This compact and comprehensive book systematically unveils what resolute users of the new Windows XP operating system will find interesting and useful, with little-known details, utility programs, and configuration settings all captured in a consistent reference format.
A hands-on guide, Windows XP in a Nutshell cuts through the hype and gives practical details you can use every day. It's written by David A. Karp, the best-selling author whose no-nonsense "Annoyances" books and web site (Annoyances.org) have helped thousands of users solve problems and improve their experience with Windows®. The co-author is none other than Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly & Associates, whose books have revolutionized computer book publishing with their commonsense approach and depth of detail.
At the heart of the book is a 200-plus-page reference section titled "Windows XP Applications and Tools," containing:
Detailed information on most of the commands and utilities available with Windows XP, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, hidden system administration utilities such as the Registry Editor, Microsoft Management Console, and TweakUI.
A comprehensive "Where to Find It?" section designed to give Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/2000 users a guide to the XP counterparts to previously familiar features, plus information on installing and upgrading.
The Task and Setting Index, which provides users with quick access to locations of the hundreds of settings in Windows XP, organized alphabetically.
A complete reference to the command prompt-- not only covering the basics of the command line and the different ways to use it, but also the advanced commands and scripting features at Windows XP's disposal.
Packed with numerous tips and tricks, while warning of potential pitfalls, Windows XP in a Nutshell enables anyone to get the most out of all the resources available in XP.
The Big Picture
Chapter 1 The Lay of the Land
The Big Picture
What’s New in Windows XP
Windows XP Home and Professional Editions
Chapter 2 Using Windows XP
Point and Click Operations
Starting Up Applications
Styles and Consequences of Styles
Windows and Menus
Files, Folders, and Disks
The Command Line
Chapter 3 The User Interface
Chapter 4 Windows XP Applications and Tools
Using the Command Prompt
Alphabetical Reference to Windows Components
Active Connections Utility
Add Hardware Wizard
Add or Remove Programs
Boot Configuration Manager
Cabinet (CAB) Maker
Connection Manager Profile Installer
Create Shared Folder
Date and Time Properties
DirectX Management Tool
Driver Verifier Manager
FAT to NTFS Conversion Utility
Fax Cover Page Editor
File Compare (comp)
File Compare (fc)
File Expansion Utility
File and Settings Transfer Wizard
Group Policy Refresh Utility
Help and Support Center
Java Command-Line Loader
Local Security Policy
Microsoft Management Console
MSN Gaming Zone
My Network Places
Network Setup Wizard
New Connection Wizard
NTFS Compression Utility
NTFS Encryption Utility
ODBC Data Source Administrator
Pentium Bug Checker
Performance Log Manager
Performance Logs and Alerts
Phone and Modem Options
Printers and Faxes
Private Character Editor
Regional and Language Options
Registry Console Utility
Remote Desktop Connection
Scanners and Cameras
Scheduled Tasks Console
Security Template Utility
Send a Fax
Signature Verification Tool
Sounds and Audio Devices
SQL Server Client Network Utility
System Configuration Editor
System Configuration Utility
Taskbar and Start Menu Properties
Windows File Checker
Windows Help System
Windows IP Configuration
Windows Media Player
Windows Movie Maker
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
Windows Script Host
Chapter 5 Task and Setting Index
Chapter 6 The Command Prompt
Using the Command Line
Command Prompt Choices
Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirection
Alphabetical Reference to DOS Commands
cd or chdir
del or erase
md or mkdir
rd or rmdir
ren or rename
MS-DOS Batch Files
Chapter 7 Networking
Chapter 8 The Registry
What’s in the Registry
Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Values
Organization of the Registry
Backing Up the Registry
Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches
Ten Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry
Chapter 9 The Windows Script Host
What Is WSH?
Creating a Script
Network Printer-Related Functions
Appendix Installing Windows XP
Installation on a New (Clean) System
Appendix Migrating to Windows XP
Before Upgrading to Windows XP
Appendix Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Key
Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function
Appendix Power Toys and TweakUI
Appendix Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters
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Ann Schirmer was the production editor for Windows XP in a Nutshell. Ann Schirmer and Mary Brady proofread the book. Mary Brady, Claire Cloutier, and Sheryl Avruch provided quality control. Phil Dangler and Sarah Sherman provided production assistance. Joe Wizda wrote the index.
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This book does a great job of covering the middle ground between a book for novices and a techie's manual. It covers the basics briefly and moves on to the details useful to an experienced Windows user. It even goes into scripting and into the Registry, topics for expert users, but that's at the end of the book so it doesn't get in the way of the things the typical reader will want to know. It's exceptionally well organized and well-indexed. The typeface is crisp -- other computer books look they were mimeographed -- and the screen captures are reasonably clear, although color would make them better. The website lists errata and changes in the 3rd edition -- a nice feature. (I have the first edition.)
As an intermediate user who prefers O'Reilly's books over others because the coverage and depth they offer is perfect for me, I was one again pleased with the scope, coverage, and depth provided here.
I consistently recommend O'Reilly more general books to library patrons who are savvy intermediate users. I also recommend their books because of their unique size and superb layout.
As a lover of literature, writing, and logic, I was dismayed to see many more errors than I would have ever expected in a technical publication. The errors I came across in the first 65+ pages were primary typos, easy for an author to miss, outright embarrassing for an editor to overlook. More alarming is that some figures (read: screenshots referred in the text) were the wrong shots. There was a disconnect between what was being referred to in the text and what was shown in the corresponding figure. That's unforgivable.
When a second, revised edition appears, I'll gladly spend money on it. Until then, it's something I'll borrow from the library. Too bad, as I like the series very much.
(As a side note, I recently purchased Windows XP Annoyances, and found an error of logic in its opening pages. It's minor, but I would expect technical writers and editors to be even more discerning and logical than general book editors. I'm a bit disappointed that these errors don't get caught, and a bit worried at what other errors might exist if these made it past the editor's desk.)
Keep printing these books, but please put out revised editions with corrections!
David Karps ability as a writer parallels his knowledge and expertise of the Windows Operating System. When all the Other books about Windows XP are "Said & Done", Karp, O'Reilly & Motts "XP in a Nutshell" is the one I will consistently turn to on a daily basis.
An excellent reference on the Windows XP operating system. It's easy to read, concise, and easily referenced to answer whatever questions you may have regarding Windows XP. I discovered many new and interesting features of the OS in a very short period of time. I recommend this to all users of Windows XP.