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Windows Vista Secrets,SP1 Edition
is packed with over 200 more pages of features of the new operating system that are not disclosed in Microsoft’s books or help files and are not contained in other competing works. By tapping the extensive network of Windows beta testers and conducting their own experiments on the new OS, and thousands of readers, the authors will develop page after page of information that is essential to power users of Windows but not available elsewhere. The book will not include any beginner topics, such as listing the choices that happen to be on each menu in the various Windows applets, but will instead feature solely on secrets and new features in Windows Vista and SP1.
Looking over the revised TOC, you will see a wide number of changes and, of course, multiple new tips are added to each chapter as well. Some of the more significant changes include:
- Several new chapters covering such topics as Personalizing and Configuring Vista, Networking, Zune, Vista and Ultra-Mobile PCs, and Windows Home Server.
- Several significant changes to the structure of the book. The Fonts chapter is now an Appendix and networking content is moved from the Internet section to Security section.
- A number of expansions within the text to address new features and functions that were either missing from 1E entirely or have come about since publication.
Windows Vista Secrets, SP1 Editionis packed with numerous tips, tricks, and undocumented features, with extensive screen shots, tables, and illustrations. This book is for anyone who uses Windows Vista and wants to be able to control it rather than being controlled by it!
Windows Vista SP1 Edition Secrets
Get ready to be amazed by numerous tips, tricks, and undocumented features that disclose unique and exciting aspects of the new Windows Vista SP1 operating system. This revised SP1 Edition is packed with over 250 additional pages revealing secrets on topics like configuring Vista, networking, Microsoft Zune, Windows Live OneCare, LIVE, Windows Home Server, and the new and exciting features included in SP1. Leading Windows authority Paul Thurrott reveals hidden Vista abilities and offers a behind-the-scenes look at everything from hardware and software compatibility to security features to keep your data safe. These priceless pieces of little-known expert advice will help you quickly grasp the many benefits of Windows Vista.
The Insider's Guide to
Installing or upgrading to Windows Vista SP1 (see Chapter 2)
Personalizing and configuring Windows Vista SP1 (see Chapter 7)
Windows Vista SP1 networking (see Chapter 10)
Using Zune® as a digital media alternative (see Chapter 12)
Getting the ultimate Vista experience on Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PCs (see Chapter 18)
Managing e-mail and contacts (see Chapter 20)
Taking Vista to the next level with LIVE services (see Chapter 21)
Master TV and digital media with Windows Media Center (see Chapter 24)
- Follows the highly successful first edition with over 25% more content, including extensive coverage of the latest update, Service Pack 1
- Addresses a huge market of consumers eager to learn about hidden gems and secrets in Vista and SP1
- Covers features that are not disclosed in Microsoft's books or help files
- A highly connected and qualified author has gathered information from an extensive network of Windows beta testers and thousands of readers, as well as conducted his own experiments on the new OS
- New chapters cover personalizing and configuring Vista, networking, Zune, Vista and ultra-mobile PCs, Windows Home Server, and many more new topics
About the Author
The author of over 20 books, Paul Thurrott is the news editor of Windows IT Pro Media and the editor of the SuperSite for Windows. He writes a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE; a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE; and a monthly column called "Need To Know" in Windows IT Pro Magazine. He blogs daily via the SuperSite Blog and appears weekly in the highly-rated Windows Weekly podcast with Leo Laporte.
Table of Contents
Read This First.
Part I: Surviving Setup.
Chapter 1: Selecting the Right Vista Version.
Chapter 2: Installing or Upgrading to Windows Vista.
Chapter 3: Hardware and Software Compatibility.
Part II: The Windows Vista User Experience.
Chapter 4: What’s New in the Windows Vista User Interface.
Chapter 5: Where’s My Stuff? Finding and Organizing Files.
Chapter 6: Using Windows Sidebar.
Chapter 7: Personalizing and Confi guring Windows Vista.
Part III: Security.
Chapter 8: Vista Security Features.
Chapter 9: Users, Accounts, and UAC.
Chapter 10: Windows Vista Networking.
Part IV: Digital Media and Entertainment.
Chapter 11: Windows Media Player.
Chapter 12: Zune: A Digital Media Alternative.
Chapter 13: Enjoying Digital Photos.
Chapter 14: Digital Videos and DVD Movies.
Chapter 15: Vista in the Living Room: Windows Media Center.
Chapter 16: Having Fun: Games and Vista.
Part V: Mobility.
Chapter 17: Vista to Go: Windows Vista Mobility Features.
Chapter 18: Using Tablet PCs and Ultra-Mobile PCs.
Part VI: Internet and Networking.
Chapter 19: Browsing the Web.
Chapter 20: Managing E-mail and Contacts.
Chapter 21: Turning It Up a Notch with Microsoft’s Live Services.
Part VII: Home Offi ce/Power User.
Chapter 22: Managing Your Schedule with Windows Calendar.
Chapter 23: Keeping Your Data Safe.
Chapter 24: Automating Windows Vista with Windows PowerShell.
Chapter 25: Beyond Vista: Managing Multiple PCs.