In This Chapter
Finding out about Internet service providers
Setting up Internet Explorer the first time
Navigating the Web
Finding information on the Internet
Saving information from the Internet
Troubleshooting Internet Explorer problems
Even when being installed, Windows 7 starts reaching for the Internet, hungry for any hint of a connection. After connecting with the Internet, Windows 7 kindly nudges your computer's clock to the correct time. Some motives are less pure: Windows 7 also checks in with Microsoft to make sure that you're not installing a pirated copy.
This chapter explains how to connect with the Internet, visit Web sites, and find all the good stuff online. For ways to keep out the bad stuff, be sure to visit Chapter 10 to get a quick primer on safe computing. The Internet is full of bad neighborhoods, and that chapter explains how to avoid viruses, spy-ware, hijackers, and other Internet parasites.
Once your computer is wearing its appropriate helmet and kneepads, however, hop onto the Internet and enjoy the ride.
Today, most people take the Internet for granted, much like they do a telephone line. Instead of marveling at the Internet's internal gearing, they've grown accustomed to this new land called cyberspace and its healthy stock of attractions:
Library: The Internet is stuffed with educational material: classic books, hourly news updates, foreign language dictionaries, specialized encyclopedias, ...