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Book Description

This unique reference thoroughly documents every important settingand feature in Microsoft's new operating system, with alphabeticallistings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes,buttons, scrollbars and other elements of Windows Vista. With thisbook'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, anda tour of the basics such as manipulating files and getting aroundthe interface, Windows Vista in a Nutshell offersalphabetized references for these topics:

  • The User Interface: Covers the Sidebar, Aero Glass, the newControl Panel layout, and applets, as well as how to customizeanimated windows, the desktop, Start menu, pop-up windows on theTaskbar, and more.

  • The File System, Drives, Data, and Search: Discusses workingwith the new Windows Explorer, Virtual Folders, searches, indexing,saved searches, metadata, and sharing.

  • The Internet and Networking: Examines TCP/IP, RSS, tabbedbrowsing, and anti-phishing features of Internet Explorer, pluscookie handling, parental control features, and more.

  • Networking and Wireless: Offers an illustrated, step-by-stepguide to setting up a home network; covers the Network Center, SyncCenter, Hot Spot access, wireless management, collaboration, andsharing.

  • Working with Hardware: Describes how to set up, maintain, andtroubleshoot hardware--including keyboards, mice, monitors, USBdevices, scanners, cameras, and sound devices--and how to add,install, and troubleshoot drivers.

  • Security: Includes the Security Center, Windows Defender, UserAccount Protection, System Protection, Network Access Protection,WiFi encryption, Windows Firewall, file encryption, and more.

  • Mobility: Explains Mobility Center settings, plugging asecondary monitor into your computer, and the new "networkprojection" feature for making presentations.

  • Multimedia: Covers Windows Photo Gallery, Media Player, MediaCenter, podcasting features, connecting to and synching with MP3players, recording TV and videos, making videos with Windows MovieMaker, and burning CDs and DVDs.

  • The Command Prompt: Provides commands for working with files,utilities for troubleshooting the network, and instructions on howto create your own batch files.

  • Appendixes include information on installation, keyboardshortcuts, common filename extensions, and more. Windows Vistain a Nutshell is your one-stop source for everything you needfrom Microsoft's latest operating system.

    Table of Contents

    1. Windows Vista in a Nutshell
      1. Preface
        1. Considerations and Scope
        2. Organization of the Book
          1. Part I
          2. Part II
          3. Part III
        3. Conventions Used in This Book
          1. Path Notation
        4. Using Code Examples
        5. We'd Like to Hear from You
        6. Safari® Enabled
        7. Acknowledgments
      2. I. The Big Picture
        1. 1. The Lay of the Land
          1. 1.1. The Big Picture
          2. 1.2. What's New in Windows Vista
          3. 1.3. Windows Vista Editions
          4. 1.4. Hardware Requirements
            1. 1.4.1. Windows System Performance Rating
          5. 1.5. Upgrading from Earlier Versions of Windows
        2. 2. Using Windows Vista
          1. 2.1. The Desktop
          2. 2.2. Point-and-Click Operations
            1. 2.2.1. Default Behavior
            2. 2.2.2. Alternate Behavior
          3. 2.3. Starting Up Applications
          4. 2.4. Windows and Menus
          5. 2.5. Keyboard Accelerators
          6. 2.6. Common Controls
          7. 2.7. Files, Folders, and Disks
            1. 2.7.1. Disk Names
            2. 2.7.2. Pathnames
            3. 2.7.3. Paths to Network Resources
            4. 2.7.4. Short Names and Long Names
            5. 2.7.5. File Types and Extensions
            6. 2.7.6. Using Windows Explorer
            7. 2.7.7. Keyboard Accelerators in Folder Windows
            8. 2.7.8. Advanced Drag-and-Drop Techniques
          8. 2.8. The Command Line
          9. 2.9. Online Help
          10. 2.10. Shutting Down
      3. II. Nutshell Reference
        1. 3. The User Interface
          1. 1.1. Controlling the Interface
        2. 4. Working with the Filesystem, Drives, Data, and Search
        3. 5. Internet Explorer
          1. 5.1. Security
            1. Internet Options Security Tab
            2. Phishing Filter
            3. Pop-Up Blocker
        4. 6. Windows Mail
        5. 7. Networking, Wireless, and Mobility
          1. 7.1. Networking 101
            1. 7.1.1. Networking Terminology
          2. 7.2. Planning Your Network
          3. 7.3. Setting Up a Network
            1. 7.3.1. What to Do If Your Connection Doesn't Work
            2. 7.3.2. Understanding Private and Public IP Addresses
            3. 7.3.3. Networking Windows Vista with Windows XP and Other Windows Versions
            4. 7.3.4. Implementing Network Security
            5. 7.3.5. Setting Up Wireless Encryption
            6. 7.3.6. Sharing an Internet Connection with Internet Connection Sharing
            7. 7.3.7. Setting Up a Bluetooth Device
          4. 7.4. Wired and Wireless Connections, Management, and Configuration
          5. 7.5. Sharing Resources and Files
            1. 7.5.1. Sharing Public Folders
            2. 7.5.2. Sharing Other Folders
            3. 7.5.3. Sharing Printers
            4. 7.5.4. Mapping Drives
          6. 7.6. Network Applications
          7. 7.7. Mobile Computing
          8. 7.8. Networking and Internet Command-Line Tools
        6. 8. Security
          1. 8.1. General Security
          2. 8.2. Internet Security
          3. 8.3. Encryption
        7. 9. Working with Hardware
        8. 10. Managing Programs, Users, and Your Computer
          1. 10.1. User Accounts and Computer Management
          2. 10.2. Applications and Utilities
          3. 10.3. Games
        9. 11. Performance and Troubleshooting
          1. 11.1. Performance, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
          2. 11.2. Startup
        10. 12. Graphics and Multimedia
        11. 13. The Registry
          1. 13.1. What's in the Registry
          2. 13.2. Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values
          3. 13.3. Registry Protection in Windows Vista
          4. 13.4. Organization of the Registry
            1. 13.4.1. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (HKCR)
            2. 13.4.2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU)
            3. 13.4.3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM)
            4. 13.4.4. HKCU\Software and HKLM\SOFTWARE
            5. 13.4.5. HKEY_USERS (HKU)
            6. 13.4.6. HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG (HKCC)
          5. 13.5. Hives
          6. 13.6. Backing Up the Registry
          7. 13.7. Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches
          8. 13.8. Five Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry
            1. 13.8.1. Open a Command Prompt from the Right-Click Menu
            2. 13.8.2. Change the Ribbons Screensaver
            3. 13.8.3. Registry Editor Remembers Where You Were
            4. 13.8.4. Change the Registered Users and Company Names for Windows Vista
            5. 13.8.5. Some Handy Registry Navigation Shortcuts
        12. 14. The Command Prompt
          1. 14.1. Using the Command Line
          2. 14.2. Command Prompt Choices
          3. 14.3. Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirection
            1. 14.3.1. Examples
          4. 14.4. Batch Files
            1. 14.4.1. Creating Batch Files
            2. 14.4.2. Some Rules of the Road
            3. 14.4.3. The "Why" and "When" of Using Batch Files
            4. 14.4.4. Variables
            5. 14.4.5. Additional Commands Used in Batch Files
      4. III. Appendixes
        1. A. Installing Windows Vista
          1. A.1. Performing a Clean Install
          2. A.2. Upgrading from a Previous Version of Windows
          3. A.3. Windows Anytime Upgrade
          4. A.4. Potential Problems During Setup
        2. B. Keyboard Shortcuts
          1. B.1. Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Key
          2. B.2. Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function
        3. C. Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters
        4. D. Common Filename Extensions
        5. E. Services
      5. Index
      6. About the Author
      7. Colophon