Windows XP Cookbook

Windows XP Cookbook

by Robbie Allen, Preston Gralla


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596007256
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Pages: 680
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

Robbie Allen is a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems where he has been involved in the deployment of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and several Network Management solutions. He enjoys working on Unix and Windows, and his favorite programming language is Perl. Robbie was named a Windows Server MVP in 2004 and 2005 for his contributions to the Windows community and publication of several popular O'Reillybooks. Robbie is currently studying at MIT in the System Design and Management program. For more information, see Robbie's website at

Preston Gralla is the author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, the Windows Vista Pocket Reference, and is the editor of . He is also the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. He has written more than 30 other books. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including Best Feature in a Computer Magazine from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 2: Operating System Installation and Maintenance

  • Chapter 3: Managing Hardware and Devices

  • Chapter 4: Installing, Uninstalling, and Working with Applications

  • Chapter 5: Customizing the Interface

  • Chapter 6: System Properties, Startup, and Shutdown

  • Chapter 7: Disks, Drives, and Volumes

  • Chapter 8: Files, Folders, and Shares

  • Chapter 9: The Registry

  • Chapter 10: Processes, Tasks, and Services

  • Chapter 11: Digital Media

  • Chapter 12: Network Configuration

  • Chapter 13: The Internet

  • Chapter 14: Wireless Networking

  • Chapter 15: User, Group, and Computer Accounts

  • Chapter 16: Event Logs and Log Files

  • Chapter 17: Security and Auditing

  • Chapter 18: Performance Tuning

  • Chapter 19: Backup and Recovery

  • Chapter 20: Crashes and Errors

  • Appendix A: Summary of Windows XP Versions and Service Packs

  • Colophon

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