Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition
Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing Your OS
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2005
Pages: 574

A smart collection of insider tips and tricks, Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition covers the XP operating system from start to finish. Among the multitude of topics addressed, this must-have resource includes extensive coverage of hot-button issues such as:

  • security
  • web browsing
  • controlling the control panel
  • removing uninstallable XP components
  • pop-up ads
You'll also find timesaving hacks for file distribution; digital media, such as iTunes; and high-visibility web software, services, and exploits that have emerged since the book's last edition. Each hack in the book can be read easily in just a few minutes, saving countless hours of searching for the right answer.Now completely revised and updated to cover Service Pack 2 (SP2), the second edition of this bestseller carefully breaks down the new features that come with SP2, including IE pop-up blocker, Windows Firewall, and the new wireless client.Written by Preston Gralla, the compact and affordable Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition provides direct, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing XP beginners, as well as the more experienced power user. Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 90 million PCs worldwide, making it the world's most popular operating system.
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3 tries 1 success

By knama

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Comments about oreilly Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition:

Well I bought the book and started very eagerly in

speeding up the startup and shutdown.

That gave some speedup, o.k.

Trying hack #7 did not work - ther is no key or value named "DontDisplayLastUserName". Adding it and forcing the last user name to be selecte on startup failed.

Trying hack #28 to extend the context menue failed too. Because the system did not find the Cmd.exe or got puzzled with the L parameter.

But the menue text showed up correctly.

So for now I take a rest on those kind of hacks.

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Just about all you need

By smitty_one_each

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Comments about oreilly Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition:

Quite a good collection of tips.

For file management, do consider Emacs, which is both free, has a powerful mode called dired, and some great Windows-specific tools you can find on The Emacs Wiki

One area that kept it from being a 5 for me was a lack of discussion of Administrator vs. Limited accounts.

There are some other resources, such as Nonadmin, but this book seems like it should advise a little more in this regard.

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