Windows 98 in a Nutshell is a comprehensive, compact reference that systematically unveils what serious users of Windows 98 will find interesting and useful. Little known details of the operating system, utility programs, and configuration settings are all captured in a consistent reference format.
Based on the bestselling "In a Nutshell" approach, this book contains more information about using Windows 98 than any other book on the market. Guaranteed. Windows 98 in a Nutshell was coauthored by Tim O'Reilly, the publisher whose books have revolutionized computer book publishing with their commonsense approach, depth of detail, and focus on practical information that you can really use. If you can't remember which option on a dialog box controls a function, or if you just want to have a better handle on what's available in Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition, this is the book you need.
Detailed information on almost every command and utility available with Windows 98, including Start Menu accessories, DOS commands, hidden system administration utilities such as the Registry Editor, Policy Editor, and TweakUI, as well as new utilities in Windows 98
Detailed advice and documentation on system configuration via the Control Panel, system startup files, and the Registry
A detailed treatment of Internet configuration and access via Dial-Up Networking
Hundreds of tips, gotchas, and clever ways to do familiar and not-so-familiar tasks
A focus on ways to integrate the command line into your work with Windows 98
Pointers to dozens of useful online sites that contain additional information
Information on how to use Win98's new Web integration features to build custom "Web applications" within folders or on your desktop
Detailed information on Windows Script Host (WSH), the feature that lets you use VBScript or other scripting languages to automate common tasks
This book follows the commonsense O'Reilly approach, cutting through the hype and giving practical details you can use every day. Any user who wants to make the most of Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition will love this book.
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network (www.oreillynet.com) and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long term vision for his company is to help change the world by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators.
Walter Glenn is a freelance consultant, writer, and editor in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been working in the computer industry for over a decade and provides solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses. Walter is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer who specializes in Internet and networking technologies.
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I have this book for years, it covers almost every Windows 98 command and utility available, gives advice for using the Registry, includes short-hand instructions on many important Win98 tasks, and ... Nice book but now maybe quite old... Marc White
When I first looked through the contents of this book, I thought to myself 'I already know most of this'. But reading through the chapters, I found all kinds of tricks and information that you'll never find from Microsoft! From one-click shortcuts to open a specific property sheet in a Control Panel dialog, to writing windows scripts to automate tasks, to tuning the command prompt environment, it's all here. Here's just one more O'Reilly book I'll have dog-eared within a month! A great resource!
One omission from the book I'd like to see in the next printing is the 'subst' command. It's mentioned several times in the book, but there's no explaination. I tried 'subst /?' and found an incredibly useful command that I've been looking for! Thanks for mentioning it in the book (I wouldn't have found it otherwise), but I hope a new printing (or 'WinME in a Nutshell') contains a description of this command.