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More HELP for Windows XP HERE

For Windows XP Tips and Tweaks try HERE

I want to keep files and setting from another computer. Can I move them over to Windows XP?

Yes! Windows XP includes a new tool—the Files and Setting Transfer Wizard—that will help you. You can start the wizard by clicking Start and pointing to All Programs. Then point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. The wizard will help you create a Wizard Disk to collect your files and settings from your other computer.

Do I have to add a printer during Setup?

No, its recommended that you wait to install your printer until after you set up Windows XP. Many printers and other hardware devices need drivers that may interrupt the Windows XP Setup process. Windows XP automatically detects many printers as soon as you connect them to your computer.

If your printer is not automatically detected, you can add the driver for it after Setup is complete. Click Start, then click Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Add Printer.

During Setup I was prompted to "activate" Windows XP. What is activation and why do I need to do it?

To help reduce software piracy, Windows XP uses the product activation system, which allows your copy of Windows XP to be installed on only one computer.

You can activate your copy of Windows either:

During Setup.


By clicking Start and pointing to All Programs. Then click Activate Windows.
If you wait to activate your software, you can still use Windows for 30 days. During this time, you'll be reminded periodically to activate Windows.


You don't need to give your name or other personal Information when you activate Windows.
After 30 days, you must activate Windows XP in order to continue using it.
You must have a "computer administrator" user account to activate Windows XP. To check your account type, click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.

Is activating the same as registering?

No. Activation is required; registration is optional.

During Setup, I created accounts for my family and me. All of these accounts are computer administrator accounts. Why is everyone a computer administrator?

All user accounts are initially created with computer administrator access, which means they have complete control over a computer and can gain access to and modify all user accounts on a computer.

If you are concerned about security, you can change certain accounts to limited accounts. To change the access level for one of your user accounts: Click Start, then click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.

For more information about user accounts, click Start and then click Help and Support and type “user accounts” in the Search box.

How can I make my computer more secure?

Another way to make your computer more secure is to assign a password to the Administrator account, which is blank by default.

To create a password for the Administrator account

Restart your computer in safe mode:

Click Start and then click Turn Off Computer. In the drop-down menu, click Restart.
After your computer restarts, look for “Please select the operating system to start.” When this text appears, press F8.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the Safe Mode option, and then press ENTER.
When the “Windows Welcome” screen appears, log on to an administrator account.

Click Start and then click Control Panel, click User Accounts, and then click Change an Account. Under “Pick an account to change,” click the administrator account you want to change and then click Create a password.
If you do decide to create a password for the administrator account, make sure that you write down the password and store it in a safe place.

To learn more about safe mode, click Start and then click Help and Support and type "safe mode" in the Search box.

During Setup, my computer stops working. What causes this, and what can I do about it?

When a computer stops responding during Setup, it is often because some of your hardware is incompatible with Windows XP.

Will all of my software and hardware work on Windows XP?

The Windows XP Setup program will automatically check the hardware and software already installed on your computer for potential conflicts.

To check the compatibility of your software after you install Windows XP

Click Start and then click Help and Support. Click Find compatible hardware and software for Windows XP under Pick a task.


Click Start and then click Help and Support. Type “Program Compatability Wizard” in the Search box.

If your hardware isn't on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), contact the hardware manufacturer to see if there is a Windows XP driver for it.

I was running a personal Web server before I installed Windows XP Home Edition. I can't find it now. Where is it?

Windows XP Home Edition does not include Internet Information Server (IIS), and IIS cannot run on this version of Windows. To run a personal Web server, you must use WIndows XP Professional as your operating system.

Note Personal Web servers are not necessary to create or host an Internet site.

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