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Windows XP, released on October 25, 2001, was a monumental improvement over previous versions Windows operating systems.

In fact, even with the availability of the newer Windows Vista, Windows 7, and most recently Windows 8, Windows XP is still being used on millions of PCs around the world.

Considering the staggering number of users and enthusiasts even today, there's still a lot of need for support and tutorials, some very helpful ones you'll find below:

"Help! I Forget My Windows XP Password!"
So you forgot your Windows XP password? Don't worry - it happens to the best of us. We're supposed to use secure passwords by making them difficult to remember but sometimes we make them so hard to remember that we forget them ourselves!

"How Do I Remove Internet Explorer From Windows XP?"
There are all kinds of reasons to want to remove Internet Explorer from your Windows XP PC. Alternative browsers are sometimes faster, provide better security and contain great features that Internet Explorer users only dream of.

Why is There a Red X in Device Manager?
What to do when you see a red X on a device in Device Manager.

Access Device Manager From a Command Prompt in Windows XP
One really quick way to access Device Manager in Windows XP is from the command prompt. Just type a quick command and Device Manager starts right up! Follow these easy steps to access Device Manager from a command prompt.

Access Device Manager From the Computer Management Utility in Windows
How to open Device Manager from the Computer Management utility in Windows XP.

Access Device Manager From the Control Panel in Windows XP
One of the ways to access Device Manager in Windows XP is from the Control Panel. Follow these simple steps to access Device Manager from the XP Control Panel.

How To Adjust the Color Quality Setting in Windows XP
A tutorial on making changes to the color quality settings in Windows XP.

How To Automatically Log On to Windows XP
A tutorial on how to make Windows XP login automatically.

Backup Registry Keys in Windows XP
Always backup registry keys before making changes in the Windows Registry. Export registry keys from the Windows XP Registry with these easy steps.

How To Backup the Entire Registry in Windows XP
A tutorial on backing up the entire Windows Registry in Windows XP.

How To Change Another User's Password in Windows XP
A tutorial on changing another user's password from your administrator-level account in Windows XP.

How To Change Drive Letters in Windows XP
How to change the letter assigned to a drive in Windows XP.

Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension in Windows XP
A tutorial on changing the default program that opens when you double-click on a file of a particular format.

Change Your Windows XP Logon Password
Changing your password in Windows XP is easy and is something you should think about doing if you're having problems remembering the one you're using now.

How To Copy a File in Windows XP
A tutorial on copying files from one place to another on a Windows XP computer.

Create a Windows XP Logon Password
If you've never had a password before, creating a password for your Windows XP logon account is very simple. You're just a few clicks away from setting up a new password for your Windows XP account.

Create a Windows XP Password Reset Disk
Creating a Windows XP password reset disk is a great way to protect yourself from the possibility of forgetting your account password. With it, you can easily reset your password and get right in to Windows XP.

Delete Registry Keys in Windows XP
You may need to delete registry keys from the Windows Registry to fix some problems or complete certain registry hacks. Remove registry keys from the Windows XP Registry with these easy steps.

Delete Your Windows XP Logon Password
As long as you're the only user on your PC, deleting your Windows XP account password will allow you to completely bypass the logon process. It's not a secure thing to do, but it might help if you're the only user on your PC and you keep forgetting your password!

Disable a Device in Device Manager in Windows XP
You might need to disable a device in Device Manager if you want Windows XP to ignore the device, if it's using valuable system resources, or perhaps as part of some troubleshooting.

Disable Data Execution Prevention for Explorer.exe in Windows XP
A tutorial on disabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) for the Explorer.exe process in Windows XP.

Disable Error Reporting in Windows XP
Windows XP's error reporting feature is turned on by default. You may want to disable error reporting for privacy concerns, if you're not connected to the Internet all the time, or simply to stop being annoyed by it.

How To Disable Internet Explorer In Windows XP Using A Dummy Proxy Server
Not interested in using Internet Explorer? One method of disabling it involves preventing it from accessing the Internet with something called a dummy proxy server.

How To Disable Internet Explorer In Windows XP Using The Defaults Utility
Microsoft provides a way of disabling IE in Windows XP. Here's how to do it.

How To Disable Taskbar Button Grouping in Windows XP
A tutorial on disabling the taskbar button grouping feature in Windows XP.

Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows XP
Windows XP is programmed by default to restart after a major error, like one that causes a BSOD. This is usually too fast to record the error message. Follow these easy steps to disable the automatic restart feature for system failures in Windows XP.

Disable the Windows Firewall in Windows XP
Disabling the Windows Firewall in Windows XP is sometimes necessary to solve certain problems, especially if another firewall is already running.

Disable the Windows XP Splash Screen
The process to disable the splash screen in Windows XP is very simple. A single configuration change will stop the splash screen from coming up during the boot process.

Enable a Device in Device Manager in Windows XP
All hardware in Device Manager must be enabled if you plan on using it. Follow these easy steps to enable a device from within Device Manager in Windows XP.

How To Enter Windows XP Recovery Console
A complete walkthrough on how to enter the Recovery Console in Windows XP.

Hide Hidden Files and Folders in Windows XP
A guide on configuring Windows XP to stop showing hidden files in file lists.

How Do I Open Windows XP Device Manager?
You might want to open Device Manager in Windows XP for several reasons. Open Device Manager in Windows XP from the Computer Management utility, the System applet in Control Panel, or from a command prompt.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows XP
Instructions on how to open Disk Management in Windows XP.

How To Determine if You're Running Windows XP 32-bit or 64-bit
How to tell if you're running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP.

How To Find a Driver's Version Number in Windows XP
There are several reasons you might want to know a driver's version number in Windows XP. Follow these steps to find a driver's version number from inside Device Manager in Windows XP.

How To Find What Windows XP Service Pack is Installed
A tutorial to help determine which Windows XP service pack you have applied.

How To Format a Hard Drive in Windows XP
Instructions on how to format a hard drive from within Windows XP.

How To Partition a Hard Drive in Windows XP
Instructions on how to partition a hard drive in Windows XP using the Disk Management tool.

Locate and Recover Data From Bad Sectors Within Recovery Console in Windows XP
Bad sectors due to a failing hard drive can cause damage that prevents your computer from starting. Use chkdsk to recover data from bad sectors from within Recovery Console.

Lower the Video Card Hardware Acceleration in Windows XP
Sometimes the processing power in the video hardware that helps accelerate graphics and improve performance can cause problems inside of Windows XP. Lowering the hardware acceleration may help.

Move the IE7 Temporary Internet Files Folder to Default Location XP
By default, the Temporary Internet Files folder in Internet Explorer 7 is located in the C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings folder in Windows XP. Moving the folder from here can cause issues.

Prevent Programs From Stealing Focus in Windows XP
By default, Windows XP is setup to prevent programs from stealing focus. If programs are stealing focus from your current window then this setting has been changed. Follow these instructions to prevent this from happening from now on.

How To Prevent Programs From Stealing Focus in Windows XP Using Tweak UI
Prevent programs from stealing focus in Windows XP by changing registry settings with help from a Microsoft tool called Tweak UI.

How To Properly Reinstall a Program in Windows XP
Instructions on properly reinstalling a software program in Windows XP.

Rename the NLSPATH System Variable in Windows XP
How to rename the NLSPATH variable in Windows XP.

Repair or Replace Boot.ini in Windows XP
Tutorial on replacing or repairing the boot.ini file in Windows XP.

How To Repair the Master Boot Record
A tutorial on repairing the master boot record (MBR) in Windows XP.

How To Restore Hal.dll From the Windows XP CD
Instructions on extracting a new hal.dll file from the Windows XP setup disc.

How To Restore NTLDR and Ntdetect.com From the Windows XP CD
A tutorial on restoring NTLDR and Ntdetect.com from the Windows XP setup disc.

Restore Registry Keys in Windows XP
You can restore a registry key after a registry edit if you have a backup if the registry key. Import registry keys into Windows XP Registry with these easy steps.

Retrieve the Administrator Password in Windows XP
The administrator password in Windows XP is the password used to access the Administrator account. You will at times need the administrator password so if you don't know it, you'll need to get your hands on it one way or another.

Roll Back a Driver in Windows XP
The Driver Roll Back feature in Device Manager in Windows XP is used to revert the current driver to the previously installed driver for a hardware device. Follow these steps to roll back a driver in Windows XP.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows XP
How to make Windows XP to show hidden files and folders in My Computer and in file searches.

Update Drivers in Windows XP
Instructions on updating drivers in Windows XP.

View a Device's Status in Device Manager in Windows XP
You might need to view the current status of a piece of hardware if it's not working properly or if you were warned that there might be a problem by a yellow exclamation point in Device Manager.

How To Use System Restore in Windows XP
A complete tutorial on using the System Restore tool in Windows XP.

What Is the Default Password For Windows XP?
Knowing a default password for Windows XP would be very useful when your computer prompts you for an administrator password, or some other password, and you have no idea what to enter!

Where Can I Download Windows XP?
Information about downloading Windows XP.

How To Write a New Partition Boot Sector To a Windows XP System Partition
A tutorial on using the fixboot command to create a new partition boot sector on the Windows XP system partition.

How To Adjust the Screen Refresh Rate Setting
A tutorial on changing the refresh rate on a CRT monitor in Windows XP.

Adjust the Screen Resolution Setting
Adjusting the screen resolution setting may be necessary to resolve issues with the display size on monitors and other output devices like projectors.

How To Boot to Windows XP Safe Mode With Command Prompt
A complete walkthrough for starting Windows XP in the Safe Mode with Command Prompt mode.

How To Scan Your Hard Drive Using Error Checking
Error Checking, a hard drive testing feature in Windows XP, can find and maybe even correct some hard drive issues.

How To Start Windows XP in Safe Mode
Detailed instructions, including screenshots, on how to start in Safe Mode in Windows XP.

How To Delete Temporary Files in Windows XP
Instructions on removing temporary files from the "Temp" folder in Windows XP.

How To Change Windows Update Settings in Windows XP
Instructions on changing the way Windows Update downloads and/or installs updates to Windows XP.

Windows XP
Basic Windows XP information.

How To Clean Install Windows XP
To clean install Windows XP means to remove whatever operating system is on the drive and then install a clean copy of Windows XP. Here's how to do it.

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