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Windows XP: The Official Magazine celebrates 50th issue with bumper promotion

Milestone collectors’ special issue comes with three Microsoft Guidebooks and Golden Ticket Giveaway!

22/08/05: Future's Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine is celebrating its half-century later this month. To mark the occasion the magazine is offering three Microsoft guidebooks for free and a chance for readers to win one of fifty prizes in an instant win competition.

The special collector's issue comes with condensed versions of Microsoft's own range of guidebooks on Windows XP covering beginner, intermediate and expert levels. The magazine also comes with a coverdisc featuring the '50 best Windows XP programs ever' an amazing collection of third-party software.

Inside copies of the popular computing title's print run are 'Golden Tickets' which entitle fifty winners to a prize - including a top of the range PC, security software, motherboards and more.

The October issue on sale 1^st September provides readers with the '50 Best Windows XP Tips' - an in-depth guide to the most important and useful tips, tricks and hints readers will ever need to get the most out of Windows XP. The tips cover security, crash proofing, optimising, cleaning and customisation of PCs.

The milestone issue contains the very latest insider information on Windows XP successor, Windows Vista. The magazine comes with a feature offering advice and techniques on how to stay fit and healthy while sat in front of a computer, as well as a comprehensive article on setting up a home network and details on how to get the most out of Hotmail accounts.

Richard Keith, Editor of Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine said:

"I am delighted we've reached this milestone. We work really hard to make sure Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine is the ultimate guide for home PC users, packed with helpful hints, tips and tutorials that mean our readers can get more from their computers. For the 50^th issue we've got together with Microsoft and others to bring our readers an unprecedented 3 free books and some really brilliant instant win prizes, as well as the best issue of the magazine so far."

Publisher James Binns said:

"Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine is a premium title - we invest heavily in editorial. The PC is the hub of the digital lifestyle - whether it's music, photography or the internet and we help an ever-expanding group of home PC users get everything that their computer has to offer."

The October issue of the magazine is on sale 1st September priced £6.49.

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Notes to Editors

Tips from the cover feature are available free of charge to any news media that wants to run some 'official' computing advice.

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