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Posted on Mar 1, 2009 in Windows Basics, Windows XP | 0 comments

Tutorial 12 – My Computer Mastered

XP Compatibile tutorial

In this Windows tutorial, Marc Liron takes us on a tour of the “My Computer” section of Windows XP. From this section in Windows, you can find out about all the internal and external devices you have attached to your computer.

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Additional hints for beginners

Why Does Marc Recommend NOT Compressing Hard Drives? In Windows XP, the term “Compress” means to pack data more efficiently (in terms of space used) on your hard drive or removable drive. On the surface this can sound like a great idea as you are getting extra space on your computer for no extra cost. In practise however, using this option can slow your computer down and also cause compatibility problems with some software. In light of this, we would have to agree with Marc’s recommendation to leave drive compression turned off.

Are My Documents Really Private? If you store files or folders in the “My Documents” folders in Windows XP, then Windows takes some measures to hide these files from other users. However, this should be thought of as a low security feature and it can be easily circumvented by anyone with advanced knowledge of Windows XP who has physical access to your machine. If you require a greater level of security, you should read our guide to encryption tools.


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