Windows XP for Dummies 2nd Edition

From the Back Cover
Covers the latest Windows XP updates including Service Pack 2
Fully revised to quickly answer your XP questions

You asked for more coverage of Outlook Express, scanning and faxing, CD burning, and more in Windows XP For Dummies ― and we delivered! This updated edition is packed with answers to your Windows XP questions, from getting files and programs to work to troubleshooting common problems. Best of all, it’s written in author Andy Rathbone’s fun and friendly style that’s made this book a bestseller for over 10 years.

Praise for Windows For Dummies

“This book feels your pain and prescribes a chuckle.”
― G. David Wallace, Business Week

“Informative, friendly, conversational, and slightly irreverent. . . . It could help save you time and ease your frustration level.”
― Suzanne A. Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune

“Written in a humorous style that gets the job done.”
― Don Crabb, Chicago Sun-Times

Discover how to

Burn CDs, scan, and fax from your desktop
Increase security with a firewall
Exchange instant messages over the Internet
Block annoying pop-ups, viruses, and spyware
Customize your computer screen with your own photos

About the Author
Andy Rathbone may be the bestselling technology author ever. He has written 35 For Dummies books and is also an authority on PC hardware and entertainment technology.

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Windows XP for Dummies

Windows XP is the most powerful of Microsoft’s Windows software – software that’s been updated many times since starting to breathe in January 1985. XP is short for Experience, but Microsoft calls it Windows XP to give it a more modern-day, “at-this-happening-moment” sound. Someday, sometime, something in Windows XP will eventually leave you scratching your head. No other program brings so many buttons, bars, and babble to the screen.
Windows XP For Dummies is for everyone who has a clue about what they want to do with their computers. Bypassing the technical hoopla, this friendly reference comes to the rescue when Windows XP stumps you or when you’re feeling spunky and want to dig into deeper details of the ever-popular operating system. In either case, you can expect to pick up information on

Finding the file you saved or downloaded yesterday
Moving those little windows around on the screen with the mouse
Making Windows XP run like your older versions of Windows
Starting and closing programs by clicking the mouse button
Making Windows XP work again when it’s misbehaving

Beginning with the basics, this book explains all the Windows XP stuff that everybody thinks they already know – until the program starts tossing them stumbling blocks. Windows XP For Dummies clears the way to

Navigating the new Start menu and taskbar with ease
Setting up a secure Internet connection
Having a good time with digital photos, music, and videos
Personalizing XP for each member of your family
Fixing common problems using System Restore and online resources

Most people meet up with Windows XP by something other than choice. Their new computer probably came with a version already installed; maybe the workplace introduced a Windows XP update; or perhaps the latest version of their favorite program required Windows XP. Any in case, Windows XP For Dummies helps you adjust easily to the new Windows kid in town – and even enjoy his company!

Windows Vista For Dummies

Create music CDs and photo DVDs or even watch TV
Move your files to a new computer, or get your old PC ready for Vista

The thing that’s made Windows For Dummies so successful is that it’s packed with the basics you need to make Windows work. This book gets you through all the Windows Vista tasks and tripwires, including starting programs, finding files, navigating the new see-through interface, staying safe while you cruise the Internet, and much more.

Discover how to

Find files when they’re hiding
Hook up with another computer
Make Vista work like XP
Block Internet bad guys
Share a PC without sharing your files
Fix problems yourself

Windows XP for Dummies Quick Reference 2nd Edition

Next to your keyboard and mouse, this could be your most important accessory. Just keep it next to your keyboard and your mouse and refer to it to capitalize on the terrific capabilities at your fingertips with Windows XP. Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference Second Edition covers the latest updates to Windows XP, including enhanced security and changes to Internet Explorer. It starts with the basics for true beginners, goes through everyday stuff, and progresses to the Web, accessories, and the control panel. After a quick introduction to the desktop, My Documents, dialogue boxes, and other basic info, you’ll explore:
Customizing your desktop
Saving music with Windows Media Player
Browsing drives, folders and files
Dragging, dropping, cutting, and pasting
Playing music, videos and movies
Browsing with Internet Explorer
Sending and receiving e-mails
Using Windows Accessories

Written by Greg Harvey, author of Excel 2002 For Dummies and more than 50 other computer books, Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition is so clear and concise it turns computer phobes into computer geeks with step-by-step guides to:

Using the Home Networking Wizard so two or more home computers can share a single Internet connection and other resources
Creating slideshows with your graphics files
Producing videos with Windows Movie Maker accessory program
Downloading Microsoft Reader free and then downloading eBooks (many are free) and saving them in My Library
Using the link to the Photo Printing Wizard to format and print your digital photos
Using Windows Media Player to play audio, video, and animation files you’ve saved, play Internet radio stations, view trailers for upcoming movies, and play MP3 audio files you’ve downloaded

Complete with a glossary and index, Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference doesn’t delve into the technology and terminology: it sticks to exploring the things Windows XP lets you do and describing how to!

Upgrading and Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies

An illustrated, step-by-step guide to repairs and upgrades
Whether you want to prepare your computer for Windows 7, avoid investing in a new one, or just “go green”, this fully illustrated guide has what you need. You’ll learn how to add printers and new keyboards, boost your PC’s performance and increase memory, improve power consumption, rev up your multimedia capacity, and much more. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by photos that show you exactly what you should see at every stage.

Learn to perform basic upgrades and prepare your PC for high-speed Internet connections, network connections, and added security, all with fully illustrated instructions
Find out how to expand memory, enhance speed, and update your computer’s power supply
Prepare an old computer for Windows 7 and beef up your capacity for multimedia

Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is a show-and-tell course in making your PC happy, healthy, and green.

PCs For Dummies 13th Edition

The bestselling PC reference on the planet―now available in its 13th edition
Completely updated to cover the latest technology and software, the 13th edition of PCs For Dummies tackles using a computer in friendly, human terms. Focusing on the needs of the beginning computer user, while also targeting those who are familiar with PCs, but need to get up to speed on the latest version of Windows. This hands-on guide takes the dread out of working with a personal computer.

Leaving painful jargon and confusing terminology behind, it covers Windows 10 OS, connecting to and using services and data in the cloud, and so much more. Written by Dan Gookin, the original For Dummies author, it tells you how to make a PC purchase, what to look for in a new PC, how to work with the latest operating system, ways to protect your files, what you can do online, media management tips, and even basic topics you’re probably too shy to ask a friend about.

Determine what you need in a PC and how to set it up
Configure your PC, hook up a printer, and connect to the Internet
Find your way around Windows 10 OS with ease and confidence
Play movies and music, view photos, and explore social media

If you’re a first-time PC user at home or at work or just need to brush up on the latest technological advancements, the new edition of this bestselling guide gets you up and running fast.