5 Tips for Windows XP

If you’re a Windows XP power user, you would probably be interested in learning some useful tips that
will help you use your computer in a more efficient way and fix common problems. Here are a few tips
that will help you create a more enjoyable user experience in Windows XP:

1. Fix Microsoft Paint Problems

A common issue with MS Paint in Windows XP is that it sometimes stops working. It can either
display an error message on startup, or fail to open. But there is an easy way to fix this, which is
done by unistalling and reinstalling the program. Simply go to the control panel, then Add/Remove
Programs, then Add/Remove Windows Components. Next to to Accessories and Utilities, then
Accessories. Remove the check mark next to Paint and click OK. Once it is removed, you can go back
to the same control panel applet and enable the check mark next to it. This will do a clean installation
of MS Paint.

2. Have a Program Run When All Users Log In

To have a certain program run when any user logs into your PC, simply go to start, then run and type
in: %allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup . You can then put in a shortcut to the program you
want to run in this folder.

3. Assign a Custom Icon to a Folder

If you want to assign a custom icon to a certain folder, here is how to do it: right click on the folder,
then select properties. In the customize tab, click on the “Change Icon” button. You will then be
presented with some of the default Windows icons and can select one of them. You also have the
option of browsing through another .ico or .dll file to set a custom made icon.

4. Disable Balloon Notifications

The balloon notifications can be annoying to some users. Getting rid of them involves editing the
registry. Go to start, then run and open regedit.exe. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software
\ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced. Then, in the right panel, create a new
value of the DWORD type called EnableBalloonTips. Double click on it and give it a 0 value. Exit
Regedit and restart your PC.

5. Easily Disable Certain Programs from Running on Startup

Some programs open themselves automatically on startup but aren’t found in the Start Menu item. To
easily disable these programs from opening automatically on startup, go to Start, then Run and type
msconfig. Go to the “Startup” tab and then uncheck any programs you don’t want opening themselves
every time you log in to your computer. Click OK and restart.

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