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Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 30 million PCs sold in the U.S.—and 90 million worldwide—making it the world's most popular operating system, and proving to frustrated users everywhere that preponderance does not equate to ease of use. There are literally thousands of programs, tools, commands, screens, scripts, buttons, tabs, applets, menus, and settings contained within Windows XP. And it has only been in the last couple of years that Microsoft's documentation has actually been more of a help than a ...

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Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 30 million PCs sold in the U.S.—and 90 million worldwide—making it the world's most popular operating system, and proving to frustrated users everywhere that preponderance does not equate to ease of use. There are literally thousands of programs, tools, commands, screens, scripts, buttons, tabs, applets, menus, and settings contained within Windows XP. And it has only been in the last couple of years that Microsoft's documentation has actually been more of a help than a hindrance. But it still isn't enough.

Windows XP users and administrators need a quick and easy way to find answers. Plenty of books go into detail about the theory behind a particular technology or application, but few go straight to the essentials for getting the job done. Windows XP Cookbook does just that, tackling the most common tasks needed to install, manage, and support Windows XP.

Featuring a new twist to O'Reilly's proven Cookbook formula, this problem-solving guide offers multiple solutions for each of its 300-plus recipes. Solve dilemmas with the graphical user interface, the command line, through the Registry, or by using scripts. Each step-by-step recipe includes a discussion that explains how and why it works. The book is also among the first to cover Microsoft's XP Service Pack 2. With these practical, on-the-job solutions, Windows XP Cookbook will save you hours of time searching for answers.

Windows XP Cookbook will be useful to anyone that has to use, deploy, administer, or automate Windows XP. But this isn't a typical end-user book; it covers the spectrum of topics involved with running Windows XP in both small and large environments. As a result, IT professionals and system administrators will find it a great day-to-day reference. And power users will find Windows XP Cookbook a great source for information on tweaking XP and getting the most out of their systems. The bottom line is that Windows XP Cookbook will make just about anyone who uses XP more productive.

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By now, everyone knows how to do the easy stuff in Windows. But what about the powerful, complex, or obscure tasks advanced users and administrators need to perform? Look 'em up in Windows XP Cookbook, follow the directions, and -- voilà -- done.

What kind of stuff? Speeding up system startup. Converting TIFFs to JPEGs. Disabling the WinXP SP2 firewall. Figuring out which process has a file open. Restricting access to shares. Protecting yourself at public hotspots. Viewing a user’s group membership. Scheduling reboots. Setting disk quotas. Improving Wi-Fi performance. Installing the IPv6 stack.

Oh, and troubleshooting just about everything: wired and wireless network connections, user account lockouts, local and Internet printing problems, CD reading and ripping failures, DNS trouble, audio and video problems, boot failures, blue screens, you name it. Fast, convenient, and highly recommended. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007256
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Allen is a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems where he has been involved in the deployment of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and several Network Management solutions. He enjoys working on Unix and Windows, and his favorite programming language is Perl. Robbie was named a Windows Server MVP in 2004 and 2005 for his contributions to the Windows community and publication of several popular O'Reillybooks. Robbie is currently studying at MIT in the System Design and Management program. For more information, see Robbie's website at

Preston Gralla is the author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, the Windows Vista Pocket Reference, and is the editor of . He is also the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. He has written more than 30 other books. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including Best Feature in a Computer Magazine from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Who Should Read This Book;
What's in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
Safari® Enabled;
Conventions in This Book;
We'd Like Your Feedback!;
Chapter 1: Introduction;
1.1 Approach to the Book;
1.2 At Least Three Ways to Do It;
1.3 Where to Find the Tools;
1.4 Running Tools with Alternate Credentials;
1.5 A Brief Word on Windows Scripting;
1.6 Where to Find More Information;
Chapter 2: Operating System Installation and Maintenance;
2.1 Introduction;
2.1 Preparing to Install Windows XP;
2.2 Installing from a CD or DVD;
2.3 Installing from a Network Share;
2.4 Installing from an Unattended Installation;
2.5 Cloning Windows XP Installations;
2.6 Installing from Remote Installation Services (RIS);
2.7 Troubleshooting Installation Problems;
2.8 Upgrading to Windows XP;
2.9 Creating a Multiboot Installation;
2.10 Troubleshooting Multiboot Problems;
2.11 Activating Windows XP;
2.12 Viewing the Installed Service Pack and Hotfixes;
2.13 Installing a Hotfix;
2.14 Installing a Service Pack;
2.15 Slipstreaming a Service Pack or Hotfix into a Build;
2.16 Configuring Automatic Updates;
2.17 Disabling the Windows Firewall After Installation;
2.18 Keeping an Installation Process Worm- and Virus-Free;
Chapter 3: Managing Hardware and Devices;
3.1 Introduction;
3.1 Adding Hardware;
3.2 Resolving Unknown Devices;
3.3 Repairing a Missing Modem;
3.4 Recovering from a Bad Device Driver Update;
3.5 Using the Last Known Good Configuration to Resolve Hardware Problems;
3.6 Running Windows in Safe Mode;
3.7 Using System Restore to Recover from a Hardware-Induced Problem;
3.8 Resolving Device Conflicts;
3.9 Resolving USB Bandwidth Problems;
3.10 Resolving Hung USB Devices;
3.11 Keeping USB Devices from Disappearing;
3.12 Curing Stubborn USB Devices;
3.13 Revealing Hidden Devices;
3.14 Checking Drivers with the Driver Verifier Tool;
3.15 Resolving Printer Timed-Out and Not Ready Problems;
3.16 Troubleshooting Local Printing Problems;
3.17 Printing to a USB Printer from DOS;
3.18 Resolving Failed Network Printing with Internet Connection Sharing;
3.19 Interpreting Device Manager Error Codes;
3.20 Troubleshooting Sound Problems;
3.21 Troubleshooting Video Problems;
3.22 Troubleshooting Video Monitor Problems;
3.23 Stopping LCD Monitor Resolution Messages;
3.24 Interpreting Windows INF Files;
3.25 Figuring out AUTORUN.INF Files;
3.26 Correcting Parameters in BIOS;
3.27 Troubleshooting CD Autorun Software Installation Problems;
3.28 Troubleshooting CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Reading Problems;
3.29 Resolving DVD Reading and DVD Movie Problems;
3.30 Restoring Access to CD-ROMs;
Chapter 4: Installing, Uninstalling, and Working with Applications;
4.1 Introduction;
4.1 Uninstalling "Unremovable" Components;
4.2 Removing Unruly Applications;
4.3 Removing Stubborn Uninstall Entries from Already Uninstalled Programs;
4.4 Changing the Default Location for Installing Applications;
4.5 Launching Applications with Keyboard Shortcuts;
4.6 Customizing the Way Applications Open Using Switches and Parameters;
4.7 Running Older Applications;
4.8 Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit to Solve Compatibility Problems;
4.9 Troubleshooting Application Compatibility;
4.10 Running DOS Programs in Their Own Optimized Environments;
4.11 Forcing Older Programs to Use Windows XP Common Controls;
4.12 Using Keyboard Application Shortcuts;
4.13 Moving a New Microsoft Application to Another Windows XP System;
4.14 Remotely Installing a Microsoft Application Using Group Policy;
4.15 Remotely Redeploying a Microsoft Application Using Group Policy;
4.16 Remotely Uninstalling a Microsoft Application Using Group Policy;
Chapter 5: Customizing the Interface;
5.1 Introduction;
5.1 Getting Rid of Undeletable Desktop Icons;
5.2 Changing "Unchangeable" Desktop Icons and System Objects;
5.3 Showing Your XP Version on Your Desktop;
5.4 Turning Off Balloon Tips;
5.5 Cleaning Your Desktop Automatically;
5.6 Adding an Address Bar to the Taskbar;
5.7 Adding a Shortcut to a Disk, Folder, or Internet Address to the Taskbar;
5.8 Hiding Specific Icons in the Notification Area;
5.9 Hiding All Icons in the Notification Area;
5.10 Controlling the Start Menu's Frequently Used Programs List;
5.11 Customizing the Start Menu's Pinned Programs List;
5.12 Displaying Control Panel Applets in a Cascading Menu;
5.13 Hiding and Recategorizing Control Panel Applets;
5.14 Customizing Right-Click Menu Choices in Windows Explorer;
5.15 Changing the Resolution of Thumbnails in Windows Explorer;
5.16 Improving Laptop and LCD Resolution with ClearType;
5.17 Converting to the Classic Windows Interface;
5.18 Using TweakUI;
5.19 Using Group Policy Editor to Alter the Interface;
5.20 Saving Your Desktop Settings;
5.21 Fixing the Start Shortcut Menu;
5.22 Troubleshooting My Recent Documents;
Chapter 6: System Properties, Startup, and Shutdown;
6.1 Introduction;
6.1 Automatically Setting the Time on a Domain-Connected PC;
6.2 Automatically Setting the Time on a PC Not Connected to a Domain;
6.3 Changing the System Name;
6.4 Create a Multiboot Menu;
6.5 Using Virtual PC to Run Multiple Operating Systems Simultaneously;
6.6 Performing a Clean Boot;
6.7 Shutting Down Unnecessary Programs and Services that Run on Startup;
6.8 Speeding Up Shutdown Time;
6.9 Changing Your Boot Screen;
6.10 Personalizing Your PC's Sounds;
6.11 Creating Power Schemes;
6.12 Extending Battery Life on a Laptop;
6.13 Changing the Location of Your Startup Folders;
6.14 Disabling Error Reporting;
6.15 Creating Environment Variables;
6.16 Creating a Reboot or Shutdown Shortcut;
6.17 Scheduling a Reboot;
6.18 Speeding Up System Startup;
Chapter 7: Disks, Drives, and Volumes;
7.1 Introduction;
7.1 Viewing the Disk, Drive, and Volume Layout;
7.2 Converting a Basic Disk to Dynamic;
7.3 Enabling Disk Performance Statistics;
7.4 Formatting a Volume;
7.5 Setting the Drive Letter of a Volume;
7.6 Setting the Label of a Volume;
7.7 Cleaning Up a Volume;
7.8 Defragmenting a Volume;
7.9 Compressing a Volume;
7.10 Checking a Volume for Errors;
7.11 Making a Disk or Volume Read-Only;
7.12 Mapping a Network Drive;
7.13 Creating a Virtual Drive to Another Drive or Folder;
7.14 Finding Large Files and Folders on a Volume;
7.15 Enabling Disk Quotas;
7.16 Limiting a User to a Specified Disk Quota;
7.17 Viewing Disk Quota Usage;
Chapter 8: Files, Folders, and Shares;
8.1 Introduction;
8.1 Creating and Deleting a File;
8.2 Creating and Deleting a Folder;
8.3 Undeleting a File;
8.4 Securely Deleting a File;
8.5 Viewing the Properties of a File or Folder;
8.6 Creating a Shortcut;
8.7 Creating a Link or Junction Point;
8.8 Creating a Program Alias;
8.9 Searching for Files or Folders;
8.10 Copying, Moving, or Renaming a File or Folder;
8.11 Comparing Files or Folders;
8.12 Hiding a File or Folder;
8.13 Making a File or Folder Read-Only;
8.14 Compressing a File or Folder;
8.15 Encrypting a File or Folder;
8.16 Replacing a File That Is in Use;
8.17 Taking Ownership of a File or Folder;
8.18 Finding Out Who Opened or Modified a File Last;
8.19 Finding Open Files;
8.20 Finding the Process That Has a File Open;
8.21 Viewing File Activity;
8.22 Performing an Action on Several Files at Once;
8.23 Creating and Deleting Shares;
8.24 Viewing Shares;
8.25 Restricting Access to a Share;
8.26 Enabling Web Sharing;
8.27 Publishing a Share in Active Directory;
Chapter 9: The Registry;
9.1 Introduction;
9.1 Creating and Deleting a Key;
9.2 Setting a Value;
9.3 Setting Keys or Values Using Group Policy;
9.4 Exporting Registry Files;
9.5 Importing Registry Files;
9.6 Searching the Registry;
9.7 Comparing the Registry;
9.8 Restricting Access to the Registry;
9.9 Backing Up and Restoring the Registry;
9.10 Creating a Registry Link;
9.11 Monitoring Registry Activity;
9.12 Viewing Processes That Have a Registry Key Open;
Chapter 10: Processes, Tasks, and Services;
10.1 Introduction;
10.1 Viewing the Running Processes;
10.2 Viewing the Properties of a Process;
10.3 Viewing the Resources a Process Is Using;
10.4 Suspending a Process;
10.5 Killing a Process;
10.6 Running a Task with Alternate Credentials;
10.7 Running a Task on a Remote System;
10.8 Running a Task Automatically via the Registry;
10.9 Running a Task Automatically via Login Scripts;
10.10 Running a Task via Group Policy;
10.11 Viewing All Automatic Tasks;
10.12 Scheduling a Task;
10.13 Viewing Scheduled Tasks;
10.14 Deleting a Scheduled Task;
10.15 Troubleshooting Scheduled Tasks;
10.16 Starting and Stopping a Service;
10.17 Running Any Program or Script as a Service;
10.18 Setting the Startup Type of a Service;
10.19 Setting the Account and Password of a Service;
10.20 Performing an Action Automatically When a Service Fails;
10.21 Viewing the Antecedent and Dependent Services for a Service;
10.22 Viewing the Service Load Order;
10.23 Viewing the Startup History of a Service;
10.24 Granting Permissions to Manage One or More Services;
Chapter 11: Digital Media;
11.1 Introduction;
11.1 Ripping Digital Music;
11.2 Creating a Playlist;
11.3 Burning a CD;
11.4 Troubleshooting CD Burning;
11.5 Playing Internet Radio Stations;
11.6 Protecting Your Privacy in Windows Media Player;
11.7 Searching Through Digital Media Collections Using Metadata;
11.8 Capturing Video to Your PC;
11.9 Making Your Own DVDs;
11.10 Converting Images Easily Between Graphics Formats;
11.11 Processing Images for Email and the Web;
Chapter 12: Network Configuration;
12.1 Introduction;
12.1 Viewing the Network Configuration;
12.2 Disabling a Connection;
12.3 Configuring an IP Address;
12.4 Renewing or Releasing a DHCP IP Address;
12.5 Configuring DNS Settings;
12.6 Registering DNS Records or Flushing the DN Cache;
12.7 Finding a Computer's Active Directory Site;
12.8 Managing Routes;
12.9 Viewing the Open Ports and Connections;
12.10 Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Problems;
12.11 Configuring TCP/IP Filtering;
12.12 Measuring Link Speed and Latency Between Two Hosts;
12.13 Installing the IPv6 Stack;
Chapter 13: The Internet;
13.1 Introduction;
13.1 Using a HOSTS File to Speed Up Web Access;
13.2 Troubleshooting DNS Problems;
13.3 Installing Internet Information Services (IIS);
13.4 Using the IIS MMC Snap-in to Manage Your Internet Servers;
13.5 Setting Up and Configuring a Telnet Server;
13.6 Use the Telnet Administrator to Manage a Telnet Server;
13.7 Customizing Internet Explorer's Logo and Titlebar;
13.8 Blocking Pop Ups;
13.9 Protecting Your Privacy by Handling Cookies Properly;
13.10 Protecting Yourself Against Spyware;
13.11 Customizing Internet Explorer Security Settings;
13.12 Allowing Programs to Bypass the Windows Firewall;
13.13 Tracking Firewall Activity with a Windows Firewall Log;
13.14 Protecting Yourself with the ZoneAlarm Firewall;
13.15 Surfing the Web Anonymously;
13.16 Finding and Reading RSS Feeds;
Chapter 14: Wireless Networking;
14.1 Introduction;
14.1 Installing a Wireless Adapter;
14.2 Installing a Wireless Router;
14.3 Connecting to Your Wireless Network;
14.4 Troubleshooting WiFi Network Connections;
14.5 Speeding Up a WiFi Network;
14.6 Keeping Your WiFi Network Secure;
14.7 Setting Up WiFi Encryption;
14.8 Mixing 802.11b and 802.11g Devices;
14.9 Setting Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Network;
14.10 Connecting to a Hotspot;
14.11 Sending Email from a Hotspot;
14.12 Stopping Hotspot "Stuttering";
14.13 Protecting Yourself at Hotspots;
Chapter 15: User, Group, and Computer Accounts;
15.1 Introduction;
15.1 Creating a User Account;
15.2 Unlocking a User;
15.3 Troubleshooting Account Lockout Problems;
15.4 Viewing and Modifying the Account Lockout and Password Policies;
15.5 Enabling and Disabling a User Account;
15.6 Setting a User's Password;
15.7 Setting a Domain User's Account Options;
15.8 Setting a Domain User's Profile Attributes;
15.9 Finding a Domain User's Last Logon Time;
15.10 Creating a Group Account;
15.11 Viewing the Members of a Group;
15.12 Viewing a User's Group Membership;
15.13 Adding and Removing Members of a Group;
15.14 Creating a Computer Account;
15.15 Joining a Computer to a Domain;
15.16 Renaming a Computer;
15.17 Resetting a Computer Account;
Chapter 16: Event Logs and Log Files;
16.1 Introduction;
16.1 Creating an Event;
16.2 Viewing Events;
16.3 Creating a New Event Log;
16.4 Viewing the Size of an Event Log;
16.5 Setting the Maximum Size of an Event Log;
16.6 Setting the Event Log Retention Policy;
16.7 Clearing the Events in an Event Log;
16.8 Restricting Access to an Event Log;
16.9 Searching an Event Log;
16.10 Searching the Event Logs on Multiple Systems;
16.11 Archiving an Event Log;
16.12 Finding More Information about an Event;
16.13 Triggering an Action When an Event Occurs;
16.14 Troubleshooting a Corrupt Event Log;
16.15 Enabling Boot Logging;
16.16 Enabling User Environment Logging;
16.17 Enabling NetLogon Logging;
16.18 Enabling Windows Installer Logging;
16.19 Enabling Windows Time Service Logging;
16.20 Enabling Outlook Logging;
16.21 Troubleshooting Application Failures with the Dr. Watson Logs;
Chapter 17: Security and Auditing;
17.1 Introduction;
17.1 Analyzing Your Security Configuration;
17.2 Enabling Auditing;
17.3 Renaming the Administrator and Guest Accounts;
17.4 Disabling or Removing Unused Accounts, Services, and Software;
17.5 Enabling Screen Saver Locking;
17.6 Disabling Storage of the LM Password Hash;
17.7 Requiring Strong Passwords;
17.8 Getting Notified of New Security Vulnerabilities;
Chapter 18: Performance Tuning;
18.1 Introduction;
18.1 Speeding Up System Performance with the Task Manager;
18.2 Tracking System Performance with the Performance Console;
18.3 Using Memory More Efficiently;
18.4 Balancing System Performance and Visual Effects;
18.5 Optimizing Page File Size;
18.6 Cleaning Up Your Hard Disk;
18.7 Converting Your Hard Disk to NTFS;
18.8 Disabling Startup Services and Programs;
18.9 Removing Unnecessary Items from the Notification Area;
18.10 Improving Startup Performance;
Chapter 19: Backup and Recovery;
19.1 Introduction;
19.1 Performing a Backup;
19.2 Restoring from Backup;
19.3 Using Automated System Recovery;
19.4 Creating an ASR Disk "After the Fact";
19.5 Using System Restore to Revive a Broken Machine;
19.6 Disabling System Restore Remotely;
19.7 Retrieving a Shadow Copy of a Corrupted or Deleted File;
19.8 Using XCOPY for Interim Backups;
19.9 Using the Recovery Console During Boot Failures;
19.10 Creating a Password Reset Disk;
19.11 Recovering and Decrypting an Encrypted File or Folder;
19.12 Backing up and Restoring Activation Data;
19.13 Auditing Backup and Restore Actions;
19.14 Caring for Backup Media;
Chapter 20: Crashes and Errors;
20.1 Introduction;
20.1 Using Safe Mode;
20.2 Using Last Known Good Configuration;
20.3 Using Boot Log to Trace Problems;
20.4 Using VGA Mode to Solve Video Problems;
20.5 Using Recovery Console;
20.6 Repairing AUTOEXEC.NT or CONFIG.NT Errors;
20.7 Fixing Cryptographic Services Error;
20.8 Fixing NTOSKRNL Errors;
20.9 Fixing a HAL Error;
20.10 Fixing Corrupted or Missing \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG Errors;
20.11 Fixing NTLDR or NTDETECT Not Found Errors;
20.12 Configuring Error Reporting;
20.13 Troubleshooting Blue Screen Error Messages;
20.14 Setting Up and Using Dr. Watson to Troubleshoot Errors;
Appendix A: Summary of Windows XP Versions and Service Packs;
A.1 Introduction;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    I really like this book

    I really liked this book. I¿ve come across a lot of these ¿cookbook¿ type books for Windows XP, and they¿ve all seemed about the same. They all have a lot of good tips, but they all seem to be geared to the home user. While this book can certainly still be used by the home power user, it has a lot of great help for real system administrators. In fact, this is the only Windows XP book I¿ve come across that actually has script examples for virtually every ¿recipe¿. Like you would expect, there are many recipes for the home user. These include such tasks as speeding up your computer, ripping music, watching DVDs, etc. But where I felt this book really shined was in the realm of system administrators. Managing remote installations, troubleshooting hardware problems, managing services, and security are all covered in great detail. Again, I was very impressed by the inclusion of windows commands or VBScript files to accomplish nearly each task. In some instances, a simple windows script command won¿t do the job. In those cases, the author has carefully researched tools that are available to accomplish the task. Case in point: recipe 6.9 shows you how to change your boot screen. This change can¿t be directly made through Windows XP, so the author provides a URL (and even price) for a tool that will do the job. The author notes where free software is available. This is definitely the best book for managing Windows XP that I have come across. I felt it was easy to follow, well organized, and accessible to both experienced home users and network admins. I feel like I understand my computer a lot better after reading this book. I highly recommend this book to sys admins supporting Windows XP installations or home power users who just want more out of their XP computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005


    Are you involved in deploying, administering or automating Windows XP? If you are, this book is for you. Authors Robbie Allen and Preston Gralla, have written an outstanding end user book that covers the spectrum of topics involved with running Windows XP in both small and large environments. Allen and Gralla, begin by setting the stage for the rest of the book by covering their approach on where you can find the software tools used in this book as well as, where to find additional information. Next, the authors cover tasks related to installing and upgrading Windows XP, installing hotfixes and service packs, and performing initial system configuration. Then, they cover adding and managing hardware, troubleshooting hardware related problems, resolving device conflicts, and dealing with USB devices and printers. The authors continue by showing you how to remotely install, uninstall and redeploy applications using Group Policy deal with installation and uninstallation problems change the default location for installing applications customizing application launches and resolve compatibility problems between applications and XP. In addition, they cover customizing the desktop, controlling and customizing the Start menu, and customizing the Control Panel and Windows Explorer. The authors also focus on creating a multiboot menu, running multiple operating systems in addition to XP, performing a clean boot, halting services that run at startup, changing your boot screen, speeding up startup and shutdown times, disabling error reporting, and customizing reboots. Then, the authors cover disk quotas, converting between disk types, creating drives, mapping drives, and managing volumes. They continue by showing you how to manipulate files and folders, create shortcuts and links, modify file properties, and manage share points. The authors also cover basic Registry administration. Next, they discuss both basic and advanced process and task management, including how to create, suspend, and kill processes, and schedule tasks. Then the authors look at ripping and burning digital music, using Windows Media Player, playing Internet radio stations, using media metadata, converting images between graphics formats, capturing video, and making DVDs. They continue by looking at tasks related to configuring network adapters, viewing network configuration, viewing network traffic, and installing IPv6 support. The authors also show you how to speed up web access, trouble shoot DNS problems and Internet connections, work with Internet Information Services (IIS) and Telenet servers, customizing Internet Explorer, blocking pop ups, handling cookies protecting yourself against spy ware, and using firewalls. Then, they cover working with XPs wireless client, installing a wireless router, wireless security, troubleshooting wireless networking, and using hotspots. The authors continue by discussing how to create and administer local and domain user, group, and computer accounts. In addition, you'll also learn how to create and view events, create and manage event logs, search event logs, and enable various system logging. The authors also cover several tasks related to securing Windows XP, including auditing, screen saver locking, enabling string passwords, and disabling unused accounts. Then they cover tracking and speeding up speeding up system performance, using RAM more effectively, optimizing pagefile size, cleaning your hard disk, and converting a hard disk to NTFS. Finally, the authors examine how to use Safe Mode and the Last Known Good Configuration, using a boot log to trace problems, using the Recovery Console, repairing Autoexec.nt or Config.nt errors, fixing a wide variety of XP errors, configuring error reporting, and using Dr. Watson to troubleshoot errors. This excellent book covers hundreds of tasks you'll need to do at one point or another with Windows XP. As a result, IT professionals and system administrators will get the mo

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