Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual

Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual

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Windows XP is the latest, most reliable, and best-looking version of the world's most widely used operating system, combining the extremely stable engine of Windows NT and 2000 with the user-friendliness of the Windows 98 and Me consumer models. In its first year, XP became the fastest-selling Windows OS ever. But one major failing remains unaddressed: XP Pro comes without a single page of printed instructions.

This superbly written guide fills the gap. Coauthored by David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist and Missing Manuals creator, Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual uses wit, technical insight, and scrupulous objectivity to light the way for first-time and intermediate PC fans. The book reveals which features work well and which don't, such as the Remote Desktop software that enables people to connect to the office from home, the encryption file system that protects sensitive information, and the Windows Messenger that enables real-time text, voice and video communication. Contents include:

    Getting started. The book's early chapters cover using menus, finding lost files, reducing window clutter, and taming the new, multi-column Start menu.Mastering the network. Special chapters help you navigate the corporate network, dial in from the road, and even set up your own small-office (peer-to-peer) network, step by step.Understanding security. User accounts, file encryption, and the NTFS file system keep your private files private, while still offering network access to coworkers you specify.Flying the Net. This book demystifies Outlook Express 6 for email, Internet Explorer 6 for Web browsing, and the new Windows Messenger for voice, chat, and video conferencing.
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual isn't for system administrators or OS theory geeks; it's for the novice or budding power user who wants to master the machine and get down to work. Yet, anyone who uses XP Pro (including hardcore techies) will find this new system much easier — and more fun — to digest with this new Missing Manual. This is the crystal-clear, jargon-free book that should have been in the box.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596003487
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Series: Missing Manual Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 7.08(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.58(d)

About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year"). Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is, and his email address is

Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Authors;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
About This Book;
The Windows XP DesktopPart OneThe Windows XP Desktop;
Chapter 1: A Welcome to Windows XPA Welcome to Windows XP;
1.1 What It’s ForWhat It’s For;
1.2 Getting Ready for WindowsGetting Ready for Windows;
1.3 What’s New in Windows XPWhat’s New in Windows XP;
1.4 Professional Edition vs. Home EditionProfessional Edition vs. Home Edition;
1.5 The Dark Side of Windows XPThe Dark Side of Windows XP;
Chapter 2: The Desktop and Start MenuThe Desktop and Start Menu;
2.1 Logging InLogging In;
2.2 The Elements of the XP DesktopThe Elements of the XP Desktop;
2.3 The Start MenuThe Start Menu;
2.4 Start→Log OffStart→Log Off;
2.5 Start→Shut Down (Turn Off Computer)Start? Shut Down (Turn Off Computer);
2.6 Start→All ProgramsStart→All Programs;
2.7 Start→RunStart→Run;
2.8 Start→SearchStart→Search;
2.9 Start→Help and SupportStart→Help and Support;
2.10 Start→Control PanelStart→Control Panel;
2.11 Start→My Network PlacesStart→My Network Places;
2.12 Start→My ComputerStart→My Computer;
2.13 Start→My Music, My PicturesStart→My Music, My Pictures;
2.14 Start→My Recent DocumentsStart→My Recent Documents;
2.15 Start→My DocumentsStart→My Documents;
2.16 Customizing the Start MenuCustomizing the Start Menu;
Chapter 3: Windows, Folders, and the TaskbarWindows, Folders, and the Taskbar;
3.1 Windows in WindowsWindows in Windows;
3.2 The Desktop Window OverhaulThe Desktop Window Overhaul;
3.3 Window ToolbarsWindow Toolbars;
3.4 The TaskbarThe Taskbar;
3.5 Taskbar ToolbarsTaskbar Toolbars;
Chapter 4: Organizing Your StuffOrganizing Your Stuff;
4.1 The Folders of Windows XPThe Folders of Windows XP;
4.2 Life with IconsLife with Icons;
4.3 Copying and Moving Folders and FilesCopying and Moving Folders and Files;
4.4 The Recycle BinThe Recycle Bin;
4.5 Shortcut IconsShortcut Icons;
4.6 Burning CDs from the DesktopBurning CDs from the Desktop;
Chapter 5: Getting HelpGetting Help;
5.1 Navigating the Help SystemNavigating the Help System;
5.2 “What’s This?”: Help for Dialog Boxes;
5.3 Remote AssistanceRemote Assistance;
5.4 Getting Help from MicrosoftGetting Help from Microsoft;
The Components of Windows XPPart TwoThe Components of Windows XP;
Chapter 6: Programs and Documents;
6.1 Launching ProgramsLaunching Programs;
6.2 Switching ProgramsSwitching Programs;
6.3 Exiting ProgramsExiting Programs;
6.4 When Programs DieWhen Programs Die;
6.5 Saving DocumentsSaving Documents;
6.6 Closing DocumentsClosing Documents;
6.7 The Open Dialog BoxThe Open Dialog Box;
6.8 Moving Data Between DocumentsMoving Data Between Documents;
6.9 Filename ExtensionsFilename Extensions;
6.10 Installing SoftwareInstalling Software;
6.11 Uninstalling SoftwareUninstalling Software;
6.12 Running Pre-XP ProgramsRunning Pre-XP Programs;
Chapter 7: The Freebie SoftwareThe Freebie Software;
7.1 The Windows XP AccessoriesThe Windows XP Accessories;
7.2 Windows XP GamesWindows XP Games;
7.3 Everything ElseEverything Else;
Chapter 8: Pictures, Sounds, and MoviesPictures, Sounds, and Movies;
8.1 Digital Photos in XPDigital Photos in XP;
8.2 ScanningScanning;
8.3 Windows Media PlayerWindows Media Player;
8.4 Making WAVs with Sound RecorderMaking WAVs with Sound Recorder;
8.5 Windows Movie Maker 2Windows Movie Maker 2;
Chapter 9: The Control PanelThe Control Panel;
9.1 Category View: The Big XP ChangeCategory View The Big XP Change;
9.2 Accessibility OptionsAccessibility Options;
9.3 Add New HardwareAdd New Hardware;
9.4 Add or Remove ProgramsAdd or Remove Programs;
9.5 Administrative ToolsAdministrative Tools;
9.6 Date and TimeDate and Time;
9.7 DisplayDisplay;
9.8 Folder OptionsFolder Options;
9.9 FontsFonts;
9.10 Gaming OptionsGaming Options;
9.11 Internet OptionsInternet Options;
9.12 KeyboardKeyboard;
9.13 MouseMouse;
9.14 Network ConnectionsNetwork Connections;
9.15 Phone and Modem OptionsPhone and Modem Options;
9.16 Power OptionsPower Options;
9.17 Printers and FaxesPrinters and Faxes;
9.18 Regional and Language OptionsRegional and Language Options;
9.19 Scanners and CamerasScanners and Cameras;
9.20 Scheduled TasksScheduled Tasks;
9.21 Sounds and Audio DevicesSounds and Audio Devices;
9.22 SpeechSpeech;
9.23 SystemSystem;
9.24 Taskbar and Start MenuTaskbar and Start Menu;
9.25 User AccountsUser Accounts;
Windows OnlinePart ThreeWindows Online;
Chapter 10: Hooking Up to the InternetHooking Up to the Internet;
10.1 Five Degrees of Online ReadinessFive Degrees of Online Readiness;
10.2 How to Get OnlineHow to Get Online;
10.3 Establishing a Brand-new Internet AccountEstablishing a Brand-new Internet Account;
10.4 Manually Plugging in Internet SettingsManually Plugging in Internet Settings;
10.5 Connecting to the InternetConnecting to the Internet;
10.6 Advanced Modem SettingsAdvanced Modem Settings;
Chapter 11: Web, Chat, and VideoconferencingWeb, Chat, and Videoconferencing;
11.1 Internet Explorer 6Internet Explorer 6;
11.2 Windows MessengerWindows Messenger;
Chapter 12: Outlook Express 6Outlook Express 6;
12.1 Setting Up Outlook ExpressSetting Up Outlook Express;
12.2 Sending EmailSending Email;
12.3 Reading EmailReading Email;
12.4 Configuring Outlook ExpressConfiguring Outlook Express;
12.5 NewsgroupsNewsgroups;
Plugging into Windows XPPart FourPlugging into Windows XP;
Chapter 13: Printing, Fonts, and FaxingPrinting, Fonts, and Faxing;
13.1 Installing a PrinterInstalling a Printer;
13.2 PrintingPrinting;
13.3 Controlling PrintoutsControlling Printouts;
13.4 Fancy Printer TricksFancy Printer Tricks;
13.5 Printer TroubleshootingPrinter Troubleshooting;
13.6 FontsFonts;
13.7 FaxingFaxing;
Chapter 14: HardwareHardware;
14.1 The Master Compatibility ListThe Master Compatibility List;
14.2 Hardware ConnectionsHardware Connections;
14.3 Connecting New GadgetsConnecting New Gadgets;
14.4 When Plug and Play Doesn’t WorkWhen Plug and Play Doesn’t Work;
14.5 Driver SigningDriver Signing;
14.6 The Device ManagerThe Device Manager;
14.7 Hardware ProfilesHardware Profiles;
Chapter 15: Joining, Compressing, and Encrypting DisksJoining, Compressing, and Encrypting Disks;
15.1 Dynamic DisksDynamic Disks;
15.2 Compressing Files and FoldersCompressing Files and Folders;
15.3 Encrypting Files and FoldersEncrypting Files and Folders;
Chapter 16: Maintenance, Backups, and TroubleshootingMaintenance, Backups, and Troubleshooting;
16.1 System RestoreSystem Restore;
16.2 Disk CleanupDisk Cleanup;
16.3 Disk DefragmenterDisk Defragmenter;
16.4 Hard Drive CheckupsHard Drive Checkups;
16.5 Disk ManagementDisk Management;
16.6 Task SchedulerTask Scheduler;
16.7 Microsoft BackupMicrosoft Backup;
16.8 The BriefcaseThe Briefcase;
16.9 Safe Mode and the Startup MenuSafe Mode and the Startup Menu;
16.10 The RegistryThe Registry;
Life on the NetworkPart FiveLife on the Network;
Chapter 17: Accounts, Permissions, and Logging OnAccounts, Permissions, and Logging On;
17.1 Introducing User AccountsIntroducing User Accounts;
17.2 Windows XP: The OS With Two FacesWindows XP The OS With Two Faces;
17.3 Local Accounts on a WorkstationLocal Accounts on a Workstation;
17.4 Local Accounts on a Domain ComputerLocal Accounts on a Domain Computer;
17.5 Local Users and Groups;
17.6 Setting Up the Logon ProcessSetting Up the Logon Process;
17.7 Logging OnLogging On;
17.8 ProfilesProfiles;
17.9 NTFS Permissions: Protecting Your StuffNTFS Permissions Protecting Your Stuff;
Chapter 18: Setting Up a Workgroup NetworkSetting Up a Workgroup Network;
18.1 Kinds of NetworksKinds of Networks;
18.2 Installing DriversInstalling Drivers;
18.3 Sharing an Internet ConnectionSharing an Internet Connection;
18.4 The Network Setup WizardThe Network Setup Wizard;
Chapter 19: Introducing Network DomainsIntroducing Network Domains;
19.1 The DomainThe Domain;
19.2 Joining a DomainJoining a Domain;
19.3 Five Ways Life Is Different on a DomainFive Ways Life Is Different on a Domain;
Chapter 20: Sharing Network FilesSharing Network Files;
20.1 Accessing Other ComputersAccessing Other Computers;
20.2 Working with Network FilesWorking with Network Files;
20.3 Shared Folders OnlineShared Folders Online;
20.4 Mapping Shares to Drive LettersMapping Shares to Drive Letters;
20.5 Two Roads to File SharingTwo Roads to File Sharing;
20.6 Simple File SharingSimple File Sharing;
20.7 Standard File SharingStandard File Sharing;
20.8 Offline FilesOffline Files;
Chapter 21: Three Ways to Dial In from the RoadThree Ways to Dial In from the Road;
21.1 Remote Access BasicsRemote Access Basics;
21.2 Dialing DirectDialing Direct;
21.3 Virtual Private NetworkingVirtual Private Networking;
21.4 Remote DesktopRemote Desktop;
AppendixesPart SixAppendixes;
Installing Windows XP ProInstalling Windows XP Pro;
Before You BeginBefore You Begin;
Upgrade vs. Clean InstallUpgrade vs. Clean Install;
Dual BootingDual Booting;
Choosing a File SystemChoosing a File System;
Installing Windows XPInstalling Windows XP;
Setup WizardSetup Wizard;
Network Identification WizardNetwork Identification Wizard;
Files and Settings Transfer WizardFiles and Settings Transfer Wizard;
Backing Out of Windows XPBacking Out of Windows XP;
Ditching Windows XPDitching Windows XP;
Ditching the Older WindowsDitching the Older Windows;
Windows XP, Menu by MenuWindows XP, Menu by Menu;
File MenuFile Menu;
Edit MenuEdit Menu;
View MenuView Menu;
Favorites MenuFavorites Menu;
Tools MenuTools Menu;
Help MenuHelp Menu;

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