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  • Get ready for some down-and-dirty hackin'! Over 200 serious hacks readers can use to force Windows XP to do it their way, written in the ExtremeTech no-holds-barred style
  • Sinchak doesn't waste time tweaking Movie Maker or Instant Messenger-these hacks are heavy-duty, detailed instructions for squeezing every drop of power from Windows XP and maximizing speed, appearance, and security
  • Not for the faint of heart! This book is written for users ...
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Overview

  • Get ready for some down-and-dirty hackin'! Over 200 serious hacks readers can use to force Windows XP to do it their way, written in the ExtremeTech no-holds-barred style
  • Sinchak doesn't waste time tweaking Movie Maker or Instant Messenger-these hacks are heavy-duty, detailed instructions for squeezing every drop of power from Windows XP and maximizing speed, appearance, and security
  • Not for the faint of heart! This book is written for users who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves, risk voiding their warranties, take total control of the task bar, uninstall programs that are supposedly permanent, and beef up boot speed
  • Mines gems like unlocking hidden settings, customizing boot screens, supercharging online and program launch speed, maximizing the file system and RAM, and dumping hated features for good
  • Written by the creator of TweakXP.com, a site considered Mecca for Windows hackers and trusted by more than ten million Windows XP users worldwide
  • Includes a hacker's dream CD-ROM with a set of ready-to-install hacks, theme creation tools, custom boot screens, "undo" files that help the reader tinker with Windows XP's registry, and a whole lot more
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Don’t settle for the Windows XP Bill Gates gave you. Make it faster...better looking...more secure. We have the technology. And Steve Sinchak will show you how to use it.

The conventional wisdom is there’s little you can do in software to optimize your PC nowadays: Windows XP handles all that itself automatically. But Steve Sinchak has ignored the CW and found some real gems.

For example: Many Pentium 4 systems can be supercharged with a simple (and free) piece of software that optimizes data flow between CPUs and storage devices, and speeds disk I/O. On one system, the Intel Application Accelerator ran software 34 percent faster and cut boot time by 58 percent.

Depending on your system, other tricks might be equally valuable. Moving your paging file off your main drive. Defragging more regularly (bet you don’t! Consider using the nifty third-party tool Diskeeper.) Disabling the obscure Registry entry that searches for scheduled tasks on remote computers. (The Registry hacks are actually on CD, so you needn’t edit your Registry manually: cool.)

Hacking Windows XP also contains two full chapters on accelerating bootup: from using your BIOS quick boot feature to switching off the Windows logon music.

Once Windows is running faster and more responsively, go tweak its look and feel: everything from the welcome screen and Start panel to IE6 and Windows Explorer. In Part III, Sinchak turns to security and privacy, showing how to use Service Pack 2’s new defenses, protect against spam, spyware, and viruses, even remove stray user information scattered across your PC. Hey, why run Windows when you can run Super Windows? Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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“…excellent…up-to-date guide…” (PC Utilities, No. 54, 2004)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764569296
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #8
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Sinchak is the creator and proprietor of TweakXP.com, the number one online playground for Windows XP hackers. He owns and operates SSMGi, a Web development firm. Steve is a self-taught hacker and the victim of his own insatiable curiosity about what lies beneath the Windows.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Customizing your system 1
Ch. 1 Customizing the look of the startup 3
Ch. 2 Customizing user navigation 39
Ch. 3 Hacking the Desktop 73
Ch. 4 Customizing the appearance of the Windows interface 91
Ch. 5 Hacking Windows Explorer 117
Ch. 6 Exploring other Windows enhancements 137
Pt. II Increasing your system's performance 157
Ch. 7 Analyzing your system 159
Ch. 8 Speeding up the system boot 183
Ch. 9 Making your computer load faster 209
Ch. 10 Making your computer more responsive 231
Ch. 11 Speeding up your computer 247
Pt. III Securing your system 277
Ch. 12 Protecting your computer from intruders 279
Ch. 13 Fighting spam, spyware, and viruses 303
Ch. 14 Protecting your privacy 315
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Nice looking cover...

    To be honest, I'd have to give this book 2 stars, it's nicely done and the tips/tools are great - BUT, only if you use the software that you have to download - nearly a new package in every chapter. The title is misleading - I thought this would be littered with Registry hacks, but was very disappointed to find that it wasn't but referred to the software from their site. :o(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    customise the UI

    Is there a competitive push between publishers concerning books with hacks? O'Reilly has put out a series of these, each detailing 100 hacks. Now from Wiley, Sinchak talks about Microsoft Windows XP and provides us with over 200 hacks. A lot of hacks centre around customising various aspects of the UI. Not surprising. Appeals to those who like to fully explore what XP can do for you, going beyond the standard setup seen by the masses. Of necessity, Microsoft has to make the default setup somewhat of a least common denominator. That is the default UI was probably chosen after a lot of usability studies of what the typical user demands might be. But maybe you have special needs? Other parts of the book let you soup up system performance and beef up its security. (For the latter, especially defending against viruses and spyware.) I don't gainsay this utility. But a nagging feeling says that most of you will end up concentrating on tweaking the UI. Hours of fun.

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