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CNET Do-It-Yourself Windows Vista Projects by Curt Simmons from McGraw-Hill is a comprehensive guide that outlines several DIY projects that can be completed using Windows Vista. These projects include creating a custom Windows Sidebar, turning your computer into a DVR, enabling speech recognition, and more.
The book outlines numerous projects that can be completed in Vista. These include burning your home movies to DVD, synchronizing your PC and mobile devices, using your computer as a GPS device, scheduling automatic backups, creating a custom CD cover, and much more.
The book breaks projects up into three levels of difficulty: Easy, Challenging, and Advanced. This allows you to tackle more complex projects as you become more familiar with Vista.
Table of Contents
Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate
Part I: Easy
Project 1: Quickly Find Anything on Your Computer
Project 2: Use the Internet Better with Live Tools and Services
Project 3: Create a Personal Windows Sidebar
Project 4: Customize Folders and Flip Action
Project 5: Quickly Browse the Internet Using Tabs
Project 6: Make Work Easier with Windows Meeting Space
Project 7: View and Manage Photos with Windows Photo Gallery
Project 8: Use Windows Calendar to Manage Your Life
Project 9: Create a Quick Multimedia Slide Show
Project 10: Manage the Web Sites Your Children Can View and the Games They Can Play
Part II: Challenging
Project 11: Create a Custom CD Cover
Project 12: Create a Simple Movie with Digital Video and Photos
Project 13: Turn Windows Vista into a Media Center
Project 14: Watch TV on Windows Vista
Project 15: Talk to Windows Vista
Project 16: Synchronize Your Vista PC with Other Computers and Devices
Project 17: Eliminate Span and Unwanted Messages in Windows Mail
Part III: Advanced
Project 18: Improve Your Computer's Performance
Project 19: Use Windows Media Player at Your Next Party
Project 20: Solve Home Network Connection Problems
Project 21: Make Your Important Data Automatically Save Itself
Project 22: Retrieve a Lost File with Shadow Copy
Project 23: Build a Custom DVD
Project 24: Turn Your PC into a GPS Device