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You will only need to use these procedures if recommended in one of the other articles.

 

How to start Windows XP in last know good configuration

  1. Start the computer and press the F8 key repeatedly.
  2. Use the up-arrow key to select: Last Known Good Configuration
  3. Press: Enter
  4. Select your desired operating system and press Enter.
  5. Windows XP will start.

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How to run the System File Checker in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Run
  3. Type: sfc /scannow
  4. Click: OK
  5. Wait for the process to complete.

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How to check Device Manager and event logs in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Right-click: My Computer
  3. Click: Manage
  4. Click: Device Manager
  5. Notice any errors on the devices list.
  6. Click: Event Viewer
  7. Double-click: System
  8. Notice any errors on the event list.

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How to fix a network connection in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Network and Internet Connections (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Network Connections (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Double-click: Network Connections (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Right-click the network connection showing as: Connected
  5. Click: Repair
  6. Click: Close
  7. Right-click the network connection showing as: Connected
  8. Click: Disable
  9. Right-click the same network connection
  10. Click: Enable
  11. Run the Network Connection Wizard

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How to disable startup programs in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Run
  3. Type: msconfig
  4. Click: OK
  5. Click: Selective Startup
  6. Uncheck: Load Startup Items
  7. Click: OK
  8. Click: Restart

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How to turn off visual effects in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Performance and Maintenance (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Advanced
  5. Click: [Settings] (under Performance heading)
  6. Click: ( ) Adjust for best performance
  7. Click: [OK]
  8. Click: [OK]

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How to disable the indexing service in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Add or Remove Programs (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Add or Remove Programs (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Add/Remove Windows Components
  5. Uncheck: [ ] Indexing Service
  6. Click: [Next >]
  7. Click: Finish

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How to fix Windows XP System Restore error: Restoration incomplete

  1. Set a System Restore point.
  2. Boot Windows XP in Safe Mode.
  3. Run System Restore.

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How to run System Restore in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: System Restore
  6. Click: (.) Restore my computer to an earlier time
  7. Click on a date when the computer worked correctly (must be in bold).
  8. Select the desired restore point if more than one is available.
  9. Click: [Next >]
  10. Click: [Next >]
  11. Wait for the process to complete. It can take up to 30 minutes.
  12. Look for the success message. (How to fix: Restoration Incomplete)
  13. Click: [OK]

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How to prevent Windows Messenger from starting in Windows XP

  1. Notice the Windows Messenger icon at the bottom right.
  2. Click: Start
  3. Click: All Programs
  4. Click: Outlook Express
  5. Click: Tools
  6. Click: Windows Messenger
  7. Click: Options
  8. Click: Preferences
  9. Uncheck: [ ] Run Windows Messenger when Windows starts
  10. Click: [OK]

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