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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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I can't get it to install!
Installing Internet Explorer isn’t all that difficult; the hard part is telling Internet Explorer how to connect to your Internet service provider — the company that’s providing the phone connection to the Internet.
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Check out the New Connection Wizard, described earlier in this chapter. It displays your current settings and allows you to change them, if needed.
Because ISPs all use slightly different ways to connect, your best bet is to call their tech support number and ask for help. (Be sure to call your Internet service provider, not Microsoft.)
Yeah, connecting to your ISP is a pain, but remember — you only have to connect to the thing once. After Internet Explorer has locked arms with your ISP, you can simply click a button to make it dial up the connection and start surfing.
How do I install the firewall?
Just about everybody’s picked up the phone, only to find some recorded voice pushing the latest product. These telemarketers run programs that simply call phone numbers, one after the other, until they find somebody who answers. Computer hackers do the same thing. They run programs that automatically try to break into every computer that’s currently connected to the Internet.
If you have a cable modem or other ISP that’s constantly connected to the Internet, you’re especially vulnerable. See, the Internet assigns your computer a special number whenever it connects. Whenever your modem dials the Internet and connects, your number changes. But if you’re constantly connected to the Internet with a cable modem or other 24-hour connection, your number never changes. That makes it easier for hackers to find your computer and, if it’s vulnerable, to spread its number around to other hackers.
That’s where a firewall comes in. Firewall software sits between your computer and the Internet, acting as a door. It lets you decide what software can access your computer, and when. Windows XP comes with a built-in firewall. To install it, follow these steps:
1. Open the Start menu, right-click on My Network Places, and choose Properties.
The Internet is a huge network — it’s designed for computers to talk to each other. That’s why it’s important to make sure that only the friendly computers do the talking.
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2. Right-click on the connection you want to protect, and choose Properties.
If you’re using a dial-up account, for instance, right-click on that icon. If you’re using a network in your home or office, right-click on the Local Area Connection. Either way, choose Properties.
3. Click the Advanced tab and activate the firewall.
Click the box to activate the Windows XP firewall.
If you’re running a network and using the Internet Connection Sharing to let all the networked computers share the modem, the firewall should only be activated on the host computer — the computer that’s actually connected to the Internet. It doesn’t need to be activated on the client computers — the computers that share the host computer’s modem.
I keep getting busy signals!
This problem means that your Internet service provider is probably offering a great deal — unlimited access to the Internet for one low price. Unfortunately, a bargain means that many people are going to be calling at the same time as you, leading to busy signals.
What’s the answer? Reassess your priorities. Are you looking to save money or find a reliable connection to the Internet? You may be able to find a better deal with a different provider.
The Web page says it needs [insert name of weird plug-in thing here]!
Computer programmers abandoned their boring old TV sets and turned to their exciting new computers for entertainment. Now, they’re trying to turn their computers back into TV sets. They’re using fancy programming techniques called Java, Shockwave, RealPlayer, QuickTime, and other goodies to add animation and other gizmos to the Internet.
Programmers are also adding little software tidbits called plug-ins that increase your computer’s capability to display flashy advertisements along the top of your screen.
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What’s the problem? New versions of these plug-ins follow the seasons. If your computer says it needs a plug-in or its latest version, click the button on the Web page that takes you to its download area.
Close down all your software (except for the Web browser), download the software, and install it. The next time you open your Web browser, the advertisements will never have looked better.
If you try to view an Internet video and Windows’ Media Player wimps out, the video may need software called RealPlayer. Head for and download RealPlayer Basic. That’s the freebie version that lets you view the videos (and sometimes hear radio broadcasts, too.)
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