The ultimate book on the ultimate Vista for gamers and digitalmedia buffs.If you're the ultimate gamer and multimedia fan, Windows VistaUltimate and this information-packed book are for you. Want tolaunch games with a single click? Share files with your Xbox 360?Try out new audio and media tools? It's all here and then some.You'll find step-by-step tutorials, techniques, and hacks-plusin-depth discussions of games, gaming, performance tips, and muchmore. Whether you're a veteran Windows gearhead or just gettingstarted, this is the book you need!* Try out the new Aero Glass user interface and new desktopfeatures.* Set up your graphics card, sound card, and speakers.* Keep Vista secure with stronger firewall and family safetysettings.* Meet the new DirectX with 32-bit floating point audio andhigh-speed DLLs.* Share multimedia across a network with ease.* Enrich your audio with crossfade, shuffle, and volumeleveling.* Get up to speed on the new Media Center and Media Player11.* Use the Universal Controller and WinSAT for gaming.* Find out how to run Windows(r) XP games on Vista.* Edit video like a pro.
I, too, hate writing about myself in the third person; knowing that Joel hated this odd phenomenon as much as I do was the real reason that I chose to write a few chapters for this book. Technical writer by trade, I've been into computers for a very long time and getting paid to do it since 1998 or so. My career as a tech writer took off in Paris, France, around the turn of the century where I worked for several software shops.
After returning to the U.S. a few years ago, I decided to focus more on writing for software and small business issues. Some of the people nice enough to publish my work include Microsoft (Work Essentials and the Vista Expert Zone), Redmond Channel Partner magazine, and STC's Intercom magazine. I also write a column for the Information in Focus Web site and regularly present at technical communication conferences in the U.S. and in Europe. Additionally, I've had the privilege of writing or co-writing several books on Windows operating systems.
Part I: Getting Started with Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 1: Introducing the New Windows Operating System.
Chapter 2: Installing Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 3: Navigating Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 4: Basic Settings You Can't Overlook.
Chapter 5: Customizing Vista's Look and Feel.
Chapter 6: Games and Programs Included with Windows Vista Ultimate.
Part II: The Windows Vista Interface.
Chapter 7: Choosing an Interface.
Chapter 8: Exploring Interface Features.
Part III: Support, Stability, and Security.
Chapter 9: Getting Help.
Chapter 10: Keeping Windows Vista Stable.
Chapter 11: Keeping Windows Vista Secure.
Part IV: Networking and the Internet.
Chapter 12: Building a Home Network.
Chapter 13: Internet Applications.
Part V: Gaming and Multimedia Enhancements.
Chapter 14: Gaming and Audio Enhancements.
Chapter 15: The New DirectX.
Chapter 16: Windows Media Center.
Chapter 17: Windows Media Player 11.
Part VI: Music, Movies, Video, and Audio.
Chapter 18: Digital Music Guide.
Chapter 19: Watching Video Through Vista.
Chapter 20: Editing Video with Windows Movie Maker.
Part VII: Gaming on Windows Vista Ultimate.
Chapter 21: Introduction to Windows Vista Gaming.
Chapter 22: Installing Games (and Other Programs).
Chapter 23: Optimizing Games for Performance and Visuals.
Chapter 24: Game Options, Conventions, Controllers, and Updates.
Chapter 25: Game Compatibility Issues.
Chapter 26: Integrating Windows Vista with the Xbox 360.
Part VIII: Under the Hood: Tweaking Windows Vista.
Chapter 27: Optimizing for Gaming and Multimedia.
Chapter 28: Tweaking Windows Vista Ultimate for Peak Performance.
Appendix: Maintaining Windows Vista Ultimate.