Although this book has a brand new title, it is really an updated and revised second edition to Windows XP: Under The Hood. The first edition’s automotive-themed title came about because of a certain nostalgia that I felt and I know many people share: Don’t you long for the good-old days when you could pop the hood of your car and recognize what was underneath? When you could take a wrench and fix just about anything yourself? Cars aren’t like that anymore; they’ve gotten so complex and intimidating that it’s hard to imagine digging into one now.

Many of us have come to feel the same way about Windows. Windows has grown into a huge operating system with thousands of complex parts masked behind a slick but seemingly impenetrable ...

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