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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. Click Next.
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3. Choose Connect to the Internet and click Next.
Choosing this first option tells Mr. Wizard that yes, you do want to connect to the Internet. (If you want to connect to the Internet through your network, choose Set Up a Home or Small Office Network, and the wizard passes you off to the Network Setup Wizard, instead.)
4. Choose the second of the three options, as shown in Figure 12-3, and click Next.
Figure 12-3:
The New Connection Wizard helps you connect your computer to the Internet.
Here’s what the three options mean:
AChoose from a List of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Choose this option if you don’t already have an Internet account and you want to select one from a list provided by Microsoft. If you choose this option, the wizard dials a number to locate Internet service providers in your area and displays their rates and options. The wizard only finds providers with special Microsoft contracts, so it leaves out many providers in your area. (The telephone book is a much better way to find an ISP.)
If you choose a provider with this option, the wizard finishes the rest of the setup work by itself.
ASet Up My Connection Manually.
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Chances are, you’ll end up choosing this option. This lets you set up an Internet account from a previous computer or one at work. It also lets you share a modem on a network. After selecting this, click Next to continue along these steps. You introduce your computer to your existing Internet account by filling out forms and punching buttons.
AUse the CD I Got from an ISP.
Many national ISPs offer free CDs for signing up to their service. You would choose this option if you had a CD from America Online, for instance. Choosing this option stops the wizard and lets the ISP’s CD take over.
5. Tell Windows XP how you connect to the Internet and then click Next.
The Wizard provides three options:
AConnect Using a Dial-up Modem.
If your modem plugs into the phone line, choose this option and move to Step 6.
AConnect Using a Broadband Connection That Requires a User Name and Password.
Broadband connections are the speedy ones provided by cable or DSL modems. Most require a user name and password for access. The connection might seem to be always on, but it’s actually logging you on very quickly.
If you choose this option, you type in a name for your ISP, your user name, and a password to finish the connection.
AConnect Using a Broadband Connection That Is Always On.
People on a network usually choose this option; the wizard takes over from there.
6. Type a name for your Internet provider and click Next.
Simply type My Provider or the name of your provider.
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7. Enter the phone number for your Internet service provider and click Next; then enter your User Name and Password.
Your provider should have given you these three things. Call your provider if these three magical tidbits of information aren’t in your possession. You need them to proceed.
8. Click the Finish button.
You’re done. Windows XP automatically leaps into action and uses your settings to call your Internet provider.
If everything goes correctly, a pop-up message appears with your dialup modem’s connection speed. You’re logged on to the Internet. Microsoft tosses its own Web page, The Microsoft Network, onto the Internet Explorer screen, and you’re ready to browse. Need a place to go for a quick test? Log on to and see what happens.
If a cable modem service is available in your area, go for it. Web pages load a zillion times faster. Plus, they come to your house and set everything up for you. (Plus, you won’t need to pay for a second phone line while Web surfing.)
Some versions of Windows may not have the New Connection Wizard on the Start menu. To find it, click the Start menu, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon, choose Internet Properties, click the Connections tab, and click the Setup button.
If you have a cable modem or a network, or you spend a lot of time on the Internet, be sure to activate the Windows XP firewall, described later in this chapter.
What is a Web Browser?
Your Web browser is your Internet surfboard — your transportation to the computers strewn along the Web. Internet Explorer 6 comes free with Windows XP, so many people use it out of convenience. Other people use other companies’ browsers, like Netscape Communicator or Opera. People with too much time on their hands switch back and forth between several types of Web browsers.
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All browsers work basically the same way. Every Web page comes with a specific address, just like houses do. When you type that address into the browser, the browser takes you there like a veteran cabby — unless you make a typo when you’re typing in the address.
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