installing new system

  capnsofa 18:08 02 Jan 2006

I have recently purchased an Acer 1800 laptop with Windows XP. After working with Windows 98 for some years I find the whole system brilliant, if somewhat quicker than what I am used to!
However, because of the vast difference in the systems, I am amazed that there is not more advice on how to operate XP. I have a 'Users Guide' but this generally tells me what the computer will do, NOT how to do it! I have obtained a book from the local libary, but surely I should not have to resort to this after spending several hundred pounds on a machine. Is there any way in which I can obtain a more explanatory guide?
One query which might get a quick answer - I have installed Excel and find that I keep getting the Shortcut Bar appearing every time I start up. I can, of course, delete it, but it is a nuisance and I would to banish it forever.
Suggestions please.

  VoG II 18:12 02 Jan 2006
  capnsofa 18:23 02 Jan 2006

Many thanks for the prompt reply - this will be a great help.
However, I do feel this situation is a failing on the part of of ACER and I will be writing to them expressing my thoughts.

  tallguy5650 10:47 07 Jan 2006

Most computer manufacturers ship their equipment with no operating system. The operating system is installed by the company that supplies to retail i.e PC World, Dixons etc.

Click Start>Accessories>Tour XP for an idea as to what XP can do.

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