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Ordinary Windows knowledge is enough for some people. But not for you. You’re responsible for keeping Windows running smoothly in your company, or department, or workgroup. Or maybe you’re the power user everyone in the family relies on. You need deeper knowledge of Windows management, maintenance, and troubleshooting. For you, there’s Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows.
Since you’ve been around the block with PCs, chances are you know this book’s authors. Maybe you’re among the 2 million people who’ve bought Scott Mueller’s classic Upgrading and Repairing PCs, which has run through 16 editions without any sign of slowing down. Maybe you recognize Brian Knittel as coauthor of the indispensable Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional. Suffice to say: they know their stuff.
They start with a comprehensive guide to installing and upgrading Windows XP: everything from known compatibility issues to multibooting, product activation to automated deployments. Here, you’ll find coverage of moving data and applications to new systems, and installing service packs, too.
After walking through the Windows startup and logon process, they turn to managing, tuning, and networking Windows. The range of coverage is impressive: from backup and System Restore to the Registry; TweakUI to shared Internet access. There’s a concise overview of Windows security: creating stronger passwords and recovering lost ones; firewalls, spyware, viruses, and more.
Knittel, a leading expert in the Windows command line and scripting, presents a 75-page introduction to these topics. You’ll find detailed coverage of Windows file systems and data recovery. The invaluable final chapter: start-to-finish guidance on troubleshooting everything from failed installs to “blue screens of death.” Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only