With the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft latest and most reliable corporate desktop operating system now provides better protection against viruses, worms, and malicious hackers. SP2 includes Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center. But it still 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 network and standalone PC users. In fact, this jargon-free book explains XP's features so clearly revealing which work well and which don't that it should have been in the box in the first place.
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.
The Windows XP Desktop
Chapter 1 The Desktop and Start Menu
The Elements of the XP Desktop
The Start Menu
Start→Shut Down (Turn Off Computer)
Start→Help and Support
Start→Set Program Access and Defaults
Start→My Network Places
Start→My Music, My Pictures
Start→My Recent Documents
Customizing the Start Menu
Chapter 2 Windows, Folders, and the Taskbar
Windows in Windows
The Desktop Window Overhaul
Chapter 3 Organizing Your Stuff
The Folders of Windows XP
Life with Icons
Copying and Moving Folders and Files
The Recycle Bin
Burning CDs from the Desktop
Chapter 4 Getting Help
Navigating the Help System
“What’s This?”: Help for Dialog Boxes
Getting Help from Microsoft
The Components of Windows XP
Chapter 5 Programs and Documents
When Programs Die
The Open Dialog Box
Moving Data Between Documents
Running Pre-XP Programs
Chapter 6 The Freebie Software
The Windows XP Accessories
Windows XP Games
Chapter 7 Pictures, Sound, and Movies
Digital Photos in XP
Windows Media Player
Making WAVs with Sound Recorder
Windows Movie Maker 2
Chapter 8 The Control Panel
Category View: The Big XP Change
Add or Remove Programs
Date and Time
Network Setup Wizard
Phone and Modem Options
Printers and Faxes
Regional and Language Options
Scanners and Cameras
Sounds and Audio Devices
Taskbar and Start Menu
Wireless Network Setup Wizard
Chapter 9 Hooking Up to the Internet
Five Degrees of Online Readiness
How to Get Online
Establishing a New Dial-Up Internet Account
Manually Plugging in Internet Settings
Dialing Up to the Internet
Advanced Modem Settings
Chapter 10 Security, Firewalls, and Service Pack 2
The Windows Firewall (and Others)
Other Miscellaneous Features
Troubleshooting Service Pack 2
Chapter 11 Web, Chat, and Videoconferencing
Chapter 12 Outlook Express 6
Setting Up Outlook Express
Configuring Outlook Express
Plugging into Windows XP
Chapter 13 Printing, Fonts, and Faxing
Installing a Printer
Fancy Printer Tricks
Chapter 14 Hardware
The Master Compatibility List
Connecting New Gadgets
When Plug and Play Doesn’t Work
The Device Manager
Chapter 15 Joining, Compressing, and Encrypting Disks
Compressing Files and Folders
Encrypting Files and Folders
Chapter 16 Maintenance, Backups, and Troubleshooting
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
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) was used to capture illustrations; Adobe Photoshop CS and Macromedia Freehand MX were called in as required for touching them up. The book was designed and laid out in Adobe InDesign 3.0 on a Macintosh PowerBook G4, and Power Mac G5. The fonts used include Formata (as the sans-serif family) and Minion (as the serif body face).
The book was then generated as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file for proofreading, indexing, and final transmission to the printing plant.
Comments about oreilly Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:
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