Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition

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Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition is the only book you need to help you get your Windows XP Home system configured and optimized for maximum performance.

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Overview

Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition is the only book you need to help you get your Windows XP Home system configured and optimized for maximum performance.

  • 95/98/Me and NT/2000 users unite! With the long-awaited release of Windows XP, Windows 95/98, and Me will become obsolete, along with all that old code and problematic DOS legacy support, to be replaced by Windows XP. Based on the NT kernel, XP finally marries the two worlds in a stable, non-crashing operating system for the rest of us.
  • Written for humans by humans! While many authors spend time trying to overwhelm you with their technical expertise, Bob and Brian drive right to the point with the clear, natural language that you have come to love and expect.
  • Hands on, roll-up-your-shirtsleeves advice! Bob and Brian don't just tell you how to use the Windows features and point you elsewhere for networking or hardware advice. Instead, the help you choose, install and configure hardware and software that work in concert with Windows.
  • Build Your Own Network at Home!Turn two PCs and a bail of cable into the ultimate network for high-powered gaming, sharing files, and backing up essential data! Use XP's simple and reliable networking features to network your home for gameplay, sharing files and printers, as well as sharing broadband Internet connections.
  • CD-ROM Includes: 45 minutes of video from Brainsville.com. This unique video package is a new, innovative feature in computer books and video courseware, which brings Bob and Brian right to your desktop. This personal seminar flattens your learning curve, introduces you to Windows XP and demonstrates how touse it while you watch. Topics covered range from mastering the new XP user interface to setting up and fine-tuning your local area network.
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This guide to the simpler version of the Windows XP operating system identifies changes to the screen elements and architecture, and provides instructions for connecting with the Internet, networking on a LAN, and maintaining the system. Topics include choosing an upgrade path, finding and reading newsgroups, sharing printers on a network, and multibooting Windows XP with other operating systems. The CD-ROM contains a 45 minute training course. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789726278
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/10/2001
  • Series: Special Edition Using Series
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cowart has written more than 30 books on computer programming and applications, with more than a dozen on Windows. His titles include Windows NT Unleashed, Mastering Windows 98, Windows NT Server Administrator's Bible, and Windows NT Server 4.0: No Experience Required. Several of his books have been best sellers in their category, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has written on a wide range of computer-related topics for such magazines as PC Week, PC World, PC Magazine, PC Tech Journal, Mac World, and Microsoft Systems Journal. In addition to working as a freelance consultant specializing in small businesses, he has taught programming classes at the University of California Extension in San Francisco. He has appeared as a special guest on the PBS TV series Computer Chronicles, CNN's Headline News, ZD-TV's The Screen Savers, and ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is president and co-founder of Brainsville.com, a company specializing in creating multimedia training materials. Robert resides in Berkeley, California.

In his spare time he is involved in the music world, presenting chamber-music concerts and playing classical piano. He also is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and meditates regularly in hopes of rewiring his inner computer.

Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 20 years. After doing graduate work in nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging technologies, he began a career as an independent consultant. An eclectic mix of clients have led to long-term projects in medical documentation, workflow management, real-time industrial system control, and most importantly, 15 years of real-world experience with MS-DOS, Windows, and computer networking in the business world. Previously, he co-authored Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and contributed to several of Bob Cowart's other Windows books. Brian lives in Albany, California, halfway between the tidal wave zone and the earthquake fault. He spends his free time restoring antique computers and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.

Elaine Kreston has been a contributing author on other computer book titles, and is a creator and designer of Web sites. Her natural affinity for helping others solve computer problems was discovered while procrastinating from her real job, that of a professional cellist.

Mark Edward Soper has been a PC user for 18 years, and has been a computer trainer and technical writer since 1988. Author of more than 150 magazine articles and several books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections and TechTV's Upgrading Your PC, he also has written frequently about Windows from version 3.1 to Windows 2000. He lives in Evansville, Indiana, where he enjoys researching the history of transportation.

James Michael Stewart has been writing about Microsoft, the Internet, and certification for nearly seven years. Michael has contributed to more than 75 books in this area. Michael's technical interests include IT certification, Windows, security, and the Internet. Michael also is an instructor at Networld+Interop. He spends his spare time learning to do everything, one hobby at a time.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

I. INTRODUCING WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION.

1. Introducing Windows XP Home Edition.
2. Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP.
3. Installing Windows XP Home.

II. GETTING YOUR WORK DONE.

4. Using the Windows Interface.
5. Using the Simple Supplied Applications.
6. Printing.
7. Multimedia and Imaging.

III. WINDOWS XP AND THE INTERNET.

8. Internet and TCP/IP Connection Options.
9. Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer.
10. Sending E-Mail with Outlook Express.
11. Reading Newsgroups with Outlook Express.
12. Voice and Video Conferencing with NetMeeting.
13. Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection.

IV. NETWORKING.

14. Overview of Windows XP Networking.
15. Creating a Windows XP Home Network.
16. Using a Windows XP Network.
17. Windows Unplugged: Remote and Portable Networking.
18. Connecting Your LAN to the Internet.
19. Network Security.
20. Troubleshooting Your Network.

V. SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AND CUSTOMIZATION.

21. Tweaking the GUI.
22. Configuration via Control Panel Applets.
23. Maintaining and Optimizing System Performance.

VI. SYS ADMIN AND SYSTEM MAINTENANCE.

24. System Utilities.
25. Managing Users.
26. Managing the Hard Disk.
27. Installing and Replacing Hardware.
28. Multibooting Windows XP with Other Operating Systems.
29. The Registry.
30. Troubleshooting and Repairing Windows XP.
Index.
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