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Windows XP in a Nutshell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    concise and terse

    [A review of the SECOND EDITION, 2005.] Yes, this is a reference, book, inasmuch as I can't imagine many of you reading it cover to cover. But if you already have just a modicum of experience with XP, individual articles in the book should be easily understandable. Albeit rather terse, as befits a reference, and the traditional style of many O'Reilly books. But this brevity is a strength of the book, coupled with the extensive coverage of topics. Most articles can be read in a few minutes, and give you the gist of what can be done. Without you having to read multiple chapters in some other book. Though perhaps the section on the Internet Explorer could be expanded. Given its market presence, this may be a well thumbed section of the book for some readers, and more details here might be convenient. Perhaps the biggest surprise of this book is Tim O'Reilly's name on the cover, as one of the authors. I remember him writing a lot of technical material for the X11 Windows texts in the 80s, when his publishing business was getting started. Nice to see him still actively writing technical material these days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    Precise Book

    Book was very helpful in regards to registry and installation..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Probably the best Windows reference I've read

    This is an excellent volume, probably the best documentation I've ever seen on MS Windows. It appears to have been written by someone who actually uses Windows XP; it has tons of practical advice and insider tips, in addition to the completely comprehensive coverage of Windows components. For example, it not only describes all the little programs that come with Windows (even the ones I had never heard of), but it explains how to use them, and even points out 'gotchas' that would've otherwise caused me a great deal of frustration. I've seen a lot of Windows books over the years, and most of them end up being fluff. This one is worth recommending (I don't know what this other clown is talking about - it sounds like he didn't even read the book).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    Extremely disappointed with this one

    I bought this to see if there was anything additional on Windows XP that this book covers that others don't. I was very disappointed to find out there wasn't anything new or different. In fact, this book looks a lot like Stanek's Windows XP Administrator's book (published 6 months ago). Well at leat the first half does and this made this book even more disappointing for me. Some of the stuff seems to come straight from that book. The other part of the book provides information on commands and there a lot more useful resources out there than this book provides. Stanek has a book called Essential Windows XP Administrator Reference Guide, and I'd rather support an author that's writing his own material. Suffice to say I won't be buying any more Karp/O'Reilley books.

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