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Windows XP for Dummies

4.4 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0764508936
ISBN-10: 0764508938
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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, Windows 98, 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, connect to the Internet, and use applications like electronic mail programs, Web browsers, and multimedia players.

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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)
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764508938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764508936
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,286,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in San Diego, California, Andy Rathbone began writing for newspapers in the early 80s. He started freelancing articles to computer magazines soon after, then began writing the "Windows For Dummies" series in 1992. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide.

He's since written more than 50 books, with more than 15 million copies in print. Recent books include Windows 8.1 For Dummies, Surface For Dummies, and Windows 8 Tablets For Dummies.

His latest book, Windows 10 For Dummies, is available now.

Mr. Rathbone answers a reader's question each week at his website: www.andyrathbone.com.

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This is the book for you if you are new to Windows. Covers most Windows functions and shows you where they are in Windows XP as well as introducing new Windows features. Very Basic in that it covers things such as Copy and Paste, etc. Limited in explainations about how to change things, customize, etc..

For me this was not the correct book, being experienced in all previous Windows and Mac operating systems. However, for a splash start, you can't do better than the "Dummies" books with excellent writing style, simple procedures with pictures.
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A better title for this book would be "Any Windows for Dummies". I bought this book because I am new to XP. Some of the reviews including one from an "IT" person stated that there was good information on XP specifically.
I found it to cover a lot of basic information on how to use Windows such as "start" button, icons, and control panel. Another example is the Networking chapter which in essence says "use the network wizard" and little else. It is well-written and methodical in its presentation of the subject but the subject matter is very basic. If you are an end-user that is comfortable with any version of Windows from 3.1 on, you will likely be unhappy with this book.
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Sure, you can read all the thick Egghead books, if you want, but the average user can simply purchase a copy of this great little book, to learn the basics of the XP Operating System, and use it for reference, occasionally.
The Windows XP Operating System is so Wonderful, that a user will not have much trouble, at all. This "Dummies" book should suffice for any questions that arise while using this Fantastic O.S.
Do yourself a Favor, and Upgrade from Windows '98 or, preferably, Windows 2000. Install "Microsoft Office XP Professional Upgrade, by Microsoft," and watch 98% of your computer woes vanish before your eyes ! Do the Updates, and watch the remaining 2% disappear, without a trace.
This book is really all the average Home user needs to run with XP. I work in IT, troubleshooting computers, and I strongly recommend this simple reference guide. I am not afraid to admit I was a "Dummy," in regards to XP.
Furthermore, I am using a "Dummies" book to help study for the A+ Exams. These books are fantastic. If you do not have the time to dig-through complicated information to find the answer to a dilemma, use the Index & Glossary to quickly get back to your work. The Screen Shots and Succinct Commentary will have you rolling right along, singing the Praises of XP.
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This isn't the sort of book you just pick up and read. This is the kind of book you grab in an emergency and it helps solve your computer problem. Wonderful as a reference on performing tasks you aren't familiar with. I Consider this book a "necessity". Even though I am somewhat computer savvy, this book still is needed for unusual jobs you might not do on a daily basis. If you have an XP computer, you need this book.
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This is an updated edition of the continuing series on Microsoft's Windows products. This version includes the latest Windows XP updates including Service Pack 2. As you would expect this book is aimed at the user working with the features contained within XP. This includes fundamental operating system features such as optimizing the system and to suit the individual's taste, and features that are included in Windows XP like working with the Internet, Outlook Express, scanning and faxing, CD burning and other included application programs.

Perhaps the best aspect of this book is the light tone and readable style that has been perfected over the previous 35 For Dummies books written by Andy Rathbone.
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Using Windows XP is much easier after reading this book, and be prepared to laugh a little. The author makes this book very informative and fun all at the same time. Most educational books are DULL, but not this one. Buy this book!!! ...
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Windows 98 For Dummies helped me figure out my way around my first computer. When I bought a new computer with a new Windows, I was lost again. I went back to the book that helped me the first time and quickly figured out how to use xp. This book was just what I needed.
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I did not think upgrading from Windows 98SE to Windows XP would be very difficult and although it was not impossible, it was nerve-racking. The Dummies book has definitely calmed my nerves. It is easy to find the problem or question you have and the book is written in easy to understand language so your problems or questions are solved or answered quickly.
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