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(Windows Operating System)

Microsoft Windows is the leader for desktop computing.  The first version of Windows came out in 1985.

I have installed all versions of windows from Windows 3.0 to Windows 2003.

For tips on speeding up and maintaining Windows XP refer to our System Maintenance Guide.

Windows has a large range of product, and hardware support.

Easy to use interface.

Very complex it will take years to understand how powerful it really is.

A huge library of api's and programming resources and the best programming environment of all Visual Studio.

The next version of Windows is slated to come out next fall in 2006 is called Windows Vista (codename longhorn)

In this section later I will try to discuss some of the more advanced topics dealing with Windows, and unlocking the secrets to how it works.

File and Folder View

When I run my Windows Computer I would like to see everything on the system and have some more control.

If you go under any Windows Explorer window, and go to Tools menu then to Folder Options and the View Tab

I like to have the following setup.

  • Show hidden files and folders
  • Make sure hide extensions for known types is unchecked
  • Make sure hide protected operating system files is unchecked

Windows Security Center

Starting with Windows XP SP2, windows comes with a Security Center, which controls windows updates, firewall, and antivirus.  Gives you an easy interface to see whether you are protected for the latest threats.

Screenshot of SP2 Security Center

Automatic Updates

Automatic Updates play a vital role in securing your Windows computer.  The best setting is to use Automatic updates and if you leave your computer on all the time, schedule a time when you are not using the computer, to auto download and install them.

I usually just use the auto download option and research what the update does before installing them, to see whether it would affect some of the computer programs that I am running.

Services

Normally I just access this from Start -> Run and Type services.msc which loads the service management console.

This is a list of processes that you normally do not see listed in the Task Manager.  If you do not need any of the processes listed you can disabled them and stop them from running each time your computer boots, which will free some memory.

Registry Editor

The registry editor is a powerful tool for configuring your system, but it needs to be used wisely otherwise you can damage your computer, it should only be used if you know what you are doing.

You can access the Registry Editor by going to Start -> Run and type Regedit

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