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When we published our first Windows book about 15 years ago, our publisher didn't even think the book would sell well enough to print more than 5,000 copies. I remember asking a stock broker to purchase some Microsoft stock for me back in 1995, and he asked me who Microsoft was, and what they did. Who could have imagined that a decade and a half later, anyone who hoped to get hired for even a basic IT job would have to be highly conversant in networking Windows-based PCs or that an MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) certificate could prove as lucrative as a medical or law degree, or that a typical Windows OS would be assembled ...

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