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Windows 7 In Depth

Beyond the Basics…Beneath the Surface…In Depth

 Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth is the comprehensive guide to Microsoft's Windows 7 for everyone who's no longer a Windows beginner: corporate, small office/home office, and personal users alike. Top Windows authors Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel have packed this 1,100-page book with intensely useful and practical information that can't be found elsewhere. You can turn here for expert guidance on... " Migrating to Windows 7 as an individual - or rolling it out throughout a business " Making the most of Windows 7's powerhouse media tools " Installing, configuring, and managing Windows 7 networks more quickly and efficiently " Securing Windows 7 PCs against spam, spyware, viruses and other "Net Nasties" " Using the updated Windows 7 interface more efficiently " Troubleshooting and solving Windows 7 problems more rapidly " And much more..

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Table of Contents


Part I Getting Started with Windows 7

Chapter 1 Introducing Windows 7

An Overview of Windows 7

What’s New in Windows 7?

    Installation and Setup

    Interface Improvements

    System Security Enhancements

    Improved Web Browsing with IE 8

    Data Security Enhancements

    Performance Improvements

    New Accessories

    Power Management


    System Management and Stability

    New, Improved Applications and Services


Differences Among Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 on the Corporate Network

Chapter 2 Installing and Upgrading Windows 7

General Considerations for Windows 7

Windows 7 Hardware Requirements

    Option 1: Using What You’ve Got: Ensuring Compatibility via the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

    Option 2: Choosing a Windows 7 Ready PC

    Option 3: Upgrading Your  Computer

Performing a New Installation of Windows 7

    Typical Clean Setup Procedure

Upgrading Older Versions of Windows to Windows 7

Upgrading One Version of Windows 7 to Another

Multibooting Windows 7

Activating Windows 7

Taking the Virtual Machine Approach

Editing Windows 7 Boot Menu Entries

Chapter 3 The First Hour

The First Things to Do After Starting Windows 7 77

A Quick Tour of Windows 7’s Important Features 78

    The Welcome Screen 78

    The New Start Menu 79

    The New Windows Explorer 80

    The Redesigned Control Panel 82

    Devices and Printers 83

    User Account Control 84

Setting Up User Accounts 88

    Create New Accounts 89

    Change Account Settings 90

    Before You Forget Your Password 91

    Adjust Your Own User Account 92

    Just One User? 93

Setting Up Internet Access 93

Downloading Critical Updates 94

Personalizing Windows 94

    Personalize Screen Settings 94

    Tune Up the Taskbar 96

    Jump Lists 98

    Adjust the Explorers 98

Transferring Information from Your Old Computer

    Windows Easy Transfer

Logging Off or Shutting Down

More Than You Wanted to Know

    Where’s My Stuff?: The User Profile Structure

    Compatibility and Virtualization

    After You Forget Your Password

    Using a Password Reset Disk

    Accessing the Real Administrator Account

    Configuring a Default User Profile

Part II Using Windows 7

Chapter 4 Using the Windows 7 User Interface

Who Should Read This Chapter?

Logging In to Windows 7

    Logging On from the Welcome Screen

Using Windows 7—The User Experience

    Parts of the Windows 7 Screen

    Dialog Boxes

    Putting Items on the Desktop

    Properties and the Right-Click

    Using Windows Explorer


The Taskbar, the Start Menu, and Other Tools

    Uninstall or Change Programs

    Add New Programs

Running Your Applications

    How to Launch Your Apps

    Using Libraries

    Using Speech Recognition

Help and Support

Exiting Windows Gracefully

Dealing with a Crashed Application or Operating System

Chapter 5 Managing Files and Searching

What’s New in Windows Explorer

    The Legacy of WebView

    How WebView Gives Windows 7 a Browser Look and Feel

Buttons, Breadcrumbs, Toolbars, and More

    Breadcrumbs in the Computer Window

    Breadcrumbs in Windows Explorer

    User Profiles

Navigating the File System


    Selecting Several Items

    Viewing Meta-Information

    Turning Panes On and Off

Customizing File and Folder Views

    Setting Folder Options

Managing Libraries

    Creating a Library

    Add Elements to a Library

    Remove Elements From a Library


    Types of Searching

    Changing Search and Indexing Settings

    Searching As You Type

    Grouping and Stacking

Zipping and Packing Files

File and Folder Security

Chapter 6 Printing

Windows Printing Primer

Installing and Configuring a Printer

    Adding a New Printer

Installing a Local Printer

    If the Printer Isn’t Found

    What to Do If Your Printer Isn’t Listed

Changing a Printer’s Properties

    Printing Preferences

    Printer Properties

    Print Server Properties

Removing a Printer

Printing from Your Applications

    Printing Offline

    Printing from DOS Applications

Working with the Printer Queue

    Deleting a File from the Queue

    Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer

    Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process

Advanced Printer Management

XPS Print Output


Chapter 7 Gadgets and Other Supplied Accessories

Using Gadgets

    Adding New Gadgets

    Downloading New Gadgets

    Peeking at Gadgets

    Adjusting a Gadget’s Settings

    Moving Gadgets Around

    Adding a Gadget More Than Once

    Changing Opacity of Gadgets

    Removing Gadgets

Using the Snipping Tool

Exploring the Other Accessories



    XPS Viewer


    Character Map



    Sticky Notes


Part III Multimedia and Imaging

Chapter 8 Windows Media Player

Learning the Basics

    Media Types Compatible with WMP

    Getting Around in Windows Media Player 12

    Playing Audio and Video in WMP 12

Getting Music and Video on Your Computer

    Ripping Songs from CDs onto Your Computer

    Adding Items from Your Computer to Your Library

Taking Your Music and Video on the Go

    Burning Customized CDs

    Syncing Files to Your Portable Media Player

    Sharing Media Throughout Your Home

Chapter 9 Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center—What’s the Hubbub?

What’s New in Windows 7 Media Center?

The WMC Hardware

    The New WMC PC Form Factors

    Is Windows Media Center Based on Home or Business Versions?

    Can I Upgrade My Non-WMC PC to a WMC PC?

    Basic WMC PC Hookup

    Media Center Extender

The WMC Functions



    Pictures + Videos


Some Tricks of the Trade

    Playing DVDs and Other Video Files

    Viewing TV Shows on Your HDTV or Projector

    Broadcasting TV Shows to Your TV or Projector

    Burning DVDs from Recorded TV

    Setting Parental Control Ratings

Chapter 10 Windows Imaging Tools

Image Manipulation in Windows 7

What’s Built in to Windows 7 for Photographs?

Windows Pictures Library

    Importing Files into the Windows Pictures Library from a Media Source

    Organizing Photos and Movies in Windows Pictures Library

Working with Scanners and Cameras

    Using Windows Pictures Library with a Scanner

    Using Windows Pictures Library with a Digital Camera

    Manipulating Pictures in Windows Media Player

    Printing Your Masterpiece

    Sharing Your Photos with Others Electronically

Burning Your Pictures to CD or DVD

    Writing Photos to CD Using Windows Explorer

    Making CDs and DVDs from Windows Media Player

    Which Output Option to Use

    What Is This Blu-Ray Thing?

Chapter 11 Scanning and Faxing

Introducing Windows Fax and Scan

    Preparations for Using Windows Fax and Scan

Configuring the Fax Service

    Configuring Fax-Receiving Options

    Setting Up Sender Information

    Creating a Customized Cover Page

    Configuring Fax Settings

Sending Faxes from Windows Fax and Scan

    Adding Scanned Pages

    Previewing the Fax

    Setting Up Dialing Rules

    Sending the Fax

    Monitoring Outgoing Faxes

Receiving Faxes

    Printing Received Faxes Automatically

Scanning Documents with Windows Fax and Scan

    Editing Scan Profile Defaults

    Creating a New Scan Profile

    Scanning Images

    Emailing Scans

    Faxing Scans

    Manipulating Scanned Images

Scanning and Faxing Slides and Transparencies

Chapter 12 Sound Recorder, DVD Maker, and Other Multimedia Tools

Become a Recording Star

Windows Sound Recorder

Volume Control

    Using the Snipping Tool

Viewing Your “Snipped” Images

Recording to DVD

Part IV Windows 7 and the Internet

Chapter 13 Getting Connected

Going Worldwide

Connection Technologies

    Analog Modem



    Cable Modem

    Satellite Service

    Wireless and Cellular Service

    Choosing a Technology

Choosing Equipment

Ordering the Service

Installing a Modem for Dial-Up Service

    Changing the Modem Type

Configuring a Dial-Up Internet Connection

    Creating a New Dial-Up Connection

    Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties

Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection

    Hanging Up a Dial-Up Connection

Installing a Network Adapter for Broadband Service

    Installing Filters for DSL Service

Configuring a High-Speed Connection

    Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection

    Setting Up Dynamic IP Addressing (DHCP)

    Setting Up a Fixed IP Address

Changing the Default Connection

Managing Multiple Internet Connections

Chapter 14 Using Internet Explorer 8

What’s New in Internet Explorer 8?

Internet Explorer 8 Quick Tour

    Browsing in Tabbed Pages

    Browsing with Enhanced Privacy and Security

    Adding Sites to Your Favorites

    Using Multimedia Browsing and Downloading


    Audio and Video

    Downloading Programs

    Protecting Against Bad Downloaded Programs

    Protecting Against “Drive-By” Downloads of IE Add-Ons

Customizing the Browser and Setting Internet Options

    Setting Default Mail, News, and HTML Editor Programs

    Setting Security and Privacy Preferences

    Blocking Pop-Ups and Pop-Unders

    Controlling Objectionable Content

Effectively Searching the Web

Chapter 15 Email and Newsgroups with Windows Live Mail

Choosing an Email Client

Windows Live Mail Quick Tour

    Getting Windows Live Essentials

    Launching Windows Live Mail

    Setting Up an Email Account

    Reading and Processing Incoming Messages

    Deleting Messages

Creating and Sending New Mail

    Sending and Receiving Attachments

    Guarding Yourself Against Email Viruses

    Setting Up a Signature

Using the Windows Live Mail Contacts

    Adding, Editing, and Removing Entries

    Dealing with Spam

Newsgroups and the Internet

    Locating News Servers

Setting Up a Newsgroup Account in Windows Live Mail

    Downloading the Newsgroup List

Finding and Reading Newsgroups

    Subscribing to Newsgroups

    Reading and Posting Messages to a Newsgroup

    Managing Messages

Chapter 16 Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection

It’s Great When It Works, but…

Before You Run into Trouble

Troubleshooting Step by Step

Identifying Software Configuration Problems

    Troubleshooting a Dial-Up Connection

    Troubleshooting a Cable or DSL Modem Connection

    Troubleshooting a LAN Connection

Identifying Network Hardware Problems

    Identifying Modem Hardware Problems

    Identifying Modem Connectivity Problems

Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities






Third-Party Utilities

    Speed Check

    whois Database

    Reverse tracert

    WS_Ping Pro Pack

Part V Networking

Chapter 17 Creating a Windows Network

Creating or Joining a Network

Planning Your Network

    Are You Being Served?

    When to Hire a Professional

Choosing a Network and Cabling System

    10/100BASE-T Ethernet

    1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet)

    Phoneline and Powerline Networking

    802.11g and 802.11n Wireless Networking

    Mixed Networking

Additional Networking Functions

    Printing and Faxing

    Providing Internet Connectivity

    Providing Remote Access

Installing Network Adapters

    Checking Existing Adapters

    Installing Multiple Network Adapters

Installing Network Wiring

    Cabling for Ethernet Networks

    General Cabling Tips

    Wiring with Patch Cables

    Installing In-Wall Wiring

    Connecting Just Two Computers

    Connecting Multiple Switches

Installing a Wireless Network

    Wireless Network Setup Choices

    Longer Is Better

    Setting Up a New Wireless Network

    Joining an Existing Wireless Network

Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network

    Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol

    Choosing Your Network Location

    Setting Your Computer Identification

    Configuring Windows Firewall

    Setting Up a Homegroup

    Alternatives to Using a Homegroup

    Wrapping Up

Joining a Windows Domain Network

Checking Out the Neighborhood

Bridging Two Network Types

Chapter 18 Mix and Match with Old Windows and Macs

Networking with Other Operating Systems

Internetworking with Windows Vista, XP, and 2000

    Setting TCP/IP as the Default Network Protocol

    Installing the LLDP Responder for Windows XP

    Password Protection and Simple File Sharing

    Using Windows Vista and XP with a Homegroup

Internetworking with Windows 95, 98, and Me

Internetworking with UNIX and Linux


    Samba Client Tools

    Samba Server Tools

    Services for NFS

    Subsystem for UNIX-Based Applications

Internetworking with Macintosh

    Compatibility Issues

    Working with Mac OS X

Installing Optional Network Components

The Hosts File

Chapter 19 Connecting Your Network to the Internet

It’s a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet

Ways to Make the Connection

    Managing IP Addresses

    NAT and Internet Connection Sharing

    A Warning for Business Users

    Special Notes for Wireless Networking

    Special Notes for Cable Service

Configuring Your LAN

    Scheme A—Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Dial-Up Connection

    Scheme B—Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Broadband Connection

    Scheme C—Connection Sharing Router with a Broadband Connection

    Using Universal Plug and Play

    Scheme D—Cable Internet with Multiple Computers

    Scheme E—Routed Service Using a Router

Making Services Available

    Enabling Access with Internet Connection Sharing

    Enabling Access with a Sharing Router

Chapter 20 Using a Windows Network

Windows 7 Was Made to Network

Using Shared Folders in Windows 7

    Browsing Through a Homegroup

    Browsing a Network’s Computers

    Viewing a Shared Folder Directly Using Its UNC Path

Searching the Network

    Searching for Files or Folders

    Searching for Computers

    Searching for Printers

    Searching Active Directory

Security and File Sharing

    File Permissions and Networking

    Network Permissions

Using Printers on the Network

    Using a Shared Printer

    Using Printers over the Internet with IPP

    Using UNIX and LPR Printers

    Using Other Network-Connected Printers

Network Power User Topics

    Backing Up Your Computer over the Network

    Adding a Network Folder to a Library

    Sharing and Using an Entire Drive

    Understanding the UNC Naming Convention

    Mapping Drive Letters

    Mapping a Drive to a Subfolder

Sharing Resources

    Sharing with a Homegroup

    Sharing the Public Profile Folder

    Sharing Your Own Folders

    Sharing Folders Independently

Sharing Printers

    Setting Printer Permissions

    Changing the Location of the Spool Directory

    Printer Pooling

Managing Your Network

    Monitoring Use of Your Shared Folders

    Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line

Chapter 21 Troubleshooting Your Network

When Good Networks Go Bad

Getting Started

Diagnostic Tools

    The Network and Sharing Center

    Network Map

    Network Diagnostics

    Windows Firewall

    Event Viewer

    Device Manager

Testing Network Cables

Checking Network Configuration



    Network Connections

Testing Network Connectivity


Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems

Part VI Maintaining Windows 7

Chapter 22 Windows Management and Maintenance

The Windows 7 Control Panel

    Breaking Down Category View

    What Should You Use?

    Action Center


    Color Management

    Date and Time

    Default Programs

    Device Manager

    Devices and Printers

    Ease of Access Center


    Notification Area Icons

    Performance Information and Tools

    Power Options

    Programs and Features

    Region and Language


Computer Management

    Task Scheduler

    Event Viewer

    Shared Folders


Administrative Tools

    Component Services

    iSCSI Initiator

    Print Management

    System Configuration

System Tools Folder in Start Menu

    Character Map

    Private Character Editor

    System Information

Additional Tools

    Task Manager

Third-Party Tools

Chapter 23 Tweaking and Customizing Windows

GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak

Start Menu Pizzazz!

    Tweaking the Start Menu

    Tweaking the Taskbar

Display Properties


    Desktop Background

    Window Color and Appearance


    Screen Savers

    Setting Desktop Icons

    Account Picture

    Display Settings

Miscellaneous GUI Tips

    Fonts Preview Trick

    Which Windows Are You Using?

    Limiting Flip 3D

    More Visual Effects

    Administrator Tools Not Showing Up

    Cascading Elements from the Start Menu

Configuring the Recycle Bin

Chapter 24 Managing Hard Disks

The Nature of Hard Disks

Windows 7 File and Storage Systems

    Basic Disks

    Dynamic Storage

Organizational Strategies

Disk Management

    Assigning Drive Letters and Joining Volumes

    Dynamic Disk Management

    Extending a Disk

    Shrinking a Disk

    Creating a Spanned Volume

    Creating a Striped Volume

    Creating and Attaching VHDs

Convert from FAT to NTFS

Windows 7 Disk Maintenance Tools

    Disk Cleanup

    Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors

    Disk Defragmenter

Compression: How It Works, How to Use It

Third-Party Management Tools

Hard Disk Troubleshooting

    Take the Mental Approach First

    Problems and Solutions

Chapter 25 Troubleshooting and Repairing Problems

Troubleshooting 101

Easy Repair Options at Boot Time

    Using System Recovery

Startup Repair

System Restore

    Configuring System Restore

    Creating Restore Points

    Restoring Your System to an Earlier Time

System Image Recovery

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Command Prompt

Using Regedit to Repair a System That Won’t Start

Boot Options

As a Last Resort

Using Problem Reports and Solutions

Black Magic of Troubleshooting

Recovering Data from the System Recovery Options Menu

Chapter 26 Keeping Windows 7 and Other Software Up to Date

Introducing Updates

Windows Update

    Windows Automatic Updates

    Windows Update Applet and Functions

    Other Windows Update Settings

    Viewing and Changing Installed Updates

Updating Drivers

    Using Device Manager to Update Drivers

Service Packs

    Basic Service Pack Information

    Installation of Service Packs

Installing and Removing Software

    Installation via CD or DVD

    Installation via Downloaded Program

    Viewing and Changing Programs

    Uninstalling Software

    Compatibility Issues in 64-Bit Version

    Other Program Compatibility Issues

    Side-by-Side Installs and Virtual Registries

Chapter 27 Installing and Replacing Hardware

Upgrading Your Hardware


    BIOS Settings

    Upgrading Your Hard Disk

    Adding RAM

Adding Hardware

    Providing Drivers for Hardware Not in the List

Removing Hardware

Installing and Using Multiple Monitors

Installing a UPS

    Choosing a UPS

    Installing and Configuring a UPS

    Testing Your UPS Configuration

How Do Upgrades Affect a Windows 7 License?

Upgrading Hardware in the Same Box and Complying with EULA

Upgrading and Optimizing Your Computer

    Keep an Eye on Hardware Compatibility

    Sleuthing Out Conflicts

    Optimizing Your Computer for Windows 7

Chapter 28 Editing the Registry

What Is the Registry?

How the Registry Is Organized

New Registry Features

    Registry Virtualization

    Registry Redirection and Reflection

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

    Backing Up the Registry

    Restoring the Registry

Using Regedit

    Viewing the Registry

    Searching in the Registry

    Editing Keys and Values

    Editing Registry Entries for Another User

    Editing Registry Entries for Another Windows Installation

    Editing Registry Security

Other Registry Tools

    X-Setup Pro

    Registry Toolkit

    Registrar Registry Manager


    Registry Privileges and Policies

Chapter 29 Command-Line and Automation Tools

Command-Line Tools

The Windows 7 Command Prompt Environment

    Running Commands with Elevated Privileges

    Learning About Command-Line Programs

    Cutting and Pasting in the Command Prompt Window

Setting Environment Variables

    Setting the PATH Environment Variable

The MS-DOS Environment

    Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application

    Customizing autoexec.nt and config.nt Issues with DOSKEY and ANSI.SYS Batch Files

    Batch File Tips

Windows Script Host

    Creating Scripts

    Some Sample Scripts

Windows PowerShell

Task Scheduler

Part VII Security

Chapter 30 Protecting Windows from Viruses and Spyware

Malicious Software: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

    Viruses Past and Present

    Worms: “Look, Ma! No Hands!”


    Rootkits and Beyond

Antimalware Strategy: Defense in Depth

    Windows Action Center

    Choosing and Installing an Antivirus Client

    Windows Defender for Spyware Protection

    Personal Firewalls: A Layer of Protection from Worms

    Automatic Updates: Remove the Side Doors

    Data Execution Prevention

    User Account Control Options

    Service Hardening

    Internet Explorer 8 Malware Protection

Chapter 31 Protecting Your Data from Loss and Theft

The All New Backup and Restore

    Improvements in the Backup and Restore Features in Windows 7

    File and Folder Backups Versus System Images

Creating a File and Folder Backup

    Working with Removable Media During Backups

    How Backups Created with Windows Backup Are Stored

Restoring Data from a File and Folder Backup

    Restoring the Current User’s Data

    Performing an Advanced Restore

Creating a System Image (Complete PC Backup)

    WBADMIN Command-Line System Backup and Restore

    Using Disk Management with System Images

Restoring a System Image

Encrypted File System (EFS)

    Encrypting Offline Files

    Using CIPHER

    Rules for Using Encrypted Files

    Suggested Folders to Encrypt

    Protecting and Recovering Encrypted Files

Disk Organization for Data Safety

BitLocker Disk Encryption

    BitLocker System Requirements

    BitLocker To Go

    Enabling the TPM

    Encrypting the Drive with BitLocker

    BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery

    How BitLocker Protects Your Information

    Differences Between BitLocker and EFS Encryption

Recovering Previous Versions of a File

NTFS File Permissions

    Inheritance of Permissions

    Advanced Security Settings

    Viewing Effective Permissions

    Access Auditing

    Taking Ownership of Files

    Assigning Permissions to Groups

    Securing Your Printers

Security Policy Configuration Options

Third-Party Disc-Backup Tools

Chapter 32 Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops

It’s a Cold, Cruel World

    Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?

    Types of Attack

    Your Lines of Defense

Preparation: Network Security Basics

Active Defense

    Firewalls and NAT (Connection-Sharing) Devices

    Windows Firewall

    Packet Filtering

    Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing

    Add-On Firewall Products for Windows

    Secure Your Router

    Configure Passwords and File Sharing

    Set Up Restrictive Access Controls

Testing, Logging, and Monitoring

    Test Your Defenses

    Monitor Suspicious Activity

Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack

    Make a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online

    Make Frequent Backups When You’re Online

    Write and Test Server Restore Procedures

    Write and Maintain Documentation

    Prepare an Incident Plan

Specific Configuration Steps for Windows 7

    Windows 7’s Security Features

    If You Have a Standalone Windows 7 Computer

    If You Have a LAN

    Keep Up-to-Date

    Tightening Local Security Policy

Configuring Windows Firewall

    Enabling and Disabling Windows Firewall

    Allow a Program or Feature Through Windows Firewall

    Change Notification Settings, Turn Windows Firewall On or Off

    Restore Defaults

    Advanced Settings

More About Security

Chapter 33 Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Spam

Phishing (Fishing) for Information

    Live Phish: A Real-World Example

    More Help from Internet Explorer

    Two-Way Authentication

    Two-Factor Authentication

    Identity-Management Software

Fighting Spam

Take Action Against Email Abuse

Part VIII Windows on the Move

Chapter 34 Wireless Networking

Wireless Networking in Windows 7

    Types of Wireless Networks

    Take Care When You Share

Joining a Wireless Network

    In the Corporate Environment

    At Home or the Small Office

    In Someone Else’s Office

    At a Public Hot Spot

Ad Hoc Networks and Meetings

Managing Wireless Network Connections

    Changing Wireless Settings

    Switching Between Wireless Networks

    Prioritizing Wireless Network Connections

    Copying Wireless Profiles to Other Computers

    Adding a Network Manually

    Deleting Network Profiles

Chapter 35 Hitting the Road

Windows Unplugged: Mobile and Remote Computing

Managing Mobile Computers

    Windows Mobility Center

    Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

VPN and Dial-Up Networking

    Virtual Private Networking

    Setting Up a VPN or Dial-Up

    Networking Connection

    Setting a VPN or Dial-Up Connection’s Properties

    Managing Dial-Up Connections from Multiple Locations

    Establishing a VPN or Dial-Up Connection

    Using Remote Network Resources

    Email and Network Connections

    Monitoring and Ending a VPN or Dial-Up Connection

    Advanced Routing for Remote Networks

Incoming VPN and Dial-Up Access

    Setting Up VPN and Dial-Up Access

    Enabling Incoming VPN Connections with NAT

    Disabling Incoming Connections

Offline Files

    Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use

    Using Files While Offline

    Sync Center

    Managing and Encrypting Offline Files

    Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others

Multiple LAN Connections

Chapter 36 Meetings, Conferencing, and Collaboration

Windows 7 Plays Well with Others

Making Presentations with a Mobile Computer

    Adjusting Presentation Settings

    Controlling External Display

    Connecting to Network Projectors

Remote Assistance

    Enabling Remote Assistance

    Requesting Remote Assistance

    Responding to an Assistance Request

    Working with Remote Assistance

    Using Third-Party Tools

Online Meeting Tools

Chapter 37 Remote Desktop

Using Your Computer Remotely

Setting Up Access to Your Own Computer

    Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer

    Establishing 24x7 Access

    Setting Up Dynamic DNS

    Configuring Port Forwarding

Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop

    Connection Options

    Using the Remote Connection

    Keyboard Shortcuts

Third-Party Remote Control Tools

Chapter 38 Tablet PC Features

Importance of Handwriting

History of Tablet PCs

Who Needs a Tablet?

What Does a Windows 7 Tablet PC Have That Regular PCs Don’t?

What’s New in Tablet Windows 7?

Choosing a Tablet PC

Using Your Tablet PC—Differences and Similarities of Functions

Input Methods Using the Input Panel

    Writing Methods Using the Input Panel

    Using the Stylus Pen

    Input Panel Options

Gestures and Pen Flicks

    Scratch-Out Gestures

    Pen Flicks

Handwriting Recognition

    Specific Handwriting Recognition Errors

    Teach the Recognizer Your Style


Windows Journal

Tweaking Your Tablet PC Settings

    Tablet PC Settings Dialog Box

    Pen and Touch Dialog Box

Appendix A Using Virtualization on Windows 7

Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

    Installing Microsoft Virtual PC

    Installing Windows XP Mode

    Installing Applications into the XP VM

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We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020