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Turn on your computer, and there it is--waiting for you to start using it. We're talking, of course, about Windows XP--the world's most ubiquitous operating system--and if you want to make the most of it, you need this thorough, practical guide from veteran author Michael Miller. In this thoroughly updated volume, Michael covers all the basics of installing, setting up, and getting online with Windows XP as well as all the features new to the latest edition: Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall, changes to Windows Update, Internet Explorer's pop-up blocker and download monitoring, Outlook Express security, Wireless Networking Wizard, and the revised operation and features of Windows Media Player. You'll start by getting acquainted with XP's interface before moving on to discover how to work with files, programs, and peripherals, and how to take Windows online. Along the way you’ll find out how to chat online with Windows Messenger, send mail with Outlook Express, surf the Web with Internet Explorer, and more!