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Windows XP Inside Out Deluxe Edition (Inside Out (Microsoft)) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2002

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  • Hardcover: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press, U.S.; De Luxe edition edition (1 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735618054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735618053
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 6.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Bott and Carl Siechert have combined their considerable talents for producing user-level documentation in creating Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out. One of the most carefully researched books on Windows XP to date, this large volume has all the information and procedures most everyday users of the operating system will want. With its nicely formatted how-to instructions, detailed documentation of command-line commands, intelligent explanatory text and broad scope, this book makes a great reference for a family or business that uses Windows XP extensively. Even the illustrations are more helpful than usual, largely because the publisher has gone to the trouble of annotating many of them with pointers and labels.

Bott and Siechert deal with the most controversial features of Windows XP, notably product activation, in a straightforward way. They simply explain what activation is for, tell how to go about it, and move on. If you're a power user interested in getting around activation and performing other unsanctioned hacks, look for your information in online newsletters. This book plays by Microsoft's rules, and that's fine. It's obvious that the authors have had access to Windows XP for some time, and spent a lot of time exploring its new features. Count on this book to explain the complete set of Windows XP's features--even the exciting networking stuff--in terms you can easily follow. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ed Bott is an award-winning computer journalist and one of the most widely recognized voices in the computing world, with nearly two decades of experience as a writer and editor at leading magazines like PC World and PC Computing. Currently, he is Senior Contributing Editor for Smart Business (formerly PC Computing), a 1999 National Magazine Award winner with a monthly circulation of more than 1 million. He is the author of a long list of Que books Windows and Microsoft Office, including Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000, Using Windows NT® Workstation 4, Special Edition Using Windows 98, Platinum Edition Using Windows 98 (coauthored with Ron Person), and two editions of Using Windows 95. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By dk_uttamlal@yahoo.co.uk on 21 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Once again Ed Bott has written a superb book. The book is enriched with detailed contexts and he has covered every area possible. I've been in the IT industry for over 10 years and have recently upgraded to Windows XP Professional. This book makes sure that my investment is not wasted and shows me how to get the most out of the new OS. From simple things like how to tweak the UI to the more complex of filing systems and security settings. Unlike other books that are for the first time users, this book takes you steps further from what you already know. This book is a MUST for anyone serious about their computing and I would sincerely recommend it.
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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By asfish on 22 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent reference book for Windows XP. It will suite both the novice seeking to understand the basics of an operating system, as well as the intermediate and expert users who have upgraded from other operating systems.
At first glance the size of the book (1250) pages may be off putting to a casual buyer. I found that despite its size it was easy to follow and very informative. The chapters are laid out in a logical fashion with plenty of screen shot pictures throughout. The book covers everything from basic desktop manipulation to writing scripts and batch files to automate Windows XP.
The companion CD contains various demos of useful software like anti-virus etc, as well as copies of all the batch files and scripts discussed in the book. By far the best feature of the Cd is the eBook, which at 48mb for a full install allows you to have all the books content on your lap top for easy reference.
At the time of writing I can find no book that even comes close to this one for content and value.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Hollingworth on 1 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the hardback 'Deluxe' version of this book and found it to be excellent. As a seasoned Unix developer and a long term Windows user I found myself trying to set up a home network of 2 XP & 1 Linux system. This book has all the inside information that I needed to get things up and running; plus many, many other eye openers that have greatly enhance my abilities to manage my XP systems.
My only gripe is that the Deluxe version states it includes service pack 1 on the CD (I need this for one of my systems). However on launching the CD I read that it's not available on the CD and has to be downloaded from the Internet (6+ hours at 33.2Kbs :( )
Despite this I still rate it a very good buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Of The OT on 9 Aug. 2006
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This title is divided into nine parts, from an `Introduction & Installation' section (200+ pages) to such diverse topics as:

Customising/Configuring Windows XP

Managing Files

Media Player & Image Editing

Internet Explorer/Outlook Express

System Maintenance & Recovery

Networking

Each part starts with it's own very clear contents page before the chapter title page offers a neat, more detailed list of its contents in the left margin. Each chapter is clearly separated into titles, and further subdivided by many sub-headings. The use of differing but always consistent type faces & styles (bold, italic, indented text, etc.) and switching between black for main text, blue for `tips' or black-on-blue for special sections like `Troubleshooting' mean that complex information is parcelled up neatly and conveniently. The many tables, charts and figures are all clear and helpful.

While it is easy to criticise this title for not being comprehensive enough, once any book reaches 1200+ pages, you simply have to stop writing! What we are left with is a useful volume covering many topics in reasonable depth. A good example might be Chapter 3: `Controlling Access to Your Computer', which introduces us to Windows XP User Accounts. There is much essential and useful help here, including some differences between the XP Home and Professional Editions, as well as a section on using Net User (a Command Prompt feature). But (like the next reviewer down says) sometimes there is no help with a specific problem. For instance: a corrupted account - how do you copy account information from one account to another?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "baobabb" on 22 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The sheer mass and size of this so called manual, published (hardcover) on paper flimsier than newsprint, belies the depth of its penetration. As a power-user of XP, I soon found that fifty percent of what it should cover is missing. Believe it or not, it might be BIG, but it is far from comprehensive. Instead it is padded with pretty screen prints of what you can see on your own monitor by clicking one button. I'll give just one example of an annoyance. I wanted to change the attribute of a folder - obvious - clear or check a green, square radio button. But if that doesn't work? Not everything does what it is supposed to do, every time.
There is very little "Troubleshooting" to help you, as you will soon find out for yourself, as this booked is aimed at the beginner seeing things for the first time, or covers ground that is hardly ever usefully traversed in practice, ground seen for the first time by advanced users. It forgets about the Command line all of the time and what can best be productively achieved outside the GUI. I'm sorry but my expectations were not met when I read this book. I agree with the previous reviewer that it wastes a lot of time on XP Pro, which contains a lot of stuff for networks specifically, to which it is biased. People use Pro (or a tiny fraction of it) because they think "Pro" must be better than "Home", but the Home version excludes all the server stuff for company use. So what? That means the two could have been separated, and the core version covered in depth, comprehensively, to the nth degree.
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