Installation GuideThe 60 Minute Windows XP Tutorialby Darek Mihocka, President and Founder, Emulators Inc.updated October 28 2001Over the past few months I've given you a few reasons why you should hold off buying that new computer or upgrading your existing computer until Windows XP has arrived. Den 8e april i ar tog supporten for Windows XP slut vilket innebar att inga uppdateringar for varken funktionalitet eller sakerhet langre skickas ut fran Microsoft. Overgangen till nyare operativsystem har varit segdragen och en undersokning som gjordes i mitten av april visade att 6000 sajter runt om i varlden fortfarande drevs av maskiner med Windows XP installerat.
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 ar en version av Windows XP avsedd for speciella enheter sa som betalmaskiner och bankautomater och har utokad support till och med ar 2019. ZDNet har testat hacket och blev erbjudna att ladda ner uppdateringar for bade Windows Embedded samt Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft var snabba med att hora av sig till ZDNet och valjer sjalvklart att stalla sig kritiska gentemot tilltaget. Nyligen har vi fatt vetskap om ett hack som enligt uppgift ger tillgang till sakerhetsuppdateringar for Windows XP-kunder.
De uppdateringar som installeras ar avsedda for Windows Embedded samt Windows Server 2003-kunder och skyddar inte Windows XP-kunder fullt ut. De kunder som valjer att anvanda sig av hacket loper risk att fa problem med sina maskiner da program och funktioner kan sluta fungera vid installation av uppdateringar ej testade eller avsedda for Windows XP.
Det basta sattet for Windows XP-kunder att skydda sina system ar att uppgradera till ett mer modernt operativsystem, som Windows 7 eller Windows 8.1. After a surprise delay caused by a compatibility snag last Tuesday, the third service pack for Windows XP has finally made its way onto Windows Update and Microsoft's Download Center. Those who have been following the great SP3 saga will know this new service pack combines all previously released Windows XP updates into a single, tidy package. Windows Updates helps to keep your Windows 7 computer up to date with all the security fixes and improvements. How ever if you wish to play with varous options of Windows Update in Windows 7 here is a guide to explain it briefly.
As you can see in the above screenshot there is direct links to the important Windows Update option here it self in slightly small fonts, such as Turn automatic updating on or off, Check for updates, View install updates . If you choose Install updates automatically , there are additional options to schedule the update at a convenient time. In order to have the same behavor for Recommended updates also tick the Receive recommended updates the same way you receive important updates check box.
You can also choose if you want to allow anyone to install updates by selecting the Allow standard users to install updates check box.
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Step on how to use sha1sum on Windows 2000 and Windows XP to check Fedora Core ISO images sha1 hash value. Windows Update is a free computer service provided by Microsoft that provides Operating System (OS) patches and service packs to computers running the many versions of Microsoft Windows. Upgrades are different from updates, in that upgrades are new versions of application software, or of the OS itself.
The Microsoft Download Center is a website that contains all the elements of the Microsoft software updating, upgrading, and downloading programs that are both necessary and useful for the continuing operation of your Windows operating system.
Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month, is the day that security updates are globally distributed via Windows Update and the Internet. The Internet is the preferred avenue of distribution for Windows Update to PCs, but Microsoft also provides other means for updates to be received by computers with no Internet connection. With any OS before Windows Vista, an update that required a PC reboot would display a dialog box every few minutes which would request that the machine be rebooted. Tip: It is possible to prevent the forced shutdown manually with the command shutdown –a in the Windows command line. If there is an unexpected PC shutdown in the middle of an update download, Windows Update makes use of a feature of Windows system files called Transactional NTFS to enable the system to recover cleanly and to ensure that partially loaded updates are fully loaded before being applied. Optional Updates, are, of course, optional, that a user can review, and choose to install or not to install. Options can be set to download and install automatically both the Important updates (set as a default) and the Recommended updates -- with Windows XP, however, only the updates that are classified High-Priority will be downloaded and installed automatically. If you want to disable Windows Update, you can disable the service for the PC, or by user-name.
Windows Update is an essential maintenance element for the optimum performance of your computer. For each one whose Status is not Running, double-click to make the General tab appear -- Startup Type should be Automatic. The next measure to make sure the Windows Firewall is running, and not a firewall from a company other than Microsoft. Start the Security Center applet in the Control Panel, and turn off or disable the anti-virus application listed under either 'Virus Protection' or 'Malware Protection' section. Check to see if your PC has any Internet accelerators installed to increase the performance of Internet access. A corrupt file within the Windows Update distribution folder may be causing a problem with Windows Update. In the CMD prompt, type net stop WuAuServ and press enter (this action stops the Windows Update service).
Rename the folder to SoftwareDistributionOLD (saving the original contents so that you can revert to them if needed by renaming to the original name). Use the same steps you used in Measure #2 to check to see if the Windows Update service is running.
System files may have become corrupted, and you may need to scan the Windows system files to see if they are still correct and accurate.
BITS stands for Background Intelligence Transfer Service, and these files are essential to the functioning of Windows Update. Once you've downloaded and installed the BITS Repair Tool on your PC, reboot and let the tool run.
Check these two Microsoft support websites for descriptions of problems that may be similar to yours, with possible solutions.
Microsoft has released the System Update Readiness Tool for its operating systems that aim to repair issues related to the operating system's automatic update functionality.
If you are experiencing issues, download the tool for your system and run it afterwards to resolve issues that you may experience. If this last measure does not help you to restore Windows Update to its proper functioning, then contact MS Customer Support. Windows Update takes care of the specific updates to the Windows operating systems, and those to other Microsoft software applications as well -- but what about all those other software applications that you have installed on your PC that have just a great a need for up-to-date updates? Update Star is a freeware application that helps you keep track of all the software installations on your PC, checking that the latest patches, fixes, and updates are downloaded for whatever is installed on your PC. This monitoring tool checks with an online database to see what's current for updates for many software packages, and displays a notification when there is an available update (although it does not do the download itself).
This monitoring software, from Secunia Company, uses a database containing information on over four thousand software applications to inspect your system for weak spots, such as missing critical patches for software installed on your PC. Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News Back in 2005.
Why should I be able to find things on places like BetaNews, from Microsoft, that are updates to what I am running, 1 - 2 days before they are offered, if even then, on Windows Update? But thanks - Iwas sdtruggling with an update snafu and I enjoyed your article and it made sense. Amazing article with a lot of useful information, actually, recently I've found another way to speed up my poor PC, the software "tuneup360". A - Just Curious, Is There Any Way To Access The M$ 'Updates' Site Using Any Other Browser Besides IE ?
B - M$ Issued Some XP 'Update(s)' In The Summer Of 2009, And My Machine Crawled For 6 Months Before I Decided To Uninstall All 'Updates' I Could Live Without - No More 'Updates' For Me, Before Or After April 2014.
Is there anyway I can change from stupid windows vita to any other windows that will run more effiently for no or little cost to me? The updates in Windows are very useful because they improve the stability, security and performance of the system. If you wish to manually choose which ones to download and install or if you want to simply turn them off – you need to change some settings. And if you want to stop the automatic checking as well choose: Never check for updates (not recommended).
Since this is the week Windows 7 is getting released and I’m hosting a Windows 7 Party, I thought it would be great to share some of my favorite new features in Windows 7 with my readers.


Genom att identifiera sig som en POSReady 2009 kan saledes en XP-maskin fa tillgang till dess uppdateringar fram till ar 2019. Ett tips ar att stanga av automatiska uppdateringar da alla uppdateringar, aven sadana fran langt innan 8e april i ar laddas ner.
Users can also look forward to some general security, stability, and performance improvements as well as a few new features, such as Network Access Protection, Microsoft's Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module, and a revamped activation system. Recommended updates can address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. These updates are either enhancements or corrections to OS features, or security updates meant to protect your system from malicious attacks and malware. But, you can set up the service to install all or some of the updates as they are received, or to let you review the pending updates before you decide on which to install. Minor version upgrades may be available from Microsoft through Windows Update, but major version upgrades would likely involve a new software purchase, perhaps at a lower upgrade price. Emergency security updates, however, may be distributed any time it is deemed necessary because of a newly discovered exploit that targets MS Windows. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the same dialog box allows entry of a time period, up to four hours, before another dialog box appears -- however, some updates that require a reboot may create a displayed countdown, at the end of which the computer will reboot no matter what the current user on the PC is doing, causing possible problems if data is not saved or the user is in the middle of a game. For an entire PC, the Group Policy Editor is used to disable Windows Update in the general User Configuration.
First step is to see if you have full Internet connectivity by connecting to several web sites -- if able to do so, the next step is to check the reliability of the connection, by checking email, signing on to forums, and looking at videos. Check for these other services by clicking on Start, typing SERVICES.MSC, and pressing ENTER.
To ensure continuous firewall protection, turn on the MS Firewall before turning off any other firewall.
Try running Windows Update again, and then immediately go back to the Security Center and enable the anti-virus application that had been disabled. Here are several update tools that will help you take care of the need for updates by your other software applications. Users just need to select their operating system and language from the list to download all updates for it.
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It’s very easy to handle and of course very powerful, my friends and I all use it now, maybe you can have a try. Specifically i was wondering if any downloads would reduce functionality of my programs or services. There’s absolutely no reason not to install them on your computer system if your PC is running any version of windows operating system. Seems to me that windows by now should have offered anyone with vista for the newest update they have to offer. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers. Having installed Windows XP beta releases and final releases dozens of times (probably over a hundred times) in the past 12 months, I certainly know!This page contains a number of screen shots which are best viewed at an 800x600 or higher resolution. Microsoft also offers a standalone network installer and ISO disc image of SP3 for folks with more specific needs. But we are going ahead to the dedicated Windows Updates section of the Windows 7 control panel by clicking the main Windows update link.
You can manually look up for any new updates by clicking the Check for updates button under the heading Check for updates for your computer fromthis window.
Configurable option include Important Updates , Recommended updates , Who can install updates and Featured update notifications .
Reliability, security and performance are the the most important reasons that all computers running MS Windows should use Windows Update.
Here's where we describe what measures you can take if Windows Update stops working on your computer system. Be careful with this measure -- temporarily turning off your anti-virus application may allow Windows Update to start up, but, at the same time, doing so will leave your PC vulnerable.
Consult the documentation for those accelerators to either disable or uninstall the software. It is optionally possible to create an ISO image or copy the data to an USB device instead of a hard drive.
All of the updates are contained in Update Lists (ULs) which allows you to choose which updates you want for which version of Windows.
I've noticed some companies like to limit what my hardware is capable of doing by locking it up with software.
When you install your copy and it notices you have an internet connection, it will go out automatically and supply you with decent Windows drivers for most of your hardware.
An option called Microsoft Update can be configured in this service to also provide updates for several other Microsoft software applications, such as the MS Office suite or the latest Internet Explorer browser. For instance I believe almost all phones are capable gps units by default if you put the right software on them, yet most phone companies restrict this because they believe you should pay them for this service.
I have to ad that I have not used this particular computer regularly due to this problem but, as our other on has recently decide to crash I have to use this for a backup. In Vista, you did have the wonderful client update system, but in Windows 7, Microsoft gave Update the power it deserves. On laptops that I’ve installed on, it will see the Wireless network long before you see the desktop and it updates straight-away.
Click on a thumbnail to view the full sized screen shot.WHAT KIND OF PC YOU NEEDThe first question of course is, can your PC even run Windows XP? Not only does Windows Update integrate with Windows-patches and updates, it also can update other Windows software such as Microsoft Office.
XP is based on the Windows NT operating system (which is also the basis of Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000), and not on the DOS operating system which has been at the core of Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium. While DOS and DOS based Windows releases have always targeted the lowest end home computers, NT has targeted business machines and servers and thus has always required more memory and a faster processor.You can see the increasing progression of system requirements if you take a look at the chart on our Benchmarks page. The various Windows releases are listed chronologically, and so it comes as no surprise then that Windows XP has the highest requirements.I believe the official Microsoft party line on Windows XP is that it requires a 233 MHz (or faster) processor and at least 128 megabytes of memory. This represents most PCs sold during the past 5 years.I have confirmed that the 128 megabyte requirement is actually overkill. Windows XP will install and run in 64 megabytes of memory, just as its predecessors Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium do. However, at 64 megabytes you are just at the verge of running out of memory and causing a lot of disk swapping.
Windows XP really doesn't need any more powerful a PC than Windows 2000 or Windows Millennium did.
The translucent windows, the colorful icons, the scrolling menus, these all take additional resources in terms of CPU and video card power.
For home users and basic business workstations, Microsoft offered Windows For Workgroups (1993), Windows 95 (1995), Windows 98 (1998), and Windows Millennium (2000). Two completely different sets of system calls, with maybe about 90% overlap, but huge differences as far as things like device drivers and stability.One of the tragic things as far as Windows goes is that most PC users are completely unaware that they had a choice of Windows release. This caused NT to not catch on with home users, and especially gamers.One of the causes of the duality was Microsoft itself. After the release of Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 (both in the summer of 1995), Microsoft said it would merge Windows back into a single product. It featured the new look and feel of Windows 95, but lacked basic DOS features such as support for the FAT32 file system.
Offer two versions!As much as Microsoft's marketing may lead you to believe, Windows XP Home Edition is NOT strictly an upgrade for Windows Millennium, and Windows XP Pro Edition is NOT strictly an upgrade for Windows 2000 Pro.
That's just marketing mumbo jumbo to justify the $99 and $199 prices of each release.In reality, both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Pro Edition are the same product. Although there are alternate solutions available, such as PGP, which can similarly encrypt and protect the files on your computer.The Remote Desktop feature is useful if you use multiple PCs connected on a network and you want to access and control all the PCs from a single monitor and keyboard. But then again, I have room fulls of PCs in my house and prefer to save myself some walking.
If you only own 2 or 3 PCs and they are in the same room, this feature is really of no use to you.
Home Edition DOES support the Terminal Services client, which means that your Home Edition machine can remotely log in to another XP machine running Pro Edition.The ability to log in to a Windows domain may be the most important feature for any networked user, as the lack of this features represents a reduction in functionality from Windows 95 and 98! This feature is clearly aimed toward large business users and again does not really affect home users.So chances are, if you are a home user, you really can get by with the Home Edition. If you have a ton of PCs networked together, you'll likely need Pro Edition.LET'S GET STARTED!Once you install Windows XP, you'll need about 60 minutes to get acquainted with it and to customize it to your liking. As with several recent Windows releases, the version of Windows XP you buy on CD-ROM is already out-of-date by the time you take it out of the box?


During the two months between August and October 25th, Microsoft fixed a number of bugs and compatibility issues.
As they did with Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium, the day of the Windows XP release meant that about 17 megabytes of patches were also posted to their web site. Yes, it's a pain, and I'll walk you through the procedure.Ok, so what does Windows XP look like? One of the main paradigm shifts in Windows XP is the attempt to eliminate desktop icons and stuff them all into the Start menu.
So you may be surprised when you first install Windows XP and find the desktop to look like this:The Recycle Bin icon is the only icon on the desktop.
First, in order to reduce the time it takes to download these pictures, I'll get rid of the green grass and blue sky picture. Select the Desktop tab and change the Background setting either to None or to a picture of your choice.Now click on the Settings tab.
You will immediately notice one major difference between Windows XP and earlier releases of Windows.
This is due to the fact that Microsoft is trying to steer people away from 16-color and 256-color palletized video modes, and I suspect this is partly because the Internet Explorer web browser was never really good at rendering images in 256 colors. Opera does a much better job, but I'm only speculating on the true reason here.In any case, I really prefer not to run in 32-bit video as this tends to slow down screen redraws on older PCs. If you actually need 256 color mode or a 640x480 resolution, click on the Advanced button and you will be able to do so.The next step, if like me you've long ago thrown away your fuzzy 21-inch monitor and replaced it with a nice sharp LCD display, is to activate a very cool new feature in Windows XP called ClearType. It's on the list of my 15 reasons to upgrade to XP, because it just plain makes LCD displays display text better. To activate ClearType, click on the Appearance tab and then click Effects, and select the ClearType option as shown. You may or may not like the way ClearType draws text, so experiment with the feature turned both on and off. What you will see is a mixture of the old Windows 98 style Start menu merged with all your common desktop icons.
The old Shut Down menu is now called Turn Off Computer.What used to be the old Programs menu is now listed as All Programs. Same menu, which leads you to all your Accessories and installed programs.There are two other additions to the Start menu. This is to more easily distinguish the logged in user, and also to distinguish between users at login time.
Users of MSN Explorer will be familiar with this already.The second addition are the icons in the left half of the menu.
You can change this by right clicking each item.The idea here is to eliminate the clutter of icons on the desktop and simply keep track of what you frequently use. By default, Microsoft starts off this list with 6 items - the Command Prompt, Media Player, MSN Explorer, Movie Maker, Tour, and Transfer Wizard. You can right click each item and select to remove it from the list, or click Pin To Start menu to promote the item up to the favorites list.Before we go tinkering with more settings, let's grab the latest Windows XP patches. This is a ritual you need to perform about once a week any version of Windows to make sure you're up to date on any security fixes and bug fixes in Windows.After a few seconds to about a minute, the Windows Update page will display the fact that a number of new updates need to be installed. Instead of immediately getting a list of patches and updates, you need to manually click on each of the 3 categories shown: Critical Updates, Windows XP, and Driver Updates, and select each item.
Once you have done this, click Review and install updates and then click Install Now as shown below.After several minutes to an hour (depending on your Internet connection speed) you will be prompted to restart the computer.
Click Yes and allow your computer reboot.Once your machine is back up, it is time to tweak a few more settings. If you read my tips on the Secrets page, you know that you can do this by simply pressing the Win+Pause keys or by right clicking the My Computer menu.You will be presented with basic specification about your computer, such as the release version of Windows XP, the type of processor, the processor speed, and the amount of RAM in the computer. In this case, I was configuring Windows XP on my Athlon XP system as shown here.There are two features I like to immediately disable in both Windows XP and in earlier releases of Windows. Whether you disable these or leave them on is a matter of preference.The first is System Restore.
Yes, the brain dead feature first introduced last year in Windows Millennium is ba-a-a-ack, although in a much brain dead way. Rather than being feature that is next to impossible to disable as in Windows Millennium, the Windows XP implementation of System Restore is easy to find AND can be disabled on a drive letter by drive letter basis.
This makes it possible to, for example, keep your C: drive with your Windows system files protected, but keep your other partitions with data files protected on an as needed basis. I still prefer to shut the feature off completely, so do so by clicking Turn off System Restore on all drives.The next feature that irks me is the Automatic Updates. I don't like the thought of Windows automatically download patches or for that matter snooping around the net while I'm not looking. Again, this is a matter of your own personal preference.Next I like to fix a very annoying appearance issue. I find this to almost be insulting, as their default size is much larger than in other versions of Windows. So off to the Control Panel we go, which you can reach from the Start menu.Notice the new look of the Conrtol Panel.
All the various control applets are grouped by one of 9 categories, as shown.If you wish to see the old view of just having dozens of icons in no particular order, click on Switch to Classic View. The setting we're looking for is under the Accessibility Options icon, so click on that, then click on the Configure Windows to work for your vision, hearing, and mobility needs. Click your way through the wizard (and be sure to click on Disable Personalized Menus, another annoying feature in Windows XP).While on the subject on old and new looks, press Win+E on your keyboard, or click on My Computer, to bring up the Windows Explorer. The familiar tree view on the left side is still there.You can replace the old drive tree with a new pane which displays drive information and lists common tasks to perform.
Do this by click on the Folders button (to unselect that option), and then click on a drive icon, such as C:. As you click on other icons (files for example) the System Tasks list will change, listing tasks such as Rename this file and Copy this file. I find it awkward, or maybe it's just force of habit, to hunt for My Computer in the Start menu.
Bring up the Display Properties dialog again (by right clicking the desktop and selecting Properties) and go back to the Desktop tab. Click on Customize Desktop and then select which icons you wish to appear back on the desktop.I also suggest turning off the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard option. Otherwise you will be prompted on almost a daily basis to remove any icons from your desktop.Next, we will customize the task bar. You have probably noticed that the familiar row of icons next to the Start menu is missing, compared to say, Windows 98. This is another option that we can modify and which in Windows XP is turn off by default.Right click on the task bar (the blue strip along the bottom of the screen) and click Properties. Enable the Quick Launch option if you wish to see the familiar small icons for the Internet Explorer, Media Player, and the minimum desktop icon.Now click on the Start Menu tab.
This is where you can choose to get rid of the new style Start menu and go back to the older simpler one. In that case, click the Customize button next to the Start menu option and you'll see the Customize Start Menu dialog as shown.I personally prefer to select Small icons for my Start menu, and I like to increase the Number of programs on Start menu setting to something more than the default value of 6. If you're like me, you run at least a dozen programs on a regular basis.We're almost done now. First, run the Disk Cleanup utility (it's in the Accessories \ System Tools menu) and tell it to remove any temporary files and System Restore files.Next, defragment the hard disk by running the Disk Defragmenter utility (also in Accessories \ System Tools). If you are familiar with Windows 2000's disk defragmenter, you will have no problem with the one in Windows XP.
It's just about identical, and very similar to the Diskeeper product on which it is based.Defragment each of your hard disk partitions as shown for the most optimal disk performance. Unlike in Windows 95, 98, and Me, you do not need to exist all other applications before running the defragmenter.Oh, I almost forgot.
Double click on the clock in the bottom right corner of the screen and verify that your PC is actually set to the correct time and the correct time zone.The new Internet Time tab allows you to enable your PC to synchronize its time by itself over the Internet. Again, if you don't mind your computer snooping around the Internet by itself, enable that setting.Finally, if you're a Mac user, you may wish to drag your desktop icons over to the right side of the screen as shown. As your Start menu fills up, you can either increase the size of the Start menu program list, or delete icons as necessary. The actual program icons are still located under the All Programs menu tree as in previous versions of Windows.One last nifty feature to show before I finish. When dealing with a large number of picture files, you can now select either Thumbnails or Filmstrip views in the Explorer. And in under 60 minutes we updated Windows XP with the latest patches and updates, modified the look of the Start menu and desktop to our liking, cleaned up the hard disk, and got up and running with some software.Remember to run Windows Update at least once a week, and especially do so if you are still running Windows 98.



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