Synopses & Reviews
Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for optimizing the performance of your Windows 7-based PC. Zero in on core tuning, customization, and troubleshooting tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. Topics include system boot and startup, software and hardware, search and indexing, system health, and personalizing the interface. You’ll get the focused information you need to solve problems and get the job done.
About the Author
William R. Stanek has 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert and an award-winning author. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers and network engineers all over the world. He has written more than two dozen computer books. Current or forthcoming books include Microsoft Windows® XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Microsoft Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 and IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Who Is This Book For?; How Is This Book Organized?; Conventions Used In This Book; Other Resources; Support & Feedback; Chapter 1: Customizing the Windows 7 Interface; 1.1 Boosting Your Desktop IQ; 1.2 Making the Start Menu Work for You; 1.3 Making the Taskbar Dance; Chapter 2: Personalizing the Appearance of Windows 7; 2.1 Customizing Basic Interfaces; 2.2 Optimizing Desktop Themes, Screen Savers, Backgrounds, and More; 2.3 Customizing and Safeguarding Your User Account; Chapter 3: Customizing Boot, Startup, and Power Options; 3.1 Customizing Your Computers Firmware Interface; 3.2 Customizing Startup and Boot Configuration; 3.3 Resolving Restart or Shutdown Issues; Chapter 4: Organizing, Searching, and Indexing; 4.1 Exploring Your Computer in New Ways; 4.2 Customizing Windows Explorer; 4.3 Searching and Indexing Your Computer; 4.4 Fine-Tuning Windows Search; 4.5 Indexing Your Computer; Chapter 5: Optimizing Your Computers Software; 5.1 Diving Deep into Software Installation; 5.2 Making Software Work Like You Want It To; 5.3 Managing Installed Software; Chapter 6: Tracking System Performance and Health; 6.1 Tracking Relative Performance; 6.2 Checking Current Performance Levels; 6.3 Event Logging and Viewing; Chapter 7: Analyzing and Logging Performance; 7.1 Resolving Failures and Reliability Issues; 7.2 Recording and Analyzing Performance Data; Chapter 8: Optimizing Performance Tips and Techniques; 8.1 Optimizing Power Management Settings for Performance; 8.2 Maintaining Performance with Updates; 8.3 Optimizing Performance: Final Tune-up Suggestions; Firmware Interface Options;