Windows XP Annoyances For Geeks

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In an ideal world, an operating system would do its job in the background, while you did yours in the foreground. In reality, though, operating systems often get in the way, fouling up the process at the most inopportune times. And Windows XP is no exception.O'Reilly's popular series for customizing and troubleshooting Windows once again comes to the rescue with Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks. Offering dozens of on-target tips, workarounds, and warnings, Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks allows users to improve ...

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In an ideal world, an operating system would do its job in the background, while you did yours in the foreground. In reality, though, operating systems often get in the way, fouling up the process at the most inopportune times. And Windows XP is no exception.O'Reilly's popular series for customizing and troubleshooting Windows once again comes to the rescue with Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks. Offering dozens of on-target tips, workarounds, and warnings, Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks allows users to improve their overall experience with the Windows XP operating system in every way possible.You'll learn how to use the Registry Editor; how to customize the interface beyond Microsoft's own intentions; and how to master Windows' built-in networking capabilities, including advanced technologies such as Internet Connection sharing, Remote Desktop sharing, and virtual private networking. And now, with this updated edition, you can also expect detailed coverage of the newly released Service Pack 2 (SP2) technology.SP2 is designed to make your work with the Windows XP operating system even easier and safer by providing superior protection against viruses, hackers, and worms. Among the core SP2 components covered in Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks are Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center.David Karp, veteran author of several titles in the Windows Annoyances series, is behind the wheel of this comprehensive guide, as well. Karp points out numerous SP2-related quirks and unaccountable behaviors that are guaranteed to increase your level of perplexity and frustration. By recognizing these shortcomings, Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks arms you with the knowledge to overcome them.Karp leaves no stone unturned in providing the ultimate resource for the ever-expanding Windows XP market. As a result, you'll be able to seize complete control of the Windows XP operating system—instead of the other way around.

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Power users get just as frustrated with Windows XP as everyone else. Maybe more. Don’t get mad: Fix those annoyances.

How many times have you told Windows Explorer to list detailed file information, only to see big worthless icons again, next time? David Karp shows how to fix that, forever. Speaking of Windows Explorer, it can finally rename multiple files at once. Karp shows how -- and shows you the ancient DOS command that’s still better.

Know how to use Registry patches to copy critical customizations between computers? Or how to turn off defaults that are slowing down your PC? (That’s just one of the tips in Karp’s 60-page optimization chapter.) Karp smoothes away annoyances related to networking, security, web browsing, you name it. Read this, and you’ll be a far happier Windows user. Bill Camarda, from the December 2004 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008765
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of He writes for PC Magazine and his latest books include eBay Hacks and the upcoming eBay: The Missing Manual.

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Table of Contents

What IS an Annoyance?;
How This Book Came to Be;
Organization of This Book;
Getting the Most Out of This Book;
Software Depository;
Using Code Examples;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Request for Comments;
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows XP;
1.1 A Brief History of Time, Re: MS Windows;
1.2 Windows Editions and Service Packs;
1.3 What You Get with Windows XP;
1.4 Installing Windows XP;
1.5 Migrating to Windows XP;
Chapter 2: Basic Explorer Coping Skills;
2.1 Working with Explorer;
2.2 Handling Files and Folders;
2.3 Customizing the Interface;
Chapter 3: The Registry;
3.1 The Registry Editor;
3.2 The Structure of the Registry;
3.3 Registry Procedures;
Chapter 4: Tinkering Techniques;
4.1 Customizing Your Desktop;
4.2 Covering Your Tracks;
4.3 File Types: The Link Between Documents and Applications;
4.4 Cool Things You Can Do with Drives and Folders;
Chapter 5: Maximizing Performance;
5.1 Trimming the Fat;
5.2 Hard Disk;
5.3 System Hardware;
Chapter 6: Troubleshooting;
6.1 General Troubleshooting Techniques;
6.2 Specific Software Issues;
6.3 Dealing with Drivers and Other Tales of Hardware Troubleshooting;
6.4 Fixing Device-Specific Problems;
6.5 Preventive Maintenance and Data Recovery;
Chapter 7: Networking andGoing Wireless;
7.1 Getting Started with Networking;
7.2 Build a Workgroup (Local Area Network);
7.3 Connect to the Internet;
7.4 Stuff You Can Do with a Network;
7.5 Go Wireless;
7.6 Securing Your System on a Network;
Chapter 8: User Accounts and Administration;
8.1 Managing Users;
8.2 Permissions and Security;
8.3 Logon Options;
8.4 Sharing Files and Printers;
Chapter 9: Scripting and Automation;
9.1 Building a Script with VBScript;
9.2 Object References;
9.3 Development Tips;
9.4 Wacky Script Ideas;
Chapter 10: The Command Prompt;
10.1 DOS Commands;
10.2 Batch Files: The Other Way to Do It;
10.3 Command Prompt Integration;
Appendix A: Setting Locator;
A.1 Alphabetical Listing of All Windows XP Settings;
Appendix B: BIOS Settings;
Appendix C: TCP/IP Ports;
Appendix D: Class IDs (CLSIDs) of System Objects;

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    The cover of the book is a little misleading, unless you've read other books from O'Reilly of the same nature. This book is packed with informative tips that as a technician will help me to do my job more efficiently. I've worked with Windows XP since it's release, but never knew all of the in-and-outs of the OS. This book shows you tips you never knew existed. Let's hope the author is creating one for Windows 7.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    gives you a less annoying XP

    Isn't that a neat picture on the cover? Certainly grabs one's attention. Possibly the most complaints about Microsoft Windows XP come not from Mac or linux users, but from some long suffering Microsoft users themselves. Karp hopes to alleviate some of these complaints in this updated book. Perhaps the greatest irony of the book is the space devoted to dealing with Service Pack 2 issues. Remember that SP2 is meant to fix many bugs. And indeed it does. But in the process, it changed various system settings so that, for example, some of your network applications might now seemingly break. Karp explains that it was because SP2 was doing its job and tightened up the Microsoft Windows Firewall. So he shows how to tweak the latter to re-enable your applications. Overall, the book is very detailed. But this can be a great help if you apply one of his fixes. Since the steps he gives are explicit enough to easily follow. Realistically, this second edition is unlikely to be the last. The next version of XP is bound to generate annoyances of its own.

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