Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Third Edition

   
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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Third Edition
By Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel
 
Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: December 06, 2004
ISBN: 0-7897-3280-7
Pages: 1440
   


This updated edition covers all of the updates to Windows XP since it was released, including Service Packs 1 and 2, and Reloaded. From-the-trenches advice on upgrading to Windows XP Pro - including detailed rollout advice for IT managers. Plan and manage deployment of Windows easily and efficiently - whether you're upgrading just a handful of computers, or an entire corporation! Includes hands-on coverage of installing, configuring and surviving on a Windows XP-based network. We not only show you how to set up Windows networking features, we show you how to install and set up basic networking hardware.Sharing files with other platforms, such as Novell Netware, Unix and Linux, Macintosh and other Windows flavors.


   
book cover
  
• Table of Contents
• Index
Special Edition Using Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Third Edition
By Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel
 
Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: December 06, 2004
ISBN: 0-7897-3280-7
Pages: 1440
   


   Copyright
   About the Authors
   About the Contributors
   Acknowledgments
   We Want to Hear from You!
   Introduction
      Welcome
      Why This Book?
      How Our Book Is Organized
      What's on the CD?
      Conventions Used in This Book
   Part I.  Introducing Windows XP Professional
      Chapter 1.  Introducing Windows XP Professional
      An Overview of Windows XP Professional
      A Little Windows History
      What's New in Windows XP Professional?
      What Is Not in Windows XP Professional
      Differences Between Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, 64-Bit, and Server Versions of Windows XP
      How Does Windows XP Professional Compare to UNIX and Linux?
      Windows XP Professional on the Corporate Network
      Chapter 2.  Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP
      General Considerations
      Hardware Requirements
      Preparing Your Hardware for Windows XP
      Preparing Your Software for Windows XP
      Troubleshooting
      Special Note Regarding XP Media Center Edition (MCE) PCs
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Shopping for the Right Hardware and Software
      Chapter 3.  Installing Windows XP Professional
      Choosing an Upgrade Path
      Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS?
      Getting Your Network Information Together
      It's Backup Time!
      Clean Installation Procedure
      Upgrading over an Existing Operating System
      Making Startup Floppies
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Automating Setup
   Part II.  Getting Your Work Done
      Chapter 4.  Using the Windows XP Interface
      Who Should Read This Chapter?
      Logging In to Windows XP
      Using Windows XPthe User Experience
      The Taskbar, the Start Menu, and Other Tools
      Running Your Applications
      Using the Help System
      Exiting Windows Gracefully
      Dealing with a Crashed Application or Operating System
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Working Efficiently
      Chapter 5.  Using the Simple Supplied Applications
      A Sea of Freebies
      Notepad
      WordPad
      Paint
      Calculator
      Character Map
      Volume Control
      Working with the Windows Clipboard
      Using the Search Applet
      Troubleshooting
      Chapter 6.  Printing and Faxing
      Windows XP Printing Primer
      Installing and Configuring a Printer
      Installing a Local Printer
      Changing a Printer's Properties
      Removing a Printer from the Printers and Faxes Folder
      Printing from Windows Applications
      Printing from DOS Applications
      Working with the Printer Queue
      Viewing and Altering Document Properties
      Printing to Disk Option
      Color Management
      Faxing
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Does the Green Ink Have You Seeing Red?
      Chapter 7.  Multimedia and Imaging
      Multimedia, Imaging, and Windows
      What's Built in to Windows XP for Photographs?
      Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard
      Video Capture and Editing with Microsoft Movie Maker 2
      Windows Media Player
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Archiving Your Company's History
   Part III.  Windows XP and the Internet
      Chapter 8.  Internet and TCP/IP Connection Options
      Going World Wide
      Connection Technologies
      Choosing an Internet Service Provider
      Choosing Equipment
      Ordering the Service
      Installing the Hardware
      Configuring Your Internet Connection
      Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties
      Configuring a High-Speed Connection
      Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection
      Changing the Default Connection
      Managing Multiple Internet Connections
      Using Multiple Modems or ISDN Channels Simultaneously
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Staying Connected While Traveling Abroad
      Chapter 9.  Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer
      Origins and Development of the World Wide Web
      What's New in Internet Explorer 6?
      Internet Explorer 6 Quick Tour
      Saving a Single Web Page for Later Viewing
      Dealing with Multimedia Browsing and Downloading
      Customizing the Browser and Setting Internet Options
      Effectively Searching the Web
      Safer Alternatives to IE
      MSN Explorer BrowserThe Touchy-Feely Alternative to IE
      Getting a Passport to Microsoft Country
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Finding and Using PDF Documents on the World Wide Web
      Chapter 10.  Sending Email with Outlook Express
      Choosing an Email Client
      Outlook Express Quick Tour
      Creating and Sending New Mail
      Using the Address Book
      Handling Unique Mail Situations
      Additional Security Features in Post-SP2 Outlook Express
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Creating Formatted Email
      Chapter 11.  Reading Newsgroups with Outlook Express
      Newsgroups and the Internet
      Setting Up a Newsgroup Account in Outlook Express
      Finding and Reading Newsgroups
      Newsgroup Safety
      Customizing Outlook Express for Newsgroups
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups…for More than Just News
      Chapter 12.  Chatting and Conferencing with Windows Messenger
      An Overview of Windows Messenger
      Getting Started with Windows Messenger
      Chatting with Text
      Communicating with Voice
      Communicating with Video
      Conferencing Options
      Windows Messenger: Shared Connections and Firewalls
      What About NetMeeting?
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Extending Your Chat Community
      Chapter 13.  Hosting Web Pages with Internet Information Services
      Overview of Internet Information Services
      IIS Services and Requirements
      Determining Which IIS Services You Need
      Installing IIS
      Taking a Quick Tour
      Setting Up a Simple Web Site
      Managing Your Site with the Computer Management Console
      Sharing Folders with Web Sharing
      Managing the FTP Server
      Managing the SMTP Server
      Log Files
      Enabling Site Searching Using the Indexing Service
      Making the Site Available on the Internet
      Security Issues for Internet Services
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Scripting for Interactive Sites
      Chapter 14.  Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection
      It's Great When It Works, But…
      Before You Run into Trouble
      Troubleshooting
      Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities
      Third-Party Utilities
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Pinging with Larger Packets
   Part IV.  Networking
      Chapter 15.  Overview of Windows XP Networking
      Network Concepts
      Network Connection Technologies
      Resolving Computer Names
      The Many Faces of Windows XP
      Windows XP's Network Services
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Becoming a Networking Professional
      Chapter 16.  Creating a Windows XP Pro Network
      Creating or Joining a Network
      Planning Your Network
      Choosing a Network and Cabling System
      Installing Network Adapters
      Installing Network Wiring
      Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network
      Manually Configuring Your Network
      Joining a Windows Domain Network
      Network Security
      Checking Out the Neighborhood
      Install and Configure Backup Software
      Bridging Two Network Types with Windows XP
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Grassroots Networking
      Chapter 17.  Using a Windows XP Network
      Windows XP Was Made to Network
      Traditional Versus Web Sharing
      My Network Places
      Using Shared Folders
      Exploring and Searching the Network
      Using Web Folders
      Using Printers on the Network
      Using Network Resources Effectively
      Sharing Resources
      Sharing Folders and Drives
      Sharing Web Folders
      Sharing Printers
      Managing Network Use of Your Computer
      Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line
      The Distributed File System
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Using Command-Line Utilities
      Chapter 18.  Windows Unplugged: Remote and Mobile Networking
      Going Unplugged
      Dial-Up Networking
      Wireless Networking
      Offline Folders
      Web Folders and Web Printing
      Virtual Private Networking
      Remote Desktop
      Remote Assistance
      Copying Files Between Two Computers
      Infrared File Transfers
      Multiple LAN Connections
      Troubleshooting
      Tips From the Windows Pros: Manually Adding Routing Information
      Chapter 19.  Connecting Your LAN to the Internet
      It's a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet
      The Nuts and Bolts of the Connection
      Configuring Your LAN
      Making Services Available
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Squeezing Top Speed from Your High-Speed Connection
      Chapter 20.  Networking Mix and Match
      Networking with Other Operating Systems
      Internetworking with Novell NetWare
      Internetworking with DOS, OS/2, and Windows 9x
      Internetworking with UNIX and Linux
      Internetworking with Macintosh
      Internetworking Over Dial-Up and VPN Connections
      Advanced Networking Services
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: The Hosts File
      Chapter 21.  Network Security
      It's a Cold, Cruel World
      Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?
      Preparation
      Active Defenses: Blocking Known Methods of Attack
      Testing, Logging, and Monitoring
      Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack
      Specific Configuration Steps for Windows XP
      Configuring Windows Firewall
      More About Security
      Troubleshooting
      Chapter 22.  Troubleshooting Your Network
      When Good Networks Go Bad
      Diagnostic Tools
      Testing Network Cables
      Checking Network Configuration
      Testing Network Connectivity
      Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems
      Testing Network Throughput
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Monitoring Your LAN
   Part V.  System Configuration and Customization
      Chapter 23.  Tweaking the GUI
      GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak
      Start Menu Pizzazz!
      Display Properties
      Tweak UI
      Miscellaneous GUI Tips
      Which Windows Are You Using?
      Customizing Folder Views
      Configuring the Recycle Bin
      Tuning Visual Effects
      Troubleshooting
      Chapter 24.  Configuration via Control Panel Applets
      Sizing Up the Control Panel
      Opening the Control Panel
      Accessibility Options
      Add Hardware
      Add or Remove Programs
      Date and Time
      Game Controllers
      Keyboard
      Mouse
      Phone and Modem Options
      Regional and Language Options
      Scanners and Cameras
      Security Center
      Sounds and Audio Devices
      Speech
      System: Device Manager
      Troubleshooting
      Chapter 25.  Maintaining and Optimizing System Performance
      Running a Tight Ship
      Measuring System Performance with Performance Monitor
      Tuning Windows Performance with the System Applet
      Setting Environment Variables
      Program Compatibility Wizard
      Configuring the Program Environments
      Configuring the Windows 3.x Environment
      Configuring the MS-DOS Environment
      The Windows XP Command Line
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Getting More Out of the Command Prompt with Command Extensions
      Chapter 26.  Font Management
      A Little Windows Font History
      A Little Font Primer
      Font Substitutions
      Building a Font Collection
      Managing a System's Font Collection
      Troubleshooting
   Part VI.  System Configuration and Maintenance
      Chapter 27.  System Utilities
      Getting Under the Hood
      Scheduled Tasks
      System Applet
      Administrative Tools
      System Tools
      Accessibility
      Windows Update
      Task Manager
      Protecting the System Files
      Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Power User Tricks
      Chapter 28.  Managing Users
      Multiple Users on One Machine
      User Account Types
      Working with Passwords
      Creating and Managing User Accounts
      Local Users and Groups Management Tool
      Sharing Files Among Users
      Simple File Sharing
      NTFS File Permissions
      Removing Users from the Administrators Group
      User Profiles
      Making Icons Available to All Users
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Setting up for Multiple Users
      Chapter 29.  Managing the Hard Disk
      Hard Disk Management
      Windows XP File and Storage Systems
      Organizational Strategies
      Windows XP's Disk Management Tools
      Disk Management
      Removable Storage
      Disk Defragmenter
      Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors
      Convert
      Encryption
      Compression: How It Works, How to Use It
      Indexing
      Disk Cleanup Utility
      Backup Tools and Strategies
      Zipping Files
      Third-Party Management Tools
      Hard Disk Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Quieting a Noisy System
      Chapter 30.  Installing and Replacing Hardware
      Upgrading Your Hardware
      Adding Hardware
      Removing Hardware
      Maintaining and Updating Device Drivers
      Understanding and Resolving Hardware Conflicts
      Installing and Using Multiple Monitors
      Installing a UPS
      Using Hardware Profiles
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Upgrading and Optimizing Your Computer
      Chapter 31.  Multibooting Windows XP with Other Operating Systems
      Why Multiboot?
      Preparation
      File System Specifics
      Application Considerations
      The Windows XP Boot Loader
      Multiboot Scenarios
      Dual-Booting Windows XP Professional and Windows Me/9x
      Windows XP and MS-DOS
      Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional
      Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 or NT
      Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 9x/Me
      Windows XP and Linux
      The Virtual Machine Approach
      Macintosh and Windows
      Emulating Other Computers
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Living with More Than One OS
      Chapter 32.  The Registry
      What Is the Registry?
      How the Registry Is Organized
      Registry Contents
      Backing Up and Restoring the Registry
      Using Regedit
      Other Registry Tools
      Registry Privileges and Policies
      Troubleshooting
      Tips from the Windows Pros: Deploying Registry Settings with REG Files
      Chapter 33.  Troubleshooting and Repairing Windows XP
      Troubleshooting 101
      Boot Options
      Recovery Console
      Parallel Copies of Windows XP
      As a Last Resort
      Preventing Problems
      System Restore
      Black Magic of Troubleshooting
      Scatter-Gun Troubleshooting
   Part VII.  Appendixes
      Chapter A.  Installing Service Pack 2
      About Service Packs
      Installation Options
      Before Installing the Service Pack
      Installing via Automatic Updates
      Installing via Windows Update
      Installing via the Standalone Package
      Integrated Installation
      After Installing SP2
      Removing SP2
      Chapter B.  New Features in Service Pack 2
      What's New?
   About the CD-ROM
      Running the CD Included with This Book
      Running the CD in Windows
   Index