Synopses & Reviews
Windows XP is the most popular operating system on the planet--and the most annoying. From incomprehensible error messages to inexplicable crashes, from wonky wireless setups to just finding a file, Windows can make your computing life a nightmare. But thanks to Fixing Windows XP Annoyances, you can banish the bugs, speed up operations, and just make Windows work right.
Inspired by author David Karp's Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, this all-new tome pulls together tips, tricks, insider workarounds, and fixes for PC novices and pros, in a handy, accessible Q&A format that lets you find the solutions in a flash. Fixing Windows XP Annoyances will not only increase your productivity but lower your blood pressure. Karp's new book covers:
- Setup and Hardware-Update Windows, reinstall Windows safely, speed up start up, resolve driver-hardware conflicts, and more.
- Windows Interface-Navigate quickly, fix screen resolution problems, customize the desktop, and switch applications more quickly.
- Windows Explorer-Force XP's file & folder management application to remember your view settings, save your default application choices, and get XP's Search tool to behave.
- Multimedia-Having a problem playing a video or burning a CD? Want to do more with your digital photo collection? We have the answers.
- Web and Email-Get a handle on spyware, spam and pop-ups; protect your privacy online; learn how to improve your online experience.
- Wireless and Home Networking-Connect all your PCs; share Internet connections; share files and drives securely; make your wireless network purr; share network printers; and more.
If you're having a problem, just look through the Table of Contents for the annoyance that most closely matches your problem, or feel free to start thumbing through the pages. You'll likely find a fix to a problem you didn't even know could be solved.
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
Dedication; Introduction; How to Use This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Got an Annoyance?; O'Reilly Would Like to Hear from You; About the Author; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Windows Interface; 1.1 GENERAL INTERFACE; 1.2 DESKTOP; 1.3 START MENU; 1.4 TASKBAR; 1.5 APPLICATION WINDOW; 1.6 WELCOME SCREEN; Chapter 2: Windows Explorer; 2.1 FOLDERS; 2.2 FILES; 2.3 FILE DIALOGS; 2.4 SEARCHING; Chapter 3: Multimedia; 3.1 VIDEO; 3.2 SOUND AND MUSIC; 3.3 PHOTOS; 3.4 WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER EDITION; 3.5 CDS AND DVDS; Chapter 4: The Web and Email; 4.1 THE WEB; 4.2 EMAIL; Chapter 5: Wireless and Networking; 5.1 SHARING AND SECURITY; 5.2 INTERNET CONNECTIONS; 5.3 WIRELESS CONNECTIONS; Chapter 6: Setup and Hardware; 6.1 SET UP; 6.2 STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN; 6.3 WINDOWS UPDATE; 6.4 HARDWARE;