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The Ultimate Guide to Windows 98
From better speed to tighter Internet integration, Microsoft's Windows 98 operating system offers a new way to compute. Windows 98: The Complete Reference, the most comprehensive reference/tutorial available on the topic, is designed to help you take full advantage of the power of Windows 98. Inside, you'll find encyclopedic coverage of Windows 98's new features and capabilities arranged by topic, along with step-by-step examples, screen shots, tips and advice from respected authors John Levine and Margy Levine Young. Browse the fully hyperlinked bonus CD-ROM to find the topic coverage that you want. Whether you're a beginner or a skilled Windows 95 user, Windows 98: The Complete Reference is the ideal guide to mastering Microsoft's new powerful new operating system.
Configure and personalize Windows 98 for your PC
- Discover Windows 98's new accessories
- Fully utilize Windows 98's Internet and Web capabilities
- Learn Internet conferencing with NetMeeting and Microsoft Chat
- Discover the pros and cons of push technology, channels, and subscriptions
- Record your own sounds and video on your PC
- Fine-tune Windows 98 on your laptop
- Configure Windows 98 to work with your modem
- Learn to format, partition, and compress disks, and add and remove hardware
- Share LAN resources and create a peer-to-peer network
- Monitor system resources for maximum performance
- Automate tasks with the Windows Scripting Host
- Manage your configuration and control files
In Windows 98, Microsoft moves the basic graphic user interface closer to that first premiered in its successful Explorer web browser. These changes will be evident every time someone looks at a computer -- prompting even knowledgeable computer users to turn to books and magazines to upgrade their skills.
However the changes are more than a skin-deep makeover; new drivers and behind-the-scenes utilities will enable greater system optimization than ever before. A new automated backup utility should prove essential in today's era of multiple gigabyte hard drives. Windows 98's Active Desktop, which allows users to embed web pages into their basic desktop, will be the enabling technology that turns the Web-based Push technology into a true mass media application. And of course, built-in Internet Explorer software support will attract millions to upgrade for that reason alone.
However, the biggest reason for Windows 98's success is not technology, but marketing. On the surface, Microsoft is holding itself back from the hyperbolic excesses of the Win95 launch. But their announcement that they are stopping sales of Win 3.x to PC vendors belies a laid back approach. By denying corporations the ability to acquire pre-configured Win 3.x machines, they are forcing the market to choose either Windows NT or Windows 98. More than any technology feature, this channel-driven decision will be responsible for impelling Windows 98 into the marketplace.
Take-charge Win98 Flight Manual. If you're stepping up to Windows98, let Windows98: The Complete Reference help you take full advantage of its turbocharged enhancements - from speedier performance to tighter Internet integration, better housekeeping tools, FAT32 storage efficiency and more. Bestselling authors and Internet experts John
Levine and Margaret Levine Young take you on a no-nonsense guided tour of all Win98 features and capabilities, Step by step, you'll see how to: Maximize Windows98's Internet and Web capabilities; Install and uninstall programs with ease; Copy, move and share information among programs; Create and manage files and folders; Format and partition hard disks to take advantage of space-saving FAT32 technology;
Customize your start menu, taskbar and desktop. Word with sound, graphics and video. Run Windows98 on notebooks. Configure Windows to work with your modem and connect to the Internet. Build Web pages withFrontPage Express. Conference over the Internet with Microsoft Chat and NetMeeting. Share LAN resources and create a Windows
peer-to-peer network. Connect to Novell NetWare and Windows NT networks. Tune Windows 98 for maximum performance. Automate tasks with the Windows scripting host. And much, much more.