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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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Increased Stability
If you’ve been using other versions of Windows, you’re probably accustomed to the Blue Screen of Death: The screen turns bright blue, and Windows displays a cryptic message about a Fatal Error in some oddly numbered coordinate. Nobody knows what it means, or why it happened. Everybody knows that it’s a Pain in the Butt.
Windows XP throws away the old engine used to run Windows Me, Windows 98, and earlier versions of Windows. Instead, Windows XP uses the more stable engine from Windows 2000 — the version used by businesses requiring a computer that won’t crash haphazardly.
Sure, a program will crash every once in a while. But it won’t bring down the entire computer. When a program does freeze up, hold down these three keys at the same time: Ctrl, Alt, and Delete. The Windows XP Task Manager pops up, as shown in Figure 18-3, ready to shovel the
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frozen program out of its memory. Click the naughty program and click the End Task button to whisk it away.
Figure 18-3:
Hold down Ctrl, Alt, and Delete simultaneously to remove frozen programs without shutting down Windows.
Windows XP does something else fun: Turning off the computer’s power switch doesn’t turn off the computer! It brings up the Turn Off Computer screen, where you can choose Stand By, Turn Off, or Restart.
Built-in Firewall against Internet Hackers
My cable modem is constantly connected to the Internet, so it’s no surprise that somebody tries to break into my computer at least a dozen times a day. No, a person isn’t sitting at his computer, typing the keyboard, and trying to find a way inside. These people run easy-to-find hacker programs that automatically scan thousands of computers, looking for one that’s not secure.
If you’re on the Internet, these hackers could be knocking on your door, as well — especially if you run a network or have a cable modem. To keep the bad guys out but let the good ones in, you need a firewall, and Windows XP tossed one in the bag. The firewall filters the information that’s going into your computer and keeps your computer invisible to the programs that scan for them.
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I show how to connect the firewall in Chapter 12.
Automatically Sets Clock
Windows XP automatically sets your computer’s clock and keeps it set to the right time — if you tell it to do so. Double-click the little clock in the bottom right corner of your computer, click the Internet Time tab, and click in the box that is labeled Automatically Synchronize With An Internet Time Server. After you’re connected to the Internet, your computer checks the time and resets its clock accordingly.
Windows XP Must Be Activated
It’s true. Windows XP is copy protected so that you can only install one copy of it on one computer. If you want Windows XP on your laptop, too, you must buy another version of Windows XP. I describe this alarming fact in more detail in Chapter 3.
Making Windows XP Run Like Your Old Version of Windows
Some old-timers don’t like Windows XP because it looks, well, different than their older, classic versions of Windows. In its aim to please, Windows XP wears “classic” clothes so that it looks and acts pretty closely to older versions of Windows. Here’s how.
A Switch to a Classic Start menu: Right-click the Start menu button, choose Properties, and then choose Classic Start Menu. That replaces XP’s huge and rounded Start menu with the straight-edged look of the older versions.
A Switch to a Classic Desktop Theme: Right-click the desktop, choose Properties, and then choose Windows Classic from the Theme drop-down menu. Wham! Now your windows turn from rounded to square, and your rounded chartreuse Start button turns gray and square. Plus, the old familiar icons reappear on the desktop: My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, and Internet Explorer.
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A Turn back on the Shortcut keys: Older versions of Windows had underlined letters in their menus. Instead of clicking the mouse on menu items, you could press Alt and the underlined letter to activate that menu item — a shortcut key, if you will. Although Windows XP leaves them out, here’s how to turn them back on: Right-click the Desktop, choose Properties, and click the Appearance tab. Click the Effects button and remove the check mark from the line, Hide Underlined Letters for Keyboard Navigation Until I Press The Alt Key. The underlines all appear, ready for shortcuts.
A Speeding up the menus: Windows XP sometimes sacrifices looks for speed. Menus fade in and out of place, for instance, looking cool, but slowing down the job. To dump the fashion and bring back the speed, try this: Right-click the My Computer icon, choose Properties, and click the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button in the Performance area and select Adjust For Best Performance. Click OK and enjoy that burst of speed.
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