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Looking at My Computer

Your computer system is comprised of hardware (the system unit, monitor, keyboard, CD-ROM, networked components, and so on), firmware (the internal memory), and software (for example, Windows XP and its auxiliary programs such as Media Player, word processors, spreadsheets, and games). There are several ways to access your computer's hardware and software through different areas of Windows XP. The My Computer window contains one of the most helpful hardware and software management resources available in Windows XP.

Open your My Computer window now by selecting its entry from the Start menu. Windows XP displays the My Computer window like the one shown in Figure 4.1. The My Computer window contains icons for your computer's primary components such as the disk drives. The computer in Figure 4.1 is fairly comprehensive and your My Computer window might contain fewer or more devices. In addition, your My Computer window's format might be set up to look slightly different from the one in the figure.


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