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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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A If all doesn’t go well, click Windows XP’s Start button, choose Control Panel, and double-click the Add Hardware icon. (You may need to click Switch to Classic View to see the icon.) Click the Next button to make Windows try to autodetect the new network card.
Letting the Network Setup Wizard Set Up Your Network
Whoopee! After you’ve installed the cards and cables, the Windows Network Setup Wizard takes over the rest of the arduous tasks. Be sure to run the wizard on your most powerful computer and make that computer the one that connects to the Internet.
Now, turn on all your computers, printers, and external modems and then connect your computer to the Internet. Ready? Here’s how to summon the wizard to complete the network finalities:
1. Start the Network Setup Wizard and click the Next button.
Click the Start button, choose My Network Places, and choose Set Up a Home or Small Office Network from the Network Tasks area along the left. The Network Setup Wizard rises to the screen, as shown in Figure 9-10, ready for you to click Next.
2. Read the screen and click Next.
The Network Setup Wizard brings your network to life, examining everything connected to it and placing appropriate network icons on your computer. That’s why turning everything on is important, as the wizard requests. After you click Next, the wizard looks for your Internet connection.
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
Figure 9-10:
The Network Setup Wizard leads you through the networking process.
3. Tell the wizard about your Internet connection and click Next.
Specifically, the wizard needs to know whether your computer connects directly to the Internet, or if it will connect to the Internet through a different computer on the network. Because you’re running this wizard on the computer that connects to the Internet, choose the first option.
4. Choose your Internet connection from the list, if asked, and click Next.
5. Type a name and description for your computer and click Next.
6. If the settings look correct, click Next
Windows XP lists the settings that it will use and asks for your okay. If you click Next, Windows XP checks out the Internet connection and lets other networked computers share it. It automatically installs a protective firewall, described in Chapter 12. And it starts setting up the network. (Give it a few minutes.)
7. If your network includes Windows 98 or Windows 95 computers, create a Home Networking Setup disk and click Next.
If any of your networked computers use those older versions of Windows, create the Network Setup disk by clicking the Create Disk button. (You need a floppy.)
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
Ignore this step if you’re networking all Windows XP computers. You can insert your Windows XP CD into those computers, choose Perform Additional Tasks, and select Set Up Home or Small Office Networking.
8. Click Finish.
That should do the trick.
A The wizard does a reasonably good job of casting its spells on your computers. If the computers are all connected correctly and restarted, chances are they’ll wake up in bondage with each other. If they don’t, try restarting them all again.
A Your newly networked Windows XP computers should list currently shared folders in their My Network Places areas. Unless you’ve shared additional files on your own, you’ll probably see a single folder called Shared Documents that contains My Music and My Pictures.
A To run the wizard on Windows 95 or 98 computers that aren’t running Windows XP, insert your Network Setup disk into the computer you want to network. Open My Computer, double-click your floppy drive, and double-click the file named, netsetup. The computer asks a few questions, tweaks itself, and reboots. (Just run the Network Wizard on networked Windows Me computers, if Windows XP didn’t already set them up.)
A All of your networked computers should now be able to share any shared files, your modem connection, and any printers.
A If everything doesn’t proceed as merrily as described here, don’t worry. Networking will work. However, you need to make some more advanced tweaks that I can’t describe here or the book would cost too much. Pick up a copy of Brian Livingston’s Windows XP Secrets published by Hungry Minds, Inc. (It’s around 1,200 pages.)
Part III
Using Windows XP Applications
In this part*„
id you know that
A Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated?
A A human’s eyelashes generally fall off after 5 months?
A Windows XP comes with a bunch of free programs that aren’t even mentioned on the outside of the box?
This part takes a look at all the stuff you’re getting for nothing. Well, for the price on your sales receipt, anyway. It also shows how to get to those darn programs by using the Start button, the desktop, and that little bar along the screen’s bottom called the “taskbar.”
Finally, it shows how to do the exciting stuff: Surf the Web, download music and videos, and turn your PC into something fun for a change.
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