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Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

This article is intended to guide you through a successful Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade and migration. In writing this guide, I am assuming that your XP machine is a typical configuration, and that you are installing Windows 7 on the same machine. Continue reading

Backup user profiles in Windows XP

There are circumstance when making a backup copy of user profiles in Windows  is prudent. For example, I like to back user profiles as a precaution if I am going to be doing any extensive repair on a computer. Other times, I will copy user profiles to transfer to a new computer or Windows installation.

A user profiles contains all of a user’s documents and files, desktop and program settings, favorites, and and a host of other information based on the user’s configuration.

 

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group… Continue reading

Using the Clear Type Tuner in Windows

If you notice that the font on your monitor isn't exactly smooth or clear and easy to read on your laptop or LCD monitor, you can adjust the clarity of the font by using the Windows Clear Type Tuner.

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Back up Windows Registry in Windows XP

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third-party applications all make use of the Registry. In other terms, you can think of the registry like the nerve system in a human body in all components of the human body are linked to the brain.

There are circumstances where modifications to the registry may be required, such as installing software or modifying system settings.… Continue reading

Windows XP: Disabling the Indexing Service

The Indexing service can create an index of all the files and the content of many of those files in order to make finding things much faster. While Windows XP’s heart is in the right place, this sounds better than it is in practice. The Indexing service is more effective in its ability to slow down your computer than its ability to speed file searches.

 

Here’s how to disable the Indexing service:

 

Click Start and click the Run command.

In the Open text box, type services.msc and click OK.

In the right pane of the Services console, find… Continue reading

Windows XP: Start Menu Delay

By default, Windows XP has a delay that I find personally irritating when going through the sub-menus of the Start Menu. Luckily, this can easily be adjusted to fit your preference.

 

Here’s how:

 

  1. Go to Start> Run, then type in: regedit Press [Enter] on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ MenuShowDelay
  3. By default, the value is 400. Change this to a smaller value (like 0) to speed it up.
  4. If your still experiencing a slow speed of the Start Menu, even after editing the registry setting, then you might try… Continue reading

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