Windows XP in a Nutshell

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2005 - Computers - 663 pages
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Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition documents everything there is to know about the world's most widely used operating system. Updated to include information on Service Pack 2 (SP2), this compact guide is the ultimate resource for IT professionals and Windows XP power users everywhere.

Written in O'Reilly's time-tested in a Nutshell format, Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition cuts through the hype and delivers practical details in a no-nonsense manner. At the heart of the book is an invaluable 200-plus-page section titled Windows XP Application and Tools. In it, readers will find:

  • A list of available commands and utilities, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, and hidden system administration utilities
  • A Task and Setting Index for quick access to hundreds of XP settings
  • A complete reference to XP's command prompt, including advanced commands and scripting features
Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition also includes a primer on files, folders, and windows; control panels and built-in applications; how to set up a PC for Internet use; and the standard Windows rituals of troubleshooting, installation, and upgrading.

And, of course, this greatly expanded second edition also includes all the need-to-know details about the security technologies featured in SP 2, so you can better defend yourself against viruses, worms, and hackers. Readers even receive guidelines and instructions for installing SP2 on their PC, or across a network of computers.

With its wealth of tips, careful instruction, and expert advice, this must-have desktop reference is dedicated to making your time at the computer safer, easier, and more fun.

 

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Contents

Part I The Big Picture
1
The Lay of the Land
3
Whats New in Windows XP
4
Windows XP Home and Professional Editions
6
Windows Update
7
Windows Service Packs
8
Using Windows XP
9
PointandClick Operations
10
Organization of the Registry
503
Hives
515
Backing Up the Registry
516
Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches
517
Ten Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry
519
The Windows Script Host
523
What Is WSH?
524
Additional Resources
525

Starting Up Applications page 14
15
Windows and Menus
16
Keyboard Accelerators
19
Common Controls
21
Files Folders and Disks
24
The Command Line
32
Online Help
33
Shutting Down
34
Part II Alphabetical Reference
35
The User Interface
37
Windows XP Applications and Tools
85
Alphabetical Reference to Windows Components
86
Task and Setting Index
341
6 The Command Prompt
396
Using the Command Line
397
Command Prompt Choices
398
Wildcards Pipes and Redirection
400
Alphabetical Reference to DOS Commands
402
MSDOS Batch Files
429
Advanced Topics
443
Networking
445
Networking Terminology
446
General Procedures
463
The Registry
495
Whats in the Registry
497
Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values
501
Creating a Script
527
Object Model
536
Wscript Object
537
Shell Object
539
Registry Routines
540
Shortcuts
541
Popup
542
Network Object
543
Network PrinterRelated Functions
546
FileSystem Object
547
TextStream Object
552
Object Browser
553
Database Example
554
Messaging
555
Appendixes
557
Installing Windows XP
559
B Migrating to Windows XP
569
Keyboard Shortcuts
573
Power Toys and TweakUI
581
E Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters
585
Common Filename Extensions
587
G Services
602
H Service Packs
608
Index
621
Copyright

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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.

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