REVIEW - Windows 98 in a Nutshell - A Desktop Quick Reference

Title:

Windows 98 in a Nutshell - A Desktop Quick Reference

Author:

Tim O'Reilly, Troy Mott, Walter Glenn, Walter J. Glenn

ISBN:

9781565924864

Publisher:

O'Reilly (1999)

Pages:

618pp

Reviewer:

Mike Mallett

Reviewed:

February 2001

Rating:

★★★★★

Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get the best out of Windows 98.

Although Windows 98 has been with us for sometime and will continue for a few years yet, this title was published in 1999 and therefore includes coverage of Windows 98 second edition. Like other titles in the Nutshell series it assumes the reader has a working knowledge of the subject as it concentrates on a detailed list of almost every command and feature in Windows 98.

Each topic includes useful tips and explanations, which are a great improvement on the built in help; in some cases it suggests alternative resources, many of which are freely available on the Internet. DOS commands are also covered, as they are still useful for many tasks. There is a very interesting chapter on 'Hidden Gems on the Windows 98 CD-ROM', this includes TweakUI, which is one of the most useful Win98 utilities.

Further chapters give an insight into web integration, the windows script host, the batch language, start-up and the registry. The appendices cover keyboard accelerators, filename extensions, system files and special/reserved characters.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get the best out of Windows 98. It has already helped me to me resolve a few problems as well as discover many new features. I look forward to the Windows Millennium edition.

There is more information on this title and also a list of resources athttp://www.oreilly.com/catalog/win98nut/


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