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Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional: Special Edition by Brian Knittel
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This updated edition covers all of the updates to Windows XP since it was released, including Service Packs 1 and 2, and Reloaded. From-the-trenches advice on upgrading to Windows XP Pro - including detailed rollout advice for IT managers. Plan and manage deployment of Windows easily and efficiently - whether you're upgrading just a handful of computers, or an entire corporation! Includes hands-on coverage of installing, configuring and surviving on a Windows XP-based network. We not only show you how to set up Windows networking features, we show you how to install and set up basic networking hardware.Sharing files with other platforms, such as Novell Netware, Unix and Linux, Macintosh and other Windows flavors.

Table of Contents

Introduction. I. INTRODUCING WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL. 1. Introducing Windows XP Professional. An Overview of Windows XP Professional A Little Windows History What's New in Windows XP Professional? Interface Improvements Internet Connections and Related Software Hardware Improvements File System Improvements More Stability Improved System Management What Is Not in Windows XP Professional Differences Between Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, 64-Bit, and Server Versions of Windows XP How Does Windows XP Professional Compare to UNIX and Linux? UNIX Linux Windows XP Professional on the Corporate Network New Networking Features Improved Network Security 2. Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP. General Considerations Hardware Requirements Option 1: Using What You've Got: Ensuring Compatibility via the HCL Option 2: Choosing a Windows XP-Ready PC Option 3: Upgrading Your Computer Preparing Your Hardware for Windows XP The Motherboard and CPU The Importance of the Chipset Slots RAM Hard Disk Monitor/Video Card Support Plug and Play Items Preparing Your Software for Windows XP Classes of Programs Legit APIs Versus Hardware Twiddling Hardware-Based Device-Protection Capabilities Why Should You Care? Windows XP-Approved Applications Troubleshooting Special Note Regarding XP Media Center Edition (MCE) PCs Tips from the Windows Pros: Shopping for the Right Hardware and Software 3. Installing Windows XP Professional. Choosing an Upgrade Path Clean Installation Versus Upgrade Dual-Booting Versus Single Booting Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS? A Brief History of File Systems Disk Partitioning Tips File System Conversion Limitations Getting Your Network Information Together It's Backup Time! Clean Installation Procedure Typical Clean Setup Procedure Upgrading over an Existing Operating System Upgrade Report Making Startup Floppies Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Automating Setup II. GETTING YOUR WORK DONE. 4. Using the Windows XP Interface. Who Should Read This Part? Logging In to Windows XP Logging On from the Welcome Screen Using the Classic Logon Changing the Default Logon Mode Working with User Accounts Using Windows XP-the User Experience Parts of the Windows XP Screen Dialog Box Changes My Computer and Windows Explorer WebView Selecting Several Items Putting Items on the Desktop Saving Files on the Desktop from a Program Properties and the Right-Click Using the Folders Bar (A.K.A. Windows Explorer) The Taskbar, the Start Menu, and Other Tools Running Your Applications How to Launch Your Apps Using My Documents, My Pictures, and My Music Using the Help System Exiting Windows Gracefully Dealing with a Crashed Application or Operating System Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Working Efficiently 5. Using the Simple Supplied Applications. A Sea of Freebies Notepad Notepad's Limitations Running Notepad Setting Margins and Adding Headers and Footers WordPad Save and Open Options Running WordPad and Editing with WordPad Adding Graphics to a WordPad Document Display Options Paint Starting a New Image Work Area, Toolbox, Tool Options, Color Palette Working with the Painting Tools Undoing Mistakes Opening an Existing Picture Zooming In for Detail Work Saving Your Work Calculator Copying Your Results to and from Other Documents Power Calculator Character Map Using Character Map Choosing from a Unicode Subrange Entering Alternative Characters from the Keyboard Volume Control Working with the Windows Clipboard Copying, Cutting, and Pasting in Windows Applications Using the Search Applet Searching for Text Within a Document Looking for Any Kind of File Narrowing the Search Troubleshooting 6. Printing and Faxing. Windows XP Printing Primer The Printers and Faxes Folder Installing and Configuring a Printer Installing a Local Printer If the Printer Isn't Found or Is on a Serial (COM) Port What to Do If Your Printer Isn't Listed Changing a Printer's Properties Comments About Various Settings Removing a Printer from the Printers and Faxes Folder Printing from Windows Applications Pre-Printing Checklist Printing by Dragging Files into the Print Manager Printing Offline Printing from DOS Applications Working with the Printer Queue Deleting a File from the Queue Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process Rearranging the Queue Order Viewing and Altering Document Properties Printing to Disk Option Color Management Faxing Installing the Fax Service Getting Set Up Sending a Fax Fax Management Utilities Cover Sheets Incoming Faxes Viewing Received Faxes Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Does the Green Ink Have You Seeing Red? 7. Multimedia and Imaging. Multimedia, Imaging, and Windows How Windows Image Acquisition Works What's Built in to Windows XP for Photographs? Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard with a Scanner Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard with a Digital Camera Using a Card Reader Viewing Images Using the Photo Printing Wizard Copying Your Pictures to a CD-RW Drive Working with Your Pictures Online Going Beyond Windows XP's Built-In Imaging Tools Video Capture and Editing with Microsoft Movie Maker 2 The Hardware You Need Importing Digital Still Camera Movies, Snaps, and Sound Files Organizing Your Clips Turning Your Video Clips into a Simple Movie Editing Your Movie Adding Transitions Between Clips Adding Video Effects (Filters) to Your Clips Adding Narration to Your Movie Adding Titles to Your Movie Saving Your Project and Saving Your Movie Beyond Windows Movie Maker Help Sites and Resources for Digital Video Windows Media Player Media Types Compatible with Media Player Major Features of Media Player Customizing Media Player Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Archiving Your Company's History III. WINDOWS XP AND THE INTERNET. 8. Internet and TCP/IP Connection Options. Going World Wide Connection Technologies Analog Modem ISDN DSL Cable Modem Satellite Service Wireless Choosing a Technology Choosing an Internet Service Provider Travel Considerations AOL Relying on the New Connection Wizard Choosing Equipment Ordering the Service Installing the Hardware Installing a Modem in Windows XP Changing the Modem Type Installing Multiple Modems Installing Internal ISDN Adapters Installing a Network Adapter Installing a Satellite or Wireless Connection Configuring Your Internet Connection Using a Referral ISP Manually Configuring an ISP Account Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties Configuring a High-Speed Connection Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection Installing an "Always-On" Broadband Connection Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection Checking the Connection Status Hanging Up a Dial-Up Connection Changing the Default Connection Managing Multiple Internet Connections Using Multiple Modems or ISDN Channels Simultaneously Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Staying Connected While Traveling Abroad 9. Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer. Origins and Development of the World Wide Web What's New in Internet Explorer 6? Internet Explorer 6 Quick Tour Entering URLs Browsing Offline Saving a Single Web Page for Later Viewing Dealing with Multimedia Browsing and Downloading Images Audio and Video Downloading Programs Protecting Against Bad Downloaded Programs Protecting Against "Drive-by Downloads" of IE Add-ons Customizing the Browser and Setting Internet Options Setting Default Mail, News, and HTML Editor Programs Setting Security and Privacy Preferences Blocking Pop-ups and Pop-unders Controlling Objectionable Content Other Internet Settings Effectively Searching the Web Safer Alternatives to IE MSN Explorer Browser-The Touchy-Feely Alternative to IE Getting a Passport to Microsoft Country Hey, Who's Afraid of Microsoft Passport? Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Finding and Using PDF Documents on the World Wide Web 10. Sending Email with Outlook Express. Choosing an Email Client What If You Like Outlook 97, 98, 2000, or 2003? Other Email Clients Outlook Express Quick Tour Setting Up an Email Account Reading and Processing Incoming Messages Deleting Messages Creating and Sending New Mail Sending and Receiving Attachments Guarding Yourself Against Email Viruses Setting Up a Signature Requesting Receipts Formatting Options for Mail Sending and Receiving Secure Messages Using the Address Book Adding, Editing, and Removing Entries Creating Distribution Lists Finding People Who Aren't in Your Address Book Handling Unique Mail Situations Modifying an Existing Email Account Additional Security Features in Post-SP2 Outlook Express Limiting Spam Protecting Against HTML Scripts Handling Multiple Email Accounts for the Same User Organizing Your Mail Filtering Your Mail Checking Your Messages While Traveling Backing Up Outlook Express Data Dealing with Spam Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Creating Formatted Email 11. Reading Newsgroups with Outlook Express. Newsgroups and the Internet What About Mailing Lists? Using Mailing Lists Locating News Servers Setting Up a Newsgroup Account in Outlook Express Downloading the Newsgroup List Finding and Reading Newsgroups Subscribing to Newsgroups Managing Your Subscriptions Reading and Posting Messages to a Newsgroup Managing Messages Reading News Offline Newsgroup Safety Filtering Unwanted Messages Protecting Your Identity Avoiding Spam Responding to Anonymous Posters Customizing Outlook Express for Newsgroups Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups...for More than Just News 12. Chatting and Conferencing with Windows Messenger. An Overview of Windows Messenger What Is Messaging, Anyway? What Windows Messenger Can and Can't Do Systems Requirements and Platform Compatibility With Whom Can I Communicate? Getting Started with Windows Messenger Signing In with Your .NET Passport Signing In to Messenger Adding Contacts Setting Messenger Options and Preferences Organizing Your Contacts Chatting with Text Chat Etiquette My Status, or Out to Lunch and Back Again Signing Out Group Chat Sending and Receiving Files Communicating with Voice Tuning Up Audio Hardware Chatting by Voice Communicating with Video Tuning Video Hardware Chatting with Pictures and Voice Conferencing Options Application Sharing Whiteboard Windows Messenger: Shared Connections and Firewalls What About NetMeeting? Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Extending Your Chat Community 13. Hosting Web Pages with Internet Information Services. Overview of Internet Information Services What Does a Web Server Do? A Folder by Any Other Name Is... a Virtual Folder Default Documents-When "Nothing" Just Isn't Enough MIMEs Make It Happen To Run or Not to Run IIS Services and Requirements Do You Really Want to Do This? IIS Components Before You Get Started Name Service Determining Which IIS Services You Need World Wide Web FrontPage 2000 Extensions FTP SMTP Mail Other Components Installing IIS Taking a Quick Tour Online Documentation Printer Manager Setting Up a Simple Web Site Managing Your Site with the Computer Management Console Sharing Folders with Web Sharing Managing the FTP Server Managing the SMTP Server Log Files Enabling Site Searching Using the Indexing Service Making the Site Available on the Internet Security Issues for Internet Services Keeping Up to Date File Security Authentication Configuring Your Server Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Scripting for Interactive Sites 14. Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection. It's Great When It Works, But... Before You Run into Trouble Troubleshooting Identifying Software Configuration Problems Identifying Network Hardware Problems Identifying Modem Hardware Problems Identifying Modem Connectivity Problems Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities ipconfig ping tracert pathping route Third-Party Utilities Speed Check Whois Database Reverse Tracert WS_Ping Pro Pack Tips from the Windows Pros: Pinging with Larger Packets IV. Networking. 15. Overview of Windows XP Networking. Network Concepts Why You Really Need a Network No Longer a Dark Art Network Neighborhoods Network Form and Function Size Matters Network Connection Technologies Physical Media The OSI Model Network Clients Protocols Network Adapters Resolving Computer Names NetBEUI IP Name Services and Routing IP Addresses and Network Masks Windows Networking and TCP/IP The Many Faces of Windows XP The Windows Peer-to-Peer Network The Windows 200x/NT Server Network The Active Directory Network The Windows Offline/Remote Network Windows XP's Network Services File and Printer Sharing Roaming User Profiles Distributed Applications .NET Virtual Private Networking Remote Access Internet Connection Sharing Windows Firewall Universal Plug and Play Active Directory IntelliMirror Intranet/Internet Services and Tools Security Tips from the Windows Pros: Becoming a Networking Professional 16. Creating a Windows XP Pro Network. Creating or Joining a Network Planning Your Network Are You Being Served? When to Hire a Professional Planning for Adequate Capacity Printers Backup System Power Surprise Choosing a Network and Cabling System 10/100BASE-T Ethernet 1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet) Phoneline and Powerline Networking 802.11g Wireless Networking IEEE-1394 (FireWire) Networking Mixed Networking Printing and Faxing Providing Internet Connectivity Providing Remote Access Installing Network Adapters Checking Existing Adapters Installing Multiple Network Adapters Installing Network Wiring Cabling for Ethernet Networks General Cabling Tips Wiring with Patch Cables Installing In-Wall Wiring Connecting Just Two Computers Connecting Multiple Hubs Installing a Wireless Network Using the Wireless Network Setup Wizard Joining an Existing Wireless Network Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol Using the Network Setup Wizard Configuring Windows Firewall Manually Configuring Your Network Adding Network Clients, Services, and Protocols Configuring Network Components Setting Your Computer Identification Joining a Windows Domain Network Network Security Checking Out the Neighborhood Install and Configure Backup Software Bridging Two Network Types with Windows XP Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Grassroots Networking 17. Using a Windows XP Network. Windows XP Was Made to Network Workgroup Versus Domain Networking Traditional Versus Web Sharing What's in a Name? The UNC Naming Convention Naming for Web-Based Sharing My Network Places Using Shared Folders Exploring and Searching the Network Understanding Shared Resources Searching the Network Advanced Active Directory Searching Adding Network Places Using a Shared Disk Drive Using Internet-Based File Storage Services Mapping Drive Letters Using Web Folders Using Printers on the Network Installing Network Printers Using a Network Printer Using Printers Over the Internet with IPP Using Other IPP Printers Using UNIX and LPR Printers Using AppleTalk Printers Using Other Network-Connected Printers Using Network Resources Effectively Use My Network Places Make Folder Shortcuts Use Offline Network Folders Put Tools and Documentation Online Organize Your Network to Fit Your Users Sharing Resources Sharing Folders and Drives Sharing Folders on a Workgroup Network Sharing Folders on a Domain Network Sharing Web Folders Sharing Printers Installing Extra Printer Drivers Setting Printer Permissions Notifying Users When Printing Is Complete Tracking Printer Users Changing the Location of the Spool Directory Printer Pooling Separator Pages Sharing Printers on the Web via IPP Managing Network Use of Your Computer Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line Mapping Drives with net use The Distributed File System Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Using Command-Line Utilities 18. Windows Unplugged: Remote and Mobile Networking. Going Unplugged Dial-Up Networking Setting Up Dial-Up Networking Setting a Dial-Up Connection's Properties Managing Dial-Up Connections from Multiple Locations Making a Dial-Up Connection Callbacks Using Remote Network Resources Email and Network Connections Monitoring and Ending a Dial-Up Connection Enabling Dial-In and VPN Access to Your Computer Wireless Networking Managing Wireless Network Connections Selecting Preferred Networks Switching Between Wireless Networks Using a Public Wireless Network Advanced Wireless Network Settings Wardriving Offline Folders Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use Using Files While Offline The Synchronization Manager Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others Offline Files Properties Using Offline Folders Web Folders and Web Printing Virtual Private Networking Setting Up for Virtual Private Networking VPN Connection Properties Dialing a VPN Connection Routing Issues Enabling VPN Access to Your Computer Remote Desktop Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop Remote Assistance Requesting Remote Assistance Responding to an Assistance Request Copying Files Between Two Computers Infrared File Transfers Setting Up an Infrared Device Infrared File Transfer Digital Camera Image Transfer Infrared Printing Multiple LAN Connections Troubleshooting Tips From the Windows Pros: Manually Adding Routing Information 19. Connecting Your LAN to the Internet. It's a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet The Nuts and Bolts of the Connection The Need for Speed Ways to Make the Connection Managing IP Addresses NAT and Internet Connection Sharing Running Your Own Web Servers A Warning for Business Users Frame Relay Special Notes for Wireless Networking Special Notes for Cable Service Special Notes for ISDN Service Configuring Your LAN Scheme A-Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing with a Dial-Up Connection Scheme B-Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing with a Broadband Connection Scheme C-Sharing Router with a Broadband or Dial-Up Connection Using Universal Plug and Play Scheme D-Cable Internet with Multiple Computers Scheme E-Cable Internet with Multiple Computers and a Separate LAN Scheme F-Routed Service Using a Router Making Services Available Enabling Access with Internet Connection Sharing Enabling Access with a Sharing Router Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Squeezing Top Speed from Your High-Speed Connection Setting the Receive Window in Windows XP and 2000 20. Networking Mix and Match. Networking with Other Operating Systems Internetworking with Novell NetWare Selecting a NetWare Client Installing Microsoft Client Service for NetWare (CSNW) Configuring the NetWare Client Installing and Using Novell's Client Software Setting Provider Order Using NetWare Resources NetWare and the Command Prompt Troubleshooting a Novell Network Connection Internetworking with DOS, OS/2, and Windows 9x Internetworking with UNIX and Linux The SMB/CIFS Protocol Samba Samba Client Tools Samba Server Tools Telnet The Berkeley r Commands Services for UNIX Internetworking with Macintosh Mac Files and Networking Planning for Compatibility Internetworking Options AppleShare IP on Macintosh Mac OS X Virtual PC for Mac DAVE Internetworking Over Dial-Up and VPN Connections Advanced Networking Services Setting Network Bindings Installing Optional Network Components Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: The Hosts File 21. Network Security. It's a Cold, Cruel World Who Would Be Interested in My Computer? Types of Attack Your Lines of Defense Preparation Active Defenses: Blocking Known Methods of Attack Set Up Firewalls and NAT (Connection Sharing) Devices Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing Secure Your Router Set Up Restrictive Access Controls Keep Up-to-Date Testing, Logging, and Monitoring Test Your Defenses Monitor Suspicious Activity Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack Make a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online Make Frequent Backups When You're Online Write and Test Server Restore Procedures Write and Maintain Documentation Prepare an Incident Plan Specific Configuration Steps for Windows XP If You Have a Standalone Windows XP Professional Computer If You Have a LAN Enabling Windows Firewall Tightening Local Security Policy Configuring Windows Firewall Enabling and Disabling the Firewall Enabling Exceptions Advanced Firewall Settings More About Security Troubleshooting 22. Troubleshooting Your Network. When Good Networks Go Bad Getting Started Diagnostic Tools My Network Places Event Viewer Device Manager Testing Network Cables Checking Network Configuration ipconfig Network Troubleshooter netdiag My Computer Network Connections Network Protocols and Bindings Windows Firewall Testing Network Connectivity ping Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems Testing Network Throughput Measuring Network Utilization Tips from the Windows Pros: Monitoring Your LAN V. SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AND CUSTOMIZATION. 23. Tweaking the GUI. GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak Start Menu Pizzazz! Working with the Taskbar Customizing the Start Menu Display Properties Themes Tab Desktop Tab Screen Saver Tab Appearance Tab Settings Tab Working with Power Tweak UI Miscellaneous GUI Tips Fonts Preview Trick Which Windows Are You Using? Tweaking the Clock to Add Your Company Name Administrator Tools Not Showing Up Changing the Location of the My Documents Folder Cascading Elements Off the Start Menu Virtual Desktop AutoPlay Switch Control and Caps Lock Keys Auto Scrolling with a Three-Button Mouse Customizing Folder Views Customize This Folder Setting Folder Options Configuring the Recycle Bin Tuning Visual Effects Troubleshooting 24. Configuration via Control Panel Applets. Sizing Up the Control Panel Opening the Control Panel The New Control Panel Breaking Down the Category View What Should You Use? Accessibility Options Accessibility Keyboard Settings Accessibility Sound Settings Accessibility Display Settings Accessibility Mouse Settings Other Accessibility Settings (General Tab) Add Hardware Add or Remove Programs Change or Remove Programs Add New Programs Installing Programs from the Network Add/Remove Windows Components Set Program Access and Defaults Date and Time Game Controllers Keyboard Mouse Phone and Modem Options The Windows Telephony Interface Dialing Rules Area Code Rules Tab Calling Card Tab Setting Modem Properties Diagnostic Properties Regional and Language Options Scanners and Cameras Getting Images into the Computer Security Center Sounds and Audio Devices The Volume Tab The Sounds Tab The Audio and Voice Tabs The Hardware Tab Speech System: Device Manager Troubleshooting 25. Maintaining and Optimizing System Performance. Running a Tight Ship Measuring System Performance with Performance Monitor Tuning Windows Performance with the System Applet Adjusting Visual Effects for Performance Adjusting Processor, Memory, and Virtual Memory Usage Optimizing Virtual Memory (Paging) File Size Setting Multitasking Priorities Setting Memory Usage Enabling Data Execution Prevention Setting Environment Variables Specifying the Location of Temporary Files Setting the PATH Environment Variable Program Compatibility Wizard Configuring the Program Environments VDM-The Virtual DOS Machine Configuring the Windows 3.x Environment Allotting Independent Memory Space for Windows 3.x Applications Configuring the MS-DOS Environment Customizing AUTOEXEC.NT and CONFIG.NT Issues with DOSKEY and ANSI.SYS Setting the Command Prompt Window Properties from a Window Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application Keeping a Command Prompt Window Open After Execution Custom Startup Files The Windows XP Command Line What's New or Different from MS-DOS Windows XP Commands Changes to MS-DOS Commands Unavailable MS-DOS Commands Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Getting More Out of the Command Prompt with Command Extensions Commands Affected by Command Extensions Command Extensions Make cd (Change Directory) Easier Command Extensions Make PROMPT More Powerful Command Extensions Can Change the Color of the Command Prompt Window 26. Font Management. A Little Windows Font History A Little Font Primer Font Substitutions Building a Font Collection Classes of Fonts Procuring Fonts Managing a System's Font Collection Adding Fonts Displaying and Printing Font Examples Hidden System Fonts Removing Fonts Troubleshooting VI. SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AND MAINTENANCE. 27. System Utilities. Getting Under the Hood Scheduled Tasks System Applet Setting the Computer Name Managing and Controlling Hardware Advanced System Properties Controlling System Restore Settings Setting Automatic Updates Using the Remote Tab Administrative Tools Computer Management Event Viewer Services System Tools Activate Windows System Information Accessibility Windows Update Obtaining New Updates Using Rollback to Uninstall a Windows Update Task Manager Applications Tab Processes Tab Performance Tab Networking Tab Users Tab Protecting the System Files Running the File Signature Verification Tool Using the System File Checker Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Power User Tricks Adding a Serial Mouse Without Rebooting Removing Windows Update from the Start Menu 28. Managing Users. Multiple Users on One Machine User Account Types Guest and Administrator Accounts The Run As Command Why Use Separate User Accounts? Working with Passwords Changing Other Users' Passwords Changing Network Passwords Preventing Password Disasters If You Forgot Your Password... Using a Password Recovery Disk Creating and Managing User Accounts User Accounts Control Panel User Management for Workgroup Networks Enabling and Disabling the Welcome Screen Automatically Logging On at Startup User Management for Domain Networks Local Users and Groups Management Tool Creating Accounts Changing Passwords User Account Properties Assigning Group Memberships Assigning User Profiles Setting Logon Scripts Setting Up Home Directories Sharing Files Among Users Working with Private Files Simple File Sharing NTFS File Permissions Inheritance of Permissions Advanced Security Settings Viewing Effective Permissions Access Auditing Taking Ownership of Files Assigning Permissions to Groups Securing Your Printers Removing Users from the Administrators Group User Profiles The Profile Manager Moving Profiles with the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Making Icons Available to All Users Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Setting up for Multiple Users 29. Managing the Hard Disk. Hard Disk Management Windows XP File and Storage Systems Dynamic Storage Organizational Strategies Windows XP's Disk Management Tools Disk Management Assigning Drive Letters and Joining Volumes Dynamic Disk Management Extending a Disk Creating a Spanned Volume Creating a Striped Volume Removable Storage Disk Defragmenter The MFT Running Defrag Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors Convert Encryption Rules for Using Encrypted Files Suggested Folders to Encrypt Protecting and Recovering Encrypted Files Compression: How It Works, How to Use It Indexing Managing the Indexing Service Disk Cleanup Utility Using Internet Explorer's Cache Cleanup Backup Tools and Strategies Windows Backup Program Restoring Data from a Backup Scheduling Jobs Alternative and Creative Backup Strategies Guarding Your Profile Zipping Files Third-Party Management Tools Hard Disk Troubleshooting Take the Mental Approach First Problems and Solutions Tips from the Windows Pros: Quieting a Noisy System 30. Installing and Replacing Hardware. Upgrading Your Hardware BIOS Settings Upgrading Your Hard Disk Adding RAM Adding Hardware Providing Drivers for Hardware Not in the List Removing Hardware Maintaining and Updating Device Drivers Driver Signing The Device Manager Using the Troubleshooter Updating Device Drivers Device Driver Rollback The Resources Tab Understanding and Resolving Hardware Conflicts IRQs DMA Channels I/O Port Assignments Memory Addresses Installing and Using Multiple Monitors Installing a UPS UPS Considerations for Windows XP Professional Installing and Configuring the Windows XP UPS Service Running a Command When the Power Fails Testing Your UPS Configuration Using Hardware Profiles Altering a Hardware Profile's Device Complement Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Upgrading and Optimizing Your Computer Make the Move to PCI Cards Keep Your Eyes on the Hardware Compatibility List Sleuthing Out Conflicts Optimizing Your Computer for Windows XP 31. Multibooting Windows XP with Other Operating Systems. Why Multiboot? Preparation File System Specifics FAT16 FAT32 NTFS Application Considerations The Windows XP Boot Loader The Master Boot Record The BOOT.INI Settings File Multiboot Scenarios Dual-Booting Windows XP Professional and Windows Me/9x Putting Windows XP Professional and Windows 9x in the Same Partition Putting Windows XP Professional and Windows 9x in Separate Partitions Installing Windows XP Professional into the Second Partition Avoiding Drive Letter Madness Windows XP and MS-DOS Installing MS-DOS on a Non-Boot Partition Installing MS-DOS on the Windows XP Boot Partition Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 or NT Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 9x/Me Windows XP and Linux LILO, the Linux Loader Installing Linux Getting the Linux Boot Sector Adding Linux to the Windows XP Boot Loader Mounting Windows Disks Within Linux The Virtual Machine Approach Macintosh and Windows Emulating Other Computers Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Living with More Than One OS 32. The Registry. What Is the Registry? How the Registry Is Organized Registry Contents HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT HKEY_USERS HKEY_CURRENT_USER Backing Up and Restoring the Registry Backing Up the Registry Restoring the Registry Using Regedit Viewing the Registry Searching in the Registry Editing Keys and Values Advanced Registry Editing Editing the Registry of a Remote Computer Editing Registry Entries for Another User Editing Registry Entries for Another Windows Installation Editing Registry Security Other Registry Tools TweakUI X-Setup Pro Registry Toolkit Resplendent Registrar Tweak-XP Pro Registry-Hacker Web Sites Google Registry Privileges and Policies Troubleshooting Tips from the Windows Pros: Deploying Registry Settings with REG Files 33. Troubleshooting and Repairing Windows XP. Troubleshooting 101 Boot Options Recovery Console Parallel Copies of Windows XP As a Last Resort Preventing Problems System Restore Black Magic of Troubleshooting Scatter-Gun Troubleshooting VII. APPENDIXES. A. Installing Service Pack 2. About Service Packs Installation Options Before Installing the Service Pack Installing via Automatic Updates Installing via Windows Update Installing via the Standalone Package Installing Service Pack 2 Locally Installing Service Pack 2 from the Network Modifying Installation Behavior of Service Pack 2 from the Command Line Integrated Installation After Installing SP2 Network and Firewall Issues Removing SP2 Removing the "Remove" Option B. New Features in Service Pack 2. What's New? Getting More Information Index.

Author Biography

Robert Cowart has written more than 40 books on computer programming and applications, with more than a dozen on Windows. His titles include Windows NT Unleashed, Mastering Windows (3.0, 3.1, 95, 98, and Me), Windows NT Server Administrator's Bible, Windows NT Server 4.0: No Experience Required, and Special Edition Using Windows 2000 Professional. Several of his books have been bestsellers in their categories, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has written on a wide range of computer-related topics for such magazines as PC Week, PC World, PC Magazine, PC Tech Journal, Mac World, and Microsoft Systems Journal. He has taught programming classes at the University of California Extension in San Francisco and has appeared as a special guest on the PBS TV series Computer Chronicles, CNN's Headline News, TechTV's The Screen Savers, and ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is president and co-founder of, a company specializing in the production of multimedia training courses. Robert resides in Berkeley, California. In his spare time, he is involved in the music world, presenting chamber-music concerts, and playing classical piano. He also is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 25 years. After doing graduate work in medical imaging technologies, he began a career as an independent consultant. An eclectic mix of clients have led to long-term projects in medical documentation, workflow management, real-time industrial system control, and most importantly, over 15 years of real-world experience with MS-DOS, Windows, and computer networking in the business world. Previously, he wrote Windows XP Under the Hood: Hardcore Scripting and Command Line Power, co-authored Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and contributed to several of Bob Cowart's other Windows books. Brian lives in Albany, California, halfway between the tidal wave zone and the earthquake fault. He spends his free time restoring antique computers (check out and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.
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December 16th, 2004
Country of Publication
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3rd Revised edition
Que Corporation,U.S.
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