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  • Paperback: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (7 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073562044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735620445
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 5.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,139 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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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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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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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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As a very experienced Microsoft technician, this is the first book on the Inside/Out range that I have ever purchased. Normally I use only Microsoft Press books and self paced training.
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.
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By A Customer 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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Format: Hardcover
Bin your silly 32 page pamphlet and save yourself XP aggro with this monster reference of a tome, it really has it all and shows how to strip out all the padding that XP comes ready fitted with, like the apple candy idiot mode.
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.
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