The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows XP [NOOK Book]


You're no idiot, of course. You're computer literate, but it seems you need a Ph.D. in Geek Speak to read most books on Windows XP.

Don't worry! You don't have to learn another language to understand The Complete Idiot's Guide ® to Windows XP. This is not a book for those who think the pocket protector is the height of fashion. Written for anyone who may be the proud yet ...

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You're no idiot, of course. You're computer literate, but it seems you need a Ph.D. in Geek Speak to read most books on Windows XP.

Don't worry! You don't have to learn another language to understand The Complete Idiot's Guide ® to Windows XP. This is not a book for those who think the pocket protector is the height of fashion. Written for anyone who may be the proud yet bewildered new user of Windows XP, this Complete Idiot's Guide give you:

-- Advice to help you master the basics of navigating Windows XP.

-- Information on all the new Windows XP features, including the new interface and the latest versions of Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.

-- Ways to put Windows Media Player 8, the new digital media features, and other cool applications to work for you.

-- Excellent instruction on how to set up and maintain a network using Windows XP.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101199237
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Paul McFedries has been wrestling with computers (metaphorically speaking) for over 25 years. He has a degree in mathematics, can swap out a computer circuit board in seconds flat, and once even used the phrase "paradigm shift" in a sentence.

Despite all of this, McFedries still, inexplicably, has a life. He is the author of more than 40 computer books that have sold over two million copies throughout the solar system. His most recent titles include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows Me, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page, and Special Edition Using JavaScript.

When asked what made him an expert on Windows XP, McFedries responded: "If XP crashes, I know how to get it started again with a well-aimed kick." "My mouse skills are terrifyingly advanced." "I'm a close, personal friend of a guy who almost went to the same high school as a woman who has the same last name as Bill Gates."

Although primarily a freelance writer by day, at night McFedries wears other hats, including president of Logophilia Limited and head spy of the world-famous Word Spy Web site (check out He lives with Karen, the love of his life, and Gypsy, the kissing dog. His favorite hobbies are building large wooden structures, taking naps, and talking about himself in the third person.

He can be reached via the Internet (compliments and kudos preferred) by sending an e-mail missive to this book's address: You-yes, you-are also encouraged to drop by his Web site:

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Table of Contents

Part 1 XP Everywhere: A Few Things You Need to Know 1
1 New News Is Good News: New Windows XP Features 3
2 A Field Guide to Windows XP 11
3 Making Your Programs Do What You Want Them to Do 23
4 Your Twenty-Minute Window Workout 41
5 Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore 51
6 Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 63
7 Installing and Uninstalling Programs and Devices 83
Part 2 Windows XP at Home 97
8 Playing with Pictures 99
9 Graphics Gadgetry: Working with Scanners and Digital Cameras 111
10 Giving Your Right Brain a Workout with Paint 121
11 Sights and Sounds: Music and Other Multimedia 133
12 Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker 149
13 Avoiding Fistfights While Sharing Your Computer 165
Part 3 Windows XP at Work 175
14 Prose Programs: Windows XP's Writing Tools 177
15 Fax-It-Yourself: Using Windows XP's Faxing Features 191
16 A Movable Feast: Windows XP and Your Notebook Computer 205
Part 4 Windows XP on the Internet 219
17 Getting on the Internet 221
18 It's a Small Web After All: Using Internet Explorer 235
19 The Savvy Surfer: More Internet Explorer Fun 247
20 Sending and Receiving E-Mail Missives 261
21 More E-Mail Bonding: Extending Outlook Express 275
22 Spreadin' the News: Participating in Newsgroup Conversations 289
23 Using Windows Messenger to Fire Off Instant Messages 297
Part 5 Windows XP at the Shop: Customizing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting 309
24 Refurbishing the Desktop 311
25 Revamping the Start Menu and Taskbar 327
26 Renovating My Computer 339
27 Smooth System Sailing: Wielding the System Tools 349
28 Getting a Good Night's Sleep: Preparing for Trouble 365
29 When Windows Won't Work: Troubleshooting Common Problems 381
Part 6 Windows XP on the Network 401
30 Using Windows XP to Set Up a Small Network 403
31 Using Windows XP's Networking Features 417
Appendix A The Jargon Jar: The Complete Archive 431
Index 439
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