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Getting to Know the New Windows 7 Taskbar
By Michael Miller
Jul 27, 2009
Michael Miller walks you through all the new Windows 7 Taskbar features and shows you why it will make you more productive.
Getting to Know Windows 10—If You've Used Windows Before
By Michael Miller
Oct 8, 2015
Whether you're upgrading from Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows XP, Michael Miller will walk you through the differences (and improvements) in Windows 10, including its most important features, in this chapter from Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows 10 Edition (includes Content Update Program), 8th Edition.
Getting to Know Windows 7
By Michael Miller
Dec 1, 2009
Michael Miller gives an introductory tour of Windows 7.
Getting to Know Windows 7
By Michael Miller
Sep 10, 2009
If you're a computer beginner, this is for you! Michael Miller walks you through the basics of the Windows 7 operating system.
Getting to Know Windows 8.1
By Michael Miller
Feb 21, 2014
This chapter shows you the basics of starting and using Windows 8.1, the software and operating system that makes your computer work.
Getting What You Ask For with Windows XP Professional's Make New Connections Network Wizard
By Louis Columbus
Oct 19, 2001
Microsoft's Windows XP Professional uses a series of Wizards for enabling network connections. This article gives you guidance for the way Windows XP Professional handles the definition of new connections.
Grouping and Changing Tile Sizes in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Nov 27, 2013
In this video, derived from her book My Windows 8.1, Katherine Murray looks at File Explorer. She shows you how to create folders as well as how to copy, move, and share files using File Explorer.
Hands-on: Using the File and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP Professional
By Louis Columbus
Sep 28, 2001
Migrating both data files and user settings between operating systems is an area in which there is clearly room for improvement. Microsoft’s initial efforts at streamlining this task in Whistler are profiled in this article.
Hardware Requirements When Installing Windows 7
By J. Peter Bruzzese
Jun 9, 2010
J. Peter Bruzzese tells you what you need to know about hardware requirements before installing Microsoft Windows 7.
Health Care for PCs
By Greg Perry
Nov 26, 2003
This sample chapter, from Sams Teach Yourself Windows XP Computer Basics All in One, will give you a place to start solution-finding when things seem to go to hell in a handbasket. Whether you are trying to accomplish an advanced task or you are trying to figure out why your computer is acting up, you will find the troubleshooting tips and tricks in this chapter helpful.
Help Me, Windows 10! Cortana to the Rescue
By Katherine Murray
Aug 13, 2015
In this excerpt from My Windows 10, Katherine Murray shows you how to use the voice-activated Cortana tool in Windows 10 as your built-in electronic assistant.
History Vault for Windows 8: User Friendly Backups
By Todd Meister
May 25, 2012
Todd Meister tells you the ways in which Windows 8 File History has made backup and recovery of your data a lot easier.
How Microsoft Is Filling Out .NET with a Content Management Strategy
By Louis Columbus
Nov 20, 2001
One of the missing components of Microsoft's .NET strategy had been content management. With the inclusion of Content Management Server and the strength of BizTalk Server with XML integration expertise, the Microsoft solution is coming together well.
How Paul McFedries Gets Under the Hood of Microsoft Products
By Linda Leung, Paul McFedries
Dec 10, 2009
Paul McFedries talks about his books, why he decided to take a diversion from the Microsoft path and write about OS X, and why he loves to track new words and phrases as they enter the English language.
How Safe is a .NET Passport Account in Windows XP Professional?
By Louis Columbus
Jul 12, 2002
After the heavily promoted launches of the Microsoft Passport feature and Hailstorm, Passport has come under fire for being too easy to hack for credit card and logon data. Microsoft’s relative silence is not a good sign, either.
How to Add the Start Menu Back to Windows 8
By Michael Miller
Jun 26, 2013
One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is Microsoft’s removal of the Start button and Start menu. In this article, author Michael Miller examines third-party applications that promise to put the Start menu back in Windows 8 – and tells you which are worth your while.
How To Build the Ultimate Windows Media Center 2005 Machine on a Budget, Part 1
By Cyrus Peikari
Oct 21, 2005
In this series, Cyrus Peikari shows you how to build a DIY version of Media Center 2005. Using only the best components at the lowest prices, you can have a breathtaking home theater system that dramatically changes how your family and guests relax and enjoy time together.
How To Build the Ultimate Windows Media Center 2005 Machine on a Budget, Part 2
By Cyrus Peikari
Oct 28, 2005
In part 2 of ur DIY Home Media Center 2005 project, our machine gets sexy hardware components at a budget price. Learn how to select the optimal TV tuner and graphics card that form the heart of your home theater centerpiece.
How to Capture a Screenshot in Windows 7
By Michael Miller
Aug 31, 2011
How do you take a picture of your computer screen? Michael Miller shows you how to capture a snapshot of any Windows 7 screen or window.
How to Network Vista and XP Computers Together
By Jason Kerluck
Jan 25, 2008
Jason Kerluck provides a step-by-step guide to connecting your Vista machine to your XP computer.

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