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This FAQ is created to address the frequently asked questions in the few XP newsgroups I frequent:
There are more newsgroups than these. Check them here. Answers were obtained from the replies. As I was bored, this is another work I did.
Proceed at your own risk! The information here is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will not be held responsible if this document causes your computer to explode or burst into flames. In real serious terms, if any corruption of data, hardware damage or any other kind of damage/losses/etc. arises from the use of this document, I will not be responsible for it. If you don't like this, please don't read any further.
Some Humour [US: Humor]
Computers churns out some ironic messages:
"Windows XP has no drivers for my modem, so it tries to use the Internet to find some" Irony being, Can't use Internet because it needs modem drivers to use it, which it does haven't & wants to look for. - Sweet Spin
"ERROR "Keyboard not found" press F1 to continue?" - Mhzjunkie
"Windows can not continue because the process has completed successfully." - Vern
"What's XP? Xpensive, Xpect, Xtra Pain, ......"- Many Sources
These tips will get rid of about 75% of the problems out there
Many of the answers here should apply to Home Edition as well. However, things related to NTFS security and network will mostly likely won't be available in the Home Edition.
I'm having problems shutting down my PC. My previous Win9x OS always
shut off automatically, but here Windows XP shows me the "It is now
|2)||I've enabled my taskbar to be hidden always but doesn't
This is a known problem. Unfortunately I haven't come across any fixes for this. There could be an application request which you have to attend to. However, I myself have seen a situation where the taskbar refuses to hide even with all windows closed.
Is there any way to speed up the bootup process?
|4)||How do I enable the good old search method?
This website has a search fix. Windows XP Search Fix (to review)
I want to run a old DOS game that refuses to work under WinXP.
How do I do it such that Explorer opens up pointing to the C drive
or some other location?
|8)||How do I disable the built-in ZIP support?
Use the following command from the Run dialog:
regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll
If you ever want to re-enable the built-in zip support, use:
|9)||How do I make the taskbar transparent?
Head over here! (to review) I've heard you can use TweakXP, not sure about this.
|10)||How do I get rid of the pop-up balloons(or bubbles) that
appear near the system tray?
Involves registry editing. Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced", create DWORD value called EnableBalloonTips with Hex value of 0 and restart your computer.
|11)||How much space does a Windows XP installation roughly takes
Taken from usenet by Kent W. England [MVP] <email@example.com>:
1.0 GB for Windows folder
0.5 GB for Program Files
50 MB for Documents and Settings (w/o user shell folders)
200 MB for pagefile.sys (varies depending on RAM size)
130 MB for hiberfil.sys (same size as RAM)
2.0 GB (10%) for System Restore (default) in System Volume Info folder
2.0 GB (10%) for Recycle Bin (default)
2.0 GB (10%) for each TIF (default)
|12)||What is this file named HIBERFIL.SYS doing in my root folder?
Windows saves the state of the RAM to this file for use when you hibernate your computer. You can remove this file by disabling hibernation, which is by Control Panel, Power Options, Hibernate tab.
|13)||I have the upgrade version of XP, can I perform a clean
install using it?
Sure, but the setup program will ask for a qualifying media to be inserted as proof of ownership.
|14)||How do I stop folders from expanding when I click on a
folder in Explorer?
Go to Folder Options, View and uncheck the box for "Simple Folder View in Explorer's Folder list."
How do I stop Windows Messenger from starting up every time I boot
up my computer?
If you don't have Pro, run Windows Messenger, Tools, Options and uncheck "Run this program when Windows starts". Run Outlook Express, go to Options and uncheck "Automatically logon to Windows Messenger". You can also try this command:
|16)||Where's Scandisk gone?
Scandisk is gone from Windows XP. Replaced by the ol' Chkdsk.
What are the pros and cons of FAT32 and NTFS?
|18)||The Command Prompt in Windows XP does not have DosKey installed?
Run CMD from the Run instead of command .
|19)||Can I install XP Home (or Professional) on more than 1
No. You're only allowed to install it on one computer. You will be unable to activate XP on the other computer. You have to purchase additional licenses to install it on more than 1 computer.
|20)||Every time my PC boots up, it takes about 2 minutes for
the Network connections submenu in the Start menu to expand!
Disable "Obtain IP Address Automatically" for the local area network connection. If there's a DHCP server running on your network that assigns IP addresses dynamically, you have to enable Obtain IP Address Automatically.
The volume icon does not appear in the notification area (taskbar).
All my games can't detect OpenGL [and, or] Glide for my video card?
3dfx has closed down, if you do not know yet. Fortunately, some geeks
have hacked (or tweaked) 3dfx's original drivers to make it compatible
with Windows XP. You can find a list at VoodooFiles,
and I recommend downloading Goat's
driver if you own a Voodoo 3000, it worked for me well particularly for
Diablo II and Ultim@te Race Pro.
What's the best antivirus software out there for XP?
|24)||Can I remove Outlook Express or Internet Explorer?
No, they are part of the operating system, and cannot be removed. You'll just have to ignore them.
|25)||What is SVCHOST.EXE doing in my Processes?
It represents all the services running in your computer. Type tasklist -svc in the command prompt to get a list of services running.
|26)||How do I install Windows XP in DOS mode [or from MS-DOS
First, start up SmartDrive to speed things up. Next, run WINNT from the I386 folder. Setup should launch, warn you if you don't have SmartDrive loaded, copy the cd to a temporarily to your hard disk and reboot your computer.
|27)||How do I remove programs such as Pinball, wordpad and other
Delete all "HIDE" words in C:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf file and you will be able add or remove more Windows components. The change can be noticed in the Add/Remove Programs.
|28)||In Outlook Express, the spell check doesn't work. It's
checked in the tools options menu, but it still will not work!
Do a search for csapi3t1.dll and copy it over to the Outlook Express folder.
|29)||How do I get Internet Explorer to open new windows maximised?
There isn't such a way to do this so far, but a simple workaround is to open a window and manually drag the edges to fill the screen without using the maximise button. The next time you open it, it should remember that size.
|30)||Doing a "SFC /SCANNOW" always keeps asking for
the CD, even after I've inserted it!
Hit Try Again every time the box comes up.
|31)||How do I make a boot disk in Windows XP?
Go to Explorer, insert a floppy disk, right-click on the A Drive, click Format, check Make System disk and click OK.
|How do I uninstall Windows XP?
You can boot from a Windows 9x boot disk, reformat the XP partition and install a previous version of Windows.
If XP is installed using NTFS file system, you'll first have to use FDISK to delete the partition, type FDISK at the prompt. Once you are at the menu, select "Delete Non-dos Partition." When complete, select create partition, be sure to set it active, exit FDISK, reboot from the Windows 9x boot disk, select "Boot with CD-ROM Support."
At the prompt type change to the C drive by typing C: and press enter.
Type format and press enter, when complete, place the CD of the Windows
OS you wish to install in the drive, change to your CD-ROM drive, note
it may not be the same drive letter it was in Windows. Type setup, press
enter and follow the prompts.
|33)||How do I change the Boot screen when Windows XP starts?
Head over here and download the 960kb file.
|34)||My hard disk shows frequent activity, which is the application
Run the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, and turn on the following columns: "I/O Read Bytes" and "I/O Write Bytes." This will give you details as to which process is accessing the disk. Although many processes will be accessing the disk a lot, look for one with a high total or a fast rate of increase, especially when you hear the drive being accessed.
Errors? Omissions? Need Help? Know something? Post your queries in the Windows XP Discussion Forum.
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