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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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2. Double-click the folder named Programs.
You see shortcuts and folders for most of the programs currently listed in your Start button’s All Programs area.
3. Double-click the folder named StartUp to open it onto your
4. Using your right mouse button, drag and drop any programs or files you want to start automatically into the StartUp window.
If Windows asks, tell it to turn those programs or files into shortcuts. Then, whenever you start Windows XP from scratch, those programs or files load up right along with it.
A The items in the StartUp area load themselves only when you log onto Windows after logging off. If you’ve clicked the Switch Users button instead of the Log Off button, Windows considers you still at work. It launches the StartUp items only after you’ve logged off and Windows has saved your settings.
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A Do you find yourself using the StartUp area a lot? Make a shortcut that points straight toward it and leave the shortcut on your desktop. Drag and drop a program into the StartUp shortcut, and that program’s shortcut will appear in the StartUp area, ready to load itself whenever your computer starts up.
The Start Menu’s Free Programs
Windows XP, the fanciest version of Windows yet, comes with oodles of free programs. This makes customers happy and makes the Justice Department members flap their long black robes.
Free software is usually as nice as a free lunch. The Windows problem lies with its menu. Sure, some of its freebie programs control important parts of your computer. But more than 50 additional programs merely buff and polish the details. This extraordinarily long section explains which freebie programs are worthwhile and which ones you can safely ignore.
The Start menu's first-tier programs
These items appear on the Start menu whenever you click the Start button. You’ll be using them over and over again, so if you’re bored already, just read this part.
/*£'"; Internet Explorer: Click this button when you’re ready to explore the Internet. (I cover Web browsing, e-mail, and other Internet activities in Chapter 12.)
Outlook Express: This brings up Microsoft’s built-in e-mail program. (I
also cover it in Chapter 12.)
, My Documents: Always store your documents in this folder so you’ll know where to find them later.
■ My Pictures: Keep your digital pictures in this folder. Each picture’s ^ icon is a tiny thumbnail image of its picture.
N, My Music: Store your digital music in here so Media Player can find it more easily.
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My Computer: Open this to see every storage area inside your computer, including your floppy drive, hard disks, CD-ROM drives, digital cameras, and folders shared with other users.
My Network Places: Is your computer connected to other computers on a network? Click here to see the other computers or folders you’re allowed to access.
Control Panel: Click here to adjust your computer’s oodles of confusing settings, all described in Chapter 14.
Help and Support: Befuddled? Click here for an answer. (Chapter 17 exnlains the confusing Windows Hein svstem.'i
explains the confusing Windows Help system.)
Search: Missing a file? Click here to find it. (Chapter 7 explains the Windows Search system.)
Run: Rarely used, this launches a program if you type in its name and location.
JLog Off: Click here either to let somebody else use the computer quickly, or to save your work and let the computer stand idle for others to use it.
□ Turn Off Computer: Click this button to restart the computer, turn it off completely, or let it Standby — the computer saves everybody’s work and “goes to sleep” to save power. (Push the computer’s On/Off switch to bring it back to life.)
The Start menu's All Programs area
The Start menu lists quite a few options, but it hides a huge batch of freebie programs in the All Programs area. Open the Start menu, click All Programs near the menu’s bottom, and you’ll find these freebies on the menu.
\ Windows Catalog: Microsoft never has enough of your money. After you’ve bought Windows, a click here takes to you an Internet page with many more Microsoft products to peruse.
b Windows Update: Microsoft is never happy with Windows. So when it finds a way to make it better — or to keep evil people from breaking
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into it — it automatically sends a software patch to fix it. Click here to grab the fix or set up Windows to grab the fixes automatically.
Activate Windows: Oh, the horror! When you buy a copy of Windows XP, Microsoft gives you 30 days to activate it. When you click this icon, Windows XP combines its built-in serial number with a “snapshot” of your computer’s hardware. Then it dials Microsoft and registers your software with your computer.
From the moment the software's registered, your copy of Windows XP will work only on the computer it's installed on; it won’t work on any other computer. And if you don’t activate Windows XP within 30 days, it stops working. Welcome to Windows!
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