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Mastering Windows XP professional
Minasi, Mark.
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San Francisco, CA : Sybex, 2001.
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xxxii, 1020 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Windows XP Professional is Microsoft's client operating system. This text provides information on technology using language with visual guidance. It covers CD burning, system restore, device driver rollback, and Internet connection firewall.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xxviii
Essential Skills for Windows XP Professionalp. 1
Part 1 Windows XP Professional Basicsp. 97
Chapter 1 Introducing Windows XP Professionalp. 99
What Is Windows XP Professional?p. 99
What's New in Windows XP Professional?p. 101
Should You Upgrade to Windows XP Professional?p. 116
How Is Windows XP Professional Different from Other Operating Systems?p. 117
What Are the Features of Windows XP Professional Architecture?p. 118
Summaryp. 122
Chapter 2 Installing Windows XP Professional (and Automating Installation)p. 123
The Order of Businessp. 124
Will Your Computer Be Able to Run Windows XP Professional?p. 124
Checking System Compatibilityp. 126
Choosing an Installation Methodp. 127
Preparing for Installationp. 128
Upgrading to Windows XPp. 132
Performing a New Installation of Windows XPp. 135
Performing a Clean Install of Windows XPp. 139
The Installation Paths Convergep. 144
Applying Your Files and Settingsp. 147
Uninstalling Windows XP and Reverting to a Previous Version of Windowsp. 149
Removing Your Old Version of Windowsp. 149
Keeping Windows Updatedp. 149
Automating the Installation of Windows XPp. 152
Summaryp. 157
Chapter 3 Using the Desktop and Getting Helpp. 159
Logging On and Logging Offp. 160
Logging On to a Domainp. 163
Using the Desktop and Start Menup. 163
Switching to Another Userp. 165
Locking the Computerp. 165
Checking Which User Is Currently Activep. 166
Seeing Who Else Is Logged On to the Computerp. 166
Seeing Which Programs the Other Users Are Runningp. 166
Logging Another User Offp. 169
Sending a Message to Another Userp. 170
Using the Winkeyp. 171
Shutting Down Windowsp. 172
Help and Support Centerp. 173
Using Remote Assistancep. 183
Microsoft Online Support (Get Help from Microsoft)p. 194
Windows Newsgroups (Go to a Windows Web Site Forum)p. 194
Using the Troubleshootersp. 194
Finding Help on the Internet and Webp. 195
Summaryp. 196
Chapter 4 Customizing the Interfacep. 197
Working with the XP Control Panelp. 197
Changing the Date and Timep. 199
Adjusting Video Settingsp. 201
Customizing the Windows XP Displayp. 208
Customizing the Taskbarp. 215
Setting Start Menu Optionsp. 218
Adjusting the Keyboard and Mousep. 220
Choosing System Soundsp. 222
Using Accessibility Optionsp. 222
Summaryp. 229
Chapter 5 Installing, Running, and Managing Applicationsp. 231
Multiuser Considerationsp. 232
Installing a Programp. 235
Removing a Programp. 237
Adding and Removing Windows Componentsp. 240
Running Programsp. 242
Dealing with Unresponsive Programsp. 242
Program Compatibility Issuesp. 245
Exchanging Data Between Programsp. 255
Organizing the Start Menup. 262
Summaryp. 264
Chapter 6 Managing Files and Foldersp. 265
Using Explorerp. 266
Organizing Your Files and Foldersp. 272
Understanding the Multiuser Environmentp. 276
Customizing the Explorer Interfacep. 277
Setting File and Folder Propertiesp. 280
Searching for Files and Foldersp. 281
Working with Compressed Files and Foldersp. 283
Using Encrypting File System (EFS)p. 285
Working with Offline Filesp. 288
Setting File Associationsp. 291
Creating CDsp. 293
Summaryp. 297
Chapter 7 Installing and Working with Printers and Fontsp. 299
How Windows XP Handles Printingp. 299
Installing Local Printersp. 301
Installing Remote Printersp. 309
Managing Installed Printersp. 311
Managing the Printing Processp. 315
Managing Fontsp. 319
Summaryp. 325
Chapter 8 Installing and Configuring Hardwarep. 327
How Hardware Interacts with Windows XPp. 327
Using Hot-Pluggable Devicesp. 331
Using the Hardware Wizardsp. 332
Disabling a Devicep. 338
Uninstalling a Devicep. 339
Working with Device Propertiesp. 339
Using Multiple Monitorsp. 350
Configuring Windows to Use an Uninterruptible Power Supplyp. 352
Summaryp. 356
Chapter 9 Media Player and Movie Makerp. 357
Getting Started with Windows Media Playerp. 357
Working with Audio and Video Clipsp. 359
Working with Audio CDs and DVD Moviesp. 364
Tuning into Internet Radiop. 373
Applying Skinsp. 375
Choosing Visualizationsp. 376
Backing Up and Restoring Licensesp. 377
Working with Portable Devicesp. 380
Setting Media Player Optionsp. 382
Setting Output Volume and Recording Volumep. 383
Recording Audio Files with Sound Recorderp. 389
Using Windows Movie Makerp. 391
Summaryp. 397
Chapter 10 Using Windows XP Professional on Notebook PCsp. 399
How Notebook PCs are Physically Differentp. 399
Using Built-In and External Monitorsp. 400
Working with PC Cardsp. 401
Working with Hardware Profilesp. 402
Monitoring and Optimizing Battery Usagep. 404
Using Multiple Dialing Locationsp. 409
Synchronizing Files with Other PCsp. 410
Troubleshooting Notebook PC Problemsp. 417
Summaryp. 420
Part 2 Communications and the Internetp. 421
Chapter 11 Connecting to the Internetp. 423
Types of Internet Connectionsp. 424
Connecting to the Internet with an Analog Modemp. 424
Connecting to the Internet with a Cable Modemp. 428
Connecting to the Internet with DSLp. 432
Connecting to the Internet with Satellitep. 434
Protecting Your Systemp. 435
Connecting to the Internet with ISDNp. 436
Using the Network Setup Wizard to Share an Internet Connectionp. 439
Using a Shared Internet Connectionp. 455
Troubleshooting Internet Connectivity Problemsp. 455
Summaryp. 456
Chapter 12 Web Browsing with Internet Explorerp. 457
Starting Internet Explorerp. 457
Moving around the Webp. 458
Working with the Links Barp. 460
Keeping Track of Your Favorite Sitesp. 460
Working with the History Listp. 463
Finding Exactly What You Want on the Internetp. 470
Downloading Filesp. 473
Customizing Internet Explorerp. 473
Customizing the Internet Explorer Toolbarp. 482
Changing Text Sizep. 483
MSN Explorerp. 484
Using Built-In Internet Utilitiesp. 486
Summaryp. 491
Chapter 13 Using the Communications Programsp. 493
Using the Windows XP Professional Fax Servicep. 493
Connecting with Hyper Terminalp. 505
Communicating and Sharing with NetMeetingp. 507
Using Windows Messengerp. 512
Configuring Messengerp. 513
Signing Out and Signing Back Inp. 520
Adding a Contactp. 520
Removing a Contact from Your Contacts Listp. 522
Chattingp. 522
Adding Voice to a Conversationp. 524
Adding Video to a Conversationp. 525
Blocking and Unblocking Usersp. 525
Changing Your Statusp. 526
Transferring Filesp. 526
Using Remote Desktop Connectionp. 528
Summaryp. 540
Chapter 14 Using Outlook Express for E-mail and Newsp. 541
Using Outlook Express As Your Mail Readerp. 541
Using Outlook Express As Your Newsreaderp. 556
Customizing Outlook Expressp. 559
Summaryp. 560
Part 3 Networking Windows XP Professionalp. 561
Chapter 15 Windows XP Professional Networking and Network Design Primerp. 563
What is a Network?p. 563
Networking Vocabularyp. 568
A Little Theoryp. 569
Network Relationshipsp. 578
The Look and Feel of a Networkp. 582
Building Your Own Networkp. 583
Summaryp. 590
Chapter 16 Setting Up and Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Networkp. 591
Setting Up a Networkp. 591
Connecting Your Ethernet Networkp. 593
Configuring Your Networkp. 594
Creating Sharesp. 604
Attaching to Network Resourcesp. 607
Using Profilesp. 610
Connecting to Non-Microsoft Networksp. 615
Troubleshooting Windows XP Professional Networkingp. 618
Summaryp. 629
Chapter 17 Connecting to Domainsp. 631
Setting Up a Domainp. 632
Requirements on the Domain Serverp. 633
Connecting to a Domainp. 635
Attaching to Network Resourcesp. 642
Using Profilesp. 646
Troubleshooting Domainsp. 647
Summaryp. 649
Chapter 18 Living with Windows XP Professional Strict Securityp. 651
Understanding User Accounts in Windows XP Professionalp. 652
Setting Permissionsp. 659
Understanding Ownershipp. 668
Summaryp. 670
Chapter 19 Auditing Securityp. 671
Deciding What to Auditp. 671
Setting up Auditing in Windows XPp. 673
Monitoring Securityp. 677
Summaryp. 679
Chapter 20 Secure Telecommutingp. 681
Telecommuting Overview: Risks and Rewardsp. 681
Protecting Against the Interception of Datap. 682
Protecting Against the Impersonation of a Userp. 688
Protecting Against the Abduction of Datap. 692
Summaryp. 694
Part 4 Diagnosing, Administering, Automating and Troubleshooting Windows XPp. 695
Chapter 21 Administrative and Diagnostic Toolsp. 697
Running Disk Managementp. 697
Running Event Viewerp. 704
Monitoring Performancep. 708
Running Task Managerp. 719
Summaryp. 722
Chapter 22 Understanding and Using the Registryp. 723
What Is the Registry and What Does It Do?p. 723
Why Work with the Registry?p. 724
Preparing to Access the Registryp. 725
Running Registry Editorp. 725
Working in the Registryp. 727
An Example: Changing Your Windows Name and Organizationp. 734
Using Registry Favorites to Quickly Access Keysp. 735
Summaryp. 735
Chapter 23 Using Scripts to Automate Windows XPp. 737
What Is Scripting?p. 737
Shell Scripting with BAT and CMD Filesp. 738
Introduction to the Windows Script Hostp. 744
Advanced Conceptsp. 750
Scripts for Common Administrative Choresp. 751
Summaryp. 756
Chapter 24 Disaster Prevention And Recoveryp. 757
Avoiding Windows XP Professional Crashesp. 758
An Ounce of Preventionp. 761
Restoring a Configurationp. 764
The Recovery Consolep. 770
The Driver Verifier--a Babysitter for Your Driversp. 777
System File Checkerp. 779
The Registry Entry That Lets You Force a Blue Screen (Core Dump)p. 780
Backing Up and Restoringp. 781
Summaryp. 786
Chapter 25 Advanced Troubleshooting Methodologyp. 787
The Tao of Troubleshootingp. 787
Troubleshooting Printingp. 790
Troubleshooting Windows XP Professional Setupp. 794
Troubleshooting Stop Errorsp. 799
Boot Process Troubleshootingp. 803
Summaryp. 804
Part 5 Advanced Topicsp. 805
Chapter 26 The Microsoft Management Consolep. 807
The Basic Features of MMCp. 807
MMC Terms to Knowp. 808
The MMC Consolep. 809
The Computer Management Consolep. 817
Additional Customization Optionsp. 819
Summaryp. 824
Chapter 27 Manage Windows XP Professional Servicesp. 825
The Purpose of a Servicep. 825
The Service Management Consolep. 826
Windows XP Professional Servicesp. 827
Configuring Servicesp. 833
Troubleshooting Service Issuesp. 839
Summaryp. 839
Chapter 28 Hosting Web/FTP Serversp. 841
Installing Internet Information Serverp. 841
Windows XP Professional Limits on IISp. 844
The Internet Information Service Consolep. 844
Configuring the Web Serverp. 846
Configuring the FTP Serverp. 862
Configuring the SMTP Serverp. 867
Troubleshooting IISp. 873
Summaryp. 874
Appendix A Web Publishing with Windows XP Professionalp. 875
What Will You Publish?p. 875
Where Will You Publish Your Content?p. 878
How Will You Publish Your Content?p. 878
Summaryp. 884
Appendix B Connecting to Novell NetWare Networksp. 885
CSNW Featuresp. 885
Novell Directory Services Versus Bindery-Based Serversp. 886
Using Novell Administration Utilitiesp. 887
Running NetWare and Windows Networking Togetherp. 891
Printing to Novell Printersp. 894
Enabling Long Filename Support on the Novell Serverp. 896
Choosing a Novell Client Solutionp. 896
Installing the Novell Clientp. 897
Configuring the Novell Clientp. 898
Summaryp. 899
Appendix C Active Directory Essentialsp. 901
Security: Keeping Track of Who's Allowed to Use the Network and Who Isn'tp. 902
Searching: Finding Things on the Networkp. 905
Creating New Types of Subadministratorsp. 906
Delegation: Subdividing Control over a Domainp. 907
Satisfying Political Needsp. 908
Connectivity and Replication Issuesp. 909
Scalability: Building Big Networksp. 910
Simplifying Computer Names or Unifying the Namespacep. 910
Satisfying the Lust for Power and Controlp. 912
Connecting a Windows XP Professional Machine to an AD Domainp. 912
Summaryp. 915
Indexp. 917