Windows XP Hacks

Preston Gralla

  • 出版商: O'Reilly
  • 出版日期: 2003-09-01
  • 售價: $1,010
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$960
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 416
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0596005113
  • ISBN-13: 9780596005115
  • 已絕版



Windows XP is the latest, most reliable, and best-looking version of the Windows operating system to emerge yet. As the result of the unification of Microsoft's corporate series (Windows NT and 200) with the home series (Windows 95, 98, and Me), Windows XP offers much that is pleasing to its users: rock-solid stability and a fresh new look. But power users who want to take command of their operating systems will find the same old frustrations: it's never been easy to get under the hood of a Windows system and Windows XP is no exception.

Now power users can rejoice! Windows XP Hacks offers tips, tools, and know-how to bend Windows XP to your will. The book delves into XP topics such as controlling the control panel, changing unchangeable icons, removing uninstallable XP components, stopping pop-up ads, taking a bite out of cookies, speeding up file downloads, protecting yourself with firewalls and proxy servers, and more. Users of both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Pro Edition will find smart, timesaving, fun, and useful hacks for virtually every feature in their operating system. Even if you're not a power user yet, this book will have you well on your way.

Each Hack in the book can be read easily in a few minutes, saving countless hours of searching for the right answer. Windows XP Hacks provides direct, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing both those meeting Windows XP for the first time as well as long-time users who know what they want from their operating system and just wants tips on how to get it.

Windows XP Hacks is the latest in O'Reilly's new Hacks Series which aims to begin reclaiming the term "hacking" for the good guys. In recent years, the term has come to be associated with those nefarious black hats who break into computers to snoop, steal information or disrupt Internet traffic. But the term originally had a more benign meaning, and you'll still hear it used this way whenever developers get together. Our new Hacks books are written in the spirit of the true hackers -- the people who drive innovation.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Startup and Shutdown
      1. Customize Multiboot Startup Options
      2. Change the Picture that Appears on the XP Startup Screen
      3. Speed Up Boot and Shutdown Times
      4. Halt Startup Programs and Services
      5. Create Multiple Startup Profiles with Advanced Startup Manager
      6. Miscellaneous Startup and Shutdown Hacks
      7. Control User Logins by Hacking the Registry

Chapter 2. The User Interface
      8. Customize the GUI with TweakUI
      9. Control the Control Panel
      10. Hack the Start Menu and Taskbar
      11. Clean Up the Most Frequently Used Programs List
      12. Rename and Change "Unchangeable" Desktop Icons and System Objects
      13. Remove "Unremovable" Desktop Icons
      14. Create Your Own XP Themes and Find Thousands Online
      15. Give XP a Makeover with WindowBlinds
      16. Hacking Your Way Through the Interface
      17. Remove "Uninstallable" XP Utilities
      18. Create Transparent Windows
      19. Make Your Own Cursors and Icons
      20. Windows XP to Windows 2000: Retro is Cool

Chapter 3. Windows Explorer
      21. Generating Folder and File Listings for Printing or Editing
      22. Control Windows Explorer with Command-Line Shortcuts
      23. Empower Windows Explorer with PowerDesk
      24. Better File Rename
      25. Find Files Faster by Mastering the Indexing Service's Query Language
      26. Hiding Folders and Files with the Encrypting File System
      27. Forcing Windows Explorer Into True Usefulness
      28. Customize Folder Icons and Balloon Text
      29. A Power User's Hidden Weapon: Improve the Context Menu
      30. Take Your Work on the Go with Offline Files and the Briefcase
      31. Get More Hard Disk Space by Using NTFS Compression
      32. Put a Command-Line Prompt on Your Desktop

Chapter 4. The Web
      33. Stop Pop Ups, Spyware, and Web Bugs
      34. Take a Bite Out of Cookies
      35. Read Web Pages Offline
      36. Better Internet Searching from Your Desktop
      37. Hack Internet Explorer with the Group Policy Editor
      38. Speed Up File Downloads
      39. Surf Anonymously Without a Trace
      40. Secrets of Web Site Hosting with Internet Information Services (IIS)
      41. Run Java Applets Without Crashes or Problems

Chapter 5. Networking
      42. War Driving for WiFi Access
      43. Test Your Security with Shields Up!
      44. Tweak DNS Settings for Faster Internet Access
      45. Fix Windows Media Player's Privacy Problems
      46. Protect Your Computer with the Internet Connection Firewall
      47. Use a Proxy Server to Protect Your PC
      48. ZoneAlarm: The World's Best Free Firewall
      49. Optimize Your Residential Gateway
      50. Punch an Escape Hole Through Your Firewall
      51. Close Down Open Ports and Block Protocols
      52. Troubleshooting Network Connections with ping, tracert, and pathping
      53. Troubleshooting Network Connections with netsh, netstat, and ipconfig
      54. Speed Up Network Browsing
      55. Extend the Range of Your Wireless Network
      56. Install NetBEUI for Better Peer-to-Peer Networking
      57. Check WiFi Network Performance with QCheck to Help Improve Throughput
      58. Control Another PC with Remote Access
      59. Make Servers Always Available by Mapping a Hostname to a Dynamic IP Address
      60. Renewing Your DHCP-Assigned IP Address
      61. Repair a Broken TCP/IP Connection
      62. Set Up a Virtual Private Network

Chapter 6. Email
      63. Slam That Spam
      64. Open Blocked File Attachments in Outlook and Outlook Express
      65. Back Up and Restore Outlook and Outlook Express Data Files
      66. Fire Outlook and Outlook Express
      67. Retrieve Web-Based Email with Your Email Software

Chapter 7. The Registry
      68. Don't Fear the Registry
      69. Hacking Away at the Registry
      70. Safely Edit the Registry Using .reg Files
      71. Better Registry Backups
      72. Track and Restore Registry Changes with RegSpy

Chapter 8. Basic Utilities
      73. Store Multiple Clips and Boilerplate Text with a Better Clipboard
      74. Speed Up Your Hard Disk by Improving Defragging
      75. Build a Better Backup Strategy
      76. Extending Your Screen Real Estate with Virtual Desktops
      77. Top Screenshot Tips
      78. Going Beyond Messaging with Windows Messenger
      79. Universal Messaging: Trillian Unites AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ

Chapter 9. Applications
      80. Remove Unruly Applications and Uninstall Entries
      81. Force XP-Incompatible Applications to Run
      82. Force Older Programs to Use XP Common Controls
      83. Launch Applications with Command-Line Shortcuts
      84. Open and Create Microsoft Documents without Microsoft Office
      85. Stop Hidden Fields in Word from Stealing Your Files and Information

Chapter 10. Graphics and Multimedia
      86. Image Conversion in a Pinch
      87. Problem-Free CD Burning
      88. Save Streaming Music to Your PC
      89. File Sharing without the Spyware
      90. Tips for Making Videos with Windows Movie Maker

Chapter 11. System Performance
      91. Track System Performance with the Performance Console
      92. Getting the Most Out of Your RAM
      93. More Power: Registry Hacks to Speed Up XP
      94. Repair and Recovery with the Recovery Console

Chapter 12. Hardware
      95. Troubleshoot Hardware by Decoding Device Manager Error Messages
      96. Uncover Hidden Hardware with the Device Manager
      97. Check Your PC's Pulse and Tweak It for Better Performance
      98. Remap Your Keyboard
      99. Use ClearType for Better Laptop and LCD Resolution
      100. Networking on the Cheap: Set Up a Direct Cable Connection