Windows XP in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2002
Pages: 640

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.
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Windows XP in a Nutshell Review

By Mike Sandman

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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.)

 
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By Jenn

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Comments about oreilly Windows XP in a Nutshell:

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!

 
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By W.A.Florek

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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.

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By Steve A. Kleinheider

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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.

 
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By K Vainstein

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Again: this is 1st, not 3rd, edition. And deleting my comments does not correct the error.

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