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Fixing Windows XP Annoyances: Fix the Most Annoying Things about the Windows OS

March 29, 2006

Sebastopol, CA--Operating systems are a bit like the engine in your car: You don't really think about it until something goes wrong. But when something does go wrong, it's pretty annoying. Sometimes those annoyances seem to multiply. Take the Windows OS, for example. Windows XP is the most popular operating system on the planet--and the most annoying. From incomprehensible error messages to inexplicable crashes, from wonky wireless setups to just finding a file, Windows can make your computing life a nightmare. But thanks to Fixing Windows XP Annoyances (Karp, O'Reilly, $19.99) you can banish the bugs, speed up operations, and just make Windows work right.

Inspired by author David Karp's Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, this all-new tome covers Service Pack 2, and pulls together tips, tricks, insider workarounds, and fixes, in an accessible Q&A format that lets you find solutions in a flash. Fixing Windows XP Annoyances will not only increase your productivity but lower your blood pressure as well. Karp's new book covers:

  • Setup and Hardware: Update Windows, reinstall Windows safely, speed up start up, resolve driver-hardware conflicts, and more
  • Windows Interface: Navigate quickly, fix screen resolution problems, customize the desktop, and switch applications more quickly
  • Windows Explorer: Force XP's file & folder management application to remember your view settings, save your default application choices, and get XP's search tool to behave
  • Multimedia: Having a problem playing a video or burning a CD? Want to do more with your digital photo collection? We have the answers
  • Web and Email: Get a handle on spyware, spam and pop-ups; protect your privacy online; learn how to improve your online experience
  • Wireless and Home Networking: Connect all your PCs; share Internet connections; share files and drives securely; make your wireless network purr; share network printers; and more
  • "Windows crashes. It interrupts our work and our lives with incomprehensible error messages. But the good news is that you really CAN make Windows behave," comments David Karp.

    Additional Resources:

    Fixing Windows XP Annoyances
    David A. Karp
    ISBN: 0-596-10053-1, 239 pages, $19.99 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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