In This Chapter
Visiting the desktop
Finding the taskbar
Getting at the Start button menu
Viewing the notification area
Finding the Control Panel
I remember that Microsoft originally wanted to call its new PC operating system Doors and not Windows. That was because, as a graphical operating system, Doors opened the doors of access to the vast power of the computer. Also, doors are easier to walk through than windows. Sadly, the estate of the late Jim Morrison sued, so Microsoft had to settle on Windows instead.
Yeah, I made up that entire paragraph.
Software controls the hardware, and the primary piece of software that controls the hardware is the operating system, Windows. Though this book is primarily about hardware, you have to use Windows to get things done with PC hardware, such as adjusting the mouse, getting on the network, and using the storage system. Rather than scatter that important information about Windows all over this book, I thought I'd put it here, in this chapter. Welcome to your Windows tour.
You aren't required to read Chapter 1 before you read this chapter, but if you did so, you might recall that one of a computer operating system's primary duties is to interface with you, the human. Windows does that by presenting you with a graphical visage, spackled with interesting items given unusual names:
Start button menu
The key to manipulating ...