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Special edition using Microsoft Windows Millennium edition
Bott, Ed.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, [2001]

Physical Description:
xviii, 856 pages : illustrations\. ; 24 cm + computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
Includes index.

"User level: beginning-intermediate"--Cover.
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QA76.76.O63 B68 2001 Book and Software Set Central Closed Stacks

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This edition covers new technologies in this Windows upgrade including MP3 audio, cable modems, home networking, scanners and digital cameras, and system utilities. It also covers Internet issues, from security options to e-mail management.

Author Notes

Ed Bott is an award-winning computer journalist and one of the most widely recognized voices in the computing world, with nearly two decades of experience as a writer and editor at leading magazines such as PC World and PC Computing. Currently, he is Senior Contributing Editor for Smart Business (formerly PC Computing), a 1999 National Magazine Award winner with a monthly circulation of more than 1 million. On the Web, Ed is the Guide to Windows for About - The Human Internet (, one of the Internet's leading resources for news, information, and entertainment; he also writes a weekly column for He is the author of a long list of Que books covering Microsoft Windows and Office, including Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000, Practical Windows 2000, Special Edition Using Windows 98, and Platinum Edition Using Windows 98, and two editions of Using Windows 95. In all, Ed has reached more than 650,000 Windows and Office users through his unique combination of expert knowledge and friendly, down-to-earth style.
Mark Edward Soper is president of Select Systems and Associates, Inc., a technical writing and training organization.
Mark has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since 1992. He is an A+ Certified hardware technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional. He has been writing technical documents since the mid-1980s, and has contributed to several other Que books, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 11th and 12th Editions, Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Second Edition, and Upgrading and Repairing PCs 12th Edition, Academic Edition. Mark co-authored both the first and second editions of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Technician's Portable Reference, and is coauthor of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, A+ Certification Study Guide. He's also the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to High Speed Internet Connections. Watch for details about these and other book projects at
Mark has been writing for major computer magazines since 1990, with more than 125 articles in publications such as SmartComputing, PCNovice, PCNovice Guides, and the PCNovice Learning Series. His early work was published in WordPerfect Magazine, The WordPerfectionist, and PCToday. Mark welcomes comments at

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 2
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 4
I Windows Essentials
1 The Evolution of Windowsp. 9
How We Got Herep. 10
What's New in Windows Millennium Editionp. 12
What Microsoft Didn't Fix in Windows Mep. 15
Is Windows Me Right for You?p. 15
Accessories and Add-Onsp. 16
2 Installing and Updating Windows Millennium Editionp. 19
Upgrade or Clean Install?p. 20
Preparing to Upgrade to Windows Mep. 20
Installation Secrets and Shortcutsp. 28
Configuring Windows for Automatic Updatesp. 35
Troubleshootingp. 36
Secrets of the Windows Masters: The Ultimate CD Collectionp. 37
3 Advanced File Management with Windows Explorerp. 39
Customizing Explorer's Appearancep. 40
Changing the Appearance of a Folder's Contentsp. 45
Managing Files and Foldersp. 48
Customizing the Send To Menup. 55
Using the Recycle Binp. 56
Searching for Filesp. 60
Associating Files with Programsp. 65
Working with Compressed Filesp. 73
Working with Long Filenamesp. 75
Troubleshootingp. 76
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Inside Information About Your Filesp. 78
4 Getting Helpp. 79
Choosing the Right Help Resourcep. 80
Using the Help and Support Centerp. 86
When Should You Pay for Support?p. 90
Troubleshootingp. 91
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Searching the Knowledge Base with Keywordsp. 92
5 Maintaining Your System and Troubleshooting Problemsp. 93
The Windows Me Toolkitp. 94
How Windows Protects System Filesp. 97
Backing Up and Restoring System Configuration Detailsp. 98
Troubleshooting 101p. 101
Monitoring System Resourcesp. 109
Preventive Maintenancep. 110
Stopping Virusesp. 114
Troubleshootingp. 116
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Forcing ScanDisk and Defrag to Finish Their Workp. 117
6 Working with the Windows Registryp. 121
STOP! Before You Go Any Further, Read This Warning!p. 122
An Overview of the Windows Registryp. 123
Using the Registry Editorp. 130
Backing Up and Restoring the Windows Registryp. 136
Troubleshootingp. 139
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Detecting Changes to the Registryp. 139
II Customizing Windows
7 Configuring Windows Optionsp. 143
Using Control Panelp. 144
Setting Startup Optionsp. 148
Customizing Mouse and Keyboard Settingsp. 156
Managing Power Use on a Desktop PCp. 161
Setting Date and Time Optionsp. 164
Customizing the Clipboardp. 167
Making Windows Accessible for the Hearing, Sight, and Movement Impairedp. 168
Troubleshootingp. 170
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Configuring Advanced Options with Tweak UIp. 171
8 Changing the Look and Feel of Windowsp. 173
Taming the Windows Interfacep. 174
Giving the Taskbar a Makeoverp. 174
Putting Favorite Programs on the Quick Launch Barp. 182
Managing Desktop Iconsp. 183
Making the Start Menu More Usefulp. 186
Customizing the Windows Displayp. 191
Customizing Windows' Visual Elementsp. 195
Taming the Active Desktopp. 200
Using a Screensaverp. 201
Changing System Soundsp. 203
Troubleshootingp. 204
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Establishing Custom Settings for Each Userp. 205
9 Installing and Managing Applicationsp. 207
Installing Applicationsp. 208
Creating Custom Program Shortcutsp. 213
Managing Associations Between File Types and Programsp. 216
MS-DOS Applications and Windows Mep. 219
Uninstalling Programsp. 219
Troubleshootingp. 221
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Creating Batch Files to Start Windows Programsp. 223
10 Managing Fontsp. 225
How Windows Uses Fontsp. 226
Installing, Removing, and Managing Fontsp. 228
Making Fonts Look Their Best Onscreenp. 234
Matching Screen Fonts with Printed Outputp. 234
Using Wingdings, Symbols, and Other Unconventional Fontsp. 236
Exchanging Fonts with Other Windows Usersp. 236
Dealing with International Character Setsp. 240
Troubleshootingp. 240
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using Fonts On-the-Flyp. 241
III Windows and Hardware
11 Working with Disks and Drivesp. 245
Preparing a New Hard Disk for Use with Windowsp. 246
Working with Disk Partitionsp. 247
Formatting Disksp. 253
CDs and DVDsp. 260
Using Recordable and Rewritable CD Drivesp. 262
Working with Floppy Disksp. 263
Using Zip Drives and Other Removable Mediap. 263
Troubleshootingp. 265
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Taking Complete Control of Partitionsp. 266
12 Configuring Hardware and Device Driversp. 267
How Windows Me Works with Hardwarep. 268
Installing a New Hardware Devicep. 277
Managing Legacy (Non-Plug and Play) Hardwarep. 282
Adding Internal Adaptersp. 285
Installing a Local Printerp. 288
Managing Print Jobsp. 293
Installing and Configuring a Modemp. 294
Adding a SCSI Devicep. 298
Installing a USB Peripheralp. 300
Adding a Second Displayp. 301
Resolving Conflictsp. 302
Creating Hardware Profilesp. 305
Troubleshootingp. 306
Secrets of the Windows Mastersp. 308
13 Using Windows on a Notebook Computerp. 311
Setting Up Windows on a Notebook Computerp. 312
Managing Power on a Portable PCp. 313
Configuring Power Management Optionsp. 315
Using PC Card Devicesp. 318
Managing Dial-Up Networking Connectionsp. 322
Using a Notebook Docking Stationp. 325
Synchronizing Files Between Two PCsp. 327
Sharing Resources via a Direct Cable Connectionp. 331
Using Infrared Connectionsp. 335
Troubleshootingp. 339
Secrets of Mastering the Windows Me Environment: Installing PC Cards and COM Port Assignmentsp. 340
IV Windows at Play
14 Playing and Recording Digital Musicp. 345
Setting Up Sound Hardwarep. 346
Using Windows Media Playerp. 348
Playing CDsp. 353
Recording CDsp. 354
Downloading Music from the Webp. 357
Managing Your Music Libraryp. 359
Tuning In to Internet Radio Stationsp. 365
Troubleshootingp. 367
Secrets of Mastering the Windows Me Environment: Organizing Your Media Environment with Playlistsp. 368
15 Creating and Editing Digital Images and Videosp. 369
Setting Up a Digital Camera or Scannerp. 370
Setting Up Video Hardwarep. 370
Working with Digital Picturesp. 374
Creating a Digital Picture Slideshowp. 385
Capturing a Video Clipp. 385
Troubleshootingp. 391
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Cutting Image and Movie Files Down to Sizep. 391
16 Turning a Windows PC into a Killer Game Machinep. 393
What Every Gamer Needs to Know About Windowsp. 394
What Games Are Included with Windows Me?p. 397
Configuring Game Hardwarep. 399
Tuning Your System for Maximum Performancep. 401
Playing Games with Others over the Internetp. 405
Troubleshootingp. 407
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Managing Two Game Controllersp. 408
V Home Networking
17 Windows Networking 101p. 413
Understanding Windows Networksp. 414
How Peer-to-Peer Networks Workp. 414
Planning Your Home Networkp. 415
Network Wiring and Hardwarep. 417
TCP/IP Demystifiedp. 426
An Overview of Windows Security Featuresp. 437
Managing a Windows Networkp. 441
Troubleshootingp. 445
Secrets of the Windows Masters: How to Disable the Use of Automatic Private IP Addressingp. 446
18 Setting Up a Home Networkp. 447
Using the Home Networking Wizardp. 448
Identifying Computers on a Networkp. 452
Configuring Network Componentsp. 453
Configuring Your Network Logonp. 460
Troubleshootingp. 463
Secrets of the Windows Mastersp. 468
19 Sharing Files, Folders, and Printersp. 471
How Windows Shares Resourcesp. 472
Sharing Drives and Foldersp. 477
Sharing CD-ROM Drives and Removable Drivesp. 485
Sharing Printersp. 486
Working with Shared Files and Foldersp. 488
Troubleshootingp. 493
Secrets of Mastering the Windows Me Environment: Using Net Watcherp. 494
20 Sharing an Internet Connectionp. 495
Will Internet Connection Sharing Work for You?p. 496
Installing and Configuring Internet Connection Sharingp. 497
Advanced ICS Optionsp. 502
Troubleshootingp. 503
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Security Blanketp. 504
21 Connecting to a Business Networkp. 505
Using Windows Me for Remote Connections to Business Networksp. 506
Using Remote Access to Work from Home or the Roadp. 506
Logging On to a Windows NT or 2000 Networkp. 513
Connecting to a Virtual Private Networkp. 520
Working with Linux and UNIX Networksp. 522
Working with NetWare Networksp. 523
Using a Windows Me PC As a Dial-Up Serverp. 527
Troubleshootingp. 530
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Browsing with Net Commandsp. 530
VI Exploring the Internet
22 Connecting to the Internetp. 535
Dial-Up Networking Essentialsp. 536
Setting Up Hardwarep. 536
Configuring a Basic Dial-Up Connectionp. 545
Managing Multiple Dial-Up Networking Connectionsp. 551
Changing Dial-Up Optionsp. 555
Connecting to the Internetp. 559
Troubleshootingp. 564
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Charging Your Internet Connection to a Telephone Calling Cardp. 565
23 Keeping Your Internet Connection Securep. 569
An Overview of Internet Explorer's Security Featuresp. 570
How Much Security Do You Need?p. 570
Working with Secure Web Sitesp. 571
Establishing and Maintaining Internet Security Zonesp. 573
Stopping Hostile Web Pagesp. 578
Controlling Cookiesp. 585
Restricting Access to Undesirable Contentp. 588
Using Third-Party Utilities to Provide Additional Security for Your Internet Connectionp. 589
Troubleshootingp. 591
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Setting Up a Personal Firewallp. 592
24 Using and Customizing Internet Explorer 5.5p. 597
Customizing the IE Interfacep. 598
Getting Along with Netscape and Other Browsersp. 607
Power Browsing with IE 5.5p. 608
Downloading Filesp. 614
Speeding Up Web Connectionsp. 617
Configuring Internet Explorer to Work with Other Programsp. 626
Viewing Web Pages in Other Languagesp. 627
Troubleshootingp. 628
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using Windows Me's Built-In FTP Clientp. 629
25 Finding, Organizing, and Saving Web-Based Informationp. 633
Making Order out of the Web's Chaosp. 634
Organizing the Favorites Folderp. 634
Changing or Adding Quick Linksp. 638
Finding Information on the World Wide Webp. 638
Printing Web Pagesp. 646
Sending Web Pages and Links via Emailp. 648
Saving and Editing Web Pagesp. 650
Troubleshootingp. 652
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using Fine Print 2000 to Manage Printed Web Pagesp. 652
VII Email and Other Internet Tools
26 Using Outlook Express for Emailp. 657
Is Outlook Express the Right Mail Program for You?p. 658
Starting Outlook Expressp. 659
Configuring Internet Email Accountsp. 660
Choosing Your Preferred Message Formatp. 668
Exchanging Data with Other Mail Programsp. 670
Customizing the Outlook Express Interfacep. 674
Expert Email Management Tipsp. 678
Working with File Attachmentsp. 687
Enhancing Email Securityp. 688
Troubleshootingp. 691
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using WinZip Shareware to Decode MIME Filesp. 692
27 Using Outlook Express to Read Newsgroupsp. 695
What Are Newsgroups?p. 696
Configuring Outlook Express for Newsgroup Accessp. 697
Downloading and Reading Newsgroup Messagesp. 702
Composing and Posting a News Articlep. 709
Decoding Binary Files in Outlook Expressp. 711
Troubleshootingp. 712
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Unscrambling and Decoding News Messagesp. 712
28 Managing the Windows Address Bookp. 715
Storing Information in Address Bookp. 716
Adding and Editing Contact Informationp. 717
Managing Your Contactsp. 723
Using Address Book with Outlook Expressp. 726
Using Address Book with Outlook 2000p. 727
Using Internet Directories to Find Contactsp. 729
Troubleshootingp. 730
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Adding a Directory Service to Address Bookp. 731
29 Using MSN Messenger and NetMeetingp. 733
Using MSN Messengerp. 734
NetMeeting Basicsp. 748
Using NetMeetingp. 753
Troubleshootingp. 774
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using NetMeeting As a Remote Control Applicationp. 775
VIII Appendixes
A Using MS-DOS with Windowsp. 779
Starting an MS-DOS Prompt Sessionp. 780
Customizing the MS-DOS Environmentp. 781
Installing and Configuring MS-DOS Applicationsp. 782
Useful MS-DOS Commandsp. 787
Troubleshootingp. 794
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using the Windows Clipboard with the MS-DOS Promptp. 795
B Effective Backup Strategiesp. 797
Preparing a Backup Strategyp. 798
Backing Up Files with Microsoft Backupp. 802
Restoring Backed-Up Filesp. 807
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Move Your Outlook Express Messagesp. 809
C Dual-Booting and Advanced Setup Optionsp. 811
Dual-Booting Do's and Don'tsp. 812
Options and Extrasp. 817
Troubleshootingp. 820
Secrets of the Windows Masters: Advanced Setup Switchesp. 820