Adjusting audio

To change the voice and sound on our computer, we open the Control Panel (click Start – Control Panel) and click “Sounds and Audio Devices”.

Click Adjust System Volume.

This opens the dialog “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties”.


In the first tab we can set the volume of the sound by clicking and dragging on the volume bar.

If you do not any sound tick the “Mute” checkbox.

We also have the opportunity to take a shortcut in our taskbar, by checking the box for “Place volume icon in the taskbar” checkbox.

When we do, we do not always go to the Control Panel, for us to adjust volume.

Click the “Speaker Volume” to adjust the volume for the left and right speaker.

Click the “Advanced” we open the “Advanced Audio Properties” dialog box.

Here we can configure our speakers in the dropdown menu “Speaker setup” option.

The tab “Sounds” gives us the different sound schemes again.

A sound scheme sounds are linked to various Windows events.


By default we have the choice between “No sounds” and “Windows Default”.

We can select an existing schedule or create a custom schedule saved.

We can hear the sounds by clicking on the button “Play”.

We can change the individual sounds by selecting it, and in the dropdown menu choose a different sound, or by clicking the “Browse” button and select the sound on our hard disk.

And clicking OK.

Adding Printers

Most printers we want to install will be recognized by Windows XP, when we are hooking them in the computer, this is called “Plug and Play.”

You answer some questions in the Wizard, and you’re done.

It is not so difficult to manually install a printer.

Click the Start button in the taskbar.

Click Control Panel, and select “Printers and Faxes”.

Click on “Add a printer”.

Answer the questions in the Wizard.

Before you begin, make sure that the new printer is enabled in the computer and that your software (CD-ROM) supplied with the printer at hand.

Read the instruction manual that comes with it.

Installing and removing software

As in the case of most hardware, the software is also included in a CD that can install automatically.

If you still need to install software manually click the “Start” button in the taskbar, and choose “Control Panel”.

Click on “Add or Remove Programs”.

On the left side of the dialog we have four choices:

1. Change or Remove Programs.

2. Add New Programs.

3. Add/Remove Windows Components.

4. Set Program Access and Defaults.

On the right side of the dialog, we find the list of previously installed software because the first choice “Change or Remove Programs” is set as the default.

Select the program you want to delete, and click the button “Change / Remove”.


To add a program we choose “Add New Programs” in the list on the left side.

Click the CD-Rom or floppy if you program one of these to add.

Insert the installation diskette or CD-ROM software, and click next.

The “Wizard” will walk you through the entire installation.

We also have a second choice in the software dialog, “Windows Update” which we shall discuss in the next chapter.

Click on “Add/Remove Windows Compoents” in the list box on the left will open a dialog with the list of Windows Components that are installed on our computer, and lists the components that are installed.

Check the box next to the item you want to install and click “Next”.

The component is installed.

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