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Fixing Windows XP Annoyances

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Windows XP is the most popular operating system on the planet--and the most annoying. From incomprehensible error messages to inexplicable crashes, from wonky wireless setups to just finding a file, Windows can make your computing life a nightmare. But thanks to Fixing Windows XP Annoyances, you can banish the bugs, speed up operations, and just make Windows work right.

Inspired by author David Karp's Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, this all-new tome pulls together tips, tricks, insider workarounds, and fixes for PC novices and pros, in a handy, accessible Q&A format that lets you find the solutions in a flash. Fixing Windows XP Annoyances will not only increase your productivity but lower your blood pressure. Karp's new book covers:

  • Setup and Hardware-Update Windows, reinstall Windows safely, speed up start up, resolve driver-hardware conflicts, and more.

  • Windows Interface-Navigate quickly, fix screen resolution problems, customize the desktop, and switch applications more quickly.

  • Windows Explorer-Force XP's file & folder management application to remember your view settings, save your default application choices, and get XP's Search tool to behave.

  • Multimedia-Having a problem playing a video or burning a CD? Want to do more with your digital photo collection? We have the answers.

  • Web and Email-Get a handle on spyware, spam and pop-ups; protect your privacy online; learn how to improve your online experience.

  • Wireless and Home Networking-Connect all your PCs; share Internet connections; share files and drives securely; make your wireless network purr; share network printers; and more.

  • If you're having a problem, just look through the Table of Contents for the annoyance that most closely matches your problem, or feel free to start thumbing through the pages. You'll likely find a fix to a problem you didn't even know could be solved.

    Table of Contents

    1. Fixing Windows XP Annoyances
      1. SPECIAL OFFER: Upgrade this ebook with O’Reilly
      2. Introduction
        1. How to Use This Book
        2. Conventions Used in This Book
        3. Got an Annoyance?
        4. O’Reilly Would Like to Hear from You
        5. About the Author
        6. Acknowledgments
      3. 1. Windows Interface
        1. GENERAL INTERFACE
          1. Snappy Scrolling
          2. Sharpen Blurry Text
          3. Make Things Big on High-Res Screens
          4. Drag Windows Intact
          5. Make Windows Translucent While Dragging
          6. Un-Animate Windows Controls
          7. Customize the Windows Look and Feel
          8. Simplify the Control Panel
        2. DESKTOP
          1. Show the Desktop Without Closing Windows
          2. From Keyboard to Desktop
          3. Save Your Desktop Layout
          4. Make Icon Labels See-Through
          5. Control the Space Between Desktop Icons
        3. START MENU
          1. Pick a New Username
          2. Clean Up the Start Menu
          3. Block Recent Programs from Appearing in Your Start Menu
          4. Hide the My Recent Documents Menu
          5. Sort Your Start Menu Alphabetically
          6. Solve the Mystery of Disappearing Start Menu Items
          7. Stop Windows from Highlighting New Programs
          8. Show Start Menu Programs in Multiple Columns
        4. TASKBAR
          1. Customize the Alt-Tab Window
          2. Ungroup Taskbar Buttons
          3. Clean Out the Tray
          4. Customize the Start Button
          5. Move the Taskbar
          6. Fix Taskbar Bugs
        5. APPLICATION WINDOW
          1. Find Missing Program Windows
          2. Seeing Double Windows
          3. Make Old Windows New Again
        6. WELCOME SCREEN
          1. Get Rid of the Welcome Screen
          2. Fix the Unread Messages Display
          3. Old-Fashioned Logon
          4. Hide the Name of the Last User
          5. Un-Secure Your Screensaver
      4. 2. Windows Explorer
        1. FOLDERS
          1. Show Folder Tree Lines
          2. Get the Details View Every Time
          3. Remember Settings for More Folders
          4. Jump to a Subfolder
          5. Shrink the Address Bar
          6. Copy a Folder Path to the Clipboard
          7. Print a Folder Listing
          8. Print a File from Explorer
          9. Show the Folder Size
          10. Navigate Folders with the Keyboard
          11. Hide the Tasks Pane
          12. Get Back the Folder Tree
          13. Open Explorer in a Custom Folder
          14. Keep Explorer from Vanishing
          15. Delete an Undeletable Folder
          16. Clean Up Context Menus
          17. Customize Folder Icons
          18. Faster Folder Fix
        2. FILES
          1. Show Filename Extensions
          2. Choose Default Programs
          3. Protect Your File Types
          4. Predict Moves and Copies
          5. Copy Files to a Hidden Destination
        3. FILE DIALOGS
          1. Customize File Dialogs
          2. List Recently Used Folders
        4. SEARCHING
          1. Search in a New Window
          2. Jump to Advanced Search
          3. Take the Dog for a Walk
          4. See the Whole Megillah
          5. Reveal Missing Paths in Search Results
          6. Find Recent Files
          7. Save Your Searches
          8. Save Your Search Results
          9. Find a File Where Search Doesn’t Look
          10. Search Inside Files
          11. Faster Searches
      5. 3. Multimedia
        1. VIDEO
          1. Play Stubborn Videos
          2. Play Incomplete Downloads
          3. Fix the Aspect Ratio
          4. Shed Light on Blank Videos
          5. Skip Intro Ads
          6. Save Videos from the Web
          7. Rewind or Fast-Forward Streaming Video
          8. Reduce Video Buffering
          9. Make Your Own Director’s Cut
          10. Make a Montage
          11. Get an Alternative to Real Player
          12. Simplify Windows Media Player
          13. Use Alt-Tab with Windows Media Player
          14. Synchronize Audio and Video
          15. Fix Bad Color in Videos
        2. SOUND AND MUSIC
          1. Choose an Input Source
          2. Let There Be Sound
          3. Fix Silent CDs
          4. Play Music at the Correct Speed
          5. Get Crossfades Working
          6. Extract Sound from a Video
          7. Convert Audio Files
          8. Fix MP3 Tags
          9. Connect to Your MP3 Player
          10. Iron Out License Issues
        3. PHOTOS
          1. Down with the Picture and Fax Viewer!
          2. Get Accurate Color Output
          3. Quickly Shrink Many Photos
          4. Sort Photos Chronologically
          5. Control Thumbnails in Explorer
          6. Choose Thumbnail Folders
          7. Make Thumbnail Icons
          8. Make a Digital Slideshow
        4. WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER EDITION
          1. Watch TV… On Your TV
          2. Mimic Media Center
          3. Fix Broken TV Listings
          4. Send a Digital Signal to Your HDTV
          5. Capture HDTV Programming
          6. Fix HDTV Timeshifting Problems
          7. Tidy Up Your Remote Control Receiver
          8. Use Any Remote Control
          9. Alternatives to Media Center
          10. Burn Recorded Programs to DVD
          11. Build Your Own HTPC
        5. CDS AND DVDS
          1. Burn CDs for Free
          2. Write Video to DVD
          3. Fix DVD Playback Problems
          4. Make Better-Sounding Music CDs
          5. Fix Inconsistent Volume in Your Music
          6. Watch DVD Movies on Your Hard Disk
          7. Back Up to CD or DVD
          8. View All the Files on a CD-R
          9. Read Stubborn Discs
          10. Express CD Duplicating
          11. Play Stubborn Audio CDs
          12. Fix Smudged DVD Subtitles
          13. Windows Media Player Quits Before Burning the CD
          14. Write CD Text Data to Music CDs
      6. 4. The Web and Email
        1. THE WEB
          1. Lock Down Internet Explorer
          2. Turn Off Internet Explorer
          3. Choose a Default Browser
          4. Fix Internet Shortcuts
          5. Change Internet Shortcut Icons
          6. Remember Web Site Passwords
          7. Living with Firefox in an IE World
          8. Funny Symbols in Web Pages
          9. Pictures Don’t Show Up in Some Web Pages
          10. Improve Any Web Site
          11. Put an End to Pop-Ups
          12. Stop That Browser Hijacker!
          13. Solve the Blank Form Mystery
          14. Stop Annoying Animations
          15. Open PDFs Outside the Web Browser
          16. Control Tabbed Browsing
          17. Faster Downloads Without the Hassle
          18. Set Download Defaults in Mozilla Suite
          19. Surf Anonymously for Free
        2. EMAIL
          1. Pick the Default Email Program
          2. Stop Spam
          3. Don’t Phall for Phishing
          4. Send Large Files
          5. Receive All Types of Attachments
          6. Hide Old Email Recipients
          7. Back Up Stored Email
          8. Email Long URLs
      7. 5. Wireless and Networking
        1. SHARING AND SECURITY
          1. Network Two Computers
          2. Share Files with Other Computers
          3. Find Missing Computers in My Network Places
          4. Protect Shared Files
          5. Share an Entire Drive
          6. List All Your Shared Folders
          7. Turn Off Administrative Shares
          8. Speed Up Network Browsing
          9. Connect to a Windows 9X/Me PC
          10. Find Missing Remote Printers
          11. PC Slows When Accessed over the Network
          12. Log in Automatically
          13. Use the Administrator Account
        2. INTERNET CONNECTIONS
          1. Get Your PC Online
          2. Get Rid of Third-Party Dialers
          3. Share an Internet Connection
          4. Measure Your Internet Connection Speed
          5. Make Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Work
          6. Use MSN Messenger Behind a Firewall
        3. WIRELESS CONNECTIONS
          1. Set Up a Wireless Network
          2. Connect to a Wireless Network
          3. Surf Safely at the Coffee Shop
          4. Increase Range and Improve Reception
          5. Turn Off “Not Connected” Messages
          6. Connect PCs Wirelessly Without a Router
      8. 6. Setup and Hardware
        1. SET UP
          1. Boot with the Windows CD
          2. Setup Hangs Before It’s Finished
          3. Reinstall Windows over SP2
          4. Wipe Your Hard Disk Clean
          5. Create a Usable Restore Disc
          6. Set Up a Dual-Boot System
        2. STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN
          1. Windows Won’t Start
          2. Desktop Never Appears
          3. Un-Hobble the Windows Recovery Console
          4. Windows Won’t Shut Down
          5. Unattended Shutdown
          6. Faster Application Startups
          7. Faster Windows Boot
        3. WINDOWS UPDATE
          1. Is That Update Safe?
          2. Remove a Windows Update
          3. Update Internet Explorer Safely
          4. Get Past the Validity Check
        4. HARDWARE
          1. Add a New Hard Disk
          2. Stop Heavy Hard Disk Usage
          3. Scanner Says It’s Not Connected
          4. Troubleshoot Multiple Monitors
          5. Fix Cranky Mice
          6. Disappearing CD and DVD Drives
          7. Send and Receive Faxes
          8. Find Drivers for Old Hardware
          9. What’s a Digitally Signed Driver?
          10. Windows Won’t Detect New Device
          11. Replace an Incorrect Driver
          12. Undo an Unwanted Driver Update
          13. Find Out More About Your Hardware
      9. Index
      10. About the Author
      11. SPECIAL OFFER: Upgrade this ebook with O’Reilly