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  • Unknown Binding
  • ISBN-10: 0470222387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470222386
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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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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"...humorous and irreverent approach...user–friendly instructional tool that will guide even the most apprehensive user through a number of basic tasks..." (Personal Computer World, October 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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When I first got a computer I had no idea how to really work it and was looking for help online when I saw this book.The title fitted me perfectly so I purchased it.I am so glad I did it has easy to understand steps on how to get the best out of your computer.Each time I came up against a problem I would use this book to help me through it.It is a bit like your own personal tutor.I also learned about keeping my personal details safe online and the best anti virus programmes to use.A very helpful tool for technophobes.
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My reviewing this now ( May 2014 ; just as XP is being abandoned ! ) shows that I should do my reviews more often (^; ! I found this useful ... a bit complicated but as I worked at it ; things became clearer ... Which, surely is the purpose of the whole For Dummies series, innit ? ... If they do one for the next WINdows programme ; I'll probably wait until it crashes and buy the FOr DUmmies of that !
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Even though I have used XP for years, this is still a valuable source of reminders, hints and tips. I'm sure that no one remembers all the knowledge to be had when using their computer. Cheers for Andy Rathbone.
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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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I bought this for my father who is a rank beginner in all aspects of computing. He has found it easy to understand, and easy to use for reference. His only negative comment concerned the all too copious amounts of humour, which simply gets in the way.
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