Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition

   
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• Table of Contents
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• Reviews
• Reader Reviews
• Errata
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Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition
By Preston Gralla
 
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: February 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00918-6
Pages: 572
   


Completely revised and updated, this smart collection of insider tips and tricks covers the XP operating system from start to finish, including all the new features that come with Service Pack 2 (SP2). You'll also find timesaving hacks for security, file distribution, digital media, web browsing, and more. An ideal all-in-one resource for XP beginners, as well as more experienced power users.


   
book cover
  
• Table of Contents
• Index
• Reviews
• Reader Reviews
• Errata
• Academic
Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition
By Preston Gralla
 
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: February 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00918-6
Pages: 572
   


   Copyright
   Credits
      About the Author
      Contributors
      Acknowledgments
   Preface
      How to Use This Book
      How This Book Is Organized
      Conventions Used in This Book
      Using Code Examples
      Safari Enabled
      How to Contact Us
      Got a Hack?
        Chapter 1.  Startup and Shutdown
      Section 1.1.  Hacks 1-7
      Hack 1.  Customize Multiboot Startup Options
      Hack 2.  Change the Picture That Appears on the XP Startup Screen
      Hack 3.  Speed Up Boot and Shutdown Times
      Hack 4.  Halt Startup Programs and Services
      Hack 6.  Create Multiple Startup Profiles with Advanced Startup Manager
      Hack 6.  Miscellaneous Startup and Shutdown Hacks
      Hack 7.  Control User Logins by Hacking the Registry
        Chapter 2.  The User Interface
      Section 2.1.  Hacks 8-20
      Hack 8.  Customize the GUI with Tweak UI
      Hack 9.  Control the Control Panel
      Hack 10.  Hack the Start Menu and Taskbar
      Hack 11.  Clean Up the Most Frequently Used Programs List
      Hack 12.  Rename and Change "Unchangeable" Desktop Icons and System Objects
      Hack 13.  Remove "Nonremovable" Desktop Icons
      Hack 14.  Hack Your Way Through the Interface
      Hack 15.  Remove "Uninstallable" XP Utilities
      Hack 16.  Make Your PC Work Like a Mac
      Hack 17.  Create Your Own XP Themes and Find Thousands Online
      Hack 18.  Give XP a Makeover with WindowBlinds
      Hack 19.  Make Your Own Cursors and Icons
      Hack 20.  Instant Linux
        Chapter 3.  Windows Explorer
      Section 3.1.  Hacks 21-31
      Hack 21.  Generate Folder and File Listings for Printing or Editing
      Hack 22.  Control Windows Explorer with Command-Line Shortcuts
      Hack 23.  Empower Windows Explorer with PowerDesk Pro
      Hack 24.  Better File Rename
      Hack 25.  Find Files Faster by Mastering the Indexing Service's Query Language
      Hack 26.  Force Windows Explorer into True Usefulness
      Hack 27.  Customize Folder Icons and Balloon Text
      Hack 28.  A Power User's Hidden Weapon: Improve the Context Menu
      Hack 29.  Take Your Work on the Go with Offline Files and the Briefcase
      Hack 30.  Get More Hard-Disk Space by Using NTFS Compression
      Hack 31.  Put a Command-Line Prompt on Your Desktop
        Chapter 4.  The Web
      Section 4.1.  Hacks 32-48
      Hack 32.  Give Internet Explorer a Face-Lift
      Hack 33.  Stop Pop Ups with SP2and Without It
      Hack 34.  Kill Spyware and Web Bugs
      Hack 35.  Take a Bite Out of Cookies
      Hack 36.  Surf Anonymously Without a Trace
      Hack 37.  Don't Get Reeled In by Phishers
      Hack 38.  Read Web Pages Offline
      Hack 39.  Hack Internet Explorer with the Group Policy Editor
      Hack 40.  Speed Up File Downloads
      Hack 41.  Secrets of Web Site Hosting with Internet Information Services (IIS)
      Hack 42.  Surf the Internet Ad-Free
      Hack 43.  Hack Firefox
      Hack 44.  Build Your Own Firefox Search Engine
      Hack 45.  Google Your Desktop
      Hack 46.  Out-Google Google with MSN Desktop Search
      Hack 47.  Better Internet Searching from Your Desktop
      Hack 48.  Run Java Applets Without Crashes or Problems
        Chapter 5.  Networking
      Section 5.1.  Hacks 49-58
      Hack 49.  Tweak DNS Settings for Faster Internet Access
      Hack 50.  Optimize Your Home Router
      Hack 51.  Troubleshoot Network Connections with ping, tracert, and pathping
      Hack 52.  Troubleshoot Network Connections with netsh, netstat, and ipconfig
      Hack 53.  Speed Up Network Browsing
      Hack 54.  Control Another PC with Remote Access
      Hack 55.  Make Servers Always Available by Mapping a Hostname to a Dynamic IP Address
      Hack 56.  Renew Your DHCP-Assigned IP Address
      Hack 57.  Repair a Broken TCP/IP Connection
      Hack 58.  VoIP Hacks
        Chapter 6.  Email
      Section 6.1.  Hacks 59-64
      Hack 59.  Slam That Spam
      Hack 60.  Open Blocked File Attachments in Outlook and Outlook Express
      Hack 61.  Back Up and Restore Outlook and Outlook Express Datafiles
      Hack 62.  Retrieve Web-Based Email with Your Email Software
      Hack 63.  Gmail Hacks
      Hack 64.  Fire Outlook and Outlook Express
        Chapter 7.  Wireless
      Section 7.1.  Hacks 65-74
      Hack 65.  Go War-Driving for WiFi Access
      Hack 66.  Extend the Range of Your Wireless Network
      Hack 67.  Check WiFi Network Performance with Qcheck to Help Improve Throughput
      Hack 68.  Protect Your Home WiFi Network
      Hack 69.  Enable WiFi Encryption
      Hack 70.  Stop Moochers from Stealing Your WiFi Bandwidth
      Hack 71.  Solve Hotspot Woes
      Hack 72.  Set Up Bluetooth on XP
      Hack 73.  Connect to the Internet with a Bluetooth Phone
      Hack 74.  Set Up an Ad Hoc WiFi Network
        Chapter 8.  Security
      Section 8.1.  Hacks 75-82
      Hack 75.  Hide Folders and Files with the Encrypting File System
      Hack 76.  Test Your Security with Shields UP!
      Hack 77.  Protect Your Computer with the New Windows Firewall
      Hack 78.  ZoneAlarm: The World's Best Free Firewall
      Hack 79.  Use a Proxy Server to Protect Your PC
      Hack 80.  Punch an Escape Hole Through Your Firewall
      Hack 81.  Close Down Open Ports and Block Protocols
      Hack 82.  Set Up a Virtual Private Network
        Chapter 9.  The Registry
      Section 9.1.  Hacks 83-87
      Hack 83.  Don't Fear the Registry
      Hack 84.  Hack Away at the Registry
      Hack 85.  Safely Edit the Registry Using .reg Files
      Hack 86.  Better Registry Backups
      Hack 87.  Track and Restore Registry Changes with RegSpy
        Chapter 10.  Applications
      Section 10.1.  Hacks 88-98
      Hack 88.  Remove Unruly Applications and Uninstall Entries
      Hack 89.  Force XP-Incompatible Applications to Run
      Hack 90.  Force Older Programs to Use XP Common Controls
      Hack 91.  Launch Applications with Command-Line Shortcuts
      Hack 92.  Open and Create Microsoft Documents Without Microsoft Office
      Hack 93.  Stop Hidden Fields in Word from Stealing Your Files and Information
      Hack 94.  Speed Up Your Hard Disk by Improving Defragging
      Hack 95.  Extend Your Screen Real Estate with Virtual Desktops
      Hack 96.  Build a Better Backup Strategy
      Hack 97.  Go Beyond Messaging with Windows Messenger
      Hack 98.  Universal Messaging: Trillian Unites AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ
        Chapter 11.  Graphics and Multimedia
      Section 11.1.  Hacks 99-107
      Hack 99.  Image Conversion in a Pinch
      Hack 100.  Problem-Free CD Burning
      Hack 101.  Save Streaming Music to Your PC
      Hack 102.  Import Lyrics into iTunes and iPod
      Hack 103.  Convert from Apple iTunes Format
      Hack 104.  Use Ogg Vorbis for Digital Music
      Hack 105.  Hack Windows Media Player with TweakMP
      Hack 106.  Fix Windows Media Player's Privacy Problems
      Hack 107.  Make Videos with Windows Movie Maker
        Chapter 12.  System Performance
      Section 12.1.  Hacks 108-114
      Hack 108.  Track System Performance with the Performance Console
      Hack 109.  Get the Most Out of Your RAM
      Hack 110.  More Power: Registry Hacks to Speed Up XP
      Hack 111.  Repair and Recover with the Recovery Console
      Hack 112.  Speed Up System Performance with the Task Manager
      Hack 113.  Hack Your Way to a Cleaner Hard Disk
      Hack 114.  Fix SP2 Upgrade Woes
        Chapter 13.  Hardware
      Section 13.1.  Hacks 115-120
      Hack 115.  Troubleshoot Hardware by Decoding Device Manager Error Messages
      Hack 116.  Uncover Hidden Hardware with the Device Manager
      Hack 117.  Check Your PC's Pulse and Tweak It for Better Performance
      Hack 118.  Remap Your Keyboard
      Hack 119.  Use ClearType for Better Laptop and LCD Resolution
      Hack 120.  Networking on the Cheap: Set Up a Direct Cable Connection
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