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Faster, Smarter Microsoft Windows XP with Microsoft Plus!

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Whether you’re looking to e-mail photos, network your home computers, or get the latest news on your Pocket PC, this friendly, high-energy guide shows how to do it faster, smarter, and better. Dive in—and teach yourself exactly what you need using the quick lists, numbered steps, and helpful examples. This popular book now features a full version of Plus! Digital Media Edition software, along with two new chapters, for even more cool things to ...

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Overview

Whether you’re looking to e-mail photos, network your home computers, or get the latest news on your Pocket PC, this friendly, high-energy guide shows how to do it faster, smarter, and better. Dive in—and teach yourself exactly what you need using the quick lists, numbered steps, and helpful examples. This popular book now features a full version of Plus! Digital Media Edition software, along with two new chapters, for even more cool things to experience with Windows XP!

  • Set up your e-mail and connect to the Internet
  • Tweak memory and system settings—get more speed
  • Help foil hackers, viruses, and spam; keep cookies in check
  • Troubleshoot your PC and build your own network
  • Burns CDs, master your digital camera, create a media library
  • Plus! Download Web content to your Pocket PC
  • Plus! Share narrated photo stories on line
  • Plus! Turn old LPs and cassettes into vibrant digital audio
  • Plus! Add special effects to home movies

Featuring the ultimate photo, music, and movie enhancement pack for Windows XP!

Amp up your digital media experience the faster, smarter way!

Inside, full Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition software and two new chapters to do amazing things with:

  • Plus! Sync & Go for Pocket PC
  • Plus! Photo Story
  • Plus! Effects & Transitions for Movie Maker 2
  • Plus! Analog Recorder
  • Plus! Party Mode, Plus! CD Label Maker, and five more tools
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If you run Windows XP and you’re even remotely into digital media, you need a copy of Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition. Check out just some of what’s in Plus! There’s Photo Story 2, which lets you transform your photos into stories by narrating over them, adding music, pans, zooms, you name it. There’s Party Mode, which transforms Windows Media Player into a jukebox. There’s Analog Recorder for converting all those ancient audiocassettes (and LPs if you’ve got ’em). There are oodles of new effects for Windows Movie Maker 2. And a whole lot more. But wait! STOP!

Don’t go out and buy Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition. Don’t even download it. Get it with Faster Smarter Microsoft Windows XP with Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition. You’ll save a bundle... and get one of the easiest, most useful guides to Windows XP you’ll ever find.

Author Ed Bott’s been writing about Windows for well over a decade. Not long ago, he coauthored Windows XP Inside Out, one of the most comprehensive, intelligent Windows books ever published. But, while books like that warm the hearts of power users, Faster Smarter Microsoft Windows XP with Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition is for everyone.

Bott begins with a quick rundown of Windows XP’s most important new features: the stuff you need to know right away. For instance, you’ll learn how to create separate accounts for everyone in your family, so they won’t stray into your financial files -- and how to use Fast User Switching so they can get to their stuff in seconds, without logging off.

There’s a full chapter on installing software. Consider that excessive? Wait until you see all of Bott’s tips. Did you know you can set up a keyboard shortcut to start any program you like? Or that some programs which aren’t “formally” Windows-XP compatible can be tricked into thinking they’re still running under Windows 98? Ever install some program that insists on running at startup, like it or not? Bott shows how to get it back in line.

You’ll also find a detailed chapter on troubleshooting (including Windows XP’s greatly improved System Restore feature); and another on protecting your computer’s security and your family’s privacy against spam, viruses, unwanted cookies, intruders, et al.

Then it’s on to the fun stuff -- plenty of it. You’ll find practical coverage on connecting to the Internet (via broadband or old-fashioned modem) and browsing the Web with IE 6; and using email and instant messaging.

Bott especially focuses on Windows XP’s rich collection of digital media tools -- showing you how to create your own CDs; play DVDs; organize images from your digital camera -- even email or web-publish those images.

This edition adds two entirely new chapters on the goodies in Plus! Digital Media Edition. One chapter focuses on creating new media with Plus! The other walks you through turbocharging Windows Media Player with some of the goodies we’ve mentioned (and others, like Windows Media Player Sleep Timer and Alarm Clock).

Check out the price: if you were considering buying Plus! separately, you’ll be getting the book for next to nothing. It’s a great deal -- on a great deal of fun. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735619661
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Series: Faster Smarter Series
  • Edition description: Digital Media ed.
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.59 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Bott is an award-winning journalist and one of the most recognized voices in the computing world. He's been writing about Microsoft® Windows® and Office for two decades and is the author of more than two dozen books.

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