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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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To dump pictures from your digital video camcorder into Windows XP's Movie Maker, you need an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port.
Chapter 3
Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
In This Chapter
B Explanations of the strange terms used in Windows XP B Information on where to look for more details on these strange terms
M M^hen Microsoft Windows first hit the market in 1985, it failed miserably. Windows’ weak attempts at fancy graphics choked the equally weak computers of the day. Even when it did run, Windows was slow, awkward, and downright ugly.
Today’s powerful computers easily whip Windows into shape. After 15 years on the market, Windows has turned into a trendy bestseller that’s preinstalled on nearly every new PC.
Because Windows has been around for so long, a lot of people have had a head start. Many kids learned about Windows in grade school. Even today’s major corporations seem to take it for granted that you can successfully navigate their Web pages.
To help you catch up, this chapter is a tourist’s guidebook to those weird Windows words that everybody else thinks you already know.
Activation
Here’s a big secret: You don’t really own Windows XP. Even when you buy Windows at the store, or it comes preinstalled on your new computer, it’s not yours. No, the fine print says that only Microsoft owns Windows. You only own a license—permission—to run Windows on
Chapter 3: Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
your computer. Worse than that, you’re only granted permission to run Windows on a single computer.
In the past, many people bought one version of Windows—one for their desktop computer and one for their laptop. And why not? They either used their desktop computer or their laptop—they never used them both at the same time.
Windows XP changes that with its new Activation feature. When you install Windows XP, an annoying window pops up, asking you to “activate” your version of Windows. When you click the Activate button, Windows XP takes a “picture” of your computer’s components, links them to the serial number on your copy of Windows XP, and sends that information to Microsoft over the Internet.
Then, if you or anybody else ever tries to install that same version of Windows on a different computer, Windows XP says you’re using somebody else’s version of Windows XP, and it won’t work.
A Okay, what happens if you don’t bother to “activate” a copy of Windows XP? It simply stops working after 30 days. The new Activation feature ensures that each copy of Windows XP will only work on a single computer. Even if Windows XP came preinstalled on your new computer, you can’t take the bundled Windows XP CD and install it on another computer.
A No Internet connection? Then you must call Microsoft’s toll-free number, talk to a customer service representative, and activate your copy of Windows by typing in a 25-number password.
A If you want to install Windows XP on several computers, it might be cheaper to purchase a special multi-version license, called a Microsoft License Pak.
A If you upgrade your computer—adding lots of new parts—Windows XP might think it’s been installed on a new computer and stop working. The solution? You must call Microsoft’s toll-free number and convince those folks that you’re not trying to steal their software.
A Welcome to Windows XP!
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Backing Up a Disk
Computers store bunches of files on their hard drives. And that multitude of files can be a problem. When the computer’s hard drive eventually dies (nothing lives forever), it takes all your files down with it. Pffffft. Nothing left.
Computer users who don’t like anguished pffffft sounds back up their hard drives religiously. They do so in three main ways.
Some people copy all their files from the hard disk to a bunch of floppy disks or CDs. Although backup programs make this task easier, it’s still a time-consuming chore. Who wants to spend half an hour backing up computer files after finishing work?
Other people buy a tape backup unit. This special computerized tape recorder either lives inside your computer like a floppy disk or plugs into the computer’s rear. Either way, the gizmo tape-records all the information on your hard disk. Then, when your hard disk dies, you still have all your files. The faithful tape backup unit plays back all your information onto the new hard drive. No scrounging for floppy disks.
Finally, some people buy special cartridge storage units. These mechanisms work like hard drives you can slide in and out of your computer. Iomega’s Jaz drives, for example, can store up to 2GB (gigabytes) of information on a single cartridge. (The Peerless cartridges hold 10 or 20GBs.) A single cartridge is much easier to store than hundreds of floppies. (More information about Iomega’s drives lurks in Chapter 2.)
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A Don’t use old backup programs with Windows XP. Unless the backup software specifically states that it’s compatible with Windows XP, the backup might not be reliable. (Windows XP Professional comes with a simple backup program included; Windows XP Home does not.)
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