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1.13. Start→My Computer

The My Computer command is the trunk lid, the doorway to every single shred of software on your machine. When you choose this command, a window opens to reveal icons that represent each disk drive (or drive partition) in your machine, as shown in Figure 1-21.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
The View from a Window

The My Computer window at home and the My Computer window on my PC at work don't look alike. What's up with that?

The difference is that your PC at work is probably on a network domain, and the one at home belongs to a smaller, less formal workgroup network . As you'll discover over and over again, the Windows XP Pro experience is slightly different depending on which kind of network you're on.

On a computer that's part of a domain, you see only two sections: "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage" (as shown at top in Figure 1-21).

On a workgroup PC, you get a third section, called "Files Stored on This Computer" (Figure 1-21, bottom). It lists the My Documents folders for each person who has an account on—and who has logged on to—this computer.

Why? Because in a corporation, your files probably aren't even on your PC. They probably sit on some centralized server machine elsewhere on the network. So there probably aren't many "files stored on this computer."



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