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Windows XP Power Hound: Teach Yourself New Tricks Paperback – Oct 10 2004
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There is a lot to Windows XP, but Windows XP Power Hound will help make sure you soon understand it. It covers both the Home and Pro editions and is full of tips, tricks and tweaks to get you going. provides expert guidance on everything from the desktop to the registry, and also covers Microsoft Office programs.? ? Tom McKay, Scottish Sunday Post, Jan 9 2005
About the Author
Preston Gralla, the author of more than 20 books, is also a freelance journalist and columnist. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including for "Best Feature in a Computer Magazine" from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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That said, this book does provide some information that both experts and beginners will find useful
1) A single source for all your windows XP tips and tricks
2) Contains examples and screen shots making it very easy to understand the topic.
3) It introduced Firefox, the best browser out there. I have now switched completely to firefox because it is faster, more user friendly and much more secured when compared to Microsoft IE.
1) Too Expensive.
2) Too wordy
3) Too many ads buried in the text.
CONCLUSION: Not worth $25 that I paid for it. Try to get it from a library or read it in a book store before you buy it.
Instead, try perusing the detailed contents pages. From these, you may be able to find a brief title that addresses a need or concern of yours. Like smarter surfing of the Web, cleaning out your browser cache, or finding wireless hotspots.
Hence, if a trick uses Microsoft Word, say, you don't get a full description of all that Word can do. Instead, only enough for your situation. Even in principle, this is not a reference manual. Rather, it complements those.
For the novice to intermediate user this is an excellent way to get things Windows XP under control and operating the way it is supposed to. Well-written, easy to follow, with everything explained in plain English, Windows XP Power Hound is recommended for the average user who wants to learn more and customize their system but will contain little new information for someone who is already a power user.
-Easy to read and find information
-Includes screenshots for visual learners
-Decent start covering the basics for those who know little about XP or the Windows environment
-Little information for those who are computer literate and have used XP
-Some of the information is outdated
-Full of plugs for pay-for web services/downloads [...]
The copy I read was copyrighted in 2005, a lot has changed since then...
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