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  • Copyright 2007
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3585-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3585-0

Windows Vista is the long-awaited upgrade to the Microsoft Windows operating system, and it's a lot different from the Windows you're used to. What's new in Windows Vista–and how do all those new features work?

How Microsoft Windows Vista Works is the first book to take you inside the new Windows Vista operating system and show you how all the pieces and parts work. With clear and simple explanations and illustrations that say, "You, too, can understand this," How Microsoft Windows Vista Works gives you detailed information on the hidden workings of Windows Vista–from the new Aero interface inside to the Windows kernel. It's a four-color, highly visual explanation of everything that matters about Windows Vista, including:

  • How Windows Vista differs from Windows XP
  • How Windows controls your computer
  • How User Account Control protects your system
  • How virtual folders and instant search work
  • How Windows Vista renders graphics
  • How the Aero interface and the Windows Sidebar work
  • How Internet Explorer 7's tabbed browsing works
  • How Windows connects to a wireless network
  • How the new Windows Photo Gallery manages your digital photos

Contents 

Introduction  xi

Part I: What Windows Vista Is–and What It Does  2

Chapter 1      Understanding Windows and Other Operating Systems  6

Chapter 2      How Windows Vista Differs from Windows XP  14

Chapter 3      What Windows Vista Does  26

Part II: Basic Operations  32

Chapter 4      Powering On and Powering Off  36

Chapter 5      Managing System Resources  48

Chapter 6      Managing System Information  62

Chapter 7      Managing Users  70

Chapter 8      Managing Data  76

Chapter 9      Managing Applications  92

Part III: Windows Vista Graphics  100

Chapter 10     Understanding Vista Graphics  104

Chapter 11     The Vista Interface  112

Chapter 12     The Vista Desktop  122

Part IV: Digital Media  130

Chapter 13     Windows Media Center  134

Chapter 14     Digital Music  150

Chapter 15     Digital Images  166

Chapter 16     Digital Video and Movies  174

Part V: Networking and the Internet  182

Chapter 17     Windows Vista and the Internet  186

Chapter 18     Windows Vista Networks  204

Part VI: Security and Maintenance  220

Chapter 19     Windows Vista Security Features  224

Chapter 20     Routine Maintenance  238

Glossary  252

Index  266

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Table of Contents

    Introduction  xi

Part I: What Windows Vista Is–and What It Does  2

Chapter 1    Understanding Windows and Other Operating Systems  6

Chapter 2    How Windows Vista Differs from Windows XP  14

Chapter 3    What Windows Vista Does  26

Part II: Basic Operations  32

Chapter 4    Powering On and Powering Off  36

Chapter 5    Managing System Resources  48

Chapter 6    Managing System Information  62

Chapter 7    Managing Users  70

Chapter 8    Managing Data  76

Chapter 9    Managing Applications  92

Part III: Windows Vista Graphics  100

Chapter 10  Understanding Vista Graphics  104

Chapter 11  The Vista Interface  112

Chapter 12  The Vista Desktop  122

Part IV: Digital Media  130

Chapter 13  Windows Media Center  134

Chapter 14  Digital Music  150

Chapter 15  Digital Images  166

Chapter 16  Digital Video and Movies  174

Part V: Networking and the Internet  182

Chapter 17  Windows Vista and the Internet  186

Chapter 18  Windows Vista Networks  204

Part VI: Security and Maintenance  220

Chapter 19  Windows Vista Security Features  224

Chapter 20  Routine Maintenance  238

    Glossary  252

    Index  266

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