Ques : Describe Browsing Network Resources

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 When installed, Windows 2000 creates a set of folders to store program and data files. Windows folders and subfolders correspond to DOS directories and subdirectories but system folders do not.

Some of the system folders are:

  1. Desktop
  2. My Documents
  3. My Computer
  4. My Network Places
  5. Recycle Bin
  6. Internet Explorer

Descriptions of these folders are given below:


The desktop includes:

My Documents, My Computer, and My Network Places system folders. Here Files and folders can be saved and created.

If the user creates folders, save files on the desktop – then these are stored in Desktop render user’s own user profile.

My Documents
This icon is a short-cut of the actual folder that the user uses for data files.

My Computer
This is responsible for the displaying of:

• All local drives
• Shared network drives
• Mapped drives
• Control Panel icon

This is a completely virtual folder, i.e., no file can be created or saved in this. My Computer folder is a system folder.

My Network Places
This is another virtual folder; it is responsible for providing access to all the network resources. Here you find the list of rights/privileges for all the jobs on your system.

Job list includes:

  • Accessing this computer from the Network
  • Backup files and directories
  • Restore files and directories (yes, it is a different right/privilege)
  • Load and unload device drivers --> Configure hardware, reserved for Administrators.

You can view in detail the list of groups with each right/privilege of networked computers. It provides the same functionality as was provided by the Network Neighborhood in Windows 95/98.

Recycle Bin
This folder is used to store files that are temporarily deleted from the system and has options for permanent deletion or restoring of files to their original locations.

Internet Explorer
Viewing Folders as Web Pages

Windows 2000 provides an opportunity to display each folder as a web page.

This feature can be activated/deactivated for all folders using the option Web View on
General tab of the folder options dialog box.

If you check enable web content in folders then info pane is available at all times for
all folders.

If a use windows classic folder is selected then only a simple list of icons can be
viewed without web content.

Four special attributes are associated with every file and folder for controlled access

On new files that are created by users these four attributes are always off.
These special attributes are:

  1. System
  2. Archive
  3. Read Only
  4. Hidden

Windows Explorer
It is an all purpose system utility, it lets the user organise files in folders, allows for searching for documents and also data editing.

Windows explorer supports two views:

  1. Single folder view
  2. Two-pane explorer view.

    Using the single folder view the contents of the current drive or folder can be viewed, whereas using two-pane explorer view all the drives, folders and resources on the user’s computer and the network can be viewed in a tree structure. Two-pane view is also possible.

    Arranging files and folders
    Contents of folder window can be sorted by name, type, size or date. To sort files within a folder, pull down view menu and choose arrange Icons and choose any among the following options:
    a. By name
    b. By type
    c. By size
    d. By Date

Even the width of folder panes can be changed by pointing to the vertical dividing line between the panes. When the mouse pointer changes to a two-headed arrow, click and drag

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