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  • Copyright 2007
  • Dimensions: 7x9-1/8
  • Pages: 864
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32894-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32894-7
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7686-6853-0
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A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 067233013X ISBN-13: 9780672330131

 

 

Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ Unleashed

 

Paul McFedries

 

Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ Unleashed is a book for people, like you, who don’t consider themselves to be “average users.” It’s a book for anyone who finds that doing things the official way is slower, less efficient, and less powerful because Windows Vista was designed from the ground up to avoid confusing novice users. The result is default settings that restrict flexibility, interminable wizards that turn two-step tasks into twelve-step sagas, and the hiding of powerful and useful programs behind layers of menus and dialog boxes. To unleash the potential of Windows Vista, you need a different approach that blows away Vista’s novice features and scorns the standard way of doing things.

 

This book goes beyond the standard-issue techniques sanctioned by Microsoft and parroted in other Windows Vista books. Instead, this book offers shortcuts for boosting your productivity, customizations for making Windows Vista work the way you do, workarounds for known Windows Vista problems, and warnings for avoiding Windows Vista pitfalls. Along the way, you’ll learn about all kinds of insider details, undocumented features, powerful tools, and background facts that help put everything into perspective.

 

  • Learn what’s new in Windows Vista
  • Customize Windows Vista startup
  • Troubleshoot software and hardware problems
  • Tune Windows Vista’s performance
  • Automate Windows Vista with powerful and flexible scripts
  • Implement Internet security and privacy features
  • Configure and administer a small network
  • Get the most out of Control Panel, group policies, the Registry, Device Manager, and other powerful tools
  • Set up a complete maintenance program to keep Windows Vista running smoothly
  • Discover a complete list of Windows Vista shortcut keys, a detailed look at the Command Prompt, and a batch file primer
  • Master the new desktop search engine and learn how to group, stack, and filter files
  • Understand and work with Windows Vista’s User Account Control security feature
  • Get the most out of your Tablet PC
  • Take advantage of new Internet features such as RSS feeds, multiple home pages, and tabbed browsing

 

Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. He has been working with computers for more than 30 years and has been using Microsoft Windows since version 1. Paul has written more than 50 books that have sold over three million copies worldwide.

 

Category: Microsoft Operating Systems

Covers: Microsoft Windows Vista

User Level: Intermediate–Advanced

 

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Online Sample Chapters

Collaborating with Windows Meeting Space

Getting the Most Out of User Accounts

Getting the Most Out of Windows Vista User Accounts

Implementing Group Policies with Windows Vista

Programming the Windows Script Host

Troubleshooting Tools Included with Windows Vista

Using Virtual Private Network Connections in Windows Vista

Windows Vista's Stability Improvements

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Download Chapter 6: Getting the Most Out of User Accounts

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I                   Unleashing Day-to-Day Windows Vista

1        An Overview of Windows Vista   7

2        Customizing and Troubleshooting the Windows Vista Startup      43

3        Exploring Expert File and Folder Techniques   71

4        Mastering File Types        111

5        Installing and Running Applications       131

6        Getting the Most Out of User Accounts                   157

7        Working with Digital Media         189

8        Vista’s Tools for Business: Contacts, Calendar, and Faxing                   217

9        Mobile Computing in Windows Vista     255

Part II        Unleashing Essential Windows Vista Power Tools

10      Using Control Panel and Group Policies          283

11      Getting to Know the Windows Vista Registry 299

12      Programming the Windows Script Host                   321

Part III      Unleashing Windows Vista Customization and Optimization

13      Customizing the Windows Vista Interface      359

14      Tuning Windows Vista’s Performance   381

15      Maintaining Your Windows Vista System        411

16      Troubleshooting and Recovering from Problems      443

17      Getting the Most Out of Device Manager       463

Part IV       Unleashing Windows Vista for the Internet

18      Exploring the Web with Internet Explorer       487

19      Communicating with Windows Mail      527

20      Participating in Internet Newsgroups    559

21      Implementing Windows Vista’s Internet Security and Privacy Features   581

Part V         Unleashing Windows Vista Networking

22      Setting Up a Small Network       631

23      Accessing and Using Your Network      649

24      Making Remote Network Connections 679

Part VI       Appendixes

A        Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts     701

B        Using the Windows Vista Command Prompt  709

C       Automating Windows Vista with Batch Files   745

Index           773

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