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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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Figure 15-2:
Click this message to download Windows updates for your computer.
When the message appears, click it. A window appears explaining what Windows wants to install to keep itself current. Tell it Yes, by all means. The update installs on its own, but Windows may want to restart and wake back up, fully up-to-date.
Soon after the administrator first begins using the computer, Windows asks for permission to sign up for the automatic Windows Update program. Say “Yes, please.” Windows Update is the best way for Microsoft to fix past mistakes to keep Windows running smoothly.
Chapter 15: The Case of the Broken Window
All My Desktop Icons Vanished
Windows XP does something awfully scary. Normally, when you place a file or shortcut on your desktop, you can see it. But what if all the icons suddenly vanish from your desktop? Well, in its eager desire to please everybody, Windows XP offers an odd option to make your desktop icons invisible.
If you click the desktop with your right mouse button, choose Arrange Icons By, and select Show Desktop Icons, you turn off the normally selected option that keeps your icons visible. The check mark next to that option disappears and with it, all your desktop’s icons. Poof!
Sure, your desktop is now completely clean, but it’s awfully hard to keep track of your icons if you can’t see them. To make them reappear, right-click the desktop, choose Arrange Icons By and then select Show Desktop Icons. That toggles the option back on, and your icons all reappear.
I’m Supposed to Install a New Driver
When you buy a new toy for the computer, it usually comes with a piece of software called a driver. A driver is a sort of translator that lets Windows know how to boss around the new toy. If you buy a new keyboard, sound card, compact disc player, printer, mouse, monitor, or almost any other computer toy, you usually need to install its driver in Windows. Luckily, adding a driver is a fairly painless process, which I cover in Chapter 9.
A Companies constantly update drivers, fixing problems or making the drivers communicate better. If the computer device is misbehaving, a newer driver may calm it down. Call the manufacturer and ask for the latest version. Or if you’ve entered the world of the Internet, fire up your modem and head for the manufacturer’s Web page so that you can grab a free copy.
Chapter 15: The Case of the Broken Window
A To find the company’s Web page, rev up Internet Explorer, head to the Web site, and type the company’s name. Chances are that Yahoo! can dig it up and let you head there with a mouse click.
A Not all computer toys work with Windows XP. In fact, some games don’t even work with some sound cards, and some software won’t work with certain CD-ROM drives. Bring a list of your computer’s parts to the store and check them with the requirements listed on the side of a computer toy’s box before setting down the cash.
A To get a list of your computer’s parts, right-click on the Start button’s My Computer icon and choose Properties. Click the Hardware tab and the Device Manager button. Click Windows XP at the top of the list, click the Print icon, and click OK. You might not be able to make sense of the detailed computer information, but the folks at the store can decipher the numbers.
A After you register Windows XP, the Windows Update program handles many chores for keeping Windows XP up-to-date. Windows Update dials a special place on the Internet and downloads updated information your computer might need.
His Version of Windows XP Has More Programs Than Mine!
Windows XP installs itself differently on different types of computers. As it copies itself over to a hard disk, it brings different files with it. If installed on a laptop, for example, Windows XP brings along programs that help a laptop transfer files and keep track of its battery life.
Computers with smaller hard drives will probably get the minimum files Windows XP needs to run. In Chapter 10, I describe some of the programs and accessories Windows XP comes with. Head to Chapter 14 for instructions on adding or removing programs by using the Start menu’s Control Panel.
Windows XP comes with some pretty weird stuff, so don’t get carried away and copy all of it over — especially stuff that you’re not even going to use.
Chapter 15: The Case of the Broken Window
I Clicked the Wrong Button (But Haven't Lifted My Finger Yet)
Clicking the mouse takes two steps: a push and a release. If you click the wrong button on-screen and haven’t lifted your finger yet, press the Esc button with your other hand, and then slowly slide the mouse pointer off the button on-screen. Finally, take your finger off the mouse.
The screen button pops back up, and Windows XP pretends nothing happened. Thankfully.
My Computer Is Frozen Up Solid
Every once in a while, Windows just drops the ball and wanders off somewhere to sit under a tree. You’re left looking at a computer that just looks back. Panicked clicks don’t do anything. Pressing every key on the keyboard doesn’t do anything — or worse yet, the computer starts to beep at every key press.
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