If you are still using the outdated operating system from Microsoft, Windows XP, you might have started to encounter numerous issues. One such issue common with Windows XP OS is its slow performance. According to Windows XP help blogs, the operating system can become slow due to a number of reasons. However, if you can spare a little time to troubleshoot this issue, you can make the computer run faster again. In this post, we will take you through the various steps to fix this issue.
Windows XP comes with this pre-installed in it. With the Disk Cleanup tool, you can make sure that many unwanted files from your computer are removed. The tool is designed to remove Windows temporary files, temporary internet files etc. The program is also designed to cleanup your computer’s recycle bin. Many program files stay in your computer when you download a program. However, the cleanup tool will remove these unwanted files. The program finds out which all programs in the operating system are used rarely. The program removes these applications for you.
Windows registry cleanup
Thousands of entries are made to the Windows Registry when you install and configure a program. Even if you remove a program from the computer, the entries are left in the registry. Therefore, it is advisable to clean the registry to speed up your computer.
Since registry contains large number of entries, it is not easy to find the unwanted entries manually. Therefore, you may download and install any of the third party tools from the internet to clean up the registry.
The indexing services are designed to make your search functions faster. However, it could take up a lot of RAM, which in turn slows down the computer. Follow the steps below to disable the indexing services.
Disk defragmentation tool of the program allows you to arrange the files in the hard disk and this in turn improves the speed of your computer.
With the above steps, you can speed up your Windows XP computer. For further help on this issue, you may go through the Windows XP help forums or contact our technical support team.
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If you are a Windows XP fanatic but forced to run advanced Windows version because of the end-of-support imposed on the operating system, do not dismay. If you are currently using Windows 8, you can run Windows XP through variety of different methods. The most common method that will be suggested by most will be using a virtual machine program to run Windows XP inside the existing operating system.
In order to please Windows XP romantics, Microsoft has recently released a completely licensed copy of Windows XP that can run inside Windows 8 OS by using a virtual desktop application. The Windows XP mode allows you to run the computer and provides desktop and taskbar integration in Windows 8. The biggest advantage of running this mode is getting to run Windows XP applications which would not work in the more recent version of Windows.
Windows XP mode, although unavailable, can be duplicated using a Hyper-V virtualization feature that is included in Windows 8. Using VM player, you will be able to run Windows XP in Windows 8 with ease. Once you have installed this application, click on the Player menu and then select Unity. This allows Windows XP applications to execute in Windows 8 OS desktop systems.
To return to the normal mode, you merely have to click the Windows XP menu and then select the Exit Unity option. This will drop all the Windows XP applications inside a single Virtual machine Windows. The application automatically allows for drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste integration, allowing you to use applications in a way that lets you operate them in Windows 8. VMplayer has several extremely useful options which you can use to integrate different applications between Windows XP and Windows 8. Contact the Windows XP help team if you want to know more features about the Windows XP mode.
However, Microsoft has recently stopped supplying this feature because the firm felt this would be contrary to their will to push forward their users and help them adapt to new technologies. If you already have this feature, you can use this method to run Windows XP. However, there are several downsides of using the outdated operating system. The most significant issue is that you will not be able to make the best use of the resources provided by Microsoft using Windows XP.
In order to know more details about the Windows XP mode, you can contact our Windows XP help service.
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There is no longer an official Windows XP help and support network. Microsoft put an end to that back in April. But, XP is still a great OS and runs smoothly without any problems. But, the trouble happens when your OS runs into some problems. You have to now rely on third party tech support providers to fix such issues.
Try repairing the OS using the XP installation disc
But, such third party services are not available for free. Hence, make sure that the issue is something you cannot fix on your own using the resources and tools at your disposal. Try all the standard fixes like restarting the system, running a virus scan to remove a malware, returning the OS back to a saved System Restore point, running the OS in the safe mode and so on.
But, if none of these usual tricks worked, then you have no choice but to call a third party Windows XP help service to fix the problem. But, before you do that, try repairing the OS by using the XP installation disc. Many a times, Windows operating systems start to malfunction when some important system file is missing or when it becomes corrupt in some way. Such OS errors are caused by malware infections, faulty system shutdowns, OS update errors and other reasons.
If you can repair the OS by replacing this corrupt system file with one from the OS installation disc, then that should solve the problem. So, you need to try this. First, back up all your important data before you proceed with this. The OS repair process will not affect the data you have stored in the system. But, create a back up all the same as a precautionary measure.
Now, insert the disc and restart the system. As the system restarts, it will detect the XP installation disc in the drive and ask you to ‘Press any key to boot from CD‘. Press any key to launch the boot menu on your screen. Follow the prompts to proceed to OS repair menu. When you see the option ‘To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER‘, choose this option. Do not go for the one shown right below it for accessing the Recovery Console.
As you proceed like this, you will be asked to choose between a fresh installation of XP or repairing the already installed one. Choose the option for repairing the OS and wait for the repair process to complete. If this does not solve the OS problem, you may contact our tech support personnel for assistance.
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Windows XP, the thirteen-year-old operating system, whose support ended on April, is the operating system that most of the corporate offices are using even now. This is the same with most of the production houses owned by Apple that produce Mac, iPhone, IPad and more. Now, it is surprising to see that Apple is still using the operating system that is more than ten years old. It looks as if these Apple production houses join other corporate businesses that are yet to upgrade computer systems from Windows XP to higher versions like Windows 8.
Windows XP Help and support has been officially terminated. Windows XP stopped the extended support few months back, which means that there are no more security patches and support for anyone. This is the same with every company with no exclusion of the multi-million dollar company like Apple. It is an easy target for hackers, when Windows XP runs on an unprotected environment. I.e. without any solid antivirus program installed in Windows XP, it is easy to break into the OS and hack the computer system.
It is kind of shocking and surprising to know that companies like Apple are yet to upgrade to higher versions of operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8. When CNBC was looking into the making of iPhone 6, they got to know more about the oldest Windows ecosystem, which Apple is still working on. It was Neowin, who noticed Apple computers running on Windows XP. He noticed that the computers were customized to run on the trusty silver theme, which was an alternative to Bliss theme. Bliss theme was the standard theme back then.
Now we are not sure if Apple is not aware of the threat of using out-dated operating systems, or if they are being like other people who plan to work on the same OS ignoring the threats involved. It is high time to upgrade for all those who are yet to upgrade to higher versions of the operating system including Apple production houses. Microsoft has made it clear that without the help of security fixes and other support features, it is not safe to work with the outdated OS.
In case you are using Windows XP along with the outdated Internet Explorer 8, it is only going to make your computer more vulnerable to threats and hackers. In order to use some of the latest apps and features available in the Windows platform, it is better to upgrade to the latest operating system since Windows XP help and support is no longer available.
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It has been thirteen years since the release of the Windows XP operating system and more than 6 months since Microsoft ceased issuing security updates for this age old operating system. This does not stop the usage of this operating system among users. It is still used by many users across the world. The latest analysis shows that the Windows XP operating system has become a huge resource for the cybercriminals. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows XP help team.
Researches done by the security firm Proofpoint gained access to a server that a group of Russian speaking hackers were using to control a botnet that consists of 500,000 hacked computers, most of which were located in the US. These computers were infected by a piece of malware called as Qbot that not only steals online banking data but also adds the infected computers to a botnet network that is leased to some other criminals. Wayne Huang, who is one of the authors of Proofpoint’s report, says that the network could be used to transfer the stolen data or to infiltrate business firm networks.
Huang and his colleagues noted that more than half of the PCs in the botnet were powered by Windows XP operating system. It is common for the computers that are running Windows XP operating system to make up large portions of botnet, Huang says. Estimates by NetMarketShare suggest that twenty four percent of more than 1.5 billion total computers across the world are still running Windows XP. When Microsoft discontinued the support for Windows XP back in April, the security firm Qualys found that the OS is still used in finance, retail industries and transport.
Relatively less vulnerability has been reported for Windows XP this year compared to the previous years, according to the MITRE Corporation. This corporation maintains a list of the common vulnerabilities. In case of botnet that was analyzed by Proofpoint, its creators appear to be using the exploits that are older than a year or two, says Huang. It makes sense for the cybercriminals to continue exploiting the XP OS, says Carl Leonard who is a senior manager of security research for Websense. He says that some of the hackers may be stockpiling the vulnerabilities in XP, waiting for the correct target.
Many of the Windows XP computers are in China where the pirated editions are much prevalent. If you wish to know more on this news, you can contact the Windows XP help and support team.
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