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Microsoft® Windows® XP Step by Step, 2nd Edition

Book Description

The smart way to learn Windows XP—one step at a time! This fully updated edition makes it easy to teach yourself how to personalize and manage your system, use the new service pack, enjoy digital media technologies, troubleshoot problems, and more.

Table of Contents

  1. Microsoft® Windows® XP Step by Step, Second Edition
  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. What’s New in Microsoft Windows XP
    1. About Windows XP Service Packs
    2. How New Features Are Identified
  4. What’s New in This Second Edition
  5. Getting Help
    1. Getting Help with This Book and Its CD-ROM
    2. Getting Help with Microsoft Windows XP
  6. Using the Book’s CD-ROM
    1. Minimum System Requirements
      1. Computer/Processor
      2. Memory
      3. Hard Disk
      4. Operating System
      5. Drive
      6. Display
      7. Required Peripheral Devices
      8. Optional Peripheral Devices
      9. Optional Applications
    2. Installing the Practice Files
    3. Copying Practice Files
    4. Using the Practice Files
    5. Uninstalling the Practice Files
  7. Conventions and Features
  8. Quick Reference
    1. Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows XP
    2. Chapter 2 Working Efficiently in Windows XP
    3. Chapter 3 Managing Computer Security
    4. Chapter 4 Working with Hardware, Software, and Middleware
    5. Chapter 5 Working with Files and Folders
    6. Chapter 6 Personalizing Windows XP
    7. Chapter 7 Making Connections
    8. Chapter 8 Communicating with Other People
    9. Chapter 9 Having Fun with Windows XP
    10. Chapter 10 Solving Problems
  9. 1. Getting Started with Windows XP
    1. Understanding Windows XP Basics
    2. Logging On to a Windows XP Domain-Connected Computer
    3. Logging On to a Windows XP Standalone or Workgroup-Connected Computer
    4. Updating and Safeguarding Your Computer System
    5. Logging Off of Windows XP
    6. Shutting Down a Windows XP Domain-Connected Computer
    7. Shutting Down a Windows XP Workgroup-Connected Computer
    8. Key Points
  10. 2. Working Efficiently in Windows XP
    1. Getting to Know the Windows Desktop
    2. Working with the Start Menu
    3. Using the Taskbar
    4. Creating Shortcuts
    5. Rearranging Your Desktop
    6. Cleaning Up Your Desktop
    7. Key Points
  11. 3. Managing Computer Security
    1. Changing Your Computer’s Name
    2. Working with User Accounts in a Domain
    3. Working with User Accounts in a Workgroup
    4. Switching Quickly Among Users
    5. Analyzing Your Computer’s Security
    6. Configuring Internet Security Zones
    7. Configuring Windows Firewall
    8. Key Points
  12. 4. Working with Hardware, Software, and Middleware
    1. Installing Speakers and a Microphone
    2. Installing a Local Printer
    3. Installing a Network Printer
    4. Installing a Scanner or Camera
    5. Installing a Storage Device
    6. Installing Internal Devices
    7. Installing a Software Program
    8. Installing Windows Components
    9. Starting Programs Automatically
    10. Using Multiple Monitors
    11. Changing Your Default Middleware Applications
    12. Key Points
  13. 5. Working with Files and Folders
    1. Exploring Your Computer
    2. Viewing Files and Folders in Different Ways
    3. Looking at File and Folder Information
    4. Creating, Editing, and Deleting Files and Folders
    5. Moving and Renaming Files and Folders
    6. Finding Files
    7. Key Points
  14. 6. Personalizing Windows XP
    1. Changing the Look and Feel of Windows
    2. Applying a Custom Desktop Background
    3. Selecting a Screen Saver
    4. Changing Your Monitor Settings
    5. Changing Your System’s Date and Time
    6. Changing Your Regional and Language Settings
    7. Making Windows XP Easier to See and Use
    8. Training Your Computer to Recognize Your Voice
    9. Choosing a Voice for Your Computer
    10. Key Points
  15. 7. Making Connections
    1. Connecting to the Internet
    2. Networking Two or More Computers
    3. Sharing Drives and Folders
    4. Sharing a Printer
    5. Connecting to a Virtual Private Network
    6. Key Points
  16. 8. Communicating with Other People
    1. Creating a Passport Account
    2. Getting to Know Windows Messenger
    3. Setting Up Windows Messenger
    4. Adding Contacts to Windows Messenger
    5. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
    6. Changing Your Windows Messenger Status
    7. Setting Up Outlook Express
    8. Sending and Receiving E-Mail Messages
    9. Creating E-Mail Stationery
    10. Adding Contacts to Your Address Book
    11. Key Points
  17. 9. Having Fun with Windows XP
    1. Playing Games
    2. Using MSN Explorer
    3. Allowing and Restricting Objectionable Content
    4. Introducing Windows Media Player
    5. Setting Your Windows Media Player Options
    6. Using Windows Media Player
    7. Displaying Audio Visualizations
    8. Personalizing Windows Media Player
    9. Listening to Music from CDs
    10. Surfing the Radio Waves
    11. Creating a Music Playlist
    12. Sharing Digital Photos
    13. Key Points
  18. 10. Solving Problems
    1. Keeping Your Computer up to Date
    2. Diagnosing System Problems
    3. Cleaning Up Your Hard Disk
    4. Defragmenting Your Hard Disk
    5. Helping Yourself
    6. Joining a Windows Newsgroup
    7. Contacting Product Support
    8. Asking for Help from Someone Else
    9. Backing Up and Restoring Files
    10. Restoring Your Operating System
    11. Key Points
  19. Glossary
  20. About the Authors
    1. Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI)
  21. Index
  22. About the Author
  23. Copyright