Monthly Questions And Answers For Windows XP
Please remember when reading these questions that there is more than one way to do most Windows XP tasks. The suggested answers below are one easy solution.
How do I change the Picture on the computer screen? I am tired of the hills and valleys.
Go to any open area of your desktop (hills and valleys). Right mouse click
and on the drop down help menu, choose “Properties”.
In Windows XP, how do I make internet shortcuts?
I am glad that you asked this one. Most people know how to create favorites but some websites are so popular, you would like to have them as shortcuts on your desktop. For internet desktop shortcuts, open the Microsoft XP Internet Explorer while connected to the Internet. Choose “File”, “Send” and “Shortcut To Desktop”. Voila! You now have a shortcut to that website on your desktop.
Can I run Windows XP? I have a 233 PC that is running fine, I just want to improve.
No. The general answer is that any machine purchased since Christmas 1999 ought to run XP just fine. Specific requirements are: 300 MHz Pentium II (I suggest a P3) or compatible or better, 64MB of RAM (I suggest 128 to 512), 2GB of free hard-drive space (I suggest 4 GBs), SVGA plug-and-play monitor, and a 12X or faster CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. My personal PC feeling is however, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
When I run Disk Clean Up, it gets to the first three bars when checking the files (status bar says "compress old files") and then just hangs there? If I close it down and run it again, then it just never comes up at all.
Usually this is a registry fix. I never suggest that a novice
edit the registry because one wrong step could cause your PC
to crash. Always backup your registry before adjusting it.
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Todd Rosen is a HAL-PC Windows & Internet Instructor, Microsoft Partner & Tester, SBC Network & PC Management, and SSM.