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XP: Better Performance with Registry TuningWindows XP is Microsofts latest all singing, all dancing operating system for home users. Your XP machine should be the best performing computer you have ever had, but if your system starts experiencing performance bottlenecks what can you do? In the registry there are many keys that can be changed to make Windows XP work …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems:
Reference: X3

XP Second Copy for Recovery from DisasterIf there is one thing missing from Windows XP, its a second copy of Windows XP. The problem is that XPs use of the NTFS (New Technology File System) format makes it very difficult to repair the registry from MS-DOS (which can only access FAT and FAT32 file structures). Most users assume that backing up …

Categories: Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X30

XP Secure Your PC with the Security CenterIf you have Windows XP with the latest update installed (Service Pack 2), you will have found that the Control Panel contains a new feature called the Security Center. As its name suggests, the Security Center provides a central location to manage and monitor various aspects of your computers security. It also notifies you if …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X31

XP: Free Microsoft Tools for Error AnalysisOn your original Windows XP installation CD, you can find many utility programs that are not documented anywhere. These utilities are also not automatically installed on to your XP system when you initially setup Windows. These hidden tools can prove to be extremely useful, however, and can help you get to the root of some …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X32

XP Shutdown Problems SolvedWith most electronic devices, turning them off is as easy as flicking a switch. Unfortunately this is not the case for your Windows XP PC. To safely shut down your computer you need to choose an option from the Start menu and allow it to follow its shutdown procedure, to ensure that it is shutdown …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X33

XP: Solving Windows Startup ProblemsWindows XP is the most stable operating system Microsoft have ever produced; it is designed to work with a wide-range of hardware and software which is produced by a myriad of different companies. To expect an operating system with such a wide remit to never experience the odd hiccup would be unrealistic. So, in this …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X34

XP Solving Service Pack 2 ErrorsMicrosofts latest update to Windows XP, Service Pack 2 (SP2), has been around for a few months now, and as well as the many benefits it has brought, it has also caused untold problems to some users. If you were one of the brave few who decided to install SP2 the moment it came out …

Categories: Updates
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X35

XP Services OptimisationYour PC has only limited resources. The more software that you run, the slower each operation will become. With most programs, you are in complete control of whether or not an application is active. This is not the case with Windows XP Services. These are small sub-components of Windows that automatically startup and then hog …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X36

XP Startup Errors Solved FastMicrosofts latest update to Windows XP, Service Pack 2 (SP2), has been around for a few months now, and as well as the many benefits it has brought, it has also caused untold problems to some users. If you were one of the brave few who decided to install SP2 the moment it came out …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X37

XP: Critical Updates & Hotfixes from MicrosoftWhen Windows is first released, it unfortunately contains many bugs. As these are detected, Microsoft release updates to fix the problems. Keeping Windows current is not the most exciting element of computing. This is probably why many users choose to either ignore Windows Update, or to disable it, leaving their computers vulnerable to the latest …

Categories: Updates
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X38

XP: Speed Up Windows Startup TimeWhen you first bought your PC, no doubt Windows loaded very quickly. As time goes on and more and more applications are added, the startup time will take longer. This is because many applications will include a startup component that Windows loads at boot time. Very often these components are unnecessary and can be safely …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X39

XP Configuration with the Control PanelThe Control Panel consists of a group of tools that you can use to manage every aspect of Windows XP. Settings for both hardware and software can be viewed and altered in the Control Panel. Using the information in this article you can perform important configuration and management tasks, set up new users and provide …

Categories: Basics
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X4

XP 36 Essential TipsSince its launch in 2000, Windows XP has proved itself to be the most stable, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing version of the operating system to date. However, thats not to say its perfect. All operating systems come complete with their own range of niggling problems and annoying glitches, and although they may not cause serious …

Categories: Basics
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X40

XP Freezes Cure the Most Common CausesA Windows freeze is the name given to the situation where your PC locks up or hangs. It is likely that your mouse and keyboard will stop responding. Sometimes, freeze is used interchangeably with crash. However, this is not quite accurate, as when Windows itself crashes there is often very little chance of a recovery. …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X41

XP: Solving Common Hardware ErrorsFatal Windows crashes caused by faulty hardware are thankfully much rarer in Windows XP than they were in older versions of Windows. Interfaces such as Universal Serial Bus (USB) have made hardware devices just work without you having to spend a lot of time configuring IRQs and device settings. That is not to say that …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X42

XP Errors The Ultimate TroubleshooterAccording to Microsoft, Windows XP is the most stable version of the operating system ever produced. This may be the case but unfortunately no operating system is free from bugs and glitches. Unexpected problems can and do occur and Windows XP reacts to these problems by generating various error messages. Even more unfortunately, these messages …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X43

XP: System Recovery with a Single Bootable CDBartPE is a complete Windows environment that runs from a CD, and includes networking support, a graphical user interface and the ability to access NTFS (New Technology File System) hard drives. This is one of the most useful tools that you can have to resolve problems with Windows XP. It is important to remember that …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X44

XP File Systems: Secure Your PCIf youve got an ounce of sense you probably take the security of your computer quite seriously. Youve got a firewall installed and activated and you keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. On another level, the PC and all its peripherals are on the household insurance to cover fire, theft and teenage parties. Theres nothing more …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X45

XP: Fast Repairs in the RegistryEvery Windows setting is managed by a central database of settings; the registry. Over time redundant entries build up in the registry due to the installing and uninstalling of programs, removed shortcuts and program crashes. Windows, therefore, becomes bloated and sluggish. However, you can slim down the registry, cutting out all the defective entries, which …

Categories: Troubleshooting
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X46

XP Slipstreaming Create Custom Windows CDsAs each new Service Pack is released, XP re-installation can be a tricky procedure requiring you to have your original Windows CD plus a subsequent Service Pack. If you have misplaced the Service Pack installer, you may face a lengthy download. Of course, your main PC is probably out of service. So, you cant download …

Categories: Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: XP
Reference: X47