            2. Configuring dial-up connection properties
          2. Creating Broadband Connections
          3. Creating VPN Connections
          4. Configuring Proxy Settings
          5. Enabling and Disabling Windows Firewall
          6. Establishing Network Connections
        2. Wireless Networking
          1. Wireless Network Technologies
          2. Wireless Network Devices
          3. Installing and Configuring a Wireless Adapter
          4. Connecting to and Managing Wireless Connections
          5. Configuring Available and Preferred Wireless Networks
          6. Setting Up a Wireless Router or Access Point
    5. IV. Managing and Supporting Windows 7
      1. 18. Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls
        1. Managing Access to Your Computer
        2. Managing Your User Account
          1. Changing Your Account Name
          2. Changing Your Account Picture
          3. Changing Your Account Type
          4. Creating Your Password
          5. Changing Your Password
          6. Storing Your Password for Recovery
          7. Recovering Your Password
        3. Managing Other People’s User Accounts
          1. Creating User Accounts for Other People
          2. Changing User Account Names for Other People
          3. Changing the Account Picture for Other People
          4. Changing the Account Type for Other People
          5. Creating a Password for Other People’s Accounts
          6. Changing the Password on Other People’s Accounts
          7. Storing Another Person’s Password for Recovery
          8. Recovering Another Person’s Password
          9. Enabling Local User Accounts
          10. Controlling the Way Account Passwords Are Used
          11. Deleting Local User Accounts
        4. Managing Access Permissions with Group Accounts
          1. Creating Local Groups
          2. Adding and Removing Local Group Members
          3. Renaming Local User Accounts and Groups
          4. Deleting Groups
        5. Keeping Your Family Safe While Using Your Computer
          1. Turning On Parental Controls
          2. Selecting a Game Rating System
          3. Configuring Time Restrictions
          4. Configuring Game Restrictions
          5. Configuring Application Restrictions
          6. Configuring Additional Controls
      2. 19. Managing Disks and Drives
        1. Configuring Disks and Drives
          1. Using Disk Management
          2. Installing and Initializing New Disks
          3. Converting a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk
          4. Converting a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
        2. Preparing Disks for Use
          1. Creating Mirrored, Spanned, or Striped Volumes
          2. Adding a Mirror to an Existing Volume
          3. Shrinking or Extending Volumes
          4. Creating and Attaching Virtual Hard Disks
          5. Formatting Volumes
          6. Changing Drive Letters
          7. Changing Volume Labels
          8. Converting a Volume to NTFS
          9. Deleting Volumes
        3. Maintaining and Recovering Volumes
          1. Troubleshooting Disk Problems
          2. Breaking or Removing Mirroring
          3. Resynchronizing and Repairing a Mirrored Set
          4. Repairing a Mirrored System or Boot Volume
        4. Using Compression and Encryption
          1. Compressing Drives
            1. Compressing a drive
            2. Expanding a drive to remove compression
          2. Compressing Files and Folders
            1. Compressing a file or folder
            2. Expanding a file or folder to remove compression
          3. Encrypting Files and Folders
            1. Encrypting a file or folder
            2. Removing encryption from files and folders
            3. Sharing encrypted files
            4. Backing up your encryption keys
      3. 20. Handling Routine Maintenance and Troubleshooting
        1. Maintaining Your System Configuration
          1. Configuring the Computer Name and Membership
          2. Creating or Joining a Homegroup
          3. Viewing Hardware Settings
          4. Configuring User Profiles, Environment Variables, and Startup and Recovery
            1. User profiles
            2. Environment variables
            3. Startup and recovery
          5. Configuring Remote Access
            1. Remote Assistance
            2. Remote Desktop access
        2. General Maintenance Tools
          1. Updating Your Computer
            1. Installing Microsoft Update
            2. Configuring Automatic Updates
            3. Checking for updates
            4. Viewing update history
            5. Removing updates and resolving update problems
            6. Restoring declined updates
          2. Cleaning Up Your Disk Drives
          3. Checking Your Disks for Errors
          4. Optimizing Disk Performance
        3. Scheduling Maintenance Tasks
          1. Getting Started with Task Scheduling
          2. Creating Basic Tasks
          3. Creating Advanced Tasks
          4. Managing and Troubleshooting Tasks
      4. 21. Getting Help and Handling Advanced Support Issues
        1. Detecting and Resolving Computer Problems
          1. Solving the Tough Problems Automatically (and Sometimes with a Little Help)
          2. Tracking Errors in the Event Logs
          3. Resolving Problems with System Services
        2. Creating Backups and Preparing for Problems
          1. Configuring System Protection
          2. Configuring Previous Versions
          3. Scheduling and Managing Automated Backups
        3. Recovering After a Crash or Other Problem
          1. Recovering Using Restore Points
          2. Restoring Previous Versions of Files
          3. Recovering Files from Backup
          4. Resolving Restart or Shutdown Issues
          5. Recovering from a Failed Resume
          6. Repairing a Computer to Enable Startup
          7. Recovering Your Computer Using Windows RE
          8. Safeguarding Your Computer from a Corrupted Windows RE
          9. Recovering Your Computer from Backup
          10. Reinstalling Windows 7
        4. Getting Help and Giving Others Assistance
          1. Getting Help from Another Person
          2. Giving Other People Assistance
          3. Connecting to Your Computer Remotely
        5. Troubleshooting Windows 7 Programs and Features
          1. Resolving Problems with Programs and Features
          2. Restoring the Windows 7 Boot Sector
          3. Changing Disc Close on Eject Settings
          4. Removing Disk Partitions During Installation
    6. V. Advanced Tips and Techniques
      1. 22. Installing and Running Windows 7
        1. Comparing Windows 7 Features and Versions
        2. Installing Windows 7
          1. Performing a Clean Installation
          2. Performing an Upgrade Installation
        3. Upgrading Your Windows 7 Edition
      2. 23. Exploring the Windows Boot Environment
        1. Introducing the Windows 7 Boot Environment
        2. Working with Boot Configuration Data
          1. Using the Startup and Recovery Dialog Box
          2. Using the System Configuration Utility
          3. Using the BCD Editor
        3. Managing the BCD Data Store
          1. Changing the Default Operating System
          2. Changing the Default Timeout
          3. Enabling Physical Address Expansion
          4. Changing the Operating System Display Order
          5. Changing the Restart Boot Sequence
        4. Managing the Boot Sector for Hard Disk Partitions
          1. Using the Boot Sector Configurator
          2. Installing a Previous Version of Windows on a Computer Running Windows 7
      3. 24. Using Group Policy with Windows 7
        1. Exploring Group Policy in Windows 7
          1. Introducing the Group Policy Client Service
          2. Using Multiple Local Group Policy Objects
          3. Enhancing Group Policy Application
          4. Improving Group Policy Management
          5. Editing Group Policy
        2. Working with Multiple Local Group Policy Objects
          1. Understanding Multiple Local Group Policy Object Usage
          2. Creating Multiple Local Group Policy Objects
            1. Accessing the top-level LGPO
            2. Accessing the Administrators Local Group Object or the Non-Administrators Local Group Object
            3. Accessing a user-specific local group object
          3. Deleting Local Group Policy Objects
        3. Updating Active Directory Group Policy Objects for Windows 7
      4. 25. Mastering Windows Media Center
        1. Understanding Windows Media Center Requirements
        2. Selecting the Correct Hardware for Windows Media Center
          1. Video Cards
          2. Sound Cards
        3. Installing and Configuring Windows Media Center Using the Wizard
        4. Navigating Windows Media Center
          1. Adding Media to Your Libraries
          2. Working with Pictures + Videos
            1. Navigating your Picture Library
            2. Navigating your Video Library
          3. Working with Music
          4. Working with Now Playing
          5. Working with Movies
          6. Working with Recorded TV
          7. Tracking Your Sports Players and Teams
          8. Working with the Extras Library
          9. Burning Discs
          10. Working with Tasks
        5. Fine-Tuning the Settings for Windows Media Center
          1. Configuring Window Behavior
          2. Configuring Visual and Sound Effects
          3. Configuring Parental Controls
          4. Configuring Automatic Download Options
          5. Configuring Optimization
          6. Using the About Windows Media Center Menu
          7. Viewing Privacy Information in Windows Media Center
          8. Using Windows Media Center Setup
            1. Configuring your Internet connection
            2. Configuring your TV signal
            3. Configuring your speakers
            4. Configuring your TV or monitor
            5. Running the Windows Media Center Setup Wizard again
        6. Troubleshooting Problems with Windows Media Center
          1. Troubleshooting with the Windows Media Center Setup Menu
          2. Troubleshooting Windows Media Center Networking Issues
          3. Troubleshooting TV Tuner and Video Capture Problems
          4. Troubleshooting Sound Problems
    7. Index
    8. Colophon