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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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Introduction
your times of need. Keep a doughnut or Pokémon card nearby, however, just in case you need a quick bribe.
How This Booh Is Organized
The information in this book has been well sifted. This book contains five parts, and I divided each part into chapters relating to the part’s theme. With an even finer knife, I divided each chapter into short sections to help you figure out a bit of Windows XP’s weirdness. Sometimes, you may find what you’re looking for in a small, boxed tip. Other times, you may need to cruise through an entire section or chapter. It’s up to you and the particular task at hand.
Here are the categories (the envelope, please):
Part I: Bare-Bones Windows XP Stuff
This book starts out with the basics. You find out how to turn on your computer and how to examine your computer’s parts and what Windows XP does to them. It explains all the Windows XP stuff that everybody thinks that you already know. It explains the new features in Windows XP, separating the wheat from the chaff while leaving out any thick, technical oatmeal. You discover whether your computer has enough oomph to run Windows XP. And you end this part (with great relief) by turning off your computer.
Part II: Making Windows XP Do Something
Windows XP leaps onto the screen with a snappy beat and overly excited videos. But how do you make the darn thing do something useful? Here, you find ways to overcome the frustratingly playful tendencies of Windows XP and force it to sweep leaves off the driveway or empty the dishwasher.
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Part III: Using Windows XP Applications (And Surfing the Web)
Windows XP comes with bunches of exciting free programs. Finding and starting the programs, however, is quite a chore. This part dissects the Windows XP backbone: Its annoying “Welcome” screen and User Name buttons, the mammoth Start button menu that hides all the important stuff, and your computer’s desktop—the background your running programs rest upon.
This part of the book explains how to store your files so you can find them again. It shows how to send e-mail and play with that World Wide Web thing everyone talks about. Turn here for information on playing music CDs and MP3s and movies. As a bonus, you discover why your computer screen looks like a blinking billboard for Microsoft products. (And how to turn those ads off.)
Part IV: Help!
Although glass doesn’t shatter when Windows XP crashes, it still hurts. In this part, you find some soothing salves for the most painful irritations. Plus, you find ways to unleash the Windows XP program’s wise new team of powerful Troubleshooting Wizards. Imagine: A computer that can finally wave a wand and fix itself!
Part V: The Part of Tens
Everybody loves lists (except during tax time). This part contains lists of Windows-related trivia—ten aggravating things about Windows XP (and how to fix them), ten confusing Windows XP icons and what they mean, ten ways to make Windows XP start working again, and other shoulder-rubbing solutions for tense problems.
Icons Used in This Book
Already seen Windows? Then you’ve probably noticed its icons, which are little pictures for starting various programs. The icons in this book fit right in. They’re even a little easier to figure out:
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Watch out! This signpost warns you that pointless technical information is coming around the bend. Swerve away from this icon, and you’ll be safe from the awful technical drivel.
This icon alerts you about juicy information that makes computing easier: A tried and true method for keeping the cat from sleeping on top of the monitor, for instance.
Don’t forget to remember these important points. (Or at least dog-ear the pages so that you can look them up again a few days later.)
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The computer won’t explode while you’re performing the delicate operations associated with this icon. Still, wearing gloves and proceeding with caution is a good idea when this icon is near.
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Already familiar with Windows Me, Windows 98, or another version of Windows? This icon marks information that can ease your transition from old to new.
Some PCs may vary
If Windows XP came already installed on your PC, be forewarned: PC manufacturers love to customize their PCs'versions of Windows. Some toss in oodles of extra software; some simply toss an America Online icon onto the desktop. Still other manufacturers strip Windows XP of
some of its programs. If you think your version of Windows XP lacks some features, check out Chapter 15. It describes what to do if somebody else's version of Windows has more fun stuff than your own.
Where to Go from Here
Now, you’re ready for action. Give the pages a quick flip and maybe scan through a few sections that you know you’ll need later. Please remember, this is your book—your weapon against the computer criminals who’ve inflicted this whole complicated computer concept on you.
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So pretend you’re back in grade school, and you can’t get caught: Circle any paragraphs you find useful, highlight key concepts, cover up the technical drivel with sticky notes, and draw gothic gargoyles in the margins next to the complicated stuff.
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