78. Set power options
easily edit Windows XP's power options to affect such things as how long it
takes the monitor to turn off (if ever) when the machine is idle, and whether
your Hard drives will spin down after a certain period of idle time to save
energy and wear and tear.
To edit XP's power options:
'start\control panel\power options.'
you can choose one of several set power schemes, or change the settings on the
three main power saving options, turn off monitor, turn off hard disks and
are small files that simply point to the location of another file or folder.
They can be created easily in one of two ways.
right click on the file or folder itself and select 'create shortcut' from the
resulting menu, then cut and paste the shortcut to where you want it, or right
click an empty space in the area you want the new shortcut to be, select 'new'
then 'shortcut' from the menu.
the wizard opens, browse to the file or folder you wish the shortcut to point
80. Create passwords for all
your user accounts!
sweet, you MUST do this if you use the Internet, period. Even if you do not use
the Internet, but other people have access to your system, you should still set
secure passwords on every user account.
default Windows XP does not assign passwords to the accounts you create during
the install process, and these accounts all have full administrative privileges
to the system. All an outside intruder needs is your username in order to have
your system resources laid out in front of them. Create passwords for all user
'start\control panel\user accounts
each user account (besides guest, which is disabled by default) and assign a
password to it. Best practice is to use a combination of letters and numbers to
foil password cracking software.