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Windows XP in a Nutshell

Windows XP in a Nutshell

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by David A. Karp, Tim O'Reilly, Troy Mott, Richard Cobbett (Other)

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Windows XP in a Nutshell , Second Edition documents everything there is to know about the world's most widely used operating system. Updated to include information on Service Pack 2 (SP2), this compact guide is the ultimate resource for IT professionals and Windows XP power users everywhere.Written in O'Reilly's time-tested in a Nutshell format, Windows


Windows XP in a Nutshell , Second Edition documents everything there is to know about the world's most widely used operating system. Updated to include information on Service Pack 2 (SP2), this compact guide is the ultimate resource for IT professionals and Windows XP power users everywhere.Written in O'Reilly's time-tested in a Nutshell format, Windows XP in a Nutshell , Second Edition cuts through the hype and delivers practical details in a no-nonsense manner. At the heart of the book is an invaluable 200-plus-page section titled Windows XP Application and Tools. In it, readers will find:

  • A list of available commands and utilities, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, and hidden system administration utilities
  • A Task and Setting Index for quick access to hundreds of XP settings
  • A complete reference to XP's command prompt, including advanced commands and scripting features
Windows XP in a Nutshell , Second Edition also includes a primer on files, folders, and windows; control panels and built-in applications; how to set up a PC for Internet use; and the standard Windows rituals of troubleshooting, installation, and upgrading.And, of course, this greatly expanded second edition also includes all the need-to-know details about the security technologies featured in SP 2, 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.With its wealth of tips, careful instruction, and expert advice, this must-have desktop reference is dedicated to making your time at the computer safer, easier, and more fun.

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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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In a Nutshell Series
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Second Edition
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5.97(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.33(d)

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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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Windows XP in a Nutshell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
[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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book was very helpful in regards to registry and installation..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.