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Degunking Windows, Second Edition continues on with the mission introduced in the bestselling first edition—help all Windows XP users get the most out of their PC. Since the first edition was published, new software updates, hardware changes, and more aggressive viruses have all contributed to creating more gunk for users.

The new edition is especially designed to help readers clean up Windows and get much more out of their PCs. The focus is on Service Pack 2 and all of the new ...

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Degunking Windows, Second Edition continues on with the mission introduced in the bestselling first edition—help all Windows XP users get the most out of their PC. Since the first edition was published, new software updates, hardware changes, and more aggressive viruses have all contributed to creating more gunk for users.

The new edition is especially designed to help readers clean up Windows and get much more out of their PCs. The focus is on Service Pack 2 and all of the new features that have been added to Windows XP. Degunking Windows, Second Edition features proven techniques to help users quickly get their PCs back to top performance. It shows why PCs get gunked up, and presents the best techniques for degunking including improving security, dealing with spam, getting rid of unused programs, making Internet Explorer more secure, dealing with email programs, getting SP2 working well, cleaning files, optimizing hard drives to free up valuable space, working with Windows Media programs, and fixing the Desktop and Start menus. The new edition presents the easiest ways to back up precious files, clean and optimize the registry, and how to do a clean install.

The new edition is especially designed to help readers clean up Windows and get much more out of their PCs. The focus is on Service Pack 2 and all of the new features that have been added to Windows XP.

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Furniture collects dust bunnies; Windows PCs collect gunk. That’s just life. If Windows XP is running too slowly, or too unreliably, “degunk” it. The First Edition of Degunking Windows helped save thousands of PCs from the dumpster. This bigger, more thorough Second Edition might just save yours.

Fully updated for Service Pack 2 (and the security gunk it introduces), this book covers every form of Windows gunk. You name it: temp files, unwanted programs that run at startup, broken web favorites, Spam, spyware, Registry crud, endless Start menus, disorganized Outlook mail, even media clutter generated by the newest versions of Windows Media Player.

Remember how your PC used to run? By the time you’re done, you can get that “new PC” feeling again, without buying any new hardware. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933097077
  • Publisher: Paraglyph Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Joli Ballew (Garland, TX) is a professional writer, technology trainer, and network consultant in the Dallas area. She is also a Microsoft Windows Expert Zone Columnist and Microsoft blogger. Some of her previous jobs include technical writing, education content consulting, PC technician, network administrator, high school algebra teacher, and MCSE instructor. She earned her MCSE, MCT, and A+ certifications in less than 14 months. She is the coauthor of Degunking Windows, and the author of Degunking Your Mac, Degunking Your PC, and Windows XP Professional: The Ultimate User's Guide, Second Edition, all published by Paraglyph Press.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why is my computer all gunked up? 1
Ch. 2 Degunking your PC 13
Ch. 3 Getting rid of files that shouldn't be there 23
Ch. 4 Uninstalling programs you don't need and tweaking those you do 49
Ch. 5 Organizing your remaining files and folders 69
Ch. 6 Tweaking your desktop and start menu 87
Ch. 7 Preventing spam gunk 109
Ch. 8 Cleaning up e-mail gunk 133
Ch. 9 Installing upgrades for your system 151
Ch. 10 Surviving service pack 2 165
Ch. 11 Degunking media 179
Ch. 12 Optimizing your hard drive and system startup 197
Ch. 13 Cleaning and tweaking the registry 215
Ch. 14 The best hardware for PC degunking 235
Ch. 15 PowerToys and awesome shareware 261
Ch. 16 Improving security 279
Ch. 17 Backing up precious files 305
Ch. 18 Last resort degunking techniques 323
App. A Performing a clean Windows install 343
App. B Recovering from a corrupted registry 353
App. C Troubleshooting your PC with degunking techniques 361
App. D The future of degunking 369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    IT'S ALL GUNKED UP!!

    Do you wish you could degunk your PC in just a few hours yourself? Well, you're in luck! Authors Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann, have done an outstanding job of writing a second edition of a book that will help you do just that, by showing you how to use a set of tried-and-true techniques. Ballew and Duntemann, begin by identifying common PC gunk creators and how to manage them so your computer keeps running quickly and efficiently. Then, they show you how to get to the mindset for degunking. The authors continue by showing you how to get rid of files that shouldn't be there. Next, they show you how to remove programs you don't use and their related files. Then, the authors show you how to organize your stuff, except in this case, your stuff will be the data on your hard drive. They continue by showing you how to clean up and tweak the Start menu, Desktop and Taskbar. Next, the authors show you how to minimize spam. Then the authors show you how to organize and perform housekeeping on your mailbase--that is, the body of real messages that actually matter to you. The authors continue by showing you how to distinguish between what you do need and what you don't. Next, they'll walk you through some of the more common complaints about SP2, such as the inability to view active content on Web pages or click Web links included in e-mails after SP2 is installed. Then, the authors show you how to degunk Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker. They then continue by showing you how to optimize your hard drive to get XP to boot faster, to get it to run faster, and to enhance the general performance of the computer. Next, the authors show you how to clean and degunk the Registry. Then, they introduce you to the different types of hardware you can acquire to beef up your system, including RAM and additional monitors. The authors continue by describing some advanced power tools for your PC and some awesome shareware. Next, they show you how to secure your PC. Then, the authors show you how to back up data: scheduling a task and backing up automatically, configuring and using the Backup utility, and restoring when a crash occurs. Finally, they show you how to solve some common problems by locating incompatible hardware and using the Device Driver Rollback and System Restore utilities--two excellent programs for correcting serious errors. With this step-by-step excellent guide, you can quickly learn how to clean your machine speed it up secure it from dangerous hackers, worms and viruses organize your e-mail reduce spam and, make your computer work quickly and reliably as it did the day you brought it home. The authors excel in this book by showing you how to improve the performance of your PC after a lengthy time of hard use, and the less than optimal organizational habits that have gunked it up!

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