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Degunking Windows

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ISBN-10: 1933097078

ISBN-13: 9781933097077

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Joli Ballew, Jeff Duntemann

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"Degunking Windows, Second Edition continues on with the mission introduced in the bestselling first edition--help all Windows XP users get the most out of their PC. Since the first edition was published, new software updates, hardware changes, and more aggressive viruses have all contributed to creating more gunk for users. The new edition is especially designed to help readers clean up Windows and get much more out of their PCs. The focus is on Service Pack 2 and all of the new features that have been added to Windows XP. "Degunking Windows, Second Edition features proven techniques to help users quickly get their PCs back to top performance. It shows why PCs get gunked up, and presents…    
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Paraglyph, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

JEFF DUNTEMANN is the Editor-in-Chief of Visual Developer magazine, former editor of Turbo Technix and PC Techniques, the "Structured Programming"columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal, and has written and edited more than twenty programming books.

Why Is My Computer All Gunked Up?
What the Experts Know
Understanding How You Got So Gunked Up
Files Are Saved All over the Hard Drive
Temporary Files Aren't Always So Temporary
Spam, Spam, Eggs, Bacon, and Spam!
Installing Too Many Programs
Your Menu System Is Overrun
Your Desktop Is Overrun with Icons
Segmented Hard Drive
Low Hard Drive Space
Unorganized Data Files
Unorganized Web Favorites
Spyware Boogeyman
The Dreaded Cookie Monster
Service Packs and Updates
You're Gunked Up!
Ready for Degunking?
Degunking Your PC
The Strategy Behind Degunking
Important Questions to Ask Yourself
File Management 101
Desktop and Start Menu
E-Mail Degunking
Clean Up Those Program Remnants
Hard Drive Optimization
Patch Things Up
Speaking of Patches...
Doing a Clean Start
The Degunking 12-Step Program
Summing Up
Getting Rid of Files that Shouldn't Be There
Clean Up the Default Folders
Media Files
Shared Folders
Clean Up Your Main Drive
Delete Files from the Root Directory (C:)
Delete Unused Files in Other Locations
Clean Up the "Unzipped" Folder
Locating Duplicate Files
Get Rid of Those Pesky Temp Files
Use Disk Cleanup
Cleaning Up What Disk Cleanup Has Missed
Deleting User Files from Unused User Accounts
Summing Up
Uninstalling Programs You Don't Need and Tweaking Those You Do
Remove Programs You Don't Use
Using a Program's Uninstall Command
Using the Control Panel to Remove Programs
Removing Extraneous Windows Components
Cleaning Up the Start Menu
Find Programs You Don't Even Know You Have
Check Out the Program Files Folder
Remove Spyware
Remove Programs for Hardware You No Longer Own
Tweaking Programs You Do Need
Right-Click Your Program Icons
Program Compatibility Mode
Make Multimedia and Games Run Better
Performance Options
System Restore
Summing Up
Organizing Your Remaining Files and Folders
Better Organize the Default Folders
Where Should You Put Your Data?
Personalize the Default Folders with Folders of Your Own
Empty the Recycle Bin
Restart the Computer
Make a Final Pass
Ready? Empty!
Use Disk Defragmenter
Staying Degunked
Summing Up
Tweaking Your Desktop and Start Menu
Clean Up and Personalize the Taskbar
Managing the Taskbar's System Tray
Add Quick Launch Icons
Lock, AutoHide, and Group Options in the Taskbar
Customizing with TweakUI
Personalize the Start Menu
XP Start Menu
Classic Menu
Clean Up and Personalize the Desktop
Add or Remove Default Icons
Create Folders and Program Shortcuts
Identify the Gunk
Removing Folders and Shortcuts
Run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard
Choose Non-System-Intensive Screensavers
About Themes
Explore Folder Options
Summing Up
Preventing Spam Gunk
Choose the Best E-Mail Addresses
Set Up Your Primary E-Mail Address
Set Up Your Backup and Disposable E-Mail Addresses
Avoid Spammer Dictionary Attacks
Choose Your E-Mail Client Carefully
Be Careful with Outlook
Watch Out for Spam Beacons
Use Alternative E-Mail Clients
Use Your E-Mail Address Carefully
Never "Unsubscribe" from a Spammer Mailing List
Never Post (or Let Others Post) Your E-Mail Address on the Web
Obfuscate Your E-Mail Address on Newsgroups and Discussion Boards
Use Disposable E-Mail Addresses for E-Commerce
Services That Manage Disposable E-Mail Addresses
Use a Separate Spam Filtering Utility
A Short Spam Filtering Glossary
Filtering within Your E-Mail Client Is Not Enough
How Mail Proxies Work
POPFile and Its Buckets
Configuring Your E-Mail Client to Use POPFile
Using and Training POPFile
Creating POPFile Magnets
Avoid Triggering Other People's Spam Filters
Summing Up
Cleaning Up E-Mail Gunk
Keep, Hold, or Pitch?
The 100-Message Rule
Is Autosorting a Good Idea?
It's Psychology, not Technology!
Create a One-Screen Folder Hierarchy
Keep Your Folder List to One Screen
Keep Time-Delimited Mail in Separate Folders
Use Nested Folders Carefully
Don't Accumulate Attachments
Miscellaneous E-Mail Housecleaning Pointers
Watch Out for Abandoned Drafts
Delete Duplicate Copies of Your Mailbase
Outlook Express E-Mail Gunk in the Windows Registry
Use a File Shredder after You Delete Messages Containing Personal or Financial Data
Summing Up
Installing Upgrades for Your System
Use Windows Update to Stay Up-to-Date
Get Updates Automatically or Manually
High Priority Updates and Service Packs
Software and Hardware Updates
Upgrade to Windows XP Professional
Upgrade the Media Applications
Upgrade to MSN Messenger 7.0
Summing Up
Surviving Service Pack 2
Make Sure You Have Service Pack 2 and Get It If You Don't
Ways to Get Service Pack 2
Installing Service Pack 2
Let Internet Explorer Explore Again
Allow Active Content and View Blocked Pop-Ups
Reconfigure Outlook Express
Enable Attachments, Live Links, and Embedded Pictures
Optimize the Security Center
Tweak Firewall Settings
Automatic Updates
Configure Virus Protection
Get Rid of Unnecessary Messages
Find Solutions for Other SP2 Problems
Uninstall Service Pack 2 (If All Else Fails)
Degunking Media
Get Media Updates
Degunk Windows Media Player
Control Your Playlists
Finding Missing Media Files
Deleting Media Files You Don't Want
Remove Duplicate Links in the Music Library
Back Up, Restore, Manage, and Recover Lost Licenses
Degunk Windows Movie Maker
Understand the Difference between Source Files, Project Files, and Movie Files
Organize Your Files and Delete Files You Don't Need
Create Movies of Appropriate Length
Optimizing Your Hard Drive and System Startup
Converting to NTFS
Resize Your Partitions
Degunk the Startup Process
Clean Up the Startup Folder
Clean up Third-Party Programs
Clean Up the Boot Process
View Errors with Dr. Watson
Running Dr. Watson (Drwtsn32.exe)
Use Network Diagnostics
Get Rid of Unsigned Files and Drivers
Using File Signature Verification
Updating Unsigned Drivers
Error Checking
Staying Degunked
Summing Up
Cleaning and Tweaking the Registry
Inside the Registry
A Quick Note about Windows Versions
REGEDT32 Is Your Gateway to the Registry
Back Up and Restore the Registry
Clean the RegistryClean the Registry
Use Registry Cleaning Software
Use Microsoft's RegClean to Clean the Registry in Windows 95/98/NT or Windows 2000
Tweak the Registry
Turn My Documents into a Cascading Folder
Display Compressed Files in an Alternate Color
Display Hidden Files with Explorer
Remove All Icons from Your Desktop
Summing Up
The Best Hardware for PC Degunking
Add Memory
Physical Installation
Tweak Virtual Memory Settings
Add a Backup Device
External Hard Drive
Zip Drive
Other Storage Options
Add a Second Monitor
Purchasing a New Display Adapter
Physical Installation
Configuring the Display Settings
Physically Clean the Machine
Cleaning Keyboards, Mice, and Monitors
Degunking Inside the Case
Purchase a New Computer
Degunk Your New PC
Free Short-Term Trials
Software from the Manufacturer, Third-Party Software, Duplicate Software
Summing Up
PowerToys and Awesome Shareware
Use PowerToys for Degunking
Downloading and Installing
Customize Windows Settings with TweakUI
Organize Your Desktop with Virtual Desktop Manager
Resize Images with the Image Resizer
Alt-Tab Replacement
WUGNET's Shareware Picks
Keep Your Registry Clean with Registry First Aid
Get Rid of Annoying Pop-Up Messages with Pop-Up Stopper Professional
Synchronize Your Folders with FolderMatch
Keep Your Computer Running Smoothly with System Mechanic
Bloglines and RSS Feeds
Microsoft's New Utilities
Summing Up
Improving Security
How Secure Is Your PC?
Purchase and Configure Anti-Virus Software
Configure Internet Options
Configure Security Zones
Privacy Options
Understand Your Options
Enable the Guest Account
Enable and Configure a Guest Account
A Look at Administrative Tools
Local Security Policies
Computer Management
No SP2? Enable Windows XP's Internet Connection Firewall
Windows XP and SP2's Firewall
Home Office and Business Firewalls
Get the Best Security for the Buck
Summing Up
Backing Up Precious Files
Perform Backups with the Backup Utility
Getting Started
Creating a Simple Backup
Creating a Thorough Backup
Use Different Types of Backups
Recommendations for the Home User
How Often to Back Up
About Storing the Backups
Scheduling a Backup Using the Backup Utility
Schedule Backups with the Windows Scheduled Tasks Utility
Configuring a Scheduled Task
Using the Restore Utility
Copy to a CD as a Backup Option
Summing Up
Last Resort Degunking Techniques
Locate Incompatible Hardware
Fix Problems with Hardware Drivers
Return to Older Versions of Drivers Using the Device Driver Rollback Utility
Use System File Checker
Return Your System to an Earlier State with System Restore
Configure System Restore
Create Restore Points Manually
Using System Restore
Repair XP with the XP CD-ROM
What If I Don't Have an XP CD?
How to Boot to the CD
Changing the BIOS
Repair XP Without Doing a Clean Install
Upgrade to Windows XP
Do a Clean Install but Only If You Really Have To
Gather Your Critical Information
Reinstall Everything
Summing Up
Performing a Clean Windows Install
Settings Needed for Reinstalling Windows
Tips on Locating Personal Data and Configuration Settings
Locating Hard Drive Configuration Settings
Locating Your Internet Settings
Locating Registration Information for Software You Download
Service Packs and Updates
Using Microsoft Support for Help
Recovering from a Corrupted Registry
How to Know When You Have a Registry Boot Problem
Fixing Your Corrupted Registry
Troubleshooting Your PC with Degunking Techniques
Operating System Problems
File Management/Hard Drive Problems
Application Problems
E-Mail and Web Browsing Problems
Security Problems
Hardware and Peripheral Problems
Media Problems
The Future of Degunking
Making Windows Virtual
Instant Degunking
Trying Out Software
Virtual Projects
Safe Surfing
What Makes Virtualization Work
Virtualization's Limitations
How to Get Started