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Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth

Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth

Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel

Sep 2009, Paperback, 1152 pages
ISBN13: 9780789741998
ISBN10: 0789741997
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Windows 7 In Depth

Beyond the Basics…Beneath the Surface…In Depth

Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth is the comprehensive guide to Microsoft's Windows 7 for everyone who's no longer a Windows beginner: corporate, small office/home office, and personal users alike. Top Windows authors Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel have packed this 1,100-page book with intensely useful and practical information that can't be found elsewhere. You can turn here for expert guidance on... " Migrating to Windows 7 as an individual - or rolling it out throughout a business " Making the most of Windows 7's powerhouse media tools " Installing, configuring, and managing Windows 7 networks more quickly and efficiently " Securing Windows 7 PCs against spam, spyware, viruses and other "Net Nasties" " Using the updated Windows 7 interface more efficiently " Troubleshooting and solving Windows 7 problems more rapidly " And much more..


Windows 7 In Depth

Beyond the Basics…Beneath the Surface…In Depth

Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth is the comprehensive guide to Microsoft's Windows 7 for everyone who's no longer a Windows beginner: corporate, small office/home office, and personal users alike. Top Windows authors Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel have packed this 1,100-page book with intensely useful and practical information that can't be found elsewhere. You can turn here for expert guidance on... " Migrating to Windows 7 as an individual - or rolling it out throughout a business " Making the most of Windows 7's powerhouse media tools " Installing, configuring, and managing Windows 7 networks more quickly and efficiently " Securing Windows 7 PCs against spam, spyware, viruses and other "Net Nasties" " Using the updated Windows 7 interface more efficiently " Troubleshooting and solving Windows 7 problems more rapidly " And much more..


Part I Getting Started with Windows 7

Chapter 1 Introducing Windows 7

An Overview of Windows 7

What’s New in Windows 7?

Installation and Setup

Interface Improvements

System Security Enhancements

Improved Web Browsing with IE 8

Data Security Enhancements

Performance Improvements

New Accessories

Power Management


System Management and Stability

New, Improved Applications and Services


Differences Among Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 on the Corporate Network

Chapter 2 Installing and Upgrading Windows 7

General Considerations for Windows 7

Windows 7 Hardware Requirements

Option 1: Using What You’ve Got: Ensuring Compatibility via the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Option 2: Choosing a Windows 7 Ready PC

Option 3: Upgrading Your Computer

Performing a New Installation of Windows 7

Typical Clean Setup Procedure

Upgrading Older Versions of Windows to Windows 7

Upgrading One Version of Windows 7 to Another

Multibooting Windows 7

Activating Windows 7

Taking the Virtual Machine Approach

Editing Windows 7 Boot Menu Entries

Chapter 3 The First Hour

The First Things to Do After Starting Windows 7 77

A Quick Tour of Windows 7’s Important Features 78

The Welcome Screen 78

The New Start Menu 79

The New Windows Explorer 80

The Redesigned Control Panel 82

Devices and Printers 83

User Account Control 84

Setting Up User Accounts 88

Create New Accounts 89

Change Account Settings 90

Before You Forget Your Password 91

Adjust Your Own User Account 92

Just One User? 93

Setting Up Internet Access 93

Downloading Critical Updates 94

Personalizing Windows 94

Personalize Screen Settings 94

Tune Up the Taskbar 96

Jump Lists 98

Adjust the Explorers 98

Transferring Information from Your Old Computer

Windows Easy Transfer

Logging Off or Shutting Down

More Than You Wanted to Know

Where’s My Stuff?: The User Profile Structure

Compatibility and Virtualization

After You Forget Your Password

Using a Password Reset Disk

Accessing the Real Administrator Account

Configuring a Default User Profile

Part II Using Windows 7

Chapter 4 Using the Windows 7 User Interface

Who Should Read This Chapter?

Logging In to Windows 7

Logging On from the Welcome Screen

Using Windows 7—The User Experience

Parts of the Windows 7 Screen

Dialog Boxes

Putting Items on the Desktop

Properties and the Right-Click

Using Windows Explorer


The Taskbar, the Start Menu, and Other Tools

Uninstall or Change Programs

Add New Programs

Running Your Applications

How to Launch Your Apps

Using Libraries

Using Speech Recognition

Help and Support

Exiting Windows Gracefully

Dealing with a Crashed Application or Operating System

Chapter 5 Managing Files and Searching

What’s New in Windows Explorer

The Legacy of WebView

How WebView Gives Windows 7 a Browser Look and Feel

Buttons, Breadcrumbs, Toolbars, and More

Breadcrumbs in the Computer Window

Breadcrumbs in Windows Explorer

User Profiles

Navigating the File System


Selecting Several Items

Viewing Meta-Information

Turning Panes On and Off

Customizing File and Folder Views

Setting Folder Options

Managing Libraries

Creating a Library

Add Elements to a Library

Remove Elements From a Library


Types of Searching

Changing Search and Indexing Settings

Searching As You Type

Grouping and Stacking

Zipping and Packing Files

File and Folder Security

Chapter 6 Printing

Windows Printing Primer

Installing and Configuring a Printer

Adding a New Printer

Installing a Local Printer

If the Printer Isn’t Found

What to Do If Your Printer Isn’t Listed

Changing a Printer’s Properties

Printing Preferences

Printer Properties

Print Server Properties

Removing a Printer

Printing from Your Applications

Printing Offline

Printing from DOS Applications

Working with the Printer Queue

Deleting a File from the Queue

Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer

Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process

Advanced Printer Management

XPS Print Output


Chapter 7 Gadgets and Other Supplied Accessories

Using Gadgets

Adding New Gadgets

Downloading New Gadgets

Peeking at Gadgets

Adjusting a Gadget’s Settings

Moving Gadgets Around

Adding a Gadget More Than Once

Changing Opacity of Gadgets

Removing Gadgets

Using the Snipping Tool

Exploring the Other Accessories



XPS Viewer


Character Map



Sticky Notes


Part III Multimedia and Imaging

Chapter 8 Windows Media Player

Learning the Basics

Media Types Compatible with WMP

Getting Around in Windows Media Player 12

Playing Audio and Video in WMP 12

Getting Music and Video on Your Computer

Ripping Songs from CDs onto Your Computer

Adding Items from Your Computer to Your Library

Taking Your Music and Video on the Go

Burning Customized CDs

Syncing Files to Your Portable Media Player

Sharing Media Throughout Your Home

Chapter 9 Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center—What’s the Hubbub?

What’s New in Windows 7 Media Center?

The WMC Hardware

The New WMC PC Form Factors

Is Windows Media Center Based on Home or Business Versions?

Can I Upgrade My Non-WMC PC to a WMC PC?

Basic WMC PC Hookup

Media Center Extender

The WMC Functions



Pictures + Videos


Some Tricks of the Trade

Playing DVDs and Other Video Files

Viewing TV Shows on Your HDTV or Projector

Broadcasting TV Shows to Your TV or Projector

Burning DVDs from Recorded TV

Setting Parental Control Ratings

Chapter 10 Windows Imaging Tools

Image Manipulation in Windows 7

What’s Built in to Windows 7 for Photographs?

Windows Pictures Library

Importing Files into the Windows Pictures Library from a Media Source

Organizing Photos and Movies in Windows Pictures Library

Working with Scanners and Cameras

Using Windows Pictures Library with a Scanner

Using Windows Pictures Library with a Digital Camera

Manipulating Pictures in Windows Media Player

Printing Your Masterpiece

Sharing Your Photos with Others Electronically

Burning Your Pictures to CD or DVD

Writing Photos to CD Using Windows Explorer

Making CDs and DVDs from Windows Media Player

Which Output Option to Use

What Is This Blu-Ray Thing?

Chapter 11 Scanning and Faxing

Introducing Windows Fax and Scan

Preparations for Using Windows Fax and Scan

Configuring the Fax Service

Configuring Fax-Receiving Options

Setting Up Sender Information

Creating a Customized Cover Page

Configuring Fax Settings

Sending Faxes from Windows Fax and Scan

Adding Scanned Pages

Previewing the Fax

Setting Up Dialing Rules

Sending the Fax

Monitoring Outgoing Faxes

Receiving Faxes

Printing Received Faxes Automatically

Scanning Documents with Windows Fax and Scan

Editing Scan Profile Defaults

Creating a New Scan Profile

Scanning Images

Emailing Scans

Faxing Scans

Manipulating Scanned Images

Scanning and Faxing Slides and Transparencies

Chapter 12 Sound Recorder, DVD Maker, and Other Multimedia Tools

Become a Recording Star

Windows Sound Recorder

Volume Control

Using the Snipping Tool

Viewing Your “Snipped” Images

Recording to DVD

Part IV Windows 7 and the Internet

Chapter 13 Getting Connected

Going Worldwide

Connection Technologies

Analog Modem



Cable Modem

Satellite Service

Wireless and Cellular Service

Choosing a Technology

Choosing Equipment

Ordering the Service

Installing a Modem for Dial-Up Service

Changing the Modem Type

Configuring a Dial-Up Internet Connection

Creating a New Dial-Up Connection

Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties

Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection

Hanging Up a Dial-Up Connection

Installing a Network Adapter for Broadband Service

Installing Filters for DSL Service

Configuring a High-Speed Connection

Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection

Setting Up Dynamic IP Addressing (DHCP)

Setting Up a Fixed IP Address

Changing the Default Connection

Managing Multiple Internet Connections

Chapter 14 Using Internet Explorer 8

What’s New in Internet Explorer 8?

Internet Explorer 8 Quick Tour

Browsing in Tabbed Pages

Browsing with Enhanced Privacy and Security

Adding Sites to Your Favorites

Using Multimedia Browsing and Downloading


Audio and Video

Downloading Programs

Protecting Against Bad Downloaded Programs

Protecting Against “Drive-By” Downloads of IE Add-Ons

Customizing the Browser and Setting Internet Options

Setting Default Mail, News, and HTML Editor Programs

Setting Security and Privacy Preferences

Blocking Pop-Ups and Pop-Unders

Controlling Objectionable Content

Effectively Searching the Web

Chapter 15 Email and Newsgroups with Windows Live Mail

Choosing an Email Client

Windows Live Mail Quick Tour

Getting Windows Live Essentials

Launching Windows Live Mail

Setting Up an Email Account

Reading and Processing Incoming Messages

Deleting Messages

Creating and Sending New Mail

Sending and Receiving Attachments

Guarding Yourself Against Email Viruses

Setting Up a Signature

Using the Windows Live Mail Contacts

Adding, Editing, and Removing Entries

Dealing with Spam

Newsgroups and the Internet

Locating News Servers

Setting Up a Newsgroup Account in Windows Live Mail

Downloading the Newsgroup List

Finding and Reading Newsgroups

Subscribing to Newsgroups

Reading and Posting Messages to a Newsgroup

Managing Messages

Chapter 16 Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection

It’s Great When It Works, but…

Before You Run into Trouble

Troubleshooting Step by Step

Identifying Software Configuration Problems

Troubleshooting a Dial-Up Connection

Troubleshooting a Cable or DSL Modem Connection

Troubleshooting a LAN Connection

Identifying Network Hardware Problems

Identifying Modem Hardware Problems

Identifying Modem Connectivity Problems

Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities






Third-Party Utilities

Speed Check

whois Database

Reverse tracert

WS_Ping Pro Pack

Part V Networking

Chapter 17 Creating a Windows Network

Creating or Joining a Network

Planning Your Network

Are You Being Served?

When to Hire a Professional

Choosing a Network and Cabling System

10/100BASE-T Ethernet

1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet)

Phoneline and Powerline Networking

802.11g and 802.11n Wireless Networking

Mixed Networking

Additional Networking Functions

Printing and Faxing

Providing Internet Connectivity

Providing Remote Access

Installing Network Adapters

Checking Existing Adapters

Installing Multiple Network Adapters

Installing Network Wiring

Cabling for Ethernet Networks

General Cabling Tips

Wiring with Patch Cables

Installing In-Wall Wiring

Connecting Just Two Computers

Connecting Multiple Switches

Installing a Wireless Network

Wireless Network Setup Choices

Longer Is Better

Setting Up a New Wireless Network

Joining an Existing Wireless Network

Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network

Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol

Choosing Your Network Location

Setting Your Computer Identification

Configuring Windows Firewall

Setting Up a Homegroup

Alternatives to Using a Homegroup

Wrapping Up

Joining a Windows Domain Network

Checking Out the Neighborhood

Bridging Two Network Types

Chapter 18 Mix and Match with Old Windows and Macs

Networking with Other Operating Systems

Internetworking with Windows Vista, XP, and 2000

Setting TCP/IP as the Default Network Protocol

Installing the LLDP Responder for Windows XP

Password Protection and Simple File Sharing

Using Windows Vista and XP with a Homegroup

Internetworking with Windows 95, 98, and Me

Internetworking with UNIX and Linux


Samba Client Tools

Samba Server Tools

Services for NFS

Subsystem for UNIX-Based Applications

Internetworking with Macintosh

Compatibility Issues

Working with Mac OS X

Installing Optional Network Components

The Hosts File

Chapter 19 Connecting Your Network to the Internet

It’s a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet

Ways to Make the Connection

Managing IP Addresses

NAT and Internet Connection Sharing

A Warning for Business Users

Special Notes for Wireless Networking

Special Notes for Cable Service

Configuring Your LAN

Scheme A—Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Dial-Up Connection

Scheme B—Windows Internet Connection Sharing with a Broadband Connection

Scheme C—Connection Sharing Router with a Broadband Connection

Using Universal Plug and Play

Scheme D—Cable Internet with Multiple Computers

Scheme E—Routed Service Using a Router

Making Services Available

Enabling Access with Internet Connection Sharing

Enabling Access with a Sharing Router

Chapter 20 Using a Windows Network

Windows 7 Was Made to Network

Using Shared Folders in Windows 7

Browsing Through a Homegroup

Browsing a Network’s Computers

Viewing a Shared Folder Directly Using Its UNC Path

Searching the Network

Searching for Files or Folders

Searching for Computers

Searching for Printers

Searching Active Directory

Security and File Sharing

File Permissions and Networking

Network Permissions

Using Printers on the Network

Using a Shared Printer

Using Printers over the Internet with IPP

Using UNIX and LPR Printers

Using Other Network-Connected Printers

Network Power User Topics

Backing Up Your Computer over the Network

Adding a Network Folder to a Library

Sharing and Using an Entire Drive

Understanding the UNC Naming Convention

Mapping Drive Letters

Mapping a Drive to a Subfolder

Sharing Resources

Sharing with a Homegroup

Sharing the Public Profile Folder

Sharing Your Own Folders

Sharing Folders Independently

Sharing Printers

Setting Printer Permissions

Changing the Location of the Spool Directory

Printer Pooling

Managing Your Network

Monitoring Use of Your Shared Folders

Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line

Chapter 21 Troubleshooting Your Network

When Good Networks Go Bad

Getting Started

Diagnostic Tools

The Network and Sharing Center

Network Map

Network Diagnostics

Windows Firewall

Event Viewer

Device Manager

Testing Network Cables

Checking Network Configuration



Network Connections

Testing Network Connectivity


Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems

Part VI Maintaining Windows 7

Chapter 22 Windows Management and Maintenance

The Windows 7 Control Panel

Breaking Down Category View

What Should You Use?

Action Center


Color Management

Date and Time

Default Programs

Device Manager

Devices and Printers

Ease of Access Center


Notification Area Icons

Performance Information and Tools

Power Options

Programs and Features

Region and Language


Computer Management

Task Scheduler

Event Viewer

Shared Folders


Administrative Tools

Component Services

iSCSI Initiator

Print Management

System Configuration

System Tools Folder in Start Menu

Character Map

Private Character Editor

System Information

Additional Tools

Task Manager

Third-Party Tools

Chapter 23 Tweaking and Customizing Windows

GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak

Start Menu Pizzazz!

Tweaking the Start Menu

Tweaking the Taskbar

Display Properties


Desktop Background

Window Color and Appearance


Screen Savers

Setting Desktop Icons

Account Picture

Display Settings

Miscellaneous GUI Tips

Fonts Preview Trick

Which Windows Are You Using?

Limiting Flip 3D

More Visual Effects

Administrator Tools Not Showing Up

Cascading Elements from the Start Menu

Configuring the Recycle Bin

Chapter 24 Managing Hard Disks

The Nature of Hard Disks

Windows 7 File and Storage Systems

Basic Disks

Dynamic Storage

Organizational Strategies

Disk Management

Assigning Drive Letters and Joining Volumes

Dynamic Disk Management

Extending a Disk

Shrinking a Disk

Creating a Spanned Volume

Creating a Striped Volume

Creating and Attaching VHDs

Convert from FAT to NTFS

Windows 7 Disk Maintenance Tools

Disk Cleanup

Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors

Disk Defragmenter

Compression: How It Works, How to Use It

Third-Party Management Tools

Hard Disk Troubleshooting

Take the Mental Approach First

Problems and Solutions

Chapter 25 Troubleshooting and Repairing Problems

Troubleshooting 101

Easy Repair Options at Boot Time

Using System Recovery

Startup Repair

System Restore

Configuring System Restore

Creating Restore Points

Restoring Your System to an Earlier Time

System Image Recovery

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Command Prompt

Using Regedit to Repair a System That Won’t Start

Boot Options

As a Last Resort

Using Problem Reports and Solutions

Black Magic of Troubleshooting

Recovering Data from the System Recovery Options Menu

Chapter 26 Keeping Windows 7 and Other Software Up to Date

Introducing Updates

Windows Update

Windows Automatic Updates

Windows Update Applet and Functions

Other Windows Update Settings

Viewing and Changing Installed Updates

Updating Drivers

Using Device Manager to Update Drivers

Service Packs

Basic Service Pack Information

Installation of Service Packs

Installing and Removing Software

Installation via CD or DVD

Installation via Downloaded Program

Viewing and Changing Programs

Uninstalling Software

Compatibility Issues in 64-Bit Version

Other Program Compatibility Issues

Side-by-Side Installs and Virtual Registries

Chapter 27 Installing and Replacing Hardware

Upgrading Your Hardware


BIOS Settings

Upgrading Your Hard Disk

Adding RAM

Adding Hardware

Providing Drivers for Hardware Not in the List

Removing Hardware

Installing and Using Multiple Monitors

Installing a UPS

Choosing a UPS

Installing and Configuring a UPS

Testing Your UPS Configuration

How Do Upgrades Affect a Windows 7 License?

Upgrading Hardware in the Same Box and Complying with EULA

Upgrading and Optimizing Your Computer

Keep an Eye on Hardware Compatibility

Sleuthing Out Conflicts

Optimizing Your Computer for Windows 7

Chapter 28 Editing the Registry

What Is the Registry?

How the Registry Is Organized

New Registry Features

Registry Virtualization

Registry Redirection and Reflection

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

Backing Up the Registry

Restoring the Registry

Using Regedit

Viewing the Registry

Searching in the Registry

Editing Keys and Values

Editing Registry Entries for Another User

Editing Registry Entries for Another Windows Installation

Editing Registry Security

Other Registry Tools

X-Setup Pro

Registry Toolkit

Registrar Registry Manager


Registry Privileges and Policies

Chapter 29 Command-Line and Automation Tools

Command-Line Tools

The Windows 7 Command Prompt Environment

Running Commands with Elevated Privileges

Learning About Command-Line Programs

Cutting and Pasting in the Command Prompt Window

Setting Environment Variables

Setting the PATH Environment Variable

The MS-DOS Environment

Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application

Customizing autoexec.nt and config.nt Issues with DOSKEY and ANSI.SYS Batch Files

Batch File Tips

Windows Script Host

Creating Scripts

Some Sample Scripts

Windows PowerShell

Task Scheduler

Part VII Security

Chapter 30 Protecting Windows from Viruses and Spyware

Malicious Software: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Viruses Past and Present

Worms: “Look, Ma! No Hands!”


Rootkits and Beyond

Antimalware Strategy: Defense in Depth

Windows Action Center

Choosing and Installing an Antivirus Client

Windows Defender for Spyware Protection

Personal Firewalls: A Layer of Protection from Worms

Automatic Updates: Remove the Side Doors

Data Execution Prevention

User Account Control Options

Service Hardening

Internet Explorer 8 Malware Protection

Chapter 31 Protecting Your Data from Loss and Theft

The All New Backup and Restore

Improvements in the Backup and Restore Features in Windows 7

File and Folder Backups Versus System Images

Creating a File and Folder Backup

Working with Removable Media During Backups

How Backups Created with Windows Backup Are Stored

Restoring Data from a File and Folder Backup

Restoring the Current User’s Data

Performing an Advanced Restore

Creating a System Image (Complete PC Backup)

WBADMIN Command-Line System Backup and Restore

Using Disk Management with System Images

Restoring a System Image

Encrypted File System (EFS)

Encrypting Offline Files


Rules for Using Encrypted Files

Suggested Folders to Encrypt

Protecting and Recovering Encrypted Files

Disk Organization for Data Safety

BitLocker Disk Encryption

BitLocker System Requirements

BitLocker To Go

Enabling the TPM

Encrypting the Drive with BitLocker

BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery

How BitLocker Protects Your Information

Differences Between BitLocker and EFS Encryption

Recovering Previous Versions of a File

NTFS File Permissions

Inheritance of Permissions

Advanced Security Settings

Viewing Effective Permissions

Access Auditing

Taking Ownership of Files

Assigning Permissions to Groups

Securing Your Printers

Security Policy Configuration Options

Third-Party Disc-Backup Tools

Chapter 32 Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops

It’s a Cold, Cruel World

Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?

Types of Attack

Your Lines of Defense

Preparation: Network Security Basics

Active Defense

Firewalls and NAT (Connection-Sharing) Devices

Windows Firewall

Packet Filtering

Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing

Add-On Firewall Products for Windows

Secure Your Router

Configure Passwords and File Sharing

Set Up Restrictive Access Controls

Testing, Logging, and Monitoring

Test Your Defenses

Monitor Suspicious Activity

Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack

Make a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online

Make Frequent Backups When You’re Online

Write and Test Server Restore Procedures

Write and Maintain Documentation

Prepare an Incident Plan

Specific Configuration Steps for Windows 7

Windows 7’s Security Features

If You Have a Standalone Windows 7 Computer

If You Have a LAN

Keep Up-to-Date

Tightening Local Security Policy

Configuring Windows Firewall

Enabling and Disabling Windows Firewall

Allow a Program or Feature Through Windows Firewall

Change Notification Settings, Turn Windows Firewall On or Off

Restore Defaults

Advanced Settings

More About Security

Chapter 33 Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Spam

Phishing (Fishing) for Information

Live Phish: A Real-World Example

More Help from Internet Explorer

Two-Way Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication

Identity-Management Software

Fighting Spam

Take Action Against Email Abuse

Part VIII Windows on the Move

Chapter 34 Wireless Networking

Wireless Networking in Windows 7

Types of Wireless Networks

Take Care When You Share

Joining a Wireless Network

In the Corporate Environment

At Home or the Small Office

In Someone Else’s Office

At a Public Hot Spot

Ad Hoc Networks and Meetings

Managing Wireless Network Connections

Changing Wireless Settings

Switching Between Wireless Networks

Prioritizing Wireless Network Connections

Copying Wireless Profiles to Other Computers

Adding a Network Manually

Deleting Network Profiles

Chapter 35 Hitting the Road

Windows Unplugged: Mobile and Remote Computing

Managing Mobile Computers

Windows Mobility Center

Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

VPN and Dial-Up Networking

Virtual Private Networking

Setting Up a VPN or Dial-Up

Networking Connection

Setting a VPN or Dial-Up Connection’s Properties

Managing Dial-Up Connections from Multiple Locations

Establishing a VPN or Dial-Up Connection

Using Remote Network Resources

Email and Network Connections

Monitoring and Ending a VPN or Dial-Up Connection

Advanced Routing for Remote Networks

Incoming VPN and Dial-Up Access

Setting Up VPN and Dial-Up Access

Enabling Incoming VPN Connections with NAT

Disabling Incoming Connections

Offline Files

Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use

Using Files While Offline

Sync Center

Managing and Encrypting Offline Files

Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others

Multiple LAN Connections

Chapter 36 Meetings, Conferencing, and Collaboration

Windows 7 Plays Well with Others

Making Presentations with a Mobile Computer

Adjusting Presentation Settings

Controlling External Display

Connecting to Network Projectors

Remote Assistance

Enabling Remote Assistance

Requesting Remote Assistance

Responding to an Assistance Request

Working with Remote Assistance

Using Third-Party Tools

Online Meeting Tools

Chapter 37 Remote Desktop

Using Your Computer Remotely

Setting Up Access to Your Own Computer

Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer

Establishing 24x7 Access

Setting Up Dynamic DNS

Configuring Port Forwarding

Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop

Connection Options

Using the Remote Connection

Keyboard Shortcuts

Third-Party Remote Control Tools

Chapter 38 Tablet PC Features

Importance of Handwriting

History of Tablet PCs

Who Needs a Tablet?

What Does a Windows 7 Tablet PC Have That Regular PCs Don’t?

What’s New in Tablet Windows 7?

Choosing a Tablet PC

Using Your Tablet PC—Differences and Similarities of Functions

Input Methods Using the Input Panel

Writing Methods Using the Input Panel

Using the Stylus Pen

Input Panel Options

Gestures and Pen Flicks

Scratch-Out Gestures

Pen Flicks

Handwriting Recognition

Specific Handwriting Recognition Errors

Teach the Recognizer Your Style


Windows Journal

Tweaking Your Tablet PC Settings

Tablet PC Settings Dialog Box

Pen and Touch Dialog Box

Appendix A Using Virtualization on Windows 7

Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

Installing Microsoft Virtual PC

Installing Windows XP Mode

Installing Applications into the XP VM

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  • The only book experienced Windows users will need: covers everything from the latest features to the newest troubleshooting techniques
  • Includes detailed, expert help for migrating to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Vista - invaluable information for both individuals and businesses
  • By Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel, one of the industry's most respected Windows authoring teams
  • Robert Cowart has written more than 40 books that have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. He made his name writing for Sybex and Osborne, most notably the best-selling Mastering Windows series of books. As an author and media developer for Que, Bob has written numerous Windows titles, including multiple editions of Que’s flagship Windows book, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows. Bob recently graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI), starting his private practice as a psychotherapist in Northern California.

    Brian Knittel is a software developer, consultant, and writer. He’s authored or coauthored many of Que’s best-selling Windows books, including Que’s leading Windows book, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows. Brian also is the author of Windows XP Under the Hood and coauthored Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows with Scott Mueller.