By Woody Leonhard

Desktops have been purported to shop us time, yet home windows XP clients know the way usually the other seems precise. What in case you may possibly get a listing of shortcuts that will prevent time daily? Windows XP Timesaving suggestions For Dummies, 2d Edition contains 70 of them, nice counsel and methods that make home windows paintings speedier, extra reliably, and extra just like the means you work.

Collected and confirmed via home windows guru Woody Leonhard, those timesavers are prepared into teams of comparable projects so that you can speedy locate those that can assist you at any given time. you could manage your computer and release your courses within the method that is sensible for you, take again keep an eye on of the net and electronic mail, deal with your song and visible media, and shield your approach in a couple of uncomplicated steps. You’ll locate no-nonsense recommendation on

  • Eliminating frustrating courses that commence automatically
  • Speeding up the restart or shutdown process
  • Streamlining searches, the beginning menu, and Outlook Express
  • Strengthening your firewall and zapping scumware
  • Adjusting your video display to lessen eyestrain
  • Reducing obtain time for photos
  • Enhancing the functionality of your network
  • Making on-line buying quicker in addition to safer
  • Scheduling upkeep chores to run once you sleep

From the main easy to a bit of complex methods designed for strength clients, this grocery checklist of timesavers has anything for each home windows XP consumer— together with you!

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If you’re tempted to click anything, be mindful that the information you offer can be used to hound you in the future. You end up at Microsoft’s, ahem, tasteful Hotmail welcome screen (see Figure 2-7). You now have a clean Hotmail account that’s associated with your new Passport. After you sign up for a Passport, Microsoft has your information, and you can’t do much about it. net/memberservice. lc=1033&cbid=486). But for all practical purposes, Microsoft is under no obligation to purge your personal information from its database.

Or, choose Start➪All Programs➪Windows Update, and wade through a zillion questions to get SP2 Express Update going. 9. When the installer finishes, restart your computer. SP2 immediately asks for security information, which I discuss in the next section. 12 Technique 1: Getting the Latest Version of Windows Setting Up Service Pack 2 Immediately upon installing Service Pack 2, or unpacking and plugging in a new computer with Service Pack 2, Windows XP demands answers to a few key security questions.

2. Click the link to the Keyfinder and then click the Download button that’s closest to your location. Internet Explorer starts downloading a Zip file. 3. When IE asks if you want to open or save the file, click Open. 4. exe file to run it. 5. If IE gives you a security warning, click Run. Eventually, the Keyfinder program runs, producing the dialog box shown in Figure 3-4. • Figure 3-5: A typical Dell recovery CD, which contains a version of Windows XP that only installs on the original PC. Verifying Your Product Key Making sure that you’re using a legitimate copy of Windows XP is important — and not just so that Microsoft gets the income it’s due.

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