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Using the Windows 7 User Interface
By Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel
Dec 3, 2009
This chapter provides an introduction to the Windows 7 user interface to help previous Windows users up to speed quickly with all the changes.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Windows Security
By J. Peter Bruzzese
Aug 13, 2010
J. Peter Bruzzese provides insight into some examples of security enhancements in Windows you might (or might not) be aware of.
A Brief History of Microsoft Windows
By Michael Miller
Aug 3, 2009
Michael Miller is your tour guide for 25 years of Windows: from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7.
A Video Tour of Windows Live Essentials
By Michael Miller
Oct 30, 2009
Michael Miller introduces Windows Live Essentials, a suite of free software programs that can supplement the programs built into Microsoft Windows 7.
A Video Tour of Windows Media Center 7
By Michael Miller
Nov 16, 2009
Michael Miller discusses Windows Media Center, specifically the features that are new in Windows 7.
Accessing and Sharing Network Resources in Windows Vista
By Paul McFedries
May 28, 2008
This chapter explains how you can work, play, and connect with your fellow network users using Vista.
Accessing Your Windows Vista Computer with Remote Desktop
By Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart
Feb 1, 2008
Robert Cowart and Brian Knittel explain how to remotely access your computer over the Internet using Remote Desktop.
Advanced Windows 8 Configuration Options
By Mark Edward Soper
Jan 15, 2013
This chapter shows how you can modify Windows 8 settings to customize your specific setup.
Application Compatibility for Vista
By Peter Ehm
Jan 11, 2008
Peter Ehm shows how to use the Windows Vista Program Compatibility Wizard to make old programs work under Vista.
Arranging Your Work Area in Windows 8 Metro
By Katherine Murray
Nov 11, 2011
Katherine Murray gives us a look at the Windows 8 developer preview, showing how to launch and display apps, cycle through open programs, display a list of running apps, and use Snap to position more than one program on the screen at a time using touch, mouse, and keyboard.
Backup and Restore for Windows 8.1
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 4, 2014
Learn about the Refresh Your PC feature in Windows 8.1 by using the Windows RecImg command to make a custom recovery image of a computer's disk and an alternative: the Slimware Utilities' RecImg Manager application.
Bringing the Start Menu Back to Windows 8
By Ed Tittel
May 15, 2013
Ed Tittel examines two of the most popular Windows 8 Start menu replacements.
Build Bootable Recovery and Repair UFDs with WinPE 3.0 for Windows 7
By Ed Tittel
Feb 16, 2010
Ed Tittel discusses useful tools within the WinPE toolkit.
Catching Up with PC Backup in 2012
By Ed Tittel
Sep 12, 2012
What's the best backup regimen for your systems, now that online backup is dirt cheap, and disk drives even cheaper? Quick answer: Multiple backups.
Connecting Everything - Phones, Tablets, PCs, the Cloud - in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Jan 29, 2014
Windows 8.1 makes it easy for you to connect all the devices in your household — your camera, tablet, smartphone, and more — so that you can find and share the files and media you need. Katherine Murray shows you how to add and manage devices in Windows 8.1.
Connecting Your Social Media in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
May 15, 2014
Windows 8.1 makes it easy for you to connect all the devices in your household so that you can find and share the files and media you need. Katherine Murray shows you how to add and manage devices in Windows 8.1.
Customizing the Windows 7 Taskbar
By Michael Miller
Oct 1, 2010
You can become much more productive with Windows 7 by personalizing the operating system’s taskbar. In this article, Michael Miller, author of Windows 7 Your Way: Speed Up and Customize Windows, shows you how to customize the Windows 7 taskbar — your way.
Customizing the Windows 8 Start Screen, Colors, and Other Settings
By Michael Miller
Oct 23, 2012
This chapter walks you through some basic Windows 8 personalization features using lots of illustrated, step-by-step examples.
Customizing Windows Explorer in Windows 7
By Michael Miller
Dec 30, 2009
Michael Miller shows some of the many ways to make Windows Explorer look and feel your way.
Dealing with Digital Photos
By Paul McFedries
May 22, 2013
Windows 8 comes with some tools that help you view and perform some basic and helpful photo-related tasks. This chapter provides you with the details.

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