9780470487631

Windows 7 All-in-One For Dummies

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    9780470487631

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    0470487631

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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Eight references in one-fully revised to include all the new features and updates to Windows 7. As the #1 operating system in the world, Windows provides the platform upon which all essential computing activities occur. This much-anticipated version of the popular operating system offers an improved user experience with an enhanced interface to allow for greater user control. This All-in-One reference is packed with valuable information from eight minibooks, making it the ultimate resource. You'll discover the improved ways in which Windows 7 interacts with other devices, including mobile and home theater. Windows 7 boasts numerous exciting new features, and this reference is one-stop shopping for discovering them all! Eight minibooks cover Windows 7 basics, security, customizing, the Internet, searching and sharing, hardware, multimedia, Windows media center, and wired and wireless networking. Addresses the new multi-touch feature that will allow you to control movement on the screen with your fingers. With this comprehensive guide at your fingertips, you'll quickly start taking advantages of all the exciting new features of Windows 7.

Author Biography

Woody Leonhard describes himself as a "Windows victim." Since 1992, he's been sharing the solutions to his own tech problems with millions of readers. In addition to writing several books in the For Dummies series, Woody is a Contributing Editor for Windows Secrets newsletter. He also runs his own blog at AskWoody.com.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 2
Conventionsp. 3
What Your Don't Have to Readp. 4
Foolish Assumptionsp. 4
Organizationp. 5
Iconsp. 6
Where to Go from Herep. 7
Cranking Up Windows 7p. 9
Windows 7 4 Noobsp. 11
Hardware and Softwarep. 12
Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows?p. 13
A Terminology Survival Kitp. 14
Buying a Windows 7 Computerp. 17
Inside the big boxp. 19
Screeningp. 22
Managing disks and drivesp. 23
Making PC connectionsp. 24
Futzing with video, sound, and multitudinous mediap. 27
Netbooksp. 28
Windows 7 for the Experiencedp. 29
What's New for Vista Victimsp. 29
Better performancep. 30
Improved interfacep. 30
Search that (finally!) worksp. 31
Security improvementsp. 32
Mo' media and morep. 32
What you losep. 32
What's New for the XP Crowdp. 33
Looking through the Aero Glassp. 33
Checking out improved video effectsp. 34
Interacting with gadgetsp. 35
Sizing up other improvementsp. 36
Do You Need Windows 7?p. 37
Which Version? Pick a 7, Any 7p. 39
Pick a 7 - Any 7p. 39
Buying the right version the first timep. 41
Narrowing the choicesp. 42
Choosing 32-Bit versus 64-Bitp. 43
Upgrades, Clean Installs, Transfersp. 45
Can Your Computer Handle Windows 7?p. 45
Upgrading a Vista computerp. 46
Upgrading a Windows XP computerp. 47
Running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisorp. 48
Performing a Clean Installp. 50
Using Easy Transferp. 56
Knowing what will transferp. 57
Making the transferp. 57
Activating the Productp. 60
How Windows activatesp. 60
Windows Activation Technologiesp. 63
What If the Wheels Fall Off?p. 64
Getting Essentials: The Rest of Windows 7p. 65
Understanding the Move to Downloadable Programsp. 66
Inventorying the Essentialsp. 66
Distinguishing Essentials from the Other Live Componentsp. 71
Installing Essentiallyp. 72
Windows 7 Boot Campp. 75
Running Windows from Start to Finishp. 77
A Few Quick Steps to Make the Desktop Your Ownp. 77
Changing the backgroundp. 79
Getting gadgetsp. 81
Cleaning up useless icons and programsp. 83
Mousing with Your Mousep. 83
What's up, Dock?p. 84
Changing the mousep. 85
Starting with the Start Buttonp. 86
Touching on the Taskbarp. 89
Working with Files and Foldersp. 91
Creating files and foldersp. 92
Modifying files and foldersp. 93
Bringing back previous versionsp. 94
Showing filename extensionsp. 96
Sharing foldersp. 98
Recyclingp. 103
Getting Aroundp. 104
Using Windows Explorerp. 105
Navigatingp. 105
Viewingp. 106
Arranging Librariesp. 108
Creating Shortcutsp. 110
Sleep: Perchance to Dreamp. 111
Controlling Usersp. 115
Logging Onp. 116
Choosing Account Typesp. 118
What's a standard account?p. 118
What's an administrator account?p. 118
Choosing between standard or administrator accountsp. 119
Controlling User Account Controlp. 121
Adding Usersp. 124
Enabling the Guest Accountp. 125
Changing Accountsp. 126
Changing other users' settingsp. 126
Changing your own settingsp. 129
Creating a password reset diskp. 130
Switching Usersp. 130
Maintaining Your Systemp. 133
Coping with Start-Up Problemsp. 133
Creating a system repair discp. 134
Using the system repair discp. 136
Working with Backupsp. 138
Restoring a file with shadow copies (previous versions)p. 139
Maintaining previous versions on different drivesp. 142
Creating data backupsp. 144
Managing and restoring data backupsp. 148
Getting back the image backup (don't give up the ghost)p. 150
Maintaining Drivesp. 152
Running an error checkp. 153
Defragmenting a drivep. 154
Using System Restore and Restore Pointsp. 155
Creating a restore pointp. 156
Rolling back to a restore pointp. 157
Scheduling the Task Schedulerp. 158
Starting with your parametersp. 159
Scheduling a taskp. 160
Zipping and Compressingp. 162
Compressing with NTFSp. 164
Zipping the easy way with Compressed (zipped) Foldersp. 165
Using the Windows 7 Resource Monitor and Reliability Monitorp. 166
Controlling the Control Panelp. 167
Removing and changing programsp. 170
Removing Windows patchesp. 172
Getting the Basic Stuff Donep. 173
Burning CDs and DVDsp. 173
Understanding -R and -RWp. 175
What to burnp. 176
Mastered or Live File System?p. 177
Burning with windows 7p. 178
Improving Your Experience Indexp. 186
Interpreting the numbersp. 188
Turning the numbers into real improvementp. 189
Getting Word Processing-Freep. 191
Running Notepadp. 191
Writing with WordPadp. 193
Taming the Character Mapp. 196
Calculating-Freep. 197
Paintingp. 198
Sticking Sticky Notesp. 200
Using Sneaky Key Commandsp. 200
Conjuring up the Task Managerp. 201
Switching coollyp. 202
Troubleshooting and Getting Helpp. 205
Troubleshooting in the Action Centerp. 206
Tracking Your System's Stabilityp. 207
Trackling Windows Help and Supportp. 208
The problem(s) with Windows Helpp. 208
Using different kinds of helpp. 210
Staying onlinep. 210
Choosing the index versus searchp. 211
How to Really Get Helpp. 211
Snapping and Recording Your Problemsp. 213
Connecting to Remote Assistancep. 216
Understanding the interactionp. 216
Making the connectionp. 217
Limiting an invitationp. 221
Troubleshooting Remote Assistancep. 222
Getting Help on the Webp. 222
Customizing Windows 7p. 225
Personalizing Your Desktopp. 227
Recognizing Desktop Levelsp. 227
Setting Color Schemes in Windows 7p. 229
Picking a Backgroundp. 232
Controlling Iconsp. 234
Changing Mouse Pointersp. 236
Selecting Screen Saversp. 237
Changing the screen saverp. 238
Setting up a Super Boss Keyp. 240
Using Desktop Themesp. 242
Seeing Your Desktop Clearlyp. 243
Setting the screen resolutionp. 244
Activating and adjusting Clear Typep. 245
Showing larger fontsp. 245
Using magnificationp. 246
Organizing Your Interfacep. 247
Tricking Out the Taskbarp. 247
Anatomy of the taskbarp. 248
Jumpingp. 249
Changing the toolbarp. 250
Making your own little toolbarsp. 251
Working with the taskbarp. 254
Controlling the notification areap. 254
Customizing the Start Menup. 256
Genesis of the Start menup. 256
Pinning to the Start menup. 258
Reclaiming most recently used programsp. 262
Changing the All Programs menup. 264
Making minor tweaks to the Start menup. 265
Searching Your Computerp. 269
Searching Basicsp. 270
Engaging your brain before the searchp. 270
Stepping through a basic searchp. 271
What Windows can (and can't) findp. 273
Adding Boolean operators to a searchp. 274
Breaking out the wildcard charactersp. 275
Searching from the Start menup. 275
Indexing for Fun and Profitp. 277
Setting index file type optionsp. 279
Adding locations to the indexp. 281
Using Advanced Search Settingp. 282
Finding Files That Got Lostp. 285
First, don't panicp. 285
Second, get determinedp. 286
Beating and Cheating Windows 7 Gamesp. 287
Get Yer Games Goin'p. 288
Solitairep. 290
Standard scoringp. 291
Vegas scoringp. 292
FreeCellp. 292
Spider Solitairep. 294
Minesweeperp. 295
The Internet Gamesp. 297
The Other Gamesp. 298
Joining the Multimedia Mixp. 301
Jammin' with Windows Media Playerp. 303
What You Need to Know about C.R.A.Pp. 304
Adjusting WMP Privacy Settingsp. 305
Setting options when you install WMPp. 306
Tweaking options after installationp. 309
Playing with Now Playingp. 310
Playback buttonsp. 313
Playing a CDp. 314
Buying Music and Videos Onlinep. 316
Copying from a CD (Also Known As Ripping)p. 318
Organizing Your Media Libraryp. 323
Leafing through the libraryp. 323
Finding the tracks you wantp. 324
Rating songsp. 325
Sorting songsp. 325
Searchingp. 326
Managing Playlistsp. 326
Creating a new playlistp. 327
Adding a track to a playlistp. 329
Renaming and deleting playlistsp. 329
Managing the contents of playlistsp. 330
Deleting tracks from the libraryp. 330
Burning CDs and DVDsp. 331
Burning and audio CDp. 332
Burning data CDs and DVDs with Media Playerp. 336
Syncing with a Portable Player or Mobile Phonep. 337
Moving tracks to the playerp. 338
Moving tracks from the player to your PCp. 339
Deleting tracks from your playerp. 340
Sharing Your Windows Media Player Mediap. 341
Customizing WMPp. 343
iPod and iTunes in Windows 7p. 345
What You Can't Dop. 346
iPod the Apple Wayp. 348
Installing the iTunes programp. 348
Setting up iTunesp. 351
Moving music to your iPodp. 356
Controlling syncing with playlistsp. 359
Copying Songs to Your PCp. 360
Taking a Look at the iPod Ecosystemp. 362
Discovering Digital Cameras and Recordersp. 365
Buying a Camera or Camcorder: The Bottom Linep. 366
Moving Images to Your Computerp. 368
Sharing Your Pictures on the Webp. 373
Managing Pics with Windows Live Photo Galleryp. 375
Getting the Gallery Goingp. 376
Leafing through the Galleryp. 378
Adding Photos to the Photo Galleryp. 382
Importing photosp. 382
Copying photos to the Pictures folderp. 385
Adding photos from a different folderp. 386
Scanning photosp. 387
Tagging Picturesp. 389
Skipping through tagsp. 389
Tagging a picturep. 390
Tagging en massep. 391
Rearranging the tag listp. 391
Finding a tagged picturep. 392
Touching Up Picturesp. 393
Stitching a Panoramic Photop. 396
Getting Your Photos into Flickerp. 397
Lights! Action! Windows Live Movie Makerp. 401
Installing Windows Live Movie Makerp. 402
Meet Your Makerp. 404
Gathering Clipsp. 406
Assembling a Moviep. 407
Creating a projectp. 407
Playing a clip or a moviep. 409
Making transitions and adding effectsp. 410
Trimming a clipp. 412
Typing titlesp. 413
Mixing in the soundp. 414
Publishing a Moviep. 416
Finding the right publication methodp. 416
Publishing directly to the Webp. 416
Using Windows DVD Makerp. 418
Making a DVDp. 419
Ripping, burning, and converting moviesp. 422
Setting Up Media Centerp. 423
Determining Whether You Need Media Centerp. 424
Organizing the Normandy Invasionp. 427
Gathering the tools for an easier setupp. 427
Getting Windows in gearp. 429
Gathering folders for librariesp. 432
Setting Up Media Centerp. 433
Beyond the Basicsp. 435
Playing recorded TV showsp. 436
Burning DVDsp. 438
Windows 7 and the Internetp. 441
Getting the Most from the Internetp. 443
What is the Internet?p. 444
Getting Inside the Internetp. 445
What is the World Wide Web?p. 448
Who Pays for All This Stuff?p. 450
Connecting with Broadbandp. 451
The last milep. 452
Uses and excuses for broadbandp. 454
Setting Up an Internet Connectionp. 455
Finding Internet Reference Toolsp. 456
Speakeasy speed testp. 457
DNSStuffp. 457
3d Traceroutep. 458
Down for everyone or just me?p. 458
The Wayback Machinep. 459
Finding Your Way Around Browsersp. 461
Exploring Internet Explorer Alternatives: Firefox and Chromep. 461
Ready, Set, Browse!p. 464
Configuring your browserp. 468
Taking a walk around the Internet Explorer windowp. 472
Pick a tab, any tabp. 474
Kicking your browsing up a notchp. 476
InPrivate Browsing: Porn modep. 478
Thwarting Phishersp. 479
Saving and Printing Web Pagesp. 483
Saving Web pagesp. 483
Printing Web pagesp. 485
Playing Favoritesp. 486
Adding Favorites or Bookmarks of your ownp. 488
Organizing your Favorites or Bookmarksp. 489
Making Internet Explorer Your Ownp. 491
Getting the Most from Internet Explorerp. 492
Making Internet Explorer Run Fasterp. 494
Turning off graphicsp. 494
Turning off animations and soundsp. 495
Increasing your storage spacep. 496
Putting the Pedal to the Metal: Working with Acceleratorsp. 497
Hardening Internet Explorer 8p. 498
Dealing with Cookiesp. 502
Deleting cookiesp. 503
InPrivate Filteringp. 503
Working with RSS Feedsp. 507
Using Firefox: The Advanced Coursep. 511
Installing Firefoxp. 512
Recapping Firefox Tipsp. 514
Speeding Up Fireloxp. 515
Bookmarking with the Foxp. 517
Creating Smart Foldersp. 519
Working with RSS Feeds-the Real Wayp. 520
Adding Firefox's Best Add-Onsp. 523
Using Smart Keywords in Firefoxp. 525
Searching on the Internetp. 527
Understanding What a Search Engine Can Do for Youp. 528
Searching for textp. 528
Searching for imagesp. 532
Searching for everything else: Blogs, news, and morep. 534
Finding What You're Looking Forp. 534
Using the other Google enginesp. 534
Searching wiselyp. 536
Using Advanced Searchp. 537
Pulling out Google parlor tricksp. 539
Posting on Newsgroupsp. 540
Sending Windows Mail Livep. 543
Counting the Microsoft E-Mail Programsp. 544
Outlookp. 544
Hotmailp. 545
Windows Live Mailp. 546
Chooisng an E-Mail Programp. 546
Getting Started with Windows Live Mailp. 549
Conversing with E-Mailp. 553
Setting up mail accountsp. 554
Retrieving messages and attachmentsp. 556
Creating a messagep. 560
Adding a signaturep. 561
Attaching filesp. 562
Sending a messagep. 564
Making Windows Live Mail wait to send and receivep. 564
Chatting with Windows Live Messengerp. 567
Exploring the Alternativesp. 568
Making Windows Live Messenger Workp. 570
Choosing one or more Windows Live IDsp. 570
Signing up for an ID - or twop. 571
Installing Windows Live Messengerp. 573
Starting Windows Live Messenger the first timep. 575
Working with Contactsp. 579
Adding contactsp. 579
Making contactsp. 581
Tweaking Settings in windows Live Messengerp. 583
Revealing your Webcamp. 584
Making Messenger forget your passwordp. 585
Stopping Windows Live Messenger from starting automaticallyp. 586
Using the fancier featuresp. 587
Securing Windows 7p. 591
Lock Down: Spies, Spams, Scams, and Slamsp. 593
Understanding the Hazards-and the Hoaxesp. 594
Zombies and botnetsp. 596
Phishingp. 598
0day exploitsp. 602
Staying Informedp. 603
Relying on reliable sourcesp. 603
Ditching the hoaxesp. 604
Am I Infected?p. 606
Evaluating telltale signsp. 606
What to do nextp. 608
Shunning scarewarep. 609
Getting Protectedp. 611
Protecting against malwarep. 612
Using your credit card safely onlinep. 613
Defending your privacyp. 615
Keeping cookies at bayp. 616
Reducing spamp. 620
Action Center Overviewp. 623
Entering the Action Centerp. 624
Working with the Action Centerp. 625
Watching Security Settingsp. 625
Checking Maintenance Settingsp. 628
Rooting out Rootkitsp. 629
Windows Firewallp. 633
Comparing Firewallsp. 633
Understanding Windows 7 Firewall's Basic Featuresp. 635
Speaking Your Firewall's Lingop. 637
Peeking into Your Firewallp. 638
Using Public and Private Networksp. 639
Making Inbound Exceptionsp. 640
Allowing designated programs to bypass the firewallp. 641
Opening specific portsp. 645
Coping with the Windows 7 Outbound Firewallp. 648
Patching and Pluggingp. 653
Patching Woesp. 654
Choosing an Update Levelp. 656
Selectively Patching: A Penacea for Those Woesp. 662
Getting What You Need from a Security Bulletinp. 666
Decoding a security bulletinp. 667
Getting patches through a security bulletinp. 667
Checking and Uninstalling Updatesp. 668
Fighting Viruses and Other Scump. 671
Making Sense of Malwarep. 672
Understanding Antivirus Softwarep. 673
Identifying the challenges for antivirus softwarep. 675
Understanding false positivesp. 676
Caring for your antivirus softwarep. 676
Downloading and Installing AVG Freep. 678
Dealing with Spywarep. 685
Where's Defender?p. 686
Blocking spies with Spybot-S&Dp. 687
Blocking Bad Autostarting Programsp. 690
Networking with Windows 7p. 695
Attaching to a Networkp. 697
Choosing Between Home, Work, and Publicp. 698
Understanding HomeGroupsp. 700
Hooking Up to a Wireless Networkp. 703
Hooking Up to a Wired Networkp. 709
Caring for Your HomeGroupp. 712
Changing your network typep. 712
Changing the HomeGroup passwordp. 713
Adding or blocking folders in the HomeGroupp. 715
Setting Up Your Own Networkp. 719
Understanding Networksp. 720
What a networks can do for youp. 720
How a network networksp. 721
Organizing Networksp. 722
Understanding servers and serfsp. 723
Introducing client/server networksp. 724
Introducing peer-to-peer networksp. 725
Comparing the p-pros and c-consp. 728
Cutting through the Terminologyp. 729
Making Computers Talkp. 730
Understanding Ethernetp. 731
Adding wirelessp. 733
Building Your Networkp. 735
Planning Your Networkp. 736
Using a wired networkp. 736
Blocking out the major partsp. 737
Using Internet Connection Sharingp. 740
Installing (or Reinstalling) Your Networkp. 742
More Troubleshootingp. 747
Networking on the roadp. 747
Getting your computer to see another computerp. 748
Putting the Why in Wi-Fip. 753
Choosing a Protocolp. 754
Installing a Wireless Systemp. 756
Wireless adapters and access pointsp. 757
Location, location, locationp. 758
Setting Up a Secure Wireless Networkp. 759
Connecting to a WPA2 Protected Networkp. 764
Calming Two Fighting Mother Hensp. 767
Using Other Hardwarep. 771
Finding and Installing the Hardware You Needp. 773
Knowing What Windows 7 Wantsp. 774
Upgrading the Basic Stuffp. 775
Choosing a new monitorp. 776
Changing resolutions and multiple monitorsp. 782
Picking a video adapterp. 784
Upgrading keyboardsp. 785
Choosing a mouse - or alternativesp. 787
Getting more out of USBp. 789
Understanding flash memory and USB key drivesp. 790
Installing New Hardwarep. 792
Having the store do itp. 792
Doing it Yourselfp. 793
Checking a driver's versionp. 794
Knowing what to do if anything goes wrongp. 795
Restarting with the last known good configurationp. 796
Installing USB hardwarep. 797
Using Device Stagep. 799
Getting a Grip on Device Stagep. 800
Taking Device Stage for a Spinp. 803
Establishing a Bluetooth Connectionp. 805
Printing (Almost) Effortlesslyp. 811
Installing a Printerp. 812
Attaching a local printerp. 812
Connecting a network printerp. 814
Using the Print Queuep. 817
Displaying a print queuep. 818
Pausing and resuming a print queuep. 819
Pausing, restarting, and resuming a documentp. 819
Canceling a documentp. 820
Troubleshooting Printingp. 821
Catching a Runaway Printerp. 823
Indexp. 825
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