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Numbers ~1 filename suffixes, 103 32-bit software, 4 A Add New Hardware wizard, 149 Add/Remove Programs menu, 78, 167 address book shortcut, 226 Administrator user, 38 .ALT files, 41 Alt key Backspace key and, 145 double-clicking and, 11 ENTER key and, 145 ESC key and, 145 F4 key with, 145 Space key with, 146 .ANI files, 92 applets, accessibility of, 26 applications crashing, 154-156 not found, 151 Program Files folder, 94-97 switching between, 144 arrows in shortcut filenames, 91 associations, file (see file types) attrib command (DOS), 247 audio CDs, 80, 140 PC speaker, 116 sound cards, 123, 138, 178 autoexec.bat file, 180-182 automatic loading of Doskey, 142 redial, 215-219 Registry backups, 42 autorun program, CD-ROM, 78-81 .AVI files, 128 B Backspace key, 145 Alt key with, 145 in open folder, 12 backups, 165 of Registry, 39-43, 168 Sysbckup folder, 128, 164 (see also restoring data) BIOS, 120 bitmap files, icons for, 92 bootup (see startup) Briefcase icon, 68 "Browse folders..." options, 10-11 bugs, 1, 153 C Cairo, 8 callback procedure, 210 cartridge drives, 140 cd command (DOS), 247 CD recorders, 140 CD-ROM drives automatic launching from, 78-81 backing up to, 166 getting to work, 175 letters for, 111-115 performance of, 122 upgrading, 136 CDs, audio, 80, 140 Cfgback utility, 40 Chicago, 7 "Click Here to Begin" arrow, 85 clicking (see double-clicking; right-clicking) clients with Internet Explorer, 224-226 "Close all programs and log on(off) as a different user" options, 18-19 close button, Shift key and, 12 Close Program box, 154 CLSID key, 37 .CNT files, 30 color of icons, 69 Command key, 52 Command Prompt, 32, 41, 143, 183 quick reference, 246-248 zzz renaming files, 14 (see also MS-DOS) commands file type keys, 52 Start menu run commad history, 188 commercial Internet service providers, 210 compacting the Registry, 46-49 computer case, 134 config.sys file, 180-182 configuration files (see initialization files) configuring hardware, 178-193 confirming deletions, 16 Connect To box, 214 connecting SCSI devices, 109 Contents screen, WinHelp, 30 context menus, customizing, 97-99 Control Panel (control.exe) Add/Remove Programs menu, 78 applet accessibility, 26 Copy and Paste for files, 17 copying backing up Registry, 39-43 DOS copy command, 248 files, 12, 15, 17 Windows 95 to a hard disk, 110 corrupted files, 160, 169 Registry files, 41, 152, 170 CPU, upgrading, 133 crashing, 154-156, 170 network, 200 restoring Windows after, 171-173 Ctrl key double-clicking and, 11 dragging and, 13 ESC key and, 145 Ins key with, 145 selecting multiple files with, 12 Tab key with, 145 Ctrl-A key, 12 Ctrl-Alt-Del Close Program box, 154 Explorer, 18 logon screen, 201 .CUR files, 92 current drive, 179 current user, 38 cursor (see mouse) cursor keys, 145 customization, 1 context menus, 97-99 Desktop, 59-70 drive icons, 23 Explorer's New menu, 91 middle mouse button, 116 My Computer icon, 83 Start menu, 87-90 tray, 20-22 user interface, 18-30 Cut and Paste for files, 17 D data recovery, 41, 169 Daytona, 7 default user, 38 DefaultIcon key, 52 defragmenting swapfile, 126 del command (DOS), 248 Delete key, 145 deleting delete confirmation, 16 icons (see icons) in filenames (see filenames) menu entries (see menus) removing Recycle Bin, 64 splash screens, 76-78 what to throw away, 127-129 Desktop, 6 context menus for items on, 99 customizing, 59-70 icon for, 68 instead of Start Menu, 31 refreshing, 17 saving layout, 20 (see also icons) device drivers, 4, 6, 166 config.sys and autoexec.bat files, 180-182 connecting without restarting, 109 loading errors, 151 SCSI controllers, 122, 136, 174 stopping device detection, 182 troubleshooting, 148-150, 156-159 Device Manager, 29 troubleshooting drivers with, 148, 157 Diagnostics utility, 163 dial-up networking (see networking) dir command (DOS), 32, 247 directories (see folders) disk caching, 125 Disk Defragmenter utility, 6, 144 disks backing up, 165 boot (see startup) corrupted, 160 crashing, 170 errors with, 170 floppy drives, 121, 174 randomly searching, 178 floppy format, 142, 167 hard disk (see hard disks) startup, 167 (see also memory) display adapters (see video cards) DLLs (dynamic link libraries), 161-163 Documents menu, 71-73 DOS (see MS-DOS) Doskey tool, 142 double-clicking Alt key and, 11 Ctrl key and, 11 Shift key and, 12 dragging files, 12 drive icons, customizing, 23 drive letters, 111-115 drivers (see device drivers) DriveSpace utility, 144 duplicating files (see copying) E electronic mail, 226 Empty Recycle Bin icon, 68 ENTER key, 145 error messages, 151-156, 170 errors compacting Registry, 48 disk, 170 loading device drivers, 151 ESC key, 145 exit command (DOS), 248 exiting Windows (see shutdown) Explorer, 5, 9-18 New menu, customizing, 91 windows at startup, 82 extensions (see filenames, extensions) F F1 key, 5, 144 F10 key, 146 F2 key, 15 F4 key, 145, 146 F5 key, 18 F8 key, 41 fatal exceptions, 153 File Manager associating file types with, 75 renaming files, 14 file types, 49-54, 141 File Types editor, 50 preventing programs from changing, 73-76 filenames ~1 suffix, 103 directory listings, 102 extensions, 49, 141 (see also HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT branch) long, 32 renaming files, 14 short, 103 shortcuts, arrows in, 91 (see also file types) files, 4 copying/duplicating (see copying) corrupted or missing, 152, 160, 169 customizing context menus for, 97 deleting (see deleting) help (see help) icon filenames, 68 indexing all on system, 142 moving, 12 QuickView for, 99 renaming, 14 selecting multiple, 12 switching between in applications, 145 temporary, 96, 128 what to throw away, 127-129 ZIP, 6 Find feature, 101 finding (see searching) firmware, 159 floppy disks (see disks) folder windows, 11 close button, 12 Explorer versus, 10 visible at startup, 82 folders, 4 controlling behavior of, 11 customizing context menus for, 98 directory listings, 102 icons for, 69 setting default startup, 22 system (see system folders) fonts Fonts folder, 108 Fonts icon, 68 incoming mail, 227 format, floppy disks, 142, 167 fragmentation, 126 frozen applications, 154-156 .FTS files, 30 G games in MS-DOS, 183-187 .GID files, 30 H hard disks backing up, 165 controllers for, 121, 135, 174 drive letters for, 111-115 getting to work, 174 performance and, 121, 140 pointless activity with, 125-127 transferring Windows 95 to, 110 upgrading, 134 hardware configuring, 178-193 drivers for (see device drivers) getting to work, 173-178 HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG branch, 38 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch, 38 improving performance of, 119-124, 168 troubleshooting, 148-150, 156-159 upgrading, 131-140 help, 5 deleting help files, 128 WinHelp Contents screen, 30 hiding all icons on Desktop, 65 tray, 21 history of run commands, 188 hives, 40 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT branch, 37, 50 HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG branch, 38 HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch, 38 HKEY_DYN_DATA branch, 39 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch, 38 HKEY_USERS branch, 38 HyperTerminal's dialing modem icon, 22 I .ICO file (see icons) icons for bitmap files, 92 changing shell icons, 66-69 in Control Panel, 26 drive icons, 23 filenames for, 68 flashing modem, 21 for folders, 69 hiding, 65 Inbox, 60 MSN, 61 My Computer, 62 Network Neighborhood, 59, 197 for restarting Windows, 19 Start menu, 88 true-color, 69 (see also Desktop) illegal operation errors, 153 images, colors of, 70 (see also icons) Inbox icon, 60, 68 indexing all files on system, 142 .INI files, 54-55 initialization dial-up networking, 221 files for, 54 modem string for, 176 inkjet printers, 139 Ins key, 145 installing device drivers, 150 dial-up networking, 202-213 system folders and, 94-97 interface (see user interface) Internet (see networking) Internet Explorer, 8, 224-226 Invalid Directory Entries error, 170 I/O ports, 120 ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network), 177, 211 ISPs (Internet service providers), 202, 211 commercial, 210 K keyboards, 124, 139 NumLock key, 187 shortcuts with, 144 keys, Registry, 37 L languages, multiple, 34 laser printers, 139 left cursor key, 145 Load= line (in win.ini file), 55 logging in Desktop layout and, 20 logon screen, 201 preventing new users, 33 logos.sys file, 25 logow.sys file, 25 long filenames, 32 M maintenance utilities, 6 memory compacting the Registry, 46-49 drive partitions, 111-115 DriveSpace utility, 144 fragmented, 126 performance and, 125-127 RAM, 159 upgrading, 134 what files to delete, 127-129 Memphis, 8 menus context menus, customizing, 97-99 following the mouse, 81 New menu (Explorer), 91 Send To (see Send To menu) Start (see Start menu) startup, 189-193 Microsoft Exchange, 60, 226 Microsoft Network icon, 61 middle mouse button, 116 missing files, 152, 161 modems, 122, 138 flashing icon for, 21 getting to work, 176-177 monitors, 119, 131, 174 motherboards, upgrading, 132 mouse buttons (see double-clicking; right-clicking) cursor, 5 menus that follow, 81 middle mouse button, 116 moving/copying files with, 13 performance of, 124 upgrading, 139 .MOV files, 128 moving files, 12 with Cut and Paste, 17 DOS move command, 248 .MPG files, 128 mscreate.dir file, 128 MS-DOS batch files for Registry backups, 42 booting directly into, 105 crash recovery software, 172 exiting directly to, 106 games, 183-187 msdos.sys file, 26, 172, 271-275 quick reference, 246-248 startup menus, 191 (see also Command Prompt) Msgsrv32 program, 155 MSN icon, 61 ~mssetup.t folder, 128 MTU settings, 222 multiple languages, 34 multiple operating systems, 108 multiple users, 33, 109 limiting access, 142 logon screen and, 201 sharing system folders, 107-108 My Computer icon, 62, 68 customizing, 83 N Nashville, 8 network cards, 123, 138, 178, 196 Network Neighborhood icon, 59, 68, 197 networking, 194-202 autoredial, 215-219 crashing the network, 200 dial-up networking, 202-227 dial-up networking icon, 68 flashing modem icon, 21 ISDN connection, 211 ISPs, 202, 210, 211 logon screen, 201 MTU and RWIN settings, 222 passwords and, 219-221 scripting, 208, 215 troubleshooting, 199, 212 workgroups, 195-200 Norton Utilities 95, 56 splash screen, 77 NumLock key, 187 O objects, 5 .OCX files, 163 OLE information, 37 Open with... option, 12, 51 operating systems multiple, 108 settings and diagnostics, 163 optical CD drives, 175 [Options] section, msdos.sys, 273-275 OSR2, 8 P page-fault errors, 153 partitions, 111-115 passwords, dial-up networking and, 219-221 paste (see Copy and Paste; Cut and Paste) patches, Registry, 43-45 path copying to specified, 17 [Paths] section, msdos.sys, 272 problems with, 164 Registry, 37 PC speaker, 116 performance, 4, 119-129 dial-up networking initialization, 221 improving work habits, 140-146 networking, 211 random floppy drive searches, 178 performance (continued) startup, 144 upgrading computer, 129-140 Plug & Play (PNP), 3, 39 poledit.exe (see System Policy Editor) Policy Editor, security and, 108 preventative maintenance, 165-170 printers, 157, 177 performance of, 123 Printers icon, 68 timeout for, 115 upgrading, 138 Program Files folder, 94-97 programs (see applications) Properties window, 11 Q QuickView application, 52, 99 quoting sender's message in replies, 227 R RAM (see memory) Recent folder, 72 recordable CD drives, 175 recovery of data, 41, 169 Recycle Bin, 16 Empty Recycle Bin icon, 68 getting rid of, 64 renaming, 84 redialing, 215-219 refreshing Desktop, 17 .REG filename extension, 43 RegClean utility, 56 regedit.exe, regedt32.exe (see Registry Editor) registered users (see users) Registry, 3, 36-39 backing up, 39-43, 168 compacting, 46-49 corrupted, 41, 152, 170 Explorer settings, 10 keys of, 37, 37-39 patches, 43-45 paths, 37 searching, 45, 140 tools for, 55 Registry Editor, 36, 45 Registry Search and Replace utility, 56 rem command (DOS), 181 removable cartridge drives, 140 removable CD drivers, 175 removable drives, 166 renaming DOS ren command, 14, 248 files, 14 Recycle Bin, 84 replacing during search (see searching) restarting Windows, 19 after crashing application, 155 connecting SCSI devices without, 109 in MS-DOS mode, 184 refreshing Desktop without, 17 restoring data, 41, 169 after Windows crash, 171-173 right-clicking customizing context menus, 97-99 file, plus Shift key, 12 folder icons, 23 on folder icons, 12 QuickView application, 99 right cursor key, 145 right mouse button, dragging with, 13 Route 1 Pro utility, 31, 109 RtvReco utility, 16 Run= line (in win.ini file), 55 rundll32.dll program, 156 RWIN settings, 222 S saving Desktop layout, 20 network password, 219-221 window locations, 82 Windows 95 on a hard disk, 110 (see also backups) Scandisk utility, 6 scanners, 177 scripting, 208, 215 SCSI devices connecting without restarting Windows, 109 controllers for, 122, 136, 174 searching Find feature for, 101 initialization files, 55 Registry, 45, 140 Sector Not Found error, 170 security backing up Registry, 42 Documents menu, 71 limiting user access, 142 preventing new users, 33 Windows 95 and, 108 Send To menu, 141 copying files with, 17 QuickView application via, 100 renaming files with, 14 settings BIOS, 120 Desktop layout, 20 Explorer, 10 hard disk, 121 Hardware key, 38 initialization files, 54 msdos.sys file, 272-276 MTU and RWIN, 222 for multiple users, 33 operating system, 163 Recycle Bin, 16 sharing resources, 198 system folders, 107-108 Shell Folders key, 72, 95 shell icons (see icons) Shell key, 52 Shellex key, 53 ShellNew key, 51 Shift key close button and, 12 Delete key with, 145 double-clicking and, 12 dragging and, 13 F10 key with, 146 Ins key with, 145 inserting CD-ROM and, 79 right-clicking file with, 12 Tab key with, 144 short filenames, 103 shortcuts, 5 address book, 226 from Command Prompt, 32 filenames of, 91 keyboard, 144 launching Explorer from, 22 to QuickView application, 100 shutdown exiting to MS-DOS, 106 into MS-DOS, 186 screen for, 24 signature file, 226 SIMM (see memory) size, Registry files, 46 SLIP protocol, 209 software firmware, 159 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch, 38 improving performance of, 125 Registry's Software key, 38 troubleshooting, 160-165 (see also applications) sounds (see audio) Space key, 146 speed (see performance) splash screens, eliminating, 76-78 Start menu, 5, 31 "Click Here to Begin" arrow, 85 Ctrl-ESC shortcut, 145 customizing, 87-90 performance and, 141 run command history, 188 startup booting into MS-DOS, 105, 185, 186 disks for, 167 errors during, 151-153 Explorer windows at, 82 menus for, 189-193 screen for, 24 speeding up, 144 swapfile, defragmenting, 126 Sysbckup folder, 128, 164 system.1st file, 42 system administration, 104-117 system.da0 file, 40 system.dat file, 39, 40 system folders, 94-97 sharing between users, 107-108 system.ini file, 55, 152 System Policy Editor, 108 T Tab key, 144 tape drives, 140, 166, 175 task list, 143 taskbar, keyboard shortcuts to, 145 Temp folder, 96, 128 temporary files, 96, 128 third mouse button, 116 timeout, printer, 115 tray, customizing, 20-22 troubleshooting, 148-165 error messages, 151-156 hardware, 148-150, 156-159, 178-193 networking, 199, 212 true-color icons, 69 TweakUI utility, 56 U upgrading computer, 129-140 user.da0 file, 40 user.dat file, 39, 40 user interface, 3, 18-30 users current (see current user) editing information about, 105 HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch, 38 HKEY_USERS branch, 38 limiting access to, 142 multiple, 33, 109, 201 sharing system folders, 107-108 workgroups, 195-200 user-upgradable firmware, 159 V .VBX files, 163 version control, 161-163 video cards, 120, 131, 173 colors, 70 video clips, 128 virtual folders, applets and, 28 virtual memory, 125 W win.ini file, 55, 74, 152 Windows crash recovery software, 171 future of, 7 MS-DOS games on, 183-187 restarting (see restarting Windows) restoring after crash, 171-173 Taskman, 143 (see also Windows 95; Windows NT) windows closing, 145 zooming, turning off, 93 Windows 95, 2 making startup disks, 167 OSR2, 8 pointless hard disk activity, 125-127 security and, 108 startup menus, 190 stoping device detection, 182 transferring to a hard disk, 110 versus Windows NT, 6 Windows 3.x programs not in, 143 (see also Windows) Windows 97, 8 Windows folder, deleting files from, 127 Windows Messaging, 60, 223, 226 Windows NT Diagnostics utility, 163 dual-boot menu, 189 versus Windows 95, 6 Windows 3.x programs not in, 143 (see also Windows) winfile.exe (see File Manager) WinHelp (see help) winmail.dat file, 223, 226 Winmsd.exe utility, 163 winnt.bmp file, 25 winnt256.bmp file, 25 work habits, improving, 140-146 workgroups, 195-200 Z ZIP files, 6 zooming windows, 93 END

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ISBN:
9781565922662
Author:
Karp, David A
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O'Reilly Media
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Karp, David A.
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
Technology
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Computers and computer technology
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Operating Systems - IBM Compatible
Subject:
Operating systems (computers)
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
Operating Systems - Windows 95
Subject:
Operating Systems - Windows
Subject:
Microsoft windows nt (computer program)
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Operating Systems - NT
Subject:
Operating systems
Subject:
Microsoft Windows NT.
Subject:
Microsoft Windows
Subject:
Microcomputer Operating Environments
Subject:
Computer Books: Operating Systems
Subject:
Books; Computers & Internet; Networking & OS; Operating Systems; Microsoft Windows & DOS; Windows
Subject:
Books; Computers & Internet; Networking & OS; Operating Systems; Microsoft Windows & DOS; Windows 95
Subject:
Books; Computers & Internet; Networking & OS; Operating Systems; Microsoft Windows & DOS; Windows Registry
Subject:
COMPUTERS-OPERATING SYSTEMS
Subject:
Operating Systems - General
Subject:
Windows 95;Windows NT 4.0
Subject:
General Computers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Nutshell Handbooks
Publication Date:
19970111
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.78 in 1.08 lb

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Irritating features and what to do about them--this is the focus of this comprehensive resource. Intermediate to advanced users of Windows 95 and NT version 4.0 will learn step-by-step how to customize the Win95/NT operating system through an extensive collection of tips, tricks, and workarounds. The book covers Registry, Plug and Play, networking, security, multiple-user settings, and third-party software.
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