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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 9: Sharing It All on the Network
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If you’re on a network or want to set one up, stick around for this chapter’s second half. That explains how to grab information from other computers, and let other people grab information from your computer. You also find out how to share a printer or Internet connection among several computers.
Finally, if you’re working on a larger, more confusing network at work, you find a few tips on how to muddle your way through if the network administrator still hasn’t returned from the deli down the street.
Fiddling with User Accounts
Everyone who uses Windows XP needs a user account. A user account is like a cocktail party name tag that helps Windows recognize who’s sitting at the keyboard. (Chapter 4 explains user accounts in more detail.) Windows XP dishes out three types of user accounts: Administrator, Limited, and Guest.
Who cares? Well, each type of account gets to do different functions on the computer. If the computer were an apartment building, the administrator would be the manager, the limited accounts would be the tenants, and guests would only get to drop by and use the bathroom in the lobby.
In computer lingo that means the administrator controls the entire computer, deciding who gets to use it and what they can do on it. Limited accounts can use most of the computer, but they can’t make any big changes to it. And guests, well, they can use the computer, but because the computer doesn’t recognize them by name, their actions are tightly restricted.
A On a computer running Windows XP Home, the owner usually holds the administrator account. He or she then sets up accounts for other household members, changing their accounts when needed, fixing lost passwords, and if desired, peeking into other users’ files. Here’s the important part: Only administrators can install software and change the computer’s hardware.
A In a family, the parents usually hold administrator accounts, the kids usually have limited accounts, and the babysitter logs in using the guest account.
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A On computers running Windows XP Professional, the administrator holds the same privileges and more. But because Windows XP Professional offers many more security features and settings, its administrator often holds a full-time job in an office setting.
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A To see what version of Windows XP you’re using, Home or Professional, click the lime-green Start button, right-click on My Computer, and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. On the first page — the one beneath the General tab — your version is listed beneath the word System.
A Administrators should create limited accounts for people who use the computer on a regular basis. Windows XP then keeps track of the way each limited account member prefers his or her computer to be set up. After a limited account user logs on, Windows XP displays that person’s favorite desktop and background, and remembers his or her favorite Internet Explorer Web sites. Everything looks just the way that user set it up.
A Administrators should create a single guest account for people the computer doesn’t need to recognize. Guests can’t do much more than use the computer as a terminal, much like one in a library. Guests can use the programs, for example, but they can’t change any settings, much less install programs or burn CDs. However, guests can still log on to the Internet or read their e-mail by typing in their e-mail address and password.
A More than one person can hold an administrator account on a computer. In fact, all the users can hold one, if the computer’s owner prefers that. That lets anybody install software and change important computer settings. (It also lets everybody peek into each other’s files.)
A When you install Windows XP, the software automatically grants administrator status to every account you create. After the installation is complete, be sure to change these accounts to limited or guest status unless you trust those people to handle your computer wisely.
Changing a user account's picture
Okay, now the important stuff: changing the dorky picture Windows automatically assigns to your user account. When you first create a
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user account, Windows XP dips into its image bag and randomly assigns to accounts pictures of butterflies, fish, soccer balls, or even more boring images. However, customizing your picture is fairly easy. (It’s even easier if you have a digital camera.)
j After you log on, click the Start button and choose Control Panel. Click the User Accounts icon and select Change My Picture. (Administrators have to click Change an Account first and then choose the account that needs a new picture.) A new window appears, as shown in Figure 9-1.
If any of the currently shown pictures appeal to you, click a picture and click the Change Picture button. Done! To assign a picture that’s not shown, click the Browse for More Pictures button. A new window appears, this time showing the contents of your My Pictures folder. (This folder is where your digital camera stores your pictures.) Click a desired picture from the folder, choose Open, and click Change Picture. That’s it!
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