Windows XP Tips

Fix Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Missing from Services

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Back in the day, I wrote an article about the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) service not starting and how you can go about fixing that problem. Without this service running in the background, you can’t download any Windows updates. It causes all kinds of other issues too, but the main problem that affects most […]

Easily Configure Windows System Restore Settings

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In Windows, if something goes wrong with a driver update, or certain software installations run into conflicts with each other, it can be necessary to rely on the System Restore feature to get back to a working, functional desktop environment.  Of course, System Restore is definitely not a complete back-up utility. It doesn’t help against […]

How to Add a Program to Startup in Windows XP

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Want a specific program to run every time Windows starts? Maybe you created your own program or downloaded something off the Internet. Either way, it’s relatively simple to add a program to the startup in Windows XP. There are mainly two ways to go about doing this. One is to add a shortcut to the […]

Speed Up Windows XP Performance by Turning Off the Indexing Service

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Selecting Run from the Start menu

We have previously written about setting options for file search indexing in Windows 7. The indexing service may slow down your system because it works in the background to automatically index files in certain locations on your hard drive. Tweaking the indexing service in Windows 7 allows you to increase your system’s performance by removing […]

Easily Turn a Windows Folder into a Safe Using a Hidden Command

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Creating a folder on the desktop

There are many different programs out there that allow you to protect files and information. However, there is an easy way to “lock” the contents of a folder on the Windows desktop by double-clicking on a file and without using third-party software. To accomplish this task, we will create a folder and two batch files, […]

Use Windows 7 and Vista Gadgets in Windows XP – Part II

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Moving a gadget

Welcome to the second part of this two-part series about using Windows Sidebar for XP to use Windows 7 and Vista gadgets on your Windows XP desktop. In Part I, we covered installing Alky for Applications and the Windows Sidebar, closing gadgets, and adding pre-installed gadgets from the gallery. In this post, we discuss moving […]

Use Windows 7 and Vista Gadgets in Windows XP – Part I

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Running the Alky for Applications installer

For those of you who like Windows 7 gadgets but are still using Windows XP, we have previously written about a way to install some gadgets in Windows XP (see our post, Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows XP). However, that tool, Windows 7 Sidebar for XP, only allows you to use the gadgets that […]

Add Support for Hundreds of New Programs in CCleaner

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Running CCEnhancer

CCleaner is a free system optimization, privacy, and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system, freeing up valuable hard drive space, allowing Windows to run faster. It also cleans traces of online activities, such as your Internet history and cookies. CCleaner also comes with a fully featured registry cleaner. It’s a fast, free, […]

Change or Remove Headers and Footers When Printing in Internet Explorer 8 or 9

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Header and footer in IE print preview

By default, when you print a web page in Internet Explorer, a header containing the page title and the page number and total number of pages and a footer containing the URL of the page and the date is added to the printed web page. The header and footer can be easily customized or removed […]

Easily and Quickly Optimize Windows XP Using a Free Tool

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Running the Quick XP Optimizer installer

Are you still using Windows XP? Is it slowing down? We found a quick and easy way to optimize Windows XP using a tool called Quick XP Optimizer. It improves the performance of your system and applications and speeds up the boot up and shut down processes of Windows XP. This free tool speeds up […]