Windows XP Personal Trainer

Windows XP Personal Trainer

by Inc. CustomGuide
     
 

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The most widely used operating system in the world, XP is certainly the most reliable and best-looking version of Windows. But it comes with a baffling multitude of features and functionality that you'll struggle to understand—despite all of the hours you've logged with Windows 2000, Windows Me, 98 or 95. And if you're a beginner, where do you start?Windows

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The most widely used operating system in the world, XP is certainly the most reliable and best-looking version of Windows. But it comes with a baffling multitude of features and functionality that you'll struggle to understand—despite all of the hours you've logged with Windows 2000, Windows Me, 98 or 95. And if you're a beginner, where do you start?Windows XP Personal Trainer enables beginners and experts alike to become black belts, quickly and easily. This fully illustrated book takes a modular approach to learning, allowing you to start with the fundamentals and work your way to advance topics through dozens of task-oriented lessons—at your own pace. The companion CD tutorial guides you through each lesson interactively.With plenty of detailed diagrams, Windows XP Personal Trainer includes sections on:

  • Working with Windows
  • Using the programs included with Windows XP (such as Media Player)
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Modifying the taskbar and desktop
  • Customizing Windows XP
  • Optimizing and maintaining the operating system
  • Exploring the Internet
  • Networking with Windows XP
If you already have experience with Windows XP, you can dive right into those topics (and only those topics) that you need or want to learn. Unlike many consumer software tutorials that dumb down the material or present it in a confusing fashion, Windows XP Personal Trainer is written in a non-technical and engaging style that you will find fun, easy, and most of all, clear and informative. You can become proficient without wading through tons of jargon and technical information.Part of our new Personal Trainer Series, this book is based on content from CustomGuide (www.customguide.com), a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, to software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.

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Gymnasts develop “muscle memory” for their routines. This book’s hands-on workouts help you develop muscle memory for Windows XP, so even complicated tasks become second nature. Don’t worry about fouling up your system, either. You’re working with a simulator: your personal Windows sandbox, where it’s impossible to mess up settings or lose data.

These workouts cover pretty much everything typical Windows XP users need to know. There’s beginner’s stuff like logons and navigating programs (making this a great gift for Grandma, along with her new PC). But there’s just as much stuff for experienced users. Listening to Internet radio stations. Freeing space on crowded hard drives. Controlling security on shared folders. Scheduling automated tasks. You’d want to do quite a few of these things, if only you knew how. Now you will. Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008628
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/12/2004
Edition description:
Includes CD-ROM
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

CustomGuide, Inc. is a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use. They must be onto something, because CustomGuide has quickly become a leading provider of computer training materials. Although CustomGuide has grown, the founders continue to have the same vision, drive, and commitment.

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