Windows XP Pocket Reference

Author: David A. Karp
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ISBN: 0596004257
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates (December, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 42,307
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
The little book that could!
I must admit, when I first saw the size of this book I thought that it was just going to be another half-hearted attempt at a reference manual for the basics of Windows XP. In fact, so sure I was of this, I let it sit on my shelf for over a month before I bothered to read through it. Was I ever wrong...

This book covers a wide range of tasks under Windows XP. Everything from how to schedule tasks, to how to setup user accounts, even an entire section devoted to Windows XP security! The book does a good job of grouping each tip by category, and then going straight into detail with the tips: How do I do it; What are the benefits of doing it; What are the options for doing it?

The only thing this book is missing would be a handy "tabbing" along the right side of the book to make it quick to finger over to a particular section. However, the content of this book more than make up for this minor omission.

This book is good for the moderate to advanced user of Windows XP. It covers many of the advanced tasks and not-so-subtle features that you will find in the OS, including such details as giving a handy class-id listing for common objects under XP. A good "pocket book" for anyone who uses Windows XP on a daily basis.


Rating: 5 out of 5
Finally, a pocket guide for the knowledgable user
I was surprised and pleased to discover the amount of thought that has gone into this little book. In addition to a rapid 'getting started' section, there's a lot of attention to the types of things I frequently need to look up, such as where a setting is found or what the syntax of an command is. But I was most interested in the last chapter, a "security checklist," which helps close all the "back doors" (as the author puts it) in my system. A bargain and a great find!

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