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The ultimate book on the ultimate Vista for gamers and digital media buffs
If you're the ultimate gamer and multimedia fan, Windows Vista Ultimate and this information-packed book are for you. Want to launch games with a single click? Share files with your Xbox 360? Try out new audio and media tools? It's all here and then some. You'll find step-by-step tutorials, techniques, and hacks—plus in-depth discussions of games, gaming, performance tips, and much more. Whether you're a veteran Windows gearhead or just getting started, this is the book you need to succeed with Vista Ultimate.
- Try out the new Aero Glass user interface and new desktop features
- Set up your graphics card, sound card, and speakers
- Keep Vista secure with stronger firewall and family safety settings
- Meet the new DirectX with 32-bit floating point audio and high-speed DLLs
- Share multimedia across a network with ease
- Enrich your audio with crossfade, shuffle, and volume leveling
- Get up to speed on the new Media Center and Media Player 11
- Use the Universal Controller and WinSAT for gaming
- Optimize game and multimedia performance
- Find out how to run Windows® XP games on Vista
Edit video like a pro
Explore the new Windows Aero interface
Learn all about optimizing Vista Ultimate for gaming
Accompanied by hundreds of screenshots in full color and black and white, an in-depth overview of the new Windows Vista explains how to take advantage of all features of the innovative operating system and offers a variety of tips, tricks, and insider hacks to help users customize their systems, with coverage of the Aero interface, Media Center, security capabilities, and much more. Original. (All Users)
* Includes 32 full-color pages that highlight the visual appeal of Vista Ultimate
Learn all about optimizing Vista Ultimate for gaming
The ultimate book on the ultimate Vista for gamers and digital media buffs.
If you're the ultimate gamer and multimedia fan, Windows Vista Ultimate and this information-packed book are for you. Want to launch games with a single click? Share files with your Xbox 360? Try out new audio and media tools? It's all here and then some. You'll find step-by-step tutorials, techniques, and hacks-plus in-depth discussions of games, gaming, performance tips, and much more. Whether you're a veteran Windows gearhead or just getting started, this is the book you need!
- Try out the new Aero Glass user interface and new desktop features.
- Set up your graphics card, sound card, and speakers.
- Keep Vista secure with stronger firewall and family safety settings.
- Meet the new DirectX with 32-bit floating point audio and high-speed DLLs.
- Share multimedia across a network with ease.
- Enrich your audio with crossfade, shuffle, and volume leveling.
- Get up to speed on the new Media Center and Media Player 11.
- Use the Universal Controller and WinSAT for gaming.
- Find out how to run Windows(r) XP games on Vista.
- Edit video like a pro.
About the Author
Joel Durham, Jr.
I hate writing about myself in the third person for these author blurbs, so I’m going to put a stop to it right now. I’m Joel Durham Jr., and I’m one of your hosts for this adventure. I’ve been a computer and video game nerd all my life, and I’ve been writing professionally about computers, games, operating systems, consoles, and all that kind of stuff since 1997 — when Matt Firme gave me my big break by hiring me as PC Gamer’s first Technical Editor. After a year in that blissful atmosphere I left that job, mainly to escape the San Francisco Bay area (having to get an interestonly ARM mortgage for a $750,000 2-bedroom house on a lot the size of a sheet of standard copier paper, and somehow survive on an editor’s salary).
I moved back to upstate New York to be near family. Since then, I’ve been freelance writing for such markets as GameSpy, Gamecenter (I spent time as the Senior Technical Editor there before CNET closed the site down), 1UP, Computer Gaming World, ExtremeTech, PC Magazine, Computer Source, and a bunch more. I live with my wife (who defies logic by being too gorgeous to be interested in a geek like me, and yet she is), and the two smartest, cutest children in the world.
I, too, hate writing about myself in the third person; knowing that Joel hated this odd phenomenon as much as I do was the real reason that I chose to write a few chapters for this book. Technical writer by trade, I’ve been into computers for a very long time and getting paid to do it since 1998 or so. My career as a tech writer took off in Paris, France, around the turn of the century where I worked for several software shops.
After returning to the U.S. a few years ago, I decided to focus more on writing for software and small business issues. Some of the people nice enough to publish my work include Microsoft (Work Essentials and the Vista Expert Zone), Redmond Channel Partner magazine, and STC’s Intercom magazine. I also write a column for the Information in Focus Web site and regularly present at technical communication conferences in the U.S. and in Europe. Additionally, I’ve had the privilege of writing or co-writing several books on Windows operating systems.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 1: Introducing the New Windows Operating System.
Chapter 2: Installing Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 3: Navigating Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 4: Basic Settings You Can’t Overlook.
Chapter 5: Customizing Vista’s Look and Feel.
Chapter 6: Games and Programs Included with Windows Vista Ultimate.
Part II: The Windows Vista Interface.
Chapter 7: Choosing an Interface.
Chapter 8: Exploring Interface Features.
Part III: Support, Stability, and Security.
Chapter 9: Getting Help.
Chapter 10: Keeping Windows Vista Stable.
Chapter 11: Keeping Windows Vista Secure.
Part IV: Networking and the Internet.
Chapter 12: Building a Home Network.
Chapter 13: Internet Applications.
Part V: Gaming and Multimedia Enhancements.
Chapter 14: Gaming and Audio Enhancements.
Chapter 15: The New DirectX.
Chapter 16: Windows Media Center.
Chapter 17: Windows Media Player 11.
Part VI: Music, Movies, Video, and Audio.
Chapter 18: Digital Music Guide.
Chapter 19: Watching Video Through Vista.
Chapter 20: Editing Video with Windows Movie Maker.
Part VII: Gaming on Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 21: Introduction to Windows Vista Gaming.
Chapter 22: Installing Games (and Other Programs).
Chapter 23: Optimizing Games for Performance and Visuals.
Chapter 24: Game Options, Conventions, Controllers, and Updates.
Chapter 25: Game Compatibility Issues.
Chapter 26: Integrating Windows Vista with the Xbox 360.
Part VIII: Under the Hood: Tweaking Windows Vista.
Chapter 27: Optimizing for Gaming and Multimedia.
Chapter 28: Tweaking Windows Vista Ultimate for Peak Performance.
Appendix: Maintaining Windows Vista Ultimate.