Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual

Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual

by David Pogue, David Reynolds, Tonya Engst
     
 

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Windows XP Home Edition offers dozens of new features for consumers: an elegant user interface, drag-and-drop CD burning, and powerful ways to view and manage digital photos and music, among other features. With the release of Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP now provides better protection against viruses, worms, and malicious hackers. But it still comes

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Windows XP Home Edition offers dozens of new features for consumers: an elegant user interface, drag-and-drop CD burning, and powerful ways to view and manage digital photos and music, among other features. With the release of Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP now provides better protection against viruses, worms, and malicious hackers. But it still comes without a single page of printed instructions.Fortunately, the new edition of Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual fills the void. With its wealth of tips, instructions, and expert advice, this comprehensive resource is your ticket to making your time at the computer safer, easier, and more fun. And best of all, it's been updated to include detailed coverage of Service Pack 2.Written in easy-to-follow, jargon-free language, Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition is perfectly suited for both first-time PC fans and budding power users. And like the rest of the Missing Manual series, it also relies on technical insight, crystal-clear objectivity, and a sense of humor—meaning no one will be left behind.The book begins with a tour of the Desktop and instructions for customizing the Taskbar and toolbars. It also includes a primer on how to organize files, folders, and windows for maximum efficiency. More advanced chapters explore control panels and built-in applications; walk through configurations like how to set up a PC for Internet use; and address the standard Windows rituals of troubleshooting, installation, and upgrading.For the height of manageability and control, the book also conveys all the need-to-know information about the security technologies featured in Windows XP SP2, so you can better defend yourself against viruses, worms, and hackers. Readers even receive guidelines and instructions for installing SP2 on their PC, or across a network of computers.Co-authored by David Pogue, New York Times computer columnist and Missing Manuals creator, this updated guide is the friendly, authoritative book that should have been in the box. It's sure to become your preferred guide whenever you sit down to Windows XP.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Imagine the perfect Windows XP Home manual. Thorough, but no wasted words. Well organized. Fun to read. Practical. Up-to-date. Full of shortcuts. Focused on what you really need to know. On a scale of 10, David Pogue’s Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition easily hits 9.9.

Pogue covers everything from finding files to uploading digital camera photos, from playing Internet radio stations to controlling notebook power settings. He offers efficient techniques most Windows users simply haven’t explored (from right-click shortcuts to, occasionally, the command line). And he covers pretty much all of Windows XP’s sprawling set of components: Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player 10, Movie Maker 2, Windows Firewall, you name it. He’s hit the sweet spot -- in content, usability, and even price. Bill Camarda, from the March 2005 Read Only

Library Journal
As the installed base of Microsoft's newest operating system, XP, grows, guides to its use will continue to proliferate (see also Computer Media, LJ 3/1/02). Upgraders with little previous experience will be drawn to 10 Minute Guide, which highlights changes from earlier versions and explains common tasks step by step. Small and leaving no room for background or troubleshooting assistance, this should be purchased in conjunction with more comprehensive guides, such as The Missing Manual. It provides enough background to allow new home users and upgraders to get up and running, while leaving them feeling as if they have a handle on why and how things work. Ample screen shots and sidebars further this process; recommended for all libraries. Headaches, for beginning to intermediate users, focuses on troubleshooting common XP problems and annoyances, like a too-rapid cursor blink rate. Nutshell is a reference for advanced users of home and professional editions, with an alphabetical format that allows quick lookup of functions and features within larger sections (e.g., networking, the registry, etc.). Each is useful and appropriate for larger libraries.'

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008970
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/20/2004
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
1,232,296
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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