Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Starting Windows XP
Steve Laslow begins the course by discussing the operating system. The operating system
is software that helps the computer perform essential tasks such as displaying information
on the computer screen and saving data on disks. (Software refers to the programs , or
applications , that a computer uses to complete tasks.) Your computer uses the Microsoft
Windows XP operating system— Windows XP for short. Windows is the name of the oper-
ating system, and XP indicates the version you are using. Microsoft has released many
versions of Windows since 1985, and is currently developing new versions.
Much of the software created for Windows XP shares the same look and works the
same way. This similarity in design means that once you learn how to use one Windows XP
program, such as Microsoft Word (a word-processing program), you are well on your way
to understanding how to use other Windows XP programs. Windows XP allows you to use
more than one program at a time, so you can easily switch between your word-processing
program and your appointment book program, for example. Windows XP also makes it
easy to access the Internet , a worldwide collection of computers connected to one
another to enable communication. All in all, Windows XP makes your computer an effec-
tive and easy-to-use productivity tool.
Windows XP starts automatically when you turn on your computer. After completing
some necessary startup tasks, Windows XP displays a Welcome screen. Depending on the
way your computer is set up, the Welcome screen might simply welcome you to
Windows XP or it might list all the users for the computer. If a list of users appears, you
must click your user name and perhaps type a password to start using Windows XP. A user
name is a unique name that identifies you to Windows XP, and a password is text—often a
confidential combination of letters and numbers—that you must enter before you can
work with Windows XP. The Welcome screen might reappear if there’s been no activity on
the computer for a while.
For hands-on practice of
key tasks in this session,
go to the SAM 2003
Training Companion CD
included with this text.
To start Windows XP:
1. Turn on your computer. After a moment, Windows XP starts and the Welcome screen
Trouble? If you are asked to select an operating system, do not take action. Windows XP
should start automatically after a designated number of seconds. If it does not, ask your
instructor or technical support person for help.
Trouble? If this is the first time you have started your computer with Windows XP, mes-
sages might appear on your screen informing you that Windows is setting up components
of your computer.
2. On the Welcome screen, click your user name, if necessary. The Windows XP screen
appears, as shown in Figure 1.
Trouble? If your user name does not appear in the list of users on the Welcome screen,
ask your instructor or technical support person which name you should click.
Trouble? If you need to enter a user name and a password, type your assigned user
name, press the Tab key, type your password, and then click the Continue button or press
the Enter key to continue.