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Degunking Windows [Paperback]

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Degunking Windows covers the basics to help users quickly get their PCs back to top performance. The unique thing about Degunking Windows is that it's organized according to the special "cleaning" process that will improve the performance of your computer. Shortcut and time calculation charts are provided at the beginning of the book to help readers determine how much time is required to perform different degunking tasks. The book provides proven degunking maintenance tasks that users should perform on a regular basis to keep their machines running at optimum levels. Topics covered include the basics of degunking ("Why is my computer all gunked up in the first place?"), cleaning files, hard drives, and making space, uninstalling programs you don't need, fixing your desktop and start menus, degunking email and dealing with spam, improving and cleaning the registry, hardware stuff to help with degunking, improving security, backing up precious files, doing a clean install when you really have to, and much more.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 19, 2004
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  1932111840  
ISBN13  9781932111842  

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Joli Ballew is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Expert-Consumer), MCSE, MCTS (Project 2007 and Windows 7 Configuring), and MCDST. She is a professional writer, technology trainer, and network consultant. She has written or co-authored nearly 40 books, including Windows 8 Step by Step.

Joli Ballew currently resides in Garland.

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IT'S ALL GUNKED UP!!  Apr 10, 2006
Do you wish you could degunk your PC in just a few hours yourself? Well, you're in luck! Authors Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann, have done an outstanding job of writing a second edition of a book that will help you do just that, by showing you how to use a set of tried-and-true techniques.

Ballew and Duntemann, begin by identifying common PC gunk creators and how to manage them so your computer keeps running quickly and efficiently. Then, they show you how to get to the mindset for degunking. The authors continue by showing you how to get rid of files that shouldn't be there. Next, they show you how to remove programs you don't use and their related files. Then, the authors show you how to organize your stuff, except in this case, your stuff will be the data on your hard drive. They continue by showing you how to clean up and tweak the Start menu, Desktop and Taskbar. Next, the authors show you how to minimize spam. Then the authors show you how to organize and perform housekeeping on your mailbase--that is, the body of real messages that actually matter to you. The authors continue by showing you how to distinguish between what you do need and what you don't. Next, they'll walk you through some of the more common complaints about SP2, such as the inability to view active content on Web pages or click Web links included in e-mails after SP2 is installed. Then, the authors show you how to degunk Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker. They then continue by showing you how to optimize your hard drive to get XP to boot faster, to get it to run faster, and to enhance the general performance of the computer. Next, the authors show you how to clean and degunk the Registry. Then, they introduce you to the different types of hardware you can acquire to beef up your system, including RAM and additional monitors. The authors continue by describing some advanced power tools for your PC and some awesome shareware. Next, they show you how to secure your PC. Then, the authors show you how to back up data: scheduling a task and backing up automatically, configuring and using the Backup utility, and restoring when a crash occurs. Finally, they show you how to solve some common problems by locating incompatible hardware and using the Device Driver Rollback and System Restore utilities--two excellent programs for correcting serious errors.

With this step-by-step excellent guide, you can quickly learn how to clean your machine; speed it up; secure it from dangerous hackers, worms and viruses; organize your e-mail; reduce spam; and, make your computer work quickly and reliably as it did the day you brought it home. The authors excel in this book by showing you how to improve the performance of your PC after a lengthy time of hard use, and the less than optimal organizational habits that have gunked it up!
Gives incorrect info about XP Backup Utility  Feb 6, 2006
I just started using this book and found an error. Perhaps it is the only problem I will encounter, but it's significant. In the discussion of the XP Backup Utility, P. 245 states "You won't have the Backup option if you run XP Home Edition." Not true. You can install the backup from your OS CD by following these instructions:
Keep your Windows clean with this guide  Nov 24, 2005
If you work with Windows you can rest assured that at some point, generally much sooner than you suspect, the system will be all gunked up with assorted items that slow down, corrupt or otherwise interfere with your use of the system. While the computer technician can generally resolve these problems for a fee there are a lot of actions the average user can take to clean things up on a regular basis and keep their computer performing at an acceptable level. For those average to above average users who want to try keeping their system running better on their own this is a book that will lead you through the process. If you only have a few minutes to maintain your system then there are steps that only take a few minutes, but if you have several hours to work on it there is a more advanced cleanup program you can use. Inside the book you will find a ten-minute program, thirty-minute program, one-hour, three-hour, and half-day programs each of which take you one level deeper into the process for a more thorough cleaning of your system. Degunking Windows is a regular requirement for anyone working with the operating system, Degunking Windows, Second Edition provides you with the tools to do it yourself and is recommended for all Windows users.
Improve The Efficiency And Performance Of Windows XP  Nov 11, 2005
For most Windows users, let's see if this story is a familiar one.

Get your new PC home, install Windows XP on it, things are great, things are fast, things are super duper. One week goes by, you've now been surfing the net for awhile, installing applications, just doing the normal everyday stuff that you are used to doing. A few weeks go by and now you are really enjoying your new computer. You've learned the ins and outs of Windows XP and you really enjoy the improvements that you have seen, but you notice that it doesn't seem to be as fast as it was the day you took it out of the box. No matter, it's probably due to the fact that you are actually using the machine and you shrug this away as not a big deal.

Months go by and you now really notice that your computer is not as "virgin pure" as it was on day 1. There's no denying that things are not like they used to be but you have learned to live with it, just accepting it as "wear and tear" on your operating system.

If your story is similar to the one I have laid out here, your computer has been "gunked". Anyone that actually uses their Windows XP based computer will at some point experience the story I have outlined here, and the majority of those individuals will just have to live with it until they buy a new computer.

Don't let this happen to you!!

With Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann's "Degunking Windows" in hand, you have a great tool to avoid a similar fate as the one I have discussed. The authors of this book in 18+ chapters explain what exactly has caused your computer to lose performance and efficiency, and they discuss a myriad of tips to degunk your system and return things to their former glory.

Major tips and tweaks covered and discussed:

Search and remove duplicate files
Keep your desktop clean and uncluttered
Sort data in a logical manner
Identify temporary files and remove unneeded ones
Remove unnecessary applications and spyware
Store data in logical places instead of just any location
Run Disk Defragmenter early and often
Empty the Recycle Bin often
Use spam filters to clean up e-mail
Upgrade the OS often when new patches are released
Learn to tweak and clean the registry
Install and set up PowerToys
Use Anti-Virus software
Backup, Backup, Backup, Backup, BACKUP!!!

If all else fails...

Reinstall OS

For all Windows XPs newbies, this is a necessary reference to improve your everyday experience and learn that when the going gets slow you don't have to just live with it. For experienced XP users the ROI from this book goes down, but because of the plethora of tips and tricks it's still a great investment. About the only person I wouldn't recommend this book to is a Windows XP guru who probably already knows these recommendations by heart.

All in all, a solid book on how to keep your copy of Windows running smoothly and happy.

Well Worth The Money  Jun 16, 2005
As someone who frequently "degunks" friends, relatives, and associates' PCs, I can honestly say that this book provides a good step-by-step "blueprint" in optimizing your PC's performance, eliminating viruses and other threats, and reducing the clutter.

If you were to take your PC to a pro to have it looked at, it will likely cost you at least $150 or more to have this service performed for you. If you think you need a new PC because your current one is too slow, try this book first. It will likely get it running smooth again.

Many PC pros won't tell you this, because they want your business. But even computer novices can do all the steps in this book.

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