Cleaning Windows XP For Dummies

Cleaning Windows XP For Dummies

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* This wide-ranging guide helps ordinary users fight back against Windows slowdowns, glitches, and annoyances* Windows is the world's dominant desktop operating system, with 93.8 percent of the market as of 2002* Packed with savvy tips for decluttering a system, speeding up access to programs and data, customizing the interface, rooting out resource hogs, tuning up e-mail and Web browser performance, protecting against viruses, and more* Focuses on Windows XP and covers the new Service Pack 2, but many techniques are applicable to older Windows versionsshow more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 24mm | 539.78g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 076457549X
  • 9780764575495
  • 1,257,942

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Streamline your system and safeguard your computer Eliminate unused programs, organize data, dump stale cookies, and pick up speed If you can brew a pot of coffee while your programs load, it's time to clean the Windows! Here's how to clear out stuff you don't need, create an orderly desktop, scrub away Internet gunk, and keep your system clutter-free by setting up a regular cleaning schedule. Through sparkling clean Windows, you'll see faster, safer computing that's a lot more fun. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Discover how to: Make your programs run faster Archive old data and remove duplicate files Eliminate spyware and adware Manage Internet information safely Shut down unused services Optimize Service Pack 2's security featuresshow more

About Allen L. Wyatt

Allen Wyatt, an internationally recognized expert in small computer systems, is president of Discovery Computing, Inc., a computer and publishing services company located in Mesa, Arizona. He has worked in the computer and publishing industries for almost two decades, writing more than 50 books and numerous magazine articles. Allen's popular lectures and seminars have reached audiences throughout the United States, as well as throughout Mexico and Costa Rica. Besides writing books and technical materials, Allen helps further the computer book industry by providing consulting, production, and project management services. He publishes two free weekly newsletters, WordTips and ExcelTips ( Allen can be reached by e-mail at more

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: The Basics of Cleaning Your System. Chapter 1: First Things First: Why You Should Clean. Chapter 2: Determining What to Clean and When. Part II: Programs and Data. Chapter 3: Identifying What You Have. Chapter 4: Making Your Programs Run Faster. Chapter 5: Getting Rid of Old Programs. Chapter 6: Data, Data Everywhere. Chapter 7: Organizing and Archiving Data. Part III: E-Mail and the Internet. Chapter 8: Tackling E-Mail Overload. Chapter 9: Organizing Your E-Mail. Chapter 10: Banishing Internet Villains. Chapter 11: Managing Internet Information. Part IV: The Operating System. Chapter 12: Cleaning Up the User Interface. Chapter 13: Streamlining Windows. Chapter 14: Speeding Up the File System. Chapter 15: Managing Windows Updates. Chapter 16: Getting a New System. Part V: Advanced Cleaning for the Truly Brave. Chapter 17: Memory and Storage. Chapter 18: Becoming Security Conscious. Chapter 19: Cleaning House in a Networked Environment. Chapter 20: Jumping Into the Registry. Chapter 21: Wiping the Slate Clean. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Troubleshooting Ideas. Chapter 23: Ten Software Cleaning Tools. Chapter 24: Ten Online Resources. Chapter 25: Ten Cool Things in XP Service Pack 2. more