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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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Disk Cleanup helps out when you’re running out of storage space on your computer. Like the backseat of a car, Windows accumulates junk: files temporarily grabbed from the Internet, deleted files from the Recycle Bin, and other space-wasters. Disk Cleanup automatically gathers these programs and lets you delete them.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Disk Defragmenter organizes your hard drive so it runs faster. See, when a computer reads and writes files to and from a hard drive, it’s working like a liquor store stock clerk after a Labor Day weekend. It has to reorganize the store, moving all the misplaced beer cans out of the wine aisles. The same disorganization happens with computer files. When the computer moves files around, it tends to break the files into chunks and spread them across your hard drive. The computer can still find all the pieces, but relocating them takes more time. Disk Defragmenter reorganizes the hard drive, making sure that all the files’ pieces are next to each other for quick and easy grabbing.
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard helps out when you finally upgrade to a new computer. It examines your program’s settings on your old computer and lets you choose which files you’d like to transfer. The wizard can grab information from older versions of Windows, as well. (The program works fastest and easiest with network cards, second best with a cable-to-cable transfer, third-best by copying information to a CD, and agonizingly slowly with a floppy disk.)
Scheduled Tasks lets Windows XP run programs when you’re not around to supervise, whether you’re sleeping at night or away from the home computer during the day. The program plans the schedule of your computer’s routine, telling it which programs to run, when, and for how long.
System Information a fix-it tool for the mechanics, compiles vast technical charts about your computer’s innards. Chances are, you won’t be messing with it.
System Restore is probably the most important item here, so the nearby “System Restore restores your faith in Windows” sidebar covers it in detail.
Address Book
Address Book is used by Outlook Express to send and receive your email. If you ever move up to its more powerful parent program, Outlook, you can move over all your address information by using the Export command from the File menu.
Calculator is, well, a calculator. It looks simple enough, and it really is — unless you mistakenly set it for Scientific mode and see some nightmar-
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
System Restore restores your faith in Windows
When your computer’s running well — and you wish it would always work that well — open System Restore and click next to the Create a Restore Point option. Windows examines itself and takes a snapshot of its settings. Then, if something awful happens a few days later, you have an out: Head back to the System Restore area and choose Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time. Choose a restore point you saved back when everything was just ducky, and, after Windows restores your pre-disaster settings, your computer will perform swimmingly.
There are a few problems with System Restore, as with anything. When System Restore brings back your earlier, faithful Windows setup, it will most likely leave out any of the programs you’ve installed since then. You have to reinstall them. Because Windows automatically creates a restore point every day, don’t choose a spot further back in time than necessary.
System Restore won’t touch any files you’ve stored in the My Documents folder. It swears it
won’t touch any of your other data files, either. But to be on the safe side, keep your most favored data in the My Documents folder.
If you use System Restore, use it often. Use it both before and after installing any new program, for instance, or when making any major tweaks to your system settings. That way, System Restore can bring up a reasonably current version of your work.
If you goof and restore something that made your computer function worse than ever, undo the restoration. Call up System Restore and choose Undo My Last Restoration. In fact, don’t be afraid to try several restore points when something goes wrong. You can always undo them and try a different one.
Finally, System Restore consumes 12 percent of your hard drive space. To shrink or enlarge that chunk, right-click on My Computer from the Start button, choose Properties, and use the sliding control on the System Restore tab.
ish logarithmic stuff. To bring the calculator back to normal, choose Standard from the View menu.
For an extra measure of handiness, choose Copy from the File menu. Then click in the window where you want the answer to appear and choose Paste from that window’s File menu. That’s much easier than retyping a number like 2.449489742783. Hint: If the mouse action is too slow, press your keyboard’s Num Lock key and punch in numbers with the numeric keypad.
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