26. Rollback Device Drivers
in Case of Error
Windows XP provides the ability to 'roll back' or
replace current device (hardware) drivers with the most recent previous version.
This function can be accessed in safe mode and can save you a lot of headaches
when you run into issues with new drivers.
To roll back a device driver to a previous version right
click on 'my computer' and select 'manage.' Open 'device manager' and highlight
and double click the device whose drivers you wish to roll back. Go to the
'driver' tab and select 'roll back driver.' Your system will revert to the most
recent saved driver after a restart.
27. Avoid Having to
Re-Activate Windows XP After Reinstallation
Normally, when you reinstall Windows XP you need to also
reactivate the operating system by phone or Internet in order to use it. This
can be avoided by simply copying a single file from your old installation to
your new one.
The 'wpa.dbl' file, located in the
'c:\windows\system32\' folder, indicated to the operating system whether the
current hardware configuration has been activated or not. As long as you have
not changed any of the hardware in your PC during
the reinstall, you can simply copy the file onto a floppy, CD or USB key and copy it back into Windows after the
reinstall to avoid the re-activation procedure.
28. View PowerPoint
Documents Without PowerPoint
If you use certain versions of Microsoft Office, you
might be frustrated by the lack of the PowerPoint application for creating and
viewing presentations. This can be especially frustrating if you need to view
someone else's essential PowerPoint slides. Fortunately, Microsoft offers a free
PowerPoint viewer which you can use to open (but not edit) power point
presentations in Windows XP.
You can get it here. Microsoft also offers
equivalent viewers for Word and Excel files if you are in a pinch.
29. Control Clear Type Text
With Free Tool
Microsoft's Clear type technology incorporates font
smoothing to make ordinary text clearer on certain kinds of screen, most notably
LCD monitors and displays. Clear type is built into XP, but enabling and
configuring it involves several steps. Microsoft recently made a tool available
which consolidates all the clear type configuration menus into one neat
application. Get it here to find out if clear type is for
30. Mouse Problem? Use
If your mouse is absent or malfunctioning in some way,
attempting to troubleshoot the problem can become extremely frustrating.
Granted, there are keyboard shortcuts for just about everything in Windows XP,
but without intimate familiarity with these commands, you still can't get around
as fast as with the mouse.
Fortunately, Windows XP includes the 'mousekeys'
application in with its suite of accessibility applications. This small program
enables the number pad keys to control the mouse pointer, making your life much,
To activate MouseKeys, hit CTRL + left SHIFT + NUM