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Part: 5 Windows XP at the Shop: Customizing, Maintaining, and Troubleshootin... - Pg. 278

278 Part 5. Windows XP at the Shop: Customizing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting In these media-saturated times, quoting media guru Marshall McCluhan has become the ultimate badge of the so-hip-it-hurts set. Always happy to jump on a passing bandwagon, I hereby offer this book's token McLuhanism: "The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns." This shameless name- and quote-dropping is meant not to impress, but to introduce the main theme of Part 5: customizing Windows XP. The out-of-the-shrink-wrap look and feel of Windows XP certainly qualifies as an "imposed pattern," and it was designed by Microsoft to be suitable for what they consider to be a typical user. However, if the notion of being "typical" fills you with fear and loathing, then you've come to the right place because the four chapters coming up will show you how to refurbish Windows XP to suit your tastes and the way you work. This part of the book also proffers a few pointers on keeping Windows running smoothly and on fixing problems that crop up.