The Security Center lets you check the status of your important security settings.
The very best thing about Windows XP is that, since it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product household, it's created from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will quickly see the benefits of this. The feared Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, offered the hardware depends on scratch, XP's efficiency is much better, too. The downside is that utilizing a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less ensured. Business applications normally run fine, however older video games, MIDI software, and system energies may well trigger problems.
Windows XP is more adjustable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you alter the entire appearance of Windows in an immediate. Fast User Switching is a cool feature for computers made use of by more than one person-- it lets another user visit without killing the previous user's session, when you change back, running applications and open files are as you left them. This is impressive, however exactly what really counts is that XP comprehends how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which can not be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer system, the network setup wizard streamlines setting up a network.
|Windows XP Home has numerous strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, produce your own playlist, and compose your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can likewise repeat DVD-Video (however just if a hardware or software DVD decoder is currently installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (however sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player not does anything that you can not likewise do with totally free alternatives, however it is slick and perfectly incorporated. There is likewise Windows Movie Maker, a standard tool for recording and editing videos that's fun to make use of, although too restricted for significant work.|| |
For Web surfing, XP Home has Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant brand-new feature for Internet users is the integrated firewall. A firewall software safeguards versus one of the most troubling security dangers, in which other users unidentified to you may link to your computer system while it is online, reading private files or triggering other damage. XP's integrated firewall is a simple affair, however it does prevent most kinds of unapproved connections.
Service Pack 2 permits users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a certain publisher
The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, however there are a number of little modifications that together amount to a considerable enhancement. For example, you can include and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online assistance is incorporated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web website, with searchable assistance, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to make use of ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.
There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is requiring on hardware, and it would be an error to install it on less than Microsoft's advised minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition can not sign up with a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer just-- see Windows XP Professional Edition for this capability. There is likewise no multiprocessor support, and a mildly frustrating anti-piracy procedure needs you to get a code from Microsoft for complete setup and any future system modifications. However do not let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features
|Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker||Makes searching the Internet more pleasurable by enabling you to lower undesirable advertisements and content.|
|Internet Explorer download monitoring||Warns you about potentially dangerous downloads and offers you the choice to obstruct files that could be harmful.|
|Internet Explorer Information Bar||Offers much better information about occasions that are taking place as you search the Web, so it's easier to understand exactly what's going on and address possible security problems.|
|Windows Security Center||Permits you to easily see your security status and manage key security settings in one hassle-free place.|
|Windows Firewall upgrade||Immediately switched on by default, this enhanced firewall helps secure Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security hazards that can spread out over the Internet.|
|Enhanced cordless support||Significantly improves and streamlines the procedure of finding and linking to cordless networks.|
|Bluetooth innovations||Enables you to easily link to the current Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, mobile phone, and PDAs.|
|Windows Media Player 9 Series||Makes it easy to delight in music, video, and broadband content with boosted security.|