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  • The only book experienced Windows users will need: covers everything from the latest features to the newest troubleshooting techniques
  • Includes detailed, expert help for migrating to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Vista - invaluable information for both individuals and businesses
  • By Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel, one of the industry's most respected Windows authoring teams
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    • Copyright 2010
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4199-7
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4199-8


    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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