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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (22 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764574639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764574634
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The cover of Windows XP All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies boasts that it's "nine books in one". That's a stretch--it's really a book about Microsoft Windows XP for novices, with supplementary information about America Online and MSN--but cover claims aside, this book represents good value for someone new to computing. Woody Leonhard--a respected Windows authority who writes with enough humour to keep things light but not so much as to obscure the facts--begins with how to use a mouse and works all the way through installing printers and setting up a little network in a home or small office. Granted, if you've found this page on the Internet you probably don't need Leonhard's "how-to-click" tutorial, but you may be shopping for someone unfamiliar with Windows. This book is good for such people.

While the nine separate indexes (one at the end of each included "book") will annoy you--the unified one at the back of this book is much easier to find and use--Leonhard's style will compensate. He's very good at explaining how to do what Windows XP was meant to do, up to a certain level. Want to add a music file to a Windows Media Player playlist? There's a procedure for that. Want to cancel AOL because you can't stand it? He explains how. He does not, however, provide detail on more complicated jobs like setting up a cable modem or dealing with the specific security risk posed by Universal Plug and Play. Overall, this is a nicely written, friendly book that covers Windows XP well, but to a limited depth. --David Wall

Topics covered: Microsoft Windows XP for home users, particularly novices. Windows XP fundamentals (like windows and the mouse pointer), customisation, Internet tools (including Outlook Express and Internet Explorer), America Online (AOL), Microsoft Network (MSN), printers, small networks, and Internet connectivity are all addressed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 books in 1 your key to Windows XP success!

Your one–stop guide to Windows XP, fully updated for Service Pack 3 enhancements

Whether you want to set up a reliable network in your home office or you just want to beat the computer at Solitaire, here′s your guide! In one of these handy minibooks, you′ll find exactly what you need to know about basic Windows XP operation, getting around online, applying new security procedures, enjoying multimedia, and more.

  • Use new Service Pack 3 security tools
  • Personalize your desktop

  • Set up Web pages and use e–mail

  • Work with digital cameras and camcorders

  • Choose and set up a Media Center

  • Coverage of the essentials and beyond

  • Explanations in plain English

  • "Get in, get out" information

  • Thumbtabs and other navigation aids

  • Tear–out cheat sheet

  • A dash of humor and fun


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Brown on 1 Dec. 2009
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As good a book as we expect from the "dummy" series. Takes one step by step through the various stages to get the most from the computer. I can do anything as long as the book is at hand.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2002
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To be honest, I felt disappointed at first that this book didn't go beyond the simple aspects. I know it's a Dummies book, but it has a lot of content & it is from Woody. Hence my expectations were higher. Unfortunately a lot of it is non O/S related - e.g. MSN, IE6, AOL.
Then I realised how much I didn't know about XP!
Great for beginners, and it turns out even the more experienced of us can pick-up something if we haven't yet used XP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue5147 on 5 May 2011
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I had my computer serviced recently and it came back with a few programs missing, this book helped me to get a few of them back. ph
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By salvador on 16 Mar. 2013
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I bought this for a friend who is now using my old Windows XP laptop. An excellent reference book for anyone trying to get to grips with the system for the first time but does not go very deeply into the more advanced aspects.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Another Woody masterpiece using the English language 13 Dec. 2001
By James Vanderford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
No one speaks Windows XP the way Woody speaks Windows XP in his new publication "Windows XP All-in-one Desk Reference", which is a masterpiece of organization, indexing, and commom sense treatment of technical topics in non-technical discourse.
Not since Woody's publication of "Woody Leonhard teaches Microsoft Office 97" has such an instructive, clearly written and illustrated technical book on Microsoft products been published.
There is a mind-boggling number of subjects each treated individually in short, simple explanation that gets to the heart of the subject. The dialog and explanations are laced with amusing analogs that make reading a pleasure, aside from the technical content. Subjects ranging from the simplicity of the XP Desktop to the meaning of the highly technical term DHCP, are handled with the same masterful stroke of simplicity.
This book is a must-have in every home and office that expects to stay on-line in the 21st century.
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 19 Aug. 2002
By Librarian Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book for beginners, intermediate, or expert computer users.
I like other things Woody has written (Mother of All Windows 95 books is a classic) and other Dummies books (Word 2000 for Windows for Dummies is good).
But this book is poor.
First, it isn't really "9 books in 1." The AOL "book" is a joke, clearly written with the intention for you to avoid AOL at all costs (minimizes the importance of chat rooms, nothing about automatic Zipping of e-mail attachments, nothing about accessing e-mail from outside the AOL client (hello does Netscape browser ring a bell?). The MSN "book" is even more of a joke (nothing about Money, nothing about free storage for pictures and web sites). The hardware "book" doesn't mention any brands and gives corny advice (optical mice only good for people with pets).
Second, there is no practical advice on dealing with Windows on a day-to-day basis. It acts like all the problems have been solved with XP (wow the stability). Nothing on dealing with the co-branding, pop-ups (both OS and Internet), and spyware. So much of the advice is generic (get AV software installed, updated, and working), with no specifics. No whys (like why should I use IE over Netscape, why should I use Media Player over Real, why should I use built-in ZIP over WinZip). The basics just aren't considered.
Third, this book is designed for teenage wannabe-geeks. Specifically, the only real hints in this book are game cheats (registry mods and the like).
Fourth, the humor in this book is all too hard to find and falls flat.
I am disappointed. This author can do so much better (check out his Office newsletters). Look elsewhere on this one folks.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Not really a reference -- more like a ramble 2 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book could have used a thorough editing. It is supposed to be a "desk reference," which to me means you can look up information quickly. However, it's hard to find what you're looking for here. The worthwhile information is buried in the everyday stuff that I already knew, so to find what I wanted, I had to wade through many pages of material I was already familiar with.
Take Chapter 2, "Finding Your Way from Start to Finish," for example. It explains very basic stuff such as changing user settings, and then, starting about 40 pages into the chapter where you would least expect it, are instructions for sharing a file on the Internet, a sophisticated task.
I found this book very frustrating. On top of not being able to find instructions I wanted by browsing in the book, I found the index unhelpful.
Finally, I don't understand why the author devoted 65 pages to America Online. Since when is America Online part of Windows XP? The book makes no mention of the Windows Registry.
This book should rightly be called "A Ramble through Windows XP." It is not a reference. It is not a friendly book that you can find information in.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The best choice for WinXP users 17 Jan. 2002
By Phil Y - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I must leap to the defence of Mr Leonhard from the ill-informed attack on his book that's been placed among the user reviews. I was intruiged about 'kenonline' and his complaint so I went hunting through my copy. Sure enough on page 202 there's a reference to 'NTBACKUP' but that's NOT the authors fault - that's the name of the folder that _Microsoft_ used.
The Backup option in XP/Home is pointless (you can backup but not restore) which is presumably why Woody decided not to spend pages on a laborious explanation of how to use it. In any event the online help is more than enough if you want to waste your time with it.
Woody Leonhard has been producing great books and newsletters for as long as I've been computing. They are easy to read, informative and he'll tell you things that Microsoft wants to keep quiet about.
It's a great shame that his latest book has been maligned in such as fashion. It's a pitiful case of a person not carefully reading what's in front of them and then blaming the messenger.
I sure won't be returning my copy of 'Windows XP all in one desk reference' and I'm happy to recommend it to one and all.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Either Get the Book From the Library or Buy It Used 30 April 2005
By Sunday - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are not familiar with Leonhard's books, you might want to check this book out of the library, or buy it cheaply used. In my opinion, this book is a sad example of a publisher and editors allowing an author's personality to destroy what would have been an excellent reference book.

There is lots of useful information in this book explained very clearly. Yet, to read it all, you must put up with Leonhard's constant adolescent remarks. Or are they "geek" remarks? Or possibly both? Or maybe one and the same? I don't know. I don't inhabit his world, and found it difficult to even visit it for more than a few chapters. Luckily, I got the book from the library. And now I see why there are so many used books by him going so cheaply.

It's strange to see, too, that Amazon is showing reviews for this book that were written before it was even published! Obviously, they are for previous editions. Oh well...it's all been one strange trip anyway...a trip that I, for one, cut short...very, very short. This book is strictly for the author's fans, or for those who inhabit his world.
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