Windows XP Annoyances For Geeks

Windows XP Annoyances For Geeks

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596008765
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: Annoyances Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of He writes for PC Magazine and his latest books include eBay Hacks and the upcoming eBay: The Missing Manual.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows XP

Chapter 2: Basic Explorer Coping Skills

Chapter 3: The Registry

Chapter 4: Tinkering Techniques

Chapter 5: Maximizing Performance

Chapter 6: Troubleshooting

Chapter 7: Networking andGoing Wireless

Chapter 8: User Accounts and Administration

Chapter 9: Scripting and Automation

Chapter 10: The Command Prompt

Appendix A: Setting Locator

Appendix B: BIOS Settings

Appendix C: TCP/IP Ports

Appendix D: Class IDs (CLSIDs) of System Objects


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Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bigbazza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book. My "BIBLE" for XP. It is well dogeared after 2 years of use. Highly recommend it to any XP owner. Appendix A has around 700 individual Windows XP settings and this alone is worth the price. These settings show you how to drill down through the menus to get to the operation. For example, Display, size. In menu: Control Panel-->Display--> Settings tab --> Screen Resolution
Brooklyn-LAN-Man More than 1 year ago
The cover of the book is a little misleading, unless you've read other books from O'Reilly of the same nature. This book is packed with informative tips that as a technician will help me to do my job more efficiently. I've worked with Windows XP since it's release, but never knew all of the in-and-outs of the OS. This book shows you tips you never knew existed. Let's hope the author is creating one for Windows 7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isn't that a neat picture on the cover? Certainly grabs one's attention. Possibly the most complaints about Microsoft Windows XP come not from Mac or linux users, but from some long suffering Microsoft users themselves. Karp hopes to alleviate some of these complaints in this updated book. Perhaps the greatest irony of the book is the space devoted to dealing with Service Pack 2 issues. Remember that SP2 is meant to fix many bugs. And indeed it does. But in the process, it changed various system settings so that, for example, some of your network applications might now seemingly break. Karp explains that it was because SP2 was doing its job and tightened up the Microsoft Windows Firewall. So he shows how to tweak the latter to re-enable your applications. Overall, the book is very detailed. But this can be a great help if you apply one of his fixes. Since the steps he gives are explicit enough to easily follow. Realistically, this second edition is unlikely to be the last. The next version of XP is bound to generate annoyances of its own.