Degunking Windows, Second Edition continues on with the mission introduced in the bestselling first edition--help all Windows XP users get the most out of their PC. Since the first edition was published, new software updates, hardware changes, and more aggressive viruses have all contributed to creating more gunk for users.
The new edition is especially designed to help readers clean up Windows and get much more out of their PCs. The focus is on Service Pack 2 and all of the new features that have been added to Windows XP. Degunking Windows, Second Edition features proven techniques to help users quickly get their PCs back to top performance. It shows why PCs get gunked up, and presents the best techniques for degunking including improving security, dealing with spam, getting rid of unused programs, making Internet Explorer more secure, dealing with email programs, getting SP2 working well, cleaning files, optimizing hard drives to free up valuable space, working with Windows Media programs, and fixing the Desktop and Start menus. The new edition presents the easiest ways to back up precious files, clean and optimize the registry, and how to do a clean install.
Joli Ballew (Garland, TX) is a professional writer, technology trainer, and network consultant in the Dallas area. She is also a Microsoft Windows Expert Zone Columnist and Microsoft blogger. Some of her previous jobs include technical writing, education content consulting, PC technician, network administrator, high school algebra teacher, and MCSE instructor. She earned her MCSE, MCT, and A+ certifications in less than 14 months. She is the coauthor of Degunking Windows, and the author of Degunking Your Mac, Degunking Your PC, and Windows XP Professional: The Ultimate User's Guide, Second Edition, all published by Paraglyph Press.
Comments about oreilly Degunking Windows, 2nd Edition:
What can I say about this book that the authors and editors don't already know? It has some useful bits of information, but it apparently was put together at the last minute and not proofread by anyone before being sent to the printer. It has a lot of grammatical and factual errors, and poorly written passages. I have to assume the authors are not proud of this book. I got the book via interlibrary loan at my public library (they only had the first edition); it was not worth purchasing.