Windows XP is the latest, most reliable, and best-looking version of the world's most widely used operating system, combining the extremely stable engine of Windows NT and 2000 with the user-friendliness of the Windows 98 and Me consumer models. In its first year, XP became the fastest-selling Windows OS ever. But one major failing remains unaddressed: XP Pro comes without a single page of printed instructions.
This superbly written guide fills the gap. Coauthored by David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist and Missing Manuals creator, Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual uses wit, technical insight, and scrupulous objectivity to light the way for first-time and intermediate PC fans. The book reveals which features work well and which don't, such as the Remote Desktop software that enables people to connect to the office from home, the encryption file system that protects sensitive information, and the Windows Messenger that enables real-time text, voice and video communication. Contents include:
Getting started. The book's early chapters cover using menus, finding lost files, reducing window clutter, and taming the new, multi-column Start menu.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 Outlook Express 6 for email, Internet Explorer 6 for Web browsing, and the new Windows Messenger for voice, chat, and video conferencing.
Windows XP 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. Yet, anyone who uses XP Pro (including hardcore techies) will find this new system much easier -- and more fun -- to digest with this new Missing Manual. This is the crystal-clear, jargon-free book that should have been in the box.
The Windows XP DesktopPart OneThe Windows XP Desktop
Chapter 1 A Welcome to Windows XPA Welcome to Windows XP
What It’s ForWhat It’s For
Getting Ready for WindowsGetting Ready for Windows
What’s New in Windows XPWhat’s New in Windows XP
Professional Edition vs. Home EditionProfessional Edition vs. Home Edition
The Dark Side of Windows XPThe Dark Side of Windows XP
Chapter 2 The Desktop and Start MenuThe Desktop and Start Menu
Logging InLogging In
The Elements of the XP DesktopThe Elements of the XP Desktop
The Start MenuThe Start Menu
Start→Log OffStart?Log Off
Start→Shut Down (Turn Off Computer)Start?Shut Down (Turn Off Computer)
Start→All ProgramsStart?All Programs
Start→Help and SupportStart?Help and Support
Start→Control PanelStart?Control Panel
Start→My Network PlacesStart?My Network Places
Start→My ComputerStart?My Computer
Start→My Music, My PicturesStart?My Music, My Pictures
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year"). Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. This book was created in Microsoft Word XP, whose revision-tracking feature made life far easier as drafts were circulated from authors to technical and copy editors. SnagIt (www.techsmith.com) ws used to capture illustrations; Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia FreeHand were called in as required for touching them up. The book was designed and laid out in Adobe PageMaker 6.5 on a Macintosh PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4, and Power Mac G4. The fonts used include Formata (as the sans-serif family) and Minion (as the serif body face).The book was generated as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file for proofreading and indexing, and final transmission to the printing plant in the form of PostScript files.