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Introduction xi Part I: What Windows Vista Is-and What It Does 2Chapter 1 Understanding Windows and Other Operating Systems 6Chapter 2 How Windows Vista Differs from Windows XP 14Chapter 3 What Windows Vista Does 26 Part II: Basic Operations 32Chapter 4 Powering On and Powering Off 36Chapter 5 Managing System Resources 48Chapter 6 Managing System Information 62Chapter 7 Managing Users 70Chapter 8 Managing Data 76Chapter 9 Managing Applications 92 Part III: Windows Vista Graphics 100Chapter 10 Understanding Vista Graphics 104Chapter 11 The Vista Interface 112Chapter 12 The Vista Desktop 122 Part IV: Digital Media 130Chapter 13 Windows Media Center 134Chapter 14 Digital Music 150Chapter 15 Digital Images 166Chapter 16 Digital Video and Movies 174 Part V: Networking and the Internet 182Chapter 17 Windows Vista and the Internet 186Chapter 18 Windows Vista Networks 204 Part VI: Security and Maintenance 220Chapter 19 Windows Vista Security Features 224Chapter 20 Routine Maintenance 238 Glossary 252 Index 266

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Windows Vista is the long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft's Windows operating system, more than five years in the making. Millions of users are asking what's new about Vista, how does it differ from Windows XP, and how, exactly, does Windows Vista work? Those questions and more are answered in the new book, How Windows Vista Works, from best-selling author Michael Miller. How Windows Vista Works presents Vista from the inside out, with four-color graphics that illustrate the inner workings of the operating system. Readers will learn all about Vista's new features, including: - The Aero glass interface, Flip 3D, and other graphics features - The differences between Windows Vista Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and other versions - Internet Explorer 7, Windows Mail, and other Internet features - Windows Media Player 11, Windows Photo Gallery, and other digital media features - Windows Media Center, CableCARD and HDTV support, and other home entertainment features - Windows Explorer, Virtual Folders, and other new file management features - Windows Defender, User Account Control, and other new security features - SuperFetch, Fast Boot and Resume, and other new operating features Everything you need to know about how Windows Vista works and how it differs from previous versions of windows is illustrated in this book. How Windows Vista Works is the ideal guide for new Vista users -- or for anyone considering the upgrade!

About the Author

Michael Miller has authored more than 75 best-selling books over the past 15 years, including Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Microsoft Windows XP for Home Users, Making a Living from Your eBay Business, Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, and How Home Theater and HDTV Work. Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers and for offering useful, real-world advice about complicated topics. Eric Lindley is recognized as an innovative illustrator and photographer infusing realism into his distinctive style of digital imagery. His work has appeared in collateral for editorial, corporate, and publishing clients throughout the U.S. With an inquisitive mind and an array of digital experiences, he continues to stay on the leading edge of technology and develop his vision for an ever expanding global market. His work has appeared in this series of "How it Works" books, including How Personal & Internet Security Work and How Wireless Works.

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