Category Archives: Windows XP Tips

Recover a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

When you try to start or restart your Windows XP-based computer, you may receive one of the following error messages: Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Windows XP could not start because … Continue reading

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windows xp logs on then logs off right away

Run a spyware cleaner lately? The userinit value may have been corrupted by the removal of blazefind. It adds wsaupdater.exe to the logon value in the system registry, sometimes appending it, sometimes replacing it. Running Adaware or other cleaners detects … Continue reading

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Change the System/Boot Drive Letter

Your boot drive is no longer ‘C’, so you need to reset it. Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. … Continue reading

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What is the Windows desktop.ini file and can I delete it?

The desktop.ini file is a hidden file used to customize and adjust settings for the Windows folders that contain the file. Can it be deleted? This file can be safely deleted from any directory.  However, because this file may have … Continue reading

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Task Manager Menu Bar and Tabs Are Not Visible in Windows.

Does your “Task Manager” (Ctrl+Alt+Del) or (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) suddenly have no menu or tabs? You may be running “Taskman.exe” in “small footprint” mode. Small footprint mode allows more information to be shown in the available space and allows the window to … Continue reading

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Moving Windows XP from an Intel based PC to an AMD based PC

Moving Windows XP from an Intel based PC to an AMD based PC will cause a BSOD during startup (STOP 0x07E).  Instead of reinstalling Windows, spend fifteen minutes following the steps below.  You will be rewarded with a working computer. … Continue reading

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Getting the most from your Gigabit NIC.

Many new workstations and servers are coming with integrated gigabit (define) network cards, but quite a few people soon discover that they can’t transfer data much faster than they did with 100 Mb/s network cards. Multiple factors can affect your … Continue reading

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Clear pagefile on shutdown.

By default, Windows XP Professional does not clear the virtual memory pagefile when the system is shut down. In some organizations this is considered a breach of security because the data in the pagefile might be accessible to users who … Continue reading

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