Windows XP in a Nutshell

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This compact and comprehensive book systematically unveils what resolute users of the new Windows XP operating system will find interesting and useful, with little-known details, utility programs, and configuration settings all captured in a consistent reference format. A hands-on guide, Windows XP in a Nutshell cuts through the hype and gives practical details you can use every day. It's written by David A. Karp, the best-selling author whose no-nonsense “Annoyances” books and web site (Annoyances.org) have ...
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Overview

This compact and comprehensive book systematically unveils what resolute users of the new Windows XP operating system will find interesting and useful, with little-known details, utility programs, and configuration settings all captured in a consistent reference format. A hands-on guide, Windows XP in a Nutshell cuts through the hype and gives practical details you can use every day. It's written by David A. Karp, the best-selling author whose no-nonsense “Annoyances” books and web site (Annoyances.org) have helped thousands of users solve problems and improve their experience with Windows®. The co-author is none other than Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly & Associates, whose books have revolutionized computer book publishing with their commonsense approach and depth of detail. At the heart of the book is a 200-plus-page reference section titled "Windows XP Applications and Tools," containing:
  • Detailed information on most of the commands and utilities available with Windows XP, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, hidden system administration utilities such as the Registry Editor, Microsoft Management Console, and TweakUI.
  • A comprehensive "Where to Find It?" section designed to give Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/2000 users a guide to the XP counterparts to previously familiar features, plus information on installing and upgrading.
  • The Task and Setting Index, which provides users with quick access to locations of the hundreds of settings in Windows XP, organized alphabetically.
  • A complete reference to the command prompt— not only covering the basics of the commandline and the different ways to use it, but also the advanced commands and scripting features at Windows XP's disposal.
Packed with numerous tips and tricks, while warning of potential pitfalls, Windows XP in a Nutshell enables anyone to get the most out of all the resources available in XP.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780596009007
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Series: In a Nutshell Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 686
  • Sales rank: 1,007,933
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network (www.oreillynet.com) and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long term vision for his company is to help change the world by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators.

is a corporate services agent for Studio B, where he works with authors supplying technical content to corporations. He is a coauthor of O'Reilly's Windows XP in a Nutshell.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceThe Big Picture

  • Chapter 1: The Lay of the Land

  • Chapter 2: Using Windows XP

Alphabetical Reference
  • Chapter 3: The User Interface

  • Chapter 4: Windows XP Applications and Tools

  • Chapter 5: Task and Setting Index

  • Chapter 6: The Command Prompt

Advanced Topics
  • Chapter 7: Networking

  • Chapter 8: The Registry

  • Chapter 9: The Windows Script Host

Appendixes
  • Installing Windows XP
  • Migrating to Windows XP
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Power Toys and TweakUI
  • Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters
  • Common Filename Extensions
  • Services
  • Service Packs
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David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of Annoyances.org. He writes for PC Magazine and his latest books include eBay Hacks and the upcoming eBay: The Missing Manual.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, and the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com.

Troy Mott is the president of Backstop Media, providing services for customized technical content delivery. He has a passion for editing and working with authors to create high-quality content. When he isn't staring at a computer screen, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Luke and Emma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    concise and terse

    [A review of the SECOND EDITION, 2005.] Yes, this is a reference, book, inasmuch as I can't imagine many of you reading it cover to cover. But if you already have just a modicum of experience with XP, individual articles in the book should be easily understandable. Albeit rather terse, as befits a reference, and the traditional style of many O'Reilly books. But this brevity is a strength of the book, coupled with the extensive coverage of topics. Most articles can be read in a few minutes, and give you the gist of what can be done. Without you having to read multiple chapters in some other book. Though perhaps the section on the Internet Explorer could be expanded. Given its market presence, this may be a well thumbed section of the book for some readers, and more details here might be convenient. Perhaps the biggest surprise of this book is Tim O'Reilly's name on the cover, as one of the authors. I remember him writing a lot of technical material for the X11 Windows texts in the 80s, when his publishing business was getting started. Nice to see him still actively writing technical material these days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    Precise Book

    Book was very helpful in regards to registry and installation..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Probably the best Windows reference I've read

    This is an excellent volume, probably the best documentation I've ever seen on MS Windows. It appears to have been written by someone who actually uses Windows XP; it has tons of practical advice and insider tips, in addition to the completely comprehensive coverage of Windows components. For example, it not only describes all the little programs that come with Windows (even the ones I had never heard of), but it explains how to use them, and even points out 'gotchas' that would've otherwise caused me a great deal of frustration. I've seen a lot of Windows books over the years, and most of them end up being fluff. This one is worth recommending (I don't know what this other clown is talking about - it sounds like he didn't even read the book).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    Extremely disappointed with this one

    I bought this to see if there was anything additional on Windows XP that this book covers that others don't. I was very disappointed to find out there wasn't anything new or different. In fact, this book looks a lot like Stanek's Windows XP Administrator's book (published 6 months ago). Well at leat the first half does and this made this book even more disappointing for me. Some of the stuff seems to come straight from that book. The other part of the book provides information on commands and there a lot more useful resources out there than this book provides. Stanek has a book called Essential Windows XP Administrator Reference Guide, and I'd rather support an author that's writing his own material. Suffice to say I won't be buying any more Karp/O'Reilley books.

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