Windows XP Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Techniques

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Windows XP is the latest, most reliable, and best-looking version of the Windows operating system to emerge yet. As the result of the unification of Microsoft's corporate series (Windows NT and 200) with the home series (Windows 95, 98, and Me), Windows XP offers much that is pleasing to its users: rock-solid stability and a fresh new look. But power users who want to take command of their operating systems will find the same old frustrations: it's never been easy to get under ...

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Overview

Windows XP is the latest, most reliable, and best-looking version of the Windows operating system to emerge yet. As the result of the unification of Microsoft's corporate series (Windows NT and 200) with the home series (Windows 95, 98, and Me), Windows XP offers much that is pleasing to its users: rock-solid stability and a fresh new look. But power users who want to take command of their operating systems will find the same old frustrations: it's never been easy to get under the hood of a Windows system and Windows XP is no exception.

Now power users can rejoice! Windows XP Hacks offers tips, tools, and know-how to bend Windows XP to your will. The book delves into XP topics such as controlling the control panel, changing unchangeable icons, removing uninstallable XP components, stopping pop-up ads, taking a bite out of cookies, speeding up file downloads, protecting yourself with firewalls and proxy servers, and more. Users of both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Pro Edition will find smart, timesaving, fun, and useful hacks for virtually every feature in their operating system. Even if you're not a power user yet, this book will have you well on your way.

Each Hack in the book can be read easily in a few minutes, saving countless hours of searching for the right answer. Windows XP Hacks provides direct, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing both those meeting Windows XP for the first time as well as long-time users who know what they want from their operating system and just wants tips on how to get it.

Windows XP Hacks is the latest in O'Reilly's new Hacks Series which aims to begin reclaiming the term "hacking" for the good guys. In recent years, the term has come to be associated with those nefarious black hats who break into computers to snoop, steal information or disrupt Internet traffic. But the term originally had a more benign meaning, and you'll still hear it used this way whenever developers get together. Our new Hacks books are written in the spirit of the true hackers — the people who drive innovation.

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Windows XP continues to generate manuals. Hacks offers power users 100 step-by-step ways to improve their productivity and user experience by tweaking Windows XP systems, from user interface modifications, to registry hacks, to the addition of useful freeware and shareware applications. XP's increased stability and built-in error recovery tools make it a good candidate for hacks (i.e., code to solve a problem or glitch); multiple people contributed hacks of their own, and their collective wisdom results in a good addition for larger public libraries seeking to expand beyond how-to introductions. The other three guides are appropriate for all libraries. For beginning to intermediate readers, TechTV updates the first edition with information on the changes in XP Service Pack 1 and 1a; tips, notes, and cautions add extra info, and each chapter ends with a longer point from one of TechTV's experts. Appendixes cover upgrading to XP, accessories, and accessibility options. Especially useful is an extensive maintenance and troubleshooting section. Show Me offers more screen shots, tips, "See Also" references, and information on topics as basic as using the mouse. Step-by-step instructions and no assumption of previous knowledge equal a great choice for absolute beginners; buy in conjunction with more advanced titles. Top 100 shows step by step and in full color how to accomplish timesaving and useful tasks, from adding desktop images to sending a FAX. Each task is assigned a level of difficulty; notes, cautions, and asides add further information, and clear explanations tell why each tip or trick is useful. Oddly, some tasks, such as "Searching with Google," are not unique to Windows XP. For near-beginners. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596005115
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Preston Gralla, the author of more than 20 books, is also a freelance journalist and columnist. 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 for "Best Feature in a Computer Magazine" from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

  • Credits
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Startup and Shutdown
  • Chapter 2: The User Interface
  • Chapter 3: Windows Explorer
  • Chapter 4: The Web
  • Chapter 5: Networking
  • Chapter 6: Email
  • Chapter 7: The Registry
  • Chapter 8: Basic Utilities
  • Chapter 9: Applications
  • Chapter 10: Graphics and Multimedia
  • Chapter 11: System Performance
  • Chapter 12: Hardware
  • Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Great book-If you are an expert!

    When I was in the store i started flipping through the book and i thought- Hey! Sounds like fun. but after i bought it i realized that it was the only easy hack in the book. BASICALLY: *DONT BUY THIS*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    A Must Have for Power Users

    A lot of what is in this book is already common knowledge to the PC literate. However, Preston Gralla takes it beyond the realm of common place and delves deep into Microsoft's OS and it's labrynthine settings. Filled with tips and tricks for getting that little bit extra out of you're box, you'll enjoy this resource immensely!

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