Windows 2000 Pro combines the friendly interface of Windows 98 with the famous stability of Windows NT. Windows 2000, the successor to NT, introduces many technologies that weren't available in NT, including Plug-and-Play, support for USB devices, power management features, and more. It's 25% faster than Windows 98 and three times as stable. Unfortunately, despite all the enhancements, Microsoft forgot to address one of NT's most glaring omissions: Windows 2000 doesn't include a printed user's manual.
In Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual, bestselling Windows NT author Sharon Crawford provides the ideal (and desperately needed) user's guide for the world's most popular corporate operating system. The book covers:
Getting started. The early chapters cover using menus, finding lost files, reducing window clutter, and taming the wild Start menu.
What's what. A complete guide, this book explains the purpose of every Control Panel item, accessory program, and maintenance tool.
Mastering the network. Special chapters help you navigate the corporate network, dial in from the road, and even set up your own small-office (peer-to-peer) network, step by step.
Understanding security. User accounts, file encryption, and the NTFS file system keep your private files private, while still offering network access to coworkers you specify.
Flying the Net. This book demystifies the rich Internet suite of Windows 2000 Pro: its email, newsgroup, Web-browsing, and video conferencing programs.
Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual isn't for system administrators or OS theory geeks; it's for the novice or budding power user who wants to master the machine and get down to work. Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual is the crystal-clear, jargon-free book that should have been in the box.
Getting StartedPart One\ Getting Started
Chapter 1 A Welcome to Windows 2000A Welcome to Windows 2000
Windows 2000 ProfessionalWindows 2000 Professional
Getting Ready for WindowsGetting Ready for Windows
Chapter 2 Starting Up, Logging On, and Shutting Down
Chapter 3 The Desktop and Start MenuThe Desktop and Start Menu
The Windows 2000 DesktopThe Windows 2000 Desktop
The Start MenuThe Start Menu
Start→Shut DownStart?Shut Down
Customizing the Start MenuCustomizing the Start Menu
Start→Windows UpdateStart?Windows Update
Chapter 4 Windows, Folders, and the TaskbarWindows, Folders, and the Taskbar
Windows in WindowsWindows in Windows
Configuring Desktop WindowsConfiguring Desktop Windows
The TaskbarThe Taskbar
Taskbar ToolbarsTaskbar Toolbars
Chapter 5 Icons, Shortcuts, and the Recycle BinIcons, Shortcuts, and the Recycle Bin
Two Ways to NavigateTwo Ways to Navigate
Life with IconsLife with Icons
Copying and Moving Folders and FilesCopying and Moving Folders and Files
The Recycle BinThe Recycle Bin
Creating ShortcutsCreating Shortcuts
Chapter 6 Getting HelpGetting Help
Built-in Windows 2000 HelpBuilt-in Windows 2000 Help
Keyboard Commands in the Help ViewerKeyboard Commands in the Help Viewer
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I bought this book based on O'Reilly's reputation and I was not let down. If you are experienced or a novice this book will stand you in good stead. Clearly written and to the point it is far superior to the guides that Microsoft publishes. I bought this book and a guide from Microsoft. After starting the Missing Manual I put down the Microsoft book. You will do yourself a service by reading this book and keeping it handy.