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Windows XP - Mouse Configuration, Adding/Removing Programs, Adding New Hardware

Mouse Configuration
The Buttons
From the Start menu, select the Control Panel. Now select Printers and Other Hardware and double-click on the mouse icon and the Mouse properties window will open, as in the example below.

On the Buttons tab you can adjust the set up of the mouse to suit your needs.

By default the left mouse button executes the drag and select functions.
This, however, can be uncomfortable if you are left handed.

Windows XP allows you to change the configuration of the buttons so that the right button realizes these functions.
To switch the button functions:
Select the option Switch primary and secondary buttons.
To Apply Click on Apply or OK.
Note: We can also adjust the Double-click speed by moving the slider.

For a slower double-click, mover the slider to the Left.
For faster double-click, move the Slider to the Right.
If you want to be able to drag an object without having to hold down the mouse select the option Turn on Click Lock.
The Pointer
On the Pointers tab we can choose the type of pointer the mouse is to have when it moves, when it is busy, when it is used, etc.
In the Scheme option chooses the group of pointers you like best.
In the Customize section there is a list of the different movements with their respective pointers. If you do not like a pointer you can change it by selecting it, clicking on browse, and once you find the pointer you like, click OK.
You can create your own combination of pointers and save it with its own name. Once you have the style set up, click on Save as and giving it a name. Now when you want to use it you simply need to look for it by the name you gave it.
Just as new styles can be created they can also be deleted by selecting the style and clicking Delete.
If you modify any of the predetermined styles and you wish to use the original, click on Use default and the style will go back to its original set up.
Pointer Option
The Pointer Option Tab
On the Pointer Options tab we can change the speed of the pointer.

To change the speed of the movement of the pointer select the Motion section.
If you check the next box, Snap to, the pointer will go to the predetermined button when you open a dialog box. This option is used to minimize the mouse movement since the pointer will appear on the button we will click on most of the time.
In the Visibility section we have the Display pointer trails option.
With the Hide pointer optionwhile typing the pointer will disappear as you type and as soon as the mouse is moved it will appear again.
The Show location of the pointer when I press the CTRL key option is useful to find the pointer when inactive or on smaller screens.
The Wheel Tab
The Wheel tab is used for a mouse that has a small wheel in between the two buttons and is used to move up and down a page.
In the section scrolling you can choose what function the Weel will have.
There are two options:
• The following number of lines
• One screen at a time
Hint: With the first option you select the number of lines it will scroll up or down.
The Hardware Tab
On the Hardware tab we can see information related to the hardware configuration of the mouse.
The Devices section shows the name and type of drivers installed.
In the Device properties section we have the information of the manufacturer, location, and state of the driver.
Note: It the state of the driver is bad, you can use the Troubleshoot... button that will help you find the problem with the driver.
With the Properties button you can access more information on the mouse and you will be able to change the driver of the mouse.
Adding/Removing Programs
Adding New Programs
To Add New Programs:

• Click on the Start button and choose Control Panel.

• Click on Add or Remove Programs option.

A window will display with the three basic options shown on the left side of the picture as it appears below.
• Then click on Add New Programs.
In this option we have two basic possibilities:
1 - Adding programs from a CD-ROM or floppy
2 - Add Program by Windows Update
If the program we want to install is on a CD-ROM or on a floppy we will click on the CD or Floppy button and a screen will appear prompting us to introduce the CD or floppy in the corresponding drive.
From that moment the assistant will guide us during the installation process. Normally it will ask us questions regarding where the program is to be installed, we recommend accepting the folder that it suggests.
Hint: It can also ask us what options of the program we want to install, for example, if we want a traditional installation, minimal, or complete.
Modifying or Removing Programs
To Modifying or Removing a Program:
• Click on the Start button and choose Control Panel.
• Click on Add or Remove Programs option.
A window will display with the three basic options shown on the left side of the picture as it appears below:
Note: On this screen the installed programs in our computer are displayed
• Then click on Change or Remove Programs.
The Modify or delete programs option is shown on the upper left corner because it is the option that is most often used. On this screen the installed programs in our computer are displayed
To select the program we want to change or remove we have to click on it. On the image above ANIO Service appears highlighted.
Adding Windows XP Components
To adding Windows XP Components:
• Click on the Start button and choose Control Panel.
• Click on Add or Remove Programs option.
A window will display with the three basic options shown on the left side of the picture as it appears below:
• Then click on Add/Remove Windows Components located on the left side.
You can see a list of the components available. From this list check the component you want to install or maintain. If you do not want to install all the options of a component, click Details and choose the ones you want.
If any of the components appears with a shaded slot, this means that not all of the options of this component are selected, and consequently the complete component will not be installed.
This is an example of the window that will appear if you select the Accessories and utilities component and you click on Details..., and then you can select one accessory and see its details.
Adding New Hardware
It is possible to add new physical components to our computer like a modem or a new monitor. For the new component to work, our operating system needs to detect it. Usually, Windows will detect the new hardware automatically, but in the event that it does not, Windows provides us with the Printers and Other Hardware tool that lets us install the new hardware correctly.
Currently many of the components that we install incorporate Plug & Play technology. This consists of transfering all the responsibility to the operating system, thus the operating system is in charge of detecting the new hardware and installing the neccessary programs for it to work properly. It also detects if we uninstall a component and uninstalling programs to free space.
This is all possible because Plug & Play components incorporate common protocols that allow the operating system to communicate with them.
Many Plug & Play components can be connected and disconnected without having to turn the computer off, specially the ones that use the USB system.
The Plug & Play allows WindowsXP to control their power use so that you can turn them off or minimize their power consumption when not in use.
When new hardware is installed, the computer needs the files that descibe the hardware and allows the computer to communicate with it. These files are known as drivers.
Windows XP already has the drivers for the most commonly used equipment. There are thousands of hardware manufacturers, so it is impossible for Windows to have all the drivers in the install CD. Sometimes it will not be necessary to insert the disk provided by the manufacturer.
In addition, Windows XP is now capable of going online to search for driver updates through Windows Update.
When we want to add new hardware to our computer, a monitor for example, two things can happen: either the component is Plug & Play or it is not. In the first case, as we have mentioned, simply connect the hardware and Windows will recognize and install it automatically. The Plug & Play elements are conveniently labeled, but in case of a doubt, we can find out by plugging it into the computer. If the window recognizes it, this means it is Plug & Play and if it does not, it is not.
From the Start menu access the Control Panel, and as you can see above, there are various options for configuring hardware. WindowsXP has divided the hardware into various groups, and there are different ways to configure each group.
These groups are:
Network, Sounds, Printer and other hardware etc.
Adding Hardware
To install a new element the first thing you need to do is to connect it to the computer, unless it has a USB cable, and turn it off. For many hardware elements it is not necessary to open up the computer. For example, in order to connect a mouse, screen, printer, or scanner we simply need to plug in the cables to the corresponding ports on the PC. In the majority of the cases there is no confusion because of the fact that a given cable will only fit into one designated port, and they are also color coded.
In other cases, such as installing a sound card or a hard drive, it will be necessary to open the computer and look for the corresponding slots.
Warning: In these cases refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Once everything has been placed where it needs to go, turn on the computer, keeping in mind that a few different things can occur:
a) The operating system recognizes the new hardware element.
Windows will begin to install the hardware and we will not have to do anything more. In some cases it may ask for the CD with the drivers.
b) The operating system does not recognize the new hardware element.
This will be obvious because nothing will happen.
In this scenario, there are two possibilities:
b.1) We have the CD with the drivers.
Insert the CD and the installation process will begin. Follow the instructions that become displayed. If this does not happen look for a file like install.exe, instalar.exe, setup.exe, setup.bat and double-click on it so that the installation will begin.
b.2) We do not have the CD with the drivers.
In this case we should follow the process that is explained in the following point. Through this process Windows can find the driver needed.
Note: If this does not produce any results, the only thing left is to personally look for the drivers on the manufacturers web page and download them to our hard drive. From there on follow the steps starting with b.1).
Adding hardware that is not Plug & Play
To add a hardware element that has not been automatically recognized by the operating system or an element that we do not have the drivers needed to install it.
Window offers the following option:
From start choose Control Panel, double-click on Printers and Other Hardware, and a screen like the one below will appear.
Now click on Add hardware.
To Install Windows XP
To install Windows XP to a new hard disk:
1. Read the End-User License Agreement, and then press F8.
Note: If your Windows XP CD-ROM is an upgrade, you are prompted to insert a CD-ROM of a previous operating system to verify upgrade compliance. Remove the Windows XP CD-ROM, and then insert the CD-ROM from your previous operating system into the CD-ROM drive.
You can use the CD-ROM to upgrade from the following versions of Windows:
Windows 98
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 2000 Professional
2. When you are prompted for the Windows XP CD-ROM, remove your previous operating system CD-ROM, and then insert your Windows XP CD-ROM.
3. To install Windows XP by starting the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
4. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
5. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.



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