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TitlePlatinum Edition Using Windows 98
Author(s)Ron Person, Ed Bott
PublishedJune 1998
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
The very first sentence in the introduction should be enough to convince you that this book is *not* intended as any competition to "Windows 98 Annoyances." Windows 98, and Microsoft, is lauded in the strongest possible terms, which does not bode well for dealing with problem issues. Part one looks at the basics. There is a chapter on new features in Win 98 (rather padded with verbiage), instruction on starting and stopping, common elements of the interface, and the help system. Part two reviews disk and file management. Given the major place of the new Active Desktop interface, I was astonished to find its introduction, in chapter five, to be so short, although more information is given in chapter eight. Two chapters look at standard file management, and a final chapter provides a truly excellent base introduction to disk management. The suggestions on application in part three are pretty much the usual, although the chapter on Notepad and WordPad has some very interesting tips. System management is the emphasis of part four, with basic discussion of system information, backup, the Registry, and scripting. Most of the configuration coverage is fairly standard in part five. Most of the Internet review, in part six, deals with applications such as MS Internet Explorer and Outlook Express rather than the net itself. I was, however, dismayed at the content of chapter thirty-two, dealing very tersely with important and complex issues, and devoting a great deal of space to the use of proxy servers and other systems which are very effective, but probably beyond even advanced users unless they also manage large networks. Part seven deals with local network issues and is, again, very simple in approach. A series of appendices looks quickly at installation, messaging and fax, PowerToys, command line reference, and special notebook features. As usual with the larger "Using" series books, the multiplicity of authors makes the style and level uneven. Some chapters are good, some are bad, but most of this book is simple documentation replacement. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998

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Platinum Edition Using Windows 98 is the premier expert-level reference available today. In addition to the reference, the book offers detailed tutorial on tasks and/or topics that may challenge expert level users. This book provides all the information, step-by-step instructions and software tools expert users need to build and support the ultimate Windows workstation in a networked/Internet-ready environment. This book outdoes the competition with it's ultra-thorough coverage of Windows, it's market leading content and approach and it's unmatched software collections.

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