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||Windows 2000 Registry Books Reviews
A good registry reference can be worth
its weight in gold when you're trying to tweak the Windows 2000 Operating System from
inside out. Although the registry can be a valuable mine for
some administrators, it can also spell disaster for others. We
don't believe that a single definitive reference exits for the
Windows 2000, so you'll probably end up getting more than one
book to meet your needs. All of these books are excellent, they
just have different strengths and focus. We hope you'll find our
review to be helpful.
Most links on this page will take you to the books
description on Bookpool.com.
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Windows 2000 Registry Handbook
Honeycutt. Published by Que, June
2000. Paperback 366 pages, ISBN 0789716747 If you're
looking for a book that will actually teach you the art
of managing the registry instead of just providing page
after page of hacks, this is what you should be reading.
The book is divided into 5 parts and 15 chapters, plus
an index. The first 2 parts cover the basics of
understanding, managing and editing the registry using
Regedit and Regedt32. The next section explains how to
customize Windows 2000 using the registry, and includes
an excellent chapter on tracking down registry settings
using a variety of tools. Part 4 includes two well
written chapters on Troubleshooting, diagnosing and
repairing the Registry. The last section is a Reference
of file associations, as well as per-user and
per-computer settings. Each chapter includes plenty of
examples, useful tips, author's notes, and the
occasional screenshot as needed. The author does a great
job of presenting the information you'll really need.
It's an easy to read, well-organized reference that is
balanced and actually useful. Highly recommended.
911: Windows 2000 Registry
By Kathy Ivens. Published by McGraw Hill, October 2000.
Paperback 354 pages,
A very hands on and useful reference for Administrators
looking to get a grip on a variety of registry tweaks.
After the obligatory chapters which provide an overview
of the registry, maintenance and editing tools, the book
dives right into entire chapters which outline various
settings for the control panel, networking, computer
startup and policies, and configuring user environments.
The most valuable sections (in our humble opinion) were
the last 2 chapters which covered "Tweaking and
Troubleshooting Application Settings" (which
focuses on MS Office and IE), and an excellent chapter
on analyzing the subtrees within the registry. One of
the strengths of this book is the format of the
"Admin911" series which includes plenty of
tips, author notes, and special "Code Blue"
callouts to help you avoid critical pitfalls. Read a
sample chapter here
|Mastering Windows 2000 Registry
By Peter Hipson, Published by Sybex February 2000. 725 pages. ISBN 0782126154. Designed for experienced administrators, this should be the only Win2000 Registry reference you'll need. The book is well organized, and illustrated. It also includes lots of side notes and tips by
the author that we found insightful and very useful. The early chapters of the book are sorted by function (basics, backing up and restoring the registry, advanced functions, and MS Office Registry.) The last half digs straight into each of the registry hives one by one, making it
easy to find what you need. Strongly recommended..
|Windows 2000 Registry (Little Black Book Series)
By Nathan Wallace, Published by Coriolis Group, February 2000, Paperback 454 pages, ISBN 157610348X One of the things you'll notice right away when you pick up this book is that the chapters are organized by task rather being alphabetized, or separated by subkey. We had mixed
feelings about this finding it useful in some cases, and annoying in others. We also disliked the repetitive instructions on how to open Regedt32.exe (shouldn't once be enough?). What we did like was
its compact size and the sheer number of tips and registry tweaks. We also liked
the quick reference pull out cards on the inside cover. Now if it only came with a searchable
||Managing the Windows NT Registry
By Paul Robinchaux. Published by O'Reilly and Associates. April 1998 Paperback 416 pages. ISBN 1565923782. A "must have" as far as we're concerned. Paul is a well respected author, and his experience with NT shows well in this book. After a well written
introduction, Paul dives right into backing up the registry, the differences between RegEdit and RegEdit32, Policy Editor, Programming, and administrating the Registry. The last 2 chapters covers the Registry layout and core NT Keys, and Registry Tweaks that any admin will find
||Windows NT 4.0 Registry: A Professional Reference (w/ CD)
By Steven Thomas. Published by McGraw Hill, Jan 1998. 760 Pages. ISBN 0079136559 A fairly large "tome" that's tough to read cover to cover, but an excellent and complete reference to the NT 4.0 Registry that belongs on your desk. This is the most comprehensive
resource yet and the CD includes full database from the book in a searchable format. The only downside is
its $59.99 retail price, but you can get it for $35.50 at Bookpool.com
|Where to find great books at great prices....
Everybody knows about Amazon.com, but Bookpool is frequently less expensive, and they specialize in Technical Books. They carry MS Press, O'Reilly, Que, Osborne, SAMS, and others.
Another online professional bookstore. Although we prefer Bookpool's prices, FatBrain has a better selection in a few categories. Essentially our second stop on the web when looking for a title.
Price Computer Books
Another source for great deals on computer books. Much
cheaper than Amazon and B&N
O'Reilly and Associates
Publishers of some of the best books in the industry. Well written, concise, accurate, and great cover art!. If I'm looking for a reference book, I always check O'Reilly first. I've never been disappointed. (This is not a paid endorsement!)
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