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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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Chapter 14: Customizing Windows XP (Fiddling with the Control Panel)
Regional and language options
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Taking the laptop to Italy? Head to this icon and choose Italy. Windows automatically sets up Windows to use that country’s currency and date formats. You’ll find plenty of countries listed.
Setting the computer's date and time
Many computer users don’t bother to set the computer’s clock. They just look at their wristwatches to see when it’s time to stop working. But they’re missing out on an important computing feature: Computers always stamp new files with the current date and time. If the computer doesn’t know the correct date, it stamps files with the wrong date. Then how can you find the files you created yesterday? Last week? (Also, your e-mails will be sent using your computer’s date, possibly confusing their recipients.)
Also, Windows XP sometimes does some funny things to the computer’s internal clock, so you may want to reset the date and time if you notice that the computer is living in the past (or prematurely jumping to the future).
To set the computer’s time or date, choose the Date and Time icon. A little calendar comes to the screen, where you can click the correct date and time.
Moved to a new time zone? Click the Time Zone tab along the top of the window and select the current time zone from the drop-down list.
Finally, to make Windows grab the time automatically, click the Internet Time tab. On this tab, select the Automatically Synchronize with an Internet Time Server check box.
A Windows XP has a Search program, which I describe in Chapter 7, that can locate files by the time and date they were created, modified, or last accessed — but only if you keep your computer’s date and time set correctly.
A For an even quicker way to change your computer’s time or date, double-click the little clock that Windows XP puts on the taskbar that lives along the edge of the screen. Windows XP brings up the Date/Time dialog box, just as if you’d waded through the Control Panel and double-clicked the Date and Time icon.
Chapter 15
The Case of the Broken Window
In This Chapter
B Restoring your computer to happier times B Fixing a haggard mouse
Fixing older programs that don’t run under Windows XP B Understanding administrator accounts privileges Getting out of Menu Land, if you’re stuck B Keeping Windows up-to-date B Finding vanished desktop icons B Installing a new driver for a new computer gizmo B Installing other parts of Windows XP B Clicking the wrong button and what to do B Fixing a frozen computer
Figuring out why your printer isn't working correctly B Changing double-clicks to single-clicks and vice versa
Sometimes, you just have a sense that something’s wrong. The computer makes quiet grumbling noises, or Windows XP starts running more slowly than Congress. Other times, something’s obviously wrong. Pressing any key triggers a beeping noise, menus keep shooting at you, or Windows XP greets you with a cheery error message when you first turn it on.
Many of the biggest-looking problems are solved by the smallest-look-ing solutions. This chapter may be able to point you to the right one.
Chapter 15: The Case of the Broken Window
Restoring Calm with System Restore
It’s happened to everybody: Windows works fine until something happens; then it’s all over. For instance, you delete a file and Windows begins hitting you up with an ugly error message each time it loads.
Or you install a new program, which promptly disconnects your scanner, digital camera, modem, or all three.
Wouldn’t you love to go back in time to when Windows worked right? Thank goodness Windows XP lets you turn back the clock with a few clicks on a program called System Restore.
Every day, Windows stores a “picture” of your computer’s settings on your hard disk. If your computer begins acting weird, load up System Restore, click the last day your computer did work fine, and System Restore goes back in time to reset your computer to its settings from back when it worked correctly. Whew! Here’s how to head back to happier times:
1. Save any open files, close any loaded programs, and load System Restore.
Choose Start, click All Programs, and begin weaving your way through the menus: Choose Accessories, select System Tools, and click System Restore.
2. Click Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time and then choose Next.
3. Click a calendar date when your computer worked well and then choose Next.
Yesterday is your best bet. But if the symptoms have been going on for longer, choose a day before your computer began having problems.
4. Make sure you’ve saved any open files and then click Next.
Your computer grumbles a bit and then restarts.
Chapter 15: The Case of the Broken Window
System Restore resets your computer to earlier settings when everything worked fine; you won’t lose any work that you’ve saved.
If your system is working fine, open System Restore; then, in Step 2, select the System Restore button marked Create a Restore Point. That tells Windows to take a snapshot of its current condition so that you can return to it if things go downhill.
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