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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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Meaning: You’re trying to delete a file needed by one or more programs.
Probable cause: You’re clearing off some hard disk space to make room for incoming programs. You may have accidentally tried to delete something you shouldn’t have.
Solutions: Click the No button to abort deleting the file. In the future, try to figure out what you’re deleting before sending it to the slaughterhouse. Only delete files if you’re sure you no longer need them. And above all, remember the following:
Please use the Add or Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel if you’re intentionally trying to remove a program. It’s the safest way to remove a program. If your program came with its own uninstall program, feel free to use that, as well.
Missing Shortcut
Meaning: You clicked a shortcut, but Windows can no longer find the program or file the shortcut leads to.
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Figure 16-10:
Windows can’t find what the shortcut is supposed to launch.
Probable cause: You've probably either moved or deleted the program and made the shortcut obsolete.
Solutions: If you deleted the program, right-click on the shortcut and choose Delete. If you still want the program, find the program using the search techniques in Chapter 7 and then create a new shortcut for it.
New Programs Installed
Figure 16-11:
Windows announces that you’ve installed a new program and highlights its location on the Start menu.
Meaning: Windows is showing you the Start menu location of a newly installed program.
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Probable cause: Somebody has installed a program, and until you look at the program’s new icon on the Start menu, Windows keeps displaying this message.
Solutions: Either look at the program’s icon on the Start menu or disable the message feature: Right-click on the Start button, choose Properties, and click the Customize button. Click the Advanced tab and remove the check mark from Highlight Newly Installed Programs.
New Updates Are Ready to Install
Figure 16-12:
Microsoft is sending you an update to improve Windows or to fix problems.
E New updates are ready to install
Updates for your computer have been downloaded from Windows Update. Click here to review these updates and install them.
Meaning: Microsoft is sending you an update to improve Windows or to fix a problem.
Probable cause: Microsoft either wants to fix a problem with Windows or add a new feature through Windows’ AutoUpdate feature. See “Stay Current with Automatic Updates,” later in this chapter.
Solutions: Accept the update. You may need to save your work and let Windows restart to incorporate its changes.
Open With ...
Meaning: Windows doesn’t know which program created the file that you double-clicked, so it displays a list of programs and asks you to choose the right one.
Probable cause: Windows XP usually sticks secret hidden codes, known as file extensions, onto the ends of filenames. When you doubleclick a Notepad text file, for instance, Windows XP spots the secret, hid-
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Figure 16-13:
Windows doesn’t know what program should open this file.
Open With ["?
Choose the program you want to use to open this file:
<1 File: curious

Internet Explorer
^ Notepad
1 1 Always use the selected program to open this kind of file
[ Browse... ]
1 If the program you want is not in the list or on your computer, you can look
1 for the aoorooriate oroaram on the Web.
L |l OK 1 f Cancel 1
den file extension and uses Notepad to open the file. If Windows doesn’t recognize the secret code letters, however, it complains with this error message.
Solutions: This problem’s a little rough, so you may have to experiment. If you know what program created that file, choose it from the list of programs. Then select the Always Use the Selected Program to Open This Kind of File check box. Finally, click the OK button, and your problem should be solved. In the future, Windows will always know to open files with this secret code using this program.
Don’t have the foggiest idea which program should open that file? Notepad’s always a good choice to start with. Choose Notepad, click the OK button, and double-click your mystery file again. If your screen fills with legible text, you’re saved! Close Notepad and double-click the mischievous file again. This time, however, select the Always Use This Program to Open This File check box so that Windows XP knows that Notepad should always open that type of file.
Notepad is a safe test, but files missing their file extensions often aren’t meant to be opened. Be careful.
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Privacy Alert — Saving Cookies
Figure 16-14:
Because of your current privacy settings, Windows wants you to know that Internet Explorer didn’t let a site place a cookie on your computer.
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