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Windows Vista For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

ISBN: 978-1-118-04389-9 February 2011 432 Pages


Create music CDs and photo DVDs or even watch TV

Move your files to a new computer, or get your old PC ready for Vista

The thing that's made Windows For Dummies so successful is that it's packed with the basics you need to make Windows work. This book gets you through all the Windows Vista tasks and tripwires, including starting programs, finding files, navigating the new see-through interface, staying safe while you cruise the Internet, and much more.

Discover how to

  • Find files when they're hiding
  • Hook up with another computer
  • Make Vista work like XP
  • Block Internet bad guys
  • Share a PC without sharing your files
  • Fix problems yourself

Introduction 1

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

Chapter 1: What Is Windows Vista? 9

Chapter 2: The Desktop, Start Menu, and Other Windows Vista Mysteries 21

Chapter 3: Basic Windows Mechanics 47

Chapter 4: Flipping Through Files, Folders, Floppies, 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 119

Chapter 7: Printing Your Work 133

Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet 145

Chapter 8: Cruising the Web 147

Chapter 9: Sending and Receiving E-mail 171

Chapter 10: Safe Computing 189

Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows Vista 207

Chapter 11: Customizing Windows Vista with the Control Panel 209

Chapter 12: Keeping Windows from Breaking 235

Chapter 13: Sharing One Computer with Several People 249

Chapter 14: Connecting Two or More Computers with a Network 259

Part V: Music, Movies, Memories (and Photos, Too) 277

Chapter 15: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player 279

Chapter 16: Fiddling with Photos and Movies 303

Part VI: Help! 331

Chapter 17: The Case of the Broken Window 333

Chapter 18: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute 345

Chapter 19: Moving from an Old Computer to a New One 353

Chapter 20: Help on the Windows Vista Help System 365

Part VII: The Part of Tens 371

Chapter 21: Ten or So Things You’ll Hate about Windows Vista (and How to Fix Them) 373

Chapter 22: Ten or So Tips for Laptop Owners 381

Appendix: Upgrading to Windows Vista 387

Index 391