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Windows 7 All-In-One for Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0470487631

ISBN-13: 9780470487631

Edition: 2009

Authors: Woody Leonhard

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Eight references in one-fully revised to include all the new features and updates to Windows 7As the #1 operating system in the world, Windows provides the platform upon which all essential computing activities occur. This much-anticiapted version of the popular operating system offers an improved user experience with an enhanced interface to allow for greater user control.This All-in-One reference is packed with valuable information from eight minibooks, making it the ultimate resource. You'll discover the improved ways in which Windows 7 interacts with other devices, including mobile and home theater. Windows 7 boasts numerous exciting new features, and this reference is one-stop shopping…    
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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 888
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.20" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

About This Book
What Your Don't Have to Read
Foolish Assumptions
Where to Go from Here
Cranking Up Windows 7
Windows 7 4 Noobs
Hardware and Software
Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows?
A Terminology Survival Kit
Buying a Windows 7 Computer
Inside the big box
Managing disks and drives
Making PC connections
Futzing with video, sound, and multitudinous media
Windows 7 for the Experienced
What's New for Vista Victims
Better performance
Improved interface
Search that (finally!) works
Security improvements
Mo' media and more
What you lose
What's New for the XP Crowd
Looking through the Aero Glass
Checking out improved video effects
Interacting with gadgets
Sizing up other improvements
Do You Need Windows 7?
Which Version? Pick a 7, Any 7
Pick a 7 - Any 7
Buying the right version the first time
Narrowing the choices
Choosing 32-Bit versus 64-Bit
Upgrades, Clean Installs, Transfers
Can Your Computer Handle Windows 7?
Upgrading a Vista computer
Upgrading a Windows XP computer
Running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Performing a Clean Install
Using Easy Transfer
Knowing what will transfer
Making the transfer
Activating the Product
How Windows activates
Windows Activation Technologies
What If the Wheels Fall Off?
Getting Essentials: The Rest of Windows 7
Understanding the Move to Downloadable Programs
Inventorying the Essentials
Distinguishing Essentials from the Other Live Components
Installing Essentially
Windows 7 Boot Camp
Running Windows from Start to Finish
A Few Quick Steps to Make the Desktop Your Own
Changing the background
Getting gadgets
Cleaning up useless icons and programs
Mousing with Your Mouse
What's up, Dock?
Changing the mouse
Starting with the Start Button
Touching on the Taskbar
Working with Files and Folders
Creating files and folders
Modifying files and folders
Bringing back previous versions
Showing filename extensions
Sharing folders
Getting Around
Using Windows Explorer
Arranging Libraries
Creating Shortcuts
Sleep: Perchance to Dream
Controlling Users
Logging On
Choosing Account Types
What's a standard account?
What's an administrator account?
Choosing between standard or administrator accounts
Controlling User Account Control
Adding Users
Enabling the Guest Account
Changing Accounts
Changing other users' settings
Changing your own settings
Creating a password reset disk
Switching Users
Maintaining Your System
Coping with Start-Up Problems
Creating a system repair disc
Using the system repair disc
Working with Backups
Restoring a file with shadow copies (previous versions)
Maintaining previous versions on different drives
Creating data backups
Managing and restoring data backups
Getting back the image backup (don't give up the ghost)
Maintaining Drives
Running an error check
Defragmenting a drive
Using System Restore and Restore Points
Creating a restore point
Rolling back to a restore point
Scheduling the Task Scheduler
Starting with your parameters
Scheduling a task
Zipping and Compressing
Compressing with NTFS
Zipping the easy way with Compressed (zipped) Folders
Using the Windows 7 Resource Monitor and Reliability Monitor
Controlling the Control Panel
Removing and changing programs
Removing Windows patches
Getting the Basic Stuff Done
Burning CDs and DVDs
Understanding -R and -RW
What to burn
Mastered or Live File System?
Burning with windows 7
Improving Your Experience Index
Interpreting the numbers
Turning the numbers into real improvement
Getting Word Processing-Free
Running Notepad
Writing with WordPad
Taming the Character Map
Sticking Sticky Notes
Using Sneaky Key Commands
Conjuring up the Task Manager
Switching coolly
Troubleshooting and Getting Help
Troubleshooting in the Action Center
Tracking Your System's Stability
Trackling Windows Help and Support
The problem(s) with Windows Help
Using different kinds of help
Staying online
Choosing the index versus search
How to Really Get Help
Snapping and Recording Your Problems
Connecting to Remote Assistance
Understanding the interaction
Making the connection
Limiting an invitation
Troubleshooting Remote Assistance
Getting Help on the Web
Customizing Windows 7
Personalizing Your Desktop
Recognizing Desktop Levels
Setting Color Schemes in Windows 7
Picking a Background
Controlling Icons
Changing Mouse Pointers
Selecting Screen Savers
Changing the screen saver
Setting up a Super Boss Key
Using Desktop Themes
Seeing Your Desktop Clearly
Setting the screen resolution
Activating and adjusting Clear Type
Showing larger fonts
Using magnification
Organizing Your Interface
Tricking Out the Taskbar
Anatomy of the taskbar
Changing the toolbar
Making your own little toolbars
Working with the taskbar
Controlling the notification area
Customizing the Start Menu
Genesis of the Start menu
Pinning to the Start menu
Reclaiming most recently used programs
Changing the All Programs menu
Making minor tweaks to the Start menu
Searching Your Computer
Searching Basics
Engaging your brain before the search
Stepping through a basic search
What Windows can (and can't) find
Adding Boolean operators to a search
Breaking out the wildcard characters
Searching from the Start menu
Indexing for Fun and Profit
Setting index file type options
Adding locations to the index
Using Advanced Search Setting
Finding Files That Got Lost
First, don't panic
Second, get determined
Beating and Cheating Windows 7 Games
Get Yer Games Goin'
Standard scoring
Vegas scoring
Spider Solitaire
The Internet Games
The Other Games
Joining the Multimedia Mix
Jammin' with Windows Media Player
What You Need to Know about C.R.A.P
Adjusting WMP Privacy Settings
Setting options when you install WMP
Tweaking options after installation
Playing with Now Playing
Playback buttons
Playing a CD
Buying Music and Videos Online
Copying from a CD (Also Known As Ripping)
Organizing Your Media Library
Leafing through the library
Finding the tracks you want
Rating songs
Sorting songs
Managing Playlists
Creating a new playlist
Adding a track to a playlist
Renaming and deleting playlists
Managing the contents of playlists
Deleting tracks from the library
Burning CDs and DVDs
Burning and audio CD
Burning data CDs and DVDs with Media Player
Syncing with a Portable Player or Mobile Phone
Moving tracks to the player
Moving tracks from the player to your PC
Deleting tracks from your player
Sharing Your Windows Media Player Media
Customizing WMP
iPod and iTunes in Windows 7
What You Can't Do
iPod the Apple Way
Installing the iTunes program
Setting up iTunes
Moving music to your iPod
Controlling syncing with playlists
Copying Songs to Your PC
Taking a Look at the iPod Ecosystem
Discovering Digital Cameras and Recorders
Buying a Camera or Camcorder: The Bottom Line
Moving Images to Your Computer
Sharing Your Pictures on the Web
Managing Pics with Windows Live Photo Gallery
Getting the Gallery Going
Leafing through the Gallery
Adding Photos to the Photo Gallery
Importing photos
Copying photos to the Pictures folder
Adding photos from a different folder
Scanning photos
Tagging Pictures
Skipping through tags
Tagging a picture
Tagging en masse
Rearranging the tag list
Finding a tagged picture
Touching Up Pictures
Stitching a Panoramic Photo
Getting Your Photos into Flicker
Lights! Action! Windows Live Movie Maker
Installing Windows Live Movie Maker
Meet Your Maker
Gathering Clips
Assembling a Movie
Creating a project
Playing a clip or a movie
Making transitions and adding effects
Trimming a clip
Typing titles
Mixing in the sound
Publishing a Movie
Finding the right publication method
Publishing directly to the Web
Using Windows DVD Maker
Making a DVD
Ripping, burning, and converting movies
Setting Up Media Center
Determining Whether You Need Media Center
Organizing the Normandy Invasion
Gathering the tools for an easier setup
Getting Windows in gear
Gathering folders for libraries
Setting Up Media Center
Beyond the Basics
Playing recorded TV shows
Burning DVDs
Windows 7 and the Internet
Getting the Most from the Internet
What is the Internet?
Getting Inside the Internet
What is the World Wide Web?
Who Pays for All This Stuff?
Connecting with Broadband
The last mile
Uses and excuses for broadband
Setting Up an Internet Connection
Finding Internet Reference Tools
Speakeasy speed test
3d Traceroute
Down for everyone or just me?
The Wayback Machine
Finding Your Way Around Browsers
Exploring Internet Explorer Alternatives: Firefox and Chrome
Ready, Set, Browse!
Configuring your browser
Taking a walk around the Internet Explorer window
Pick a tab, any tab
Kicking your browsing up a notch
InPrivate Browsing: Porn mode
Thwarting Phishers
Saving and Printing Web Pages
Saving Web pages
Printing Web pages
Playing Favorites
Adding Favorites or Bookmarks of your own
Organizing your Favorites or Bookmarks
Making Internet Explorer Your Own
Getting the Most from Internet Explorer
Making Internet Explorer Run Faster
Turning off graphics
Turning off animations and sounds
Increasing your storage space
Putting the Pedal to the Metal: Working with Accelerators
Hardening Internet Explorer 8
Dealing with Cookies
Deleting cookies
InPrivate Filtering
Working with RSS Feeds
Using Firefox: The Advanced Course
Installing Firefox
Recapping Firefox Tips
Speeding Up Firelox
Bookmarking with the Fox
Creating Smart Folders
Working with RSS Feeds-the Real Way
Adding Firefox's Best Add-Ons
Using Smart Keywords in Firefox
Searching on the Internet
Understanding What a Search Engine Can Do for You
Searching for text
Searching for images
Searching for everything else: Blogs, news, and more
Finding What You're Looking For
Using the other Google engines
Searching wisely
Using Advanced Search
Pulling out Google parlor tricks
Posting on Newsgroups
Sending Windows Mail Live
Counting the Microsoft E-Mail Programs
Windows Live Mail
Chooisng an E-Mail Program
Getting Started with Windows Live Mail
Conversing with E-Mail
Setting up mail accounts
Retrieving messages and attachments
Creating a message
Adding a signature
Attaching files
Sending a message
Making Windows Live Mail wait to send and receive
Chatting with Windows Live Messenger
Exploring the Alternatives
Making Windows Live Messenger Work
Choosing one or more Windows Live IDs
Signing up for an ID - or two
Installing Windows Live Messenger
Starting Windows Live Messenger the first time
Working with Contacts
Adding contacts
Making contacts
Tweaking Settings in windows Live Messenger
Revealing your Webcam
Making Messenger forget your password
Stopping Windows Live Messenger from starting automatically
Using the fancier features
Securing Windows 7
Lock Down: Spies, Spams, Scams, and Slams
Understanding the Hazards-and the Hoaxes
Zombies and botnets
0day exploits
Staying Informed
Relying on reliable sources
Ditching the hoaxes
Am I Infected?
Evaluating telltale signs
What to do next
Shunning scareware
Getting Protected
Protecting against malware
Using your credit card safely online
Defending your privacy
Keeping cookies at bay
Reducing spam
Action Center Overview
Entering the Action Center
Working with the Action Center
Watching Security Settings
Checking Maintenance Settings
Rooting out Rootkits
Windows Firewall
Comparing Firewalls
Understanding Windows 7 Firewall's Basic Features
Speaking Your Firewall's Lingo
Peeking into Your Firewall
Using Public and Private Networks
Making Inbound Exceptions
Allowing designated programs to bypass the firewall
Opening specific ports
Coping with the Windows 7 Outbound Firewall
Patching and Plugging
Patching Woes
Choosing an Update Level
Selectively Patching: A Penacea for Those Woes
Getting What You Need from a Security Bulletin
Decoding a security bulletin
Getting patches through a security bulletin
Checking and Uninstalling Updates
Fighting Viruses and Other Scum
Making Sense of Malware
Understanding Antivirus Software
Identifying the challenges for antivirus software
Understanding false positives
Caring for your antivirus software
Downloading and Installing AVG Free
Dealing with Spyware
Where's Defender?
Blocking spies with Spybot-S&D
Blocking Bad Autostarting Programs
Networking with Windows 7
Attaching to a Network
Choosing Between Home, Work, and Public
Understanding HomeGroups
Hooking Up to a Wireless Network
Hooking Up to a Wired Network
Caring for Your HomeGroup
Changing your network type
Changing the HomeGroup password
Adding or blocking folders in the HomeGroup
Setting Up Your Own Network
Understanding Networks
What a networks can do for you
How a network networks
Organizing Networks
Understanding servers and serfs
Introducing client/server networks
Introducing peer-to-peer networks
Comparing the p-pros and c-cons
Cutting through the Terminology
Making Computers Talk
Understanding Ethernet
Adding wireless
Building Your Network
Planning Your Network
Using a wired network
Blocking out the major parts
Using Internet Connection Sharing
Installing (or Reinstalling) Your Network
More Troubleshooting
Networking on the road
Getting your computer to see another computer
Putting the Why in Wi-Fi
Choosing a Protocol
Installing a Wireless System
Wireless adapters and access points
Location, location, location
Setting Up a Secure Wireless Network
Connecting to a WPA2 Protected Network
Calming Two Fighting Mother Hens
Using Other Hardware
Finding and Installing the Hardware You Need
Knowing What Windows 7 Wants
Upgrading the Basic Stuff
Choosing a new monitor
Changing resolutions and multiple monitors
Picking a video adapter
Upgrading keyboards
Choosing a mouse - or alternatives
Getting more out of USB
Understanding flash memory and USB key drives
Installing New Hardware
Having the store do it
Doing it Yourself
Checking a driver's version
Knowing what to do if anything goes wrong
Restarting with the last known good configuration
Installing USB hardware
Using Device Stage
Getting a Grip on Device Stage
Taking Device Stage for a Spin
Establishing a Bluetooth Connection
Printing (Almost) Effortlessly
Installing a Printer
Attaching a local printer
Connecting a network printer
Using the Print Queue
Displaying a print queue
Pausing and resuming a print queue
Pausing, restarting, and resuming a document
Canceling a document
Troubleshooting Printing
Catching a Runaway Printer