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Microsoft Windows XP may be the latest in a popular family of operating systems, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. However, the designers of Windows XP have built enough flexibility into their product and provided users with a sufficiently large toolkit to overcome most shortcomings. In Windows XP Annoyances David Karp reveals his ideas about how to use Windows XP most effectively, for maximum fun and productivity and as little aggravation as possible. If you're comfortable working with Windows XP (or any of its recent predecessors) but find certain aspects of it, well, annoying, you'll find this book to your liking. Karp guides his readers through potentially risky procedures, such as editing the Registry and adjusting hardware device drivers, with skill and precision.
The author's tone is to the point and professional without being dry, without any of the phony, forced humor that appears in a lot of operating-system books. Though he inexplicably ignores the Windows XP Power Toys--some very handy utilities you can get from Microsoft's Web site--he does a great job of handling important questions. Case in point, the important issue of which files can be deleted to free up disk space, and which you shouldn't touch even though they look like pointless garbage. Similarly useful attention goes to the question of which background processes can be safely halted, and which are important. There's fine coverage of scripting with the Windows Script Host (WSH), as well. --David Wall
Topics covered: How to get the most out of Windows XP, even when it appears that the operating system is working against you. Troubleshooting techniques, hardware advice, Registry hacking, interface customization, and advanced networking subjects all find a place in this book.
"This book gives an insight into how frustrated end-users can get when what should be simple and intuitive is anything but. It's required reading for any PC developer, especially those living in Redmont..." PC Plus, June 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
If you are an experienced Windows user and are about to move to, or have just moved to XP, this is the one essential book on the subject and probably the only one you will ever... Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Photoguy
I bought this book with more expectation than what I got when I received it in the mail. I needed to fix the slow bootup of Windows XP and there is hardly anything mentioned in... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Jeff
I had so many questions and Windows XP Annoyances miraculously had the answer to so many. I found the book well organized and indexed with no nonsense explanations.Published on Feb. 20 2004 by DerekSebring
This book is very logical, the steps are clearly outlined, and you can easily follow what is stated. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Dean Schilling
A great resource for anyone that has to resolve problems occasionally or regularly on XP operating systems. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by C. A. Luster
Lots of good stuff here collected from the discussions on author's Website forum. Found some errors in the content and some basic English errors that made me less trusting about... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003
The author knows Windows, and it shows on every page. The book's lighthearted approach is refreshing, and the quality of the information is first-rate. Read morePublished on June 20 2003
This book is a great resource for anyone who has ever run any versions of windows. It is the first serious book I have ever seen that relates all versions of windows (since 3. Read morePublished on May 27 2003 by Merrifield Winters