Windows 2000 Professional For Dummies Paperback – 1 Feb 2000
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The popular Dummies series returns to tackle the complexities of Windows 2000 Professional. Windows 2000 Professional for Dummies does a fine job while not breaking away from Dummies' style of injecting, in the publishers' own words, "a dash of humour and fun". Anyone with IT-phobia has nothing to fear as the book never strays into potentially scary technical alleys.
The Dummies' formula was certainly ground-breaking when it first arrived, and still satisfies a huge market of readers who just want the basic facts to get them working without delving into unnecessary complexities. It may, however, be slightly too elementary. It begins by explaining the most basic concepts behind Windows and icons, which is overkill since complete beginners are unlikely to find themselves confronted by Windows 2000. The run-on style makes the book less than useful for casual research: it's hard to dip in and find what you're looking for. (Teach Yourself Windows 2000 Professional is better for casual dippers.) Also, you can't help but think the authors are trying that bit too hard to get another gag in at the expense of network administrators.
Apart from incorrectly saying there's a version of Win2K for the Alpha platform (Microsoft sadly abandoned this during the test program), Windows 2000 for Dummies still delivers the goods. If you can stand--or better still, enjoy--the style, then you'll find plenty of useful information. Even so-called experts will discover something new here.--Gordon Laing
From the Back Cover
Connect to the world send e–mail, explore the Web! Includes solutions and workarounds for common problems Your quick and painless guide to basic operations and new features! This friendly guide is your ideal introduction to Windows 2000 Professional, the powerful new version of Windows NT Workstation. From interface fundamentals to the latest networking and security features, bestselling authors Andy Rathbone and Sharon Crawford walk you through all the information you need to get up and running. Discover how to: Perform basic operating system tasks Share work over a network Use Windows 2000 Professional applications Troubleshoot problems Set up Internet access Use the mobile features with your laptop The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear–out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Get smart! www.dummies.com Register to win cool prizes Browse exclusive articles and excerpts Get a free Dummies Daily e–mail newsletter Chat with authors and preview other books Talk to us, ask questions, get answersSee all Product description
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This book is the 'friendly guide' it claims to be, but it is by no means an 'ideal introduction' to Windows 2000 Professional. In fact, it is difficult to find much that is specific to the Windows 2000 operating system. The majority of the text consists of very basic information relevant to any version of Windows. The authors assume that Windows 2000 is used only in the big corporate office in which a network administrator manages the Windows 2000 Server software. It does not occur to them that Windows 2000 is a good choice of operating system for the home or small business environment. Therefore, the issues on which I would have welcomed guidance tend to be marked with a 'Hand-Raiser' icon that indicates it is time to summon the office's omniscient and omnipresent network administrator to fix the problem.
There is a possibility, of course, that you have never used a computer with a Windows operating system yet have been employed in a highly paid capacity by a large corporation with a system running on Windows 2000. If this sounds like you, buy this book today before that ubiquitous network administrator notices your glazed expression as you stare at the pretty patterns on your screen-saver. For the majority of us this book is best regarded as another compilation of basic Windows tips. Anyone seeking an introduction to Windows 2000 Professional may have to resort to evening classes after all. Alternately, you just might discover you're not the dummy you thought you were!
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I was highly disappointed with Win2k Pro for Dummies. It contains little useful information or mediating contrasts between 95/98/NT and the new Win2k. I wish the writers would have skipped the basics and concentrated on the specifics that professionals undeniably need to know.
This book is perfect for those who have little to no knowledge of 95/98/NT. For those who are looking for specific information regarding Windows 2000 Professional, skip this one...
I would not recommend this book for anyone. its unhelpful and much too simple to be of any use.
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