Category Archives: Windows XP Tip

Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus and XP

I used to promote this free antivirus and I still do for Windows Vista and more recent versions of Windows, but for XP Microsoft are using it to make life uncomfortable for XP users. Slowing the machine and popping up … Continue reading

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Simple Guide – How to Restore Crashed Windows XP

This only applies to Windows XP, but if its really crashed and you can’t even get into Safe Mode this simple £2 guide will take you through step by step how you can edit your registry to get up and … Continue reading

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Which Backup Modes to use

Backup modes: Normal (sometimes called Full): Backs up selected files and marks them as backed up. Copy: Backs up selected files but does not mark them as backed up. Daily: Only those files that were changed today. Incremental: Only those … Continue reading

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Renaming files in bulk – using Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice if you can have a list of files with a sequential names.  This is particularly good for use in digital photo frames and media streamers because then the files will display in the right sequence. It … Continue reading

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What Updates Should I Allow?

This a common question and my stock answer is this: Microsoft Antivirus Adobe Java Anything else consider carefully.  For instance, if you have a HP printer and you get offered an update by HP then by all means have it … Continue reading

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Current Scam

It goes like this.  A pop-up says you’ve got problems with your PC and “click here to fix”. You are then invited to pay a modest amount for some software that’ll fix it.  You pay by credit card and you’re … Continue reading

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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

When you are filling in a form on screen or simply just putting in a user-name and a password its much quicker if you could jump to the next field without picking up the mouse.  Have you tried Tab (that’s the key … Continue reading

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PC won’t boot into Windows

So the PC shows some life but won’t start Windows.  Try again but keep tapping the f8 key after the brief flash of activity you get when you first switch on.  You should end up in “Safe Mode”, from which … Continue reading

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Windows XP Tip – Get to your Desktop

Minimise all windows – hold down the Windows key and tap M

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