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CustomGuide, Inc. is a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use. They must be onto something, because CustomGuide has quickly become a leading provider of computer training materials. Although CustomGuide has grown, the founders continue to have the same vision, drive, and commitment.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Serious contents Dec 12 2004
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
O'Reilly has been experimenting with several series of books. Most in a sombre, serious format. But we also has the vivid Personal Trainer series, which includes this book on XP. It's targeting a new user. New to both XP and computers in general.

So there is a lot of attention paid to basic operations in any operating system with a GUI. Like opening, moving, resizing and closing a window. And how to graphically navigate through the filesystem, using the metaphor of folders.

Experienced users will have internalised this a long time ago, as automatic. But it's important to realise that it is not so obvious to new users. You have to start somewhere. The book is suitable as a guide to the XP newcomer. Oh, as for the cartoon aspect of the cover. It really isn't used inside to any great extent. (As contrasted to the Head First series.) In spite of the cover, the contents have a serious demeanour.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A training manual for all levels of user, covering everything from customizing the taskbar to playing and customizing DVD option Nov. 5 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
XP users will discover Windows XP Personal Trainer provides a training manual for all levels of user, covering everything from customizing the taskbar to playing and customizing DVD options. What makes this excel over others is the attention to sample screens on every page, alternate methods of doing shortcuts, and much, much more. Whether you're browsing or looking for answers, Windows XP Personal Trainer Works On All Levels.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good book for the right audience... Jan. 15 2005
By Thomas Duff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
O'Reilly has a series of books by CustomGuide called the Personal Trainer series. I had the chance to review the Windows XP Personal Trainer volume, and given the right audience, it's pretty good...

Chapter List: The Fundamentals; Working with a Window; Working with a Windows Program; Working with Files and Folders; Customizing the Taskbar and Desktop; Customizing Windows; The Free Programs; Working with Pictures and Multimedia; Optimizing and Maintaining Your Computer; Exploring the Internet; Passwords, Logons, and User Accounts; Networking with Windows XP; Setting Up a Network; Index

The Personal Trainer series uses a comic book superhero motif in the design. In some of the other titles, the theme plays out a little more strongly. Once you get past the cover on this book, you probably won't even notice it. Each chapter has a series of lessons that cover material related to the topic. Each lesson is well illustrated and broken down into a step-by-step process. To wrap up the lesson, there's a "quick reference" sidebar that recaps the particular command that was just covered. The entire chapter wraps up with a summary, a quiz (yes, there are answers provided!), and some "homework" to stretch your understanding a bit. Very readable and non-intimidating...

Now, I mentioned the "right audience" to open the review. This isn't the type of book that you'd give to an IT professional or long-time computer user. The material starts with some fundamental Windows basics, and builds from there. If you've been using computers for years, you'll know this stuff anyway. But think about your parents who just got a computer for the first time. Think about your kid who just got his first computer. This is the type of book that a computer neophyte could open up and not be scared off within five minutes. And even if they've conquered the basics already, the material on multimedia and setting up a home network may be information they've never ventured into.

If you're looking for an entry level book on Windows XP for someone who needs to learn the fundamentals, I'd suggest taking a look at this one. It could work out well for them...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Usefull and Valuable Oct. 18 2005
By Mohammad M. Abdala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You can start learning Windows XP right from here.. This book really lead you step-by-step to the top of exploring Windows XP. The Interactive CD is a very helpfull attachement, made by very down-to-earth language, NO TECHNICAL statements, all what you hear is written on the left pane. I do have the desire to purchase the whole groub of Customguide Traning Courses starting Windows XP Personal Trainer, and now I booked Word and Access, after I will take PowerPoint, Outlook, Project and Computer Basics. One by one, this will help to read every course slowly and be a power user of Microsoft Office Family.

Thanks to CustomGuide and Amazon.com

Mohammad Ghanim
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
best of its kind for beginners to intermediate April 7 2005
By D Stark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking at becoming a certified network engineer, then this book is not for you.

If you are someone who is quite familiar with Windows but want to learn how to do a lot of the cool things you hear about, then this is the book for you. I've searched around a lot, and this is the only easy to understand Windows book that talks about Wi-Fi.

There is also a really cool chapter about multimedia.

The feature that makes this book the most unique is the interactive CD ROM that comes with it.

My mom is the most computer illiterate person in the world so I gave her the CD that came with the book.


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