By Bruce Kratofil
If you scored a state-of-the-art Dell or Gateway PC for the holidays, chances are that it's running Windows XP. Groovy. But you may find out that XP is a bit more complex than previous Windows incarnations. What know-how do you need to master this new OS? Take a look at this collection of tips and tricks to get a crash course on Windows XP. A little knowledge will go a long way with your new XP PC.
You're not stuck with XP's new look. Here are some tips to help you tailor XP's interface.
Don't know the difference between an administrator account and a plain old user account? Get help here.
Privacy and security
Find out how to tweak XP to protect yourself against hackers and other Net snoops.
Music and photos
What good is XP if it's not more fun? Check out these tricks for getting the most out of your multimedia options.
Bruce Kratofil is the coauthor of Windows 2000 Secrets and a senior editor at BugNet. He also writes for CNET Software. Got a question for him? We'll pass it on!