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Key Points

  • Before you can begin using Windows XP, you must log on with a unique user name.

  • You can add a password to your account to protect it from snoops. You can also change your password at any time.

  • With a feature called Fast User Switching, you can leave all your programs running while other users log on to their account on the same computer. After they’re through working, you can return to your desktop, where all your programs are still running exactly as you left them.

  • The My Computer window is the surest route to finding files and folders, regardless of where they’re stored.

  • Use the Disk Cleanup Wizard regularly to clean up unneeded files from your hard disk and keep your system running smoothly.

  • Before you can use a hard disk, you have to create a partition and format it.

  • Defragmenting your hard disk and checking for disk errors are essential maintenance tasks.

  • The Help And Support Center contains an enormous amount of information, and it can even search Microsoft’s Knowledge Base over the Internet.

  • Instead of shutting down your system, use the Stand By or Hibernate options, which let you resume working with your computer more quickly.


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