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How to check antivirus status in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Security Center (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Security Center (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Verify that Virus Protection shows as ON.
  5. If Virus Protection shows NOT FOUND, you can install antivirus software.

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How to run Disk Cleanup in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Disk Cleanup
  6. Wait for Disk Cleanup to calculate.
  7. Check: [x] Recycle Bin
  8. Check: [x] Temporary files
  9. Click: [OK]
  10. Click: [Yes]
  11. Wait for Disk Cleanup to process.

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How to run the Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Disk Defragmenter
  6. Select Drive C:
  7. Click: [Defragment]

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How to add programs to the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP

  • Display the Quick Launch toolbar
    1. Right click a blank area of the blue bar at the bottom.
    2. Select: Properties
    3. Check: [x] Show Quick Launch
    4. Click: [ OK ]
  • Copy the desired program icon
    1. Click: Start
    2. Click: All Programs
    3. Click: Accessories
    4. Right-click and drag calculator to Quick Launch toolbar
    5. Click: Copy Here

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How to set large screen fonts in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start > Control Panel
  2. Double-click: Display
  3. Click: Settings tab
  4. Click: [Advanced] button
  5. Change: DPI Setting: [Large size (120 DPI)]
  6. Click: [OK]
  7. Click: [OK]
  8. Click: [Yes] to the message boxes that come up
  9. Click: [Close]
  10. Answer: [Yes] to reboot your computer

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How to restore the taskbar in Windows XP

  1. Move mouse to bottom of screen (taskbar will reappear)
  2. Right-click in blue area of taskbar
  3. Select: Properties
  4. Un-check: [ ] Auto-hide the taskbar
  5. Click: [OK]

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How to delete screen saver pictures in Windows XP

The pictures displayed are taken randomly from your My Documents/My Pictures folder.

To delete pictures:

  1. Click: Start > My Pictures
  2. Select the folder you want
  3. Click: View > Thumbnails (if not already selected)
  4. Right-click on a picture you want to delete.
  5. Select: Delete
  6. Click: Yes

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How to change the background image in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Appearance and Themes (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Display (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Double-click: Display (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Desktop
  5. Click: Browse
  6. Locate the desired picture.
  7. Select the desired picture.
  8. Click: Open
  9. Click: OK

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How to cancel clicking sound on web pages in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Sounds and Audio Devices (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Click: Sounds and Audio Devices (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Sounds
  5. Scroll the list down to the Internet Explorer heading.
  6. Scroll down further to the Start Navigation item.
  7. Click: Start Navigation
  8. Click the down-arrow to open the Sounds list.
  9. Scroll the list to the top.
  10. Click: None
  11. Click: OK

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How to make a DOS boot diskette in Windows XP

  1. Put a blank floppy disk in drive a:
  2. Open My Computer
  3. Right-click: 3 1/2 Floppy (A:)
  4. Click: Format
  5. Check: [x] Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
  6. Click: [Start]
  7. Click: [OK]

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