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Mastering Windows Xp Professional Paperback – September, 2001
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The problem with this book is that it's better suited to novice and moderately experienced computer users who should be using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, not the more feature-rich Professional version. Users of Windows XP Professional probably won't need to be told how to shut their machines off but may well want detailed coverage of how to configure Internet Information Services (IIS), a subject to which Minasi gives only two pages. Though it's not for power users or administrators of Windows XP Professional, this book is a good choice for users of Windows XP Home Edition, as well as novices who have had Professional forced upon them by a corporate computing department. --David Wall
Topics covered: Nearly all everyday aspects of Windows XP Professional (like Internet connectivity, formatting and printing, and local-area network hookups) and many more advanced subjects (like firewalling, Registry editing, scripting, and security configuration). New features like fax services, system rollback, and the handy photo viewer are dealt with nicely.
From the Back Cover
The latest from the world's leading Windows authority Mark Minasi, Mastering Windows XP Professional is the premier resource for anyone installing, configuring, and administering Windows XP, whether as part of a corporate network or for home or small business use. Depend on it for step-by-step instruction in hundreds of key techniques-not to mention a thorough look at all of XP's new features and troubleshooting advice that will save you time, money, and countless headaches. This is a book you won't let out of your sight as you make the transition to Microsoft's newest, most ambitious OS.
Using the new Start menu and Control Panel
Setting up broadband Internet connections
Setting up a small home or business network
Running programs designed for previous versions of Windows
Transferring files and settings from one computer to another
Sharing your desktop with remote users
Connecting to remote computers using Remote Desktop Connection
Using Windows Media Player 8
Communicating in real time using Windows Messenger
Improving performance on portable computers
Protecting your computer with Internet Connection Firewall
Using System Restore to revert to a previous configuration
Includes 96 pages of full-color visual, step-by-step instruction on the 58 most important Windows XP skills. In minutes, you'll learn to burn a CD, set up an Internet connection, use XP's powerful System Restore feature, and much more.
Top Customer Reviews
If you've never used a prior version of Windows, and are just looking for a book to get you started with XP, you will probably be happy with this book. Indeed, it may be the better book for beginners. However, I'd still recommend buying Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out instead. BOTH books address most questions you'll have from simple to complex, but "Inside Out", in my opinion, is easier to understand, easier from which to get answers and goes into greater depth in a clearer style on the advanced issues. Even if you're a novice, you may eventually appreciate the greater depth and the extra details that can sometimes make the whole picture fall into place.
I ordered both books from Amazon because I wanted to learn how to use "Share-Level Access", available in Windows 95/98/Me, in Windows XP. Specifically, I wanted to assign a "Read-Only" and "Full Access" password to my hard drive on my Windows XP Professional computer and share it with my other Windows 98 and Windows ME computers on my Windows peer-to-peer network. In "Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out" I found the answer in "Chapter 31: Managing Shared Folders and Printers" at the top of page 947 under the heading "A Third Model: Share-Level Access in Windows 95/98/Me". The "answer" is that Share-Level access no longer exists in Windows XP Professional, and unfortunately the "work around" requires setting up appropriate user accounts on the XP computer for the 9X/Me computers that wish to gain access to the XP computer. I was unable to find this answer in "Mastering Windows XP Professional".Read more ›
One of the problems with a book of this size and ambition is determining the goal of the author and from there determine if the book meets that goal. To this extent, the title "Mastering Windows XP Professional" should cover the details of the operating system. In this text Mark Minasi at times gives too much detail on items that are, and should be, covered well in other books (for example, HTML programming) and at other times properly keeps the coverage at an overview level because there are exhaustive texts available (for example, Windows Scripting Host or configuring IIS).
The book does what it promises in allowing a new or experienced user to master Windows XP Professional without trying to make them an IT, Networking, or Integration professional by covering many topics outside the realm of the basic XP operating system. Also, as is common with Minasi's books, this is not designed to be a study guide for certification but a reference for real-life users to deal with and resolve real-life problems.
Does this mean that this is the definitive text on Windows XP Professional? No.Read more ›
But then if I find even a few tidbits that make my life easier when supporting MS products (which can be a royal pain), I consider the book to be well worth it.
If you are looking at supporting XP, don't assume that its the same as 2000. Get this book, read it over, and find out what new goodies they put into this release.
Ninety six pages of full color screenshots marks the beginning of the book - all before you even start Chapter one. The full basics of the OS are covered, along with most of the standard Windows XP bundled software, such as Media Player, Internet Explorer 6, Outlook Express, CD Burning and more. So much more than just the how-to of the interface is detailed - providing just enough technical information to make it interesting and to let you "get it", without turning into a dry textbook. Hardware installations and troubleshooting, Internet connections and ICS/NAT, LAN/WAN connectivity with TCP/IP and IPX/SPX, performance monitoring and MMC/System Policies are just a few of the area that this title covers that many others gloss over or miss altogether.
A well mapped out Table of Contents and a 54 page index assist in making this not only a start-to finish read, but an easy find what you need reference. Although I can't recommend this title for anyone looking for a study guide towards certification, this is certainly a great choice for user who want to know Windows XP Pro inside and out as well as for desktop administrators who want a reference for their user's interface.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mark Minasi always delivers. I loved his book Mastering Windows 2000 and this one is just as good if not better.Published on September 19, 2009 by Cline Russell
If I didn't have this book, I would be in a lot of trouble with having Windows XP Pro. This book is easy to understand and it is written by one of the masters, Mark Minasi. Read morePublished on February 27, 2007 by Lee Jensen
Work gave us copies of this book when we first started to convert to XP. I never read it myself until recently when I decided to see about expanding my ever shrinking book shelf... Read morePublished on November 21, 2006 by Mathew A. Shember
Someone here said they liked Windows Xp Complete a lot, so I looked at that, and bought it, too. I have several computer books I consider "Golden". Read morePublished on May 3, 2005 by John Donivan
Mark Minasi is a great writer, with the ability to take a complex subject, like Windows XP, and make it fairly readable. Read morePublished on April 15, 2004 by Ron Atkins
Today, I left my copy of Mastering Windows XP Professional at home, so I went to the XP help, Microsoft. Read morePublished on August 21, 2003 by A. Condron
Chapter 15 Windows XP Professional Networking and Network Design Primer does not belong in this book. Why? Read morePublished on February 26, 2003 by Greg Muszynski
I got this book on sale for real cheap and so wasn't expecting a whole lot based on that steep mark down, but I was still a little a disappointed. Read morePublished on February 23, 2003 by Rion