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Windows XP MVP Paperback – September 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764597862 ISBN-10: 0764597868 Edition: 1st

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From the Back Cover

Ever wish you could hire a Windows XP expert? You just did.

If you use Windows XP at home or in a small business, you don't have the luxury of calling IT whenever you need help. But now, you can call on a Microsoft MVP and a team of highly qualified experts. They cover everything you might need to know about Windows XP—configuration, file management, digital media, Internet options, security, network set-up, and more. No complex theory here, just straightforward information about how to do what you want to do, with plenty of helpful tips and sidebars to make it even easier.

  • Set up your desktop and menus for maximum convenience
  • Install and manage additional hardware and software
  • Work with your folders and files
  • Create and manage dial-up and broadband Internet connections
  • Configure and customize Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
  • Build and manage wired or wireless networks
  • Learn to use all the digital media applications
  • Secure your system, translate error messages, and recover from a crash

About the Author

John Barnett has been a Microsoft MVP since 2000, specializing in XP help and support. He is a frequent contributor to the Windows XP Trial and Windows Expertzone newsgroups, and runs his own XP help and support site at http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org. For several years he has been a software tester for Microsoft and other software manufacturers such as Zone Labs, Future Systems Solutions, Inc. and McAfee.

Curt Simmons (B.A., M.Ed, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CTT, former MVP for Windows Server-Directory Services) is a technology author and trainer specializing in Microsoft products. He is the author of more than fifty computing books on various technologies.

Alan Simpson is a popular and best-selling technology author who has been writing about Windows since the days of Windows 95. He is particularly knowledgable in Windows XP configuration and multimedia.

David Dalan (MCP, MCSE) is a network engineer, Internet Service Provider manager, and Windows instructor. He brings an unusually high level of expertise to the areas of networking with Windows XP and Windows XP scripting.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 661 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597862
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,060,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book shows how to tell IE to block pop-ups.
W Boudville
This book is very well organized, with all of the information oriented toward accomplishing a task.
Mike
Personally, this is the type of book I need with me when working with Windows XP.
Thomas Duff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a fine, answers-based book that covers a lot of the same ground as other Windows books, but boasts a superior focus on solutions. Maybe that's because the lead author is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional specializing in Windows XP help. This book is very well organized, with all of the information oriented toward accomplishing a task. Most of the marginally useful fluff that you find in most XP book is absent here, and the information is of top quality throughout. I've already put this to good use in fine-tuning my networked small office setup. An added bonus in the book is a slew of great MVP tips and techniques from the author and his team of high-qualified pros. This is a worthy addition to any XP library. In fact, once you have this book I predict that you'l start going to it regularly, and certainly before any of the others.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is directed towards a sysadmin, or even a user, who only has a slight acquaintance with Microsoft Windows XP. It clearly explains a lot of the needs that many users might have.

For instance, they might desire to customise Internet Explorer. This has a slew of options for doing so. But many users could find these forbidding. So the text takes you into an understanding of what can be tweaked. You might want to pay close attention to the explanations of the security settings and the defaults. IE lets you customise numerous privacy options.

Ah, there is one option that I have to mention. The book shows how to tell IE to block pop-ups. If you have ever been aggravated by some website that gleefully chucks up an underending parade of these, then you will appreciate being able to cut these miserable entities off at first base.

Needless to say, the book discusses far more than just IE. But for many of you, IE is your access to the Web, so the above remarks should give you some idea of the book's efficacy.

Other popular usages explained include the playing of audio and video. Plus the handling of digital photos. Microsoft is heavily emphasising using XP as a media centre, and the text offers you an appreciation of what is available here.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Unless you're a complete and total desktop OS geek, there's a good chance that you'll run into things you want to do but can't figure out in Windows XP. I received a review copy of a book that would definitely assist in those cases... Windows XP MVP by John Barnett with Curt Simmons, Alan Simpson, and David Dalan.Read more ›
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