Media praise for Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual

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"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post

"Pogue, the New York Times computer columnist, is among the world's best explainers."
-- Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired

"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated

"After reviewing many manuals on Windows XP Home as a potential text for an introductory course at a community senior center The Missing Manual seemed to be the perfect choice. The students agree."
--Michael Rosenthal, Claremont Senior Computer Club, April 2004

"'The Missing Manual' is perfect for those of you out there who, like me, bought a computer years ago in order to help your writing, then ended up spending as much time toying with the computer as you do on that manuscript (especially when the writing's not going well). I find myself lying in bed at night, picking it up and paging through it, learning something here, something there, getting caught up in the discovery process, while Don DeLillio's 'Underworld,' a novel I've been trying to clear time to sit down with since it was published in 1997, lies on the night table, half-read...when was the last time you curled up with a good computer book?"
--Rochelle Ratner, "American Book Review," June 2003

"This is a thorough, comprehensive and well written guide as you would expect when the author is technology columnist for the 'New York Times'...If you want assistance with Windows XP Home Edition beyond what is available in the help menu, this book is for you. Highly recommended."--Jack Merrill, Memphis PC Users Group, May 2003

"I would recommend buying this book if you have Windows XP."
--Karen Willingham, Bayou Browsers PC Users Group, Feb 2003

"I would rather go without food for three days than miss any of the Missing Manual books."
--Al Fasodt of "The Post-Standard," June 5, 2003

"No one's better at demystifying tech trends and applications than 'New York Times' 'State of the Art' columnist David Pogue. So it's no surprise that he's turned Windows XP Home Edition inside out--explaining everything from burning CDs to building a network."--The Computing Editors, Barnes & Noble.com

"Provides enough background to allow new home users and upgraders to get up and running, while leaving them feeling as if they have a handle on why and how things work. Ample screen shots and sidebars further this process; recommended for all libraries."--Library Journal

"This book is worth several times the cover price. I learned more about Windows XP from reading this book than I have learned from months of playing with the operating system...In my not-so-humble-opinion, no one should try and install Windows XP without having read both appendixes. And keep the book handy for reference during the actual install. I did my first few XP installs before reading this book, and every problem I had is covered. That's worth the cost of the book...If this copy gets lost, stolen, or damaged beyond use, I will buy another copy immediately--I wouldn't want to charge people for fixing their XP machines without a reference this good close at hand. And that?s all I got to say on the subject: Y'all go buy this book."
--Dale Atchison, Tampa Bay Computer Society, Dec 2002

"In just 571 pages David Pogue has brought tons of clarity to the Windows XP operating System."--Joe Farace, ShutterBug, Dec 2002

"Definitely worth the $24.95 investment. I would recommend it to any level of Windows XP user."--Linda Tyler, Mid-Hudson Computer User Group, Dec 2002

"?lives up to its claim as being the book Microsoft should have shipped in the box. If you're looking for a manual for Windows XP, look no further."
--Nick Peers, PC Answers, September 2002

"This is an extremely easy-to-follow guide to everything you need to know about Microsoft XP without insulting our intelligence."
--Joliet IL Herald News, August 26, 2002

"A visit to www.missingmanuals.com can offer instant relief to headaches generated by mounting XP glitches. David Pogue, a columnist for The New York Times and the genius behind the Missing Manual series of books, has adapted his easy-to-follow, humorous style of writing to help us survive our often-exasperating bouts with computer mania. His latest contribution is 'Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual' ($24.95). This is an extremely easy-to-follow guide to everything you need to know about Microsoft XP without insulting our intelligence, as we sometimes find in the 'Idiots' or 'Dummies' series of books, giving us step-by-step solutions to our problems."
--Mike Berman, Scripps Howard News Service, July 31, 2002

"A masterful treatment of Windows XP, written in a direct and lively style."
--Ed Laskowski, The Vista PC Journal, August 2002

"I enjoyed following the pages in this sensibly written guide. It is the way to go for first-time and intermediate PC fans. The author?s warm, witty, and jargon-free writing style is applied to every nook of Windows XP."
--Sam Gardner, PC News, August 2002

"...lives up to it's claim as being the book Microsoft should have shipped in the box."--Nick Peers, PC Answers, September 2002

"Microsoft isn't rich because of its software alone, but because of the money it saves on user manuals. The included manual for Windows XP Home Edition is a 22-page booklet, but only 15 of the pages have printing on them. (Guess they were saving ink, too.) Of course, there's online help available, and telephone help and help within the system itself. But for many, if they could get the machine on line, they wouldn't be looking for help in the first place, and telephone help costs. For those folks, there's David Pogue's 'Windows XP Home Edition, The Missing Manual, The Book That Should Have Been In The Box.' Published by Pogue Press/O'Reilly, the $24.95 paperback covers just about everything there is to cover in XP in 572 pages, with print on every one of them. Pogue, who has done previous work in the 'missing-manual' genre, is a clear and gifted writer who is able to cut through the technobabble and show the reader how to solve problems and get stuff done...The Missing Manual is an ideal companion for both first-time XP users and more experienced users who find themselves flummoxed by the software."
--Larry Blasko, Associated Press, June 24, 2002

"The book 'Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual' is outstanding in the way it presents its subject matter and in the amount of material it covers, yet manages to present it all in an easily understood manner. If you are looking for a good book on Windows XP, this is it. I highly recommend it for beginners as well as for more advanced users, for the learning of Windows XP as well as for troubleshooting. It is truly 'the book that should have been in the box' and will help you get the most out of your Windows XP computer."
--Gerhard R. Fischer, Charlotte Bytes, July 2002

"a great reference book...this book will help first-time and intermediate PC fans greatly, and it has enough depth to aid experienced Windows users, too...Since it stays clear of jargon, and does an excellent job of explaining any technical terms it has to use, a beginner should have no problem understanding the material."
--Bob Esch, The Databus, July 2002

"If you've ever struggled with XP (and if the OS is on your notebook or desktop, you're lying if you say you haven't), this book offers rock-solid advice as well as terrific tips on every crumb XP has to offer."
--Michael Cahlin, Emerging Tip World, July 19, 2002

"As with any operating system you buy these days, you get no user guide with Windows XP Home Edition. Instead, you are expected to read the online help system built into the software...To the rescue comes these wonderful guides that serve as the manual that should have accompanied the software. Filled with hundreds of screen shots, this guide includes numerous step-by-step instructions for using almost every Windows XP Home Edition (HE) feature, including those you may not even have quite understood, let alone mastered."
--Dale Farris, Golden Triangle PC Club, May 2002

"I found the book easy to read and understand. Since it stays clear of jargon, and does an excellent job of explaining any technical terms it has to use, a beginner should have no problem understanding the material... I'd recommend it to you as the book you need to get more out of the ?document free' Windows XP Operating System."
--Bob Esch, The DataBus, June 2002


"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
--Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post