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Windows XP in a nutshell
Karp, David A. (David Aaron)
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sebastopol, Calif. : O'Reilly, 2002.
Physical Description:
xvi, 616 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Home and professional versions"--Cover.

Includes index.
Format :


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QA76.76.O63 K379 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This compact and comprehensive book systematically unveils what resolute users of the new Windows XP operating system will find interesting and useful, with little-known details, utility programs, and configuration settings all captured in a consistent reference format.A hands-on guide, Windows XP in a Nutshell cuts through the hype and gives practical details you can use every day. It's written by David A. Karp, the best-selling author whose no-nonsense "Annoyances" books and web site ( have helped thousands of users solve problems and improve their experience with Windows#65533;. The co-author is none other than Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly & Associates, whose books have revolutionized computer book publishing with their commonsense approach and depth of detail.At the heart of the book is a 200-plus-page reference section titled "Windows XP Applications and Tools," containing:

Detailed information on most of the commands and utilities available with Windows XP, including Start Menu accessories, command prompt tools, hidden system administration utilities such as the Registry Editor, Microsoft Management Console, and TweakUI. A comprehensive "Where to Find It?" section designed to give Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/2000 users a guide to the XP counterparts to previously familiar features, plus information on installing and upgrading. The Task and Setting Index, which provides users with quick access to locations of the hundreds of settings in Windows XP, organized alphabetically. A complete reference to the command prompt-- not only covering the basics of the command line and the different ways to use it, but also the advanced commands and scripting features at Windows XP's disposal. Packed with numerous tips and tricks, while warning of potential pitfalls, Windows XP in a Nutshell enables anyone to get the most out of all the resources available in XP.

Author Notes

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network ( and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long term vision for his company is to help change the world by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators.

is a corporate services agent for Studio B, where he works with authors supplying technical content to corporations. He is a coauthor of O'Reilly's Windows XP in a Nutshell.

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Library Journal Review

As the installed base of Microsoft's newest operating system, XP, grows, guides to its use will continue to proliferate (see also Computer Media, LJ 3/1/02). Upgraders with little previous experience will be drawn to 10 Minute Guide, which highlights changes from earlier versions and explains common tasks step by step. Small and leaving no room for background or troubleshooting assistance, this should be purchased in conjunction with more comprehensive guides, such as The Missing Manual. It provides enough background to allow new home users and upgraders to get up and running, while leaving them feeling as if they have a handle on why and how things work. Ample screen shots and sidebars further this process; recommended for all libraries. Headaches, for beginning to intermediate users, focuses on troubleshooting common XP problems and annoyances, like a too-rapid cursor blink rate. Nutshell is a reference for advanced users of home and professional editions, with an alphabetical format that allows quick lookup of functions and features within larger sections (e.g., networking, the registry, etc.). Each is useful and appropriate for larger libraries.' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Part I. The Big Picture
1. The Lay of the Landp. 3
The Big Picturep. 3
What's New in Windows XPp. 4
Windows XP Home and Professional Editionsp. 6
Windows Updatep. 7
2. Using Windows XPp. 8
The Desktopp. 8
Point and Click Operationsp. 9
Starting Up Applicationsp. 12
Styles and Consequences of Stylesp. 14
Windows and Menusp. 15
Keyboard Acceleratorsp. 18
Common Controlsp. 20
Files, Folders, and Disksp. 22
The Command Linep. 31
Online Helpp. 32
Shutting Downp. 33
Part II. Alphabetical Reference
3. The User Interfacep. 37
4. Windows XP Applications and Toolsp. 86
Using the Command Promptp. 86
Alphabetical Reference to Windows Componentsp. 87
5. Task and Setting Indexp. 335
6. The Command Promptp. 389
Using the Command Linep. 390
Command Prompt Choicesp. 391
Wildcards, Pipes, and Redirectionp. 393
Alphabetical Reference to DOS Commandsp. 395
MS-DOS Batch Filesp. 423
Part III. Advanced Topics
7. Networkingp. 439
Networking Terminologyp. 440
General Proceduresp. 452
8. The Registryp. 479
What's in the Registryp. 481
Adding and Deleting Registry Keys and Valuesp. 485
Organization of the Registryp. 487
Hivesp. 499
Backing Up the Registryp. 500
Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patchesp. 501
Ten Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registryp. 503
9. The Windows Script Hostp. 507
What Is WSH?p. 508
Additional Resourcesp. 508
Executing Scriptsp. 509
Creating a Scriptp. 510
VBScriptp. 511
Object Modelp. 520
Wscript Objectp. 521
Shell Objectp. 523
Registry Routinesp. 524
Shortcutsp. 525
Popupp. 526
Network Objectp. 527
Network Printer-Related Functionsp. 530
FileSystem Objectp. 531
TextStream Objectp. 536
Object Browserp. 537
Database Examplep. 538
Messagingp. 539
Part IV. Appendixes
A. Installing Windows XPp. 543
B. Migrating to Windows XPp. 553
C. Keyboard Shortcutsp. 557
D. Power Toys and TweakUIp. 565
E. Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Charactersp. 570
F. Common Filename Extensionsp. 572
G. Servicesp. 587
Indexp. 593