Complete Coverage of Windows XP ProfessionalThe latest from the world's leading Windows authority Mark Minasi, 'Mastering Windows XP Professional' is the premier resource for anyone installing, configuring, and administering Windows XP, whether as part of a corporate network or for home or small business use. Depend on it for step-by-step instruction in hundreds of key techniques--not to mention a thorough look at all of XP's new features and troubleshooting advice that will save you time, money, and countless headaches. Updates to this edition include new coverage for administrators on topics including Web and FTP servers, scripting, the Microsoft Mangement Console and Services, and security.Coverage IncludesUsing the new Start menu and Control PanelSetting up broadband Internet connectionsSetting up and configuring a peer-to-peer networkSecuring your PC and network from intrudersEncrypting vital dataRunning programs designed for previous versions of WindowsTransferring files and settings from one computer to anotherSharing your desktop with remote usersConnecting to remote computers using Remote Desktop ConnectionUsing Windows Media Player 8Communicating in real time using Windows MessengerUsing Windows XP on Portable ComputersRestoring your system to a previous configurationPreventing disaster; backing up and recovering dataUsing the Services and MMC administration toolsBonus Coverage: Windows XP 'Essential Skills'Includes 96 pages of full-color visual, step-by-step instruction on the 57 most important Windows XP skills. In minutes, you'll learn how to burn a CD, set up an Internet connection, use XP's powerful System Restore feature, and much more. Windows XP Professional is Microsoft's latest version of its client operating system, the successor of Windows 2000 Professional. Microsoft has sold in over 7 Million licenses to both retailers and computer makers. Named PC Magazine's best new Desktop Software. New features include a new user interface, Internet Explorer 6, Media Player 8, enhanced laptop support, increased virus protection and the System Restore utility. To address the needs of business users, Windows XP Professional also includes advanced networking features such as improved online conferencing, Internet Connection Firewall, remote access, encryption, security for virtual private networks, and system administration tools.