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As an upgrade to the best-selling software package in history, Windows 98 had a tough act to follow. The original release of Windows 95 revolutionized the computer industry, and today Windows is the undisputed standard for personal computing. Buying a PC without Windows is virtually impossible, and thousands of productivity programs, utilities, and games assume your PC is running Windows.

Windows 98 and Windows 98, Second Edition don't look dramatically different from Windows 95, but under the hood they're packed with changes that make computing and communication easier. The same is true with this book: Special Edition Using Windows 98, Second Edition adheres to the same high standards as its best-selling predecessors, but between the covers the content is updated to represent all the upgrades Microsoft has added to create Windows 98, Second Edition. Microsoft has included Internet Explorer 5 with the Windows 98, Second Edition package, and we've updated this volume to help you work effortlessly and productively with its new features and capabilities.

It doesn't matter how you use Windows 98 and Internet Explorer. If your family shares a home computer for work and play, you'll find plenty of help here. If you dial in to a local Internet service provider, we can help you make smoother, faster connections. We've also included detailed information that can help you integrate your computer into a business network, whether your business is a simple storefront or a far-flung multinational corporation.

How to Use This Book

This book was designed and written expressly for intermediate and advanced Windows users who understand the importance of keeping up with advances in technology. Special Edition Using Windows 98, Second Edition contains detailed information about every aspect of Windows 98 and Windows 98, Second Edition, including setup, customization, troubleshooting, and networking. You'll find complete coverage of Internet Explorer 5 here as well, from basic Web browsing to advanced security topics. Special Edition Using Windows 98, Second Edition also includes step-by-step instructions on how to find and install online updates.

Special Edition Using Windows 98, Second Edition is a comprehensive reference that makes it easy for you to accomplish any task quickly and effectively. To help organize this enormous breadth of coverage, we've divided the book into seven parts, beginning with the essentials and progressing to more specialized or advanced subjects.

Part I, "Getting Started"

This part covers the absolute essentials of Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 4 and 5. Pay particular attention to Chapter 1, "What's New in Windows 98," which includes an overview of significant new features in Windows 98, Second Edition including Internet Explorer 5. You will find the basics of starting and quitting Windows as well as controlling the operating system to help you accomplish your tasks. Windows 98, Second Edition also includes a new HTML-based help system; you'll find details about the changes in Chapter 4, "Getting Help."

Part II, "Working with Files and Folders"

Windows 98 completely replaces the original Windows Explorer with a single browser window that lets you manage files, folders, and Web pages in the same window. Read Chapter 5, "An Overview of the Windows Interface," for step-by-step instructions on how to configure the new Windows interface, including the controversial Active Desktop. This section also introduces Windows 98's new set of file-management tools. You'll learn basic and advanced techniques for programs, files, and folders, whether they're stored on a local disk or on a corporate network. You'll also find detailed information to help you customize the new Explorer and manage associations between data files and programs. Should you convert existing drives to the FAT32 file system? Chapter 9, "Working with Disks and Drives," demystifies this important new feature.

Part III, "Working with Applications"

Literally tens of thousands of applications are available for Windows 98. Collectively, they give you the power to organize your thoughts, communicate with other people, run a business of any size, and even create your own custom applications. This section covers the essentials of installing, running, and managing applications[md]including 32-bit Windows programs as well as older 16-bit Windows and MS-DOS programs. You'll also find details about applets included with Windows itself. And you'll learn how to make any application work well with local and network printers.

Part IV, "Configuring and Customizing Windows"

Windows owes a large measure of its enormous popularity to its impressive flexibility. This section exhaustively details how you can modify Windows 98 to suit your personal preferences. Add new hardware, reconfigure existing peripherals, set multimedia options, and troubleshoot your system. Customize the Active desktop, Start menu, and taskbar. Change the colors, fonts, and background images to make Windows more visually appealing. Reset the many system-level options that help define how Windows works, from which keyboard layout and language you prefer to which sounds play in response to system events.

Part V, "Windows Internet Services"

In just a few years, the Internet has evolved into a crucial source of information for tens of millions of people, and increasingly it's a major force in banking, commerce, and stock trading. This comprehensive section details all of Windows 98's Internet-related features. It covers every aspect of Internet connectivity, from setting up a dial-up connection, to configuring TCP/IP options, to downloading files from FTP servers. If you have questions about the World Wide Web, email, newsgroups, or Internet security, you'll find the answers here.

Part VI, "Windows Network Services"

Even a two-person office can benefit from the capability of Windows to communicate and share files over a network. This section covers the full range of network topics: setting up a simple workgroup; sharing resources on a small network; setting up Windows 98 as a client on larger networks with Novell NetWare and Windows NT servers. This section also covers Windows 98's Personal Web Server, which lets you turn any Windows 98 PC into a full-featured Web host for use on a corporate network; it's also ideal for staging a personal Web site that you plan to upload to an Internet service provider.

Part VII, "Appendixes"

If you're upgrading from Windows 95, look here for details on how you can make sure your system includes the most recent patches and updates.

Special Features in the Book

Que has more than a decade of experience writing and developing the most successful computer books available. With that experience, we've learned what special features help readers the most. Look for them throughout the book to enhance your learning experience.


Notes present interesting or useful information that isn't necessarily essential to the discussion. This secondary track of information enhances your understanding of Windows, but you can safely skip notes and not be in danger of missing crucial information. Notes look like this:


Be careful not to add too much to your taskbar. If you do, you might find yourself spending more time searching your taskbar than it would take to just browse to the file, application, or shortcut the old-fashioned way.

To gain maximum benefit from toolbars and Quick Launch, implement them only for those programs you use frequently. If you access a file or program once a week or less, think twice before establishing a toolbar or Quick Launch icon.

Tips present short advice on quick or often overlooked procedures. These include shortcuts that save you time. A Tip looks like this:


Select multiple items on the desktop by clicking on the desktop and dragging the selection rectangle that displays so that it surrounds the items. Release to select all objects within the rectangle.

Cautions warn you about potential problems that a procedure might cause, unexpected results, and mistakes to avoid.


When the Task Scheduler brings up the Backup utility, you must run the proper backup job. The Task Scheduler runs only the Backup utility; it doesn't perform the actual backup.


No matter how carefully you follow the steps in the book, you eventually come across something that just doesn't work the way you think it should. Troubleshooting sections anticipate these common errors or hidden pitfalls and present solutions. A Troubleshooting section looks like this:

Troubleshooting Tip

If you use the Windows Setup feature to add new components and find that it simultaneously removes other components, read "Uninstalling Components" in the "Troubleshooting" section near the end of this chapter.

Near the end of each chapter you will find the Troubleshooting section, which answers all the troubleshooting questions for that chapter.

Cross References

Throughout the book, you see references to other sections and pages in the book (like the one that follows this paragraph). These cross references point you to related topics and discussions in other parts of the book. They also point to Internet references where you can find out additional information about topics.

See "Creating Custom Web Views."

See "Managing Buttons on a Toolbar."


In addition to these special features, several conventions are used in this book to make it easier to read and understand. These conventions include the following.

Underlined Hotkeys, or Mnemonics

In this book, hotkeys appear underlined like they appear onscreen. In Windows, many menus, commands, buttons, and other options have these hotkeys. To use a hotkey shortcut, press Alt and the key for the underlined character. For example, to choose the Properties button, press Alt and then R.

Shortcut Key Combinations

In this book, shortcut key combinations are joined with plus signs (+). For example, Ctrl+V means hold down the Ctrl key and then press the V key.

Menu Commands

Instructions for choosing menu commands have this form:

Choose File, New.

This example means open the File menu and select New, which is one way to open a new file.

Instructions involving the Windows 98 Start menu are an exception. When you are to choose something through the Start menu, the form is as follows:

Open the Start menu and choose Programs, Accessories, WordPad.

In this case, you open the WordPad word processing accessory. Notice that in the Start menu you simply drag the mouse pointer and point at the option or command you want to choose (even through a whole series of submenus); you don't need to click anything.

This book also has the following typeface enhancements to indicate special text:

ItalicItalic is used to indicate terms and variables in commands or addresses.
MYFILE.DOCFilenames and directories are set in all caps to distinguish them from regular text, as in MYFILE.DOC.
MonospaceMono indicates screen messages, code listings, and command samples. It also indicates text you type, as well as Internet addresses and other locators in the online world.
UnderlineUnderline indicates keyboard hotkeys. For example, to choose the Properties button, Press Alt and then R.

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