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Command lines. Batch files. Scripting. This stuff may not come to mind when you think about Windows. Pity. It’s all there, and it can give Windows administrators power beyond their wildest imaginations. In Windows XP Under the Hood, Brian Knittel exposes Windows XP’s grubby, non-graphical underbelly -- and shows you how to twist and tweak Windows to your will.
Knittel begins with Windows Script Host and VBScript, which let you control and automate virtually every aspect of Windows, from the registry to networking. He introduces Windows Management Interface (WMI), which lets you peer into the inner workings of any Windows system, remotely monitor settings, and change everything from device drivers to applications. Next, Knittel shows how to write scripts that work on Active Directory, automating a wide range of system maintenance tasks.
For those who remember MS-DOS, get this: Not only are batch files still around, Microsoft has just upgraded the Windows batch language. Knittel shows you how to make the most of it. Then, in Part III, he unearths some powerful Windows utilities for networking, maintenance, diagnosis, and more. You just won’t find this stuff in your run-of-the-mill Windows book. 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.