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The Mother of All Windows 98 Books / Edition 1

The Mother of All Windows 98 Books / Edition 1

by Woody Leonhard, Barry Simon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201433125

ISBN-13: 9780201433128

Pub. Date: 10/16/1998

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

In this irreverent sequel to the bestselling The Mother of All Windows 95 Books, the irascible and irrepressible Mom and her loyal sidekicks return to give you the inside track on Windows 98. With a wacky sense of humor and in-depth insider knowledge, The Mother of All Windows 98 Books (a.k.a. MOM98) goes right to the heart of what you need to know to become a

Overview

In this irreverent sequel to the bestselling The Mother of All Windows 95 Books, the irascible and irrepressible Mom and her loyal sidekicks return to give you the inside track on Windows 98. With a wacky sense of humor and in-depth insider knowledge, The Mother of All Windows 98 Books (a.k.a. MOM98) goes right to the heart of what you need to know to become a Win98 power user. MOM98 illustrates how, and more importantly, why things work (or don't work) enabling even novices to quickly become wizards with Win98.

Written in plain language (so even your Mom can understand it) MOM98 is packed with insight, unique tips, and shortcuts so you can customize and fine-tune Win98 to get the maximum benefit of this powerful new operating system.

MOM98 isn't just another Win98 book, no way, Mom serves up a hearty helping of features and coverage for your benefit. Here's some samples of Mom's work:

  • coverage is based entirely on the final "shrink-wrapped" version of Windows 98, no beta stuff in here
  • describes how Windows 98 really works, not how it's supposed to work includes a Fast Track chapter to get experienced Windows 95 users up-to- speed rapidly
  • reveals what works, what doesn't, and how to work around the obstacles (this coverage is worth the price of the book alone!)
  • explains all of Windows 98's snazziest features: the Update Manager, Multilink Channel Aggregation, Virtual Private Networking, FAT32, Win32 Driver Model, DirectX 5.0, The Tune-Up Wizard, HTML Help, VBScript, control panel applets, and more
  • covers the mysterious Windows 98 Registry in depth

And, MOM98 has a comprehensive supporting website, that is regularly updated to give you the latest work-arounds as inherent bugs emerge. MOM98 offers you the most on the market-a comprehensive reference and timely updates when you need them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201433128
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
10/16/1998
Pages:
864
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Do You Need Mom98?
Windows for Dullards NOT!
Manual Labor.
MOM's Point of View.

Conventions.
Billy98's Road Map.
1. Fast Track.
The Facts.
System Requirements.
What's New in 98?
All the Patches, All the Time.
New Utilities.
Stability.
Integrity.
FATter Disks.
Speed.
Startup.
Power Management.
Webby.
Networking.
Monitors.
TV Connection.
New Hardware.
Windows Resource Kit Sampler.
For Fun…
Windows 3.1 Upgrade.
The IE 4 Changes.

Is Win98 for You?
Plus.
Janet and the Grasshoppers.
On Monopolies.
On the Effect of Monopolies.
What Belongs in the Operating System.
On Using Monopolies Unfairly.

Mom98 for Upgraders.
2. Windows Concepts.
Of Mice and Menus.
Anatomy of a Window.
Waiter—Menu, Please.
Good Dialogs Are the Key to a Healthy Relationship.
The Wizard Behind the Curtain.
Belly Up to the Button Bar.
For the Select Few .
Keys to the Kingdom.
Super Natural Keyboard.
Mice Is Nice but MouseKeys is Slicker.

Objection, Your Honor.
Right On.
Drag 'til You Drop.
Common Dialogs.
Common Controls.
Clip Bored.
DDE.
OLé, José.

A First Look Under the Hood.
Directories and Folders, Folders and Directories.
Hidden Pleasures.
Special Windows Folders.
Don't Be a FAThead.
Shortcuts.
The Tree-based Menu.
Long Filenames.
Drivers.
The Registry.
Plug `n' Whatever.
Crash 'Em, Bash 'Em.

And Dots Not All.
Well, Blast My Raster.
The Scales of Just Us.
That's a Cockroach of a Different Color.
Ain't Just Missionaries that Do Conversions.

Putting Up A Good Font.
Fonts 101.
Fonts 201.
Fonts 378.
Windows TrueType Fonts.
Good Writing Needs Character Development.
The Font of All Wisdom.
Could You Gimme a Hint?
Love Me True (Type).
How Much Is That Font Pack for Windows, the One with the Shiny Ohs?
Portable Documents.
Font Tools in Windows 98.
Installing and Removing Fonts in Windows 98.

Winning On the First Palette.
Which One Is Burnt Umber?
Some of My Friends are Pals and Some are Palettes.

Putting Windows On a Sound Basis.
Wav and MIDI.
Riding the Perfect Wav.
'mid the MIDI.
Wasn't General MIDI in the Battle of the Choral C?
Trip the Light Fantastic: Video.
Compression.
Media Control Interface'Do You Mean Mike McCurry?
CD Mania.

No PC Is an Island.
Networking Light.
The Mother of All Networks.
Internet for Smartypants.
Me Love Cookies.
MAPI and TAPI.
3. Core Components.
Taken to Taskbar.
Taskbar Basics.
Notification Area.
Launch and Web Toolbars.
Taskman Lives!

Explorering the Great Unknown.
Fix Explorer Options.
Views, Filtering and Sorting.
Fifth View: Thumbnails.
Directory Tree.
Property Sheets.
File Operations.
Using the Clipboard.
Diskettes.
Explorer Command Line.
More Explorer Tips.
Hotkeys.
Two Directories Conundrum.
QuickView.
Explorer Lacks.

You Gave Me Such a Start.
Configuring the Start Menu.
Reordering and Reorganizing the Start Menu.
I'm Hot for Hotkeys.
Using FileFind.
The Run Box and the Documents Menu.
I'm Gonna Shut You Down.
Advanced Start Menu Tips.
Ye Olde Shell Game.

Desktop Dancing.
Free the My Computer Four.
The Active Desktop.
Desktop Tips and Tricks.
The Mother of all Easter Eggs.

Configuring Context Menus and Associations.
File Types Dialog: An Overview.
Open With Dialog.
Stupid File Types Tricks.
ScanDisk.
Disabling Autoplay of CDs.
Editing Batch Files.
Editing Generic Files.
Quick Install.
Converting a .DOC File.
Adding a Local DOS.
Printing a Directory Listing.
Looking at the Folders Hierarchy.
Adding an Open New in Explorer.
Sarah's Context Menus.
Send To Menu.
Sarah's Smart Setup Step by Step.

I've Got It Under Control Panel.
A Fistful of Applets.
Software Installation.
Printers.
User Profiles.

Dos V'Danya.
Take a Deep Pif.
General Settings.
Faking 'Em Out.
Fonts.
Memory Settings.
Toolbar.
Screen Setting.
Other Settings.
The APPS.INF File.
Mom's Favorite DOS Commands.
Help.
Mem.
Start.
Edit.
Doskey.
xcopy.
dir.
deltree.
move and copy.
Other DOS Commands.
ansi.sys.
Attrib.exe.
fc.
Debug, Sort, Find.
Fdisk, Format.
MSCDEX.
Qbasic.
Windows Batch Language.
Penalty Box.
Standard MS-DOS Exclusive Mode.
Custom MS-DOS Exclusive Mode, aka the Penalty Box—How It Works.
Setting Up the Penalty Box.
Turning On UMBs.
Dealing with CD-ROM Drives and Sound Cards.
DriveSpace.

Mr. Rogers's Network.
Browsing the Net.
Mom's Tip-Top IE Tip List.
Mom's Tip-Top Web Sites.

Outlook Express.
OE's Basic Services.
Setting Up an E-mail Connection.
Dealing with E-mail.
Online Address Searches.
Newsgroups.
Mom's Tip-Top Mailing Lists.

Microsoft Fax.
Overview of Windows 98 Fax Software.
Nothing but the Fax.
Sending and Receiving Faxes.
Windows Messaging Tips.
I've Got You Covered.
The So-Called Microsoft Fax Printer.
Windows Secret File Transfer Program.

Helping Those who Help Themselves.
Help Basics.
Esoteric Win95 Help.
Win95 Help Under the Covers.
Beyond the Basics of HTML Help.
4. Applets, Utilities, and More.

Disk 'n Dat.
ScanDisk.
Defragmenter.
Aligning Segments and Intelligent Caching.
DriveSpace.
Backup.
Disk Cleanup.

UnderCover Agents.
System Information.
Dr. Watson.

Let Me Work That Into My Schedule.
Scheduled Tasks.
Maintenance Wizard.

Gettin' It Together.
Dial-Up Networking.
Logon Scripts for CompuServe.
The Logon Scripting Language.
Direct Cable Connection.
Floppy Briefcase.
Network Briefcase.
Hyperterminal.
Dialer.
WinChat and WinPopup.
Online Bazaar.

Gettin' Hitched to the Net.
Net 101.
Internet Connection Wizard.
Can't Get Connected.
Can't Get Your Mail.

Internet Tools.
The Internet Applet.
Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer.
Push, Active Channel Bar, and Subscriptions.
FrontPage Express.
Microsoft Chat.
NetMeeting.
NetShow.
Personal Web Server.
Other Internet Tools.
Telnet.
FTP.
Miscellaneous.

Your Wordpad or Mine?
Draw, Pardner.
Painted into a Corner.
Imaging for Windows.

Little 'Ns.
Calculator.
Charmap.
Clipboard Viewers.
Packager.
Resource Meter.
Magnifier.

Multimediaaaaahhhhh.
Multimedia Player.
Sound Recorder.
CD Player.
Sound Mixer and Volume Control.
Active Movie Control.

Da Games.
5. Add 'Em On.
Microsoft Presents.
Resource Kit Sampler.
Plus! Pack.
Full Resource Kit.
Power Toys.

File Utilities.
QuickView.
WinZip.
PowerDesk.

Internet Tools.
FTP Voyager.
ICQ.
Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator.

Other Goodies.
Microangelo.
ATM.
Notepad on Steroids.
6. Crank 'er Up.

Installation Blues.
Deciding How to Install.
Which Win98?
Where From?
Where To?
How Much 98 Do You Need?
FAT32?
Get Rid of Win95?

Preparing for Installation.
Step 1: Double-Check the Minimum Requirements.
Step 2: Make a DOS Emergency Boot Disk.
Step 3: Win 3.x Users Prep.
Step 4: Win95 Users Prep.
Step 5: Check Your Hard Drives.
Step 6: Back Up, Back Up, Back Up.
Step 7: Gather the Stuff You'll Need.
Step 8: Brace Yourself.

SetUp Vérité.
A Perfect Installation.
What Can Go Wrong?
Boot, Boot, and Boot Again.
Safe Recovery Mode.
Safe Mode.
Missed My CAB.
The High Price of Nonsuccess.

PostPartum Blues, Part 1.
Checking the (Emergency) StartUp Disk.
Uncompress Hard Drives.
Nuking Win95.
Check Out Your Hardware.
Register.
Convert to FAT32.

Tooling Along.
Windows Resource Kit.
Tweak UI.
Windows Update Wizard.

PostPartum Blues, Part 2.
Print System Information.
Start Maintenance Wizard.
Fix Weird Settings.
Get Rid of Real Mode Drivers.
Set Up Sharing for Your Drives.

How Win98 Starts.
BIOS Bootstrap.
Real Mode.
Automatic Skip Driver.
Windows 98 Emerges.

Nonstandard Ways of Starting.
Shifty Starts.
F Key Express.
System Configuration Utility.
System Recovery Wizard.

How Win98 Really Boots.
7. Techie Files, Techie Programs.
SetUp.
Log File Anatomy.
setuplog.txt.
system.1st.
detlog.txt.
netlog.txt.
autoexec.bat and config.sys.
system.ini and win.ini.

Startup.
bootlog.txt.
msdos.sys.
ios.ini, ios.log.
Logon Password.

System Files.
System File Checker.
Extract File.
Windows File Information.
Version Conflict Manager.
Sysbckup.

Other Files and Programs.
An INI Still?
Recycology.
Changing the Splash Screens.
Emergency StartUp Disk.
Mom's Better ESD.
Bad Programs.
Cleaning Up.
Yet More Files.

Active Desktop.
Turn It On.
HTML for VBScript Programmers.
VBScript for Everyman.
MAW's Start Word and Excel.
Windows Scripting Host.
Adding Active Cool Stuff.
Security in an ActiveX World.
8. Control Panel.
Abbreviations in the Belfry, er, Registry.

Accessibility Options.
Add New Hardware.
Guru Installation.
Naive Installation.
Add/Remove Programs.
Date/Time.
Desktop Themes.
Display.
Background Tab.
Screen Saver Tab.
Appearance Tab.
3D Objects.
Active Title Bar.
Active Window Border.
Application Background.
CaptionButtons.
Desktop.
Icon.
Icon Spacing.
Inactive Title Bar.
Inactive Window Border.
Menu.
Message Box.
Palette Title.
Scrollbar.
Selected Item.
ToolTips.
Window.
Effects Tab.
Web Tab.
Settings Tab.

Fonts.
Game Controllers.
Internet.
General Tab.
Security Tab.
Content Tab.
Connection Tab.
Programs Tab.
Advanced Tab.

Keyboard.
Modems.
Mouse.
Multimedia.
Network.
Passwords.
Power Management.
Printers.
Regional Settings.
Zounds! . . . Er, Sounds.
System.
Device Manager Tab.
Hardware Profiles Tab.
Performance Tab.

Telephony.
Tweak UI.
Mouse.
General.
Explorer.
IE 4.
Desktop.
My Computer.
Control Panel.
Network.
New.
Add/Remove.
Boot.
Repair.
Paranoia.

Users.
9. Oh Registry, My Registry.
Regedit.
Keys, Values, Names, and Data.
New Keys and Values.
Import/Export.

Care and Feeding of the Registry.
Registry Genesis.
Registry Checker (aka ScanReg) in Windows.
ScanReg in DOS.
Copying .DAT Files.
Merging .REG Files.
.INF and the Registry.
The Mysterious Sixth.
Final Word on .REG.

Gettin' Around.
Aliases.
Classes.
Current User.
Local Machine.
Users.
Current Configuration.
Dynamic Data.

HKCR.
Orientation.
\.EXTENSION to \PROGID and Back.
ProgIDs and File Types.
\SHELL.
Default Action.
HKCR\* and \UNKNOWN.
Directory, Drive, Folder.
HKCR/CLSID.
Keys and Context Menus.
\SHELLEX.
\SHELLNEW: Keys and the “New” Context Menu.
Edit Flags.
%1 Bugs.
Where the Icons Come From.

HKCU.
Orientation.
Sounds.
MRUs.
Streams and Restoring the Desktop.
RUN and RUNONCE.
\SHELL FOLDERS.
Other HKCUs.

HKLM.
Orientation.
App Paths.
RUN, RUNONCE, RUNSERVICES, RUNSERVICESONCE.
Other HKLMs.

Registry Hacks, Ultimate Power Users' Tricks.
Renaming, Moving Desktop Icons.
My Computer.
Network Neighborhood.
Recycle Bin.
Internet Explorer.
More Iconoclasms.
Icon Numbers.
Changing System Icons.
Thumbnails.
Run Accelerators on the App Path.


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