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    Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win XP)

    Assuming that I summon the courage to build a PC, I guess that I'd be installing Win XP.

    What are the recomended books on Win XP in this case?

    Is the MSFT Press' Win XP Inside Out any good?
    What about the Deluxe Edition?

    What about Windows XP in a Nutshell?

    What about Windows XP Pro: THe Missing Manual?

    Any others?

    Yes, I will stop by the local Barnes & Noble and Borders to take a look, but I was just wondering about people's opinions.

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win XP)

    Alan Simpson's ['WINDOWS XP , BIBLE] It will take you from start to finish on just about anything you need to know. Or Windows XP for Dummies , this book explains things in a very simple language. I have several different kinds of those books and they are good books. But if you want a very detailed book on WINXP get the Windows XP Bible. I have built several computers and find them very informative. Also you can pick a book up on [A+ core fundamentals] that will give you more info on the internal parts of computers and that will also help you as you build your 1st computer. And this Forum Woody's Lounge can also become your best source of information and your BEST FRIEND. Good luck and don't let it scare you , ain't nothen to it. <img src=/S/thewave.gif border=0 alt=thewave width=225 height=33>

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win

    I'm with Cowboy on this one, Howard. At least in one of his points. Many people I know swear by the "Dummies" line of books (they don't swear AT them!) I didn't know there was one for XP, but it's no surprise. The guy made a fortune from the series.

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win

    Yep Win XP for Dummies is out. I have it. But to be honest I found Alan Simpsons Windows XP Bible even better and just as simple. But then again I love to read and I read every Book I can get my hands on. CompTIA's A+ Core Hardware Fundamentals is great source of learning , if you want to build computers. Also thier is a book called Upgrading & Repairing PC's by Scott Mueller but this is not a book for begginers. Read the others first.

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win XP)

    Howard,
    I agree with Big Al & Cowboy regarding Windows XP for Dummies. Good basic lead-me-by-the-hand type info.
    I also have MS Win Xp Inside & Out. This one is a huge tome of over 1250 pages that is geared for the intermediateadvanced level. A ton of information divided into 9 sections or books. Easy to access particular items, but certainly NOT a book to read from page 1 to the end !
    I think I head for Inside Out rather than XP Dummies now. Once you get past the "how do I get to the control panel" type of question, then Inside Out will be more informative. Sure gives you something to <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> on.

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win XP)

    I'll go to a local book store to look over available books.

    Based on reviews at amazon.com, I expect that I won't like Simpson's book if it really is a rehash of earlier books.

    I've been using Win 2000 since June 2000, so I don't expec tmany suprises with Win XP.

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win

    I have an earlier edition of SCott Mueller's book.
    I was quite diappointed.

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    Re: Installing Win XP on a self-built system (Win

    A few minutes ago., I ordered both the 14th edition of Scott Mueller's book and the MSFT Press Win XP Inside Out Deluxe Edition.

    The latter was published about a year after the the plain Win XP Inside Out. It has about 100 extra pages and the CD has Win XP SP 1.

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