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Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) Paperback – Bargain Price, October 22, 2004
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The cover of Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies boasts that it's "nine books in one." That's a stretch--it's really a book about Microsoft Windows XP for novices, with supplementary information about America Online and MSN--but cover claims aside, this book represents a good value for someone new to computing. Woody Leonhard--a respected Windows authority who writes with enough humor to keep things light but not so much as to obscure the facts--begins with how to use a mouse and works all the way through installing printers and setting up a little network in a home or small office. Granted, if you've found this page on the Internet you probably don't need Leonhard's "how-to-click" tutorial, but you may be shopping for someone unfamiliar with Windows. This book is good for such people.
While the nine separate indexes (one at the end of each included "book") will annoy you--the unified one at the back of this book is much easier to find and use--Leonhard's style will compensate. He's very good at explaining how to do what Windows XP was meant to do, up to a certain level. Want to add a music file to a Windows Media Player playlist? There's a procedure for that. Want to cancel AOL because you can't stand it? He explains how. He does not, however, provide detail on more complicated jobs like setting up a cable modem or dealing with the specific security risk posed by Universal Plug and Play. Overall, this is a nicely written, friendly book that covers Windows XP well, but to a limited depth. --David Wall
Topics covered: Microsoft Windows XP for home users, particularly novices. Windows XP fundamentals (like windows and the mouse pointer), customization, Internet tools (including Outlook Express and Internet Explorer), America Online (AOL), Microsoft Network (MSN), printers, small networks, and Internet connectivity are all addressed.
From the Back Cover
9 books in 1 your key to Windows XP success!
Your one-stop guide to Windows XP, fully updated for Service Pack 3 enhancements
Whether you want to set up a reliable network in your home office or you just want to beat the computer at Solitaire, here's your guide! In one of these handy minibooks, you'll find exactly what you need to know about basic Windows XP operation, getting around online, applying new security procedures, enjoying multimedia, and more.
- Use new Service Pack 3 security tools
Personalize your desktop
Set up Web pages and use e-mail
Work with digital cameras and camcorders
Choose and set up a Media Center
Coverage of the essentials and beyond
Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
A dash of humor and fun