Quick Review: XP Appetizer

A handy starter reference that's not for the pro


I recently had a chance to read the new Syngress book, Configuring and Troubleshooing Windows XP Professional, and here's the bottom line: If you're experienced or studying for the XP Pro test, don't consider this book your entree. I liked this book, I really did. But when I'm ready to start my all-nighters, this book won't be next to my coffee maker.

Pros: Plain language, lots of screen shots, plenty of step-by-step instructions.
Cons:
A little too simplistic for experienced IT pros.
Verdict: Entry-level IT workers, pick it up. Otherwise, save your money.

Don't misunderstand; the plain language that this book was written in, combined with the numerous screen shots and step-by-step instructions make it perfect for the novice techies to have on their reference shelves.

I'm not convinced though, that anyone with, say, five years of Windows NT/2000 experience or better doesn't know that a background is also called wallpaper, for example.

Again, please don't misunderstand me; I really did like the book. It's just that in my opinion, most super-geeks will probably want something a little bit more filling.

About the Author

Jim Idema, MCSE, CNA, is president of Idema Enterprises Computer Consulting, a West Michigan-based computer consulting firm specializing in networking solutions to business.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Dec 13, 2004 Kyaw Zwa Thant Myanmar

i like it

Mon, Apr 29, 2002 Tom Shinder Dallas

I have to *strongly* disagree with this review. I thought this was an excellent book that covered many of the more arcane areas in WinXP that you just couldn't find much helpful information in. Some of the information in this book I couldnt' even find in the WinXP RK. IMO, this book would be a poor choice for the Network Newbie and a better choice for the experienced Pro. Its doesn't go into details about automatied install; but that subject is such a snoozer that I considered that a tremendous plus!

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