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Can you believe Windows XP’s already more than three years old? Those years have seen thousands of bug fixes, the Windows security crisis and Microsoft’s response, two major updates to Windows Media Player, extensive improvements to wireless networking, and many other changes. Meanwhile, a community of 210,000,000 Windows XP users have been churning out tips and discoveries like mad. The massive Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition reflects all that’s happened to Windows XP since ’01. It’s as close to definitive as a Windows XP book can be.
Nearly every corner of Windows is covered in exhaustive detail: setup, startup, customization, storage, file management, digital media, email, IM, networking, system maintenance, performance tuning, troubleshooting and recovery, and much more. There’s a 160-page section on security, including the new Windows Firewall and its alternatives, automatic updates, passwords, Internet security, even advanced tools like Microsoft’s Baseline Security Analyzer.
You’ll find sophisticated tips and troubleshooting help everywhere: from backing up your Outlook Express account information to faxing multiple photos at once, relocating your My Pictures folder to creating new Favorites with a keyboard shortcut (it’s Ctrl+D). There’s even a plain-English explanation of WinXP’s top 20 STOP errors.
The CD-ROM that comes with this book is actually worth loading. You’ll find the new Microsoft Picture-It Express 10 software, Microsoft Plus! Photo Story 2 LE, the Microsoft Windows Media Bonus Pack, the latest PowerToys, and plenty of bonus information and scripts for power users. The whole 1,300 page-book’s here, too. Whether you read it in print or PDF, it’s outstanding. Bill Camarda, from the December 2004 Read Only