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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions
Foolish Assumptions 3
What You Don’t Have to Read
Foolish Assumptions
Organization
Icons
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1: Introducing Windows XP
What Windows Does (And Doesn’t Do)
Hardware and software
Why do PCs have to run Windows?
A terminology survival kit
Where Windows Has Been 13
Where Windows Has Been
The rise of Windows
eNTer NT
NT and the “old” Windows
Merging the branches
Windows XP evolves
The Future of Windows
Anatomy of a Computer 17
Anatomy of a Computer
Inside the big box
What you see, what you get
Managing disks
Making PC connections
Futzing with sound
Do You Need Windows XP? 25
Do You Need Windows XP?
It just works
Multimedia galore
Easy multiuser support
Making networks easy
Do you need Windows XP/Pro?
Upgrading to Windows XP — A Brain Transplant 29
What about Windows XP Media Center?
Upgrading to Windows XP — A Brain Transplant
Windows Upgrade Advisor/Hardware Compatibility List
Considering a clean install
Using the Migration Wizard
Product Activation 35
Product Activation
What if the Wheels Fall Off? 39
What if the Wheels Fall Off?
Chapter 2: A Windows XP Orientation
Controlling Who Gets On
The Welcome screen
Adding users
Changing user settings
Using account types
Avoiding Microsoft Passport
Deleting yourself
The Basics
The desktop
Mousing
Windows
Dialog boxes
Files and folders
Chapter 3: Running Windows from Start to Finish
Starting with the Start Button
Internet
E-mail
Media Player
My Documents, My Pictures, My Music
My Recent Documents
My Computer
Control Panel
Help and Support
Search
All Programs
Getting Around 79
Getting Around
Using Windows Explorer
Windows taskbar
Shortcuts
Recycling
Logoff
Chapter 4: Getting Help with Windows XP
Meet the Help and Support Center
How to Really Get Help
Connecting to Remote Assistance107
Connecting to Remote Assistance
116Running an Effective Search
Running an Effective Search
Understanding search limitations
Setting search options
Collapsing the view
Keeping your Favorites
Hopping to the Table of Contents
Working through the index
Getting Help on the Web
Chapter 5: Searching Your Machine and Beyond
Exploring the Search Companion
What you can find
What you can’t find
Phrasing a search query
Rover the Searching Agent129
Looking for Files and Folders
Rover the Searching Agent
Making the most of simple searches
Using wildcards
Digging deeper with advanced searches
Saving a search
Indexing service
Searching the Internet
Chapter 6: Getting the Basic Stuff Done
Beating Windows Games
Solitaire
FreeCell
Spider Solitaire
Minesweeper
Hearts
Pinball
Internet games
Burning CDs
Understanding CD-R and CD-RW
Burning with Windows
Using the Free Word Processors That Come with Windows XP
Running Notepad
Writing with WordPad
Taming Character Map
Downloading document viewers
Calculating
Painting
Performing periodic maintenance
Backup/Restore
Scheduling Task Scheduler
Zipping and Compression193
Zipping and Compression
Creating Checkpoints and System Restore
Chapter 8: Focusing on Windows XP/Professional
Differentiating Windows XP/Pro and Windows XP/Home
Weighing the advantages of Windows XP/Home
Weighing the advantages of Windows XP/Pro
Making a buying decision
Changing Your Mind207
Changing Your Mind
Converting Windows XP/Home to Windows XP/Pro
Converting Windows XP/Pro to Windows XP/Home
Installing Windows XP/Pro211
Installing Windows XP/Pro
Chapter 1: Personalizing Your Desktop
Recognizing Desktop Levels
Setting Colors in Windows XP217
Setting Colors in Windows XP
Picking a Background
Avoiding the Active Desktop
Controlling Icons
Changing Mouse Pointers
Selecting Screen Savers
Seeing Desktop Text
Activating ClearType
Showing large fonts
Using magnification and high contrast
Using Desktop Themes
Customizing Folders237
Customizing Folders
Chapter 2: Organizing Your Windows XP Interface
Customizing the Start Menu
Genesis of the Start menu
Pinning to the Start menu
Reclaiming most recently used programs
Changing all programs
Showing recent documents
Making minor tweaks to the Start menu
Quick Launch Toolbar
Activating
Customizing
Custom Startup253
Custom Startup
Chapter 3: Lock Down: Spies, Spams, Scams, and Slams
Working the Security Center
Understanding the Hazards257
Understanding the Hazards
Dealing with Direct Attacks
Identifying types of attacks
Protecting against attacks
Recovering from an attack
Keeping Spies and Ads at Bay265
Keeping Spies and Ads at Bay
Spamming
Phishing
Avoiding Hoaxes275
Avoiding Hoaxes
Chapter 4: Security Center: Windows Firewall
Understanding Windows Firewall
Starting, Stopping, and Goosing WF
Making Exceptions
File and printer sharing
Remote Assistance
Remote Desktop
UPnP framework
Adding a program
Adding a port
Chapter 5: Security Center: Automatic Updates
To Patch or Not to Patch
Understanding the Patching Process291
Understanding the Patching Process
Choosing an Update Method293
Choosing an Update Method
Adjusting Windows Update295
Adjusting Windows Update
Chapter 6: Security Center: Virus Protection
Understanding Antivirus Software
Taking Care of Your AV Program301
Taking Care of Your AV Program
Downloading and Installing AVG-Free303
Downloading and Installing AVG-Free
Making Windows Acknowledge Your AV Program
Chapter 1: Expanding Your Reach through the Internet
What Is the Internet?
Inside the Internet
Using the Internet
What Is the World Wide Web?317
What Is the World Wide Web?
Who Pays for All This Stuff?
Web sites
Other Internet products
Internet Myths Exploded
Viruses
Credit card fraud
Just pass a law
Big Brother is watching
Chapter 2: Connecting to the Internet
Dial-Up or Broadband?
Dialing with Dollars
Finding your modem
Do you have an ISP?
Creating a new connection
Getting connected
Uh-ohs and their answers
Connecting with DSL or Cable341
Connecting with DSL or Cable
Importing a contact list
Searching for contacts
Creating groups
Romping through Newsgroups
Setting up Outlook Express News
Subscribing to newsgroups
Looking at messages
Posting your own messages
Chapter 4: Chatting with Windows Messenger
Choosing the Right Messenger
Making Messenger Work
Killing the Messenger377
Killing the Messenger
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way around the Internet Explorer Window
Ready, Set, Browse!
A Walk around the IE Window
Checking out IE menus
Unpacking the Standard toolbar
Displaying the Tip of the Day
Exploring Web Pages387
Exploring Web Pages
Web page basics
Understanding links
Scroll around the town
Moving to another page
Returning to a previous page
Going Home
Doing Stuff with Web Pages393
Doing Stuff with Web Pages
E-mailing Web pages
Saving Web pages
Printing Web pages
Leaving and Returning to IE
Chapter 2: Advanced Browsing and Searching with Internet Explorer
Going Back to the Past
Changing your view
Increasing long-term memory
Clearing your History folder
Playing Favorites403
Playing Favorites
Window’s preselected Favorites
Adding Favorites of your own
Making a site available offline
Organizing your Favorites
The Secrets of Web Searching
Googling
Using the Google Toolbar
Googling tricks
Chapter 3: Making Internet Explorer Your Own
Getting the Most from IE
Making IE Run Faster417
Making IE Run Faster
A New Look for IE419
A New Look for IE
Reading the fine print
Coloring IE
Going Back to Zero
Chapter 1: MSN: Who Needs Ya, Baby?
Home of the Free and the Not-So-Free
Moving from AOL to MSN443
Getting the Best of All Worlds
Moving from AOL to MSN
Chapter 2: MSN Explorer
What Is MSN Explorer?
Introducing MSN Explorer
Getting Started with MSN Explorer
Chapter 3: Taking MSN Explorer for a Spin
Checking Out MSN Explorer
Surfing the Web with MSN Explorer
Following links
Navigating Web pages
How MSN Explorer Works with Passport461
How MSN Explorer Works with Passport
Signing up for a Passport
Getting a Kids Passport
Setting and Changing Passwords
Your Home Page, Your Way465
Your Home Page, Your Way
Chapter 4: Hotmail (a.k.a. MSN E-Mail)
Sending and Receiving E-Mail
Reading your mail
What to do with your mail
Writing e-mail
Managing Your Contacts List475
Managing Your Contacts List
Chapter 5: MSN Messenger
MSN Messenger versus AOL and Yahoo!
Installing MSN Messenger481
MSN Messenger versus Windows Messenger
Installing MSN Messenger
Starting with Online Contacts483
Starting with Online Contacts
Sending an Instant Message487
Sending an Instant Message
Instant Messaging Safety
Chapter 1: Finding and Installing the Hardware You Want
Understanding Hardware Types
Juggling internal and external devices
Choosing an interface
Upgrading the Basic Stuff
Evaluating printers
Choosing a new monitor
Picking a video adapter
Getting enough memory (RAM)
Upgrading keyboards
Choosing a mouse — or alternatives
Adding storage devices
Beefing Up Communication519
USB Hubs
Beefing Up Communication
Establishing a network
Upgrading Imaging521
Running high-speed Internet access
Upgrading Imaging
Choosing a scanner
Picking a digital or video camera
Adding Audio
Choosing a sound card
Hooking up speakers and headphones
Choosing a microphone
Choosing a Personal Data Assistant527
Picking a digital audio/video player
Choosing a Personal Data Assistant
Installing New Hardware
Have the store do it
Do it yourself
Installing USB hardware
Chapter 2: Working with Printers
Installing a Printer
Attaching a local printer
Using a network printer
Selecting a Printer
Changing the default printer
Changing the printer temporarily
Using the Print Queue
Displaying a print queue
Controlling a print queue
Setting Printer Properties551
Setting Printer Properties
Using the Properties dialog box
Using the Preferences dialog box
Troubleshooting
Chapter 3: Getting the Scoop on Scanners
Installing a Scanner
Getting the Most from a Scanner
Scanning with the wizard
Using the Preview button
Using the Custom Settings button
Choosing the best resolution for your work
Choosing the best resolution for your scanner
Scanner Skullduggery and Useful Tricks
Printing a scanned image
Programming your scanner’s action buttons
Troubleshooting571
Chapter 1: Jammin’ with Windows Media Player
Getting the Latest WiMP
Starting with the Media Guide
Playing with Now Playing
Playback buttons
Playing a CD
Changing the size of the window
Copying from a CD: Also Known as Ripping
The MP3 conundrum
Ripping away
Organizing Your Media Library591
Organizing Your Media Library
Where the Media Library comes from
Leafing through the Media Library
Finding the tracks you want
Playing tracks in the Media Library
Nailing Track 6, Unknown Artist, Unknown Album
Managing playlists
Deleting tracks from the Media Library
Working with files and Web sites
Burning CDs605
Understanding CD-Rs and CD-RWs
Burning a CD
Syncing with a Portable Player609
Syncing with a Portable Player
Choosing a Skin
Switching skin modes
More skins!
Customizing WMP613
Customizing WMP
Understanding Digital Licenses
Acquiring a license
Using digital licenses
Making your songs unusable
Chapter 2: Lights! Action! Windows Movie Maker
What You Need to Create Movies
Introducing Windows Movie Maker621
Introducing Windows Movie Maker
Gathering Clips623
Gathering Clips
Recording “live” with a Webcam or other camera
Capturing digital video recordings
Assembling a Movie
Creating a project
Playing a clip or a movie
Viewing storyboard and timeline
Trimming a clip
Making transitions and adding effects
Splitting and combining clips
Typing titles
Using sound clips
Importing clips from other sources
Saving the Movie
Chapter 3: Discovering Digital Cameras and Recorders
ߜChoosing a camera
Choosing a Camera
Understanding digital cameras
Using conventional cameras
Plugging Webcams
Panning digital video camcorders
How to Buy a Camera/Camcorder653
How to Buy a Camera/Camcorder
Moving Images to Your Computer
Printing Pictures659
Printing Pictures
Printing with the wizard
Advanced printing software
Printing via the Web
Storing Pictures in Your Computer663
Storing Pictures in Your Computer
Sharing Your Pictures with Others
CD-ROM
A Web site
Setting a Picture as Desktop Background
Troubleshooting669
Chapter 1: Windows Media Center: Should You Buy One?
Do You Need MCE?
What’s in an MCE PC?
How to Buy a Media Center PC677
How to Buy a Media Center PC
Chapter 2: Setting Up a Media Center PC
Organizing the Normandy Invasion
Getting Windows in Gear683
Getting Windows in Gear
Running Through Setup685
Running Through Setup
Chapter 3: Running Windows Media Center
Turning On the Tube
Getting the Guide
Recording TV
Playing recorded TV shows
Getting the Most out of Other Media699
Getting the Most out of Other Media
Chapter 1: Those Pesky Network Things You Have to Know
Understanding Networks
What a network can do for you
How a network networks
Organizing Networks
Understanding servers and serfs
Introducing client/server
Introducing peer-to-peer
Comparing the p-pros and c-cons
Making Computers Talk
Understanding Ethernet
Adding wireless
Chapter 2: Building Your Network
Planning Your Network
Blocking out the major parts
Making sure your PCs are good enough
Installing Your Network
Troubleshooting733
Two Mother Hens fighting
Installing peer-to-peer over client/server
Networking on the road
Chapter 3: Putting the Why in Wi-Fi
802.11g
Installing a Wireless System739
Installing a Wireless System
Wireless Zero Configuration741
Wireless Zero Configuration
Securing a Wireless Network
Chapter 4: Protecting Your Privacy
Identity Theft
Defending Your Privacy
Do you have zero privacy?
Understanding Web privacy
Keeping Cookies at Bay
Encrypting E-mail
Protecting Personal Privacy759
Protecting Personal Privacy
Index
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Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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Windows is the number one operating system in the world.  There’s a lot to Windows XP, with office productivity applications, multimedia features, the Internet, and security upgrades. Now and then, you probably wish you could call Tech Support.

That’s when you’ll be grateful to have nine books about Windows XP in one — Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Second Edition.  It replaces a whole shelf of reference books and covers

Windows XP basics Customization The Internet Internet Explorer Microsoft Network Hardware Multimedia Windows Media Center Wired and wireless networks

Fully updated with the latest information on Microsoft’s improved security features, the newest on multimedia applications and Windows Media Center, and plenty of additional stuff to help you decide about broadband Internet connections, this edition of Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies makes Windows XP manageable.   It helps you

Get started with Windows XP, search for files, use shortcuts, deal with common problems, and take advantage of built-in help Customize your desktop, menus, icons, and startup programs Protect your PC by using Windows Firewall, appropriate virus protection, and other security measures Compare browsers, connect to the Internet, choose the right e-mail program, and manage newsgroups and chats Work with digital images, download and play music, burn CDs, find out about digital camcorders, and create movies with Movie Maker Decide whether a Media Center PC is right for you Create a home network and troubleshoot any problems that come up

With thumbtabs that make it easy to find what you’re looking for and the famous For Dummies cheat sheet in the front, this book is designed to make life with Windows XP a lot easier, happier, safer, and a whole lot more fun.

Windows is the number one operating system in the world.  There’s a lot to Windows XP, with office productivity applications, multimedia features, the Internet, and security upgrades. Now and then, you probably wish you could call Tech Support.

That’s when you’ll be grateful to have nine books about Windows XP in one — Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Second Edition.  It replaces a whole shelf of reference books and covers

Windows XP basics Customization The Internet Internet Explorer Microsoft Network Hardware Multimedia Windows Media Center Wired and wireless networks

Fully updated with the latest information on Microsoft’s improved security features, the newest on multimedia applications and Windows Media Center, and plenty of additional stuff to help you decide about broadband Internet connections, this edition of Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies makes Windows XP manageable.   It helps you

Get started with Windows XP, search for files, use shortcuts, deal with common problems, and take advantage of built-in help Customize your desktop, menus, icons, and startup programs Protect your PC by using Windows Firewall, appropriate virus protection, and other security measures Compare browsers, connect to the Internet, choose the right e-mail program, and manage newsgroups and chats Work with digital images, download and play music, burn CDs, find out about digital camcorders, and create movies with Movie Maker Decide whether a Media Center PC is right for you Create a home network and troubleshoot any problems that come up

With thumbtabs that make it easy to find what you’re looking for and the famous For Dummies cheat sheet in the front, this book is designed to make life with Windows XP a lot easier, happier, safer, and a whole lot more fun.

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