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The unauthorized guide to Windows 98, second edition
McFedries, Paul.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 759 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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The Unauthorized Guide to Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition gives savvy consumers foolproof instruction in the techniques that work and those that don't--with unbiased recommendations that are not influenced by any company, product, or organization. Written by a leading Windows 98 expert, this book ensures that you are armed with the most up-to-date information on using Windows 98 as your operating system.

Author Notes

Paul McFedries is a computer consultant, programmer, and freelance writer. He has worked with computers in form or another since 1975. He is the author or coauthor of more than two-dozen computer books that have sold over one million copies worldwide. His titles include the Sams Publishing books, Paul Mc Fedries Windows 98 Unleashed, Paul McFedries Microsoft Office 97 Unleashed, as well as Que s The Complete Idiot s Guide to Windows 98.

Table of Contents

The Structure of the Bookp. 2
Special Featuresp. 5
I Windows 98: Beyond the Basicsp. 7
1 Beyond the Hype: A Critical Look at What's New in Windows 98p. 9
Web Integration and the Active Desktopp. 10
New Internet Featuresp. 12
The Windows 98 System Toolsp. 16
New Hardware Supportp. 22
Other New Featuresp. 26
What's New in Windows 98 Second Editionp. 29
What's New Since Windows 3.xp. 33
2 Ten Things You Should Know About the Windows 98 Setupp. 39
Going Beyond the Minimum Windows 98 Hardware Requirementsp. 40
Upgrading from DOS or an Existing Version of Windowsp. 42
Dual-Booting Windows 98 with Another Operating Systemp. 45
Performing a Clean Installationp. 52
Preparing Your Systemp. 55
Running the Windows 98 Setupp. 58
Adding and Rwmoving Windows 98 Setup Filesp. 66
Extracting a File from the windows 98 Setup Filesp. 67
Customizing Setup Settings in the Registryp. 68
Uninstalling Windows 98p. 69
3 Understanding and Controlling the Windows 98 Startupp. 75
How the Startup Process Worksp. 76
Notes About Config.sys and Autoexec.batp. 79
Working with the Windows 98 Startup Menup. 82 Switches for Startup Troubleshootingp. 85
Controlling Startup Using the System Configuration Utilityp. 86
Controlling Startup Using Msdos.sysp. 91
How the Shutdown Process Worksp. 97
Creating Custom Startup and Shutdown Screensp. 98
4 An Insider's Guide to Three Crucial Configuration Toolsp. 103
An Insider's Guide to the Registryp. 104
An Insider's Guide to System Policiesp. 119
An Insider's Guide to Tweak UIp. 122
5 Getting the Most Out of Your Applicationsp. 127
Installing Applications Safelyp. 127
Applications and the Registryp. 131
Launching Applicationsp. 134
Launching Applications Automatically at Startupp. 136
Switching Between Running Applicationsp. 139
Special Considerations for DOS Programsp. 139
Uninstalling Applicationsp. 146
6 Expert Windows Explorer Techniquesp. 153
Quick Fixes for Making Windows Explorer More Usablep. 153
Basic File and Folder Chores: The Techniques Used by the Prosp. 155
Powerful Search Techniques for Finding Filesp. 168
Working with Floppy Disksp. 171
Customizing Windows Explorerp. 174
II Advanced Windows 98 Customizingp. 181
7 Getting to Know the Control Panelp. 183
What Is the Control Panel?p. 184
Opening the Control Panel Folderp. 184
A Review of the Control Panel Iconsp. 185
Controlling the Control Panelp. 188
Easier Access to the Control Panelp. 195
8 An In-Depth Look at Web Integration and the Active Desktopp. 199
How Does Web Integration Change Windows 98?p. 200
Toggling Web Integration On and Offp. 203
Setting Web Integration Optionsp. 205
Viewing Folders As Web Pagesp. 206
Working with the Active Desktopp. 220
9 Customizing the Windows 98 Interfacep. 227
Changing an Iconp. 227
More Than Just Wallpaper: Customizing the Desktopp. 229
Renovating the Start Menup. 237
Redoing the Taskbarp. 244
Activating User Profilesp. 247
III Secrets of the Windows 98 File Systemp. 253
10 Powerful Techniques for File Typesp. 255
Understanding File Typesp. 256
Opening a Document with an Unassociated Applicationp. 260
Working with Existing File Typesp. 261
Creating a New File Typep. 265
Associating Two or More Extensions with a Single Applicationp. 267
Customizing the New Menup. 268
Figuring Out Browser File Types: Internet Explorer Versus Netscapep. 270
11 Taking Advantage of Shortcutsp. 273
Understanding Shortcutsp. 273
Creating a Shortcutp. 275
Modifying Shortcut Propertiesp. 276
Finding a Moved or Renamed Targetp. 279
Using the Link Check Wizard to Deal with Dead Linksp. 280
Some Unauthorized Shortcut Tricksp. 281
Getting the Most Out of Shortcutsp. 283
IV Windows 98 Performance Tuning and Troubleshootingp. 287
12 Maximizing Your System's Memoryp. 289
Memory: The Lifeblood of Your Computerp. 290
Determining How Much Memory Is Installedp. 292
Restricting Memory Usagep. 293
How Much Memory Is Enough?p. 294
Managing the Windows 98 Swap Filep. 296
Tracking and Optimizing System Resourcesp. 298
More Memory Management Techniquesp. 302
Maximizing Memory for DOS Programsp. 303
13 Optimizing Your Hard Diskp. 311
Examining Hard Disk Propertiesp. 312
Using Disk Cleanup to Remove Unnecessary Filesp. 313
Detecting and Repairing Hard Disk Errors with ScanDiskp. 316
Optimizing Disk Access Times with Disk Defragmenterp. 320
Using WinAlign to Speed Up Program Launchingp. 324
Compressing Files with DriveSpacep. 325
14 Making the Move to FAT32p. 331
Understanding the FATp. 331
What is FAT32?p. 337
How Much Disk Space Will You Save?p. 339
Converting a Partition to FAT32p. 340
15 Crucial System Maintenance Skillsp. 345
Getting the Big Picture: Windows 98 Information Utilitiesp. 345
Protecting System Filesp. 350
Controlling Viruses with Plus! 98's McAfee VirusScanp. 357
16 Preparing for Troublep. 365
Putting Together an Emergency Boot Diskp. 365
Backing Up Your Filesp. 372
Using System Recovery to Recover from a Crashp. 379
Gathering Troubleshooting Informationp. 383
V Inside Windows 98 Communications and Internet Featuresp. 385
17 Getting the Most Out of Your Modemp. 387
Understanding Modem Communicationsp. 388
Installing a Modemp. 392
Setting the Modem's Propertiesp. 399
18 Getting on the Internetp. 411
How to Get On the Internet Using a Phone Linep. 412
How to Get on the Internet Using a Local Area Networkp. 429
Some Internet Utilities You Should Knowp. 432
19 Expert Internet Explorer Techniquesp. 435
Basic Browsing Techniquesp. 436
Address Bar Tricksp. 442
Using the Favorites Folder to Save Sitesp. 445
Dealing with Subscriptionsp. 448
Controlling the Cachep. 454
Internet Explorer's Advanced Optionsp. 455
20 Communicating Efficiently and Effectively with Outlook Expressp. 465
A Quick Look at Some Outlook Express Email Basicsp. 466
Working with Outlook Express Foldersp. 475
Filtering Incoming Messagesp. 476
Finding a Messagep. 480
Finding a Personp. 482
Customizing Outlook Expressp. 483
21 Implementing Windows 98's Internet Security Featuresp. 489
Some Thoughts on Email Virus Hoaxesp. 490
Windows 98 Security Updatesp. 491
Internet Security and the TCP/IP Protocolp. 494
Internet Explorer's Security Featuresp. 495
Using a Digital ID for Secure Emailp. 503
VI High-Powered Hardware Techniquesp. 511
22 Taking the Mystery Out of Hardwarep. 513
Crucial Hardware Conceptsp. 514
Installing Device Driversp. 521
Getting Device Informationp. 528
Dealing with Device Managerp. 529
23 Setting Up and Customizing Input Devicesp. 535
Working with Your Mousep. 535
Working with Your Keyboardp. 546
Calibrating a Game Controllerp. 553
24 Maximizing Multimedia Hardwarep. 555
Installing and Configuring a Graphics Adapterp. 555
Working with Windows 98's Monitor Featuresp. 562
Working with Scanners and Digital Camerasp. 567
Wiring Windows for Soundp. 569
25 The Ins and Outs of Windows 98's Notebook Featuresp. 575
Power Management for Notebook Usersp. 576
Hot Docking and Hardware Profilesp. 580
Windows 98's PC Card Supportp. 582
Transferring Files Between Computers Using Direct Cable Connectionp. 583
Using a Briefcase to Synchronize File Sharingp. 587
Notes About Infrared Portsp. 589
VII Windows 98 Networking Skillsp. 593
26 Understanding Networkingp. 595
Network Types: Client/Server Versus Peer-to-Peerp. 596
Network Hardware: NICs, Cables, and Morep. 597
Network Topology: Star Versus Busp. 603
Network Protocols: NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IPp. 604
27 Setting Up Your Own Local Area Networkp. 607
Some Preparatory Choresp. 607
An Eight-Step Guide to Setting Up a Network Clientp. 609
Creating a Microsoft Mail Postoffice for Network Emailp. 616
Sharing a Dial-Up Connection Between Network Clientsp. 624
28 A Complete Tour of the Network Neighborhoodp. 629
Accessing the Networkp. 629
Sharing Your Resources on the Networkp. 635
Mapping a Shared Resource As a Local Disk Drivep. 639
Printing Over the Networkp. 641
Customizing the Network Neighborhoodp. 642
Some Remote Administration Optionsp. 646
29 Connecting Remotely with Dial-Up Networkingp. 651
Configuring the Dial-Up Adapterp. 651
Creating and Configuring a Network Connectionp. 652
Connecting to Your Networkp. 654
Configuring Dial-Up Networkingp. 655
Setting Up Windows 98 As a Dial-Up Serverp. 656
Using Microsoft Mail Remotelyp. 659
VIII Appendixesp. 665
A A Glossary of Windows Termsp. 667
B Online Resources for Windows 98p. 689
The World Wide Webp. 689
Usenet Newsgroupsp. 694
C Windows 98 Keyboard Shortcutsp. 699
Indexp. 709