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Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out: The Ultimate, In-Depth Troubleshooting Referenceby Mike Halsey
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You're beyond the basics, so dive right into troubleshooting Windows 7 — and really put your PC to work This supremely organized reference describes hundreds of prevention tips, troubleshooting techniques, and recovery tools in one essential guide. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts keep their Windows 7-based systems running smoothly — and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Take control of essential Windows 7 maintenance and security features, such as the Action Center and User Account Control Master quick fixes to the most common problems using expert tips and step-by-step repair guides Implement best practices to help prevent and combat viruses, malware, and identity theft Apply advanced troubleshooting techniques by understanding how Windows 7 works Diagnose hardware problems and work safely with your PC Develop a recovery plan to restore your system and data in the event of a disaster Know when to use power utilities for advanced performance, maintenance, and diagnostics
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This reference for intermediate to advanced users and professionals guides readers through the process of preventing, diagnosing, and repairing the types of problems often encountered with Windows 7. It includes prevention tips, troubleshooting techniques, and optimization tools. Material is organized in sections on prevention, quick fixes, technical fixes, disaster recovery, and power utilities. A 25-page section of appendices provides references on features by edition, shortcut keys, and BIOS beep codes. A glossary is also included. B&w screen shots are found on most pages. Halsey is a technical editor who has written a previous book on Windows 7. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This organized reference packs hundreds of prevention tips, troubleshooting techniques, and recovery tools for Windows 7. Readers discover how the experts keep their Windows 7-based systems running smoothly--and challenge themselves to new levels of mastery.
You're beyond the basics, so dive right into troubleshooting Windows 7 — and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference describes hundreds of prevention tips, troubleshooting techniques, and recovery tools in one essential guide. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts keep their Windows 7-based systems running smoothly — and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.
Your book — online!
You're beyond the basics, so dive right in and troubleshoot Windows 7 — from the inside out! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of prevention tips, troubleshooting techniques, and recovery tools. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts keep their Windows 7-based systems running smoothly — and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.
About the Author
Mike Halsey is an editor for www.Windows7News.com, www.Windows8News.com, and www.ConnectedInternet.co.uk. He also provides technical support on his website, www.TheLongClimb.com. He has worked for many years in IT support, including Siemens, and been a technical beta-tester for Microsoft. He is the author of Windows 7 Power Users Guide.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Conventions and Features Used in This Book; Text Conventions; Design Conventions; Errata & Book Support; We Want to Hear from You; Stay in Touch; Introduction; Prevention; Chapter 1: Prevention Is Better Than Cure; 1.1 Upgrade or Clean Install?; 1.2 Keeping Your Installation of Windows XP or Windows Vista; 1.3 How Big Should Partitions Be?; 1.4 What To Do When Windows 7 Is Installed; 1.5 Moving Your Files Away from Windows; 1.6 Backing Up Windows 7; 1.7 Summary; Chapter 2: The Basic Windows 7 Utilities; 2.1 Action Center; 2.2 Windows Update; 2.3 Windows Firewall; 2.4 Windows Defender; 2.5 Windows 7 and Anti-Virus Software; 2.6 Legacy Program Compatibility; 2.7 Summary; Chapter 3: Basic Windows 7 Security; 3.1 The Reality of Virtualization; 3.2 Anti-Virus Software for Windows 7; 3.3 User Account Control; 3.4 BitLocker and BitLocker To Go; 3.5 Beware the Weak Link at the Keyboard; 3.6 Guest Mode; 3.7 Gibson Research; 3.8 Summary; Chapter 4: Backup and Restore; 4.1 Moving Your Files Away from Windows 7; 4.2 Using Backup and Restore; 4.3 Backing Up the Operating System; 4.4 Determining How Many Backups You Need and Where to Store Them; 4.5 Summary; Chapter 5: Maintaining Windows 7; 5.1 Defragmenting Your Hard Disks; 5.2 Maintaining Windows; 5.3 Dont Install Too Much Software; 5.4 Keeping Windows 7 Updated; 5.5 Keeping Auto-Running Software to a Minimum; 5.6 The One Year Reinstall Rule; 5.7 Summary; Chapter 6: Users; 6.1 How Windows 7 Controls Users; 6.2 Managing User Accounts; 6.3 Group Policies; 6.4 Blocking CDs, DVDs, Flash Drives, and External Hard Disks; 6.5 Summary; Chapter 7: Hardware; 7.1 Whats in a PC?; 7.2 How Can You Clean the Inside of Your PC?; 7.3 Hardware Health; 7.4 SMART Monitoring of Hard Disks; 7.5 Peripherals; 7.6 Surge Protectors, UPS, and Power Supply; 7.7 Summary; Chapter 8: Virtualization; 8.1 Virtualization vs. Dual Booting; 8.2 Are There Any Benefits to Virtualization?; 8.3 Virtual Hard Disks and Windows 7; 8.4 Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode; 8.5 Summary; Quick Fixes; Chapter 9: Annoyances; 9.1 Common Windows 7 Problems; 9.2 Hardware Annoyances; 9.3 Summary; Chapter 10: Viruses, Malware, and Other Threats; 10.1 Repelling an Attack; 10.2 Identifying an Attack; 10.3 Repairing the Damage; 10.4 Summary; Chapter 11: Easy Ways to Fix Windows 7; 11.1 Restore Previous Versions of Files; 11.2 System Restore; 11.3 Troubleshooting Software Compatibility; 11.4 Windows Wont Start; 11.5 Working with Device Drivers; 11.6 Action Center Troubleshooter; 11.7 Microsoft Fix It Center; 11.8 Summary; Technical Fixes; Chapter 12: What Is Windows 7 Anyway?; 12.1 The Windows 7 File and Folder Structure; 12.2 How Does Windows Compare to Other Operating Systems?; 12.3 Summary; Chapter 13: Identifying the Source of a Problem; 13.1 Taking a Step-by-Step Approach; 13.2 Why Problems Occur with Windows; 13.3 What Are the Causes of Common Problems?; 13.4 Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?; 13.5 The Blue Screen of Death; 13.6 The Perpetual Restart; 13.7 Summary; Chapter 14: Advanced Diagnostic Tools in Windows 7; 14.1 Performance Information and Tools; 14.2 Event Log; 14.3 Performance Monitor; 14.4 Resource Monitor; 14.5 Windows Task Manager; 14.6 System Information; 14.7 System Health Report; 14.8 Computer Management; 14.9 Using the Windows 7 Performance Tools; 14.10 Summary; Chapter 15: Advanced Repair Methods; 15.1 Repairing Microsoft Internet Explorer; 15.2 System File Checker; 15.3 Using MSConfig for Diagnostic Startups; 15.4 Managing Windows Services; 15.5 Working with the Windows Registry; 15.6 Using the System Repair Disc for Advanced Restore; 15.7 Using Safe Mode; 15.8 Summary; Chapter 16: Windows Problems Demystified; 16.1 Windows 7 Core Operating System Files; 16.2 Advanced File Restore; 16.3 System File Checker; 16.4 Creating a Slipstreamed Install DVD; 16.5 Summary; Chapter 17: Remote Help; 17.1 Using the Internet to Find Solutions to Problems; 17.2 Windows Remote Desktop; 17.3 Windows Remote Assistance; 17.4 Problem Steps Recorder; 17.5 Summary; Chapter 18: Where to Find More Help and Support; 18.1 Windows Help; 18.2 Third-Party Software; 18.3 Third-Party Websites; 18.4 Summary; Chapter 19: Diagnosing Hardware Problems; 19.1 PC Hardware Guide; 19.2 Safe Working; 19.3 Is Everything Plugged In?; 19.4 Minimal Hardware Boot; 19.5 Resetting the BIOS; 19.6 Jump-Starting Your PC; 19.7 Summary; Disaster Recovery; Chapter 20: Windows and Data Recovery Tools; 20.1 You Did Back It Up, Didnt You?!; 20.2 Restoring Windows and Data from a Backup; 20.3 Data Restore Through Over-the-Top Reinstall; 20.4 RAID Drives; 20.5 Summary; Chapter 21: Restoring from Another PC; 21.1 Restoring a Windows Image on Another PC; 21.2 Restoring Windows File by File; 21.3 Restoring Your Data by Using Another PC; 21.4 Summary; Chapter 22: Linux: An Operating System on a Disc; 22.1 System or Data Restore Using Another Operating System; 22.2 Useful Software in Linux; 22.3 CD and DVD Burning in Linux; 22.4 Compatible Linux Operating Systems to Run from a Disc; 22.5 Creating a Linux Installation Disc or Pen Drive; 22.6 Summary; Chapter 23: Third-Party Rescue Tools and Services; 23.1 Zinstall and zPOD; 23.2 GRC SpinRite; 23.3 Other Third-Party Tools; 23.4 Other Third-Party Services; 23.5 Summary; Chapter 24: When You Cant Recover Data; 24.1 Encrypted File System; 24.2 BitLocker and BitLocker To Go; 24.3 Creating a Copy of Encrypted Data; 24.4 Summary; Power Utilities; Chapter 25: Advanced Windows Diagnostic Tools in Depth; 25.1 Computer Management; 25.2 Performance Information and Tools; 25.3 Control Panel Troubleshooters; 25.4 Summary; Chapter 26: Windows Firewall in Depth; 26.1 Windows Firewall; 26.2 Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; 26.3 Port Control for Routers; 26.4 Summary; Chapter 27: Advanced Registry Work; 27.1 Registry Sections; 27.2 Registry Keys and Settings; 27.3 Backing Up and Restoring the Registry; 27.4 Working with the Registry; 27.5 Finding Information in the Windows Registry; 27.6 Summary; Appendices; Windows 7 Editions; Windows 7 Features by Edition; Windows 7 Shortcut Keys; BIOS Beep Codes; Glossary; About the Author; Contacting the Author;
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