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"Why didn't they ask me before they did that?"
Vista is the most radical revamping of Windows since 1995. But along with all the fantastic improvements, there are a couple of things that drive you up the wall. Maybe you're not seeing the performance you expect. Security is better, but boy, is it annoying. And what's with that interface thing that's just in the way? Well, you can fix all that. When you and Steve Sinchak are finished, you'll think Microsoft designed Vista just for you.
How to improve the view
A few of the things you'll learn to do
- Tweak logon screen settings
Build custom Sidebar gadgets
Personalize Aero Glass with themes and visual styles
Customize Internet Explorer® 7
Configure BIOS for maximum boot speed
Crank up Windows® Explorer
Turn your PC into an HDTV Media Center
Fine-tune your firewall
* Exciting hacks zoom in on unlocking hidden settings, supercharging online speed, getting rid of annoying features once and for all, hacking Windows Media, and fine-tuning User Account Protection
Vista is the most radical revamping of Windows since 1995. However, along with all the fantastic improvements, there are a couple of things that likely drive you up the wall. Don’t worry, though—just join forces with author Steve Sinchak and you’ll end up feeling as though Microsoft designed Vista just for you! He shows you how to tweak logon screen settings, build custom Sidebar gadgets, personalize Aero Glass with themes and visual styles, turn your PC into an HDTV media center, fine-tune your firewall, and more.
About the Author
Steve Sinchak, in addition to being a Microsoft MVP, is an entrepreneur who runs a Web development firm, Advanced PC Media LLC. He has worked with computers for 15 years and writes for several geek-oriented Web sites, including TweakVista.com. Steve is a systems engineer for a Global 100 company and the author of several books, including Hacking Windows XP, also published by Wiley.
Table of Contents
Part I: Customizing Your Computer.
Chapter 1: Customizing the Look of the Startup.
Chapter 2: Customizing User Navigation.
Chapter 3: Hacking the Desktop.
Chapter 4: Customizing the Appearance of the Windows Interface.
Chapter 5: Hacking Windows Explorer.
Chapter 6: Hacking IE7.
Chapter 7: Hacking Windows Media.
Part II: Increasing Your System's Performance.
Chapter 8: Analyzing Your System.
Chapter 9: Speeding Up the System Boot.
Chapter 10: Making Your Computer Log On Faster.
Chapter 11: Speeding Up Windows Explorer.
Chapter 12: Optimizing Windows Core Components.
Chapter 13: Speeding Up Your Web Browser and Network Connection.
Part III: Securing Your System.
Chapter 14: Windows Security.
Chapter 15: Internet Security.
Chapter 16: Protecting Your Privacy.