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Peter Norton's Complete Guide to Windows XP


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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32291-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32291-4

Peter Norton's Complete Guide to Microsoft Windows XP is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide written in the highly acclaimed Norton style. This unique approach teaches the features of Windows XP with clear explanations of the many new technologies designed to improve your system performance. The book demonstrates all of the newest features available for increasing your OS performance. You will find Peter's Principles, communications, networking, printing, performance, troubleshooting, and compatibility tips throughout the book. Whether you're just starting out or have years of experience, Peter Norton's Guide to Microsoft Windows XP has the answers, explanations, and examples you need.

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Table of Contents



1. The Updater's Guide to Windows.

Understanding the Combined Code Base. New Windows XP Features. Improvements to Existing Features. Windows 9x Features Not Found Here. On Your Own.

2. Introducing Windows.

Using the Simplified Interface. The Start Menu. Explorer: The Familiar Interface. Standard Windows XP Applications. On Your Own.

3. Advanced User Features.

Switching to the Standard Interface. Switching to the Windows 2000 Interface. The Classic Start Menu. Using Toolbars. Customizing Your Desktop. Active Desktop: A View of the Internet. Advanced Windows Explorer Usage Techniques. Modifying the Startup Folder. On Your Own.


4. Setup Primer.

Installing Windows. Plug and Play Installation Tips. Creating Your Own INF Files. Using Windows Update. On Your Own.

5. Windows Performance Primer.

Getting the Best Performance from Low-End Systems. Tuning Windows As a Whole. Automating Tune-ups with Task Scheduler. Checking Performance. On Your Own.

6. Application Performance Primer.

Windows XP Shortcuts and OLE. Faster Startups. The Data-Oriented Approach to Applications. Application Keyboard Shortcuts. On Your Own.


7. Windows XP Configuration.

Configuring the Windows XP Applets. Control Panel. Working with Microsoft Management Console. Setting Power Options. On Your Own.

8. Exploiting Your Software.

Using the Add or Remove Programs Utility. Using the Microsoft Windows Installer. Optimizing Windows Applications. Optimizing DOS Applications. Using Windows Scripting Host (WSH). Using the Event Viewer Console. On Your Own.

9. Exploiting Your Hardware.

Installing and Deleting Devices. Configuring Ports. Using Fonts. Working with Printers. Working with Modems. Understanding TAPI and MAPI Support. Accessing the Standard Hardware Support. Understanding the Universal Serial Bus (USB). Understanding How RAM Type Affects Your System. Working with Network Interface Cards (NICs). Using the Computer Management Console. On Your Own.

10. Exploiting Multimedia and Games.

Installing and Configuring DirectX. Getting Your Games to Cooperate. Installing and Configuring Game Controllers. Multimedia Hardware. Windows Game Support. Recording Data CDs. Windows Multimedia Software. On Your Own.


11. The Windows XP Architecture.

A Quick Look Inside. Windows XP Compatibility Configuration Files. A Look at the Windows XP Boot Sequence. The Windows XP Startup Sequence. Windows XP Internals. On Your Own.

12. The Windows XP Registry.

An Overview of the Hives. A Detailed Look at the Registry. Saving Individual Application Settings. Care and Cleaning of the Registry. On Your Own.

13. The Windows XP File System

An Overview of the File System. Using Shortcuts. Working with VxDs (Virtual Anything Driver) and DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries). Using Disk Cleanup. Defragmenting Your Hard Drive. Creating a Backup. Formatting Disks. On Your Own.


14. Fonts and Printing.

Installing a Printer. Managing Print Jobs. Understanding Network Printer Configuration Issues. Windows and Fonts. On Your Own.

15. Mice and Keyboards.

Multilingual Support. Configuring Your Keyboard. Configuring Your Mouse. Access for Users with Disabilities. On Your Own.

16. Video Configurations.

Graphics Standards. The Windows XP Graphics Architecture. Video Boards. Working with Display Adapters and Monitors. Using the Troubleshoot Tab. Using More Than One Display. Understanding the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP). On Your Own.

17. Mobile Computing.

PCMCIA Devices on Your Notebook Computer. Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI). Windows XP Mobile Computing Services. Remote Network Users. Working with an Infrared Data Access (IrDA) Port. Power-Management Strategies. Working with Handheld Devices. On Your Own.


18. Hardware and Software Connections.

Making Network Connections. Making Software Attachments. On Your Own.

19. Network Connections with an Internet Appeal.

An Overview of the Communications Architecture. Understanding Virtual Private Networking (VPN). Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Using the Home Networking Wizard. Using Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM). HyperTerminal. Using Body Language in Your Messages. On Your Own.

20. Internet Connections.

Using Dial-Up Networking. Protocols and URLS. Working with Internet Explorer. Using Outlook Express. On Your Own.


21. Networks.

The Client Module. Configuring TCP/IP-The Short Form. Working with User Accounts. Using the Novell Client. Using the Client Service for NetWare (CSNW) Applet. On Your Own.

22. Setting Up Security.

Setting Local Security Policies. Network Security. Internet Security. On Your Own.


23. Now That DOS Is Gone.

Windows XP Boot Problems. Diagnosing Application Support Problems. DOS Application Configuration Techniques. Creating a DOS Boot Disk. On Your Own.

24. Software Problems.

Startup and Configuration Errors. Memory-Related Problems. Driver-Related Problems. Using the System Restore Utility. Changing the BOOT.INI Options. Microsoft System Information Utility. On Your Own.

25. Hardware Problems.

A Look at Help and Support. A Quick Look at Catastrophic Failures. Incompatible Hardware. BIOS Update Requirements. What to Do When the Vendor's Instructions Don't Work. On Your Own.



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