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TitleWindows Vista for Dummies (ISBN - 0471754218)
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Table of Contents
                            Contents at a Glance
Table of Contents
	About This Book
	How to Use This Book
	And What about You?
	How This Book Is Organized
	Icons Used in This Book
	Where to Go from Here
Part I: Windows Vista Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
	Chapter 1: What Is Windows Vista?
		What Is Windows Vista, and Why Are You Using It?
		Should I Bother Switching to Windows Vista?
		Can My PC Still Run Vista?
		Can I Make Windows Vista Look and Feel Like Windows XP?
		The Five Flavors of Vista
	Chapter 2: The Desktop, Start Menu, and Other Windows Vista Mysteries
		Being Welcomed to the World of Windows Vista
		Working on the Desktop
		The Start Button’s Reason to Live
		Bellying Up to the Taskbar
		The Sidebar
		Logging Off from Windows
	Chapter 3: Basic Windows Mechanics
		Dissecting a Typical Window
		Choosing the Right Button for the Job
		Filling Out Bothersome Dialog Boxes
		Maneuvering Windows Around the Desktop
	Chapter 4: Flipping Through Files, Folders, Floppies, and CDs
		Browsing Your Computer’s File Cabinets
		Getting the Lowdown on Folders
		Peering into Your Drives and Folders
		Creating a New Folder
		Renaming a File or Folder
		Selecting Bunches of Files or Folders
		Getting Rid of a File or Folder
		Copying or Moving Files and Folders
		Seeing More Information about Files and Folders
		Writing to CDs and DVDs
		Working with Floppy Disks and Memory Cards
Part II: Working with Programs and Files
	Chapter 5: Playing with Programs and Documents
		Starting a Program
		Opening a Document
		Saving a Document
		Choosing Which Program Opens a File
		Taking the Lazy Way with a Shortcut
		The Absolutely Essential Guide to Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
		Windows Vista’s Free Programs!
	Chapter 6: Briefly Lost, but Quickly Found
		Finding Lost Windows on the Desktop
		Locating a Missing Program, E-mail, Song, Document, or Other File
		Finding a Missing File in a Folder
		Sorting, Grouping, and Stacking Files
		Finding Lost Photos
		Finding Other Computers on a Network
		Finding Information on the Internet
		Saving Your Searches
		Commanding Vista’s Big Search
		Fine-Tuning Vista’s Searches
	Chapter 7: Printing Your Work
		Printing Your Masterpiece
Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet
	Chapter 8: Cruising the Web
		What Is the Internet?
		What’s an ISP, and Why Do I Need One?
		Setting Up Internet Explorer the First Time
		Navigating the Web with Microsoft Internet Explorer
		The Web Page Says It Needs a Weird Plug-In Thing!
		Saving Information from the Internet
		It Doesn’t Work!
		Removing Unneeded Plug-ins
		The Pages Won’t All Fit on My Screen
		Internet Explorer Now Fills My Entire Screen!
	Chapter 9: Sending and Receiving E-mail
		Using Windows Mail
		Setting Up Your E-Mail Account
		Composing and Sending an E-Mail
		Reading a Received E-Mail
		Sending and Receiving an Attachment
		Finding Lost Mail
		Managing Your Contacts
		Reducing Your Spam
	Chapter 10: Safe Computing
		Understanding Those Annoying Permission Messages
		Assessing Your Safety in Security Center
		Staying Safe on the Internet
Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows Vista
	Chapter 11: Customizing Windows Vista with the Control Panel
		Finding the Right Switch in the Control Panel
		System and Maintenance
		User Accounts and Family Safety
		Changing Windows’ Appearance ( Appearance and Personalization)
		Changing Network and Internet Connections
		Setting the Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options
		Hardware and Sound
		Adding or Removing Programs
		Modifying Vista for the Physically Challenged
		Options for Laptops (Mobile PC)
		Additional Options
	Chapter 12: Keeping Windows from Breaking
		Creating a Restore Point
		Tuning Up Windows Vista with Built-In Maintenance Tools
		Cleaning Your Computer
	Chapter 13: Sharing One Computer with Several People
		Understanding User Accounts
		Setting Up or Changing User Accounts
		Switching Quickly between Users
		Changing a User Account’s Picture
		Setting Up Passwords and Security
	Chapter 14: Connecting Two or More Computers with a Network
		Understanding a Network’s Parts
		Setting Up a Small Network
		Connecting Wirelessly
		Connecting to and Sharing Files with Other PCs on Your Network
		Sharing a Printer on the Network
		Troubleshooting a Network
Part V: Music, Movies, Memories (and Photos, Too)
	Chapter 15: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player
		Stocking Media Player’s Library
		Browsing Media Player’s Libraries
		Understanding Media Player’s Controls
		Playing CDs
		Playing DVDs
		Playing Videos and TV Shows
		Playing Music Files ( MP3s and WMAs)
		Playing Internet Radio Stations
		Creating, Saving, and Editing Playlists
		Copying CDs to Your PC
		Burning Music CDs
		Copying Songs to Your Portable Player
		Buying Music and Movies from Online Stores
		Working with Media Center
	Chapter 16: Fiddling with Photos and Movies
		Using Your Computer as a Digital Shoebox
		Creating, Editing, and Viewing Digital Movies and Slide Shows
		Saving a Movie or Slide Show to a DVD with Windows DVD Maker
Part VI: Help!
	Chapter 17: The Case of the Broken Window
		Vista Keeps Asking Me for Permission!
		Restoring Calm with System Restore
		Reviving Messed Up or Deleted Files
		Retrieving a Forgotten Password
		My Folder (Or Desktop) Doesn’t Show All My Files!
		My Mouse Doesn’t Work Right
		My Double-Clicks Are Now Single Clicks!
		Making Older Programs Run under Windows Vista
		I Can’t Find the Menus!
		My Computer Is Frozen Up Solid
		The Printer Isn’t Working Right
	Chapter 18: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute
		Activate Windows Now
		Check Your Computer Security
		Do You Want to Get the Latest Online Content When You Search Help?
		Do You Want to Install (Or Run) This File?
		Do You Want to Save Changes . . .
		Do You Want to Turn AutoComplete On?
		Installing Device Driver Software
		The Publisher Could Not Be Verified
		Video Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements
		Windows Cannot Open This File
		Windows Needs Your Permission to Continue
		You Don’t Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder
	Chapter 19: Moving from an Old Computer to a New One
		Preparing to Move into Your New PC
		Transferring Information Between Two PCs with Windows Easy Transfer
		Disposing of the Old Computer
	Chapter 20: Help on the Windows Vista Help System
		Consulting a Program’s Built-In Computer Guru
		Finding the Information You Need in Windows’ Help and Support Center
		Summoning Windows Vista’s Troubleshooters
Part VII: The Part of Tens
	Chapter 21: Ten or So Things You’ll Hate about Windows Vista (and How to Fix Them)
		I Can’t Stand Those Nagging Permission Screens
		I Can’t Copy Ripped CDs and Purchased Music to My iPod
		The Menus All Disappeared
		Parental Controls Are Too Complicated
		The “Glass” Effects Slow Down My Laptop
		I Can’t Figure Out How to Turn Off My PC
		Windows Makes Me Log On All the Time
		The Taskbar Keeps Disappearing
		I Can’t Keep Track of Open Windows
		I Can’t Line Up Two Windows on the Screen
		It Won’t Let Me Do Something Unless I’m an Administrator!
		I Don’t Know What Version of Windows I Have
		My Print Screen Key Doesn’t Work
	Chapter 22: Ten or So Tips for Laptop Owners
		Adjusting Your Laptop’s Settings Quickly
		Choosing What Happens When You Close Your Laptop’s Lid
		Adjusting to Different Locations
		Backing Up Your Laptop Before Traveling
	Chapter 23: Upgrading to Windows Vista
		Preparing for Windows Vista
		Installing the Windows Vista Upgrade
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Changing Windows Update settings
Whenever somebody figures out a way to break into Windows, Microsoft
releases yet another patch to keep Windows users safe. Unfortunately, the
bad folks find holes in Windows as quickly as Microsoft can patch them. The
result? Microsoft ends up releasing a constant stream of patches.

In fact, the flow became so strong that many users couldn’t keep up. Micro-
soft’s solution is to make Windows Update work automatically: Whenever you
go online, whether to check e-mail or browse the Web, your computer automat-
ically visits Microsoft’s Windows Update site and downloads any new patches
in the background.

When your computer’s through downloading the new patches, it installs
them at 3 a.m. to avoid disturbing your work. Occasionally, you’re prompted
to restart your computer the next morning to make the patches start work-
ing; other times, you don’t even notice the action taking place.

Vista’s Security Center, covered earlier in this chapter, explains how to make
sure that Windows Update is up and running. But if you want to adjust its set-
tings, perhaps not installing new patches until you’ve had a chance to review
them, follow these steps:

1. Click the Start button, choose All Programs, and choose Windows

The Windows Update window appears.

2. Choose Change Settings from the leftmost pane.

Windows Update’s settings page appears, shown in Figure 10-4.

Figure 10-4:
Make sure

that you




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3. Make your changes and then click OK.

Chances are, you won’t need to make any changes. But night owls might
want to change the 3 a.m. automatic installation time.

Some experienced computer users select the option Download Updates but
Let Me Choose Whether to Install Them. That option gives them a chance to
ogle the incoming patches before installing them.

Avoiding viruses
When it comes to viruses, everything is suspect. Viruses travel not only in
e-mail and programs, but also in screen savers, themes, toolbars, and other
Windows add-ons. Because Vista doesn’t include a built-in virus program,
follow these rules to reduce your risk of infection:

� When shopping for an antivirus program, look for one that runs auto-
matically in the background. If you don’t yet have an antivirus program,
open the Control Panel’s Security area, choose Security Center, and click
the Malware Protection section’s Find a Program button for free trial

� Tell your antivirus program to scan everything you download, as well as
anything that arrives through e-mail or a messaging program.

� Only open attachments that you’re expecting. If you receive something
unexpected from a friend, don’t open it. Instead, e-mail or phone that
person to see whether he or she really sent you something.

� Don’t run two virus checkers simultaneously because they often quarrel.
If you want to test a different program, first uninstall your existing one
from the Control Panel’s Programs area. It’s then safe to install another
virus checker that you want to try.

� Simply buying a virus checker isn’t enough; you must also pay an annual
fee to keep your virus checker smart enough to recognize the latest
viruses. Without the most up-to-date virus definitions, virus checkers
detect only older viruses, not the new ones sprouting daily on the
Internet. (The newest viruses always spread most quickly, causing the
most damage.)

If you think you have a virus and you don’t have an antivirus program, unplug
your PC’s network or telephone cable before heading to the store and buying
an antivirus program. Install and run the antivirus program before reconnect-
ing your computer to the Internet. That stops your computer from infecting
others before you’re able disinfect it.

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