Follows the highly successful first edition with over 25% more content, including extensive coverage of the latest update, Service Pack 1 Addresses a huge market of consumers eager to learn about hidden gems and secrets in Vista Covers features that are not disclosed in Microsoft's books or help files A highly connected and qualified author has gathered information from an extensive network of Windows beta testers and thousands of readers, as well as conducted his own experiments on the new OS New chapters cover personalizing and configuring Vista, networking, Zune, Vista and ultra-mobile PCs, Windows Home Server, and many more new topics.
From the Back Cover Windows Vista Secrets Get ready to be amazed by numerous tips, tricks, and undocumented features that disclose unique and exciting aspects of the new Windows Vista operating system. This edition is packed with over 250 additional pages revealing secrets on topics like configuring Vista, networking, Microsoft Zune, Windows Live OneCare, LIVE, Windows Home Server, and the new and exciting features. Leading Windows authority Paul Thurrott reveals hidden Vista abilities and offers a behind-the-scenes look at everything from hardware and software compatibility to security features to keep your data safe. These priceless pieces of little-known expert advice will help you quickly grasp the many benefits of Windows Vista.
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The Insider's Guide to:
Installing or upgrading to Windows Vista (see Chapter 2)
Personalizing and configuring Windows Vista (see Chapter 7)
Windows Vista networking (see Chapter 10) Using Zune® as a digital media alternative (see Chapter 12)
Getting the ultimate Vista experience on Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PCs (see Chapter 18)
Managing e-mail and contacts (see Chapter 20) Taking Vista to the next level with LIVE services (see Chapter 21)
Master TV and digital media with Windows Media Center (see Chapter 24)
There’s Much More
We’ve barely scratched the surface of the changes you’ll find in Vista, compared with the capabilities of Windows XP. Numerous improvements, large and small, show themselves in features as home-oriented as DVD burning and as business-oriented as Internet Protocol version 6; as silly as Microsoft’s XPS portable document format (which no computer other than Windows Vista and XP can read) and as serious as screen magnification for users with impaired vision. Most of the new and improved applications are relatively easy to understand and are ade- quately described in their Help systems. Those that have secrets we can reveal are covered in the following chapters. Join us as we explore the inner workings of Vista.
A Quick Overview of All the Versions
It seems like Windows Vista has a lot more versions than Microsoft has ever offered before. But that isn’t quite true. The Redmond company years ago split Windows XP into almost as many versions as we have today with Vista.
You may occasionally hear Vista’s versions referred to as SKUs. This term stands for Stock Keeping Unit. We’ll use the more common terms version and product version throughout this book instead.
Here’s a review of the major Windows XP versions (roughly in order of increasing power),which we’ll compare with Vista’s versions:
1. Windows XP Starter Edition (less-developed countries only)
2. Windows XP Home Edition N (European Union only)
3. Windows XP Home Edition
4. Windows XP Media Center Edition
5. Windows XP Tablet Edition
6. Windows XP Professional Edition N (European Union only)
7. Windows XP Professional Edition
8. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
As we’ll explain later, you may not have heard much about Windows XP Starter Edition because it was only preinstalled on PCs in emerging countries to offer a lower price point. The N editions (which do not include Windows Media Player) were sold only in Europe to satisfy antitrust requirements there. All Windows XP product versions, except Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, were available only in 32-bit versions.
All versions of Windows Vista, except Vista Starter, come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If we ignore for a moment the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit processing, the Starter edition, and the N editions, Windows Vista can be categorized into as few as five
1. Vista Home Basic
2. Vista Home Premium
3. Vista Business
4. Vista Enterprise
5. Vista Ultimate
In addition to its obvious visual charms, Windows Vista Aero also offers lower-level improvements that will lead to a more reliable desktop experience than you might be used to with previous Windows versions. Thanks to new graphics architecture that’s based on DirectX videogame libraries, Windows Vista can move windows across the screen without any visual tearing or glitches that were common in Windows XP. The effect is most prominent in windows with animated content, such as when you’re playing a video in Windows Media Player (WMP).
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