Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: May 2002
Pages: 584

Windows XP is the latest, most reliable, and best-looking version of the world's most widely used operating system. The new Windows combines the same stress-tested, extremely stable engine that drives Windows 2000-Microsoft's corporate operating system-with the far superior compatibility of Windows Me.Windows XP offers dozens of important new features. In addition to the vastly more elegant user interface, it offers drag-and-drop CD burning, powerful built-in features for viewing and managing digital photos and music, and aRemote Assistance feature that lets invited PC gurus or help-desk technicians see and even manipulate what's on your screen over the Internet.But one major failing of Windows remains unaddressed in the XP edition: It comes without a single page of printed instructions.In Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, New York Times technology columnist (and Missing Manual series creator) David Pogue provides the friendly, authoritative book that should have been in the box. It's the ideal users' guide for the world's most popular operating system.The book begins at the beginning: with a tour of the Desktop, the new, two-column Start menu, and instructions for customizing the Taskbar and toolbars. A special focus: Organizing files, folders, and windows for maximumefficiency and minimum clutter.More advanced chapters explore each control panel and built-in application; walk through every conceivable configuration (setting up a PC for Internet use, peripheral equipment, laptop life, and so on); and setting up a small network, including how to share a single Internet connection among several PCs. Finally, special chapters are dedicated to standard rituals of Windows life: troubleshooting, installation, and upgrading. Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual is a one-stop reference for the Windows user. In keeping with the high standards of the Missing Manual line, the book features superb writing, special features for both absolute novices and power users, and complete coverage. If Microsoft could wave its magic software wand and wish for the perfect guide to its flagship product, Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual would appear like magic.

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Hi David,

Frankly, I was intimidated by XP until I got my hands on your book Windows XP, Home Edition, The Missing Manual. It seemed to explain everything in easy to read language with plenty of illustrations. The index is really great. Even the most intricate item is there and a good explanatiion of what I was looking for. I think of it as the "bible" for XP. If it isn't there, I probably don't need it. You have done an excellent job on the Home Edition manual and if need be I would certainly look to your other Missing Manuals. Best.

Joe Berns

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Comments about O'Reilly Media Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual:

Great book. Helped me a lot. Though, probably not what Dave intended (since I am a Mac-to-PC-switcher and the book shows that XP is - at least for me - a better system than OS X). I hope he will do soon Office XP.

Thomas

Berlin, Germany

PS: Dave seems to be a Macintosh fan. In case he has access to Cupertino: He should let them know that they are making a huge mistake by banning Mac OS 9 from their new machines.

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