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Windows 7 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-470-50909-8
1248 pages
September 2009
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This comprehensive reference by a Microsoft expert covers all aspects of the new Windows release

The much-anticipated release of Windows 7 will have numerous changes, and you'll need a complete guide to take full advantage of all it has to offer. Windows 7 Bible covers navigation changes such as pinning to the task bar, full screen preview with invisible windows, Jump Lists, Home Group, Sticky Notes, and many others. It shows you how to use Internet Explorer 8, including features like Web Slices and Network view changes, and guides you through all the new desktop features.

This reference thoroughly examines all three parts of the new platform: Windows 7 Core OS, the Windows Live applications, and Windows Live Services. Windows 7 Bible shows you everything you need to know to make the most of Microsoft's new operating system.

  • Covers Windows Live Essentials, including Windows Live Family Safety, Mail, Messenger, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Toolbar, Writer, and Microsoft Office Outlook Connector
  • Shows how to use Windows Live Services, including Hotmail and Spaces
  • Explores new features including Desktop Gadgets Gallery, Desktop Windows manager, updated Fax and DVD Maker, an updated "Devices and Printers" option, and Sticky Notes
  • Explains new features in the Calculator, ribbon features in applets such as Paint and WordPad, the new Media Center, and searching updates
  • Fully covers the first complete overhaul of applets in a decade

With Windows 7 Bible at your side, you can learn as much or as little as you need to know for the way you use Windows.

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Introduction xliii

Part I: Getting Started, Getting Secure 1

Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows 7 3

Chapter 2: Getting Around 17

Chapter 3: Sharing and Securing with User Accounts 57

Chapter 4: Parental Controls and Family Safety 89

Chapter 5: Help, Support, and Troubleshooting 99

Chapter 6: Troubleshooting Startup Problems 111

Part II: Batten Down the Security Hatches 115

Chapter 7: Blocking Hackers with Windows Firewall 117

Chapter 8: Conquering Malicious Software 131

Chapter 9: Automatic Updates as Security 145

Part III: Personalizing Windows 7 153

Chapter 10: Personalizing Your Work Environment 155

Chapter 11: Ease of Access, Speech, and Language 209

Chapter 12: Transferring Files from Another Computer 249

Chapter 13: Customizing Startup Options 261

Chapter 14: Using Windows 7 Programs and Accessories 275

Chapter 15: Troubleshooting Customization Problems 307

Part IV: Using the Internet 315

Chapter 16: Using Internet Explorer 317

Chapter 17: Blogging with Writer 373

Chapter 18: Using Windows Live Mail 399

Chapter 19: Chatting and Texting with Windows Live Messenger 489

Chapter 20: Beyond E-Mail and the Web 501

Chapter 21: Managing Names and Addresses 531

Chapter 22: Troubleshooting Internet Problems 543

Part V: Pictures, Music, and Movies 551

Chapter 23: Working with Pictures 553

Chapter 24: Making Music with Media Player 597

Chapter 25: DVD, Video, and More 647

Chapter 26: Fun with Media Center 661

Chapter 27: Troubleshooting Multimedia 679

Part VI: Managing Files and Folders 683

Chapter 28: Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files 685

Chapter 29: Managing Files and Folders 739

Chapter 30: Searching for Files and Messages on Your Computer 767

Chapter 31: Metadata and Power Searches 783

Chapter 32: Using CDs and DVDs 805

Chapter 33: Protecting Your Files 831

Chapter 34: Troubleshooting Files and Folders 851

Part VII: Printing, Faxing, and Scanning 857

Chapter 35: Installing and Managing Printers 859

Chapter 36: Printing Documents and Screenshots 873

Chapter 37: Managing Print Jobs 881

Chapter 38: Faxing and Scanning 891

Chapter 39: Troubleshooting Printing and Faxing 909

Part VIII: Installing and Removing Programs 915

Chapter 40: Installing and Upgrading Programs 917

Chapter 41: Getting Older Programs to Run 927

Chapter 42: Repairing and Removing Programs 937

Chapter 43: Setting Default Programs 945

Chapter 44: Managing Programs and Processes 957

Chapter 45: Troubleshooting Software Problems 971

Part IX: Hardware and Performance Tuning 983

Chapter 46: Installing and Removing Hardware 985

Chapter 47: Using Wireless Bluetooth Devices 1009

Chapter 48: Syncing Devices 1023

Chapter 49: Performance Tuning Your System 1037

Chapter 50: Troubleshooting Hardware and Performance 1069

Part X: Networking and Sharing 1077

Chapter 51: Creating a Home Network 1079

Chapter 52: Sharing Resources on a Network 1099

Chapter 53: Using Shared Resources 1117

Chapter 54: Troubleshooting Networks 1131

Part XI: Appendixes 1141

Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 7 1143

Appendix B: Installing Windows 7 on a New System 1147

Appendix C: Universal Shortcut Keys 1151

Index 1161

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Jim Boyce has been a Microsoft MVP, and has authored or coauthored over 50 books and hundreds of articles and white papers on computer topics including Windows, Windows Server, Office applications, and programming. He regularly contributes to several online sites and publications.
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