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Windows 7 Secrets

ISBN: 978-0-470-50841-1
1080 pages
September 2009
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Tips, tricks, treats, and secrets revealed on the latest operating system from Microsoft: Windows 7

You already know the ups and downs of Windows Vista-now it's time to learn the ins and outs of Windows 7! Internationally recognized Windows experts, Microsoft insiders, and authors Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera cut through the hype to pull away the curtain and reveal useful information not found anywhere else. Regardless of your level of knowledge, you'll discover little-known facts on how things work, what's new and different, and how you can modify Windows 7 to meet your own specific needs.

A witty, conversational tone tells you what you need to know to go from Windows user to Windows expert and doesn't waste time with basic computer topics while point-by-point comparisons demonstrate the difference between Windows 7 features and functionality to those in Windows XP and Vista.

  • Windows 7 is the exciting update to Microsoft's operating system
  • Authors are internationally known Windows experts and Microsoft insiders
  • Exposes tips, tricks, and secrets on the new features and functionality of Windows 7
  • Reveals best practices for customizing the system to work for you
  • Investigates the differences between Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows

No need to whisper! Window 7 Secrets is the ultimate insider's guide to Microsoft's most exciting Windows version in years.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Read This First 1

Part I: Surviving Setup 19

Chapter 1: Selecting the Right Windows 7 Edition 21

Chapter 2: Installing or Upgrading to Windows 7 45

Chapter 3: Hardware and Software Compatibility 89

Part II: The New and Improved Windows 7 User Experience 117

Chapter 4: What’s New in the Windows 7 User Experience 119

Chapter 5:Where’s My Stuff? Finding and Organizing Files 195

Chapter 6: Personalizing and Configuring Windows 7 225

Part III: Security and Networking 251

Chapter 7: Windows 7 Security Features 253

Chapter 8: Users, Accounts, and UAC 269

Chapter 9: Networking and HomeGroup Sharing 301

Chapter 10: Complete Your Home Network with Windows Home Server 335

Part IV: Digital Media and Entertainment 357

Chapter 11: Digital Music and Audio 359

Chapter 12: Organizing, Fixing, and Sharing Digital Photos 419

Chapter 13: Digital Videos and DVD Movies 489

Chapter 14: Microsoft Zune: A Digital Media Alternative 553

Chapter 15: Digital Media in the Living Room 609

Chapter 16: Having Fun: Games and Windows 7 665

Part V: Mobility 703

Chapter 17: Seven to Go: Windows 7 Mobility Features 705

Chapter 18: Using Tablet PCs and Ultra-Mobile PCs 735

Chapter 19: Windows in Your Pocket—Using a Windows Mobile Smartphone 765

Part VI: Windows 7 Online 787

Chapter 20: Browsing the Web 789

Chapter 21: Managing E‑mail and Contacts 837

Chapter 22: Managing Your Schedule 865

Chapter 23: Your Life in Sync—Windows 7 and Live Services 899

Part VII: Windows 7 Power User 935

Chapter 24: Keeping Your Data Safe: File and PC Backup 937

Chapter 25: Troubleshooting and Recovering from Disaster 961

Chapter 26: IT Pro: Windows 7 at Work 983

Index 1011

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Author Information

The author of over 20 books, Paul Thurrott is a technology analyst for Windows IT Pro and the majordomo of the SuperSite for Windows (www.winsupersite.com). He writes a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE (www.windowsitpro.com/email), a daily Windows news and information e-mail newsletter called “WinInfo Daily News” (www.wininformant.com), and a monthly column called “Need to Know” in Windows IT Pro Magazine. He also blogs daily via the SuperSite Blog (community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul), posts regularly on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thurrott), and appears weekly in the highly rated and hugely popular Windows Weekly podcast with Leo Laporte (www.twit.tv/ww).

Rafael Rivera is a software developer for a VAR 500 company, Telos Corporation, where he works on mission critical systems. He is a Certified Reverse Engineering Analyst (CREA) and takes Windows apart on his blog Within Windows (www.withinwindows.com). He also regularly “tweets” (www.twitter.com/withinrafael). Rafael was born on the same day as Windows 1.0—November 20, 1985—which many believe is no coincidence.

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