Category: Windows XP

Disable Disk Indexing

ile indexing may be useful for those people who love to scatter files all over their hard drives and can never find them, however such convenience comes at a price, and using file indexing can have a noticeable impact on system performance. Turning off the indexing service is one way to help to squeeze every […]

Windows Shortcut Keys

There are many different shortcut keys in Microsoft Windows XP, and knowing these can help you navigate your PC much more quickly, allowing you to be more productive. Many of them use the ‘Windows’ Key, in conjunction with another key, to avoid constantly re-typing the words, where the ‘Windows’ key is required we use the […]

Create A Windows Password Reset Disk

If you have set up your system properly you will have at least two user accounts, and Administrator account, and at least one User Account both with password protection. Remembering the passwords for multiple accounts can be difficult at the best of times, but with many people having more than one P.C. managing passwords is […]

Make USB Devices Read Only

If you’re worried about people stealing your data by using a memory device or USB drive then you may be interested to know that a simple Registry tweak can make them ‘Read only’ Click the Start button and select the Run option. Type regedit into the dialog and hit Enter. Once you’re in the registry editor navigate to (or search for) the […]

Change Windows XP Splash Screen

In Windows XP it is possible to change your splash screen, but there are a couple of limitations that you need to be aware of: Your picture must be a 640 x 480 pixel bitmap (.bmp) file. The picture file is limited to 16 colours.   Before you start this procedure we strongly recommend that […]

Remove Windows Balloon Tips

In Microsoft Windows XP there is a feature known as ‘Balloon Tips’ that puts up little pop-ups when you hover the mouse over certain menu options, icons, toolbars etc which are designed to help people to understand what particular functions achieve, and also act as a memory jogger. Many people like this idea, but just […]

Disable Windows Error Reporting

Almost every Microsoft Windows user will have seen the Windows error reporting dialog box at some point in time, usually when an application has crashed and has to be temrinated in an un-expected manner. The premise of the the error report is that Microsoft will gather information about the crash to try and improve Windows […]