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Hacking Windows XP based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
To be honest, I'd have to give this book 2 stars, it's nicely done and the tips/tools are great - BUT, only if you use the software that you have to download - nearly a new package in every chapter. The title is misleading - I thought this would be littered with Registry hacks, but was very disappointed to find that it wasn't but referred to the software from their site. :o(
Is there a competitive push between publishers concerning books with hacks? O'Reilly has put out a series of these, each detailing 100 hacks. Now from Wiley, Sinchak talks about Microsoft Windows XP and provides us with over 200 hacks. A lot of hacks centre around customising various aspects of the UI. Not surprising. Appeals to those who like to fully explore what XP can do for you, going beyond the standard setup seen by the masses. Of necessity, Microsoft has to make the default setup somewhat of a least common denominator. That is the default UI was probably chosen after a lot of usability studies of what the typical user demands might be. But maybe you have special needs? Other parts of the book let you soup up system performance and beef up its security. (For the latter, especially defending against viruses and spyware.) I don't gainsay this utility. But a nagging feeling says that most of you will end up concentrating on tweaking the UI. Hours of fun.