Table Of Contents
From Windows® 98 Secrets®
by Brian Livingston, Davis Straub
Part I: Introduction, Installation, and Startup
Chapter 1: Read This First
Why Windows 98 Secrets
How to Use This Book
This Book's Overall Structure
     Part I: Introduction, Installation, and Startup
     Part II: Interface to the Desktop and the Internet
     Part III: Internet Applications
     Part IV: Connectivity
     Part V: Plug and Play
     Part VI: DOS Secrets
     Part VII: Windows 98 Shareware
Getting Commands Right the First Time
Finding the Good Parts
Getting Technical Support for Windows 98
     Online News about Windows 98
     Accessing Microsoft Support Newsgroups
     Accessing Technical Support on CompuServe
     Technical Support for the CD-ROM
What Are Windows 98 Secrets?

Chapter 2: Installing and Setting Up Windows 98
Take a Moment to Reflect
     Requirements
     Unsupported hardware
     Making room for Windows 98
     Upgrading DOS to Windows 98
     Upgrading from Windows 3.1x
Upgrading Windows 95 to Windows 98
     Loading the source files
     Installing over a network or from a CD-ROM
Getting Ready to Start Windows 98 Setup
     Back up some files
     Changes will be made
     Running Setup from DOS or Windows
     Setup switches
The Setup Process
     Starting Setup
     Copy files
     Finishing Setup
Installing Windows 98 Over a Copy of Windows 3.1x
Adding and Removing Parts of Windows 98
Copying All Your Windows 98 Files to a New Hard Disk
Installing Windows 98 With Other Operating Systems
     DR DOS
     Windows NT
     OS/2
Uninstalling Windows 98
     Back to DOS 7.1
     Back to an earlier version of MS-DOS
     Back to Windows NT

Chapter 3: A Quick Look at Windows 98
The Desktop
Active Desktop
Single-Click Icons
Finding Stuff the Web Way
The Start Button
What's on the Desktop?
Tune in the Channels
What's in the My Computer Window?
Disk Drives, Folders, and Files
Special Folder Windows
Quitting

Chapter 4: A Tutorial for Windows 98
Starting
Switching Views
Using the Explorer
Creating a Folder or Two
Creating a File
Moving a File
Creating a Shortcut
Deleting a Shortcut
Deleting a File
So What Was the Point?

Chapter 5: Customizing Your Windows 98 Startup
Do I Need to Do This?
How Windows 98 Starts Up
     First, the BIOS
     Then, DOS
     Finally, Windows 98
Msdos.sys
     Editing Msdos.sys
     Msdos.sys file contents
     Msdos.sys options
The Windows 98 Startup Menu
     Normal
     Logged
     Safe mode
     Safe mode with network support
     Step-by-step confirmation
     Command prompt only
     Safe mode command prompt only
     Previous version of MS-DOS
Startup Keys
What Gets Loaded When
Config.sys
     Config.sys variables
Memory Management
Autoexec.bat
Multiple Configurations
     Config.sys
     Autoexec.bat
Multiple Hardware Configurations
Changing the Startup Graphic
Dual-Boot Configuration
The StartUp Folder
     Temporarily turn off Startup
Windows 98 Troubleshooting
     System configuration utility

Part II: Interface to the Desktop and the Internet
Chapter 6: The Desktop and the Taskbar
What You See Is a Mess
First, Your Password
The Desktop
     The invisible grid
     Changing the font and size of icon title text
     Changing other properties of the Desktop
     Putting new items on the Desktop
     Pasting and undoing actions
The Active Desktop
The Icons and Items on the Desktop
     New icons for Desktop items
     Make your own icons
     High Color icons
     Corrupted Desktop icons
Scraps
The Taskbar and Its Toolbars
     The Taskbar buttons
     Drag and wait to a Taskbar button
     Hiding the Taskbar
     Sizing the Taskbar
     Moving the Taskbar
     Which Desktop edge is best for the Taskbar?
     Resizing and moving windows on the Desktop
     The Start button
     Toolbars
     The Tray on the Taskbar
     The clock
     Sliding windows
Task Switching with the Keyboard
The Task Manager

Chapter 7: My Computer -- Folders and Windows
Viewing Your Computer
     Once is enough
     My Computer, your computer
     Changing My Computer to Fred
The My Computer Window
     Folders
     The special folders in the My Computer window
     My Computer window properties
     Drive properties
     Opening a new window
     One window or many?
     Switch to a single window view on the fly
     Open a window in the Explorer view
     Closing a folder window
Change Your Window View
     Order the icons
     Line up your icons
     Changing the columns in Details view
     Freshening up the folder window
     Windows toolbars
     The Explorer bar
     Customizing this folder
New, Copy, Cut, Paste, Rename, and Delete
     Creating a folder
     Moving a file or folder
     Copying a file or folder
     Copy with Copy and Paste
     Cut or Copy now, Paste later
     Renaming files and folders
     Deleting files and folders
     The Undo command
Selecting Items in a Window
     Selecting multiple files and folders
     Selecting a group of files and/or folders
     Lasso those icons, cowboys and cowgirls
     Select everything
     Select everything but
     Deselect with Ctrl+hover
     Select a few bunches of icons
     Grabbing the icon group
     Dragging multiple icons
     Press Esc to cancel

Chapter 8: The Explorer
Explorer Basics
     The Explorer views a web page
     Finding the Explorer
     The Windows Explorer and the Start button
     Putting the Explorer on the Desktop
     Turning My Computer into the Explorer
Getting an Overview of Your Computer
     Special folders
     Two panes -- connected and yet independent
     Thumbnails
Folder Options
     Sticky view settings
     Seeing all the files on your computer
     Seeing hidden folders
     Single-click or double-click
Navigating with the Explorer
     Highlighting a folder icon
     Folder icons in the Explorer
Two versions of the Standard Buttons toolbar
     Making the left pane bigger
     Full-screen Explorer
     The Network Neighborhood
     Using the keyboard with the folder tree
Creating New Folders
Copying and Moving Files and Folders
Creating Two Explorer Windows
Explorer (and My Computer) Keyboard Shortcuts
Explorer Command Line Parameters
Going from the Windows 3.1x File Manager to the Explorer
     Open, Copy, Move, Delete
     Rename
     Run
     File association
     Open an unassociated file
     Create directory
     Create file
     Search or File Find
     File view filters
     Copy, Label, Format, make a system disk
     Change the font used
     Print a directory listing
     Put two directory listings side-by-side
     Sort files by name, date, file type, size
     View file contents
     Undo and Delete
     Share a disk drive or folder
     Customize the toolbar
     See hidden files
     See free disk space
     File attributes
     File size
     Additional File Manager strengths
     Additional Explorer strengths

Chapter 9: Internet Explorer
The Windows 98 User/Browser Interface
     Starting the Internet Explorer
     New link, new window
     Channels
     ActiveX documents
     Internet Explorer PowerToys
Connecting to the Internet with the Internet Explorer
     Internet Explorer, the 128-bit version
     Commands to connect to the Internet
     Managing downloads from the Internet
     Finding web sites
     Customizing the Internet Explorer Address field
     Creating custom versions of the Internet Explorer
     Underlining hyperlinks
     Edit on the Internet Explorer toolbar
     Make history a quick link
     Stop dialing up my Internet service provider
Favorites and URL Shortcuts
     Organizing your favorites
     URL shortcuts
     Capturing URLs in a frame
     Deleting typed URLs in the Address field
     Converting Netscape Navigator bookmarks to favorites
Saving Web Pages on Your Hard Disk
     Internet Explorer drag and drop links
     Drag and drop images
     Saving graphics off the Internet
Internet Security
     Internet Explorer's security options
     Beneath your level
     Where are the cookies?
Corrupted Files in the Internet Cache Folder
     Corrupt History folder
     Defrag hangs
     Filling in forms gives me an error
     Slow browsing
     Err Msg: MPREXE caused an invalid page fault in Kernel32.dll
     The trouble with web sites
     Can't find an Internet site
     File Download dialog box
     Browse in a new process
Browser Wars
Keyboard Shortcuts for Internet Explorer
Where Does the Search Start?
Windows 98 Home Pages
Internet Explorer's Easter Egg

Chapter 10: Shortcuts at Home and Abroad
What's a Shortcut?
Shortcuts Are Great
     Put your favorite files and programs on the Desktop
     Automatically start programs when Windows starts
     The Start button is full of shortcuts - add more
     Shortcuts in toolbars
     Move, copy, print, and view files and folders easily
     Start DOS programs by clicking icons
     Use a shortcut to do more than one thing at a time
     Modify how a Windows program operates
     Use a different program to open a document
     Put shortcuts to parts of documents on the Desktop
     Shortcuts to web pages and through the mail
     Shortcuts to e-mail recipients and newsgroups
Creating Shortcuts
     Drag and drop to create a shortcut
     Name that shortcut
     Get rid of "Shortcut to"
     Cut and paste a shortcut
     Create a new "unattached" shortcut, then create the link
Shortcuts on the Desktop
Creating a Shortcut to a Folder of Shortcuts
Shortcuts to Folders, Disks, Computers, Printers, and More
     Folders
     Disk drives
     Audio CD
     Computers
     Printers
     Control Panel icons
     HyperTerminal connections
     Shortcuts to files far, far away
     Mail out shortcuts
     Paste shortcuts into documents
     And on and on
Right-Click to a Powerhouse
     Send to a Printer
     Send to a menu of printers
     Send to a computer on the network
     Send to SendTo
     Send to the Desktop
Create Shortcuts to DOS Programs
What's Behind the Shortcut?
     The Target field
     The Start In field
     Hot keys
     Run in which size window?
     Change the shortcut's icon
     Find that target
     DOS shortcut properties
Shortcuts on the Start Button
A Shortcut to a Shortcut
What Happens If I Move or Delete the Linked File?
Shortcuts in the Help Files
Creating Application-Specific Paths
Disabling Link Tracking

Chapter 11: The Start Button and Finding
Starting
Stopping
     Shut down
     Restart
     Restart in MS-DOS mode
     Stand by
The Start Menu
     Programs
     Documents
     Settings
     Find
     Help
     Run
     Log on as a different user
Right-Click the Start Button
Drop It on the Start Button
     The Desktop on the Start menu
     Folders in the Start menu folder
     Control Panel on a Start menu
Keyboard Control of the Start Menus
Long Start Menus
The Find Function
     Finding files or folders
     What you can do with Find
     Finding a computer on your network
     Searching the Internet

Chapter 12: Desktop Strategies -- Making Windows 98 Your Own
It Comes with a Start Button
A Desktop Strategy
Whose Desktop Is This Anyway?
     Setting up Windows 98 for multiple users
     Setting up your network logon option
     Securing the Windows 98 Desktop
     Dealing with a corrupted password file
Dealing with the Start Button
     The Start button itself
     The menus on the Programs menu
     Multiple toolbars
Pile It on the Desktop
Massage the Context Menu
The Active Desktop
Turn a Folder Window into the Program Manager . . .
     The Program Manager window
     The Explorer as File Manager
Use the Real Program and File Managers
Making Windows 98 a Complete Operating System

Chapter 13: Documents First
Document-Centric?
Associating Actions with File Extensions
Where Are These Actions?
Creating and Editing File Types and Actions
     Creating a new file type
     Editing an existing file type
     One application associated with two file extensions
     File associations via the Registry
     Change the edit application for batch files
     Multiple extensions - one application
     Editing (not merging) exported Registry files
     Re-associating RTF files with WordPad
     Associating more than one program with a given file type
Opening Unregistered File Types
     Opening a registered file type with another application
     Create a default file opener
     General actions on any file type
     Printing files using other applications
Changing BMP Icons to Show Thumbnail
Viewing a File Without Starting an Application
Easiest Way to View/Open an Unregistered File
Documents on the Start Menu
New Blank Documents
Adding Items to the New Menu
     Immediately invoke an application with a new file
     Taking items off the New menu

Chapter 14: The Recycle Bin: Going Through the Trash
What's Recyclable about the Recycle Bin?
The Recycled Folders
The Recycle Receptacle Icons
What Does the Recycle Bin Do?
     Delete files from common file dialog boxes
     Deleted, what does that mean?
     Deleting shortcuts
     Right- or left-drag to the Recycle Bin
     Shift+Delete
Don't Delete Your Hard Disk
You Can't Delete My Computer or Other Key Components
You Can Delete a Floppy Disk
Going Through the Trash -- Retrieving Deleted Files
Emptying the Recycle Bin
Remove Files Immediately When Deleted
The Recycle Bin and Networks
Undelete and Unerase

Chapter 15: The Registry: The Real User Interface
Ini Files, Forever
The Registry Keys and Structure
     HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
     HKEY_USERS
     HKEY_CURRENT_USER
     HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
     HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIGURATION
     HKEY_DYN_DATA
     Registry Monitor
The Registry Files
     What if bad things happen?
The Registry Editor
     Starting the Registry editor
     Editing with the Registry editor
     Exporting and importing the Registry
     Changing the Registered Owner
     Your own tips
     Editing the Most Recently Used list
     Editing other people's Registries
The DOS Version of the Registry Editor

Chapter 16: The Control Panel and Properties
What Will You Find Where?
Getting to the Control Panel
Shortcuts to the Control Panel
     Fine-tuning your Control Panel shortcuts
     Assigning hot keys to Control Panel shortcuts
Control Panel Settings
     Missing files
     Add/Remove Programs
     Make Compatible
     Multimedia
     Regional settings
     Sounds
     TweakUI
Properties

Part III: Internet Applications
Chapter 17: Dial-Up Networking
Networking? Over a Modem?
Dial-Up Networking
     DUN version 1.2
     Dial-up servers
     Network protocols
     Dial-up protocols
Setting Up Your Windows 98 Computer at Work As a Host
     Running fax software and DUN Server together
     Disallowing dial-in access
     Security
Setting Up Your Computer at Home As a Guest
     General connectoid settings
     Preparing for server dial-back
     Dialing into another operating system
     Copying your DUN connectoids to another computer
     SLIP server type
     Setting up your basic telephone information
     Your modem
The Dial-Up Adapter
Dialing into the Office
     Dialing in manually
     DUN command line parameters
     Networking over a modem
     Monitoring your calls
     Getting your e-mail when you're on the road
     Printing on the printer at work from home
     Faxing from work while on the road
     Play DOS multiuser games over the network
Connecting to a Personal Web Server
DUN Troubles
     Compatible protocols

Chapter 18: Connecting to the Internet
Your First Point of Internet Attachment
Microsoft's TCP/IP Stack
     Installing an Internet dial-up connection
     Installing and configuring your modem
     An Internet service provider account
     Service provider account information
     The Internet Connection Wizard
     Dial-Up Networking
     Bind TCP/IP to your Dial-Up Adapter
     Configuring the TCP/IP stack
     Speeding up file transfers
     Multiple TCP/IP settings for multiple connections
     Dial-up connection to your service provider
Calling Your Service Provider
     Automating your DUN logon
     Making sure you have a good connection
     Connecting to CompuServe
     Creating a DUN connectoid for your Netcom account
Internet Through Your LAN
     Configuring the TCP/IP stack for a network adapter
     Connecting a Windows 98 network to the Internet
     Microsoft Network (not MSN) over the Internet
TCP/IP Utilities
     Displaying your TCP/IP settings
     Telnet
     Network file system

Chapter 19: Outlook Express
Outlook Express Is Configurable
     Configuring Outlook Express
     Changing Outlook Express options right away
     More Outlook Express changes
     Shortcuts to Outlook Express
     POP3, SMTP, and XOVER required
     Where is everything stored?
     Transferring Inbox Assistant rules and newsgroup filters to a new computer
     Connecting with the DUNs
     Multiple accounts for the same server
     Corrupted passwords
     Different service providers for Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
     Sending messages now or later
     Outlook Express security
     Spell checking
     More than meets the eye
     Adding Outlook Express messages to the New menu
     Saving attachments
     Dragging and dropping messages
     Sending web addresses
     UUENCODE or MIME
     Multiple users and user profiles
     Where to find more help
Messages Formatted in HTML
     Editing HTML messages
     Stationery
     Fancy signatures
     Pictures and text
Outlook Express Mail
     Multiple e-mail accounts
     Choose which account to send your messages through
     Duplicate messages downloaded from the mail server
     Outlook Express as the default mail program
     Sending messages to a group

 

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