Getting Started

The Windows 7 comes with a Getting Started window (shown in Figure 1-6), that you can open by clicking the Start button followed by the Getting Started option. The Getting Started window has links to an overview of the new Windows 7 operating system as well as help in dealing with common tasks associated with setting up your Windows 7 PC:

✓ Discover Windows 7: Opens the Windows 7 Home page on the Microsoft Web site in the Internet Explorer, where you can get the latest information about this latest and greatest version of the PC's favorite operating system.

✓ Personalize Windows: Enables you to select a new desktop background image, window colors, sounds, and screen saver as part of your personal Windows 7 settings. (See "Personalize" later in this part for details.)

✓ Transfer Your Files: Enables you to transfer your files, folders, e-mail, and other personal settings from another older computer running an earlier version of Windows to the current computer running Windows 7.

✓ Share with a Homegroup: Enables you to set up a new homegroup or join your computer to an existing one so that you can easily share files and resources such as printers and scanners. (See "Connect to a Network" in Part 3 for more on homegroups.)

✓ Change UAC Settings: Enables you to change the User Account Control settings that determine when you're notified about changes that programs are about to make to your computer. (See "Modifying User Account settings" in Part 5 for more.)

✓ Get Windows Live Essentials: Opens the Windows Live Essentials page in the Internet Explorer. On this page, you can get more information about the various Windows Live application programs, including Messenger, Mail, Writer, and Photo Gallery. The page also provides a convenient link for downloading the entire Live Essentials package.

✓ Back Up Your Files: Enables you to back up the files on your PC as well as restore files saved in a previous backup. (See "Backup and Restore" in Part 5 for details.)

✓ Add New Users: Enables you to make changes to your own user account as well as add new users to your computer. (See "Modifying User Account settings" in Part 5 for details.)

✓ Change Text Size: Enables you to increase the size of the text and icons displayed on the Windows 7 desktop.

To display information about the function of a particular option in the top section of the Getting Started window, click its icon and text description. To open the dialog box or window associated with a particular option, double-click its icon in the Getting Started window.

You can also access any of the options displayed in the Getting Started window directly from the Windows Start menu. Simply click Start and then position the v^vjL^/ mouse pointer on the Getting Started option (rather than clicking it) at the top of the Start menu. Windows then displays a submenu with each of the nine getting started options on it.

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