Microsoft Windows XP uses many visual effects to provide a rich, friendly interface. One of these settings allows menus to fade into view when you open them. This visual effect is so smooth that you may never have noticed it; however, the effect does cause menus to take a little longer to appear.
On a fast computer, this shouldn\'t be an issue. But on a computer that isnâ€™t responding as quickly as you\'d like, you can make menus display faster.
To speed up menu display.
Start->Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties-> Advanced tab. In the Performance area->Settings->Visual Effects tab in the Performance Options dialog box, clear the Fade or slide menus into view check box-> OK
In the System Properties dialog box, click OK.
Now when you click a menu, it will appear almost instantly.
Manually put your computer into hibernation
When you use a laptop computer, you probably try to keep your battery power usage to a minimum. You may also want to cut down on the energy consumption of your desktop computer. One way to save power is to turn the computer off when you\'re not using it. If youâ€™d like to save power but do not want to wait for Windows to shut down and restart, you can use the Microsoft Windows XP hibernation capability.
Hibernation saves your open windows to your computer\'s hard disk and shuts the computer down within a few seconds. The next time you start your computer, all of your windows open exactly where you left them.
Hibernation is an alternative to the standby capability and saves your programs and shuts your computer down completely. Hibernation uses no power, and it takes your computer just several seconds to recover from hibernation when you want to use it again.
Standby reduces power usage when your computer is not in use by turning off the parts of your computer that use the most energy. Standby uses more power than hibernation, but it takes less time to start a computer from standby than from hibernation.
Note: You can learn more about the standby option in your computer\'s power management settings inConfigure Windows XP power management.
How To put your computer into hibernation
Click Start, and then click Turn Off Computer.
Click Hibernate. If Hibernate is not an option, read Configure Windows XP power management for instructions on how to enable hibernation.
Your computer goes into hibernationâ€”a state in which it consumes no power. To wake your computer from hibernation, press the power button. If you like using hibernation, you can configure your computer\'s power button to automatically put your computer into hibernation.
How we can Set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it
When several people use a single computer, itâ€™s convenient to set up a user account for each person to keep everyoneâ€™s setup preferences and documents separate. If someone wants to use your computer briefly he or she can use the Guest user account. By default in Microsoft Window XP, this account is disabled, which means that only specifically authorized users can access your computer.
If you have enabled your Guest account, you should disable the Guest account (once your guest has finished using your computer) to improve your computerâ€™s security.
To disable the Guest account
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2.Under Pick a Category, click User Accounts.
3.Under or pick an account to change, click Guest.
4.On the What do you want to change about the guest account? page, click Turn off the guest account.
Now the Guest account is disabled. As an added safety precaution, and to prevent users without user accounts from logging on, itâ€™s a good idea to add passwords to every account on your computer.