Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide
||List Price: $39.99
Amazon.com Price: $27.99
- Media: Paperback
Publisher: Microsoft Press (11 September, 2002)
- Average Customer Review:
Based on 6 reviews.
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 4,236
Outstanding Book .. EXCELLENT !!!
This is a fantastic resource for the Windows XP registry. While there are many new registry settings that are Windows XP specific, there are also MANY registry settings that apply to many of the previous versions of Windows. This book is not for registry beginners, but is an excellent resource for those experienced in making registry modifications. The book discusses several different ways of making registry modifications including using the GUI registry tools, the command line REG.EXE and via INF files. I make registry modifications on a VERY regular basis as part of my job as a Network Consultant - this book is an excellent resource, I only wish that the book came with a CD-ROM that included an electronic version of the book so that I didn't have to travel with the book.
If you already have some experience performing registry modifications and need to know what needs to be modified to do what you need to do, then this is the book for you.
First, I am NOT affiliated with Microsoft, the publisher or the author. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn about the registry. It can be used both as a reference and a learning aid. Two points of major emphasis: 1) There are no significant errors in the text and 2) support provided by the author. The few errors that are documented can be found, as documented in the book, can be found on the website. I personally sent e-mail to the author and while I did not expect to necessarily receive a reply, I did in under 2 days! While it would be nice to have a CD-ROM with the samples, they can be found on the website along with a forum that does receive replies from the author. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the registry. I would say that it is for true Power Users or Administrators, but a novice should have no problems as enough background is given... Did I mention no errors? This is critical especially for the topic being discussed. Incorrect statements can lead to problems with machines as well as hinder the learning process.
Perhaps I expected too much from this book. I personally skimmed over it before I ordered it from Amazon.com and thought it would fit the bill explaining the registry and how it works.
It did just that but on an advanced level. If you are like me, not advanced in XP or the registry, then you will be disappointed with this book. I did get much out of it but only after researching many topics like: scripts, INF files, and more. It's unfortunate for me that much of Windows XP Registry Guide will wither in the wind and I will have to purchase a similar book more on my level of expertise.
My review is not to condemn this book but only point out it's for the more advanced computer addict.
I hope this review will help someone.
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