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Want a Faster and More Powerful PC? It's There on Your Desk.

Eventually, it will be time to buy a new PC or put money into an upgrade, but Microsoft Windows XP Power Optimization shows you how to get the most out of your current equipment right now, simply by tuning your Windows setup. These professional techniques range from the basic to the advanced, and they can be used to achieve both targeted improvement and better overall system performance. In every area, the gains can be...

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Overview

Want a Faster and More Powerful PC? It's There on Your Desk.

Eventually, it will be time to buy a new PC or put money into an upgrade, but Microsoft Windows XP Power Optimization shows you how to get the most out of your current equipment right now, simply by tuning your Windows setup. These professional techniques range from the basic to the advanced, and they can be used to achieve both targeted improvement and better overall system performance. In every area, the gains can be immense, and the time it takes is minimal. Coverage includes:

  • Enhancing performance by removing unneeded items
  • Making smart tradeoffs
  • Safely removing unneeded registry entries
  • Using command-line utilities
  • Keeping Internet Explorer under control
  • Making simple but effective system tweaks
  • Creating a comprehensive archival system
  • Monitoring your system for performance concerns
  • Keeping your system in peak operating condition
  • Understanding the connection between user activity and system performance
  • Automating cleanup and maintenance tasks
  • Keeping your PC safe from viruses and human intruders
  • Catching and correcting mistakes

System Optimized—What's Next?
Once you've helped your system live up to its potential, help yourself by turning to Microsoft Windows XP Power Productivity, also from Sybex. You'll find expert instruction on harnessing native Windows functionality and third-party utilities to work faster and smarter.

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The conventional wisdom is that you can’t do much to optimize Windows anymore: Microsoft’s tweaked all the settings and you should just leave well enough alone. The conventional wisdom is wrong. If you want better performance and you don’t want to buy a new PC, John Paul Mueller’s’s quick, no-cost performance solutions might be all you need.

Don’t use Themes? Turn off the Themes service, and free a megabyte that could be doing something useful. Registry too fat and cluttered? Get on your pith helmet: Mueller will show you how to dive in and streamline it. Ever wonder why Windows’ built-in search is so slow? Maybe Windows XP is searching your compressed Zip files: that takes forever. If you don’t need Windows’ Zip feature, disable it, for snappier searches. Do you have a program that’s hogging memory and won’t let go? Mueller helps you find it and smack it into shape.

Full hard disk slowing you down? Mueller walks you through cleaning out all the useless data, temporary files, and other junk -- giving you room for a larger swap file, new data, or whatever you’re planning to download next. (Did you know how much garbage Windows’ Disk Cleanup feature misses? Mueller does, and he points you to a free utility that picks up the crud Microsoft missed.)

As Mueller notes, optimization doesn’t just mean speed -- it means improving reliability and usability, too. This book is about optimizing your entire Windows experience. We’re experienced computer users, but we were blown away by some of these techniques. We’ve got our copy of his book right here, and once this review’s done, we’re planning some serious optimization. Bill Camarda, from the March 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782143874
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

John Mueller is an author and technical editor who has produced 63 books and over 300 articles, most recently Mining Amazon Web Services, Mining Google Web Services, and Mining eBay Web Services for Sybex. He has also contributed articles to technology magazines, such as InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, and Visual Basic Developer. John runs a consulting firm offering services, including specialized application development, to small and medium-size businesses.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Cleaning for the Novice.

Chapter 2: A Gentle Introduction to Windows Washing.

Chapter 3: Cleaning the Hard Drive.

Chapter 4: Performance Tuning Applications.

Chapter 5: Saving Data for Later.

Chapter 6: Detecting Registry Leftovers.

Chapter 7: Memory Hogs and Other Vicious Beasts.

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Windows Clean.

Chapter 9: Controlling the User.

Chapter 10: Guarding against Outside Dirt: Keeping Adware, Spyware, and Nuisances at Bay.

Chapter 11: Automating Cleanup Tasks.

Chapter 12: When You Make a Mistake.

Appendix A: Additional Cleaning Tools.

Appendix B: 52 Quick Tips for Cleaning Windows.

Glossary.

Index.

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