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In an ideal world, an operating system would do its work in the background while you did your work in the foreground. In our world, however, operating systems constantly get in the way, and Windows XP is no exception. There hasn't been such a dramatic change in Windows computing since the introduction of Windows 95. Windows XP contains dozens of important new features desi In an ideal world, an operating system would do its work in the background while you did your work in the foreground. In our world, however, operating systems constantly get in the way, and Windows XP is no exception. There hasn't been such a dramatic change in Windows computing since the introduction of Windows 95. Windows XP contains dozens of important new features designed to make your work easier, including improved performance, but also introduces numerous quirks and unaccountable behaviors that are guaranteed to increase your level of perplexity and frustration. O'Reilly's popular series for troubleshooting Windows comes to the rescue with Windows XP Annoyances. This book is not designed to complain or criticize, but to acknowledge the problems and shortcomings of the operating system in order to overcome them. Complete with a collection of tools and techniques, this book allows users to improve their experience with Windows XP and establish control of the machine--rather than the other way around. Based on the author's popular Windows Annoyances web site (http://www.annoyances.org), Windows XP Annoyances offers solutions, tips, workarounds and warnings that enable you to both customize and troubleshoot Windows, including: Understanding the Windows Registry, including the use of the Registry Editor and advanced topics such as finding the right Registry Keys and restoring a corrupted registry Customizing the interface beyond Microsoft's intentions, including many undocumented tweaks Mastering Windows built-in networking capabilities, including advanced technologies such as Internet Connection Sharing, Remote Desktop sharing, and virtual private networking Repairing Windows XP now that the DOS safety net is gone As author David Karp says, "The more you know about a tool you use--specifically, Microsoft Windows XP--the better your day-to-day experience with it will be." Windows XP 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.


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In an ideal world, an operating system would do its work in the background while you did your work in the foreground. In our world, however, operating systems constantly get in the way, and Windows XP is no exception. There hasn't been such a dramatic change in Windows computing since the introduction of Windows 95. Windows XP contains dozens of important new features desi In an ideal world, an operating system would do its work in the background while you did your work in the foreground. In our world, however, operating systems constantly get in the way, and Windows XP is no exception. There hasn't been such a dramatic change in Windows computing since the introduction of Windows 95. Windows XP contains dozens of important new features designed to make your work easier, including improved performance, but also introduces numerous quirks and unaccountable behaviors that are guaranteed to increase your level of perplexity and frustration. O'Reilly's popular series for troubleshooting Windows comes to the rescue with Windows XP Annoyances. This book is not designed to complain or criticize, but to acknowledge the problems and shortcomings of the operating system in order to overcome them. Complete with a collection of tools and techniques, this book allows users to improve their experience with Windows XP and establish control of the machine--rather than the other way around. Based on the author's popular Windows Annoyances web site (http://www.annoyances.org), Windows XP Annoyances offers solutions, tips, workarounds and warnings that enable you to both customize and troubleshoot Windows, including: Understanding the Windows Registry, including the use of the Registry Editor and advanced topics such as finding the right Registry Keys and restoring a corrupted registry Customizing the interface beyond Microsoft's intentions, including many undocumented tweaks Mastering Windows built-in networking capabilities, including advanced technologies such as Internet Connection Sharing, Remote Desktop sharing, and virtual private networking Repairing Windows XP now that the DOS safety net is gone As author David Karp says, "The more you know about a tool you use--specifically, Microsoft Windows XP--the better your day-to-day experience with it will be." Windows XP 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.

30 review for Windows XP Annoyances: Secrets and Solutions to Increase Productivity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    a good read for anyone who's running XP a good read for anyone who's running XP

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This book is an incredible way to come up to speed with the ins and outs of living with Windows. If you're used to environments like UNIX where everything is infinitely configurable, Windows can seem pretty inflexible. However, if you're willing to learn a little and dig into the registry among other things, you may very well be as surprised as I was by how much control you can have. More importantly, this is a great conceptual introduction to the Windows technology ecosystem for geeks who wouldn' This book is an incredible way to come up to speed with the ins and outs of living with Windows. If you're used to environments like UNIX where everything is infinitely configurable, Windows can seem pretty inflexible. However, if you're willing to learn a little and dig into the registry among other things, you may very well be as surprised as I was by how much control you can have. More importantly, this is a great conceptual introduction to the Windows technology ecosystem for geeks who wouldn't know a DWORD from a door stop. As an added benefit, the book delivers on its title, giving you the opportunity to tame some of the more irritating default Windows ships with. The writing style is light and humorous while still conveying the information, and the author isn't afraid to say so when something smells like rotten fish.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yanongkis

    i will learn

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Like David Pogue's "Missing Manual", this one's a storehouse of useful little tidbits of info, and has been most helpful. Like David Pogue's "Missing Manual", this one's a storehouse of useful little tidbits of info, and has been most helpful.

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    David

    A fun book back in the day.

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