Windows XP Geek Tips

The following is a complete list of our Windows XP Geek Tips

How to move from Windows XP to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

The end of life for Windows XP has been and still is a major headache for consumers. You've got your old computer set up just the way you like it and its running fine. But there comes a time when you need to move to a newer and ...

Running your old version of Windows XP in a Virtual Machine

If you haven't heard by now, Windows XP has come to the end of its life. After April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP, which means no more security patches or hot fixes. Using Windows XP as a primary ...

How to use layered security to protect your computer

It seems whenever I tell someone that I repair computers for a living, I almost always get asked the question "What do you recommend for anti-virus software?". I tell them that I use a layered approach to security, not relying on just one ...

Tighten your computer security with EMET 4

Seems like every day a new software exploit comes out. And of course your computer is vulnerable until a patch is released. Or maybe you have older software that doesn't have support any more. But you can still protect your ...2>

Get rid of unwanted e-mail with Mailwasher 7

Virus removal is a large part of doing computer repair. There are different ways your computer can get infected; one of them is by opening an infected e-mail message and/or attachment. When any of my clients ask how I deal with ...

Check the protected system files in Windows with System File Checker

There may come a time when your Windows based computer starts to run improperly. Installing and uninstalling software, viruses and malware are just a few things that can corrupt the integrity of system files. When it comes to ...

Be more productive in your office for free with OpenOffice 3

A client recently asked me if I knew of any alternative to Microsoft Office. As a firm believer in open source software, I told him about OpenOffice.org 3 from Oracle. It is a complete office software suite with a word processor, ...

Clean your e-mail with anti-spam tool Mailwasher Pro 2011

E-mail is a great form of communication. But dealing with the spam can be a nightmare. I bought my first domain in the '90's, I have been dealing with spam ever since. Luckily for me, I found a program to deal with it ...

Security made easier with Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2

In a previous article, I discussed Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). I like the easy of use, the integration with Windows Update and the small footprint it has, especially on my netbook. Recently, Microsoft has released ...

Harden / Mitigate the security of your Windows programs with Microsoft EMET

Let's face it, some of the software we use on a daily basis has become subject to security vulnerabilities and exploits. Software manufacturers due their best to develop and test fixes / patches as fast as possible, but this ...

Upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP

As more and more people are moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, I thought I would spotlight a series of articles that I wrote.

Resetting your network adapter in Windows XP

Network shell (Netsh) is a tool an administrator can use to configure and monitor network devices on Windows based computers at a command prompt. A common use of Netsh, is to reset the TCP/IP stack back to default ...

Managing Virtual Memory / Pagefile in Windows XP

When your computer is running low on Random Access Memory (RAM) and more is needed to complete your current task, Windows uses hard drive space to simulate system RAM. In Windows, this is known as Virtual Memory ...

My five favorite Windows tips for maintaining your computer

In this article, I share my five favorite tips for maintaining your Windows XP computer.

Simple security with Microsoft Security Essentials

In this article, I am going to spotlight Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). This is not Microsoft's first venture into the ant-virus market, but it is probably the best. Having used the some of the more well know anti-virus software ...

Accessibility options in Windows XP

The following accessibility tools are frequently used when configuring accessibility options in Windows XP.

Managing accessibility programs with Utility Manager in Windows XP

Utility Manager enables users to check an accessibility program's status and start or stop an accessibility program. Users with administrator-level access can ...

Zoom in on your screen in Windows XP with Magnifier

Magnifier is a display utility that makes the screen more readable for users who have impaired vision. Magnifier creates a separate window that displays a ...

Read text aloud in Windows XP with Narrator

Narrator is a text-to-speech utility for users who are blind or have impaired vision. Narrator reads what is displayed on your screen: the contents of the ...

Type using a pointing device or joystick with On-screen Keyboard in Windows XP

On-Screen Keyboard is a utility that displays a virtual keyboard on the screen and allows users with mobility impairments to type data using a pointing device ...

Manage your computer using the Microsoft Management Console in Windows XP

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a tool used to create, save, and open collections of administrative tools, called consoles. Consoles contain ...

Using Backup in Windows XP

The Backup utility helps you create a copy of the information on a tape or storage device. In the event that the original data on your hard disk is ...

Detecting and repairing disk errors in Windows XP

You can use the Error-checking tool to check for errors and bad sectors on your hard disk ...

Using Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP

You might need to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to perform some tasks ...

Using Scheduled Tasks in Windows XP

With Scheduled Tasks, you can schedule any script, program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you. Scheduled Tasks starts each time ...

How to reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in Windows XP

One of the components of the Internet connection on your computer is a built-in set of instructions called TCP/IP. TCP/IP can sometimes become corrupted. If your connection ...

Free Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a ...

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