Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP, Professional


Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional is the de facto Windows XP Pro reference and one you shouldn't fire up your Windows XP computer without! Get the book that PC World magazine reviewer Steve Bass says if he had to choose just one book to help him master Windows XP, "this would be the one."

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Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional is the de facto Windows XP Pro reference and one you shouldn't fire up your Windows XP computer without! Get the book that PC World magazine reviewer Steve Bass says if he had to choose just one book to help him master Windows XP, "this would be the one."

  • Windows Peace Finally, longtime Windows NT/2000 users who have pined for a more usable operating system - such as Windows 95/98/Me - without sacrificing the stability and networking features they've come to expect in NT/2000 can pine no more. Windows XP Professional unites the two operating system camps.
  • Your NT upgrade has finally arrived - Looking to upgrade from your aging Windows NT environment? Many corporations eschewed Windows 2000 as it was well known that 2000 (NT 5, for all intents and purposes) was a brief stop for Microsoft, which was already hard at work on XP. If you are viewing 2000 as the XP beta, you can be assured that it's now time-tested and ready to rock!
  • 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.
  • CD-ROM Includes: 45 minutes of video from Brainsville.com. This unique video package is a new, innovative featurein 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 to use 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789726285
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Special Edition Using Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 1250
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 2.04 (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


1. Introducing Windows XP Professional.
An Overview of Windows XP Professional. A Little Windows History. What's New in Windows XP Professional? Differences Between Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, 64-Bit, and Server Versions of Windows XP. Differences Between Versions of Windows XP. How Does Windows XP Professional Compare to Unix and Linux? Windows XP Professional on theCorporate Network.

2. Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP.
General Considerations. Hardware Requirements. Preparing Your Hardware forWindows XP. Preparing Your Software forWindows XP. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Shopping for the Right Hardware and Software.

3. Installing Windows XP Professional.
Choosing an Upgrade Path. Choosing an Upgrade Path. Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS? Getting Your Network Information Together. It's Backup Time! Clean Installation Procedure. Upgrading over an Existing Operating System. Making Replacement Startup Floppies. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Automating Setup.


4. Using the Windows XP Interface.
Who Should Read This Chapter? Logging In to Windows XP. Using Windows XP—the UserExperience. The Taskbar, the Start Menu, and Other Tools. Running Your Applications. Using My Documents, My Pictures, and MyMusic. Using the Help System. Exiting Windows Gracefully. Dealing with a Crashed Application or Operating System. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Working Efficiently.

5. Using the Simple SuppliedApplications.
A Sea of Freebies. Notepad. WordPad. Paint. Calculator. Character Map. Volume Control. Working with the WindowsClipboard. Using the Search Applet. Troubleshooting.

6. Printing and Faxing.
Windows XP Printing Primer. Installing and Configuring a Printer. Installing a Local Printer. Changing a Printer's Properties. Removing a Printer from the Printers and Faxes Folder. Printing from Windows Applications. Working with the Printer Queue. Viewing and Altering Document Properties. Printing to Disk Option. Color Management. Faxing. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Choosing a Printer Name.

7. Multimedia and Imaging.
Multimedia, Imaging, and Windows. What's Built in to Windows XP for Photographs? Using the Scanner and CameraWizard. What's Built in to Windows XPfor Video? Video Capture with MicrosoftMovie Maker. Windows Media Player. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Archiving Your Company's History.


8. Internet and TCP/IP ConnectionOptions.
Going World Wide. Connection Technologies. Choosing an Internet ServiceProvider. Choosing Equipment. Ordering the Service. Installing the Hardware. Configuring Your InternetConnection. Adjusting Dial-Up ConnectionProperties. Configuring a High-SpeedConnection. Enabling the Internet ConnectionFirewall. Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection. Using Multiple Modems or ISDN Channels. Changing the Default Connection. Managing Multiple InternetConnections. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Staying Connected While Traveling Abroad.

9. Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer.
Origins and Development of the World Wide Web. What's New in Internet Explorer 6? Internet Explorer 6 Quick Tour. Dealing with Multimedia Browsing and Downloading. Customizing the Browser and Setting Internet Options. Effectively Searching the Web. MSN Explorer Browser—TheTouchy-Feely Alternative to IE. Getting a Passport to MicrosoftCountry. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Finding and Using PDF Documents on the World Wide Web.

10. Sending E-mail withOutlook Express.
Choosing an E-mail Client. Choosing an E-mail Client. Outlook Express Quick Tour. Outlook Express Quick Tour. Outlook Express Quick Tour. Creating and Sending New Mail. Using the Address Book. Handling Unique Mail Situations. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: CreatingFormatted E-mail.

11. Reading Newsgroups with Outlook Express.
Newsgroups and the Internet. Setting Up a Newsgroup Accountin Outlook Express. Finding and Reading Newsgroups. Newsgroup Safety. Customizing Outlook Express for Newsgroups. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups…for More thanJust News.

12. Chatting and Conferencing with Windows Messenger.
An Overview of Windows Messenger. Getting Started with WindowsMessenger. Chatting with Text. Communicating with Voice. Communicating with Video. Conferencing Options. What About NetMeeting? Troubleshooting. Tips From the Windows Pros: Extending Your Chat Community.

13. Hosting Web Pages with Internet Information Services.
Overview of Internet InformationServices. IIS Services and Requirements. Determining Which IIS Services You Need. Installing IIS. Taking a Quick Tour. Setting Up a Simple Web Site. Managing Your Site with the Computer Management Console. Sharing Folders with Web Sharing. Managing the FTP Server. Managing the SMTP Server. Log Files. Enabling Site Searching Using the Indexing Service. Configuring Shared Connections. Security Issues for Internet Services. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Scripting for Interactive Sites.

14. Troubleshooting YourInternet Connection.
It's Great When It Works, But…. Before You Run into Trouble. Troubleshooting. Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities. Web-Based Utilities. Tips from the Windows Pros: Pinging with Larger Packets.


15. Overview of Windows XPNetworking.
Network Concepts. Network Connection Technologies. Resolving Computer Names. The Many Faces of Windows XP. Windows XP's Network Services. Tips from the Windows Pros: Becoming a Networking Professional.

16. Creating a Windows XPPro Network.
Creating or Joining a Network. Planning Your Network. Choosing a Network and CablingSystem. Installing Network Adapters. Installing Network Wiring. Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network. Joining a Windows XP/2000 Domain Network. Network Security. Checking Out the Neighborhood. Install and Configure BackupSoftware. Bridging Two Network Types with Windows XP. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros:Grassroots Networking.

17. Using a Windows XP Network.
Windows XP Was Made to Network. Traditional Versus Web Sharing. My Network Places. Using Shared Folders. Exploring and Searching theNetwork. Using Web Folders. Using Printers on the Network. Using Network Resources Effectively. Sharing Resources. Sharing Folders and Drives. Sharing Web Folders. Sharing Printers. Managing Network Use of Your Computer. Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line. The Distributed File System. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Using Command-Line Utilities.

18. Windows Unplugged: Remote and Mobile Networking.
Going Unplugged. Dial-Up Networking. Wireless Networking. Offline Folders. Web Folders and Web Printing. Virtual Private Networking. Remote Desktop. Remote Assistance. Copying Files Between TwoComputers. Infrared File Transfers. Multiple LAN Connections. Troubleshooting. Tips From the Windows Pros: Manually Adding Routing Information.

19. Connecting Your LANto the Internet.
It's a Great Time to Connect Your LANto the Internet. The Nuts and Bolts of theConnection. Getting Your Internet ServiceInstalled. Configuring Your LAN. Making Services Available. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Squeezing Top Speed from Your High-Speed Connection.

20. Networking Mix and Match.
Networking with Other Operating Systems. Internetworking with NovellNetWare. Internetworking with DOS and OS/2. Internetworking with Unix and Linux. Internetworking with Macintosh. Internetworking Over Dial-Up and VPN Connections. Advanced Networking Services. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: TheHosts File.

21. Network Security.
It's a Cold, Cruel World. Who Would Be Interested in My Computer? Preparation. Active Defenses: Blocking Known Methods of Attack. Testing, Logging, and Monitoring. Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack. Specific Configuration Steps forWindows XP. More About Security. Troubleshooting.

22. Troubleshooting Your Network.
When Good Networks Go Bad. Diagnostic Tools. Testing Network Cables. Checking Network Configuration. Testing Network Connectivity. Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems. Testing Network Throughput. Tips from the Windows Pros: MonitoringYour LAN.


23. Tweaking the GUI.
GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak. Start Menu Pizzazz! Display Properties. Tweak UI. Miscellaneous GUI Tips. Which Windows Are You Using? Customizing Folder Views. Configuring the Recycle Bin. Tuning Visual Effects. Troubleshooting.

24. Configuration via Control Panel Applets.
Sizing Up the Control Panel. Opening the Control Panel. Accessibility Options. Add Hardware. Add or Remove Programs. Date and Time. Game Controllers. Keyboard. Mouse. Phone and Modem Options. Regional and Language Options. Scanners and Cameras. Sounds and Audio Devices. Troubleshooting.

25. Maintaining and Optimizing System Performance.
Running a Tight Ship. Measuring System Performance with Performance Monitor. Tuning Windows Performance with the System Applet. Program Compatibility Wizard. Configuring the ProgramEnvironments. The Windows XP Command Line. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Getting More Out of the Command Prompt with Command Extensions.

26. Font Management.
A Little Windows Font History. A Little Font Primer. Font Substitutions. Building a Font Collection. Managing a System's Font Collection. Troubleshooting.


27. System Utilities.
Getting Under the Hood. Scheduled Tasks. System Applet. Administrative Tools. System Tools. Accessibility. Windows Update. Task Manager. Protecting the System Files. Microsoft Management Console(MMC). Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: PowerUser Tricks.

28. Managing Users.
Multiple Users on One Machine. User Account Types. Working with Passwords. Creating and Managing UserAccounts. Sharing Files Among Users. Simple File Sharing. NTFS File Permissions. User Profiles. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Setting up for Multiple Users.

29. Managing the Hard Disk.
Hard Disk Management. Windows XP File and StorageSystems. Organizational Strategies. Windows XP's Disk ManagementTools. Disk Management. Removable Storage. Disk Defragmenter. Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors. Convert. Encryption. Compression: How It Works, How toUse It. Indexing. Disk Cleanup Utility. Backup Tools and Strategies. Zipping Files. Third-Party Management Tools. Hard Disk Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Quieting a Noisy System.

30. Installing and Replacing Hardware.
Upgrading Your Hardware. Upgrading Your Hardware. Adding Hardware. Using the System Applet. Understanding and Resolving Hardware Conflicts. Installing and Using MultipleMonitors. Installing a UPS. Using Hardware Profiles. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Upgrading and Optimizing Your Computer.

31. Multibooting Windows XP with Other Operating Systems.
Why Multiboot? Preparation. File System Specifics. Application Considerations. The Windows XP Boot Loader. Multiboot Scenarios. Dual-Booting Windows XP Professional and Windows Me/9x. Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 or NT. Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 9x/Me. Windows XP and Linux. The Virtual Machine Approach. Macintosh and Windows. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Living with More Than One OS.

32. The Registry.
What Is the Registry? How the Registry Is Organized. Registry Contents. Backing Up and Restoring theRegistry. Using Regedit. Other Registry Tools. Registry Privileges and Policies. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Registry Tips on the Web.

33. Troubleshooting and RepairingWindows XP.
Troubleshooting. Boot Options. Recovery Console. Parallel Copies of Windows XP. As a Last Resort. Preventing Problems. System Restore. Black Magic of Troubleshooting. Scatter-Gun Troubleshooting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    A Magnum Opus on Microsoft's latest and greatest

    A great book that is beautifully and artfully written and is an excellent reference on Microsoft's latest and greatest OS. Worth every penny. This is my first book in the ...Using series and I will definitely be back for more.

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    Posted November 18, 2001

    Excellent Authors and Excellent Publisher

    These guys are the best around, I bought there books before and I personally find that they cram the most information into their books than any other source. Not only do they brush up on the topic at hand they also give info into related topics, for instance: Pin out configurations on a patch cable when you goto hook up your network. Thats what a well written book should do... Two thumbs up to QUE and the very talented Authors....

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