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Authors Know Just Enough To Be Dangerous
on September 9, 2003
With any technical book that has 1435 pages, you have to give the author(s) an "A" for effort. However, my experience has been that whenever I have an XP question, I can get a faster and better answer on the Google Newsgroups.
I do have a more serious complaint about this book, though. While reading it, I stumbled acrossed a section on installing dual-boot system. The authors detailed all of the advantages, but failed to mention that once you do this you can't get rid of it. The system files wind up on one OS and the boot files wind up on another. Now I just have to live with the situation or reformat and start over. This problem is one of the most discussed XP problems on the newsgroups and was documented well before the book was published.
I would have been much better off if I had never bought the book. My advice: Buy a smaller and cheaper book if you are a beginner and get your info off the newsgroups if you are more advanced.