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Welcome to Windows Vista All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies — the no-bull, one-stop Vista reference for the rest of us. Microsoft spent almost five years putting Vista together, and it shows. From a fervent (and frequently irritating) devotion to security at all costs, to a new user interface crackling with Hollywood glitter, to enormous strides in the parts of Windows that folks use most, Vista rates as a landmark achievement in the history of computing.

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  1. Windows Vista ™ ALL-IN-ONE DESK REFERENCE FOR DUMmIES ‰ by Woody Leonhard
  2. Windows Vista ™ ALL-IN-ONE DESK REFERENCE FOR DUMmIES ‰
  3. Windows Vista ™ ALL-IN-ONE DESK REFERENCE FOR DUMmIES ‰ by Woody Leonhard
  4. Windows Vista™ All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies® Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc. 111 River Street Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774 www.wiley.com Copyright © 2007 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Published simultaneously in Canada No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except as permit- ted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without either the prior written permission of the Publisher, or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy fee to the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, (978) 750-8400, fax (978) 646-8600. Requests to the Publisher for permission should be addressed to the Legal Department, Wiley Publishing, Inc., 10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256, (317) 572-3447, fax (317) 572-4355, or online at http:// www.wiley.com/go/permissions. Trademarks: Wiley, the Wiley Publishing logo, For Dummies, the Dummies Man logo, A Reference for the Rest of Us!, The Dummies Way, Dummies Daily, The Fun and Easy Way, Dummies.com, and related trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries, and may not be used without written permission. Windows Vista is a trade- mark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Wiley Publishing, Inc., is not associated with any product or vendor mentioned in this book. LIMIT OF LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY: THE PUBLISHER AND THE AUTHOR MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS WORK AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO WARRANTY MAY BE CREATED OR EXTENDED BY SALES OR PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS. THE ADVICE AND STRATEGIES CONTAINED HEREIN MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR EVERY SITUATION. THIS WORK IS SOLD WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE PUBLISHER IS NOT ENGAGED IN RENDERING LEGAL, ACCOUNTING, OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. IF PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED, THE SERVICES OF A COMPE- TENT PROFESSIONAL PERSON SHOULD BE SOUGHT. NEITHER THE PUBLISHER NOR THE AUTHOR SHALL BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES ARISING HEREFROM. THE FACT THAT AN ORGANIZATION OR WEBSITE IS REFERRED TO IN THIS WORK AS A CITATION AND/OR A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF FURTHER INFORMATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE AUTHOR OR THE PUBLISHER ENDORSES THE INFORMATION THE ORGANIZATION OR WEBSITE MAY PROVIDE OR RECOMMENDATIONS IT MAY MAKE. FURTHER, READERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT INTERNET WEBSITES LISTED IN THIS WORK MAY HAVE CHANGED OR DISAPPEARED BETWEEN WHEN THIS WORK WAS WRITTEN AND WHEN IT IS READ. For general information on our other products and services, please contact our Customer Care Department within the U.S. at 800-762-2974, outside the U.S. at 317-572-3993, or fax 317-572-4002. For technical support, please visit www.wiley.com/techsupport. Wiley also publishes its books in a variety of electronic formats. Some content that appears in print may not be available in electronic books. Library of Congress Control Number: 2006934840 ISBN-13: 978-0-471-74941-7 ISBN-10: 0-471-74941-9 Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1O/QW/RS/QW/IN
  5. About the Author Curmudgeon, critic, and self-described “Windows Victim,” Woody Leonhard runs www.AskWoody.com, the Web’s single best source of up-to-the-nanosecond news about Windows and Office — warts and all. Check it out for answers to your most pressing questions, no-bull analysis of Microsoft’s latest gaffes, and all sorts of information that you can’t find anywhere else. With several dozen computer books under his belt, Woody knows where the bodies are buried. He was one of the first Microsoft Consulting Partners and a charter member of the Microsoft Solutions Provider organization. He’s a one- man, major Microsoft beta testing site and delights in being a constant thorn in Microsoft’s side. Along with several coauthors and editors, he’s won an unprecedented six Computer Press Association Awards and two American Business Press Awards. Woody; his long-time girlfriend, Duangkhae Tongthueng (better known as “Add”); and twelve talented Thai staff run Khun Woody’s Bakery and its sister operation, the Sandwich Shoppe, in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. Woody moved to Phuket in late 2000, where he now lives with Add; his father, George; his teenage son, Justin; and their all-American beagle, Chronos. Most mornings you can see him jogging on Patong Beach with the dogs and then downing a latte and New Yawk bagel-n-Philly at the Shoppe. Feel free to drop by and say, “Sawadee krap!” Microsoft hit squads, please take a number and form a queue at the rear of the building.
  6. Dedication To Dad, who’s always been there for me. And to Add, who’s helped me in more ways than I ever thought possible.
  7. Author’s Acknowledgments Many thanks to Becky Huehls, who’s slaving away at this very moment trying to get this tome whipped into shape. Best of luck with your latest, uh, endeavor, Becky! To the entire editorial crew at Wiley, the ones who righted my wrongs and slapped my scratchings into something legible, and espe- cially to Melody Layne, head editorial honcho on this project. To the folks at Snagit who kept their screen grab utility working all the way through the Vista beta versions. (Whew!) And particular thanks, as always, to Claudette Moore and Ann Jaroncyk at Moore Literary Agency.
  8. Publisher’s Acknowledgments We’re proud of this book; please send us your comments through our online registration form located at www.dummies.com/register/. Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following: Acquisitions, Editorial, and Media Composition Services Development Project Coordinator: Erin Smith Project Editor: Rebecca Huehls Layout and Graphics: Claudia Bell, Senior Acquisitions Editor: Melody Layne Jonelle Burns, Denny Hager, Copy Editor: John Edwards Stephanie D. Jumper Barbara Moore, Barry Offrings, Heather Ryan Technical Editor: Lee Musick Proofreaders: Laura Albert, John Greenough, Editorial Manager: Leah P. Cameron Christine Pingleton, Christine Sabooni Media Development Manager: Indexer: Techbooks Laura VanWinkle Anniversary Logo Design: Richard Pacifico Editorial Assistant: Amanda Foxworth Special Help Mary Lagu, Rebecca Senninger Sr. Editorial Assistant: Cherie Case Cartoons: Rich Tennant (www.the5thwave.com) Publishing and Editorial for Technology Dummies Richard Swadley, Vice President and Executive Group Publisher Andy Cummings, Vice President and Publisher Mary Bednarek, Executive Acquisitions Director Mary C. Corder, Editorial Director Publishing for Consumer Dummies Diane Graves Steele, Vice President and Publisher Joyce Pepple, Acquisitions Director Composition Services Gerry Fahey, Vice President of Production Services Debbie Stailey, Director of Composition Services
  9. Contents at a Glance Introduction .................................................................1 Book I: A Vista Orientation............................................9 Chapter 1: Windows 4 N00bs ..........................................................................................11 Chapter 2: Vista versus the WinXPerienced .................................................................27 Chapter 3: Choosing a Version........................................................................................35 Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs.........................................................................43 Book II: Vista Boot Camp ............................................59 Chapter 1: Running Vista from Start to Finish ..............................................................61 Chapter 2: Controlling Users...........................................................................................97 Chapter 3: Maintaining Your System............................................................................113 Chapter 4: Getting the Basic Stuff Done ......................................................................147 Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vista...............................................................................171 Book III: Securing Vista ............................................187 Chapter 1: Lock Down: Spies, Spams, Scams, and Slams ..........................................189 Chapter 2: Security Center Overview ..........................................................................217 Chapter 3: Windows Firewall Backward and Forward...............................................225 Chapter 4: Patching and Plugging ................................................................................249 Chapter 5: Virus Protection and the Big Defender.....................................................263 Book IV: Customizing Vista........................................281 Chapter 1: Personalizing Your Desktop .......................................................................283 Chapter 2: Organizing Your Vista Interface.................................................................303 Chapter 3: Searching on Your Desktop........................................................................321 Chapter 4: Beating and Cheating Vista’s Games.........................................................333 Book V: Vista on the Internet.....................................345 Chapter 1: Getting the Most from the Internet ...........................................................347 Chapter 2: Finding Your Way around Internet Explorer (And Firefox) ....................363 Chapter 3: Making Internet Explorer Your Own .........................................................387 Chapter 4: Windows Mail and the Alternatives ..........................................................399 Chapter 5: Working Together — IM OK, You’re OK....................................................413 Chapter 6: Searching on the Internet...........................................................................425
  10. Book VI: Adding Cool Hardware.................................437 Chapter 1: Finding and Installing the Hardware You Want .......................................439 Chapter 2: iPimping iPods and iTunes.........................................................................465 Chapter 3: Adding a Second (Or Third) Hard Drive...................................................485 Chapter 4: Picking Printers and Printer/Scanner/Faxers ..........................................493 Book VII: Joining the Multimedia Mix.........................511 Chapter 1: Jammin’ with Windows Media Player .......................................................513 Chapter 2: Podcasting....................................................................................................553 Chapter 3: Discovering Digital Cameras......................................................................563 Chapter 4: Mugging in the Photo Gallery ....................................................................581 Chapter 5: Lights! Action! Windows Movie Maker .....................................................595 Book VIII: Vista Video...............................................617 Chapter 1: Preparing a Media Center PC.....................................................................619 Chapter 2: Starting Media Center .................................................................................631 Chapter 3: Turning On the Tube...................................................................................641 Chapter 4: Beyond the Media Center Basics ..............................................................651 Book IX: Setting Up a Vista Network..........................667 Chapter 1: Those Pesky Network Things You Need to Know ...................................669 Chapter 2: Building Your Network................................................................................683 Chapter 3: Putting the Why in Wi-Fi .............................................................................705 Index .......................................................................721
  11. Table of Contents Introduction ..................................................................1 About This Book...............................................................................................2 Conventions ......................................................................................................3 What You Don’t Have to Read ........................................................................3 Foolish Assumptions .......................................................................................4 Organization .....................................................................................................4 Icons...................................................................................................................6 Where to Go from Here....................................................................................7 Book I: A Vista Orientation ............................................9 Chapter 1: Windows 4 N00bs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Hardware and Software .................................................................................12 Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows? ...........................................................14 Buying a Computer ........................................................................................14 Inside the big box .................................................................................15 Screening ...............................................................................................17 Managing disks and drives..................................................................18 Making PC connections .......................................................................20 Futzing with sound...............................................................................22 A Terminology Survival Kit ...........................................................................23 Chapter 2: Vista versus the WinXPerienced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 What You See ..................................................................................................27 The Glass UX .........................................................................................27 Improved video effects ........................................................................27 Sidebar: A truly active desktop ..........................................................29 What You Get ..................................................................................................30 What Stands in the Way.................................................................................31 Do You Need Windows Vista? .......................................................................32 Chapter 3: Choosing a Version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 The Eightfold Path .........................................................................................35 Versions to Ignore ..........................................................................................37 The Final Four.................................................................................................38 Home Basic: Thumbs down ................................................................39 Business Edition: Maybe .....................................................................39
  12. xiv Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Home Premium: Usually the sweet spot............................................41 The Ultimate..........................................................................................41 Windows Live OneCare .................................................................................41 Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Can Your Computer Handle Vista?...............................................................43 Performing a Clean Install .............................................................................45 Working through the Welcome Center ........................................................48 Using Easy Transfer .......................................................................................51 What will transfer .................................................................................52 Making the transfer ..............................................................................52 Product Activation .........................................................................................54 What If the Wheels Fall Off? ..........................................................................58 Book II: Vista Boot Camp .............................................59 Chapter 1: Running Vista from Start to Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 A Few Quick Steps to Make the Desktop Your Own...................................61 Disabling the Welcome Center............................................................63 Changing the background ...................................................................64 Enabling the Sidebar ............................................................................65 Cleaning up useless icons and programs ..........................................65 Making the taskbar taller.....................................................................66 Mousing with Your Mouse ............................................................................66 Working with Files and Folders ....................................................................67 Showing filename extensions..............................................................69 Sharing folders......................................................................................71 Recycling ...............................................................................................79 Starting with the Start Button ......................................................................81 Getting Around ...............................................................................................84 Using Windows Explorer .....................................................................84 Working with the Windows taskbar ...................................................90 Creating shortcuts................................................................................92 Sleep: Perchance to Dream ...........................................................................94 Chapter 2: Controlling Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Logging On ......................................................................................................98 Choosing Account Types ..............................................................................99 Using standard accounts ...................................................................100 Using administrator accounts ..........................................................100 Working with User Account Control ................................................101 Disabling User Account Control .......................................................104 Adding Users.................................................................................................105
  13. Table of Contents xv Enabling the Guest Account .......................................................................107 Changing Accounts ......................................................................................107 Changing other users’ settings .........................................................108 Changing your own settings..............................................................110 Switching Users ............................................................................................111 Chapter 3: Maintaining Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Using the Control Panel...............................................................................113 Removing and Changing Programs............................................................116 Removing Windows Patches.......................................................................118 Making Backups ...........................................................................................118 Using shadow copies/previous versions.........................................120 Creating data backups .......................................................................122 Restoring backed-up data .................................................................127 Ghosting with CompletePC backups................................................130 Maintaining Drives .......................................................................................131 Running an error check .....................................................................132 Scheduling cleanups ..........................................................................134 Defragmenting a drive .......................................................................134 Scheduling the Task Scheduler ..................................................................134 Zipping and Compressing ...........................................................................139 Compressing with NTFS ....................................................................141 Zipping the easy way with Compressed (zipped) Folders............142 Creating Checkpoints and Using System Restore ....................................143 Chapter 4: Getting the Basic Stuff Done . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147 Burning CDs and DVDs ................................................................................147 Understanding -R and -RW ................................................................148 What to burn .......................................................................................149 Mastered or Live File System? ..........................................................150 Burning with Vista ..............................................................................152 Improving Your Experience Index..............................................................158 Getting Word Processing — Free ...............................................................160 Running Notepad................................................................................160 Writing with WordPad........................................................................162 Taming the Character Map................................................................164 Calculating — Free .......................................................................................165 Painting..........................................................................................................166 Using Sneaky Key Commands.....................................................................167 Conjuring up the Task Manager........................................................167 Switching coolly .................................................................................169 Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171 Meeting Windows Help and Support .........................................................171 How to Really Get Help................................................................................174
  14. xvi Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Connecting to Remote Assistance .............................................................176 Understanding the interaction .........................................................176 Limiting an invitation.........................................................................177 Troubleshooting Remote Assistance ...............................................178 Making the connection ......................................................................178 Getting the Most from Vista Help...............................................................184 Ensuring that you get all the Help....................................................184 Working through the index ...............................................................185 Getting Help on the Web .............................................................................186 Book III: Securing Vista .............................................187 Chapter 1: Lock Down: Spies, Spams, Scams, and Slams . . . . . . . . .189 Understanding the Hazards ........................................................................189 Zombies and botnets .........................................................................191 Phishing ...............................................................................................193 0day exploits.......................................................................................195 Staying Informed ..........................................................................................196 Getting Protected .........................................................................................198 Viruses, viruses everywhere.............................................................198 Credit card fraud ................................................................................200 Defending your privacy .....................................................................202 Keeping cookies at bay......................................................................203 Reducing spam ...................................................................................207 Recovering from an Attack .........................................................................209 Don’t Become Part of the Problem ............................................................209 Using Parental Controls...............................................................................211 Chapter 2: Security Center Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .217 Entering the Security Center ......................................................................217 Working with the Security Center ..............................................................219 Scanning for Rootkits...................................................................................220 Chapter 3: Windows Firewall Backward and Forward . . . . . . . . . . .225 Comparing Firewalls ....................................................................................225 Understanding Vista Firewall’s Basic Features.........................................227 Speaking Your Firewall’s Lingo ...................................................................229 Peeking into Your Firewall ..........................................................................230 Using Public and Private Networks ...........................................................231 Establishing a network type..............................................................232 Changing network types....................................................................233 Changing individual network settings .............................................235 Starting, Stopping, and Goosing Inbound WF...........................................237
  15. Table of Contents xvii Making Inbound Exceptions .......................................................................238 Adding a program...............................................................................240 Adding a port ......................................................................................241 Coping with Vista’s Outbound Firewall .....................................................243 Chapter 4: Patching and Plugging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249 Patching Woes ..............................................................................................250 Choosing an Update Level ..........................................................................252 Setting Your Update Level...........................................................................253 Selectively Patching (A Panacea for Those Woes) ..................................255 Applying patches from Windows Update........................................256 MS-DEFCON .........................................................................................258 Getting what you need from a Security Bulletin.............................259 Chapter 5: Virus Protection and the Big Defender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .263 Understanding Antivirus Software.............................................................263 The challenges for antivirus software .............................................265 What’s a false positive? .....................................................................266 Live OneCare and the Safety Center ..........................................................267 Caring for Your Antivirus Program ............................................................270 Downloading and Installing AVG Free........................................................272 Making Windows Acknowledge Your AV Program ...................................274 Dealing with Spyware ..................................................................................276 Book IV: Customizing Vista ........................................281 Chapter 1: Personalizing Your Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283 Recognizing Desktop Levels .......................................................................283 Setting Colors in Vista .................................................................................286 Picking a Background ..................................................................................288 Energizing the Sidebar.................................................................................289 Changing Sidebar settings.................................................................290 Playing with the gadgets ...................................................................291 Controlling Icons ..........................................................................................292 Changing Mouse Pointers ...........................................................................294 Selecting Screen Savers...............................................................................295 Changing the screen saver ................................................................296 Setting up a Super Boss Key .............................................................297 Using Desktop Themes................................................................................301 Chapter 2: Organizing Your Vista Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .303 Customizing the Start Menu .......................................................................303 Genesis of the Start menu .................................................................304 Pinning to the Start menu .................................................................305
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