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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc.; 2nd Edition edition (8 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764573268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764573262
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've written more than 40 books in the past 10 years, including the "Windows For Dummies" series, "Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies," and "TiVo For Dummies."
Feel free to visit my Web page at www.andyrathbone.com.

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Windows XP for Dummies does a good job in its role as the flagship of the Dummies line, providing Windows novices with a guided introduction to Microsoft's latest and most feature-rich operating system for everyday computer users. Its treatment of computer, Windows and Internet fundamentals is among the best on the market, and author Andy Rathbone has an appealing way of writing that's simultaneously fun and detail-rich. If you're a Windows novice--meaning you don't know how to undelete a file that's been sent to the Recycle Bin, or what a Web browser is, or what it means to "cut and paste" text--you will get a lot out of Rathbone's work.

Some aspects of this book could be better, such as the part of the networking chapter that calls for an Ethernet hub without noting that a switch, though possibly more expensive, would do the job better, without any additional hassle. The networking coverage also does an inadequate job of explaining how to share a cable modem or DSL connection among several computers. This is a serious shortcoming, and we're getting to the point in our evolution as a society of computer users at which we can assume that everyone knows what the "Cancel" button does and would rather read about the newer, more exciting things that Windows XP can do. Even the dummies aren't that dumb anymore.

But, that said--and Rathbone does confine a lot of the really elementary stuff to a skinny introductory chapter--this book is a boon to people who aren't familiar with Windows XP or its immediate predecessors (including Windows 95, Windows98, and Windows Me). It's also great for people who have learned a little about Windows on the job or from their kids, and want to expand on what they know. --David Wall

Topics covered: Microsoft Windows XP for people completely unfamiliar with the operating system and other recent versions of Windows. Coverage includes how to run programs, move and delete files, connecting to the Internet and using applications like electronic mail programs, Web browsers and multimedia players. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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the most well–known range of computer books ( Computer Active, January 2005)

Readers will enjoy reading this bouncy, overwhelming accessible text .gives a peek at the next generation of Windows genius. (Good Book Guide, December 2004)

sure to be a huge seller (Publishing News, July 2004)


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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
Not much to say really.. this is a great book for somebody who has no experience of using a computer or wants a refresher of the basics. A great place to start off but probably a little too basic if you have some computing experience.
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166 of 171 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan 2002
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If you are confused as to how to achieve something with your computer or are seeking a solution to a computer hardware/software problem then it will probably be easier to look for the answer in Windows XP for Dummies than to use the help menu in the programme. Andy Rathbone writes clearly for the non-computing specialist and whilst his quirky humour will not get everyone in stitches his wit does not distract from the task of supplying the reader with the information that they require. Like a good teacher he keeps it simple and straightforward and is never boring.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By "basilbooby" on 20 Jun 2003
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Thank you Mr Andy Rathbone. You've saved me £££'s on helpline charges and added years to my life as I don't have to converse with IT types (who usually take three hours to tell me to switch it off and then switch it back on again!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin J. Rigby on 11 July 2009
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After reading this book and using it in conjunction with my PC I can honestly state that this book is excellent. It has been laid out with the user in mind so that when you come to do something with your pc, utilising this book, it is an easy task so you don't end up tearing your hair out or giving yourself a headache trying to reconcile the book with what you are doing with your pc.

To sum up, this book is an excellent product which I would recommend to any XP user.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Sperrings on 23 Feb 2009
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It is a most brilliant book, in that it is extremely helpful, easy to access ones problems and easy to put into practice those areas that you choose.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kay2 on 9 Mar 2011
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I wish I had bought this little treasure house of knowledge and tips two years ago when I was given my p.c. It would have saved hours of frustration. It has the bonus of being entertaining in parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. R. Brown on 8 May 2010
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I,M NEW TO THIS COMPUTER LARK,AND NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD GET ANY WHERE ,BUT AFTER FIRST BORROWING THIS BOOK FROM THE LOCAL LIBRARY I SOON REALISED THAT I NEEDED A COPY.SINCE PURCHASING THIS BOOK,WINDOWS FOR DUMMIES,BY ANDY RATHBONE FROM YOU GOOD PEOPLE AT AMAZON I,M MAKING GOOD PROGRESS.IT,S A WELL WRITTEN,EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND ACTS AS A PERFECT REFERENCE LIBRARY BOOK.FOR A TOTAL NOVICE SUCH AS MYSELF..ITS A WINNER.TO EVERY BODY OUT THERE WHO IS STRUGGLING,GIVE THIS BOOK A SHOT .YOU CANT GO WRONG!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.Kirk. on 9 April 2009
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Having Windows XP on my PC I am finding this book very useful in everyday use. Very easy to follow and very informative, It explains
everthing in an easy to understand way. Recommended.
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