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Windows 95 SECRETS 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0764530704
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If you've ever installed Windows 95, reinstalled Windows 95, wished you had never installed Windows 95, or are stalled just at the thought of Windows 95, you need this book on your shelf. Windows 95 Secrets, Fourth Edition, is the kind of reference book that operating systems should ship with. Since it may be awhile until that day comes, it's good to know that someone is publishing the information.

The authors fill each chapter with plenty of tips and tricks that range from the cosmetic to the utilitarian. You'll discover how to configure every facet of the Windows 95 interface, including those New Age startup and shutdown graphics. You'll also learn many keystroke and mouse tricks to zipping around the desktop and browsing the hard drive more efficiently.

This book brings the hazy world of the Registry to light with clear guides to editing and managing the files. Windows 95 Secrets lists and explains the available Windows 95 upgrades, expansion packs, and "unofficial" utilities, such as Power Toys, right up front, so you can make sure you're running the latest version with all of the coolest and most useful gadgets.

Previews of Internet Explorer 4.0 shell integration features pepper the entire volume. Windows 95 Secrets also reports on the functionality you can expect when the operating system and the Web browser collide. However, the author marks the juiciest tidbits with icons that indicate tips, undocumented features, and secrets. These tidbits are excellent skimming aids if you want to go straight to the good stuff.

About the Author

About the Authors Brian Livingston is the author of IDG Books Worldwide's bestselling Windows® 3.1 Secrets®, MORE Windows® 3.1 Secrets®, and coauthor of Windows® 95 Secrets®, 3rd Edition, Windows® 95 Secrets®, Gold, and Windows® Gizmos®. His books have been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Livingston is also a contributing editor of InfoWorld and Windows Sources magazines. Davis Straub, coauthor of Windows® 95 Secrets®, 3rd Edition and Windows® 95 Secrets®, Gold, has written over 200 magazine articles. Former president of Generic Software, developer of Generic CADD, Mr. Straub is currently a multimedia software developer.
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Product Details

  • Series: Secrets (Book 51)
  • Paperback: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4th edition (June 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764530704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764530708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,805,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Getting Deeper and Deeper Into Microsoft Windows 95

By Edward Mendelson

If you want to change Windows 95's new interface and file system so that the generic "My Computer" feels more like your own computer, the one indispensable guide is Brian Livingston and Davis Straub's Windows 95 Secrets.

Unlike most Windows books, this one doesn't make you pay for a rewrite of Microsoft's help files. Instead it reveals undocumented and underdocumented techniques for changing almost anything in the Windows environment. Some of the simpler tips tell you how to customize the list of SendTo and New... items on the right-click menu. Others give you the details you need to use the new wildcard options in Explorer and explain that hotkey choices only work for shortcuts that you place on the Start menu.

The best tips--including the ones you won't learn from Microsoft--send you to the Registry Editor to add or modify entries. This isn't a job for the fainthearted, but if you have the courage, you can stop Windows' distracting and time-wasting habit of making application windows jump visibly from the taskbar to the screen and back again. You can add the Control Panel, Dial-Up Networking, and Printers to your Start menu. Best of all, you can change Windows' annoying habit of putting a tilde and the numeral 1 in the old-style 8.3 filenames that it automatically creates when you use a new-style long filename.

Livingston and Straub explore the depths of the Windows memory management and DOS support. They even tell you when to ignore the advice you get from Windows itself. When Windows displays an error message telling you to increase the Files setting in CONFIG.SYS, they tell you to make a change in SYSTEM.INI instead.
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I received my copy of Windows 95 Secrets 4th Edition a couple of weeks back, and already I'm seeing the benefits. Brian Livingston & Davis Straub get really detailed in this edition. My colleagues and I feel like there isn't a part of Windows 95 that we don't know about! If this is the one computer book you ever buy, you definitely won't regret it
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The December 5th issue of PC Magazine page 69 states:

"...the one indispensable guide is Brian Livingston and Davis Straub's 'Windows 95 Secrets.'

"Instead it reveals undocumented and underdocumented techniques for changing almost anything in the Windows environment."

"Windows 95 Secrets towers above the competition."

"If you buy only one Windows book this year, make it this one."

Davis Straub
Co-author with Brian Livingston of "Windows 95 Secrets," IDG Books
[...]
Seattle, Washington

(Notice that the book has two authors inspite of what the amazon database states.

Also note that it includes a CD-ROM, not a disk.
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I needed guidance in understanding Windows 95. Sure, I knew
how to use it, but that was all, I wanted to dive into its
insides, and get the most out of it. And that's what
Windows 95 Secrets allowed me to do. It showed me everything
Windows 95 had to offer, and it helped me become the Windows
95 expert at my company. I take this book with me whereever
I go. Now, I can fix almost any Windows 95 problem that may
crop up, my friends can't believe it. And of course when
they ask me how I do it, I say - Only a magician like Brian
Livingston would reveal Windows 95 Secrets!
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This excellent reference manual has become an indispensable corner stone of my computer library. Well written in clear and concise English the book is full of tips and tricks -- many of them undocumented by Microsoft.

"Windows 95 Secrets" has helped me through a number of problematic situations including ones having to do with Network, modem, fax and printer setup and trouble shooting. If you are considering the purchase of only one Windows 95 reference book: this is the one.
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Before you call me, look at 'Windows 95 Secrets' by Brian Livingston & Davis Straub, This book provides essential, and much undocumented information about Windows 95 features, installation, Plug and Play, boot files, the Windows desktop, relationships to DOS, networking, performance, and more. Helpful for everyone from the neophyte to the most intense power user. A great gift.
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