Media praise for Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post

"There are a lot of good books, but I keep returning to the Missing Manual series because they are inexpensive, easy to read and full of cool tricks and tips."
-- Bob Brooks, The South Bay Apple Mac User Group

"Pogue, the New York Times computer columnist, is among the world's best explainers."
-- Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired

"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated

"I would rather go without food for three days than miss any of the Missing Manual books."
--Al Fasodt of "The Post-Standard," June 5, 2003

"If you're going to Windows 2000 I strongly recommend two O'Reilly books. 'Windows 2000 Pro -- The Missing Manual' by Sharon Crawford, and 'Windows 2000 Administration in a Nutshell' by Mitch Tulloch. If you need help these don't supply, you probably need a guru."
--Jerry Pournelle,, Dec 3, 2001

"I confess, I was skeptical. When I picked up this 400+ page, inch-thick book that claimed to be a manual for using Windows 2000 Professional, I didn't believe it. Now, however, I'm surprised that Microsoft doesn't contact the publisher and arrange to have a copy included in retail boxes of the operating system. One of the strengths of this book is the author's style. I found the book actually fun and entertaining, which is sometime difficult to do for technical topics. Which reminds me of a second strength of this book, which is that it takes a technical topic and makes it easy for non-techies to understand. This is actually a book that could be read cover to cover. The author also did a great job of maintaining the focus of the book. By this I mean that while each topic is discussed in complete enough detail, no topic gets bogged down or over dissected."
--Douglas Ludens, Focus on Windows 2000/NT, March 2001

"given its compact physical size it is surprising just how much information has been packed in this manual; that has been achieved without using a terse style, being overly technical, or an absence of examples...a very good value"
--Major Keary, PC Update, March 2001

"Ms. Crawford's writing style is very pleasant and easy to follow. The text is littered with illustrated examples so that both the text and the diagrams can beused to understand what the heck is happening. Plus the writing isn't overly technical as it can be understood by lay-people. All-in-all this is a quality book. It is clearly written, easy-to-understand, and is pretty cheap when comparedagainst most other manuals. Pogue and Ms. Crawford did a nice job on this project and they are to be commended! Well-done."
--John Cartmell,, April 2001

"The book of the month is Sharon Crawford's Windows 2000 Pro, The Missing Manual. This is precisely what it says it is, and if you're doing Windows 2000 Pro--and you should--you'll want this as a handbook."
--Jerry Pournelle,, March 6, 2001

"Author Sharon Crawford does a fine job of showing how to get Windows 2000 Professional to do what you want, and with the best performance possible. Buy and enjoy this book, if you want to understand your work computer as well as you know your home computer, or if you just want an easy-to-read reference to help you figure out new Windows challenges as they pop up. Like most of its Pogue Press littermates, this book distinguishes itself by the way in which it deals with its subject software's deviations from common sense. This approach to software and its quirks is what makes this book different from the (many) other "How to Use Windows 2000 Professional" books that are on the market. Let's hope that Pogue Press continues to steer its writers away from ponderous documentation whose structure is dictated by menu contents. Books like this are fresh air, in a genre that invites drudgery.
--David Wall,

"The Windows 2000 Guide Microsoft Should've Provided. It's a shame anybody has to shell out $20 for instructions. But with Sharon Crawford's The Missing Manual, you won't be sorry... users who see only the superficial resemblance between Windows 2000 and Windows 98 are going to be confused by features that work differently and may miss out on many of the things that make the new version superior. To the rescue comes Sharon Crawford's Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual ($19.95), the latest in a very helpful series from Pogue Press/O'Reilly & Associates. This is a book for the nontechnical user who just wants to get the most out of the hardware and software...It doesn't seem fair that someone who has just shelled out $150 or more for Windows 2000 (a single-copy retail upgrade costs nearly $200) should have to fork over an additional $20 or more just to get a decent manual. But in the case of The Missing Manual, it's at least money well spent."
--Stephen Wildstrom, Business Week, December 21, 2000

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
--Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post