This Windows XP guide makes a bold promise: "No computerese!" How do they do? Pretty darned well.
The full-color format is perfect both for beginners and for any experienced WinXP user who's looking for an easier way to find answers but has no interest in becoming a computer expert. And in just a couple hundred pages, it manages to cover the tasks typical users ask about most often, from setting up email addresses in Outlook Express to connecting a wireless network.
This Second Edition has just been thoroughly updated for Windows XP Service Pack 2's urgent security improvements. It also covers most everything else that's new with Windows XP since it was first launched a couple of years ago, including new media features you can download free from Microsoft or get with Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition.
You'll find all the coverage you'd hope for in a Windows XP guide for committed non-techies: how to manage and search for files; run DVDs and music CDs with Windows Media Player; set a new home page with Internet Explorer; manage your email and contacts with Outlook Express; keep your files private; set up a new printer; and so forth. But there's some content here you might not expect: how to run older programs that need to be tricked into working with Windows XP; how to create video slide shows; control pop-up windows; label your CD-ROMs; create a multimedia screen saver...
Between the colorful numbered steps and the friendly, informal writing, Windows XP Plain & Simple will make WinXP more useful and more fun for a whole lot of people. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.