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REVIEW: "Microsoft Windows XP Simply Visual", Faithe Wempen

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    BKWNXPSV.RVW 20041223 Microsoft Windows XP Simply Visual , Faithe Wempen, 2005, 0-7821-4394-6, U$24.99/C$34.95/UK#17.99 %A Faithe Wempen %C 1151 Marina
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      "Microsoft Windows XP Simply Visual", Faithe Wempen, 2005,
      0-7821-4394-6, U$24.99/C$34.95/UK#17.99
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      %C 1151 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501
      %D 2005
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      %I Sybex Computer Books
      %O U$24.99/C$34.95/UK#17.99 800-227-2346 Fax: 510-523-2373
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      %T "Microsoft Windows XP Simply Visual"

      The introduction notes that this is a graphically oriented guide. It
      also lists some differences between the Home and Pro versions,
      although these distinctions are later ignored in some of the promises
      made towards the end of the section.

      Part one is supposed to deal with files and folders. Chapter one
      outlines the basic components on the screen, takes a terse look at
      Startup procedures, and Shutdown. Parts of a window or dialogue box
      are described in chapter two. Chapters three and four essentially
      discuss aspects of Windows Explorer, although it is not always
      referenced that way. The allusion to distinct aspects, depending upon
      how the program is invoked, may be easier for complete novices to
      understand initially, but it may create problems for later work or
      use.

      Part two is, to a limited extent, about running programs. Chapter
      five demonstrates how to start some programs, and describes some of
      the utilities included with XP, such as Notepad and Calculator.
      "Installing New Programs," in chapter six, mostly tells you how to
      remove some standard applications, which could actually lead to
      problems. There is also a brief look at Windows Update. The Start
      menu and shortcuts are illustrated in chapter seven.

      Part three turns to multimedia. The use of scanners and webcams is
      outlined in chapter eight. Windows Media Player has the obligatory
      chapter in nine, while ten concentrates mostly on Movie Maker.

      Part four turns to customizing the system. The usual screen and
      desktop appearance parameters are listed in chapter eleven. Twelve
      looks at a variety of settings, such as those affecting the mouse or
      alert sounds. Printer and font adjustments are in thirteen. Fourteen
      has a cursory review of user accounts.

      Networking, and Internetworking, are the topics in part five. Chapter
      fifteen gives you not quite enough information to set up a home
      network, in most cases. Sixteen walks you through the dialogue boxes
      to set up a dialup connection to the Internet. Internet Explorer is
      described in seventeen, and Outlook Express (as well as Windows
      Messenger) in eighteen. Some of the options for those programs (and
      the XP firewall) are listed in chapter nineteen.

      Part six reviews maintenance. Chapter twenty notes the disk scanning
      and cleanup tools. Chapter twenty-one is a bit of a grab bag, with
      the most space given to System Restore and Remote Assistance. The Add
      New Hardware wizard is outlined in chapter twenty-two.

      This is a fairly standard introduction, and does not go beyond the
      basic tasks. It will get a novice user started, but will not give the
      same level of background that a work like "Windows XP Personal
      Trainer" (cf. BKWNXPPT.RVW) does. The additional preparation may take
      a bit longer for the newcomer to get through, but it will pay off
      later in terms of a quicker advance into more sophisticated use of the
      machine.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKWNXPSV.RVW 20041223


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