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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 21: Ten Most Frequently Asked Windows Questions
A If you have a digital picture of you within a group, open it with the Windows Paint program, cut out your face, and save the face in your My Pictures folder. When Windows opens that picture, it will grab your face, and not everybody in the picture.
A Feel free to grab pictures off the Internet for your User Account, too. If you spot a picture of Bart Simpson on the Web that you’d like to use, right-click it, choose Save Picture As, type a name, and click Save. That automatically saves the picture in your My Pictures folder for later grabbing.
Why Can't Windows XP Play My DVDs?
Many computers today come with CD-ROM drives that can play DVDs as well as CDs. When you insert a CD, Windows Media Player comes up singing tunes. But when you insert a DVD, Windows XP doesn’t play the movie. What gives?
There’s a catch. Before a computer can read a DVD, it needs a software or hardware DVD decoder to translate the numbers on the DVD into sounds and moving pictures on the screen. Some DVD drives have the decoder built-in. But many rely on software. And Windows XP doesn’t include that software decoder. So how do you watch the DVD?
Well, you need to install a software DVD player from another company. (Many new computers that include a DVD drive also come with a DVD player.) Windows XP borrows the software decoder from that third-party software and plays the DVD in its own Media Player.
So, even though Microsoft may claim that Windows XP plays DVDs, a key fact is left out: Windows XP plays DVDs if you already have DVD-player software installed on your computer.
There’s another catch: If you’re upgrading your Windows 98 or Windows Me computer to Windows XP, your old DVD software probably won’t work on Windows XP. You probably have to upgrade your existing software to Windows XP standards, or buy new Windows XP-compati-ble DVD software. Bummer.
Chapter 21: Ten Most Frequently Asked Windows Questions
Why Can't Windows XP Create MP3 Files?
This one’s a little sticky, but bear with me. The company that engineered the MP3 file technology charges royalties for its MP3 codes, known as codecs. Microsoft didn’t include the DVD codecs for playing DVDs, as I discuss in the previous section. And Microsoft left out the MP3 codecs, as well.
So, when you tell Media Player to create digital sound files from your CDs, it lists two options: WMA (Windows Music Audio, Microsoft’s sound format), and MP3. However, the MP3 option is grayed out and can’t be selected.
Windows XP can create MP3s in the same way that it plays DVDs: It borrows the codec from other software. If you install MP3 creation software that Microsoft approves of, Windows XP borrows that software’s codecs, letting you select the MP3 option in Media Player. Then, and only then, will Media Player let you create MP3s.
How Do I Get Rid of the Welcome Screen?
Microsoft added the Welcome screen to make it easier for people to begin using the computer or to switch to other users. The Welcome screen lists the names of all the people who hold accounts on Windows XP. A user clicks his name, enters a password (if necessary), and starts working.
Some people want more security, though, and don’t want the account names listed on the Welcome screen. Turning off the screen is easy — if you’re the computer’s owner or hold an administrator account.
1. Click the Start button, choose Control Panel, and select User Accounts.
2. Select Change the Way Users Log on and Off.
3. Remove the check mark by Use the Welcome Screen.
Chapter 21: Ten Most Frequently Asked Windows Questions
The simpler Log on to Windows box replaces the Welcome screen where users type in their names and passwords.
The pros: Because there’s no Welcome screen with names, nobody knows who uses the computer. If lots of people are using the computer, there’s no need to crowd the Welcome screen with a bunch of names. When someone logs off, Windows XP automatically saves any work that was done, as well as the customized settings, leaving the computer ready for the next person.
The cons: Some people prefer the friendly Welcome screen and the convenience of not having to type their name. Doing away with the Welcome screen also does away with the possibility of a fast user switch — where one user can quickly log off so somebody else can borrow the computer for a quick e-mail check.
When waking up from the screen saver, Windows XP normally brings up the Welcome screen, forcing users to log on again. To disable this, right-click on your desktop, choose Properties, and click the Screen Saver tab. Then remove the check mark next to the words, On Resume, Display Welcome Screen.
How Can I See Previews of My Pictures?
Windows XP has made it easier than ever to peek inside your graphics files. Instead of displaying a folder full of bland icons, Windows XP transforms each icon into a thumbnail-sized preview of the file’s contents. Best yet, the previews are all done automatically.
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