Home > Store

Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP, Professional

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP, Professional


  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale


  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2628-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2628-5

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 Brainsville.com. 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.

Sample Content

Table of Contents


1. Introducing Windows XP Professional.

An Overview of Windows XP Professional. A Little Windows History. What's 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 theCorporate Network.

2. Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP.

General Considerations. Hardware Requirements. Preparing Your Hardware forWindows XP. Preparing Your Software forWindows XP. Troubleshooting. 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. It's Backup Time! Clean Installation Procedure. Upgrading over an Existing Operating System. Making Replacement Startup Floppies. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Automating Setup.


4. Using the Windows XP Interface.

Who Should Read This Chapter? Logging In to Windows XP. Using Windows XP—the UserExperience. 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. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Working Efficiently.

5. Using the Simple SuppliedApplications.

A Sea of Freebies. Notepad. WordPad. Paint. Calculator. Character Map. Volume Control. Working with the WindowsClipboard. Using the Search Applet. Troubleshooting.

6. Printing and Faxing.

Windows XP Printing Primer. Installing and Configuring a Printer. Installing a Local Printer. Changing a Printer's 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. Faxing. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Choosing a Printer Name.

7. Multimedia and Imaging.

Multimedia, Imaging, and Windows. What's Built in to Windows XP for Photographs? Using the Scanner and CameraWizard. What's Built in to Windows XPfor Video? Video Capture with MicrosoftMovie Maker. Windows Media Player. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Archiving Your Company's History.


8. Internet and TCP/IP ConnectionOptions.

Going World Wide. Connection Technologies. Choosing an Internet ServiceProvider. Choosing Equipment. Ordering the Service. Installing the Hardware. Configuring Your InternetConnection. Adjusting Dial-Up ConnectionProperties. Configuring a High-SpeedConnection. Enabling the Internet ConnectionFirewall. Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection. Using Multiple Modems or ISDN Channels. Changing the Default Connection. Managing Multiple InternetConnections. Troubleshooting. 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. What's 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—TheTouchy-Feely Alternative to IE. Getting a Passport to MicrosoftCountry. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Finding and Using PDF Documents on the World Wide Web.

10. Sending E-mail withOutlook 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. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: CreatingFormatted 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. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups…for More thanJust News.

12. Chatting and Conferencing with Windows Messenger.

An Overview of Windows Messenger. Getting Started with WindowsMessenger. Chatting with Text. Communicating with Voice. Communicating with Video. Conferencing Options. What About NetMeeting? Troubleshooting. Tips From the Windows Pros: Extending Your Chat Community.

13. Hosting Web Pages with Internet Information Services.

Overview of Internet InformationServices. 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. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Scripting for Interactive Sites.

14. Troubleshooting YourInternet Connection.

It's Great When It Works, But…. Before You Run into Trouble. Troubleshooting. Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities. Web-Based Utilities. Tips from the Windows Pros: Pinging with Larger Packets.


15. Overview of Windows XPNetworking.

Network Concepts. Network Connection Technologies. Resolving Computer Names. The Many Faces of Windows XP. Windows XP's 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 CablingSystem. 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 BackupSoftware. 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 theNetwork. 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. Troubleshooting. 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 TwoComputers. Infrared File Transfers. Multiple LAN Connections. Troubleshooting. Tips From the Windows Pros: Manually Adding Routing Information.

19. Connecting Your LANto the Internet.

It's a Great Time to Connect Your LANto the Internet. The Nuts and Bolts of theConnection. Getting Your Internet ServiceInstalled. Configuring Your LAN. Making Services Available. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Squeezing Top Speed from Your High-Speed Connection.

20. Networking Mix and Match.

Networking with Other Operating Systems. Internetworking with NovellNetWare. Internetworking with DOS and OS/2. Internetworking with Unix and Linux. Internetworking with Macintosh. Internetworking Over Dial-Up and VPN Connections. Advanced Networking Services. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: TheHosts File.

21. Network Security.

It's a Cold, Cruel World. Who Would Be Interested in My Computer? Preparation. Active Defenses: Blocking Known Methods of Attack. Testing, Logging, and Monitoring. Disaster Planning: Preparation for Recovery After an Attack. Specific Configuration Steps forWindows XP. More About Security. Troubleshooting.

22. Troubleshooting Your Network.

When Good Networks Go Bad. Diagnostic Tools. Testing Network Cables. Checking Network Configuration. Testing Network Connectivity. Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems. Testing Network Throughput. Tips from the Windows Pros: MonitoringYour LAN.


23. Tweaking the GUI.

GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak. Start Menu Pizzazz! Display Properties. Tweak UI. Miscellaneous GUI Tips. Which Windows Are You Using? Customizing Folder Views. Configuring the Recycle Bin. Tuning Visual Effects. Troubleshooting.

24. Configuration via Control Panel Applets.

Sizing Up the Control Panel. Opening the Control Panel. Accessibility Options. Add Hardware. Add or Remove Programs. Date and Time. Game Controllers. Keyboard. Mouse. Phone and Modem Options. Regional and Language Options. Scanners and Cameras. Sounds and Audio Devices. Troubleshooting.

25. Maintaining and Optimizing System Performance.

Running a Tight Ship. Measuring System Performance with Performance Monitor. Tuning Windows Performance with the System Applet. Program Compatibility Wizard. Configuring the ProgramEnvironments. The Windows XP Command Line. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Getting More Out of the Command Prompt with Command Extensions.

26. Font Management.

A Little Windows Font History. A Little Font Primer. Font Substitutions. Building a Font Collection. Managing a System's Font Collection. Troubleshooting.


27. System Utilities.

Getting Under the Hood. Scheduled Tasks. System Applet. Administrative Tools. System Tools. Accessibility. Windows Update. Task Manager. Protecting the System Files. Microsoft Management Console(MMC). Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: PowerUser Tricks.

28. Managing Users.

Multiple Users on One Machine. User Account Types. Working with Passwords. Creating and Managing UserAccounts. Sharing Files Among Users. Simple File Sharing. NTFS File Permissions. User Profiles. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Setting up for Multiple Users.

29. Managing the Hard Disk.

Hard Disk Management. Windows XP File and StorageSystems. Organizational Strategies. Windows XP's Disk ManagementTools. Disk Management. Removable Storage. Disk Defragmenter. Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors. Convert. Encryption. Compression: How It Works, How toUse It. Indexing. Disk Cleanup Utility. Backup Tools and Strategies. Zipping Files. Third-Party Management Tools. Hard Disk Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Quieting a Noisy System.

30. Installing and Replacing Hardware.

Upgrading Your Hardware. Upgrading Your Hardware. Adding Hardware. Using the System Applet. Understanding and Resolving Hardware Conflicts. Installing and Using MultipleMonitors. Installing a UPS. Using Hardware Profiles. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Upgrading and Optimizing Your Computer.

31. Multibooting Windows XP with Other Operating Systems.

Why Multiboot? Preparation. File System Specifics. Application Considerations. The Windows XP Boot Loader. Multiboot Scenarios. Dual-Booting Windows XP Professional and Windows Me/9x. Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 or NT. Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 9x/Me. Windows XP and Linux. The Virtual Machine Approach. Macintosh and Windows. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Living with More Than One OS.

32. The Registry.

What Is the Registry? How the Registry Is Organized. Registry Contents. Backing Up and Restoring theRegistry. Using Regedit. Other Registry Tools. Registry Privileges and Policies. Troubleshooting. Tips from the Windows Pros: Registry Tips on the Web.

33. Troubleshooting and RepairingWindows XP.

Troubleshooting. Boot Options. Recovery Console. Parallel Copies of Windows XP. As a Last Resort. Preventing Problems. System Restore. Black Magic of Troubleshooting. Scatter-Gun Troubleshooting.



Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020