Tips on Windows XP
Listed below are the
system requirements for Windows XP Home Edition.
Processor: Intel Pentium 233 mhz or better. Recommended: Pentium 600 mhz or
Memory: 64 MB or better. Recommend: 128 MB or better.
HDD: Typical Installation is 1.5 GB. You should install it on a drive that's 5
gigabytes or better. Recommended: 10 GB or better.
Display: VGA 800x600 or better. Recommend: SVGA 1024x768 or better.
Keyboard: 101 keys or better.
Drives: CD-ROM and 3.5 inch drive.
Just like Windows 2000, some of the most common problems during a Windows Me
installation is the memory or hard disk drive space. I would make sure I have
enough space for Windows Me and a little extra space for applications and games
and over 64 MB of RAM.
Same as Windows 9x, Me.
How to change the Background: Right Click on the desktop and click
Properties now you are at the Background menu and you can select the
background you like. Just click on the one you like and click Ok
How to change the screensaver and display: Same as how to change the background.
When your in Properties, just click on the different menus such as
Screensaver and Display.
How to create a shortcut: Right click on the desktop and choose New
and then click Shortcut. A screen will pop up to choose the program you
want to create a shortcut for. For example, if you wanted to create a shortcut
on your desktop for a program called "Ultra Solitaire" you just find the folder
its in, such as C:\Ultra\ and click the file that launches the program such as
ultrasol.exe. Next you choose the name for the shortcut and click Ok. If
you don't understand this, play around with it. Its really easy.
How to move and copy files: To move a file, right-click on it and select
Cut now open the folder where you want to place the file in. Now right
click and select Paste and there you go. To copy a file, follow the same
directions except right click on a file and select Copy and do the same
thing from there on.
How to launch a program: To launch a program, click on the icon for it on
the desktop or go to Start, Programs and find it somewhere in
What happened to File Manager?: If you still want to use File Manager, go
to Start, Run and type winfile.exe. But Windows 95 doesn't
use the File Manager anymore, it uses the Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer is
very easy to use, if you know how to use File Manager and how to copy and paste
files, you will be able to use it.
How can I make a folder: To make a create a folder is like creating a
shortcut, right click anywhere on the desktop or Windows Explorer and select
New then select Folder. You will be prompted to give the folder a
name. And there you go. If you don't want to right click, then open Windows
Explorer and click the menu File, and select New. Really easy
Where's the Control Panel?: Click Start and click Settings
and choose Control Panel.
How can I search for a file?: Click Start and choose Find
and select Files and folders.
Alot is new with Windows
XP. Just check below.
1. Side by Side DLLs: This provide you with a way for multiple versions
of individual Windows components to run "side by side." Now you won't have to
worry that your applications will conflict with each other and cause application
2. Personalized Welcome Screen: The welcome screen can be personalized to
allow you to share the same computer with your friends and family. Each
individual can create his or her own unique account. These accounts are easily
created during Setup or from the Control Panel. By default the accounts are not
password protected but you have the option to set a password on your specific
account if you want.
3. Desktop Clean Up Wizard: Desktop Clean Up wizard checks on your
desktop and gives you the opportunity to clean out your unused shortcuts.
4. File & Settings Transfer Wizard: No more Lap link. This wizard allows
you to move or copy your older files and settings from your old computer to your
new Windows XP computer. It walks you through the copying and moving process.
5. Compatibility Mode: Allows your older applications to run in an
environment that mimics older versions of Windows.
6. ClearType: Supports Microsoft Clear TypeŽ, a text display technology
that gives you enhanced screen resolution, making it easier for you to read text
on your computer screen.
7. Uninstall: Provides you with the option of uninstalling Windows XP and
returning to your previous operating system such as Windows 98.
8. Fast User Switching: This allows you and your family or friends the
ability to share a single computer without having to close each other's
applications each time you need to access your own account.
9. File Management: You can quickly find what you need by grouping files
and folders and using enhanced thumbnail views and organization that makes sense
to you. You can view files in alphabetical groups, by file type, size, or date
10. Indexed File System: Provides you with the capability of indexing the
contents of the file system; this allows you to locate files easily and quickly
based on a file name or search string.
1. How to switch to
Windows Classic Taskbar and Start Menu: Right click on anywhere on the
taskbar and select Properties. Now you are in Properties now click the
Start Menu tab. Now you can choose if you want the XP Start Menu or Classic
Windows Start Menu. Note: In properties, you have a lot of options there to help
you set your taskbar or Start Menu to meet your preferences.
2. How do I change a theme?: Right click anywhere on the desktop and
select Properties, in properties, select the Themes tab and you
can pick a theme from the drop down menu or you can browse for one.
3. How to make a boot disk: Click My Computer on the desktop and
right click over the A:\ drive and select Format.. then select
Create an MS-DOS boot disk-Wow! MS-DOS! Surprise Surprise! then click Ok
or Format and your disk will be formatted (deleted) and a boot disk will
be created so you can boot your computer. Now you can start your computer with a
boot disk but get this. When you use the boot disk and you get to the prompt,
type "ver" without the quotes and press the Enter key. Surprise! Windows
Millennium Version 4.9. Huh? I don't know either. Something strange.
4. How to move the taskbar: Left click on it and drag it anywhere. Note:
It might not work because the lock taskbar option could be enabled. If this is
the case, right click on the taskbar and select Lock Taskbar. If the
Lock Taskbar option has a check next to it, then it means its enabled. So
just click it again and its now you can move the taskbar anywhere.
5. How to display hidden files: Go to My Computer and select
Tools and click Folder Options, now select the View tab. Now
under Advanced Settings look for a title Hidden Files and Folders
and select Show Hidden files and folders.
6. Change the date: Right click on the taskbar clock and select Adjust
Date/Time. There you can choose settings for the time or date.
7. How to Activate Windows: In the Start Menu, click the shortcut to
Activate Windows and follow the Activation Wizard which will lead you
through the process.
1. My keyboard and
mouse aren't working!
Check to see if your keyboard and mouse are plugged in correctly, or restart the
computer without touching any keys. For your mouse, check to see if your mouse
is plugged in correctly, and make sure you have the correct drivers for it, if
it still doesn't work, get a new mouse.
2. The shortcut is invalid.
Check to see if the shortcut is too the right program, or check to make sure the
file that the shortcut is too is still on your computer. If not, just delete the
shortcut or make a new one.
3. Programs and programs pop up when I start my computer.
Edit the Startup group by deleting the shortcut to the programs. If that
doesn't work, then open the program and edit the program preferences.
4. Whenever I left click, it brings up a right click menu.
This is very annoying, so just click on the taskbar and it should work. If not,
restart your computer.
5. I am very low on space.
Empty the Recycle Bin and then right click on the recycle bin and select
Properties and then choose the option Dont send files to the Recycle Bin
and then click OK and next go through your hard drive and delete
unneeded/unused files. Or click Start, then Programs, then
Accessories , next click System Tools and choose Disk Cleanup.
Now choose the drive you want to clean up and select a clean method.
1. What version of
DirectX does Windows XP ship with?
Windows XP ships with DirectX 3.0....no just kidding, it ships with DirectX 8.1.
2. What versions of Windows XP are available?
Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition. Windows XP home
edition is more for the home PC user and the small business user. Windows XP
Professional is for large corporations and businesses.
3. What is the next version of Windows in development?
Like Chicago, Memphis, and Whistler, Microsoft has a new creative code name.
Longhorn is the next Windows release. Longhorn is more likely to be a minor
upgrade but Blackcomb will be a major Windows release. Its supposed to have a
whole new Windows GUI. (Graphical User Interface).
4. Is the Microsoft Management console included with Windows XP?
Yes, infact its Microsoft Management 2.0
5. Will my older programs from Windows 95, 98, Me, NT and 2000 work?
Yes, also try the compatibility program with them for better performance. Some
older programs such as DOS programs may have programs. That's if they even work.
6. Is Program Manager included with Windows XP?
Another surprise, yes its included. Just click the Start Menu and select Run
and type progman.exe and click OK. It has no program groups in it
though. You have to make your own. Like for Microsoft Office and others.
For more information on Windows XP or any other operating system on this site,
try the Microsoft Website
http://www.microsoft.com or contact me.
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