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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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Windows only lets you assign files stored in its WAV format. You can’t use MP3 files, MIDI files, or any other cool sound formats.
Letting Windows talk to you
Click the Speech icon to hear Microsoft Sam. When enabled, Sam reads the information on the screen (not very audibly, unfortunately). Click the Preview Voice button for a kick, however.
Performance and Maintenance
This category contains four icons: Administrative Tools, Power v' Options, Scheduled Tasks, and System. Chances are that you won’t be playing with any of them. But here’s a look at what each one does.
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Multimedia setup problems
Multimedia gadgetry inevitably brings a multitude of setup problems. There are simply too many file formats and program settings for an easy ride. Although Windows XP does an excellent job of setting up your computer's hardware automatically, the Control Panel's Sounds and Audio Devices Properties dialog box lets techno-fiddlers change some of the settings. Because different computers use different parts, the settings may vary, but here's a general look at what they can do:
A Volume: Described earlier in this chapter, click here to place the little volume control icon next to your taskbar’s clock.
A Sounds: This area lets you assign different sounds to different events. It’s more fun than practical.
A Audio: This page controls your computer’s
sound hardware. You decide what device to use to play sounds and what device should record sounds. Unless you’re a musician, you’ll leave all these settings alone.
A Voice: Want to sing along to some tunes? Talk to other gamers? Here’s where you see whetheryour sound card can play music and record your voice at the same time. Be sure to click the Test Hardware button before trying anything else.
A Hardware: Here, Windows XP lists all the multimedia devices attached to your computer. By clicking a device and clicking the Properties button, you can see information about each gadget. You’ll rarely use this. Sound and video mavens (especially MP3 fans) like to see what codes they have installed.
Seeing information about your computer
Some people just like to drive their cars. Others like to look under the hood. To peek under the hood of Windows XP, click the System icon. As shown in Figure 14-12, it displays oodles of complete information, more than you’ll ever want to know.
The System Properties dialog box lets you tweak bunches of settings. The Hardware tab, for instance, brings up the Add Hardware Wizard. The Device Manager on that page lets you see all of your computer’s parts and whether they’re working properly. Click the Automatic Updates tab to decide how Windows downloads updates to Windows XP.
Most of this stuff is pretty complicated, however, so don’t mess with it unless you’re sure of what you’re doing. This feature is covered by more-advanced books.
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Figure 14-12:
Click the System icon to see information about your computer, Windows XP, and how Windows XP behaves.
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Turning on or off visual effects
Windows XP tries to be calm, cool, and collected. Its windows and menus slowly fade in and out, for instance, to make everything look smooth. Sometimes, however, it just looks annoying. To choose between calm and speedy, head for the System icon, click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under the Performance area.
Choose Adjust for Best Appearance to keep everything smooth. Or choose Adjust for Best Performance to speed up your menus. Or choose Custom and pick your own settings — if you (or anybody else) can figure out what they mean. Don’t like the results? Click Let Windows Choose What’s Best for My Computer to return to normal.
Freeing up space on your hard disk
Sooner or later, Windows XP will start sending messages complaining about running out of room on your hard disk. Of course, you could always install a larger hard drive. But there’s another solution that’s less drastic: Use the Free Up Space on My Hard Disk task that pops up when you choose the Control Panel’s Performance and Maintenance category.
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Or call up My Computer from the Start menu, right-click on your hard drive, and choose Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup button, and Windows calculates how much garbage it can delete, as shown in Figure 14-
13.
Figure 14-13:
The Disk Cleanup tool removes files that you no longer need, leaving you more storage space on your hard disk.
Disk Cleanup for (C:)
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You can use Disk Cleanup to free up to 51,446 KB of disk space on (C: ].
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Temporary Internet Files 9,032 KB
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