How Microsoft Windows Vista Works

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
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Windows Vista is the long-awaited upgrade to the Microsoft Windows operating system, and it's a lot different from the Windows you're used to. What's new in Windows Vistaand how do all those new features work? How Microsoft Windows Vista Worksis the first book to take you inside the new Windows Vista operating system and show you how all the pieces and parts work. With clear and simple explanations and illustrations that say, "You, too, can understand this,"How Microsoft Windows Vista Worksgives you detailed information on the hidden workings of Windows Vistafrom the new Aero interface inside to the Windows kernel. It's a four-color, highly visual explanation of everything that matters about Windows Vista, including: How Windows Vista differs from Windows XP How Windows controls your computer How User Account Control protects your system How virtual folders and instant search work How Windows Vista renders graphics How the Aero interface and the Windows Sidebar work How Internet Explorer 7's tabbed browsing works How Windows connects to a wireless network How the new Windows Photo Gallery manages your digital photos Contents Introduction xi Part I: What Windows Vista Isand What It Does 2 Chapter 1 Understanding Windows and Other Operating Systems 6 Chapter 2 How Windows Vista Differs from Windows XP 14 Chapter 3 What Windows Vista Does 26 Part II: Basic Operations 32 Chapter 4 Powering On and Powering Off 36 Chapter 5 Managing System Resources 48 Chapter 6 Managing System Information 62 Chapter 7 Managing Users 70 Chapter 8 Managing Data 76 Chapter 9 Managing Applications 92 Part III: Windows Vista Graphics 100 Chapter 10 Understanding Vista Graphics 104 Chapter 11 The Vista Interface 112 Chapter 12 The Vista Desktop 122 Part IV: Digital Media 130 Chapter 13 Windows Media Center 134 Chapter 14 Digital Music 150 Chapter 15 Digital Images 166 Chapter 16 Digital Video and Movies 174 Part V: Networking and the Internet 182 Chapter 17 Windows Vista and the Internet 186 Chapter 18 Windows Vista Networks 204 Part VI: Security and Maintenance 220 Chapter 19 Windows Vista Security Features 224 Chapter 20 Routine Maintenance 238 Glossary 252 Index 266

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
What Windows Vista Is and What It Doesp. 2
Understanding Windows and Other Operating Systemsp. 6
How Windows Vista Differs from Windows XPp. 14
What Windows Vista Doesp. 26
Basic Operationsp. 32
Powering On and Powering Offp. 36
Managing System Resourcesp. 48
Managing System Informationp. 62
Managing Usersp. 70
Managing Datap. 76
Managing Applicationsp. 92
Windows Vista Graphicsp. 100
Understanding Vista Graphicsp. 104
The Vista Interfacep. 112
The Vista Desktopp. 122
Digital Mediap. 130
Windows Media Centerp. 134
Digital Musicp. 150
Digital Imagesp. 166
Digital Video and Moviesp. 174
Networking and the Internetp. 182
Windows Vista and the Internetp. 186
Windows Vista Networksp. 204
Security and Maintenancep. 220
Windows Vista Security Featuresp. 224
Routine Maintenancep. 238
Glossaryp. 252
Indexp. 266
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Introduction Introduction Five years in the making, and here it is--another new version of Microsoft Windows. Windows Vista is the latest in a long line of Windows operating systems, carrying the tradition first started in 1985 with the appropriately named Windows 1.0. That first version of Windows is only vaguely familiar to today's users, as Microsoft has made a lot of improvements since those humble beginnings. Of course, a lot besides Windows has changed in the past twenty years; the one constant is that a Microsoft operating system remains the face of personal computing. It's that face users will first notice when they power on a PC running Windows Vista. Put simply, Vista looks different from previous versions of Windows. Oh, there are the expected windows and icons and taskbars and the ever-present Start menu, but they're a lot fancier in Vista than they were in Windows XP or prior operating systems. That's because Vista uses a totally new graphics engine--one that harnesses the massive graphics processing power of today's PCs to create a three-dimensional desktop with glass-like windows and sophisticated animation effects. It still looks like Windows, but it's more lifelike, if such a thing can be said. The improvements in Vista don't stop with the interface. There are a lot of new or improved utilities to be found on the Start menu, including some fairly major changes in Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. And then there are all the changes behind-the-scenes, where Vista has been beefed up, made faster and more dependable, and given increased security against viruses, spyware, and other forms of computer attack. You won't notice a lot of changes, except in the form of fewer crashes and less worry about malicious intrusions. As is the case anytime Microsoft releases a new version of its core operating system, there is a lot of interest about the new features in Windows Vista--what they are and how they work. That is where this book comes in.How Windows Vista Worksis a descriptive title for a book that both shows you what's new and improved in Vista and gets "under the hood" to illustrate what does what and how. And I do mean "shows you." What's unique about this book is that it doesn't offer the typical text-based descriptions of the topics at hand; instead, it shows you what you want to know, via a series of detailed four-color illustrations. Want to know what the Aero interface looks like? Curious about how Internet Explorer protects against phishing scams? Well, this book answers all those questions and more,visually. It's the kind of sophisticated visual approach that is required to explain a sophisticated visual operating system. To make it easier to find what you're interested in, this book is divided into 20 separate chapters, organized into 6 major sections. It's easy to go directly to any given topic; you can skip around as you like or read the book from front to back--whichever works best for you. Part I, "What Vista Is--and What It Does," explains just what it is that an operating system does, as well as how Windows Vista is similar to--and differs from--previous versions of Windows and other operating systems. Turn here to discover all the new features of Windows Vista. Part II, "Basic Operations," gets down to the nitty-gritty of how Windows Vista controls your computer hardware and software. You'll learn how Vista manages system resources, system settings, user accounts, data, and applications. Part III, "Windows Vista Graphics," turns a sharp eye to what makes Vista look as good as it does. You'll learn all about the Vista Aero interfa

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