The risk Mark Minasi
takes in Mastering Windows XP Professional
is attempting to cover a shockingly broad swathe of knowledge. He begins with instructions for manipulating (maximising, minimising and closing) windows and concludes with making static entries in the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) cache for speedier routing. That's like writing a manual for an automobile that begins with opening the passenger-side door, goes all the way through driving, routine maintenance and concludes with instructions for tweaking the fuel-injection system for a tiny horsepower gain. Does he pull it off? By and large, yes, if you adopt the philosophy that this book isn't sacred writ and is only meant to clarify details as you develop understanding of Windows XP
Stuck on how to "print to a file" and why you'd want to do that? There's a succinct passage on that subject. Considering broadband Internet options? Minasi summarises the pros and cons of each nicely. Large subjects that require knowledge outside of Windows--like scripting for the Windows Script Host (WSH), which is a kind of programming--are a hard fit for encyclopaedic books like this one. They deserve (and have) books of their own, and the distilled entry in this omnibus is bound to seem either too elementary to be useful or too obscure to be understood.
The problem with this book is that it's better suited to novice and moderately experienced computer users who should be using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, not the more feature-rich Professional version. A user of Windows XP Professional probably won't need to be told how to shut his machine off, but may well want detailed coverage of how to configure Internet Information Services (IIS), a subject to which Minasi gives only two pages. Though it's not for power users or administrators of Windows XP Professional, this book is a good choice for users of Windows XP Home Edition, as well as novices who have had Professional forced upon them by a corporate computing department. --David Wall
Topics covered: nearly all everyday aspects of Windows XP Professional (like Internet connectivity, formatting and printing and local-area network hookups) and many more advanced subjects (like firewalling, Registry editing, scripting and security configuration). New features like fax services, system rollback and the handy photo viewer are dealt with nicely.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Complete Coverage of Windows XP Professional The latest from theworld′s leading Windows authority, Mark Minasi, Mastering Windows XPProfessional is the premier resource for anyone installing, configuring, andadministering Windows XP, from corporate networks to small businesses and home.Depend on it for step–by–step instruction in hundreds of key techniques—notto mention a thorough look at all of XP′s new features and troubleshooting advicethat will save you time, money, and countless headaches. CoverageIncludes Using the new Start menu and ControlPanel Setting up broadband Internet connections Configuring apeer–to–peer network Securing your PC and network from intruders Runningprograms designed for previous versions of Windows Transferring files andsettings from one computer to another Sharing your desktop with remoteusers Connecting to remote computers using Remote DesktopConnection Constructing wireless networks with Wi–Fi Protected Access(WPA) Using Windows Media Player 10 Communicating in real time using thenewest version of Windows Messenger Using Windows XP on PortableComputers Preventing disaster; backing up and recovering data Using theServices and MMC administration tools Bonus Coverage: XPDigital Media Tips and Tricks Includes full–color visual,step–by–step instruction on the most popular XPdigital media skills. In minutes, you′ll learn how to burn a CD,buy/download/play audio CDs, listen to radio stations, watch DVD movies, and much more.