Windows® XP Software
Troubleshoot software issues on a PC with Windows® XP operating system
Windows® XP comes with unique and advanced features. However, users might face hardware component failure issues and software technical problems. This hampers the Windows® XP operating system and leads to the crashing of hard drive. However, before going forward with troubleshooting software issues, you need to take a backup of all important files and folders to an external drive. You can burn these files and folders to a DVD with the help of a standard burning application. You can also try restoring system to an earlier point, when it was working perfectly fine.
Following points discuss the troubleshooting of software issues that might slow, freeze or cause unwanted problems on your Windows® XP-based PC:
- MSCONFIG utility
- Performing a system restore
- Running a registry cleaner
In order to resolve the issues related to system slowdown or freezing, you need to click on ‘Start’, ‘Run’ and type in ‘MSCONFIG’. Click on ‘Diagnostic Startup’ option. This disables startup applications and other system functions. Now, click on the ‘Apply’ button, then ‘OK’ and restart your Windows® XP-based computer. Now, choose ‘Normal Startup’ option in System Configuration software utility program. Now, click on ‘Hide all Microsoft ®Services’ option and choose ‘disable’ button. Now click on the "startup" tab and disable all. Restart your computer. This helps in resolving most unnecessary error messages that might appear on your system.
Performing a system restore
System Restore features restore points that return your system settings to previous point without affecting personal data. These restore points are created automatically before any major system events. Before performing system restore, you need to save and close all documents that are open on your desktop. Now click on ‘Start’, ‘All Programs’, ‘Accessories’ and ‘System Tools’. In ‘System Tools’ option, select ‘System Restore’ and click ‘OK’. Also, note the descriptions of restore points that have been created automatically by your system with Windows® XP operating system.
Registry is one of the most important components of Windows®. You might be adding or removing hardware and software applications on your computer. This might corrupt your registry as some programs might not be compatible with Windows® XP operating system. This also makes your system run slow than before. Therefore, you can use registry cleaners in order to clean and repair registry entries in your system.