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Some people run the same one or two programs every day, visit the same web sites every day, and...well, that’s about it. Others give their operating systems a real workout. They try new things, explore new applets, search for new shortcuts, paint themselves into new corners, and need to troubleshoot new problems. If you’re in the second group, this book’s for you.
Mark Minasi ranges far and wide in his exploration of Windows XP Professional. The basics are here -- including 96 full-color pages that walk you through 57 core tasks (configuring new Internet connections, restoring crashed systems, burning CD-ROMs). But it’s the advanced coverage that’ll pay for the book.
For instance, in a thorough section on networking, Minasi walks you through both creating a peer-to-peer network and configuring Windows XP Professional to work on a domain. There are three full chapters on security, including detailed coverage of setting up secure telecommuting via VPNs (a prime reason to run XP Professional instead of Home). From the Registry to scripting, MMC to a just-added chapter on IIS web services, Minasi explains what matters most -- with the exceptional clarity his readers have come to rely upon. (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.