Windows Me Annoyances

Windows Me Annoyances

by David A. Karp

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Overview

In an ideal world, an operating system is a collection of software that handles a computer's "dirty work" invisibly, quickly, and most of all, painlessly. For many of us, however, Microsoft Windows exists outside this ideal world. We are annoyed by "personalized Menus" that keep changing, icons we don't use cluttering up our workspace, periodic crashes, unintelligible error messages, and inadequate documentation to help us figure it all out.Windows Me Annoyances has the insider information you need for overcoming Windows' many annoyances and limitations. Whether you're looking to finally solve a nagging problem, dramatically improve system performance, or customize the interface to better suit your work habits, the Windows Me Annoyances solution-oriented format makes finding information and implementing solutions easy and pain free. Thanks to the thorough and relevant documentation on the registry, Windows Scripting Host, and Windows' built-in networking capabilities, customizing and improving Windows Me is easier than ever.Based on the author's extremely popular Annoyances.org web sites, Windows Me Annoyances delivers an authoritative collection of techniques and tools for customizing Windows Me, including:

  • Several approaches and hidden tools for working with the Windows registry, the database of system- and application-specific configuration information
  • How to bypass Windows roadblocks such as the Home Networking and System Restore wizards, allowing you to take control of the processes quickly and painlessly
  • A tutorial and reference on automation with the Windows Scripting Host as a means of eliminating many Windows Me annoyances
  • Using third-party software and utilities to handle some of the more complex workarounds and customizations
  • Dealing with software that overwrites your file associations and other settings without warning
Windows Me Annoyances is the intermediate and advanced Windows user's best resource for turning Windows into the user-friendly, customizable interface it was meant to be, but doesn't always manage to be on its own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596000608
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/05/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

David A. Karp is the author of twelve power-user books, including the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and O'Reilly's eBay Hacks. David's books are available in ten languages, and can be found under the short legs of tables around the world.

David is the founder of Annoyances.org, one of the most respected and popular computer help sites on the Interwebs. He writes for PC Magazine, but they're curiously reluctant to publish photos of his bicycle. Notable recognition has come from PC Computing, Windows Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and the New York Times.

He scored 30.96647% on the Geek Test (http://www.innergeek.us/), earning a rating of "Total Geek." He hopes future revisions of the test reward publishing his score in the backs of computer books. David spends nearly every spare moment with his son.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Making the Most of Windows Me
  • Chapter 2: Basic Explorer Coping Skills
  • Chapter 3: The Registry
  • Chapter 4: Tinkering Techniques
  • Chapter 5: Maximizing Performance
  • Chapter 6: Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 7: Networking and Internetworking
  • Chapter 8: Taking Control of Web Integration
  • Chapter 9: Scripting and Automation
  • Setting Locator
  • DOS Resurrected
  • Class IDs of System Objects
  • Colophon

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