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Windows XP Hacks Tips and Tools for Customizing and Optimizing Your OS

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ISBN-10: 0596009186

ISBN-13: 9780596009182

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: Preston Gralla

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A smart collection of insider tips and tricks, "Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition covers the XP operating system from start to finish. Among the multitude of topics addressed, this must-have resource includes extensive coverage of hot-button issues such as: security web browsing controlling the control panel removing uninstallable XP components pop-up ads You'll also find timesaving hacks for file distribution; digital media, such as iTunes; and high-visibility web software, services, and exploits that have emerged since the book's last edition. Each hack in the book can be read easily in just a few minutes, saving countless hours of searching for the right answer. Now completely…    
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 574
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World,…    

Credits
Preface
Startup and Shutdown
Customize Multiboot Startup Options
Change the Picture that Appears on the XP Startup Screen
Speed Up Boot and Shutdown Times
Halt Startup Programs and Services
Create Multiple Startup Profiles with Advanced Startup Manager
Miscellaneous Startup and Shutdown Hacks
Control User Logins by Hacking the Registry
The User Interface
Customize the GUI with TweakUI
Control the Control Panel
Hack the Start Menu and Taskbar
Clean Up the Most Frequently Used Programs List
Rename and Change "Unchangeable" Desktop Icons and System Objects
Remove "Unremovable" Desktop Icons
Create Your Own XP Themes and Find Thousands Online
Give XP a Makeover with WindowBlinds
Hacking Your Way Through the Interface
Remove "Uninstallable" XP Utilities
Create Transparent Windows
Make Your Own Cursors and Icons
Windows XP to Windows 2000: Retro is Cool
Windows Explorer
Generating Folder and File Listings for Printing or Editing
Control Windows Explorer with Command-Line Shortcuts
Empower Windows Explorer with PowerDesk
Better File Rename
Find Files Faster by Mastering the Indexing Service's Query Language
Hiding Folders and Files with the Encrypting File System
Forcing Windows Explorer Into True Usefulness
Customize Folder Icons and Balloon Text
A Power User's Hidden Weapon: Improve the Context Menu
Take Your Work on the Go with Offline Files and the Briefcase
Get More Hard Disk Space by Using NTFS Compression
Put a Command-Line Prompt on Your Desktop
The Web
Stop Pop Ups, Spyware, and Web Bugs
Take a Bite Out of Cookies
Read Web Pages Offline
Better Internet Searching from Your Desktop
Hack Internet Explorer with the Group Policy Editor
Speed Up File Downloads
Surf Anonymously Without a Trace
Secrets of Web Site Hosting with Internet Information Services (IIS)
Run Java Applets Without Crashes or Problems
Networking
War Driving for WiFi Access
Test Your Security with Shields Up!
Tweak DNS Settings for Faster Internet Access
Fix Windows Media Player's Privacy Problems
Protect Your Computer with the Internet Connection Firewall
Use a Proxy Server to Protect Your PC
ZoneAlarm: The World's Best Free Firewall
Optimize Your Residential Gateway
Punch an Escape Hole Through Your Firewall
Close Down Open Ports and Block Protocols
Troubleshooting Network Connections with ping, tracert, and pathping
Troubleshooting Network Connections with netsh, netstat, and ipconfig
Speed Up Network Browsing
Extend the Range of Your Wireless Network
Install NetBEUI for Better Peer-to-Peer Networking
Check WiFi Network Performance with QCheck to Help Improve Throughput
Control Another PC with Remote Access
Make Servers Always Available by Mapping a Hostname to a Dynamic IP Address
Renewing Your DHCP-Assigned IP Address
Repair a Broken TCP/IP Connection
Set Up a Virtual Private Network
Email
Slam That Spam
Open Blocked File Attachments in Outlook and Outlook Express
Back Up and Restore Outlook and Outlook Express Data Files
Fire Outlook and Outlook Express
Retrieve Web-Based Email with Your Email Software
The Registry
Don't Fear the Registry
Hacking Away at the Registry
Safely Edit the Registry Using .reg Files
Better Registry Backups
Track and Restore Registry Changes with RegSpy
Basic Utilities
Store Multiple Clips and Boilerplate Text with a Better Clipboard
Speed Up Your Hard Disk by Improving Defragging
Build a Better Backup Strategy
Extending Your Screen Real Estate with Virtual Desktops
Top Screenshot Tips
Going Beyond Messaging with Windows Messenger
Universal Messaging: Trillian Unites AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ
Applications
Remove Unruly Applications and Uninstall Entries
Force XP-Incompatible Applications to Run
Force Older Programs to Use XP Common Controls
Launch Applications with Command-Line Shortcuts
Open and Create Microsoft Documents without Microsoft Office
Stop Hidden Fields in Word from Stealing Your Files and Information
Graphics and Multimedia
Image Conversion in a Pinch
Problem-Free CD Burning
Save Streaming Music to Your PC
File Sharing without the Spyware
Tips for Making Videos with Windows Movie Maker
System Performance
Track System Performance with the Performance Console
Getting the Most Out of Your RAM
More Power: Registry Hacks to Speed Up XP
Repair and Recovery with the Recovery Console
Hardware
Troubleshoot Hardware by Decoding Device Manager Error Messages
Uncover Hidden Hardware with the Device Manager
Check Your PC's Pulse and Tweak It for Better Performance
Remap Your Keyboard
Use ClearType for Better Laptop and LCD Resolution
Networking on the Cheap: Set Up a Direct Cable Connection
Index