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Windows XP Hacks: Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing Your OS Paperback – Mar 5 2005
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"...it is an excellent way of learning more about Windows XP and how to make it work for you rather than the other way round. The instructions are easy to follow and don't leave anything out." - Tim Smith, PCW, March --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Preston Gralla, the author of more than 20 books, is also a freelance journalist and columnist. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including for "Best Feature in a Computer Magazine" from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Customer Reviews
But every user is not a power user of XP, but if you want to become a power user of XP OR if you want to get most from XP, then Windows XP Hacks books is for you. Author compiled and put together most useful 100 tips / tools / features with which you will get most of it.
This book covers a list of topics like Controlling Contral panel, removing uninstallable XP components, stopping pop-up ads, cookies, speed up downloads, protecting yourself using firewalls from viruses, Blocking Spam, how to boot / shutdown fast, tweaking Registry and much much more.
All the 100 tips grouped properly into following 12 chapters.
Startup and Shutdown
The User Interface
Graphics and Multimedia
It also explains what are the useful tools available on the Net for free/buy to hack Windows XP. One of the hack I liked most is, how to get POP3 for free for Yahoo.
You get all the tips to bend XP in your way, you will save quite a bit amount of time in searching Internet / Knowledge base to get your work done. I recommend for all users who use Windows XP.
This is not a script kiddie or hacker book. It encompasses the real meaning of the word hack. To hack into your computer to make it do things that it isn't generally meant to do, or to access things within your system that are not know or are hidden from the average user. Somebody who rigs something to enhance it, make it better, or make it do something more, is the real meaning of a hacker. Rather than its misused meaning of somebody who breaks into systems. (cracker)
I have to give this book 5 stars.
This book is not another wanabe hacker book, but a book on some quick enhancements that can be made to your windows xp computer, ranging from hacking the registry, using many of its commands and utilities, to using downloadable software and tools.
Plus the book is put together in a way that allows you to reference the areas that interest you or apply to you, so you don't have to read the chapters or hacks that don't interest you.
Don't misunderstand the title of this book, it doesn't have anything to do with the misused meaning of the word hack. It has nothing to do with breaking into or exploiting computers. Its more of a book on how to enhance your computer and your computer experience. As for those who say you can get this information elsewhere just by searching online. We'll you can get most information on any topic by searching online. All the information needed to pass the MCSE is available online as well, but I would still like to have it all in one spot, having had somebody else do that searching for me.Read more ›
I give this book three stars for being readable and having some useful tips that make it worth borrowing from a library. I give it maybe 2 stars for the cost of actually having to buy it (I don't think it would make a very good reference anyway).
This book is by no means advanced, as implied by the title. For example, it gives you some "security" hacks and it tells you about turning off unnecessary services, but so what? If you didn't already know what services were, how could you possibly know which ones to turn off? No mention at all of turning off DCOM and disabling it, or why you would want to do so (see (...) for why).
If you want to "Hack" your computer with XP, borrow this book and read it. Ignore irrelevant tips and suggestions of software that you don't think you would use. Then return it and go to [...] for more information. In some cases I like Tweakxp.com better because the information is more candid (e.g., "Real Player is poorly written adware/spyware," from (...).
There is no reason to buy this book. Even if your library doesn't have it, there are good, free online sources for the same information.
As a note concerning previous posts about the BootVis "hack," Microsoft lied; Bootvis does improve performance.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This book is a perfect example of an OK idea presented in a bad medium. Had the author chosen to make this a web site or a magazine article, I don't think anyone would object to... Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Jase T. Wolfe
I know my way around XP pretty well, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. What I found was great: dozens and dozens of hacks, tips, downloads and help. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
It seems like no one edited or tech edited this book. From the start, where he talks about putting 'huskies' (they are wolves) as his boot screen to the bootvis problem already... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by C. Kirk
Some hacks in this book are really basic:
Hack 20: Making Windows XP look like Windows 2000 again. Read more
Every version of Windows has its strengths and weaknesses. Windows XP is no exception. It's more stable than previous versions and hence is likely to be around for some time. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by G. Ching
The book is intended for those of us that prefer to tamper with or 'improve' the basic Windows XP package. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by D. Sant
I thought I knew everything there was to know about XP --- was I wrong! I've found something new on every page of this book. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003
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