Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed, 2nd Edition
- By Paul McFedries
- Published Apr 4, 2008 by Sams. Part of the Unleashed series.
- Copyright 2008
- Dimensions: 7x9-1/8
- Pages: 840
- Edition: 2nd
- ISBN-10: 0-672-33013-X
- ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33013-1
- eBook (Adobe DRM)
- ISBN-10: 0-7686-8041-7
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-8041-6
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Product Author Bios
Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. He has worked with computers in one form or another since 1975 and has used Windows since version 1 was foisted upon an unsuspecting (and underwhelmed) world in the mid-1980s. He is the author of more than 50 computer books that have sold more than three million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing book Microsoft Windows Home Server Unleashed and the Que Publishing books Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista, Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Excel 2007, Tricks of the Microsoft Office 2007 Gurus, and Microsoft Access 2007 Forms, Reports, and Queries. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com), a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language.
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Unleashed, Second Edition
Includes coverage of Windows Vista Service Pack 1!
Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed, Second Edition, 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 2-step tasks into 12-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.
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 more than 3 million copies worldwide.
- Learn what’s new in Windows Vista Service Pack 1
- 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
Category: Microsoft Operating Systems
Covers: Microsoft Windows Vista
User Level: Intermediate—Advanced
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book, but not for beginners,
This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed (Paperback)I wanted a book targeted at people who already have intermediate to advanced skills using previous versions of Windows. This is one of three Vista books I've read cover to cover that fit that description. This is the one that skips the most beginning topics and has depth in the most advanced topics. Great coverage of what's going on underneath the GUI where the truly major improvements over XP are. Best coverage I've seen of how the registry works outside of books devoted to the registry. Excellent description of how Vista simulates previous versions of Windows for applications not written for Vista.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Adequate for my needs.,
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This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed (Paperback)I bought this book to become familiar with Vista before it actually shipped. It presents a lot of good and useful material, but I would suggest the author make the new features a little more obvious. I spent time reading about certain features before realizing that they were also part of XP.
I haven't installed Vista yet (any day now!) but feel I have enough of an understanding to become somewhat productive right away.
I am a little intimidated by the new tighter security. Nothing tries my patience more than wanting to do something on MY system and finding that I have to jump through hoops to do it. The author spends a quite a bit of time on the new security model and how to configure the system to account for the tighter model.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not as advanced as I had hoped,
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This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Paperback)I expected "Unleashed" to go into more detail on how to handle specific Vista-related problems by dealing with the registry. In a few cases, it did, but not as many times as I was hoping for. Perhaps I need to find a book that focuses exclusively on the registry. I estimate that "Unleashed" devotes about 15% of its content on registry editing, with the remainder on lesser advanced ways for learning and using Windows Vista. That said, I found the book helpful. I especially liked the keyboard shortcuts that are mentioned throughout the book, as well as in a very extensive index in the back. The book covers all versions of Vista, which left me a little confused at times. Some of the sections cover versions that I don't have, and I found myself scratching my head trying to implement a few things that were non-implementable for my OS (for instance, the Group Policy Editor is not available in the Home Premium version of Vista, but there's plenty of instruction in the book on how to... Read more
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Table of Contents
Part I Unleashing Day-to-Day Windows Vista
1 An Overview of Windows Vista
2 Customizing and Troubleshooting the Windows Vista Startup
3 Exploring Expert File and Folder Techniques
4 Mastering File Types
5 Installing and Running Applications
6 Getting the Most Out of User Accounts
7 Working with Digital Media
8 Vista’s Tools for Business: Contacts, Calendar, and Faxing
9 Mobile Computing in Windows Vista
Part II Unleashing Essential Windows Vista Power Tools
10 Using Control Panel and Group Policies
11 Getting to Know the Windows Vista Registry
12 Programming the Windows Script Host
Part III Unleashing Windows Vista Customization and Optimization
13 Customizing the Windows Vista Interface
14 Tuning Windows Vista’s Performance
15 Maintaining Your Windows Vista System 1
16 Troubleshooting and Recovering from Problems
17 Getting the Most Out of Device Manager
Part IV Unleashing Windows Vista for the Internet
18 Exploring the Web with Internet Explorer
19 Communicating with Windows Mail
20 Participating in Internet Newsgroups
21 Implementing Windows Vista’s Internet Security and Privacy Features
Part V Unleashing Windows Vista Networking
22 Setting Up a Small Network
23 Accessing and Using Your Network
24 Making Remote Network Connections
Part VI Appendixes
A Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts
B Using the Windows Vista Command Prompt
C Automating Windows Vista with Batch Files
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