In a Nutshell by David A. Karp, Tim O'Reilly and Troy Mott
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you new to Windows or a Linux fan that has never
touched Windows and would like to give it a shot?
Windows XP in a Nutshell is the only book you will
need. It's a reference guide that is essential for
everyone from beginner levels to advanced. Beginners
will get to learn Windows while advanced users will
learn new tips and tricks.
XP is the first consumer OS based on a platform
(Windows NT) that was once used only by advanced
users. The book gives a brief history of Windows
noting that the first releases of Windows were
nothing more than graphical application launchers
run on top of DOS. Microsoft's new piracy tactics
are explained, detailing the changes Windows XP
boasts to combat software piracy including the
requirement to activate each installation via telephone
or Internet. Each copy of Windows XP can only be
installed on one computer.
XP interface will not be anything new to users that have used
NT or Windows 98. Windows XP defaults to a cartoonish graphical
treatment that can be easily changed into the classic interface
seen in Windows 98. The control panel in Windows XP has received
a facelift too and now contains category groupings instead
of an applet list. Beginners will find a tutorial on the device
manager and learn how to completely turn off a device or upgrade
is broken up into chapters covering such things as the Windows
XP interface, networking, the Windows registry, command prompts,
file name extensions and applications found within Windows
XP. The file system in general is explained too, providing
details such as what characters are allowed in a file name.
In a comparison, you'll also find out that Windows XP has
better compatibility with games as well as more features than
chapter goes over what is new in Windows XP that hasn't been
found in other versions of the operating system. The second
and third chapters go into detail about starting applications,
copying files and using the Windows XP GUI. This is a great
guide for beginners which also tells you how to do such things
as uninstall fonts and how to set up the Windows XP firewall.
ever gotten an e-mail from a friend with a file extension
you may not be familiar with? Windows has many file extensions
and this book contains a complete list with a descriptions.
Windows scripting host is explained in depth in this book
as well as networking. It includes a troubleshooter if you
have problems connecting to the Internet as well as instructions
on how to set up a Local Area Network (LAN). It explains why
security is important while on the Internet and how to prevent
problems by setting up a firewall.
pages of the book include directions on how to install XP.
Even advanced users who encounter difficulties installing
XP due to certain errors may check the guide for some troubleshooting.
When I was installing XP on a reformatted hard drive I couldn't
get it installed due to an error. The book recommended a change
to my BIOS settings (to boot from CD-ROM first) and I was
able to do an error-free install.
Windows has more powerful features and networking capabilities
than ever before. Windows XP has been a step towards merging
its consumer and business operating systems into one. Those
upgrading from Windows 98 will notice substantial change while
users of previous NT versions will hardly notice a difference.
is a lot of information jammed into 592 pages. The authors
of the book have been thorough in bringing you a guide that
tells you where you can find settings for everything related
to the operating system so you will not have to explore the
vast array of menus and dialogs by trial and error. Even advanced
users can benefit from this. Windows XP in a Nutshell is an
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