Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies

Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies

by Woody Leonhard
     
 

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Improve security, find files faster, and post pictures online

Over 70 techniques that help you save time by:

  • Customizing the desktop and Start menu
  • Speeding the restart or shutdown process
  • Preventing automatic program launches
  • Streamlining Outlook® Express
  • Strengthening your Windows XP firewall

Overview

Improve security, find files faster, and post pictures online

Over 70 techniques that help you save time by:

  • Customizing the desktop and Start menu
  • Speeding the restart or shutdown process
  • Preventing automatic program launches
  • Streamlining Outlook® Express
  • Strengthening your Windows XP firewall
  • Decreasing download time for pictures
  • Zapping spyware, adware, and unwanted cookies

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
You’re running Windows XP (Home or Professional). You don’t need to learn how to point and click. But you suspect you could be doing a lot more with Windows XP. Getting the job done faster. Having more fun -- and fewer hassles. You’re right. And Woody Leonhard’s going to show you how, in Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies.

Leonhard’s been sharing his Microsoft expertise for years: His free Windows and Office email newsletters now reach more than 510,000 readers every week. Now he’s brought together some 600 pages of great Windows time savers into one incredibly easy book. We’re not talking about obscure registry tweaks that promise to deliver whopping 1% performance improvements but actually crash your computer. We’re talking about stuff that’s actually useful and doable.

These tips cover no less than 60 categories of tasks. You’ll learn how to customize your Windows desktop; create CDs and DVDs as quickly and effectively as possible; protect your privacy online; make the most of Outlook Express email; cope with your digital photos more efficiently -- and that’s just scratching the surface.

Leonhard focuses much of his attention on Windows XP’s improved networking features and rich media capabilities, often showing how to use Windows to do things that would’ve required costly add-ons in previous versions. (Sometimes add-ons are still required; Leonhard points those out, as well. And the book’s a gold mine of web links to deeper information: for example, complete guides to setting up your computer for multiple operating systems, or sites that contain free benchmark tools for seeing just how fast your computer is.

Take for example, the tip on getting Windows to start faster by skipping the logon screen (not for high-security environments, but handy for lots of other folks who always logon the same way to play the same games). Like a few of Leonhard’s tips, this one takes advantage of Windows XP PowerToys, which are definitely worth your time to download. (By the way, if you do need to see a logon screen -- maybe to change users -- you can always do that by pressing Shift while Windows starts.)

If you care about every last second, Leonhard also points you to Microsoft’s BootVis tool, which tweaks the boot process in all sorts of ways you probably don’t want to know about.

It’s conventional wisdom that adding memory improves performance. Often, it does -- but Leonhard also tells you when it won’t. (You could save some bucks.)

There’s also plenty of coverage here for notebook users. Leonard helps you make the most of standby and hibernate, and identifies some power-saving choices that could save you both time and battery life. There’s even a trick for deterring theft.

If you need an introductory guide to Windows XP, Leonhard’s earlier book, Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies, fits the bill. But if you’re further along, Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies is tough to beat. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764578830
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.26(d)

Meet the Author

Woody Leonhard: Curmudgeon, critic, and perennial “Windows Victim,” Woody Leonhard runs a fiercely independent Web site devoted to delivering the truth about Windows and Office, whether Microsoft likes it or not. With up-to-the-nanosecond news, observations, tips and help, AskWoody.com has become the premiere source of unbiased information for people who actually use the products.
In the past decade, Woody has written more than two dozen books, drawing an unprecedented six Computer Press Association awards and two American Business Press awards. Woody was one of the first Microsoft Consulting Partners and is a charter member of the Microsoft Solutions Provider organization. He’s widely quoted — and reviled — on the Redmond campus.

Justin Leonhard: Lives with his dad in Phuket, Thailand. Justin contributed to Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. He frequently helps Woody with various writing projects and keeps the office network going. Justin is an accomplished scuba diver, budding novelist, and the best video game player for miles. He was admitted to Mensa International at the age of 14.

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