Windows® XP Tips
How to use Windows® XP more efficiently?
Windows® XP is one of the popular operating systems that has been developed and designed by Microsoft® for the use of laptops, business, and home desktops. It was introduced in 2001 from Microsoft's® Windows® family of operating systems; the previous version of Windowsv was Windows® Me. Moreover, it is considered to be the first consumer-oriented operating system of Microsoft®. Windows® XP comes in two versions: Home and Professional. The company has focused on mobility for both editions, including plug and play features for connecting to wireless networks. The term "XP" in Windows® XP stands for "eXPerience". Even though it has many good features, at times you might face certain issues with Windows® XP such as fail to open e-mail attachments in Outlook® Express, right click freezes forever, error during start up, unable to remove programs from add/remove program etc. There are a plenty of errors that could occur with Windows® XP which interrupt your daily routines.
Some of the common issues and their resolution are discussed below which could help you in saving your precious time:
- Right click causes an error
- Error during remote assistance
- e-mail attachments fail to open in Outlook® Express
Right click causes an error
At times when you right-click on a desktop icon or a folder, the pointer changes to a hourglass, Taskbar disappears and after about 30 seconds the screen comes back to normal and still no right click options are available. This could be seen after installing Windows® XP Service Pack 2. However, it is not a problem caused by Service Pack 2, but it is because of incompatible Context-menu handler from DivX. The resolution for this is to eliminate the context-menu handler from the registry, or disable it temporarily using ShellExView tool. For this first you need to click on “Start” menu and type REGEDIT in “Run”. From there you need to navigate to: HKCR * shellex ContextMenuHandlers EncodeDivXExt. Then backup the key to a REG file, and delete EncodeDivXExt key Close Registry Editor and finally restart the Windows.
Error during remote assistance
Sometimes you might get an error "Administrator has denied permission to use Windows® Messenger" while trying for remote assistance. This might be because the PreventRun policy setting is enabled in the registry or via Group Policy Editor. You could solve this issue by following these steps- first you need to click on “Start” menu and type REGEDIT in “Run”, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Policies Microsoft Messenger Client. Once you have done it you close the registry editor and finally restart the windows
You receive an e-mail attachment in Outlook® Express; at times you might be prevented from opening or downloading the file attachment. This behavior occurs if the “Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus” option is enabled in the Outlook®. By default this option is disabled because the Outlook® Express determines the e-mail attachment to be "unsafe". All e-mail attachments with a file type that is reported as "unsafe" is not downloaded, and access to the attachment is removed. This is a feature of Outlook® Express wherein it protects your system from virus attachments. To resolve this, you need to start “Outlook® Express”, go to the `Tools’, click `Options’, then go to the “Security” tab, there you need to uncheck “Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus” option under Virus Protection, and then click OK.