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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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Well, many people are just stuck with it: Windows XP comes preinstalled on most new computers. Other people prefer Windows XP for its sturdiness. Microsoft took its strong business version of Windows, tweaked it, and called it Windows XP. That means it’s better for running networks. Better yet, it won’t crash as often. If one program stops working, you simply shut down that program. Your computer will keep running, as will your other programs.
Basically, the upgrade question boils down to this answer: If your computer crashes a lot when using your current version of Windows, it may be time to upgrade. But if you’re happy with your current computer setup, don’t bother. After all, why buy new tires if your old ones still have some life left?
Chapter 1: What Is Windows XP?
Bracing Yourself (And Your Computer) for Windows XP
With Windows, everything happens at the same time. Its many different parts run around like hamsters with an open cage door. Programs cover up each other on-screen. They overlap corners, hiding each other’s important parts. Occasionally, they simply disappear.
Be prepared for a bit of frustration when things don’t behave properly. You may be tempted to stand up, bellow, and toss a nearby stapler across the room. After that, calmly pick up this book, find the trouble spot listed in the index, and turn to the page with the answer.
A Windows software may be accommodating, but that can cause problems, too. For example, Windows XP often offers more than three different ways for you to perform the same computing task. Don’t bother memorizing each command. Just choose one method that works for you and stick with it. For example, Andrew and Deir-dre Kleske use scissors to cut their freshly delivered pizza into slices. It stupefies most of their houseguests, but it gets the job done.
A Windows XP runs best on a powerful new computer with the key words Pentium III, Pentium 4, AMD Athlon, or testosterone somewhere in the description. Look for as much RAM (random access memory) and as many gigabytes as you can afford. You can find the detailed rundown of the Windows XP finicky computer requirements in Chapter 2.
Chapter 2
Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
In This Chapter
B Finding out the names for the gizmos and gadgets on your computer B Understanding what all those things do
B Finding out what stuff your computer needs in order to use Windows XP
rhis chapter introduces computer gizmos and gadgets. Go ahead and ignore it. Who cares what all your PC gadgetry is called? Unless your PC’s beeping at you like a car alarm (or not beeping when it’s supposed to beep), don’t bother messing with it. Just dog-ear the top of this page, say, “So, that’s where all that stuff is explained,” and keep going.
In Windows XP, you just press the buttons. Windows XP does the dirty work, scooting over to the right part of your computer and kick-starting the action. In case Windows XP stubs a toe, this chapter explains where you may need to put the bandages. And, as always, the foulest-smelling technical chunks are clearly marked; just hold your nose while stepping over them gingerly.
The Computer
The computer is that box, usually beige, with all the cables poking out its back. Officially, it probably answers to one of two names: IBM (often called True Blue when people try to dump their old ones in the classifieds) or an IBM compatible or clone.
Today, most people just call their computers PCs because that’s what IBM called its first personal computer back in 1981. In fact, IBM’s first PC
Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
started this whole personal computing craze, although some people lay the blame on video games.
The concept of a small computer that could be pecked on in an office or den caught on well with the average Joe, and IBM made gobs of money—so much money, in fact, that other companies immediately ripped off the IBM design. They cloned, or copied, IBM’s handiwork to make a computer that worked just like it. These computers, made by companies such as Dell, Gateway, and others, are compatible with IBM’s own PC. They can all use the same software as an IBM PC without spitting up.
IBM-compatible computers generally cost less than IBM’s official brand of PCs, and they usually work just as well (or better) than IBM’s own line of computers. In fact, more people own compatibles than own IBM’s own line of personal computers.
A Windows XP runs equally well on IBM-compatible computers and on IBM’s own brand of computers; the key word is IBM. Computers from other planets, like the Macintosh, don’t run Windows XP, but their owners don’t care. They just smile pleasantly when you try to figure out how to create a Windows XP file association.
A Okay, so a Macintosh can run some versions of Windows software, but they require special (and expensive) Windows-emulating software. (Head for These days, you’re probably better off sticking with either a Mac or a PC—don’t try to interbreed their brands of software.
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