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Special edition using Microsoft Windows XP, professional
Cowart, Robert.
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Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, [2002]

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xxiii, 1217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional is the de facto Windows XP Pro reference and one you shouldn't fire up your Windows XP computer without! Get the book that PC World magazine reviewer Steve Bass says if he had to choose just one book to help him master Windows XP, "this would be the one."

Windows Peace Finally, longtime Windows NT/2000 users who have pined for a more usable operating system - such as Windows 95/98/Me - without sacrificing the stability and networking features they've come to expect in NT/2000 can pine no more. Windows XP Professional unites the two operating system camps. Your NT upgrade has finally arrived - Looking to upgrade from your aging Windows NT environment? Many corporations eschewed Windows 2000 as it was well known that 2000 (NT 5, for all intents and purposes) was a brief stop for Microsoft, which was already hard at work on XP. If you are viewing 2000 as the XP beta, you can be assured that it's now time-tested and ready to rock! Written for humans by humans! While many authors spend time trying to overwhelm you with their technical expertise, Bob and Brian drive right to the point with the clear, natural language that you have come to love and expect. Hands on, roll-up-your-shirtsleeves advice! Bob and Brian don't just tell you how to use the Windows features and point you elsewhere for networking or hardware advice. Instead, the help you choose, install and configure hardware and software that work in concert with Windows. CD-ROM Includes: 45 minutes of video from This unique video package is a new, innovative feature in computer books and video courseware, which brings Bob and Brian right to your desktop. This personal seminar flattens your learning curve, introduces you to Windows XP and demonstrates how to use it while you watch. Topics covered range from mastering the new XP user interface to setting up and fine-tuning your local area network.

Author Notes

Robert Cowart has written more than 35 books on computer programming and applications, with more than a dozen on Windows. His titles include Windows NT Unleashed, Mastering Windows (3.0, 3.1, 95, 98, and Me), Windows NT Server Administrator s Bible, Windows NT Server 4.0: No Experience Required, and Special Edition Using Windows 2000 Professional. Several of his books have been bestsellers in their categories, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has written on a wide range of computer-related topics for such magazines as PC Week, PC World, PC Magazine, PC Tech Journal, Mac World, and Microsoft Systems Journal. He has taught programming classes at the University of California Extension in San Francisco and has appeared as a special guest on the PBS TV series Computer Chronicles, CNN s Headline News, ZD-TV s The Screen Savers, and ABC s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is president and co-founder of, a company specializing in creating multimedia training courses. Robert resides in Berkeley, California.

In his spare time, he is involved in the music world, presenting chamber-music concerts and playing classical piano. He also is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 20 years. After doing graduate work in nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging technologies, he began a career as an independent consultant. An eclectic mix of clients have led to long-term projects in medical documentation, workflow management, real-time industrial system control, and most importantly, 15 years of real-world experience with MS-DOS, Windows, and computer networking in the business world. Previously, he co-authored Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and contributed to several of Bob Cowart s other Windows books. Brian lives in Albany, California, halfway between the tidal wave zone and the earthquake fault. He spends his free time restoring antique computers (check out and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.

Table of Contents

I Introducing Windows XP Professional
1 Introducing Windows XP Professional
An Overview of Windows XP Professional
A Little Windows History
Whats New in Windows XP Professional?
Differences Between Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, 64-Bit, and Server Versions of Windows XP
Differences Between Versions of Windows XP
How Does Windows XP Professional Compare to Unix and Linux?
Windows XP Professional on the Corporate Network
2 Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP
General Considerations
Hardware Requirements
Preparing Your Hardware for Windows XP
Preparing Your Software for Windows XP
Tips from the Windows Pros: Shopping for the Right Hardware and Software
3 Installing Windows XP Professional
Choosing an Upgrade Path
Choosing an Upgrade Path
Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS?
Getting Your Network Information Together
Its Backup Time! Clean Installation Procedure
Upgrading over an Existing Operating System
Making Replacement Startup Floppies
Tips from the Windows Pros: Automating Setup
II Getting Your Work Done
4 Using the Windows XP Interface
Who Should Read This Chapter?
Logging In to Windows XP
Using Windows XP-the User Experience
The Taskbar, the Start Menu, and Other Tools
Running Your Applications
Using My Documents, My Pictures, and My Music
Using the Help System
Exiting Windows Gracefully
Dealing with a Crashed Application or Operating System
Tips from the Windows Pros: Working Efficiently
5 Using the Simple Supplied
A Sea of Freebies
Character Map
Volume Control
Working with the Windows Clipboard
Using the Search Applet
6 Printing and Faxing
Windows XP Printing Primer
Installing and Configuring a Printer
Installing a Local Printer
Changing a Printers Properties
Removing a Printer from the Printers and Faxes Folder
Printing from Windows Applications
Working with the Printer Queue
Viewing and Altering Document Properties
Printing to Disk Option
Color Management
Tips from the Windows Pros: Choosing a Printer Name
7 Multimedia and Imaging
Multimedia, Imaging, and Windows
Whats Built in to Windows XP for Photographs?
Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard
Whats Built in to Windows XPfor Video?
Video Capture with Microsoft
Movie Maker
Windows Media Player
Tips from the Windows Pros: Archiving Your Companys History
III Windows XP and The Internet
8 Internet and TCP/IP Connection Options
Going World Wide
Connection Technologies
Choosing an Internet Service Provider
Choosing Equipment
Ordering the Service
Installing the Hardware
Configuring Your Internet Connection
Adjusting Dial-Up Connection Properties
Configuring a High-Speed Connection
Enabling the Internet Connection Firewall
Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection
Using Multiple Modems or ISDN Channels
Changing the Default Connection
Managing Multiple Internet Connections
Tips from the Windows Pros: Staying Connected While Traveling Abroad
9 Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer
Origins and Development of the World Wide Web
Whats New in Internet Explorer 6?
Internet Explorer 6 Quick Tour
Dealing with Multimedia Browsing and Downloading
Customizing the Browser and Setting Internet Options
Effectively Searching the Web
MSN Explorer Browser-The Touchy-Feely Alternative to IE
Getting a Passport to Microsoft Country
Tips from the Windows Pros: Finding and Using PDF Documents on the World Wide Web
10 Sending E-mail with Outlook Express
Choosing an E-mail Client
Choosing an E-mail Client
Outlook Express Quick Tour
Outlook Express Quick Tour
Outlook Express Quick Tour
Creating and Sending New Mail
Using the Address Book
Handling Unique Mail Situations
Tips from the Windows Pros: Creating
Formatted E-mail
11 Reading Newsgroups with Outlook Express
Newsgroups and the Internet
Setting Up a Newsgroup Accountin Outlook Express
Finding and Reading Newsgroups
Newsgroup Safety
Customizing Outlook Express for Newsgroups
Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups...for More than Just News
12 Chatting and Conferencing with Windows Messenger
An Overview of Windows Messenger
Getting Started with Windows Messenger
Chatting with Text
Communicating with Voice
Communicating with Video
Conferencing Options
What About Net Meeting?
Tips From the Windows Pros: Extending Your Chat Community
13 Hosting Web Pages with Internet Information Services
Overview of Internet Information Services
IIS Services and Requirements
Determining Which IIS Services You Need
Installing IIS
Taking a Quick Tour
Setting Up a Simple Web Site
Managing Your Site with the Computer Management Console
Sharing Folders with Web Sharing
Managing the FTP Server
Managing the SMTP Server
Log Files
Enabling Site Searching Using the Indexing Service
Configuring Shared Connections
Security Issues for Internet Services
Tips from the Windows Pros: Scripting for Interactive Sites
14 Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection
Its Great When It Works, But.... Before You Run into Trouble
Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities
Web-Based Utilities
Tips from the Windows Pros: Pinging with Larger Packets
IV Networking
15 Overview of Windows XPNetworking
Network Concepts
Network Connection Technologies
Resolving Computer Names
The Many Faces of Windows XP. Windows XPs Network Services
Tips from the Windows Pros: Becoming a Networking Professional
16 Creating a Windows XPPro Network
Creating or Joining a Network
Planning Your Network
Choosing a Network and Cabling System
Installing Network Adapters
Installing Network Wiring
Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network
Joining a Windows XP/2000 Domain Network
Network Security
Checking Out the Neighborhood
Install and Configure Backup Software
Bridging Two Network Types with Windows XP. Troubleshooting
Tips from the Windows Pros:Grassroots Networking
17 Using a Windows XP Network
Windows XP Was Made to Network
Traditional Versus Web Sharing
My Network Places
Using Shared Folders
Exploring and Searching the Network
Using Web Folders
Using Printers on the Network
Using Network Resources Effectively
Sharing Resources
Sharing Folders and Drives
Sharing Web Folders
Sharing Printers
Managing Network Use of Your Computer
Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line
The Distributed File System
Tips from the Windows Pros: Using Command-Line Utilities
18 Windows Unplugged: Remote and Mobile Networking
Going Unplugged
Dial-Up Networking
Wireless Networking
Offline Folders
Web Folders and Web Printing
Virtual Private Networking
Remote Desktop
Remote Assistance
Copying Files Between Two Computers
Infrared File Transfers
Multiple LAN Connections
Tips From the Windows Pros: Manually Adding Routing Information
19 Connecting Your LANto the Internet
Its a Great Time to Connect Your LANto the Internet
The Nuts and Bolts of the Connection
Getting Your Internet Service Installed
Configuring Your LAN
Making Services Available