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Table Of Contents

Running Tools with Alternate Credentials
A Brief Word on Windows Scripting
Where to Find More Information
Help and Support Center
Microsoft Knowledge Base (MS KB)
Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN)
Newsgroups
Chapter 2
CHAPTER 2
Operating System Installation andMaintenance
2.1Preparing to Install Windows XP
2.2Installing from a CD or DVD
2.3Installing from a Network Share
2.4Installing from an Unattended Installation
2.16Configuring Automatic Updates
2.18Keeping an Installation Process Worm-andVirus-Free
Chapter 3
CHAPTER 3
Managing Hardware and Devices
3.1Adding Hardware
3.2Resolving Unknown Devices
3.24Interpreting Windows INF Files
3.25Figuring out AUTORUN.INF Files
3.26Correcting Parameters in BIOS
3.27Troubleshooting CD Autorun Software Installation Problems
3.28Troubleshooting CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Reading Problems
3.29Resolving DVD Reading and DVD MovieProblems
3.30Restoring Access to CD-ROMs
Installing, Uninstalling, and Working with Applications
4.1Uninstalling “Unremovable” Components
4.2Removing Unruly Applications
4.4Changing the Default Location forInstalling Applications
4.5Launching Applications with Keyboard Shortcuts
4.7Running Older Applications
4.9Troubleshooting Application Compatibility
4.10Running DOS Programs in Their Own Optimized Environments
4.11Forcing Older Programs to Use Windows XP Common Controls
4.12Using Keyboard Application Shortcuts
4.15Remotely Redeploying a Microsoft Application UsingGroupPolicy
4.16Remotely Uninstalling a Microsoft Application UsingGroupPolicy
Chapter 5
CHAPTER 5
Customizing the Interface
Frequently Used Programs List
5.1Getting Rid of Undeletable Desktop Icons
5.2Changing “Unchangeable” Desktop Icons and System Objects
5.3Showing Your XP Version on Your Desktop
5.4Turning Off Balloon Tips
5.5Cleaning Your Desktop Automatically
5.6Adding an Address Bar to the Taskbar
5.9Hiding All Icons in the Notification Area
5.10Controlling the Start Menu’s Frequently Used Programs List
5.11Customizing the Start Menu’s Pinned Programs List
5.12Displaying Control Panel Applets in a Cascading Menu
5.14Customizing Right-Click Menu Choices in Windows Explorer
5.15Changing the Resolution of Thumbnails inWindows Explorer
5.16Improving Laptop and LCD Resolution with ClearType
5.17Converting to the Classic Windows Interface
5.18Using TweakUI
5.19Using Group Policy Editor to Alter theInterface
5.20Saving Your Desktop Settings
5.21Fixing the Start Shortcut Menu
5.22Troubleshooting My Recent Documents
Chapter 6
CHAPTER 6
System Properties, Startup, andShutdown
6.1Automatically Setting the Time onaDomain-ConnectedPC
6.3Changing the System Name
6.4Create a Multiboot Menu
6.5Using Virtual PC to Run Multiple Operating Systems Simultaneously
6.6Performing a Clean Boot
6.7Shutting Down Unnecessary Programs andServices that Run on Startup
6.8Speeding Up Shutdown Time
6.9Changing Your Boot Screen
6.10Personalizing Your PC’s Sounds
6.11Creating Power Schemes
6.12Extending Battery Life on a Laptop
6.13Changing the Location of Your StartupFolders
6.14Disabling Error Reporting
6.15Creating Environment Variables
6.16Creating a Reboot or Shutdown Shortcut
6.18Speeding Up System Startup
Chapter 7
CHAPTER 7
Disks, Drives, and Volumes
7.1Viewing the Disk, Drive, and Volume Layout
7.2Converting a Basic Disk to Dynamic
7.3Enabling Disk Performance Statistics
7.4Formatting a Volume
7.5Setting the Drive Letter of a Volume
7.6Setting the Label of a Volume
7.7Cleaning Up a Volume
7.8Defragmenting a Volume
7.9Compressing a Volume
7.10Checking a Volume for Errors
7.11Making a Disk or Volume Read-Only
7.12Mapping a Network Drive
7.13Creating a Virtual Drive to Another Drive orFolder
7.14Finding Large Files and Folders on a Volume
7.15Enabling Disk Quotas
7.16Limiting a User to a Specified Disk Quota
7.17Viewing Disk Quota Usage
Chapter 8
CHAPTER 8
Files, Folders, and Shares
8.1Creating and Deleting a File
8.2Creating and Deleting a Folder
8.3Undeleting a File
8.4Securely Deleting a File
8.5Viewing the Properties of a File or Folder
8.6Creating a Shortcut
8.7Creating a Link or Junction Point
8.8Creating a Program Alias
8.9Searching for Files or Folders
8.10Copying, Moving, or Renaming a File orFolder
8.11Comparing Files or Folders
8.12Hiding a File or Folder
8.13Making a File or Folder Read-Only
8.14Compressing a File or Folder
8.15Encrypting a File or Folder
8.16Replacing a File That Is in Use
8.17Taking Ownership of a File or Folder
8.19Finding Open Files
8.20Finding the Process That Has a File Open
8.21Viewing File Activity
8.22Performing an Action on Several Files atOnce
8.23Creating and Deleting Shares
8.24Viewing Shares
8.25Restricting Access to a Share
8.26Enabling Web Sharing
8.27Publishing a Share in Active Directory
Chapter 9
CHAPTER 9
The Registry
9.1Creating and Deleting a Key
9.2Setting a Value
9.3Setting Keys or Values Using Group Policy
9.4Exporting Registry Files
9.5Importing Registry Files
9.6Searching the Registry
9.7Comparing the Registry
9.8Restricting Access to the Registry
9.9Backing Up and Restoring the Registry
9.10Creating a Registry Link
9.11Monitoring Registry Activity
9.12Viewing Processes That Have a Registry KeyOpen
Processes, Tasks, and Services
10.0Introduction
10.1Viewing the Running Processes
10.2Viewing the Properties of a Process
10.3Viewing the Resources a Process Is Using
10.4Suspending a Process
10.5Killing a Process
10.6Running a Task with Alternate Credentials
10.21Viewing the Antecedent and Dependent Services for a Service
10.22Viewing the Service Load Order
10.23Viewing the Startup History of a Service
10.24Granting Permissions to Manage One orMoreServices
Digital Media
11.0Introduction
11.1Ripping Digital Music
11.2Creating a Playlist
11.3Burning a CD
11.4Troubleshooting CD Burning
11.5Playing Internet Radio Stations
11.6Protecting Your Privacy in Windows MediaPlayer
11.7Searching Through Digital Media Collections Using Metadata
11.8Capturing Video to Your PC
11.9Making Your Own DVDs
11.10Converting Images Easily Between GraphicsFormats
11.11Processing Images for Email and the Web
Network Configuration
12.0Introduction
12.1Viewing the Network Configuration
12.2Disabling a Connection
12.4Renewing or Releasing a DHCP IP Address
12.7Finding a Computer’s Active Directory Site
12.8Managing Routes
12.9Viewing the Open Ports and Connections
12.10Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Problems
Compact privacy statement
13.10Protecting Yourself Against Spyware
13.11Customizing Internet Explorer Security Settings
13.12Allowing Programs to Bypass the WindowsFirewall
13.13Tracking Firewall Activity with a Windows Firewall Log
13.14Protecting Yourself with the ZoneAlarm Firewall
13.15Surfing the Web Anonymously
13.16Finding and Reading RSS Feeds
Chapter 14
CHAPTER 14
Wireless Networking
14.0Introduction
14.1Installing a Wireless Adapter
14.2Installing a Wireless Router
14.3Connecting to Your Wireless Network
14.4Troubleshooting WiFi Network Connections
Service Set Identifier (SSID)
14.5Speeding Up a WiFi Network
14.6Keeping Your WiFi Network Secure
14.7Setting Up WiFi Encryption
14.8Mixing 802.11b and 802.11g Devices
14.9Setting Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Network
14.10Connecting to a Hotspot
14.11Sending Email from a Hotspot
14.12Stopping Hotspot “Stuttering”
14.13Protecting Yourself at Hotspots
Chapter 15
CHAPTER 15
User, Group, and Computer Accounts
15.0Introduction
15.1Creating a User Account
15.2Unlocking a User
15.3Troubleshooting Account Lockout Problems
15.4Viewing and Modifying the Account Lockout and Password Policies
15.5Enabling and Disabling a User Account
15.6Setting a User’s Password
15.7Setting a Domain User’s Account Options
15.8Setting a Domain User’s Profile Attributes
15.9Finding a Domain User’s Last Logon Time
15.10Creating a Group Account
15.11Viewing the Members of a Group
15.12Viewing a User’s Group Membership
15.13Adding and Removing Members of a Group
15.14Creating a Computer Account
15.15Joining a Computer to a Domain
15.16Renaming a Computer
15.17Resetting a Computer Account
Event Logs and Log Files
16.0Introduction
16.1Creating an Event
16.2Viewing Events
16.3Creating a New Event Log
16.4Viewing the Size of an Event Log
Recipe 16.5 for setting the maximum size of an event log
16.5Setting the Maximum Size of an Event Log
16.6Setting the Event Log Retention Policy
16.7Clearing the Events in an Event Log
16.8Restricting Access to an Event Log
16.9Searching an Event Log
16.10Searching the Event Logs on Multiple Systems
16.12Finding More Information about an Event
16.13Triggering an Action When an Event Occurs
16.14Troubleshooting a Corrupt Event Log
16.16Enabling User Environment Logging
16.18Enabling Windows Installer Logging
16.19Enabling Windows Time Service Logging
16.20Enabling Outlook Logging
Security and Auditing
17.0Introduction
17.1Analyzing Your Security Configuration
17.2Enabling Auditing
17.3Renaming the Administrator and Guest Accounts
17.4Disabling or Removing Unused Accounts, Services, and Software
17.5Enabling Screen Saver Locking
17.6Disabling Storage of the LM Password Hash
17.7Requiring Strong Passwords
17.8Getting Notified of New Security Vulnerabilities
Performance Tuning
18.0Introduction
18.2Tracking System Performance with the Performance Console
18.5Optimizing Page File Size
18.6Cleaning Up Your Hard Disk
18.7Converting Your Hard Disk to NTFS
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18.8Disabling Startup Services and Programs
18.10Improving Startup Performance
Quick Power-On Self-Test (POST)
Chapter 19
CHAPTER 19
Backup and Recovery
19.0Introduction
19.1Performing a Backup
19.2Restoring from Backup
19.3Using Automated System Recovery
Recipe 19.4 for creating an ASR disk “after the fact”
19.4Creating an ASR Disk“After the Fact”
19.5Using System Restore to Revive a Broken Machine
19.6Disabling System Restore Remotely
19.8Using XCOPY for Interim Backups
19.10Creating a Password Reset Disk
19.11Recovering and Decrypting an Encrypted File or Folder
19.12Backing up and Restoring Activation Data
19.13Auditing Backup and Restore Actions
19.14Caring for Backup Media
Crashes and Errors
20.3Using Boot Log to Trace Problems
20.4Using VGA Mode to Solve Video Problems
20.7Fixing Cryptographic Services Error
20.10Fixing Corrupted or Missing \WINDOWS\ SYSTEM32\CONFIG Errors
20.11Fixing NTLDR or NTDETECT Not Found Errors
20.13Troubleshooting Blue Screen Error Messages
20.14Setting Up and Using Dr. Watson toTroubleshootErrors
APPENDIX
Summary of Windows XP Versions and Service Packs
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Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 30 million PCs sold in the U.S.--and 90 million worldwide--making it the world's most popular operating system, and proving to frustrated users everywhere that preponderance does not equate to ease of use. There are literally thousands of programs, tools, commands, screens, scripts, buttons, tabs, applets, menus, and settings contained within Windows XP. And it has only been in the last couple of years that Microsoft's documentation has actually been more of a help than a hindrance. But it still isn't enough.

Windows XP users and administrators need a quick and easy way to find answers. Plenty of books go into detail about the theory behind a particular technology or application, but few go straight to the essentials for getting the job done. Windows XP Cookbook does just that, tackling the most common tasks needed to install, manage, and support Windows XP.

Featuring a new twist to O'Reilly's proven Cookbook formula, this problem-solving guide offers multiple solutions for each of its 300-plus recipes. Solve dilemmas with the graphical user interface, the command line, through the Registry, or by using scripts. Each step-by-step recipe includes a discussion that explains how and why it works. The book is also among the first to cover Microsoft's XP Service Pack 2. With these practical, on-the-job solutions, Windows XP Cookbook will save you hours of time searching for answers.

Windows XP Cookbook will be useful to anyone that has to use, deploy, administer, or automate Windows XP. But this isn't a typical end-user book; it covers the spectrum of topics involved with running Windows XP in both small and large environments. As a result, IT professionals and system administrators will find it a great day-to-day reference. And power users will find Windows XP Cookbook a great source for information on tweaking XP and getting the most out of their systems. The bottom line is that Windows XP Cookbook will make just about anyone who uses XP more productive.

Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 30 million PCs sold in the U.S.--and 90 million worldwide--making it the world's most popular operating system, and proving to frustrated users everywhere that preponderance does not equate to ease of use. There are literally thousands of programs, tools, commands, screens, scripts, buttons, tabs, applets, menus, and settings contained within Windows XP. And it has only been in the last couple of years that Microsoft's documentation has actually been more of a help than a hindrance. But it still isn't enough.

Windows XP users and administrators need a quick and easy way to find answers. Plenty of books go into detail about the theory behind a particular technology or application, but few go straight to the essentials for getting the job done. Windows XP Cookbook does just that, tackling the most common tasks needed to install, manage, and support Windows XP.

Featuring a new twist to O'Reilly's proven Cookbook formula, this problem-solving guide offers multiple solutions for each of its 300-plus recipes. Solve dilemmas with the graphical user interface, the command line, through the Registry, or by using scripts. Each step-by-step recipe includes a discussion that explains how and why it works. The book is also among the first to cover Microsoft's XP Service Pack 2. With these practical, on-the-job solutions, Windows XP Cookbook will save you hours of time searching for answers.

Windows XP Cookbook will be useful to anyone that has to use, deploy, administer, or automate Windows XP. But this isn't a typical end-user book; it covers the spectrum of topics involved with running Windows XP in both small and large environments. As a result, IT professionals and system administrators will find it a great day-to-day reference. And power users will find Windows XP Cookbook a great source for information on tweaking XP and getting the most out of their systems. The bottom line is that Windows XP Cookbook will make just about anyone who uses XP more productive.

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