In an ideal world, an operating system would do its job in the background, while you did yours in the foreground. In reality, though, operating systems often get in the way, fouling up the process at the most inopportune times. And Windows XP is no exception.O'Reilly's popular series for customizing and troubleshooting Windows once again comes to the rescue with Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks. Offering dozens of on-target tips, workarounds, and warnings, Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks allows users to improve their overall experience with the Windows XP operating system in every way possible.You'll learn how to use the Registry Editor; how to customize the interface beyond Microsoft's own intentions; and how to master Windows' built-in networking capabilities, including advanced technologies such as Internet Connection sharing, Remote Desktop sharing, and virtual private networking. And now, with this updated edition, you can also expect detailed coverage of the newly released Service Pack 2 (SP2) technology.SP2 is designed to make your work with the Windows XP operating system even easier and safer by providing superior protection against viruses, hackers, and worms. Among the core SP2 components covered in Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks are Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center.David Karp, veteran author of several titles in the Windows Annoyances series, is behind the wheel of this comprehensive guide, as well. Karp points out numerous SP2-related quirks and unaccountable behaviors that are guaranteed to increase your level of perplexity and frustration. By recognizing these shortcomings, Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks arms you with the knowledge to overcome them.Karp leaves no stone unturned in providing the ultimate resource for the ever-expanding Windows XP market. As a result, you'll be able to seize complete control of the Windows XP operating systeminstead of the other way around.
About the Author
David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of Annoyances.org. 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.