- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: New Riders Press; 1st edition (April 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073571357X
- ISBN-13: 978-0735713574
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,507,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Windows XP Killer Tips Paperback – April 21, 2003
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From the Back Cover
Time is money. And a lot of Windows XP users find themselves trying to save time by skimming through larger computer books in order to pull out the useful nuggets of info that are often placed within what we call sidebars (i.e. those Note/Tip/Warning boxes). The Killer Tips series was developed by Scott Kelby because he recognized how useful technology users find those cool "I didn't know THAT" sidebars that are peppered all over the other computer books out there. Windows XP Killer Tips is all about speed; showing XP users how to get more work done faster, while actually increasing quality. The whole concept is to help make you faster and more productive than ever using Windows XP.
About the Author
Kleber Stephenson is President of U.S. Diginet¿interactive communications, a provider of Internet Solutions, integrated strategy consulting, and secure stable hosting environments for business enterprises, and President of Medical Assisted Services. With more than a decade of experience analyzing and implementing business computing infrastructures based on Microsoft technologies, and the Windows OS architecture, Kleber designs and develops real world network and administrative solutions. In addition, he's a contributing technology reviewer for Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines.
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Top Customer Reviews
I took it to my office the first day I received it and had to almost fight to get it back. I know a couple of co-workers went looking for the book that day but the local bookstores (at least the ones on Boylston) didn't have it in yet. I almost wish I had kept the book to myself.
I highly recommend this book to anyone! If you're new to XP, you'll feel like a pro in no time. If you're familiar with XP you'll learn things you never knew. And, if you're an XP expert, Kleber's book will refresh your memory and show you once again why Windows is the best OS on the Planet. Personally, I consider myself a fairly advanced user of Windows. Kleber's book kind of made me realize that maybe I didn't know as much as I thought I did, but I know it now.
Whatever you ever wanted to do in XP it's probably in here. And, Kleber covers more than just XP's OS. He's written chapters with great info on Internet Explorer, Media Player, Outlook Express and Movie Maker 2 (great chapter!). So, if you need a book on XP, Windows XP Killer Tips is the one!
The book consists of several hundred tips relating directly to the use and look of your Windows XP OS. Almost every tip takes up a fourth of the page, and consists of a description of the tip as well as an appropriate screen shot. The book actually reads like a cookbook, which is great for this type of book. Simply flip to the section you are interested in, and browse the title of each tip until you find the one you want.
The tips range from registry hacks (pretty much changing the behavior of Windows), to information on working with Media Player, tips on searching, XP annoyances, and general information on getting the most from your computer. Some of the easier tips include how to arrange or customize your toolbar, adding quick launch icons, and changing an file's icon. Some intermediate tips include adding a short cut icon to shut down or switch users, and how to use some of Windows XP's hidden programs. More advanced tips range from tricks you can do to annoy your co-workers (hide all desktop icons, switch the right and left mouse buttons, etc.) to how to make the label of "My Computer" be dynamic based on who is logged in.
This book is written for beginning to intermediate Windows XP users. The tips and tricks contained in this book will be very valuable to this audience. The book was easy to read and easy to find information.
In addition, I have some serious complaints:
1. Kleber has included a series of "annoying tricks" as he calls them. These are things he says you can do to other people's computers to drive them batty. This is just not right. You just DON'T mess with another person's personal settings.
2. Kleber tells his users to not send error reports back to Microsoft. He says that Microsoft doesn't need to know about errors, but THEY SHOULD. This is one of the best things Microsoft has done so far. By receiving errors, they can fix problems in their products, which will make Windows work better, and faster, and will make it crash less. Please, if you buy, and follow this book, at least disregard this advice.
3. Kleber also suggests that people turn off the Auto-Update function of XP. While I agree that we shouldn't let XP just automatically update our PC without our intervention, there is a third option, that lets XP tell you there are Updates to download, which you then install manually. This is a nice middle ground. If it weren't for the Auto-Update, most people's computers, like my father-in-law's (sorry Dad!) would never get the essential security patches it needs, at least until I trundle to his house and provide tech support. Again, don't follow Kleber's advice on this one.
So essentially, my review is this:
If you're a beginner, and you'd like to learn some good ways to customize your PC to your own tastes, then this is a good book to own. If you're already familiar with XP, steer clear of this book, as you'll not learn much new.