Spring into Windows XP Service Pack 2: The Smart Professional's Choice
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Spring into Windows XP Service Pack 2: The Smart Professional's Choice

by Brian Culp
     
 

ISBN-10: 013167983X

ISBN-13: 9780131679832

Pub. Date: 05/03/2005

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

The fastest route to Windows XP SP2 mastery

Are you a professional who's new to Windows XP and Service Pack 2? Or maybe you've been running Windows XP for years, and you've just upgraded to SP2? Either way, you want to run the latest version of Windows as efficiently and reliably as possible. You want to master Windows XP's latest security and

Overview

The fastest route to Windows XP SP2 mastery

Are you a professional who's new to Windows XP and Service Pack 2? Or maybe you've been running Windows XP for years, and you've just upgraded to SP2? Either way, you want to run the latest version of Windows as efficiently and reliably as possible. You want to master Windows XP's latest security and networking features—and avoid its traps. And you don't have a minute to waste.

This book's for you. It'll take you further, faster than you ever expected. You won't wade through endless beginner's material or useless theory. You will master today's best techniques: just what you need to run Windows XP SP2 as effectively as possible.

Need specific solutions? This book's modular, "bite-sized" instructions, focused examples, and visual format deliver them—instantly.

  • All you need to run Windows XP SP2 with maximum efficiency and reliability

  • Upgrade to Windows XP SP2 without risking your data

  • Protect your PC and network using SP2's improved Windows Firewall

  • Create and secure a wireless network—in just minutes

  • Manage your disks and files more efficiently

  • Customize your Windows interface for better productivity

  • Discover dozens of high-efficiency shortcuts and Command Prompt techniques

  • Learn powerful tips with Internet Explorer

  • Get enhanced protection in Outlook Express

  • Back up your data and settings—and restore them safely

  • Integrate Windows XP and Macintosh computers and share their resources

  • Fix dozens of common Windows problems, fast!

No other Windows XP SP2 guide teaches professionals this much, this well, this quickly. Dig in, get started, get results!

Spring into is a new series of fast-paced tutorials from Addison-Wesley. Each book in the series is designed to bring you up to speed quickly. Complex topics and technologies are reduced to their core components, and each component is treated with remarkable efficiency in one- or two-page spreads. Just the information you need to begin working...now! And because the books are example-rich and easy to navigate, you'll find that they make great on-the-job references after you've mastered the basics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131679832
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Series:
Spring Into- Series
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.99(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

About the Author.

About the Series Editor.

1. New Features in Service Pack 2.

What's a Service Pack?

New Features of Service Pack 2

How Does Outlook Express Now Combat Spam?

Defense Against Spam

New SP2 Security Tools

Why SP2 Will Improve the Computing Experience

Get Ready to Install SP2

Install with Automatic Updates

Install with Windows Update

Other Installation Methods

Post Installation Tasks

Remove Service Pack 2

The Security Center

Wrap Up

2. Windows Installation and Upgrade.

A Tale of Two Families

XP Professional v. Home v. Tablet v. Media Center

XP's New Features

Install or Upgrade?

Upgrade to Windows XP

Files and Settings Transfer

Finish XP Migration

Activate Windows XP

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Wrap Up

3. Startup and Shutdown.

Set XP Startup Options

Set Startup and Recovery Options

Use the Power Button

The Startup Folder

Bypass the Startup Items

Restrict Shutdown

Fast User Switching

The System Configuration Utility

Clean Up the Desktop

Wrap Up

4. Disk and File System Management.

Add Hard Drive to Increase Storage

Partition a Drive

Format a Drive

Manage the XP File Systems

FAT16

FAT32

NTFS

Considerations for Dual Booting

Convert from One File System to Another

Basic Storage

Dynamic Storage

Upgrade a Basic Disk

Create a Volume on a Dynamic Disk

Extend a Volume

Run Disk Cleanup

Defragment a Volume

Govern AutoRun Behavior

Wrap Up

5. Customizing the Windows Interface.

Use Desktop Themes

Change the Appearance

Change the Desktop Background

Choose a Screen Saver

Use the My Pictures Slideshow

Change Monitor Settings

Improve Monitor Performance

Change the Date and Time

Change the Start Menu

Create Desktop Icons from the Start Menu

Use the Quick Launch Toolbar

Pin a Program

Start Menu and the Classic Theme

Change the Start Menu with Group Policy

Edit the Start Menu with a GPO

Edit Start Menu Contents

Use the Explorer Window to Edit the Start Menu

Add Other Content to the Start Menu

Wrap Up

6. The Command Line and Other Advanced Techniques.

Get Started with the Command Prompt

Command.com v. Cmd.exe

Use the Command Prompt's Online Help

Tips for Using Console Commands

AutoComplete at the Command Prompt

The Command Console and the Clipboard

Open the Command Prompt for a Specific Target

The Tree Command

Disk Quotas

Use Offline Files, Part I

Use Offline Files, Part II

Device Manager

Driver Signing

Wrap Up

7. Clicking Less.

Windows Explorer Defined -

Change the Task Pane -

Work with Explorer Views -

Modify the Details View -

Understand the New Views -

Use the Same View for All Folders

Add Album Art to Music Folders

Open Explorer for Specific Targets

Control the Explorer Bar's Contents

Customize Explorer

Navigate the Folder Structure

Customize the Places Bar in the Open Dialog Box

Customize the Send To Menu

Use Ctrl and Shift Keyboard Shortcuts

The Windows Key

Recycle Bin Options

Eliminate Confirmation of Delete Operations

Change the Size of the Recycle Bin

Wrap Up

8. Print Management.

Printing Vocabulary

Printer Types

Use Printers and Faxes

Set Up a Printer

Make a Printer Available to All

Connect to a Network Printer

Set Permissions on Network Printers

Manage a Printer

Use Two Printers, One Device

Set Hours of Availability

Print Priority

Set up a Print Pool

The Print Queue

The Print Spool

Redirect Print Jobs

Wrap Up

9. Playing Nicely with Others.

TCP/IP Fundamentals

TCP/IP's Big Three

Default Gateway

Automatically Configure TCP/IP

Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing

Alternate Configuration

IPCONFIG.EXE

PING.EXE

Repair a Connection

Connect Using Dial-Up Networking

Lend a Hand with Remote Assistance

Request Remote Assistance

Remote Assistance Network Considerations

Remote Desktop

Wrap Up

10. Setting Up a Wireless Connection, or How to Check Your Email in a Coffee Shop.

Types of Wireless Access

What's Down the Road

Wireless Network Adapters

Connect to an Existing Wireless Network

Additional Wireless Connection Considerations

Connect Automatically

Connect to a Secure Network

Connect to an "Unseen" Network

Disable the Existing Network Connection

Secure the Wireless Connection with 802.1x Authentication

Secure the Wireless Access Point

Infrared Communication

Wrap Up

11. Sharing and Securing Information.

What's a Server?

So What's a Share?

Allow Network Sharing

Share with Simple File Sharing

Classic Sharing in XP Professional

Control Access to Shared Folders

Share Permission Interactions

Secure Files and Folders with NTFS Permissions

Connect to a Shared Resource

Map a Drive

Firewall Settings for Sharing

Lock Your Computer

Work with Apple Computers

Wrap Up

12. Email and Internet Browsing Tricks.

Use Email Stationery

Email a Web Page

Access Web-Based Email in Outlook Express

Set Up Outlook Express with AOL

Back Up Your Email Files

Back Up Outlook Email

Restore from Backup

Protect Your Email: Disable Virus Scanning

Avoid Virus Hoaxes

Start Outlook Express from an IE Window

Stop Automatically Adding to Your Address Book

Use Multiple Outlook Express Identities

Use a Messenger Service

Block People from Contacting You in Messenger

Prevent Automatic Messenger Sign-In

Configure the Windows Firewall to Allow IM

Use "Find On Page"

Share Your Internet Favorites

Clear AutoComplete

Wrap Up

13. XP Backup and Recovery.

Backup Utility Basics

Select What to Back Up

Use Advanced Mode

Types of Backups

Create an Automated System Recovery

Restore with an ASR

Automate Backup

Change an Existing Scheduled Job

Use Existing Backup Settings

Restore a File from Backup

Understand System Restore

Use a Restore Point

Customize the System Restore Interval

Clean Up after System Restore

Other Backup Options

Wrap Up

14. Common Problems-Easy Fixes.

Add Yourself to the Administrators Group

Never Forget Your Password

Remove a Stored Network Place Password

Program Compatibility

Trouble Using Remote Assistance

Disable an IE Add-On

Diagnose Slow Performance

Disable Pop-Up Balloons

Manage SP2's Pop-up Blocker

Capture Screen Contents

Close a Frozen Application

Disable Error Reporting

Allow Active Content

Wrap Up

Index.

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