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Before we tell you how to organize files on Windows, you need some essential information. When you click on the start button at the bottom of the root window that comes up when you startup your PC, you get a pop-up list showing various divisions available for access. Click on My Computer (you may also see an icon on your startup window that says My Computer and you can click on that instead). Up will come a window showing the various drives you have on your PC. These are named with a letter. C is the main drive, where the system files reside.

Let Windows organize your files for you, as much as it can.

Now, a drive is not a disk. A drive could take up all of a disk, but a disk may also be partitioned so that it will contain more than one drive. If this is the case, don’t be surprised if you see a D drive even though you have only one disk. It’s only the partition. If you are installing your operating system, you might want to partition your disk first. You can partition them so that you have a C drive, a D drive, and so on. You don’t need to partition to know how to organize files, but consider, most necessary programs go on the C drive. Better to put all your data on another drive, thus reducing the possibility of messing up your system files.

It also makes storage easy, because you just store the D drive, not the entire system if all files were in the main drive.

Let’s assure you’re going to put your files on the C drive. Now, files are grouped by folders. The folder icon looks life a folder. You don’t need to know how to organize files when it comes to operating system files. Microsoft has done all that for you (see how the C drive contains a folder for Programs, and so on).

In fact, Windows has made knowing how to organize files for a user elementary. It has a file on the main drive called Documents and Settings. The C drive contain a folder named Documents and Settings. If you click the icon, it’ll show another group of folders, folders for each user of the system. When a user was created, a folder for this user was also created. You’ll see a folder for your own user name. Click on it and you’ll see a number of folders with names starting with My. There’s My Videos, My Documents, etc. Microsoft seems to know how to organize files for you, because these folders will take care of most of your file structuring needs.

You can add a folder to your own folder now. Right click the folder window. Click on New Folder. A new folder is created and awaits your naming it. As you have seen, a folder can contain other folders. That’s how you structure the folder and organize your files. There it is. By creating folders and folders within folders, you know how to organize your files. What could be easier? Thanks Microsoft!

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ActiveX is a system that lets people attach computer programs to web pages and allow them to run these applications directly on the web browser. However, not matter how good this sounds, there are a number of ActiveX problems that make this implementation both challenging and have some security issues.

ActiveX is based on human judgment. Since plugins come with digital signatures, it is up to the one viewing the web page to decide if a particular ActiveX program is safe or not. If you as the visitor consider the author of the program to be reliable, then you allow the script to be run on your browser.

As you can imagine, this can have serious security repercussions, if you unknowingly let a malicious program in.  Despite the fact that the browser allows you to view the author and the one who signed the program, it is not a surprise to hear of malicious programs penetrating and accessing private data stored on your machine.

ActiveX problems associated with security are the big issue when it comes to deciding whether to go for Java or ActiveX.  Unfortunately, if you want to be completely safe when using ActiveX, you will have to refuse all programs entry that claim to be ActiveX programs, which of course, defeats the whole purpose of having ActiveX in the first place.

ActiveX problems in browsers other than Internet Explorer can also be resolved by use of a plug-in project that shares many of the same files allowing these browsers and environments to support ActiveX controls.  One of these plugins is the XPConnect. It is strongly encouraged to use this since it is a lot more powerful and tightly coupled to Mozilla and other browses and environments using the Netscape Plug-in Architecture.  ActiveX will come second best as long as the XPConnect is plugged in, so to speak.

To support the different browsers, this plug-in solves most of the ActiveX problems by running it in a number of modes.  It is even possible to build LiveConnect and XPConnect plug-ins, both of which solve most of the ActiveX problems.  Sometimes, ActiveX problems can be identified by a clear alert ìActiveX is not supportedî especially when you accept a prompted certificate. In such a situation, you need to download the ActiveX component and install it. Alternatively, you may decide to use Internet Explorer to view the site since it already has the ActiveX control build into it.

For safety precautions, always think carefully before accepting a certificate, use up-to-date versions of a browser and never use a computer that contains sensitive information to surf the web.

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