Synopses & Reviews
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:
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual
- 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.
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.
About the Author
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. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
Craig Zacker is a writer, editor, and educator who has written or contributed to dozens of books on operating systems, networking, and PC hardware, as well as several college texts and online training courses. Craig is the author of the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, and co-authored the MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-686): Windows 7 Desktop Administrator.L.J. Zacker has published numerous books and articles on networking topics.
Table of Contents
What the Reviewers Said; The Missing Credits; About the Authors; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; About This Book; The Very Basics; What's New in Windows XP; Professional Edition vs. Home Edition; The Dark Side of Windows XP; The Windows XP Desktop; Chapter 1: The Desktop and Start Menu; 1.1 Logging In; 1.2 The Elements of the XP Desktop; 1.3 The Start Menu; 1.4 Start→Log Off; 1.5 Start→Shut Down (Turn Off Computer); 1.6 Start→All Programs; 1.7 Start→Run; 1.8 Start→Search; 1.9 Start→Help and Support; 1.10 Start→Control Panel; 1.11 Start→Set Program Access and Defaults; 1.12 Start→My Network Places; 1.13 Start→My Computer; 1.14 Start→My Music, My Pictures; 1.15 Start→My Recent Documents; 1.16 Start→My Documents; 1.17 Customizing the Start Menu; Chapter 2: Windows, Folders, and the Taskbar; 2.1 Windows in Windows; 2.2 The Desktop Window Overhaul; 2.3 Window Toolbars; 2.4 The Taskbar; 2.5 Taskbar Toolbars; Chapter 3: Organizing Your Stuff; 3.1 The Folders of Windows XP; 3.2 Life with Icons; 3.3 Copying and Moving Folders and Files; 3.4 The Recycle Bin; 3.5 Shortcut Icons; 3.6 Burning CDs from the Desktop; Chapter 4: Getting Help; 4.1 Navigating the Help System; 4.2 "What's This?": Help for Dialog Boxes; 4.3 Remote Assistance; 4.4 Getting Help from Microsoft; The Components of Windows XP; Chapter 5: Programs and Documents; 5.1 Launching Programs; 5.2 Switching Programs; 5.3 Exiting Programs; 5.4 When Programs Die; 5.5 Saving Documents; 5.6 Closing Documents; 5.7 The Open Dialog Box; 5.8 Moving Data Between Documents; 5.9 Filename Extensions; 5.10 Installing Software; 5.11 Uninstalling Software; 5.12 Running Pre-XP Programs; Chapter 6: The Freebie Software; 6.1 The Windows XP Accessories; 6.2 Windows XP Games; 6.3 Everything Else; Chapter 7: Pictures, Sound, and Movies; 7.1 Digital Photos in XP; 7.2 Scanning; 7.3 Windows Media Player; 7.4 Making WAVs with Sound Recorder; 7.5 Windows Movie Maker 2; Chapter 8: The Control Panel; 8.1 Category View: The Big XP Change; 8.2 Accessibility Options; 8.3 Add Hardware; 8.4 Add or Remove Programs; 8.5 Administrative Tools; 8.6 Automatic Updates; 8.7 Bluetooth Devices; 8.8 Date and Time; 8.9 Display; 8.10 Folder Options; 8.11 Fonts; 8.12 Game Controllers; 8.13 Internet Options; 8.14 Keyboard; 8.15 Mail; 8.16 Mouse; 8.17 Network Connections; 8.18 Network Setup Wizard; 8.19 Phone and Modem Options; 8.20 Power Options; 8.21 Printers and Faxes; 8.22 Regional and Language Options; 8.23 Scanners and Cameras; 8.24 Scheduled Tasks; 8.25 Security Center; 8.26 Sounds and Audio Devices; 8.27 Speech; 8.28 System; 8.29 Taskbar and Start Menu; 8.30 User Accounts; 8.31 Windows Firewall; 8.32 Wireless Network Setup Wizard; Windows Online; Chapter 9: Hooking Up to the Internet; 9.1 Five Degrees of Online Readiness; 9.2 How to Get Online; 9.3 Establishing a New Dial-Up Internet Account; 9.4 Manually Plugging in Internet Settings; 9.5 Dialing Up to the Internet; 9.6 Advanced Modem Settings; Chapter 10: Security, Firewalls, and Service Pack 2; 10.1 Security Center; 10.2 The Windows Firewall (and Others); 10.3 Virus Software; 10.4 Automatic Updates; 10.5 Spyware Cleaners; 10.6 Other Miscellaneous Features; 10.7 Troubleshooting Service Pack 2; Chapter 11: Web, Chat, and Videoconferencing; 11.1 Internet Explorer; 11.2 Windows Messenger; Chapter 12: Outlook Express 6; 12.1 Setting Up Outlook Express; 12.2 Sending Email; 12.3 Reading Email; 12.4 Configuring Outlook Express; 12.5 Newsgroups; Plugging into Windows XP; Chapter 13: Printing, Fonts, and Faxing; 13.1 Installing a Printer; 13.2 Printing; 13.3 Controlling Printouts; 13.4 Fancy Printer Tricks; 13.5 Printer Troubleshooting; 13.6 Fonts; 13.7 Faxing; Chapter 14: Hardware; 14.1 The Master Compatibility List; 14.2 Hardware Connections; 14.3 Connecting New Gadgets; 14.4 When Plug and Play Doesn't Work; 14.5 Driver Signing; 14.6 The Device Manager; 14.7 Hardware Profiles; Chapter 15: Joining, Compressing, and Encrypting Disks; 15.1 Dynamic Disks; 15.2 Compressing Files and Folders; 15.3 Encrypting Files and Folders; Chapter 16: Maintenance, Backups, and Troubleshooting; 16.1 System Restore; 16.2 Disk Cleanup; 16.3 Disk Defragmenter; 16.4 Hard Drive Checkups; 16.5 Disk Management; 16.6 Task Scheduler; 16.7 Microsoft Backup; 16.8 The Briefcase; 16.9 Safe Mode and the Startup Menu; Life on the Network; Chapter 17: Accounts, Permissions, and Logging On; 17.1 Introducing User Accounts; 17.2 Windows XP: The OS With Two Faces; 17.3 Local Accounts on a Workstation; 17.4 Local Accounts on a Domain Computer; 17.5 Local Users and Groups; 17.6 Setting Up the Logon Process; 17.7 Logging On; 17.8 Profiles; 17.9 NTFS Permissions: Protecting Your Stuff; Chapter 18: Setting Up a Workgroup Network; 18.1 Kinds of Networks; 18.2 Installing Drivers; 18.3 Sharing an Internet Connection; 18.4 The Network Setup Wizard; Chapter 19: Introducing Network Domains; 19.1 The Domain; 19.2 Joining a Domain; 19.3 Five Ways Life Is Different on a Domain; Chapter 20: Sharing Network Files; 20.1 Accessing Other Computers; 20.2 Working with Network Files; 20.3 Shared Folders Online; 20.4 Mapping Shares to Drive Letters; 20.5 Two Roads to File Sharing; 20.6 Simple File Sharing; 20.7 Standard File Sharing; 20.8 Offline Files; Chapter 21: Three Ways to Dial In from the Road; 21.1 Remote Access Basics; 21.2 Dialing Direct; 21.3 Virtual Private Networking; 21.4 Remote Desktop; Appendixes; Installing Windows XP Pro; Before You Begin; Upgrade vs. Clean Install; Dual Booting; Choosing a File System; Installing Windows XP; Setup Wizard; Network Identification Wizard; Files and Settings Transfer Wizard; Backing Out of Windows XP; Ditching Windows XP; Ditching the Older Windows; Windows XP, Menu by Menu; File Menu; Edit Menu; View Menu; Favorites Menu; Tools Menu; Help Menu; Fun with the Registry; Meet RegEdit; A Few Regedit Examples; Colophon;