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Quick fixes : Windows 2000
Boyce, Jim, 1958-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Beijing ; Cambridge, Mass. : O'Reilly, [2001]

Physical Description:
xviii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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For those who are faced with switching over to the powerful but often confusing Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Quick Fixes offers something completely new: not just solutions, but a fast, easy way to find them. Designed with the power user in mind, this book is laid out for optimal accessibility; it defines problems clearly and follows up with concise, yet detailed, solutions. Windows 2000 Quick Fixes is an essential reference for both the novice and the well-seasoned Microsoft OS user. For instance, newcomers to Windows 2000 who have children using their computers can quickly learn how to protect some areas without walling off the entire system. Old hands at Windows will learn quick and easy new ways to recover data or what to do when the administrator's password's been forgotten.Unlike many of the oversized and poorly organized books on the market, Windows 2000 Quick Fixes doesn't waste time with endless tutorials, fluff, and useless background material. And while the book is designed for easy access, the material is by no means basic. It provides extensive coverage of problems for both the Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server editions, and takes power users from installation issues, through complex networking configuration problems, to important backup and security concerns.Some of the topics covered include:

Setting up a dual-boot system Recovering data Resolving hardware configuration conflicts Restoring the Registry from a back up Making a printer available through the Internet Using automatic address assignment without DHCP Configuring Internet Connection Sharing Hosting a web site With its clear, well-organized fixes to common problems, Windows 2000 Quick Fixes is the book to reach for when the pressure is on and there's no time to waste hunting for buried solutions.

Author Notes

Jim Boyce is a former contributing editor and monthly columnist for WINDOWS Magazine. Jim has authored and coauthored over 40 books about computer software and hardware. He has been involved with computers since the late seventies as a programmer and systems manager in a variety of capacities. He has a wide range of experience in the DOS, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Unix environments. In addition to being a full-time writer, Jim is a founding partner and vice president of Minnesota Webworks, a Midwest-based web development firm.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
1. Installing and Booting Windows 2000p. 1
1.1 Create Setup diskettes to install Windows 2000 or the Recovery Consolep. 2
1.2 Setup doesn't find my hard diskp. 3
1.3 Using winnt and winnt32 switchesp. 5
1.4 Only one CPU shows up in a multiprocessor systemp. 8
1.5 Create a dual-boot configurationp. 10
1.6 Clone your original OS for a dual-boot systemp. 12
1.7 Avoid reinstalling applications for a dual-boot systemp. 16
1.8 Change the boot menu optionsp. 20
1.9 The Recovery Consolep. 22
1.10 Drive letter assignments need to be changedp. 24
1.11 I forgot the Administrator passwordp. 25
1.12 Windows 2000 runs chkdsk at startupp. 27
1.13 Can't log on after adding a hard drive or breaking a mirrorp. 28
1.14 Boot problems in systems with multiple drivesp. 32
1.15 Convert a FAT partition to NTFSp. 34
1.16 Windows 9x can't see NTFS volumes on a dual-boot systemp. 35
2. Configuring Hardwarep. 38
2.1 View or change IRQ and other resource settingsp. 38
2.2 Create a system summaryp. 40
2.3 Turn off or remove conflicting or unneeded devicesp. 41
2.4 Use different hardware settings at different timesp. 42
2.5 Take a snapshot of the current settings for safekeepingp. 44
2.6 Running low on disk spacep. 48
2.7 Use more than four partitionsp. 53
2.8 Replace the existing boot diskp. 53
2.9 Install a new hard disk or add a volume from unpartitioned spacep. 57
2.10 Schedule defrag for off hoursp. 60
2.11 Convert a basic disk to a dynamic diskp. 61
2.12 Revert a dynamic disk back to a basic diskp. 61
3. Configuring System Software and Componentsp. 63
3.1 Enable or disable a servicep. 63
3.2 Control services remotelyp. 65
3.3 You changed the Administrator account and now a service fails to startp. 67
3.4 Specify what should happen if a service failsp. 68
3.5 Add or remove system components or featuresp. 70
3.6 Customize the Microsoft Management Console (MMC)p. 72
3.7 Make files available when offlinep. 78
3.8 Cached files on your computer are different from the server's copyp. 80
3.9 How to browse for resources in the Active Directoryp. 82
4. Configuring the Windows 2000 Interfacep. 83
4.1 Using multiple monitorsp. 84
4.2 Prevent a program from executing automatically at startupp. 85
4.3 Change the location of the Startup foldersp. 87
4.4 Customize the taskbarp. 88
4.5 Change or rearrange the contents of the Start menup. 90
4.6 The Start menu items are not in orderp. 93
4.7 Administrative Tools, Log Off, or Favorites are missing from the Start menup. 93
4.8 A container on the Start menu expands instead of openingp. 94
4.9 Turn off special menu and tooltip effectsp. 94
4.10 Gain quick access to Control Panel and other foldersp. 95
4.11 Gain quick access to network resourcesp. 96
4.12 Change the folder associated with the My Documents iconp. 97
4.13 Add a new option to the Send To menup. 98
4.14 Some files don't show up in foldersp. 100
4.15 Customize the appearance of a specific folderp. 100
4.16 Determining which volumes and folders are compressedp. 102
4.17 Double-clicking a document opens the wrong programp. 102
4.18 Keyboard navigation indicators are missing from menus and dialogsp. 104
4.19 Change icons of common desktop objectsp. 105
4.20 Execute a program using command-line switchesp. 106
5. Printingp. 108
5.1 Can't print to an Internet printerp. 108
5.2 Make a printer available through the Internet or intranetp. 110
5.3 A better method if you switch printer settings frequentlyp. 114
5.4 People with other operating systems can't use your printerp. 116
5.5 Simplify printer administration and provide load balancingp. 116
5.6 Restrict others' use of your printer at certain timesp. 118
5.7 Printing is slow to start or completep. 119
5.8 Keep documents in the queue for resubmissionp. 120
5.9 Separate your print job from someone else'sp. 120
5.10 Allow only certain people to use your printerp. 121
6. The Command Consolep. 123
6.1 Get help for a commandp. 123
6.2 Execute a particular program with all command consolesp. 125
6.3 Load a special driver or program for a specific console onlyp. 126
6.4 Recall, modify, and re-execute a command previously usedp. 127
6.5 Use more than 25 lines of text in a windowp. 127
6.6 Quickly open a command prompt in a specific folderp. 128
6.7 Run tasks as Administrator when logged on as a userp. 130
6.8 Change the colors used by command consolesp. 131
6.9 Execute a command from a shortcut but have the window remain openp. 132
6.10 Use an autocomplete function for folder and filenames in command consolesp. 133
7. Network Configurationp. 134
7.1 Change settings for a network adapterp. 134
7.2 Unbind a protocol from a client or servicep. 136
7.3 Change the order in which network clients or services are usedp. 138
7.4 Disable a network interfacep. 138
7.5 Change workgroup or domainp. 139
7.6 Modify your computer's namep. 140
7.7 Use two network adapters with different protocols on each onep. 141
7.8 Disable a protocol without removing itp. 141
7.9 Restrict traffic through your PC without a firewallp. 142
7.10 Assign IP addresses automatically without a DHCP serverp. 145
7.11 A duplicate name exists on the networkp. 146
7.12 Log on automatically at startupp. 147
7.13 Shut down without having to log onp. 147
7.14 Force users to change passwordsp. 148
7.15 Enforce strong passwordsp. 149
7.16 Don't have your username appear automatically in the logon dialogp. 150
7.17 Display a special logon messagep. 151
8. Sharing and Accessing Network Resourcesp. 153
8.1 Restrict access to a folder you're sharingp. 154
8.2 Find out who is connected to your computerp. 156
8.3 Share a folder but hide it from network browsingp. 156
8.4 All drives are shared with a $ signp. 157
8.5 Limit the number of users who can access a folder or file at one timep. 159
8.6 Quickly open a shared network folderp. 159
8.7 A network computer doesn't show up in My Network Placesp. 161
8.8 Wrong workgroup or domainp. 161
8.9 Network your home computersp. 162
8.10 Turn off sharing altogetherp. 164
8.11 Automatically connect a drive letter to a network share at logonp. 164
8.12 Use the same settings from different computersp. 166
8.13 You don't have the necessary right to perform a taskp. 167
9. Using and Troubleshooting TCP/IPp. 169
9.1 Configure TCP/IP automaticallyp. 169
9.2 Turn APIPA offp. 171
9.3 Receive a set of special TCP/IP settings just for your computerp. 172
9.4 Get the same IP address every timep. 174
9.5 Can't connect to other computers on the local networkp. 176
9.6 Can't connect to the Internetp. 178
9.7 Can't connect to certain sites on the Internetp. 179
9.8 Register your computer with DNS and a dynamic IP addressp. 180
9.9 Automatic update of your host name in the DNS server isn't workingp. 182
9.10 Enter only the host name and no domain for local searchesp. 183
9.11 Specify more than two DNS servers or change their orderp. 184
10. Using and Sharing Dial-Up Networking Connectionsp. 186
10.1 Use the best possible security for a dial-up connectionp. 186
10.2 Hide shared resources when you're onlinep. 191
10.3 Use multiple connections at one time to improve performancep. 193
10.4 Share a single dial-up Internet connection with other users on the LANp. 195
10.5 Disconnect automatically when sharing an Internet connectionp. 197
10.6 Create a secure remote connection to your LANp. 197
10.7 Allow other users to dial into your computer to access local resourcesp. 203
10.8 Allow other users to dial into your computer to access network resourcesp. 205
10.9 Other users can't dial in to your PCp. 205
10.10 Using a credit card for dialingp. 206
10.11 Reverse the connection and have the server call you to save toll chargesp. 207
10.12 Have the same IP address each time you connectp. 209
11. Web Services and Securityp. 212
11.1 Host a web site on your computerp. 212
11.2 Host multiple sites on one IP addressp. 216
11.3 Add folders from other computers to your web sitep. 219
11.4 Set up SSL for security on a web sitep. 220
11.5 Manage a web server remotelyp. 223
11.6 A web site you set up returns a 404 or no default page errorp. 226
11.7 Create a custom web site error messagep. 226
11.8 Install and configure FrontPage Server Extensionsp. 227
11.9 Host an FTP site for file transferp. 229
11.10 Hide some FTP folders but still have them availablep. 232
11.11 Place users in specific FTP folders automatically on connectionp. 233
11.12 Disconnect users from your FTP site automaticallyp. 234
11.13 Allow remote use of your computerp. 234
12. Users, Policies, Certificates, and Securityp. 237
12.1 Protect authenticity of your emailp. 237
12.2 Encrypt email so only the recipient can read itp. 239
12.3 Configure digital IDs for one or more email accountsp. 240
12.4 Verify that the digital signature attached to an incoming message is validp. 241
12.5 Move certificates to another computerp. 241
12.6 Keep track of who is using your computer's resources across the LANp. 243
12.7 Keep track of who uses your shared computer locally, and whenp. 246
12.8 Prevent someone from modifying your registryp. 246
12.9 Restrict what can be done on your computerp. 249
12.10 Prevent changes to your systemp. 252
12.11 Can't eject a removable NTFS media unless you're logged in as Administratorp. 253
12.12 Specify when you'll be prompted to change password prior to its expirationp. 254
12.13 How (and why) to rename the Administrator accountp. 255
12.14 How to rename or disable the Guest accountp. 255
12.15 Control what happens when your smart card is removedp. 256
12.16 Prevent unsigned drivers or services from being installedp. 257
12.17 Keep another user from shutting down your systemp. 258
13. Backup, Recovery, and Repairp. 260
13.1 Protect your system against catastrophic failurep. 260
13.2 Perform backups automaticallyp. 262
13.3 You can only back up when logged on as Administratorp. 263
13.4 Back up to writable or rewritable CD (CD-R/RW)p. 264
13.5 Back up critical Windows 2000 data without using the Backup utilityp. 265
13.6 Another user's system won't boot normally so I need to repair its registryp. 266
13.7 Restore settings after a problem occursp. 267
13.8 Create a bootable Windows 2000 diskp. 269
13.9 Your only volume is NTFS and Windows 2000 won't bootp. 271
Indexp. 273