December 17, 2004
"Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition": Getting the Most Out of Windows with the Least Frustration
Sebastopol, CA--Windows XP Professional may offer rock-solid stability and
a modern look, but it still doesn't come with a printed manual. "To learn
about the thousands of pieces of software that make up this operating
system, you're expected to read the online help screens," report David
Pogue, Craig Zacker, and L.J. Zacker, authors of the newly revised and
fully updated Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
(O'Reilly, US $29.95).
"Unfortunately," they continue, "these help screens are tersely written,
offer very little technical depth, and lack examples and illustrations.
You can't even mark your place, underline, or read them in the bathroom.
In Windows XP, many of the help screens are actually on Microsoft's web
site; you can't see them without an Internet connection. Too bad if you're
on a plane somewhere with your laptop."
The critically acclaimed Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual is the
crystal-clear, jargon-free book that should have been in the box. It
delivers step-by-step instructions for using just about every Windows
feature, including those many users don't even know exist, let alone know
how to master.
For those who use XP Pro on a corporate network or on their own PCs, this
Getting started: the book's early chapters cover such basics as finding
lost files and taming the three-column Start menu
Mastering the network: special chapters help users navigate the corporate
network, dial in from the road, and even set up their own small-office
Understanding security: user accounts, file encryption, and the NTFS file
system keep private files private, while still offering access to
specified family members or coworkers
Flying the Net: in addition to detailed coverage of Outlook Express 6,
Internet Explorer 6, and Windows Messenger, this expanded edition explores
Service Pack 2 (SP2), adjusting firewalls, and keeping PCs free from
spyware and viruses
Mastering XP: new tutorials in this edition cover Bluetooth file sharing,
wireless networking, editing the Registry, and much more
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual isn't for system administrators or OS
theory geeks; this witty and wise guide is for the novice or budding power
user who wants to master the machine and get down to work.
Praise for the previous edition:
"Even if you've used every version of Microsoft Windows since 3.0, you're
still likely to be foxed once in a while. You can't turn to the manual
because there isn't one--or there hasn't been until now. O'Reilly's
excellent range of Missing Manuals includes a thorough guide to Windows XP
Professional, which describes just about every aspect of the OS from
basics such as using Outlook Express to more complicated troubleshooting
techniques and obscure utilities. This title fills the gap between the
woefully inadequate leaflet you get with Windows and Microsoft's expensive
and technical Resource Kit."
--Simon Edwards, "Computer Shopper," October 2003
"Touted as being the true manual that Microsoft should have bundled with
its last OS release, this title is a great introductory tool to the world
of Windows XP Professional...This book achieves its objectives of making
Windows XP easier to use and allowing PC users from all walks of life to
harness the full working power of Windows XP Professional. The jargon-free
text was a joy to read and use when dealing with a problem within XP."
--Ryan Shaw, "Australian PC World," June 2003
"The latest in the Missing Manual series from O'Reilly. These fill in
the blanks found, or rather 'not found,' in the manuals provided by
software companies. They add a lot more than that, explaining what's
happening and how to change it or delete it, in language that's much
clearer than the manuals that come with the products."
--Bob Schwabach, "On Computers," February, 2003
Further reviews can be found here.
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and L. J. Zacker
ISBN: 0-596-00898-8, 689 pages, $29.95 US, $43.95 CA
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