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Our Favorite Windows XP Books October 1, 2002

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In the case of Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual and Windows XP in a Nutshell, the water appears to be muddied because Pogue Press is a separate imprint, and isn't as clearly a part of the O'Reilly brand architecture. David Pogue's Missing Manuals are targeted at more of a consumer audience than typical O'Reilly books, which are mostly aimed at computer industry professionals (programmers, system administrators) and power users. Nonetheless, we are doing our best to minimize overlap. David has an incredible way of teaching the ins and outs of a system and turning ordinary users into power users--the kind of people who can then use more advanced O'Reilly books.

Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual is a tutorial book for users (though it can also be used for reference); Windows XP in a Nutshell is a reference book, pure and simple. If you are already very comfortable with Windows and just need a detailed reference on new features in XP, Windows XP in a Nutshell is the book for you. If you want a more gradual introduction, buy the Missing Manual. Then when you're done, buy the In a Nutshell as well, because it contains down and dirty details about every program in Windows XP, as well as more advanced topics such as Windows Script Host, Registry Editing, and so on.

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