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Windows Vista Annoyances: Tips, Secrets, And Hacks

Windows Vista may be the next big thing, but it still contains enough quirks and unaccountable behaviors to vex anyone. This unique guide not only discusses the most irritating features of the latest Microsoft operating system and how to get around them, but also explains how to improve Windows and do more with the software than Microsoft intended. You'll find information on setup, installation, upgrade from other Windows versions, the revamped interface, new security features, user accounts, troubleshooting, and the markedly improved Internet Explorer 7. Other chapters cover a wide range of key topics:Media Center - tips on photos, videos, music, TV tuners, HD, and the media center engineThe Registry - explains the background and tools for working with Windows' database of settingsTinkering Techniques - offers hacking-style customization and problem-solving topicsNetworking and Wireless - includes LAN setup, WiFi sniffers and access points, connection sharing, firewalls, routers, and FTPScripting and Automation - introduces simple programming using the Windows Scripting Host for automating repetitive tasksNo other book takes our patented cranky, solutions-oriented approach. Our collection of tips, tools and techniques will improve your experience with Windows Vista, so you can control the OS -- rather than the other way around.

Paperback: 641 pages

Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 4, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0596527624

ISBN-13: 978-0596527624

Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Sometimes, a book in the Annoyances series is one that you can use to fine-tune an application you use often. And then there's this one... Windows Vista Annoyances by David A. Karp. Regardless of whether you hate Vista or think it's the best Windows OS out there, you'll be finding useful and applicable tips on every other page here. Vista is just tailor-made for a book like this, and Karp takes full advantage of the opportunities.Contents:Get Started with Windows Vista: Editions of Vista; Install Windows Vista; Migration to Windows VistaShell Tweaks: Customize Windows Explorer; Working with Files and FoldersThe Registry: The Registry Editor; Structure of the Registry; Registry Tasks and Tools; File Type AssociationsWorking with Media: Playing Video; Handling Online Video; Sound and Music; Photos, Pictures, Images; Media Center Annoyances; CD and DVD DrivesPerformance: Trim the Fat; Make Your Hardware Perform; Hard DiskTroubleshooting: Crashes and Error Messages; Dealing with Drivers and Other Tales of Hardware Troubleshooting; Preventative Maintenance and Data RecoveryNetworking and Internet: Build Your Network; Internet Me; Secure Your Networked PC; Web and EmailUsers and Security: Manage User Accounts; Permissions and Security; Logon and Profile Options; Share Files and PrintersScripting and Automation: Windows Script Host; build a VBScript Script; Object References; Wacky Script Ideas; Command Prompt Scripting; Windows PowerShellBIOS SettingsTCP/IP PortsIndexWhen I bought my new laptop , it came loaded with Vista. Since it was pretty early in the Vista release cycle, I thought it would be good to learn it since adoption would be widespread in a short period of time. Yeah, right.

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