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Windows 98 Annoyancesby David A Karp
Synopses & Reviews
An operating system is a piece of software that should do its work in the background while you do your work in the foreground. In an ideal world, that's precisely how an operating system would work. In our world, however, operating systems constantly get in our way. They annoy us. And few are more annoying than Microsoft Windows 98. Perhaps you're annoyed with the icons that Windows deposits on your desktop and that you never use. Or you're frustrated with the new elements of the Windows 98 interface. Or you consider Windows 98's central feature, its integration of Windows and the Web, to be a massive inconvenience.
With Windows 98 Annoyances, you can put an end to these and countless other annoyances. Given the book's format, which presents particular problems and immediately offers one or more solutions, you can quickly identify the Windows 98 features that most annoy you and equally quickly provide a fix for them. In the process, you'll take charge of Windows so that it works the way you want, rather than the way that Microsoft or some other software publisher has configured it.
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David A. Karp, author of the popular "Windows Annoyances", takes readers step-by-step through the workarounds for the annoyances found in this new Windows 98 operating system. Covers in detail the new Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. Details Active Desktop and the new Windows Scripting Host.
A collection of techniques for customizing Windows 98. The text shows how to quickly identify a particular annoyance and immediately offers one or more solutions. Included is a CD with a trial version of "O'Reilly Utilities: Quick Solutions for Windows 98 Annoyances".
Where do you really want to go today? If it is off Microsoft's well-worn path, bushwhack your own trail with Windows 98 Annoyances. Here's more than 400 pages of good stuff billg did not tell you. Like how to dis -integrate Windows 98's legendary (some would say notorious) Web integration features. How to get Windows to (thankfully) start faster. And how to script your Web connection so you do not have to log in manually.
About the Author
Windows expert David Karp is the author of O'Reilly's bestselling "Windows Annoyances" series of books, including his latest, "Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks". He also co-authored "Windows XP in a Nutshell". A clear and engaging writer, he is a consistent voice for empowering Windows users to get more out of their operating system, and his annoyances.com web site has garnered a sizeable following. David has also written "eBay Hacks" and "eBay: The Missing Manual".
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Preface 1. Making the Most of Windows 98 What's Wrong with Windows Flavors of Windows-Past and Present Transition to Windows 98 2. Customizing the Interface Coping with Explorer Get Control of the Desktop Fundamental Interface Tweaks 3. The Registry Getting to Know the Registry Tips and Tricks Registry Tools 4. Tinkering Techniques Cleaning Up the Desktop Fixing the Start Menu Files and Folders Making Windows Your Own 5. Maximizing Performance Fine-Tuning Your Components Fixing Software Bottlenecks Upgrading Your System 6. Troubleshooting General Troubleshooting Techniques Error Messages Preventative Maintenance and Data Recovery Hardware Configuration DOS to the Rescue 7. Networking Setting Up a Workgroup Installing Dial-Up Networking Coping with Dial-Up Networking Mixing and Matching Networks Security and Multiple Users 8. Taking Control of Web Integration A Little History and Motivation Massaging the Interface The Web View and the Active Desktop Choosing Your Defaults 9. Scripting and Automation Windows Scripting Host DOS Batch Files Scheduled Tasks A. Setting Locator B. DOS Lives C. Contents of the MSDOS.SYS File D. Class IDs of System Objects E. Interface Terminology and the Basics F. Software to Solve Annoyances Index
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