Monthly Questions & Answers For Windows XP
I can't see part of my picture that I use for my background Wallpaper on my Desktop because of all of the icon pictures that are covering it. How can I move my icons out of the way?
Like with so many Windows XP solutions, there are many different options that you have to move your icons. Listed below are only a couple. First you need to know if your icons are set to auto arrange.
To find out if the icons are set to auto arrange:
If the icons are set to auto arrange:
If they are not set to auto arrange:
Please remember that these are just a few options of many. Thanks for the great question!
My Menu in XP seems to Fade and is slower that in Windows 98, Why?
This fade is a new "feature" to help make Windows XP friendlier. Once nice thing that Microsoft does in Windows XP is it allows the user to turn off many of the new "features". This feature does slow then menu down. To speed the menu up:
This is a super question to help improve productivity, Thanks!
I have been told to create a Restore Point before installing Windows XP updates. What is Restore Point?
Restore Point is a super new feature of Windows XP that should be used before installing any new major Software or Hardware. Windows XP makes it easy for you to take a snapshot of critical system files before you make any major changes. Using restore points, however, is not a backup for your personal files like My Documents. Windows XP should automatically create system restore points approximately every 24 hours or when new software is installed, called system checkpoints. It is good habit to create your own Restore Points to make it even easier for recovering your system in case of a failure. To create restore points:
If your system fails, press F8 in the boot menu, and then click Last known good configuration. Windows XP restores your system to the most recent restore point. It is important to know that System Restore requires 200M-bytes of free space on your hard disk, and by default, it will utilize 12% of your drive's capacity for storing the restore.
Ever since my "expert" friend messed with my computer, I keep getting messages to repair the installation of Windows XP. Microsoft says that I need to reinstall Windows XP. The PC is not working. I do not want to lose all of my data. How do I reinstall Windows XP?
If the PC is new, it is always good to contact the computer vendor to check for their suggestions or to see if they have a restore disk that will fix your PC and still keep your data safe. Reinstalling Windows XP is a serious move, and I would suggest having an experienced friend handy before starting the process.
Microsoft probably meant for you to run a repair installation. Most computers are configured by default to start from the CD-ROM drive. If your computer doesn't, the BIOS will need to be adjusted based on your PC manufacturer's direction.
This is a great question and after you do it 80 or 90 times, you will be very comfortable. Please remember, the best way to protect your data is to have and regularly run a backup process.
I have upgraded my Pentium computer from Windows 98 to Windows XP and now I am out of Hard Drive space, why? What can I do?
Great question, disk space on an older computer can be a real problem. An install of Windows 98 usually takes up about 60 megabytes of hard drive space. A full upgrade install of Windows XP can take up over 1000 megabytes of hard drive space. Start with running a new Windows XP Utility called "Clean-up".
Another option if extra space is needed is to use the new Windows XP zip compression utility. It can be used to compress individual files and folders on your hard disk. To compress a file or folder:
You can also create a compressed folder from scratch and anytime you drag a file into it, the file will automatically become compressed.
Open the new compressed folder and drag files inside that you would like compressed.
If you have any Windows XP questions that you would like to see in this column, please email them to email@example.com. The top 5 most requested questions will appear in the Magazine each month along with new helpful Windows XP websites.
Todd Rosen is a HAL-PC Windows & Internet Instructor, Microsoft Partner & Tester, SBC Network & PC Management, and SSM.