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Introduction xvi I didn't follow Mark Twain's advice in this book (the word very appears throughout), but if my writing still appears "just as it should be," then it's because of the keen minds and sharp linguistic eyes of the editors at Alpha Books. Near the front of the book you'll find a long list of the hard-working professionals whose fingers made it into this particular paper pie. However, there are a few folks that I worked with directly, so I'd like to single them out for extra credit. A big, heaping helping of thanks goes out to acquisitions editor Eric Heagy, development editor Nancy Warner, production editor Billy Fields, copy editor Michael Dietsch, and technical editor Bill Bruns. Special Thanks to the Tech Reviewer The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows XP was reviewed by an expert who double-checked the accuracy of what you'll learn here. Thanks are extended to Bill Bruns. Bill Bruns is a veteran of finance and data retrieval in the information age. Bill is the chief financial officer for Jacob Marlie Financial, Inc. (, a Web-based invoicing and collec- tions agency for fraternal organizations. Currently, he is the Assistant Director for Business Systems at the University of Illinois College of Medi-cine. For six years, he has been a technical editor, work- ing on at least 125 books relating to the Internet, Web servers, HTML, operating systems and Office applications. You can reach him at <>. About the Author Paul McFedries has been wrestling with computers (metaphorically speaking) for over 25 years. He has a degree in mathematics, can swap out a computer circuit board in seconds flat, and once even used the phrase "paradigm shift" in a sentence. Despite all of this, McFedries still, inexplicably, has a life. He is the author of more than 40 computer books that have sold over two million copies throughout the solar system. His most recent titles include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows Me , The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page, and Special Edition Using JavaScript. When asked what made him an expert on Windows XP, McFedries responded: · "If XP crashes, I know how to get it started again with a well-aimed kick." · "My mouse skills are terrifyingly advanced." · "I'm a close, personal friend of a guy who almost went to the same high school as a woman who has the same last name as Bill Gates." Although primarily a freelance writer by day, at night McFedries wears other hats, including president of Logophilia Limited and head spy of the world-famous Word Spy Web site (check out www.logo- He lives with Karen, the love of his life, and Gypsy, the kissing dog. His favorite hobbies are building large wooden structures, taking naps, and talking about himself in the third person. He can be reached via the Internet (compliments and kudos preferred) by sending an e-mail missive to this book's address: <>. You--yes, you --are also encouraged to drop by his Web site: Trademarks All terms mentioned in this book that are known to be or are suspected of being trademarks or service marks have been appropriately capitalized. Alpha Books and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.