Beginners in computing might find the following companion sites more useful:
Windows Vista has been introduced in the market for some time now. I have not upgraded to Vista yet and I don't plan to do so in near future. First of all I do not have a pressing reason to do so. Secondly, I always wait for quite some time before upgrading to the latest version of a software. My experience tells me that the latest versions of software almost always have some flaws and problems associated with them. I wait quite a bit to give manufacturers time to correct the problems before I switch to that version. Remember, what happened to Windows XP when it was first introduced in the market? It was simply a mess. One needed problem fixing patches almost everyday. Then Microsoft introduced Windows XP with Service Pack 1, and subsequently with Service Pack 2 when things quietened down considerably. While these things were happening, I was still merrily using Windows 98 without any problem. When with the Service Pack 2 Windows XP became relatively stable and safe, I upgraded to XP (and eventually received Service Pack 3 from Microsoft as an automatic update)! I advise all non-professional users to stick to XP and not upgrade to Vista yet unless you have a specific pressing reason to do so. Also, please remember that if you upgrade to Windows Vista, you may have to upgrade many of your software that you are already using with your Windows XP. Older software may not be compatible with Windows Vista.
That said, let me add this. I am getting a little tired of writing free tutorials. My age is catching up with me. Currently (in early April 2009), I am almost 68 years old and my energy level is going down. But since I know most people are using Windows XP these days, I feel compelled to update my tutorials. Hence this new site. But I shall only touch those things which I think is really different from the older versions of Windows and is needed even by an ordinary person. There are many things in XP which are different from the older versions of Windows, but most ordinary people, like you and me, do not need to use them or know them in my humble opinion. So I shall simply skip those things and let the techies worry about them.
Just two more things before we begin. These tutorials are part of my ongoing series, namely (1) COMPUTER HELP FOR PEOPLE OVER 50, (2) INTERNET BASICS FOR SENIORS, and (3) ABC'S OF COMPUTING. The previous three were written specifically for the seniors. This one is really for everybody who still fumble with Windows XP. Seniors, of course, are most welcome to use these tutorials. I have intentionally reduced the font size in this site. Younger people generally do not like fonts that big. But if you cannot read this then please do as follows:
In Internet Explorer 7.0, click on the "Page" button. (It is just above this web page towards the right, between the Printer icon and the "Tools" button.) In the resulting dropdown menu, point to Text Size, then click on Larger or Largest (as you please). The font size of the web page will increase immediately, making it easier to read!
One last note. These tutorials assume that you have some basic knowledge about computers and you are somewhat familiar with earlier versions of Windows. If not, please refer to my earlier tutorials mentioned above.
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Original Publication Date: April, 2009