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What’s New in Windows XP

In this chapter, I’ll give you an overview of the most important features of Windows XP, and I’ll show you how to make sure that your system files are absolutely, positively up to date. If you’ve just purchased a new computer with Windows XP already installed, I’ll show you how to safely move your files and settings from the old computer to the new one.

User Accounts, Passwords, and Security

In Windows XP, you have to log on—that is, identify yourself with a unique user name—before you can begin using the computer. By logging on, you gain access to your own personalized work space, with a folder for your personal documents, a desktop that’s yours to customize, and a Start menu containing your own shortcuts. If you add a password to your account, you can prevent other users of your computer from looking at your private files or tinkering with your desktop and Start menu. On a home computer, you can create separate accounts for every member of the family, with no worries that the kids will accidentally erase Mom and Dad’s financial records to make room for a hot new music download.


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