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  Windows XP in a Nutshell – A desktop quick reference
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Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition documents everything there is to know about the world's most widely used operating system. Updated to include information on Service Pack 2 (SP2), this compact guide is the ultimate resource for IT professionals and Windows XP power users everywhere.

Written in O'Reilly's time-tested in a Nutshell format, Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition cuts through the hype and delivers practical details in a no-nonsense manner. At the heart of the book is an invaluable 200-plus-page section titled Windows XP Application and Tools. In it, readers will find:
·A list of available commands and utilities, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, and hidden system administration utilities
·A Task and Setting Index for quick access to hundreds of XP settings
·A complete reference to XP's command prompt, including advanced commands and scripting features

Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition also includes a primer on files, folders, and windows; control panels and built-in applications; how to set up a PC for Internet use; and the standard Windows rituals of troubleshooting, installation, and upgrading.

And, of course, this greatly expanded second edition also includes all the need-to-know details about the security technologies featured in SP 2, so you can better defend yourself against viruses, worms, and hackers. Readers even receive guidelines and instructions for installing SP2 on their PC, or across a network of computers.

With its wealth of tips, careful instruction, and expert advice, this must-have desktop reference is dedicated to making your time at the computer safer, easier, and more fun.

The review:
From a person who cleans computer systems of viruses and worms, as well as reinstall or fix systems this book is just wonderful. The information it provides is easy to find through its index provided you know what you are looking for.

The book is divided in categories to assist you in getting to the right section and they are as follows:
-Using Windows XP
-The User Interface
-Applications and Tools
-Task and setting Index
-Command Prompt Networking
-The Registry
-The Windows Script Host
-Installing Windows XP
-Migrating to Windows XP
-Keyboard shortcuts
-Power Toys and TweekUI
-Filename Extensions
-Service Packs

As you can see by these categories that you do have to know the terminology to appreciate this book and if you do, it is one for your reference shelf for sure

Review ID Number: 574
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Review Date: 2005-03-18
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
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