Synopses & Reviews
This compact and comprehensive book systematically unveils what resolute users of the new Windows XP operating system will find interesting and useful, with little-known details, utility programs, and configuration settings all captured in a consistent reference format.A hands-on guide, Windows XP in a Nutshell cuts through the hype and gives practical details you can use every day. It's written by David A. Karp, the best-selling author whose no-nonsense "Annoyances" books and web site (Annoyances.org) have helped thousands of users solve problems and improve their experience with Windows®. The co-author is none other than Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly & Associates, whose books have revolutionized computer book publishing with their commonsense approach and depth of detail.At the heart of the book is a 200-plus-page reference section titled "Windows XP Applications and Tools," containing:
- Detailed information on most of the commands and utilities available with Windows XP, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, hidden system administration utilities such as the Registry Editor, Microsoft Management Console, and TweakUI.
- A comprehensive "Where to Find It?" section designed to give Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/2000 users a guide to the XP counterparts to previously familiar features, plus information on installing and upgrading.
- The Task and Setting Index, which provides users with quick access to locations of the hundreds of settings in Windows XP, organized alphabetically.
- A complete reference to the command prompt-- not only covering the basics of the command line and the different ways to use it, but also the advanced commands and scripting features at Windows XP's disposal.
Packed with numerous tips and tricks, while warning of potential pitfalls, Windows XP in a Nutshell
enables anyone to get the most out of all the resources available in XP.
Here is a book for the power user who is familiar with a previous version of Microsoft Windows and wants to go deeper into the system than the average Windows user does. Rather than a beginner's guide or tutorial, this straightforward reference delivers more than 500 pages of concentrated information. For those who are ready to customize the system or take on daily troubleshooting, Windows XP in a Nutshell will unlock the hidden power of Windows XP.
This compact and comprehensive book systematically unveils what resolute users of the new Windows XP operating system should find interesting and useful, with little-known details, utility programs, and configuration settings all captured in a consistent reference format.
The ideal users' guide for the world's most popular operating system. The book begins at the beginning: with a tour of the Desktop, the new, two-column Start menu, and instructions for customizing the Taskbar and toolbars. A special focus: Organizing files, folders, and windows for maximum efficiency and minimum clutter.
About the Author
David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of Annoyances.org. He writes for PC Magazine and his latest books include eBay Hacks and the upcoming eBay: The Missing Manual.
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, and the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com.
Troy Mott is the president of Backstop Media, providing services for customized technical content delivery. He has a passion for editing and working with authors to create high-quality content. When he isn't staring at a computer screen, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Luke and Emma.
Table of Contents
Preface; Considerations and Scope; Organization of the Book; We'd Like to Hear from You; Windows XP Resource Links; Acknowledgments; The Big Picture; Chapter 1: The Lay of the Land; 1.1 The Big Picture; 1.2 What's New in Windows XP; 1.3 Windows XP Home and Professional Editions; 1.4 Windows Update; Chapter 2: Using Windows XP; 2.1 The Desktop; 2.2 Point and Click Operations; 2.3 Starting Up Applications; 2.4 Styles and Consequences of Styles; 2.5 Windows and Menus; 2.6 Keyboard Accelerators; 2.7 Common Controls; 2.8 Files, Folders, and Disks; 2.9 The Command Line; 2.10 Online Help; 2.11 Shutting Down; Alphabetical Reference; Chapter 3: The User Interface; Chapter 4: Windows XP Applications and Tools; 4.1 Using the Command Prompt; 4.2 Alphabetical Reference to Windows Components; 4.3 Accessibility Options; 4.4 Accessibility Wizard; 4.5 Activate Windows; 4.6 Active Connections Utility; 4.7 Add Hardware Wizard; 4.8 Add or Remove Programs; 4.9 Address Book; 4.10 Administrative Tools; 4.11 At; 4.12 Attrib; 4.13 Backup; 4.14 Boot Configuration Manager; 4.15 Cabinet (CAB) Maker; 4.16 Calculator; 4.17 Character Map; 4.18 Chat; 4.19 Chkdsk; 4.20 Chkntfs; 4.21 Clipbook Viewer; 4.22 Command Prompt; 4.23 Component Services; 4.24 Computer Management; 4.25 Connection Manager Profile Installer; 4.26 Control Panel; 4.27 Create Shared Folder; 4.28 Date and Time Properties; 4.29 DDE Share; 4.30 Device Manager; 4.31 DirectX Management Tool; 4.32 Disk Cleanup; 4.33 Disk Defragmenter; 4.34 DiskPart; 4.35 Display Properties; 4.36 Dr. Watson; 4.37 Driver Verifier Manager; 4.38 DriverQuery; 4.39 Event Viewer; 4.40 Explorer; 4.41 FAT to NTFS Conversion Utility; 4.42 Fax Console; 4.43 Fax Cover Page Editor; 4.44 File Compare (comp); 4.45 File Compare (fc); 4.46 File Expansion Utility; 4.47 File and Settings Transfer Wizard; 4.48 Finger; 4.49 Folder Options; 4.50 Font Viewer; 4.51 Fonts Folder; 4.52 ForceDOS; 4.53 Format; 4.54 FreeCell; 4.55 FTP; 4.56 Game Controllers; 4.57 Group Policy Refresh Utility; 4.58 Hearts; 4.59 Help and Support Center; 4.60 HyperTerminal; 4.61 IExpress; 4.62 Internet Backgammon; 4.63 Internet Checkers; 4.64 Internet Explorer; 4.65 Internet Hearts; 4.66 Internet Reversi; 4.67 Internet Options; 4.68 Internet Spades; 4.69 Java Command-Line Loader; 4.70 Keyboard Properties; 4.71 Label; 4.72 Local Security Policy; 4.73 Logoff; 4.74 Microsoft Chat; 4.75 Microsoft Magnifier; 4.76 Microsoft Management Console; 4.77 Microsoft NetMeeting; 4.78 Minesweeper; 4.79 Mouse Properties; 4.80 Msg; 4.81 MSN Explorer; 4.82 MSN Gaming Zone; 4.83 My Computer; 4.84 My Network Places; 4.85 Narrator; 4.86 Net; 4.87 Netstat; 4.88 Network Connections; 4.89 Network Setup Wizard; 4.90 New Connection Wizard; 4.91 Notepad; 4.92 NSLookup; 4.93 NTFS Compression Utility; 4.94 NTFS Encryption Utility; 4.95 Object Packager; 4.96 ODBC Data Source Administrator; 4.97 On-Screen Keyboard; 4.98 OpenFiles; 4.99 Outlook Express; 4.100 Paint; 4.101 Pentium Bug Checker; 4.102 Performance Log Manager; 4.103 Performance Logs and Alerts; 4.104 Phone and Modem Options; 4.105 Phone Dialer; 4.106 Pinball; 4.107 PING; 4.108 Power Options; 4.109 Printers and Faxes; 4.110 Private Character Editor; 4.111 Product Activation; 4.112 Program Manager; 4.113 Query Process; 4.114 Regional and Language Options; 4.115 Recycle Bin; 4.116 Registry Console Utility; 4.117 Registry Editor; 4.118 Remote Assistance; 4.119 Remote Copy; 4.120 Remote Desktop Connection; 4.121 Route; 4.122 Rundll32; 4.123 Run As; 4.124 Scanners and Cameras; 4.125 Scheduled Tasks; 4.126 Scheduled Tasks Console; 4.127 Security Template Utility; 4.128 Send a Fax; 4.129 Services; 4.130 Shutdown; 4.131 Signature Verification Tool; 4.132 Solitaire; 4.133 Sound Recorder; 4.134 Sounds and Audio Devices; 4.135 Speech Properties; 4.136 Spider Solitaire; 4.137 SQL Server Client Network Utility; 4.138 Start Menu; 4.139 Subst; 4.140 Synchronization Manager; 4.141 System Properties; 4.142 System Configuration Editor; 4.143 System Configuration Utility; 4.144 System Information; 4.145 System Restore; 4.146 Task Manager; 4.147 Taskbar and Start Menu Properties; 4.148 Taskkill; 4.149 Tasklist; 4.150 Telnet; 4.151 Telnet Administrator; 4.152 Tracert; 4.153 User Accounts; 4.154 Utility Manager; 4.155 Volume Control; 4.156 Windows Explorer; 4.157 Windows File Checker; 4.158 Windows Help System; 4.159 Windows IP Configuration; 4.160 Windows Media Player; 4.161 Windows Messenger; 4.162 Windows Movie Maker; 4.163 Windows Picture and Fax Viewer; 4.164 Windows Script Host; 4.165 Windows Update; 4.166 WordPad; Chapter 5: Task and Setting Index; Chapter 6: The Command Prompt; 6.1 Using the Command Line; 6.2 Command Prompt Choices; 6.3 Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirection; 6.4 Alphabetical Reference to DOS Commands; 6.5 cd or chdir; 6.6 cls; 6.7 copy; 6.8 date; 6.9 del or erase; 6.10 dir; 6.11 echo; 6.12 exit; 6.13 find; 6.14 md or mkdir; 6.15 more; 6.16 move; 6.17 path; 6.18 prompt; 6.19 rd or rmdir; 6.20 ren or rename; 6.21 set; 6.22 sort; 6.23 time; 6.24 type; 6.25 ver; 6.26 xcopy; 6.27 MS-DOS Batch Files; 6.28 call; 6.29 choice; 6.30 errorlevel; 6.31 for; 6.32 goto; 6.33 if; 6.34 pause; 6.35 rem; 6.36 shift; Advanced Topics; Chapter 7: Networking; 7.1 Networking Terminology; 7.2 General Procedures; Chapter 8: The Registry; 8.1 What's in the Registry; 8.2 Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values; 8.3 Organization of the Registry; 8.4 Hives; 8.5 Backing Up the Registry; 8.6 Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches; 8.7 Ten Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry; Chapter 9: The Windows Script Host; 9.1 What Is WSH?; 9.2 Additional Resources; 9.3 Executing Scripts; 9.4 Creating a Script; 9.5 VBScript; 9.6 Object Model; 9.7 Wscript Object; 9.8 Shell Object; 9.9 Registry Routines; 9.10 Shortcuts; 9.11 Popup; 9.12 Network Object; 9.13 Network Printer-Related Functions; 9.14 FileSystem Object; 9.15 TextStream Object; 9.16 Object Browser; 9.17 Database Example; 9.18 Messaging; Appendixes; Installing Windows XP; Installation on a New (Clean) System; Migrating to Windows XP; Before Upgrading to Windows XP; Keyboard Shortcuts; Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Key; Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function; Power Toys and TweakUI; Inside TweakUI; Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters; Common Filename Extensions; Services; Colophon;