January 10, 2005
"Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second": Getting the Most Out of Windows With the Least Frustration
Sebastopol, CA--"Windows XP is the most dramatic Windows overhaul since
the introduction of Windows 95," notes bestselling author, "New York
Times" computer columnist, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue.
Windows XP Home Edition offers dozens of new features for consumers,
including an elegant user interface, drag-and-drop CD burning, and
powerful ways to view and manage digital photos and music. And with the
release of Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP now provides better protection
against viruses, worms, and malicious hackers.
"Despite the many improvements in Windows over the years, one feature
hasn't improved a bit: Microsoft's documentation," says Pogue. "In fact,
with Windows XP, you get no printed user guide at all." He aims to please
with his newly revised and fully updated Windows XP Home Edition: The
Missing Manual, Second Edition (O'Reilly, US $24.95), which includes
step-by-step instructions for using just about every Windows feature.
Pogue's goal? "To get you the most out of Windows with the least
frustration." In his Missing Manual--the one that should have been in the
box--Pogue offers friendly, witty, jargon-free writing with enough
background for the novice and enough depth for the power user. First-time
Windows users get up to speed with sidebar articles that contain all the
introductory information they need to fully understand the topic at hand;
veteran PC fans appreciate technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts that make
their lives easier and their PC time more efficient.
Covering SP2, this new edition of Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing
Getting started: Early chapters cover such basics as using menus, finding
lost files, and taming the new, three-column Start menu; they also include
guidelines and instructions for installing SP2 on one PC or across a
network of computers.
Figuring out what's what: The book covers every software crumb of Windows
XP--every control pad, accessory, and troubleshooting tool.
Mastering networks: Windows XP makes it easy to connect several PCs so
that they can use the same files, printers, and an internet connection
Flying the Net: Pogue demystifies Outlook Express 6 for email, Internet
Explorer 6 for web browsing, and the new Windows Messenger for voice,
chat, and video conferencing. The book also covers SP2, adjusting a
firewall, and keeping a PC free from spyware and viruses.
Deeper XP: new tutorials in this edition cover Bluetooth file sharing,
wireless networking, editing the Registry, Windows Media Player 10, and
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition bursts with
up-to-date, crystal-clear instructions, expert advice, need-to-know
information, and clever workarounds so that Windows is simple, safe,
problem-free, and a pleasure to use.
Praise for the previous edition:
"This is a thorough, comprehensive and well written guide as you would
expect when the author is technology columnist for the 'New York
Times'...If you want assistance with Windows XP Home Edition beyond what
is available in the help menu, this book is for you. Highly recommended."
--Jack Merrill, Memphis PC Users Group, May 2003
"A visit to www.missingmanuals.com can offer instant relief to headaches
generated by mounting XP glitches. David Pogue, a columnist for the 'New
York Times' and the genius behind the Missing Manual series of books, has
adapted his easy-to-follow, humorous style of writing to help us survive
our often-exasperating bouts with computer mania. His latest contribution
is Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual ($24.95). This is an
extremely easy-to-follow guide to everything you need to know about
Microsoft XP without insulting our intelligence, as we sometimes find in
the 'Idiots' or 'Dummies' series of books, giving us step-by-step
solutions to our problems."
--Mike Berman, Scripps Howard News Service, July 2002
"A masterful treatment of Windows XP, written in a direct and lively
--Ed Laskowski, The Vista PC Journal, August 2002
Further reviews of Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual can be
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
ISBN: 0-596-00897-X, 624 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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