Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed: An Insider's Guide to Supercharging Windows Vista
Product Author Bios
Mark Edward Soper has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since 1992. Mark has used almost every version of Microsoft Windows starting with version 1.04 and has contributed chapters to Special Edition Using Windows Millennium Edition, all editions of the Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP series, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows Vista, and Easy Windows Vista. Mark blogs on Windows Vista at his Amazon.com blog.
Mark is the author or coauthor of many books on a variety of technology subjects, including Upgrading and Repairing Networks, 5th Edition, Upgrading and Repairing Servers, Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Automation, and Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Networking, as well as books on digital photography, broadband Internet, computer upgrading, and A+ certification. Mark is currently writing Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center and a new A+ certification study guide. He is a regular contributor to Maximum PC magazine and writes the Windows blog for the Maximum PC website. When he’s not working on technology projects, Mark enjoys photography, researching the history of transportation, church activities, and his family.
Is Windows XP making you feel like a 98-pound weakling? Is the bevy of security holes, patches, and networking gotchas making you want to reach for a revolver? If so, then you’re like millions of others who are ready to install Windows Vista--the sorely needed revision to the world's most popular operating system. Maximum PC shows you how to get the most out of this dramatic improvement to Windows. Far from being a mere cosmetic makeover of Windows XP, Windows Vista has been reengineered from the ground up to provide a solid foundation for business, home, education, gaming, and multimedia users. We take the guesswork out of getting up to speed with Vista, and we do it without making you want to put your fist through the screen. Chock full of real world, hands-on solutions, Maximum PC Windows Vista Exposed will have you up and running in no time flat.
Here's what you'll find inside…
- Coverage of Vista’s all-new Aero interface
- The skinny on Vista’s new menu system
- Deep coverage of new apps within Vista, including Windows Media Player 11, Windows Movie Maker 6, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Media Center, and Windows DVD Maker
- How to secure your PC with Vista’s vastly improved security and user management features
- Advice for protecting yourself from hackers, spammers, spies, and phishers
- Details on new parental controls designed to help you protect your family
- Coverage of a heavily revamped Internet Explorer, as well as the new, built-in email application, Windows Mail
- Steps for setting up your own home network (wired or wireless) with Vista’s much improved networking capabilities
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Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing Windows Vista 3
1 Welcome to Windows Vista 5
2 The Many Editions of Windows Vista 23
Part II: Getting to Work with Vista 35
3 Installing Windows Vista 37
4 Mastering the Vista User Interface 73
5 Vista Tools for Faster and Better File Organization 97
6 Mastering Your Hardware and Environment with Vista 121
7 Managing Your Contacts with Vista 151
Part III: Windows Vista at Play: Entertainment, Internet, and Networking 173
8 Mastering Windows Media Player 11 175
9 Windows Media Center the Vista Way 219
10 Gaming with Windows Vista 247
11 Internet the Windows Vista Way 267
12 Building a Home Network the Windows Vista Way 289
Part IV: Keeping Windows Vista Safe with Backup and Troubleshooting Tools 309
13 Burn, Baby, Burn! Backup Inferno 311
14 Protecting Windows Vista 327
15 Troubleshooting and Maintaining Windows Vista 353
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