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    Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    My son's about to take delivery of his brand new PC with "XP home" (hence me not knowing the version).
    I'm usually the first "helpline" (very amateur) but this I know nothing about, my experience is only up to Win98. So I want to try to make sure that I get things set up properly so that when something (inevitably!) goes wrong it can be recovered easily!!!
    No doubt it'll be delivered "raw" and have to have a load of MS site patches to bring it in to line. Anyone any tips on things to do (or probably more important) - NOT do (like patches to avoid!)
    For example I understand that it has a built-in "go-back" facility (similar to GoBack) My idea is to use this to take a snapshot of the system before anything else is done so that in the future it can be "unwound" to its original condition if anything goes topsy. I got this right?
    Any suggestions?....all gratefully received! <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>

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    Re: Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    The version is Home. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> XP comes in Pro and Home flavors. That's the easy part!

    When you get it on the Internet, go to Windows Update, which is in the Start Menu, and it will scan the machine. I've not heard of any major catastrophes with the security ("Critical") updates, nor have I experienced any myself.

    XP has a System Restore feature that functions much like GoBack. That's what you've heard talk of. Set a System Restore point before you apply any updates or install software and you should have a safe basline to return to should something go awry. System Restore is in the Start Menu, under All Programs/Accessories.

    Have fun, good luck, and give the Lounge a visit if something makes you age prematurely. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    Do NOT set up as a "single user", make at least two accounts, one for the real user and another for a backdoor, and give the "Administrator" account a password.

    Turn off the MS firewall and install your own, like ZoneAlarm.
    Install a good AV program and McAfee is NOT a good one, in my thoughts.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    Not to digress, but what is it about McAfee you don't like, Dave? I'm not trying to start an argument - just want to get some good info on AV programs.
    I already have Norton (in the Internet Security package) AV, and have always used Norton AV, but since we have to use McAfee at work I'm interested
    in any pros or cons.

    Thanks -
    Have a cookie -

    Don

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    Re: Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    Oh boy, can o' worms there....check out this thread for starters, and if you haven't gotten sick of the topic after that, continue on with this thread. Just don't get Dave started. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>
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    Re: Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    Acutally, doing a search in the various Windows forums for "anti-virus" "AV" "Norton" and "McAfee" should turn up a number of instances where Loungers have given their <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth and more on the relative merits of different programs.

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    Re: Win XP newbie (Version 1?)

    I thank you guys for your words of wisdom on XP - I'll certainly come back if there's any problems.
    This is the best group I've found anywhere for sensible discussion and fast response. <img src=/S/salute.gif border=0 alt=salute width=15 height=20>
    ........Err.......as for the AV discussion, I think I'll leave that to to you experts....
    but I'll be watching! <img src=/S/gent.gif border=0 alt=gent width=17 height=25>
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