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Windows 98 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) [Paperback]

Tim O'Reilly , Troy Mott , Walter Glenn
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This latest addition to the family of O'Reilly's Nutshell books (an extremely useful set of references for developers, system administrators and users) covers the current version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 98. Up-to-date enough to cover the latest SE edition, it's a compilation of tips, information and guides to using and working with Windows.

This is a book of three parts, the first giving you a brief overview of the Windows way of working. Section II is a deeper, alphabetical reference to the various functions and features of Windows 98, complete with plenty of screen shots and instructions for getting the best out of your PC.

If you're running a network or want to get a better understanding of Windows 98 systems, then you'll find section III of the book most useful. It covers in depth the tools you need to run Windows, from the registry to building and running batch files. However, where it really excels is in its coverage of one of Microsoft's hidden secrets--the Windows Scripting Host. Using this and the reference to the available functions in the book, you can create simple scripts to control and add extra functions to your Windows systems.

As Windows 98 is so poorly documented, this book is the ideal desktop aid for both the beginner and the power user. Windows 98 In A Nutshell is the manual Microsoft left out of the Windows 98 box. --Simon Bisson


"A worthwhile investment." -- Major Keary, PC Update, June 2002

From the Publisher

From the authors of the bestselling Windows 95 in a Nutshell comes this easy-to-use quick reference for all serious users of Windows 98. It summarizes differences between Windows 95 and Windows 98, covers almost every Windows 98 command and utility available, gives advice for using the Registry, includes short-hand instructions on many important Win98 tasks, and much more.

About the Author

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network (www.oreillynet.com) and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long term vision for his company is to help change the world by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators.

is a corporate services agent for Studio B, where he works with authors supplying technical content to corporations. He is a coauthor of O'Reilly's Windows XP in a Nutshell.

Walter Glenn is a freelance consultant, writer, and editor in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been working in the computer industry for over a decade and provides solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses. Walter is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer who specializes in Internet and networking technologies.

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Sample Reference Entries

Icons from Chapter 4 The Windows 98 User Interface
Network Neighborhood from Chapter 4
Outlook Express from Chapter 6 Start Menu Programs and Other Graphical Applications
Recycle Bin from Chapter 4
Run from Chapter 4
System Policy Editor from Chapter 8 Hidden Gems on the Windows 98 CD-ROM
Toolbars from Chapter 4
TweakUI from Chapter 8
Windows Explorer from Chapter 4

It's easy to take icons for granted. They are a ubiquitous and seemingly immutable feature of the Windows 95 interface, but in fact, you have a degree of control over what icons are used for various types of files. In particular, you can use any icon you like for any shortcuts you create, using Properties Shortcut Change Icon.

By default, the Change Icon dialog box for a shortcut usually points to \Windows\System\shell32.dll, which contains about 70 different icons, including the standard icons for folders, disks and so on. A browse button lets you search for other sources of icons. But where do you look?

\Windows\System\pifmgr.dll contains almost 40 additional icons. Except for the MS-DOS prompt icon, you've probably never seen many of these icons. A lot of them are fun and original.

\Windows\moricons.dll contains about 100 icons, including icons for many non-Microsoft applications.

\Windows\System\rnaui.dll contains seven icons with telephone imagery. (This is the default icon set for Dial-Up Networking shortcuts.)

\Windows\Progman.exe contains about 40 icons, including pointing hands, arrows, a safe, a mailbox, doors, interoffice mail envelopes, and many more.

\Windows\System\user.exe contains the MS Windows icon, a triangular warning icon, a question mark bubble icon, and so forth.

Any file on your disk with the .ico extension is fair game. Unfortunately, the browse button doesn't make them easy to find. Use Find Files or Folders and look for *.ico; a small copy of each icon will appear in the Find display next to its name and location. If you see something you like, navigate to it with Change Icon Browse. (Unfortunately, you can't just copy the path from the Find dialog box and paste it in.)
Any executable (.exe) file with a unique icon may contain its icon (or icons) within it. For example, drivespace.exe contains eight icons, most with a disk or hardware theme, plus one incongruous yellow smiley face; \Windows\mplayer.exe has multimedia-related icons; and \Windows\regedit.exe has a number of building-block-type icons. Pick any .exe file from the Browse dialog box; if it contains no icon, you'll get a message to that effect, but otherwise, the icon will be extracted and can be applied to your shortcut.
Any bitmap (.bmp) file can serve as an icon, although most large bitmap files will lose too much detail at icon size. Simply copy the .bmp file, and change the .bmp extension to .ico (again, use Find Files or Folders to search for .bmp files on your disk--or look at the many graphics file archives on the Net). To see what the icon looks like, you can just copy or move it to the Desktop. Any file with the .ico extension will appear there with itself as the icon.

Network Neighborhood
Access the local network.

Desktop Network Neighborhood
Explorer Network Neighborhood

The Network Neighborhood provides a quick way to reach other systems on a local or wide area network. When the system is connected, other systems on the same network are displayed as icons in the Network Neighborhood folder on the Desktop. Click on any icon to connect to that system.

Other systems might include print or file servers or other user's client machines. Often a network is divided into workgroups. If so, only the local workgroup will be shown. Click on Entire Network to step up a level and see the other workgroups.
TIP: If you are connected to a local area network and the Network Neighborhood icon is not displayed, go to Control Panel Network Configuration Add Client Client for Microsoft Networks.

Any user can designate folders on his or her machine for sharing with other users. You will usually be asked for a password before you can access Shared resources, if passwords were configured.


If you have access to a file or folder on a remote machine, you can create a shortcut to it on your own Desktop or in your own folders, just as you can with a local file.
On the command line or in the Explorer, you can refer to a resource on a remote system by a UNC (Universal Naming Convention) pathname. A UNC path consists of the name of the remote system followed by the name of the shared resource. For example, the UNC path //tim/c/inanut refers to the folder called inanut on the shared C drive on a machine called tim.

To view or change the name of your own system, as shown in the Network Neighborhood, use Control Panel Network Identification.

Network Neighborhood Properties is the same as Control Panel Network.
To share a folder on your machine, go to the folder's context menu Sharing. If "Sharing..." does not appear on the context menu, sharing is not enabled. Go to Control Panel Network Configuration File and Print sharing and click on "I want to be able to give others access to my files."

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