Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks: Tips, Secrets and Solutions

Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks: Tips, Secrets and Solutions

by David A. Karp

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596553067
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/16/2004
Series: Annoyances
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 672
File size: 5 MB

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

1. Getting Started with Windows XP
A Brief History of Time, Re: MS Windows
Windows Editions and Service Packs
What You Get with Windows XP
Installing Windows XP
Migrating to Windows XP
2. Basic Explorer Coping Skills
Working with Explorer
Handling Files and Folders
Customizing the Interface
3. The Registry
The Registry Editor
The Structure of the Registry
Registry Procedures
4. Tinkering Techniques
Customizing Your Desktop
Covering Your Tracks
File Types: The Link Between Documents and Applications
Cool Things You Can Do with Drives and Folders
5. Maximizing Performance
Trimming the Fat
Hard Disk
System Hardware
6. Troubleshooting
General Troubleshooting Techniques
Specific Software Issues
Dealing with Drivers and Other Tales of Hardware Troubleshooting
Fixing Device-Specific Problems
Preventive Maintenance and Data Recovery
7. Networking andGoing Wireless
Getting Started with Networking
Build a Workgroup (Local Area Network)
Connect to the Internet
Stuff You Can Do With a Network
Go Wireless
Securing Your System on a Network
8. User Accounts and Administration
Managing Users
Permissions & Security
Logon Options
Sharing Files and Printers
9. Scripting and Automation
Building a Script with VBScript
Object References
Development Tips
Wacky Script Ideas
10. The Command Prompt
DOS Commands
Batch Files-The Other Way to Do It
Command Prompt Integration
A. Setting Locator
B. BIOS Settings
C. TCP/IP Ports
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.