Windows 2000 Quick Fixes


For those who are faced with switching over to the powerful but often confusing Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Quick Fixes offers something completely new: not just solutions, but a fast, easy way to find them. Designed with the power user in mind, this book is laid out for optimal accessibility; it defines problems clearly and follows up with concise, yet detailed, solutions.Windows 2000 Quick Fixes is an essential reference for both the novice and the well-seasoned Microsoft OS user. For instance, newcomers to ...

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For those who are faced with switching over to the powerful but often confusing Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Quick Fixes offers something completely new: not just solutions, but a fast, easy way to find them. Designed with the power user in mind, this book is laid out for optimal accessibility; it defines problems clearly and follows up with concise, yet detailed, solutions.Windows 2000 Quick Fixes is an essential reference for both the novice and the well-seasoned Microsoft OS user. For instance, newcomers to Windows 2000 who have children using their computers can quickly learn how to protect some areas without walling off the entire system. Old hands at Windows will learn quick and easy new ways to recover data or what to do when the administrator's password's been forgotten.Unlike many of the oversized and poorly organized books on the market,Windows 2000 Quick Fixes doesn't waste time with endless tutorials, fluff, and useless background material. And while the book is designed for easy access, the material is by no means basic. It provides extensive coverage of problems for both the Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server editions, and takes power users from installation issues, through complex networking configuration problems, to important backup and security concerns.Some of the topics covered include:

  • Setting up a dual-boot system
  • Recovering data
  • Resolving hardware configuration conflicts
  • Restoring the Registry from a back up
  • Making a printer available through the Internet
  • Using automatic address assignment without DHCP
  • Configuring Internet Connection Sharing
  • Hosting a web site
With its clear, well-organized fixes to common problems,Windows 2000 Quick Fixes is the book to reach for when the pressure is on and there's no time to waste hunting for buried solutions.

This guide to the successor to Windows NT offers users a fast, easy way to find answers to their problems. Designed with the power user in mind, this book is laid out for optimal usability. It defines problems clearly and follows up with concise yet detailed solutions.

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By now, everyone acknowledges that Windows 2000 is, by far, the most reliable Windows ever. But that doesn't mean you won't have problems -- or that you'll never struggle to figure out how to do something you knew how to do in Windows NT or 9x. That's where Windows 2000 Quick Fixes comes in. In this task-based book, Jim Boyce covers the stuff Windows 2000 administrators really run into -- from printing problems to network and Internet configuration.

Boyce covers an exceptionally wide range of issues. For example, you'll learn what to do if your only partition is NTFS and Windows 2000 won't boot -- or if you can't log on after you add a hard drive to a system. You'll learn how to troubleshoot Internet-based printing; how to automate backups, manage web servers remotely; and what to do when a computer on the network stubbornly won't show up in My Network Places. There's also a good deal of coverage of security, from securing web sites with SSL, to securing email with digital certificates.

Boyce assumes you know the basics, and focuses on the issues that challenge experienced Windows users -- both desktop users of Windows 2000 Professional, and Win2K server administrators. Next time you encounter a problem you can't solve, you'll be very glad you own a copy.(Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

A handbook that targets a selection of common problems, first-time tasks, and infrequently used features of Microsoft's new operating system and attempts to provide quick and simple solutions. Chapters cover installing and booting, configuring hardware, printing, the command console, network configuration, sharing and accessing network resources, using TCP/IP, using dial-up networking connections, web services and security, and backup and recovery of data and software. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596000172
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Quick Fixes Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Boyce is a former contributing editor and monthly columnist for WINDOWS Magazine. Jim has authored and coauthored over 40 books about computer software and hardware. He has been involved with computers since the late seventies as a programmer and systems manager in a variety of capacities. He has a wide range of experience in the DOS, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Unix environments. In addition to being a full-time writer, Jim is a founding partner and vice president of Minnesota Webworks, a Midwest-based web development firm.

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Table of Contents

Organization of this book;
Conventions used in this book;
How to contact us;
Chapter 1: Installing and Booting Windows 2000;
1.1 Create Setup diskettes to install Windows 2000 or the Recovery Console;
1.2 Setup doesn’t find my hard disk;
1.3 Using winnt and winnt32 switches;
1.4 Only one CPU shows up in a multiprocessor system;
1.5 Create a dual-boot configuration;
1.6 Clone your original OS for a dual-boot system;
1.7 Avoid reinstalling applications for a dual-boot system;
1.8 Change the boot menu options;
1.9 The Recovery Console;
1.10 Drive letter assignments need to be changed;
1.11 I forgot the Administrator password;
1.12 Windows 2000 runs chkdsk at startup;
1.13 Can’t log on after adding a hard drive or breaking a mirror;
1.14 Boot problems in systems with multiple drives;
1.15 Convert a FAT partition to NTFS;
1.16 Windows 9x can’t see NTFS volumes on a dual-boot system;
Chapter 2: Configuring Hardware;
2.1 View or change IRQ and other resource settings;
2.2 Create a system summary;
2.3 Turn off or remove conflicting or unneeded devices;
2.4 Use different hardware settings at different times;
2.5 Take a snapshot of the current settings for safekeeping;
2.6 Running low on disk space;
2.7 Use more than four partitions;
2.8 Replace the existing boot disk;
2.9 Install a new hard disk or add a volume from unpartitioned space;
2.10 Schedule defrag for off hours;
2.11 Convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk;
2.12 Revert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk;
Chapter 3: Configuring System Software and Components;
3.1 Enable or disable a service;
3.2 Control services remotely;
3.3 You changed the Administrator account and now a service fails to start;
3.4 Specify what should happen if a service fails;
3.5 Add or remove system components or features;
3.6 Customize the Microsoft Management Console (MMC);
3.7 Make files available when offline;
3.8 Cached files on your computer are different from the server’s copy;
3.9 How to browse for resources in the Active Directory;
Chapter 4: Configuring the Windows 2000 Interface;
4.1 Using multiple monitors;
4.2 Prevent a program from executing automatically at startup;
4.3 Change the location of the Startup folders;
4.4 Customize the taskbar;
4.5 Change or rearrange the contents of the Start menu;
4.6 The Start menu items are not in order;
4.7 Administrative Tools, Log Off, or Favorites are missing from the Start menu;
4.8 A container on the Start menu expands instead of opening;
4.9 Turn off special menu and tooltip effects;
4.10 Gain quick access to Control Panel and other folders;
4.11 Gain quick access to network resources;
4.12 Change the folder associated with the My Documents icon;
4.13 Add a new option to the Send To menu;
4.14 Some files don’t show up in folders;
4.15 Customize the appearance of a specific folder;
4.16 Determining which volumes and folders are compressed;
4.17 Double-clicking a document opens the wrong program;
4.18 Keyboard navigation indicators are missing from menus and dialogs;
4.19 Change icons of common desktop objects;
4.20 Execute a program using command-line switches;
Chapter 5: Printing;
5.1 Can’t print to an Internet printer;
5.2 Make a printer available through the Internet or intranet;
5.3 A better method if you switch printer settings frequently;
5.4 People with other operating systems can’t use your printer;
5.5 Simplify printer administration and provide load balancing;
5.6 Restrict others’ use of your printer at certain times;
5.7 Printing is slow to start or complete;
5.8 Keep documents in the queue for resubmission;
5.9 Separate your print job from someone else’s;
5.10 Allow only certain people to use your printer;
Chapter 6: The Command Console;
6.1 Get help for a command;
6.2 Execute a particular program with all command consoles;
6.3 Load a special driver or program for a specific console only;
6.4 Recall, modify, and re-execute a command previously used;
6.5 Use more than 25 lines of text in a window;
6.6 Quickly open a command prompt in a specific folder;
6.7 Run tasks as Administrator when logged on as a user;
6.8 Change the colors used by command consoles;
6.9 Execute a command from a shortcut but have the window remain open;
6.10 Use an autocomplete function for folder and filenames in command consoles;
Chapter 7: Network Configuration;
7.1 Change settings for a network adapter;
7.2 Unbind a protocol from a client or service;
7.3 Change the order in which network clients or services are used;
7.4 Disable a network interface;
7.5 Change workgroup or domain;
7.6 Modify your computer’s name;
7.7 Use two network adapters with different protocols on each one;
7.8 Disable a protocol without removing it;
7.9 Restrict traffic through your PC without a firewall;
7.10 Assign IP addresses automatically without a DHCP server;
7.11 A duplicate name exists on the network;
7.12 Log on automatically at startup;
7.13 Shut down without having to log on;
7.14 Force users to change passwords;
7.15 Enforce strong passwords;
7.16 Don’t have your username appear automatically in the logon dialog;
7.17 Display a special logon message;
Chapter 8: Sharing and Accessing Network Resources;
8.1 Restrict access to a folder you’re sharing;
8.2 Find out who is connected to your computer;
8.3 Share a folder but hide it from network browsing;
8.4 All drives are shared with a $ sign;
8.5 Limit the number of users who can access a folder or file at one time;
8.6 Quickly open a shared network folder;
8.7 A network computer doesn’t show up in My Network Places;
8.8 Wrong workgroup or domain;
8.9 Network your home computers;
8.10 Turn off sharing altogether;
8.11 Automatically connect a drive letter to a network share at logon;
8.12 Use the same settings from different computers;
8.13 You don’t have the necessary right to perform a task;
Chapter 9: Using and Troubleshooting TCP/IP;
9.1 Configure TCP/IP automatically;
9.2 Turn APIPA off;
9.3 Receive a set of special TCP/IP settings just for your computer;
9.4 Get the same IP address every time;
9.5 Can’t connect to other computers on the local network;
9.6 Can’t connect to the Internet;
9.7 Can’t connect to certain sites on the Internet;
9.8 Register your computer with DNS and a dynamic IP address;
9.9 Automatic update of your host name in the DNS server isn’t working;
9.10 Enter only the host name and no domain for local searches;
9.11 Specify more than two DNS servers or change their order;
Chapter 10: Using and Sharing Dial-Up Networking Connections;
10.1 Use the best possible security for a dial-up connection;
10.2 Hide shared resources when you’re online;
10.3 Use multiple connections at one time to improve performance;
10.4 Share a single dial-up Internet connection with other users on the LAN;
10.5 Disconnect automatically when sharing an Internet connection;
10.6 Create a secure remote connection to your LAN;
10.7 Allow other users to dial into your computer to access local resources;
10.8 Allow other users to dial into your computer to access network resources;
10.9 Other users can’t dial in to your PC;
10.10 Using a credit card for dialing;
10.11 Reverse the connection and have the server call you to save toll charges;
10.12 Have the same IP address each time you connect;
Chapter 11: Web Services and Security;
11.1 Host a web site on your computer;
11.2 Host multiple sites on one IP address;
11.3 Add folders from other computers to your web site;
11.4 Set up SSL for security on a web site;
11.5 Manage a web server remotely;
11.6 A web site you set up returns a 404 or no default page error;
11.7 Create a custom web site error message;
11.8 Install and configure FrontPage Server Extensions;
11.9 Host an FTP site for file transfer;
11.10 Hide some FTP folders but still have them available;
11.11 Place users in specific FTP folders automatically on connection;
11.12 Disconnect users from your FTP site automatically;
11.13 Allow remote use of your computer;
Chapter 12: Users, Policies, Certificates, and Security;
12.1 Protect authenticity of your email;
12.2 Encrypt email so only the recipient can read it;
12.3 Configure digital IDs for one or more email accounts;
12.4 Verify that the digital signature attached to an incoming message is valid;
12.5 Move certificates to another computer;
12.6 Keep track of who is using your computer’s resources across the LAN;
12.7 Keep track of who uses your shared computer locally, and when;
12.8 Prevent someone from modifying your registry;
12.9 Restrict what can be done on your computer;
12.10 Prevent changes to your system;
12.11 Can’t eject a removable NTFS media unless you’re logged in as Administrator;
12.12 Specify when you’ll be prompted to change password prior to its expiration;
12.13 How (and why) to rename the Administrator account;
12.14 How to rename or disable the Guest account;
12.15 Control what happens when your smart card is removed;
12.16 Prevent unsigned drivers or services from being installed;
12.17 Keep another user from shutting down your system;
Chapter 13: Backup, Recovery, and Repair;
13.1 Protect your system against catastrophic failure;
13.2 Perform backups automatically;
13.3 You can only back up when logged on as Administrator;
13.4 Back up to writable or rewritable CD (CD-R/RW);
13.5 Back up critical Windows 2000 data without using the Backup utility;
13.6 Another user’s system won’t boot normally so I need to repair its registry;
13.7 Restore settings after a problem occurs;
13.8 Create a bootable Windows 2000 disk;
13.9 Your only volume is NTFS and Windows 2000 won’t boot;

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