XP comes with a suite of basic utilities, such as the Clipboard, a disk defragmenter, instant messenger, backup software, and more. For what they do, these utilities work reasonably well. But if you're dedicated to optimizing your computer, reasonably well isn't good enough.
In this chapter, we'll look at hacks that will give you a better Clipboard, do defragmenting and backup better, make Windows Messenger do tricks you never thought possible, and more. There's even advice on universal messaging software.