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Registration: If you want junk mail from Microsoft, click Yes. Otherwise click No for this optional item.
Users: Type the names of people who will be using your computer, starting with your own name at the top. Nobody else using it? Then just type your own name and click Next.
If you're confused about any of these items, click the Help button at the screen's bottom.
You 're through! And if you've made a mistake with any of these options, you can change them by using the Control Panel, described in Chapter 14.
By typing in a secret password when logging on, as shown in Figure 4-2, you enable your computer to recognize you and nobody else. If you protect your user name with a password, nobody can access your files (except for the computer’s administrator, who can peek into anything— and even wipe out your account).
A Depending on your network’s size and level of security, a password can let you do many things. Sometimes, entering the password merely lets you use your own computer. Other times, it lets you share files on a network of linked computers.
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By using a password, you ensure that nobody else can access your files.
A Because networks can be notoriously difficult to set up and figure out, most networked offices have a full-time network administrator who tries to make the darn thing work. (That’s the person to bug if something goes wrong.)
A Windows XP needs at least one person to act as administrator even if your computer isn’t connected to other computers. Only an administrator may set up new accounts for new users, install programs, and access all the files on the computer—even those of other users. Head to Chapter 9 if you care about this stuff.
A Don’t have a password? After you log on, click the lime-green Start button, click Control Panel, and click the User Accounts icon. Click the words Create a Password and type in a password that will be easy for you—and nobody else—to remember. Type the password again in the second box, and, in the third box, type a hint that reminds you of your password. Click the Create Password button, and Windows XP will ask for your password the next time you try to log on. (If you’re the administrator, you must first choose an account and then select the Create a Password option.)
A Have you forgotten your password already? Click the little question mark shown in Figure 4-2 that appears whenever you click your user name. A hint will appear, reminding you of your password. (That’s why it’s important to type a good hint when creating your password.) And beware—anybody else can read your hint, so make sure it’s something that only makes sense to you.
A Keep your password short and sweet: the name of your favorite vegetable, for example, or the brand of your dental floss. (See your network administrator if Windows XP doesn’t accept your password. He or she can always let you back in.)
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A Passwords are case-sensitive. That means that the password caviar is different from Caviar. The computer notices the capital C, and considers caviar and Caviar to be two different words.
Make Windows stop asking me for a password!
Windows asks for your name and password only when it needs to know who's tapping on its keys. And it needs that information for any of these three reasons:
A Your computer is part of a network, and your identity determines what goodies you can access.
A The computer's owner wants to limit what you can do on the computer.
A You share your computer with other people, and each person wants to customize how Windows XP looks and behaves when he or
she logs on.
If you're not working on a network, disable the network password request by double-clicking the Control Panel's User Accounts icon and choosing Remove My Password.
Now, Windows XP will never ask for a password again. However, anybody can now log onto the computer using your name and access (or destroy) your files. If you're working in an office setting, this lack of security can get you into some serious trouble. If you've been assigned a password, it's better to simply get used to it.
Starting your favorite program With the Start button
When Windows XP first takes over your computer, it turns your screen into a pseudo-desktop: a fancy name for a plate of buttons with labels beneath them. Click a button, and the program assigned to that button hops to the screen in its own little window. Click the Start button in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and you’ll have even more buttons to choose from, as shown in Figure 4-3.
Because the buttons have little pictures on them, they’re called icons. Icons offer clues to the programs they represent. Click an icon, and its program pops to the screen, ready for work. Click the icon of the stamped envelope, for instance, to launch Outlook Express, a program that lets people send and receive electronic mail on their computers.
Click the big blue “e,” and Internet Explorer arrives, ready to prowl the Internet. The programs used most often (the list changes as your program usage changes) usually appear below the Internet Explorer and Email icons.