Microsoft® Windows® XP Inside Out (BPG-Inside Out) Paperback – 7 Nov 2004
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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.
From the Author
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
During my study for the MCP exam in XP, this book was invaluable. With helpful hints and not so easy to find registry hacks.
The book is not aimed at beginers. People need to start reading prefaces and recomendations, the book inside and out is not aimed at users of XP Home but Professional, although there is an overlap use this as a training for using Professional. Anybody wanting to play games on the XP Home operating system then go buy a gaming machine, anybody wanting to use a business tool get thsi book and learn.
I will be using the Inside and Outside range again and would strongly recommend this book to my professional IT Colleagues.
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.
If it wasn't for this manual, I wouldn't have found out about the speed sapping XP 'Services' (threads), of which there are over 30 of them, the majority unecessary.
Neither would I have been unable to disable Error reporting and auto update, two Microsoft boo-boos.
Yes its a Microsoft press book, but is free of toeing the party line presentation.
Beginners will be fine with this volume as u just start on chapter 1.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the material was a a bit above my ability but it did help some of the problems I had with XP usually with the help of a more knowledgeable friend. Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by J. Cleary
Nether any more nor any less than specified or expected. Nether any more nor any less than specified or expected..Published on 9 April 2013 by Foseco62
A really Good book. If your looking for an Microsof Xp operating system Technical manual, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2009 by Miss. Joanna Knowles
This title is divided into nine parts, from an `Introduction & Installation' section (200+ pages) to such diverse topics as:
Customising/Configuring Windows XP... Read more
As a experience IT professional familiar with 98/NT/2000, this book had alot of new information in it but alot of it is based around single user or work groups. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2003
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