Windows Xp Headaches


Windows XP Headaches is the ultimate resource for fast and effective troubleshooting. From taskbar troubles to aggravating security issues this solutions-packed guide helps you identify the symptom and quickly diagnose and treat the problem—and even helps to alleviate migraine-causing problems like system crashes, installation issues, and boot failures.
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Windows XP Headaches is the ultimate resource for fast and effective troubleshooting. From taskbar troubles to aggravating security issues this solutions-packed guide helps you identify the symptom and quickly diagnose and treat the problem—and even helps to alleviate migraine-causing problems like system crashes, installation issues, and boot failures.
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Every version of Windows can do more...and each new version finds new ways to drive folks bonkers. If you’ve upgraded to Windows XP, you know it’s true. Yeah, XP is full of cool new digital features, but where’d they hide the old controls and settings you’d finally figured out? Sure, XP does practically everything automatically -- but what happens when it does that stuff wrong?

What happens is, you get a copy of Windows XP Headaches, by Curt Simmons. Simmons identifies some 300 of XP’s biggest annoyances and shows exactly how to resolve them.

XP is full of nitty little frustrations where that wry old saying applies: It’s not a bug -- it’s a feature. “Windows XP keeps putting stuff on the Start menu without my permission.” “Windows Media Player keeps opening automatically when I insert a CD.” “The Desktop Cleanup Wizard keeps running without my permission.” You’d be forgiven for wondering: Whose side is this computer on, anyhow? Simmons puts you back in control.

Then there are the security-related issues, some relating to Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, and many relating to XP’s user accounts. (For example, all the stuff you can’t do if you’re not logged in as an administrator). For many home users, this represents yet another layer of hassle to get beyond. You don’t have to learn a whole lot to solve these problems, but you do need to know a few things -- and you can learn them here.

Of course, there are bigger problems, too -- and that’s when you’ll really appreciate owning this book. Your computer stops responding while you’re installing XP, or gives you a file copy error message, or a Stop or Error message. You get XP installed but can’t connect to Microsoft’s ever-lovin’ online activation system. Your system crashes and won’t reboot properly. You try to use System Restore, and now things are really fouled up. Patiently, one step at a time, Simmons walks you through the solutions to all of these problems.

We’ve been jumping around, but Simmons doesn’t. He systematically covers all of XP, beginning with interface headaches (screen doesn’t look right, taskbar won’t stay put); file and folder headaches ("I didn’t mean to 'recycle' that file, what do I do?") and user account headaches ("I don’t want to use the Welcome screen.") Next, he offers solutions to roughly a dozen of the most common problems with Windows’ applets (“I can’t create a new Address Book entry”; “I thought there was a scientific calculator here somewhere but all I can find is a conventional one”).

There’s extensive coverage of hardware hassles: what to do when Windows XP won’t recognize your new scanner or digital camera; or when XP won’t let you create a new partition on your new hard drive; or when all the devices hanging off your USB hub work fine -- except your printer.

Even more chapters are dedicated to the Internet. How to share your Internet connection (or stop sharing it), and what to do when Internet Connection Sharing squawks about IP conflicts. How to use Internet Connection Firewall and understand what it’s doing. How to get Internet Explorer to dial the Internet connection you want to use, instead of the wrong one; how to change your home page. There’s also a full chapter on Outlook Express (“I accidentally put someone on my blocked senders list; how do I get them off?”

If you’re using Windows XP on a home network, you’ll appreciate Simmons' thorough coverage of the myriad troubles you might encounter. (All your computers work fine on the network except one -- why? You can’t share a folder or printer -- why?) By the way, in most cases, the headaches Simmons uncovers apply to both Windows XP Home and Professional, but there are a few special circles of hell for users of one or the other, and Simmons covers these as well.

If you want to make the most of Windows XP, get Simmons’ other book, How to Do Everything with Windows XP. But if you want to keep Windows XP from getting the best of you, rush out and get this one: Windows XP Headaches. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

Library Journal
As the installed base of Microsoft's newest operating system, XP, grows, guides to its use will continue to proliferate (see also Computer Media, LJ 3/1/02). Upgraders with little previous experience will be drawn to 10 Minute Guide, which highlights changes from earlier versions and explains common tasks step by step. Small and leaving no room for background or troubleshooting assistance, this should be purchased in conjunction with more comprehensive guides, such as The Missing Manual. It provides enough background to allow new home users and upgraders to get up and running, while leaving them feeling as if they have a handle on why and how things work. Ample screen shots and sidebars further this process; recommended for all libraries. Headaches, for beginning to intermediate users, focuses on troubleshooting common XP problems and annoyances, like a too-rapid cursor blink rate. Nutshell is a reference for advanced users of home and professional editions, with an alphabetical format that allows quick lookup of functions and features within larger sections (e.g., networking, the registry, etc.). Each is useful and appropriate for larger libraries.'
From The Critics
Designed for the computer novice, this handbook offers advice on how to fix problems encountered in Window's new operating system. Written in a question and answer format, the handbook offers step-by-step solutions to problems related to software, hardware, disks, printers and scanners, internet connection, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, networking, Media Player, Movie Maker, tools and utilities, and performance. Missing from the work is any problems that may be encountered with non-Windows software. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072224610
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 5/2/2002
  • Series: Consumer Series
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 0.89 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Windows XP Interface Headaches 1
Ch. 2 Windows XP File and Folder Headaches 29
Ch. 3 Windows XP User Headaches 49
Ch. 4 Windows XP Accessory and Software Headaches 71
Ch. 5 Windows XP Hardware Headaches 91
Ch. 6 Windows XP Disk Headaches 111
Ch. 7 Windows XP Peripheral Headaches 135
Ch. 8 Windows XP Printer, Scanner, and Camera Headaches 153
Ch. 9 Windows XP Internet Connection Headaches 171
Ch. 10 Windows XP Internet Explorer Headaches 193
Ch. 11 Outlook Express Headaches 215
Ch. 12 Windows XP Networking Headaches 235
Ch. 13 Media Player Headaches 273
Ch. 14 Movie Maker Headaches 301
Ch. 15 Tools and Utility Headaches 315
Ch. 16 Performance Headaches 337
Ch. 17 Windows XP Migraine Headaches 353
App. A Curt's Top 20 Windows XP Headaches 365
App. B Four Signs You Need Help from Technical Support 381
App. C Five Things Computer Users Do That Cause Headaches! 383
App. D Helpful Windows XP Web Sites 387
Index 403
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