Chapter 2. Get Ready!

  • Configure your Windows Vista–based PC for the best performance

  • Use and understand User Account Control

  • Configure Windows Firewall and Windows Defender

  • Consider additional security measures

ALTHOUGH I’m sure you’re ready to start plugging in cables and configuring routers, let’s take a few minutes to make sure your Windows Vista–based PC is fully ready to protect the network you want to set up, including but not limited to your personal data, your family and friends’ data, and your own PC’s health.

In this chapter, you’ll configure your PC for an easier initial network setup by connecting printers, connecting to the Internet, and turning on Windows Update. After that, you’ll learn about the new User Account Control feature, Windows ...

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