Lesson 3. Get to Know Vista

Goals

Learn about the basic Vista interface

Determine whether your hardware is up to speed

Customize the Vista desktop and Start menu

Work with folders and files

Use Windows Help and Support

Even if you’re an old Windows hand, you’ll find a lot of new things in Vista. Your knowledge of Windows will help, but as you work through this lesson, you’ll notice that some things have changed. We’re assuming that you’re working on a machine with Vista already installed; if not, refer to Lesson 2.

Starting Out with a Clean Screen

Like Windows XP, Vista starts out with a relatively clean and uncluttered desktop. Assuming that your PC maker hasn’t added anything, all you see are the desktop itself, Welcome Center, the Recycle ...

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