Windows XP Weekend Crash Course

Windows XP Weekend Crash Course

by John Nicholson




Get up to speed on Windows XP - in a weekend!

The big day is Monday. The day you get to show off what you know about Windows XP. The problem is, you're not really up to speed. Maybe it's been a while since you used the Windows operating system. Perhaps you're interested in the enhancements that have been made to the software. Or maybe you just like a challenge. In any event, we've got a solution for you - Windows XP Weekend Crash Course. Open the book Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon, after completing 30 fast, focused sessions, you'll be able to dive right in and use the dozens of tips that are useful on an everyday basis. It's as simple as that.

The Curriculum


Evening: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours

• Introducing Windows XP

• Windows XP Installation

• Windows XP Operating System

• Letting Windows Help You


Morning: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours

• Using the Control Panel

• Accessory Basics

• Advanced Accessories

• Basic Desktop Customization

• Advanced Desktop Customization

• File and Folder Basics

Afternoon: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours

• Advanced File and Folder Operations

• The My Documents Folder

• Printing

• Networking

• Internet Explorer Basics

• Advanced Internet Tasks

Saturday, cont.

Evening: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours

• Managing Your Computer

• Disaster Recovery

• Using Outlook Express

• Instant Messaging


Morning: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours

• Mastering Media

• Adding and Configuring Hardware

• Sharing Resources

• Updating Windows XP

• Controlling the Windows Task Manager

• Auditing Computer Efficiency

Afternoon: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours

• Managing Users and User Rights

• Protecting Your Computer from Viruses

• Basic Troubleshooting

• Where to Go from Here

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764542237
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/19/2003
Series: Weekend Crash Course Series , #10
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

John R. Nicholson is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. He has been using Microsoft Windows since Version 1 was introduced, and has been an authorized beta tester of every version of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office since 1994. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional in both Windows NT and Windows 2000. John is author of more than a dozen computer-related books, translated into over 20 languages. Recent books include Inside Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 (2001), which he co-authored with his son Sean, and Teach Yourself Outlook 98 in 24 Hours (1998), which he co-authored with his daughter Rebecca. He has four children and seven grandchildren. When he isn't chained to his computer, John watches nearly every movie ever made, loves theater, and collects old radio shows from the 1920s through the 1960s. He can be reached at

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Table of Contents




Part I-Friday Evening.

Session 1-Introducing Windows XP.

Session 2-Installing Windows XP.

Session 3-Windows XP Operating System and Time-Saving Tips.

Session 4-Letting Windows Help You.


Part II-Saturday Morning.

Session 5-Using the XP Control Panel.

Session 6-Windows XP Accessories: The Basics.

Session 7-Windows XP Accessories: Advanced.

Session 8-Basic Desktop Customization.

Session 9-Advanced Desktop Customization.

Session 10-File and Folder Basics.

Part III-Saturday Afternoon.

Session 11-Advanced File and Folder Operations.

Session 12-The My Documents Folder and Folder Views.

Session 13-Printing with Windows XP.

Session 14-Networking with Windows XP.

Session 15-Internet Explorer Basics.

Session 16-Advanced Internet Tasks.

Part IV-Saturday Evening.

Session 17-Managing Your Computer.

Session 18-Disaster Recovery.

Session 19-Using Outlook Express.

Session 20-Instant Messaging.


Part V-Sunday Morning.

Session 21-Mastering Media.

Session 22-Adding and Configuring Hardware.

Session 23-Sharing Resources.

Session 24-Updating Windows XP.

Session 25-Controlling the Windows Task Manager.

Session 26-Preserving and Auditing Computing Performance.

Part VI-Sunday Afternoon.

Session 27-Managing Users and User Rights.

Session 28-Protecting Your Computer from Viruses.

Session 29-Basic Troubleshooting.

Session 30-Where to Go from Here.

Appendix A-Answers to Part Reviews.

Appendix B-What's on the Companion Web Site?


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