9780471748977

Windows® XP Hacks & Mods For Dummies®

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    9780471748977

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    0471748978

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-09-01
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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Summary

Ever feel as though Windows XP was running YOU, instead of the other way around? Maybe it's time to show Windows who's boss. Make it run YOUR way. Get rid of the stuff that doesn't help you do what you want to do. Soup up security so you're better protected against spyware and other nasties. Find things faster with more efficient searches. Woody Leonhard shows you exactly how to do it in Windows XP Hacks & Mods For Dummies.Don't let the word "hack" intimidate you. Woody walks you through every suggested adjustment step by step. He even provides plenty of explanation about what's involved and what tools you need. Windows XP Hacks & Mods For Dummies even gives you a convenient list of common hacks you should avoid because they don't accomplish much. You'll discover how to: Eliminate the annoying features that came pre-installed on your PC Speed up your system performance Pin programs, folders, files, and Web pages so they appear on your Start menu Launch applications more quickly Boost the performance of your favorite games Get the most from your iPod and Windows Media Player Navigate peer-to-peer file sharing safely Find free virus protectionIn the fun and friendly Dummies style, Woody Leonhard gives you tons of helpful advice to make your relationship with Windows XP a lot more rewarding.

Author Biography

In the past fifteen years, Woody Leonhard has written more than computer books, drawing an unprecedented six Computer Press Association awards and two American Business Press awards. Woody was one of the first Microsoft Consulting Partners and is a charter member of the Microsoft Solutions Provider organization. He’s widely quoted — and reviled — on the Redmond campus.
Woody’s Web site, askwoody.com, keeps an eye on the computer industry, covering the latest shenanigans from Microsoft, the best software for your computer, the worst pitfalls (and patches!) to avoid, updates to his books, and all the other information you need to keep your PC chugging away.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(1)
About This Book
1(1)
Conventions Used in This Book
2(1)
What You're Not to Read
3(1)
Foolish Assumptions
3(1)
How This Book Is Organized
3(2)
Part I: The Nuts & Bolts of Hacks & Mods
3(1)
Part II: Controlling the Look and Feel of Windows XP
4(1)
Part III: Adjusting Everyday Activities
4(1)
Part IV: Modding to Monitor and Manage
4(1)
Part V: Protecting Yourself (And Your PC)
4(1)
Part VI: Entertaining Yourself
4(1)
Part VII: The Part of Tens
4(1)
Icons Used in This Book
5(1)
Where to Go from Here
5(2)
Part I: The Nuts & Bolts of Hacks & Mods
7(38)
Windows XP: What's Not to Love?
9(8)
Well, Perhaps There's Room for Improvement
9(1)
When to Hack Windows XP --- and When to Let It Be
10(3)
Hacks that don't work
11(1)
Keeping hacks and mods in perspective
12(1)
A Quick Look at Some Cool XP Hacks and Mods
13(1)
Staying Safe and Sound While You Work
14(3)
Tools of the Hacking Trade
17(8)
Understanding How Windows Hangs Together
17(4)
A world of processes
17(2)
Windows as referee
19(1)
Amoebus interruptus
20(1)
Programs talk, talk, talk
21(1)
The Role of the Registry
21(2)
Great Sources for Hacking Tools
23(2)
A Quick XP Makeover
25(20)
Do You Need a Makeover?
25(1)
Security Check --- NOW
26(9)
Get up-to-date
26(4)
Check your firewall
30(2)
Fire your antivirus program
32(1)
Show filename extensions
33(1)
Protect against spyware
34(1)
Personalize Your eXPerience
35(3)
Change the wallpaper
35(1)
Set the screensaver
36(1)
Align your accounts
37(1)
Eliminate the Obnoxious
38(3)
Tame (or trash!) Messenger
38(2)
Remove the Language Bar
40(1)
Get Better (Free!) Software
41(4)
Dump Microsoft's browser
41(1)
Search like a pro
41(2)
Read PDFs
43(2)
Part II: Controlling the Look and Feel of Windows XP
45(68)
TweakUI, the Power User's PowerToy
47(10)
Downloading and Installing TweakUI
48(2)
TweakUI from 30,000 Feet
50(1)
Knowing the Essential TweakUI Lingo
51(1)
Squeezing TweakUI
52(5)
Making your mouse sensitive
52(2)
Changing places
54(1)
Disabling Autoplay
55(2)
Pinning Down the Start Menu
57(28)
Scoping Out the Start Menu
58(2)
Customizing the Left Side of the Start Menu
60(2)
Pinning the Tail on This Donkey
62(8)
Pinning a program
63(2)
Pinning a folder
65(1)
Pinning a file
66(1)
Pinning a Web page
67(1)
Renaming, moving, and unpinning
68(2)
Controlling the Frequently Used Programs List
70(3)
Rearranging All Programs
73(5)
Controlling the My Recent Documents List
78(2)
Advanced Start Tweaks
80(5)
Taking On the Taskbar
85(12)
Customizing the Taskbar
86(1)
Sizing the Taskbar
87(1)
Taming the System Tray
88(2)
Controlling Groups of Buttons
90(1)
Modifying Quick Launch
91(6)
Deleting Quick Launch icons
92(1)
Adding programs to Quick Launch
92(1)
Adding folders and files to Quick Launch
93(1)
Adding Web pages to Quick Launch
94(1)
Making room for more icons
94(1)
Changing Quick Launch screen tips
95(1)
Changing Quick Launch icons
96(1)
Decking Out the Desktop
97(16)
Making Your Desktop Home
97(2)
Wrangling with Icons
99(3)
Exploring and installing Iconoid
100(1)
``Snapping'' icons to Windows' invisible grid
101(1)
Autoarranging icons
101(1)
Moving all icons to the upper-left corner of the screen
102(1)
Working with Themes
102(6)
Using a purpose-built installer
103(1)
Installing a Theme manually
104(4)
Getting the Most from ClearType
108(5)
Understanding ClearType
108(1)
Modifying ClearType
109(4)
Part III: Adjusting Everyday Activities
113(78)
Reining In Windows Explorer
115(14)
Fixing Key Explorer Settings
115(6)
How programs start
115(1)
Changing filename extension associations
116(2)
Showing filename extensions and hidden/system files
118(3)
Setting File Folder Templates
121(3)
Setting a folder's template
122(1)
Curing template amnesia by setting aside extra memory
123(1)
Customizing Shortcuts
124(2)
Renaming Files en Masse
126(3)
Cool Keyboard Hacks and Menu Mods
129(10)
Listing Files in a Folder
129(5)
Copy to Folder and Move to Folder
134(2)
Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
136(1)
Key Combinations You Need to Know
137(2)
Searching on the Desktop
139(12)
The Lowdown on Searching
139(6)
Installing Google Desktop Search
141(2)
Running Google Desktop Search
143(2)
Google Desktop Search Mods
145(6)
Preventing GDS from indexing specific files
145(1)
Removing files from the index
146(2)
Moving GDS's index file
148(3)
Switching to Better Online Software
151(22)
Surfing with the Fox
151(14)
Installing Firefox
152(2)
Working with tabs
154(2)
Installing extensions
156(4)
Hacking and modding Firefox
160(3)
Keyboard shortcuts for Firefox and IE
163(1)
Printing a page in Firefox and IE
164(1)
IMing with Trillian
165(4)
Installing Trillian
166(1)
Adding contacts with Trillian
167(2)
Disabling MSN Messenger
169(4)
Shutting down MSN Messenger the polite way
170(1)
Shutting down MSN Messenger the IMpolite way
171(2)
Pulling Off Pictures
173(18)
Removing Problematic Camera Software
173(2)
Transferring Pictures from a Camera
175(4)
Copying from a Camera Memory Card
179(2)
Rummaging Through New Photos
181(1)
Undeleting Images on a Camera
182(3)
Resizing Pictures
185(3)
Converting Picture File Formats
188(3)
Changing file formats with Paint
189(1)
Saving the contents of the Clipboard as a picture file
189(2)
Part IV: Modding to Monitor and Manage
191(56)
Seeing What's Happening
193(16)
Using Windows Event Viewer
193(6)
Opening the event logs from the Start menu
194(1)
Poking around Windows Event Viewer
195(3)
Saving a log file
198(1)
Hardware Troubleshooting with Windows Device Manager
199(3)
Making it easy to start Device Manager
199(1)
Taking full advantage of Device Manager views
200(1)
Looking up Device Manager error codes
200(1)
Check for ``ghosted'' hardware
200(2)
Controlling Applications with Task Manager
202(2)
Tracking Memory with Task Manager
204(2)
Tracking CPU Usage with Task Manager
206(3)
Decoding IDs, Accounts, and Passwords
209(16)
Activating and Reactivating Windows
209(6)
Activating shrink-wrapped Windows
210(1)
Dealing with preinstalled Windows
211(2)
Using volume licenses
213(2)
Changing Registered User and Organization
215(2)
Tweaking User Accounts
217(5)
Working with Guest
218(1)
Changing usernames
219(1)
Showing/hiding accounts at logon
219(2)
Changing the picture
221(1)
Bypassing the Windows Welcome screen
222(3)
Using Remote Assistance
225(12)
Helping a Friend --- Long Distance
225(1)
Asking for Help
226(7)
Connecting via MSN or Windows Messenger
227(4)
Connecting via e-mail or by file
231(2)
Poking Through the Firewalls
233(1)
Setting Up RA So That You Can Always Use It
234(3)
Retooling Disks
237(10)
Installing a Second Hard Drive
237(4)
Reassigning Drive Letters
241(2)
Converting a FAT Disk to NTFS
243(2)
Finding out what kind of drive you have
243(1)
Converting FAT32 to NTFS
244(1)
Maintenance Hacks
245(2)
Stifling the disk cleanup warning
245(1)
Forcing a defrag
246(1)
Part V: Protecting Yourself (And Your PC)
247(36)
Changing (In)Security Settings
249(12)
Don't Let Microsoft Muck with Your Computer
249(4)
Patch Keystone Kops
250(1)
What is a critical patch?
250(1)
Turning off automatic updating
251(2)
Analyzing Updates
253(1)
Applying Updates
254(2)
Dealing with Windows Firewall
256(5)
Setting up Windows Firewall
256(2)
Testing your firewall
258(3)
Taking the ``Mal'' out of Malware
261(10)
Catching Viruses Free
261(3)
Installing AVG Free
262(1)
Adjusting AVG Free settings
263(1)
Fighting Spyware
264(7)
Using Microsoft Antispyware
265(1)
Running CounterSpy
265(2)
Blocking your Registry with Mike Lin's StartupMonitor
267(1)
Startup sleuthing
268(3)
Keeping Your Privates Private
271(12)
Covering Your Tracks Online
271(6)
Anonymous surfing
272(1)
Browser amnesia
273(4)
Covering Your Tracks in Windows
277(6)
Protecting from prying eyes
277(1)
Clobbering the MRU lists
278(2)
Keeping Windows from phoning home
280(3)
Part VI: Entertaining Yourself
283(36)
Making the Most of Media Player
285(8)
Knowing Your File Format$
285(1)
Installing the Latest Windows Media Player
286(3)
Setting Up WMP
289(1)
Using TweakMP
290(3)
Buying Music and Videos
293(12)
Music Restrictions
293(2)
Rent or Buy?
295(1)
Which Online Music Store Is Best?
295(2)
Bypassing Restrictions
297(5)
Windows and the iPod
302(3)
Trading Music and Videos
305(6)
2P or Not 2P?
305(1)
Choosing a P2P Network
306(1)
Downloading and Installing BitTorrent
307(3)
Finding Files in All the Wrong Places
310(1)
Getting Games to Work
311(8)
The Gamer's Conundrum
311(3)
Getting Ahead in Games
314(1)
Troubleshooting Hardware Problems
315(1)
Surviving the DirectX Experience
316(3)
Part VII: The Part of Tens
319(28)
Ten Steps to Mastering the Registry
321(12)
Understanding the Registry's Anatomy
322(3)
Step 1: Understand how the Registry is like Windows Explorer
322(1)
Step 2: Know the five high-level keys
323(1)
Step 3: Recognize the different data types
323(2)
Running an Example
325(8)
Step 4: Create a Restore Point
326(1)
Step 5: Find the key
327(1)
Step 6: Back up the key
327(1)
Step 7: Change, add, or delete a value
328(3)
Step 8: Get out of the Registry
331(1)
Step 9: Make Windows accept the change
331(1)
Step 10: Recover if things go bump
332(1)
Ten Speed-Up Hacks --- Maybe
333(14)
Performance versus Pizzazz
333(1)
Intel Application Accelerator
334(3)
Big Memory Virtual Speedup
337(1)
Bypassing Zip Space-Saving Calculations on Cleanup
337(2)
Forget Creating Old-Style Names for Folders
339(1)
Stop ``Sharing'' Scheduled Tasks
340(1)
Change Location of Event Logs
341(1)
Tweaking Communication Settings
342(2)
Removing Negative DNS Cache Entries
344(2)
Really Speed up Windows XP
346(1)
Index 347

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