20 Things People Don`t Know About Windows XP

Submitted by: KikiPeepers 10 years ago in Tech
http://www.realtechnews.com/posts/3607

Did you know these things?
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Male 452
nerd alert
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Male 74
I hate IE. Opera and Firefox are much better.
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Male 695
i might as well have been reading chinese.
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Female 71
This isn`t any useful to me..........FIREFOX RULEZ!
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Male 1,385
ajr2006, even if FF and IE7 look the same and run the same there is still on major differnce: IE is and always be EMBEDDED into the OS! That one factor alone is what causes so many security nightmares for users. Firefox has its flaws, yes, but at least under Firefox I never had to worry about ActiveX controls taking control of the OS itself, so no homepage hijackers, no hosts file corruptions, no endless recurring popups. For this reason they will never be the same and stand alone programs like FF or Opera will always be better
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Female 199
IE is ok, i always use it.
And i tried the cleartype trick and now my computer looks weird! i gotta fix this before Dad comes home...
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Male 2,510
i live in the uk, firefox runs slower than fat kid who plays WOW. ive never had any problems with IE
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Female 73
well this is pointless for me because i have Windows 98..and now i`m off to hang my head in shame...
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Male 65
TehAssassin`s post is great, but I`d like to add that security flaws have already been found in IE7.

Oh, and the US government`s Computer Emergency Readiness Team actually recommended that people use something other than Internet Explorer because of its security flaws.

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Male 34
Those of you not able to figure out why Firefox is better have probably not heard of extensions. There are hundreds of these extensions available for free to make Firefox completely customized to your needs. My favorite extensions are Adblock (blocks ads on web pages), GooglePrieview (shows a little picture of the site next to your search results), ForcastFox (weather report right in the status bar), and Google BrowserSync (Syncs your browser history, bookmarks, etc. between multiple browsers). Firefox also has many skins to fit your style and has tabs so you do not need to open up multiple Windows. The best reason to switch to Firefox is the lack of security exploits so you can browse safer. I have looked at IE 7 but it does not add any functionality past that of IE 6 except for tabs and shininess.
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Male 943
2 things. dianne you are wrong, while pressing f8 will bring up the option to go to safemode that doesn`t mean that it automatically bypasses the admin password, you still have to know the pw. And for those of you who say that Firefox is better I suggest you try IE 7, it`s pretty much the same.
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Male 943
20 things I already knew, and shut the f-u-c-k up about the firefox vs. internet explorer thing.
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Female 1,572
4. XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger, but you can make it show everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word ‘hide’ and remove it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be the software and you can now uninstall it."

There is nothing in my inf folder...o_0

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Male 65
Yeah, I knew about most of these, but some things were sort of wrong--Cleartype was already enabled by default on my computer. So was the network icon.

Oh, and to the people that say IE is great...it`s not. Yeah, it doesn`t crash, but it`s EXTREMELY vulnerable to hackers. Firefox is much more secure. Oh, and Adblock is the greatest Firefox extension known to man. Seriously.

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Female 797
I only knew about #17. :-?
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Male 797
20 things I really could do without knowing.
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Male 460
IE works fine for me. Lucky me. :)
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Male 1,385
dogdude1, a 5 second research would tell you IE 6 has more flaws then firefox. (106 versus 36, 19 unpatched versus firefox`s 3). The worst unpatched flaws in IE is rated “Extremely critical” and the worst unpatched flaws in FFs are rated “Less critical”.
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Male 1,385
I used a variation of #3 to get a one click shutdown that closes all programs first

"Oh yeah, and internet explorer kinda sucks, get Firefox." Way ahead of you there!

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Male 3,255
if you dident already know most if not all of this, then you need a mac before you hurt yourself.
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Female 1,398
what the heck IS windows messenger?
I want firefox... :-(
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Female 192
I already knew some of those...and the ones I didn`t, I`ll never use anyway. I`m not interested in macs...I don`t know what the big deal is about those anyway...and I like IE. I tried firefox, and I didn`t like it at all. I like all the toolbar options and stuff I have with IE...along with some other stuff. I dunno why everyone always says "this is better" or whatever. just cause it works better for you, doesn`t mean it does for everyone...

that said....

everyone has to go out and buy a dyson vacuum cleaner right now... they are the best. hahaha

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Male 1,265
The only thing I need to know about XP is that it`s dratInG poo.
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Male 57
I knew about half of those.
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Male 2,720
^ Macs are for people who are gay, who crap and crash all the time.
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Male 68
Anybody who says Macs are gay, crap or crash all the time haven`t been near one for 3 or 4 years.
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Male 651
"20 things I don`t give a shyt about."

Then STFU and GTFO.

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Female 25
"Note that you can have some fun by running programs multiple times on the same system as different users.."
yes, `cause thats how i get my daily dose of fun....
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Female 1,596
Some of them I already know like the last one "You can`t delete windows files that you need"

Some of this I didn`t know which is cool.

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Male 986
cleartype looks gay
firefox?...i tried it a few time...its not better....its not badder....its just...different...
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Male 10,440
And that is why macs SUCK. YEA THEY REALLY SUCK! I dont care what I say, it doesnt matter I could insult mac users to the bone and I`d still have more support. Bwahahaaa there is some interesting stuff in this list tho, bout half I knew already.
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Male 16
This list is all over the place. Macs do rule though :p I just wish the theme was customizable. Not that its bad by default...
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Male 586
So, it tell syou enough to really screw things up if you don`t know what you are doing.

Just be careful. Crimeny!

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Female 80
You can also break into an already locked computer (i.e. someone else`s) if at startup you hold down the button to get into safe mode (usually f4 or f8) and once inside (as an admin) you can remove all passwords.

The only flaw is they`ll know someone got in somehow.

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Male 130
I just tried Cleartype and everything looks a lot better.
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Female 695
i agree with internet explorer sucks, firefox is waaay better
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Male 1,371
for #2 you can just use shift+delete :/
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Female 811
21). It`s crap and crashes all the time!
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Male 404
I think IE rules! its fast and mine never breaks down, i just might be lucky....
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Male 761
number 21 - its gay and dosent work
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Male 153
MrEman, go to start, Run, and type "regedit". Click ok and go from there.
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Male 68
Geez! Just get yourself a Mac
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Male 888
Eh, you can also delete files without using the recycling bin if you hold shift when you press delete.
Alot of this stuff I knew already :D
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Male 2,720
I tried the #9, switched to ClearType. Now my pc looks a little more like a mac. Interesting.
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Male 2,057
if you use that to lock your workstation, then you obviously dont have the standard one, and so not a password to deactivate it= no point.
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Male 98
The only one that was useful was the temporary files dleted
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Female 68
i dont know anything about computers... looking at this, i felt like i was reading a cheat code for some video game! except that i didnt understand any of it lol
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Male 1,343
i found it kind of contradictory.

"IE will automatically delete all temporary files, but only if you tell it to."

its automatic, but you have to tell it to do it?

>_<

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Male 53
I used to know everything about everything...then I found out about nothing...Now I know everything about nothing!
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Male 1,030
cool.. btw, petercole14 knows everything about everything.. what a great person..
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Male 2,216
Boring. Anyway I have Windows Vista so this is pointless for me.
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Male 329
someone please explan how to do number 16, step by step, ta.
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Male 119
I really didnt understand a single thing.
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Male 643
20 things I don`t give a shyt about.
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Male 197
finally know how to get rid of windows messenger:)
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Male 381
"Internet explorer sucks get firefox"

Truer word`s were never spoken

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Female 718
th 12th one saved my sanity
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Female 447
wow, it`s a good thing I`m a giant computer geek who understands coding and DOS shell, or none of this would be interesting or useful at all.

Oh wait...it`s still neither.

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Male 189
I already knew some of these tips, but I`m happy to have found out how to finally delete the Windows Internet Explorer AND Windows Messenger. Get ready to be terminated, programs!
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Female 2,244
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