The contents of this book cover Windows 7 programs, the hardware, locating and using your Wi-Fi button, searching folders, wireless networks, surfing the Internet with Internet Explorer, sharing a network drive, and much more.
Introduction 1. Introduction to netbooks and laptops Distinguish between laptops and netbooks The operating system Additional components What's missing Overcoming laptop and netbook limitations Explore Windows 7 Explore the Getting Started window Utilise new Windows 7 features Explore Windows 7 programs How to best personalise your laptop or netbook Know the programs you need to obtain How to clean up a new netbook or laptop 2. Exploring the outside of laptops and netbooks Explore basic hardware Locating and using your Wi-Fi button Locating and using the SD card slot Explore hardware generally found only on laptops Bluetooth and batteries 3. Exploring the inside Basic functionality Using the touchpad and the keyboard Keys common to most keyboards 4. Getting started with Windows 7 Know your Windows 7 edition Explore the Desktop Discover Windows 7 applications Personalise Windows 7 Understand the library structure in Windows 7 Personal and public folders Search folders Shut down Windows 7 safely 5. Join a public or home Wi-Fi network Get online through a hotspot Mobility Center Explore the Network and Sharing Center Manage wireless networks Consider always-available Internet 6. Connect and share with a home network Connect with Ethernet Configure sharing Utilise the Public folders Personal folder sharing Work with files and folders Copy, move and delete files Create a homegroup Find out what you can access on the network 7. Surf the Internet Explore the interface Explore tabbed browsing Set a home page Mark a Favorite Use accelerators Work with web slices Use RSS Stay safe online Get rid of unnecessary add-ons 8. Use Windows Live Essentials Get Windows Live Essentials Sign in with your new Windows Live ID Personalise your Windows Live Home Page Use SkyDrive 9. Windows Live Mail Set up an email address Read, compose, send and more Manage contacts Deal with unwanted email Keep Live Mail clean and tidy 10. Windows Live Photo Gallery Explore the interface Import pictures and video Adjust image quality Tag photos Share photos and videos Manage photo files 11. Video messaging with Windows Live Messenger Discover your webcam Open and sign into Windows Live Messenger Set up audio and video devices Add a contact Have a video conversation Consider SkypeTM 12. Windows Media Player and Media Center Play music in Media Player Play music in Media Center View other media in Media Player Rip and burn music with Media Player Watch Internet TV using Windows Media Center View a slide show of pictures in Media Center Explore other Media Center options 13. Install and manage hardware Install a printer Install a digital camera Troubleshoot drivers Update a device driver Use Device Driver Rollback Use Ready Boost to increase performance Manage power options Manage sleep and hibernate options Edit a power plan Manage connected devices 14. Install software Explore installation options Install a program from the Internet Install and use a CD/DVD drive Share a network drive Copy installation files to a USB drive 15. Safety and security Know what's available User accounts and passwords Utilise system utilities Resolve Action Center warnings Use System Restore 16. Backing up and syncing data Explore backup options Use Windows Backup and Restore Drag and drop to an external drive Drag and drop to a network drive Explore sync options Explore syncing software 17. Explore online storage Store photos with Facebook and Flickr Store data with SkyDrive Explore additional online resources Appendix A: Choose a laptop or netbook Things to consider Shopping checklist Choosing a rugged laptop Extended warranties Jargon buster Troubleshooting guide