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Windows 7 For Dummies

Windows 7 For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

ISBN: 978-1-118-01431-8

Oct 2010

432 pages



The perfect plain-English guide to the much-anticipated release of Windows 7

Whether you're new to computers or just eager to start using the newest version of Windows, Windows For Dummies, Enhanced Edition answers all your questions about the changes and new tools in Windows 7, enhanced with detailed video tutorials. Windows expert Andy Rathbone walks you step by step through the most common Windows 7 tasks, including managing files, applications, media, and Internet access. You’ll learn how to navigate the interface, customize the desktop, and work with the file system. You’ll then go deeper into the system, discovering new features and improvements, and finding tips and techniques for getting the most out of Windows 7.
  • Covers basic management of applications, files, and data; creating and printing documents; setting up an Internet connection and e-mail account; and online security
  • Includes specially produced videos explaining features and illustrating techniques in greater depth
  • Explores using Windows to edit and manage audio, video, and photo files, and how to create CDs, DVDs, and playlists with Media Center
  • Helps you tweak and customize Windows 7 to operate your way and set up user accounts, build a home network, and maintain your PC
  • Provides troubleshooting advice, helps you find missing files and use the Help system, and explains common error messages
Windows 7 For Dummies, Enhanced Edition will have you up and running on the newest version of Windows quickly and easily.

Introduction 1

Part I: Windows 7 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know 7

Chapter 1: What Is Windows 7? 9

Chapter 2: The Desktop, Start Menu, Taskbar, Gadgets, and Other Windows 7 Mysteries 19

Chapter 3: Basic Windows Mechanics 47

Chapter 4: Flipping Through Files, Folders, Flash Drives, Libraries, and CDs 69

Part II: Working with Programs and Files 95

Chapter 5: Playing with Programs and Documents 97

Chapter 6: Briefly Lost, but Quickly Found 117

Chapter 7: Printing Your Work 129

Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet 139

Chapter 8: Cruising the Web 141

Chapter 9: Sending and Receiving E-Mail 165

Chapter 10: Safe Computing 189

Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 7 207

Chapter 11: Customizing Windows 7 with the Control Panel 209

Chapter 12: Keeping Windows from Breaking 233

Chapter 13: Sharing One Computer with Several People 245

Chapter 14: Connecting Computers with a Network 255

Part V: Music, Movies, Memories (And Photos, Too) 283

Chapter 15: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player 285

Chapter 16: Fiddling with Photos and Movies 309

Part VI: Help! 333

Chapter 17: The Case of the Broken Window 335

Chapter 18: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute 347

Chapter 19: Moving from an Old Computer to a New Windows 7 PC 357

Chapter 20: Help on the Windows 7 Help System 371

Part VII: The Part of Tens 377

Chapter 21: Ten or So Things You’ll Hate about Windows 7 (And How to Fix Them) 379

Chapter 22: Ten or So Tips for Laptop Owners 387

Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 7 393

Index 399