Monthly Questions & Answers For Windows XP
Does Windows XP Have A Firewall? I just bought an
anti-virus program and got a free firewall with it. I don’t want to install it if I don’t
I’m trying to download the “worm” patch (is it really necessary
for XP Professional?) and need to know if I’m running XP 32 bit or 64
bit. I believe it is 64 bit, but how do I find out for sure?
In one of your past questions about Outlook and
not receiving select attachments, you suggested that one fix was to install
an application that did a registry
adjustment. With Outlook Express, can’t you just use a menu option?
Thanks for the question!
How do I decrypt a file that somebody else encrypted?
I was given a PC with files already on it. When I click on them, it tells
me that I don’t have
permission. My buddy says that the files are encrypted.
I am running Windows XP Home and keep getting prompted to install upgrades
or updates like DirectX and Virtual Machine. I like keeping my PC running mean
and clean. Do I really need to install these updates?
Windows XP has an auto updater program built into itself. To check your settings:
Let me make 3 other suggestions: In case of problems, keep a written (paper not electronic) list of all updates that you install. The updates have an information link that you can click on to see details. Look at what you are installing. Finally, go to www.microsoft.com/technet for any additional information. Thanks for this question. With all of the worm viruses going around, it is a very timely question.
If you have any Windows XP questions that you would like to see in this column, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.