"The web is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet."
August 11, 2006 10:23 AM Subscribe
"I want to come with you to Redmond and learn the ways of the Registry. I want to be Teh Haxorz, like my father before me."
posted by EatTheWeak to computers & internet (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Good morning, hive mind. I have grown tired of the stressful life of a noob technochondriac, and seek self-education that will allow me to use my computer with confidence.
With the help of three dear friends, I built a powerful PC. My friends with know-how have already gone above and beyond in helping me learn my way around Windows. I've no wish to trouble them further with my ignorance and panic. My computer has slowed a bit from lunging, mercurial machine it was in the first weeks after assembly. I open the task manager and examine the Processes list, but really don't understand what I'm looking at. Is that stack of "svchost.exe" a spyware cell or a routine process? Without straining the patience of my friends, I have no way to know for sure.
So self-reliance is the answer. I've heard tell that mastering the arcane art of The Registry is the key to supremacy for Windows XP. I've also heard that this is a most dangerous place to meddle. Please, mefites, if you can think of a web resource on registry management written with the beginner in mind, I would very much like to begin my training. Being that I'm a luddite at heart, I'll even settle for a book.
Useful pieces of registry manipulating software are also appreciated, but I'm more interested in developing the knowledge that will help me appraise a program's usefulness for myself.
My main aims are to get my computer running at peak efficiency, tightening up security by learning how to spot malware's machinations and the ability to spot and correct anamolous behavior before serious damage is done. A tall order, I know, but I've seldom seen this forum stumped.
Your time and input is deeply appreciated.