The Unofficial Guide to Windows XP

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Microsoft Windows XP SP2 may be a robust and flexible operating system, but to use it with confidence you'll need to know its quirks and shortcuts. Find out what the manual doesn't always tell you in this insider's guide to using Windows XP in the real world. What's the best way to handle security? How do you set up a network?

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Overview

The inside scoop...for when you want more than the official line!

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 may be a robust and flexible operating system, but to use it with confidence you'll need to know its quirks and shortcuts. Find out what the manual doesn't always tell you in this insider's guide to using Windows XP in the real world. What's the best way to handle security? How do you set up a network?

From handling data to avoiding crashes, first get the official way, then the best way from two expert power users.
* Unbiased coverage of how to get the most out of Windows XP Service Pack 2, including the new Windows Firewall and wireless UI
* Savvy, real-world advice, from customizing your desktop and managing files to setting up a home network and maintaining security
* Time-saving techniques and practical guidance on how to end-run Windows quirks, avoid pitfalls, and increase your productivity
* Tips and hacks on XP Home versus XP Professional, the new Windows Media Player, managing portable computers, and others
* Sidebars, tables, and illustrations on expanding your reach with PowerToys, getting rid of hidden Windows components, playing games the way your video card intended, and more

Watch for these graphic icons in every chapter to guide you to specific practical information.
* Bright Ideas are smart innovations that will save you time or hassle.
* Hacks are insider tips and shortcuts that increase productivity. When you see
* Watch Out! heed the cautions or warnings to help you avoid common pitfalls. And finally, check out
* Inside Scoops for practical insights from the author. It's like having your own expert at your side!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471763208
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 575
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Toot is a certified MCSE and MCP+I programmer and is the author of several Teach Yourself VISUALLY books. He is the author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 2000 Server, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macromedia Web Collection, and the co-author of Master VISUALLY Web Design. He lives in Seattle with his family.

Derek Torres is the founder and principal of dct solutions, a technical communications consultancy based in Chicago, Washington DC and Paris that serves clients around the world. He has over 8 years experience as a technical communicator in the software industry, both in the United States and in Europe. He is a contributor to a leading technical communication magazine and a columnist for a technical writing web site; Derek has also written countless user reference, installation guides, white papers and marketing collateral for the information technology sector. Derek has used Microsoft’s operating systems since the days of DOS 3.0 and writes almost exclusively for the Windows XP platform.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

I Installation, Configuration, and Customization.

1 Preparing for Installation.

2 Installing Windows XP.

3 Managing the Windows Desktop.

II Manage the XP Environment.

4 Managing Users.

5 Managing Files and Folders.

6 Managing Security.

7 Mastering Multimedia with Windows XP.

III Networking with Windows XP.

8 Networking and the Internet.

9 Working with Network Services.

10 Integrating with Active Directory.

IV Manage the Hardware Environment.

11 Working with Windows Internals.

12 Working with Hard Drives.

13 Managing Portable Computers.

14 Troubleshooting Windows XP.

Index.

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