Synopses & Reviews
Windows is the world’s most popular operating system, and Windows For Dummies
is the bestselling computer book ever. When you look at Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition,
it’s easy to see why. Here’s all the stuff you want to know, served up in plain English and seasoned with a few chuckles. But make no mistake, this book means business.
Author Andy Rathbone listened to what you wanted to know, and this edition is loaded with additional information about
- E-mail, faxing, and troubleshooting
- Maximizing security features
- Customizing and upgrading Windows XP
- Multimedia applications—CDs, digital music and photos, video, and more
- Answers to questions asked by thousands of Windows users
If you’re just getting started with Windows XP, you’ll find Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a lot easier than trying to get the fourth-grader next door to explain it to you. (Andy Rathbone is a lot more patient.) There’s a whole section devoted to “Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know,” so you can get the hang of the basics quickly and in the privacy of your own home. And if you’ve been around a couple of generations of Windows, you’ll be especially interested in how to squeeze maximum security from the beefed-up anti-spam and firewall features in Service Pack 2.
Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition is sort of like a buffet—you can sample everything, or just stick with the stuff you know you like. You’ll find out how to
- Locate programs and files, organize your information, and fax, scan, or print documents
- Get online safely, send and receive e-mail, work with Internet Explorer’s security toolbar, and steer clear of pop-ups, viruses, and spam
- Make Windows XP work the way you want it to, share your computer while maintaining your privacy, set up a network, and perform routine maintenance
- Transfer and organize pictures from your digital camera, edit digital video, and create custom CDs of your favorite tunes
- Use Windows XP’s troubleshooting wizards and become your own computer doctor
With its task-oriented table of contents and tear-out cheat sheet, Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition is easy to use. You can quickly find what you want to know, and you just may discover that this book is as important to your computer as the power cord.
The bestselling computer book of all time more than eight million copies sold in all editions now revised to cover the updates in Windows XP Service Pack 2 as well as updates in popular Windows applications This fifty percent revision includes a fully revamped, " task-oriented" table of contents as well as expanded coverage of e-mail, anti-spam tools, faxing, troubleshooting, customization, multimedia, and CDs and DVDs plus a brief look ahead to the next generation of Windows, codenamed " Longhorn" Walks first-time Windows XP users through signing on, navigating the interface, using basic applications, finding and working with files, handling Internet functions, setting up peripherals, and fixing basic problems Written in the friendly, accessible For Dummies style by Andy Rathbone one of the bestselling tech authors of all time
Andy Rathbone may be the bestselling technology author ever. He has written 35 For Dummies books and is also an authority on PC hardware and entertainment technology.
Covers the latest Windows XP updates including Service Pack 2
Fully revised to quickly answer your XP questions
You asked for more coverage of Outlook Express, scanning and faxing, CD burning, and more in Windows XP For Dummies and we delivered! This updated edition is packed with answers to your Windows XP questions, from getting files and programs to work to troubleshooting common problems. Best of all, it's written in author Andy Rathbone's fun and friendly style that's made this book a bestseller for over 10 years.
Praise for Windows For Dummies
"This book feels your pain and prescribes a chuckle."
G. David Wallace, Business Week
"Informative, friendly, conversational, and slightly irreverent. . . . It could help save you time and ease your frustration level."
Suzanne A. Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Written in a humorous style that gets the job done."
Don Crabb, Chicago Sun-Times
Discover how to
- Burn CDs, scan, and fax from your desktop
- Increase security with a firewall
- Exchange instant messages over the Internet
- Block annoying pop-ups, viruses, and spyware
- Customize your computer screen with your own photos
The bestselling computer book of all time is now revised to cover the updates in Windows XP Service Pack 2 as well as updates in popular Windows applications.
About the Author
“…the most well-known range of computer books…” (Computer Active
, January 2005)
“Readers will enjoy reading this bouncy, overwhelming accessible text….gives a peek at the next generation of Windows genius.” (Good Book Guide, December 2004)
“…sure to be a huge seller…” (Publishing News, July 2004)
Table of Contents
Part I: Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know.
Chapter 1: What Is Windows XP?
Chapter 2: The Desktop, Start Menu, and Other Windows XP Mysteries.
Chapter 3: Basic Windows Mechanics.
Chapter 4: Flipping Through Files, Folders, Floppies, and CDs.
Part II: Working with Programs and Files.
Chapter 5: Playing with Programs and Documents.
Chapter 6: I Can’t Find It!
Chapter 7: Printing, Faxing, and Scanning.
Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet.
Chapter 8: Cruising the Web.
Chapter 9: Sending Mail and Instant Messages.
Chapter 10: Safe Computing.
Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows XP.
Chapter 11: Customizing Windows XP with the Control Panel.
Chapter 12: Keeping Windows from Breaking.
Chapter 13: Sharing One Computer with Several People.
Chapter 14: Connecting Two or More Computers with a Network.
Part V: Music, Movies, Memories (And Photos, Too).
Chapter 15: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player.
Chapter 16: Fiddling with Photos and Movies.
Part VI: Help!
Chapter 17: The Case of the Broken Window.
Chapter 18: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute.
Chapter 19: Moving from an Old Computer to a New One.
Chapter 20: Help on the Windows XP Help System.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Aggravating Things about Windows XP (And How to Fix Them).
Chapter 22: Ten Things to Remember about Windows XP.
Chapter 23: Ten Things to Look Forward to in the Next Version of Windows.
Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows XP.