42. Use XP File Compression
to Save Space
If hard disk space is getting tight on your system,
Windows XP includes a built in file compression feature which can save
considerable space. To activate file compression on a file or folder highlight
the file or folder you want to compress, right click it and select 'properties.'
Hit the 'advanced' button at the bottom of the screen.
Choose the 'compress contents to save disk space'
option. Hit 'ok' twice and you will be prompted to apply the compression to just
that file or folder or any subfolders and files that may exist under it. Choose
and click 'ok.'
Windows will compress the contents of the file or folder
(which may take a while on a slower PC). You will notice the icon text of the
compressed folder is now blue to indicate its status.
43. How to Check if There
is a DVD Decoder Installed in the PC
If you want to check if you have DVD decoding software
installed, or what decoder you actually have, this quick tip can help.
Open the command prompt ('start\run' then type 'cmd')
and type 'dvdupgrd /detect'. This will pop up a window on the desktop with
information on your decoding software or lack of same.
44. Learn to Love XP Safe
Many users have no idea what the 'safe mode' feature of
most Windows operating systems is for. This is a pity, because it could end up
costing them some serious money if they run into problems with Windows. The
Windows XP safe mode is one of the best (and easiest to use) diagnostic and
troubleshooting tools for Windows XP.
The most important feature of safe mode is that it loads
Windows with a minimal set of drivers and software. If you are having problems
with a faulty driver or auto running program that will not let you boot into
Windows normally, safe mode can let you get around this and eliminate the
problem from within the Windows environment. This is not all that safe mode can
do for you. For more details, check out PCstats detailed guide to using the Windows XP safe mode.
45. Use the Program
If you are having trouble getting a particular
application to run in Windows XP, Microsoft might have a solution for you. The
company has made a free tool available that automatically edits settings for
hundreds of Windows-XP-incompatible programs to allow them to run properly. This
application Compatibility Toolkit can be found here.
46. Use the System Restore
Utility From 'Safe Mode Command Prompt.'
The Windows XP system restore utility is extremely useful for rescuing
your system from various software disasters that might befall it, but it does
have some limitations. The most major of these is the fact that it cannot be
invoked from the repair console, and can only restore the most recent save point
when chosen from the XP boot menu. This means that if your system will not boot
fully into Windows or into safe mode you are out of luck. Well not quite.
It's possible to start the system restore utility from
the 'safe mode command prompt' boot option of Windows XP. This gives you one
more option for rescuing your system, since this safe mode may load where other
Windows XP boot options do not.
To invoke the system restore utility from the safe mode
command prompt, type 'c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe. For more
information about the Windows XP safe mode and how to use it, see PCstats guide
to WindowsXP Safe Mode.