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101 Microsoft Windows XP Tips you should know

Over the years, TechRepublic has amassed an extraordinary amount of tips for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Now they are available in a compilation from TechRepublic Pro.

Over the years, TechRepublic has amassed an extraordinary amount of tips for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Many have appeared in this blog and always prove to be popular, even if they were originally published years ago.

Well, recently we published a compilation of all these performance and troubleshooting tips in a collection called "101 Microsoft Windows XP Tips, Tweaks, and Hacks You Need to Know." These tips will help you achieve better performance, troubleshoot problems, and properly configure your Windows XP system. You can download "101 Microsoft Windows XP Tips, Tweaks, and Hacks You Need to Know" for a nominal fee, or you can get it for free with a TechRepublic Pro membership.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

37 comments
angelsluv
angelsluv

I just don't think this is fair.. With the economy the way it is, I don't think it's fair that Win XP is on the outs and we will have to purchase 7 or Vista.. So far those I know who have it, hate Vista with a passion and I just don't want to throw all that money into the garbage.... I also don't want to be forced to buy 7 until it is clean of all the mess-ups.. Win XP has worked spendidly on two PC's for me from the get-go and I really don't want to have to go through all the software upgrades with all the sodtware I use along with all the hassles until 7 is working fine.. Tired of Microsoft making all this money!!! GGggrrrrr......

jon_saxon
jon_saxon

Here are four tips every XP user should know. 1. You are about to be scammed by Microsoft again. 2. Get Linux for free. 3. Buy a Mac and get OS X for free! 4. For a "nominal fee" of $69.00 I will tune your Windows XP box for you using my own special XP Tips! I always marvel at the fact that Starbucks can sell a cup of warm milk for $4.50. Looks like TechRepublic trying to emulate that trick.

Lazarus439
Lazarus439

I don't know anyone who consideres $69 "nominal". $5, maybe even $10, could be "nominal", but not $69. I don't object to the idea of your charging whatever you think the market will bear, but it's disingenuous at best to call your asking price "nominal".

lmckin7884
lmckin7884

Wow. You call that a nominal fee? Look it up: nominal means trifling or insignificant. And this is for an almost bygone product.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Not every product on the web has to appeal to each and every one of you. Get over yourselves.

aandruli
aandruli

If you sell one of these, let me know the name so I can sell that bucket of steam, left-handed screwdriver, and snipe-hunting rights

RS_1
RS_1

$69 may be a nominal cost for some people, but not for me. I'll pass, thank you.

hstetson
hstetson

I have a membership, but can find nowhere to download this compilation; have searched downloads too!

dhamilt01
dhamilt01

Microsoft is about to bury XP and you turn around and try and SELL 101 Tips? Don't you know there is a depression going on? I can see selling 101 tips for Vista or even Windows 7 but XP? Come on... don't be so greedy when so many are needy!

rob123q
rob123q

I do not understand the issue, either you buy it or you do not. this is a company in the buisness to make money. They give away enough free tips and papers every day and people complain when they want to pay the bills? Yes, I also would like to see the paper and no, I will not pay for it but I am not crying about it. I searched a little and found plenty for free. All it took was a little work. TechRepublic does a great job and offers alot to the IT community. If your boss wanted you to fix something that only you knew how to fix would you do it for free. Advertising and charging for certain things is how they make money to run the site.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

If you don't want to buy the DVD, don't. Many people do and now they know it is available. Why does this upset you so much?

jck
jck

I'd have a problem getting over $69 too, Palmetto...especially after the fudgepacking you take from having to buy Windows products from MS. :^0 $300+ for Office? $239 for Vista Ultimate? *CHOKE! GAG! GASP!* :^0 BTW, know of any good paying, low stress jobs in Western SC? :D

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you a paid subscriber to TechRepublic Pro? The links in the article should take you to the download. Be sure you are logged in under the correct paid subscriber account.

jamey123
jamey123

I also find it rather silly to charge for this... It's more than likely the community that offered these up in the first place. This same sort of thing is what makes newer and better sites. People don't like to feel screwed (in this way). Oh well, maybe a new start-up tech site will start getting more action.

mail
mail

That someone would be foolish enough to pay for this. It is probably would not be worth the price if it was free, anyway!

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

TechRepublic Pro - the paid subscriber companion site to the free TechRepublic site - has been around since the beginning.

jon_saxon
jon_saxon

Mark, I am not upset in the least. Amused yes. Upset no. And I didn't buy the DVD precisely because I didn't want to. But at least now I have some external validation for that decision. Thanks. Also, let me know when TechRepublic finally releases the "101 Tips for CP/M" and "25 Ways To Make Your Edsel Spiffy" lists. I expect many of us are just sitting on the edge of our seats waiting.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm not job hunting myself, so I don't know what's out there. Monster.com is blocked here, so I can't see your resume. I can offer some general suggestions. The I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Raleigh is a good place to start. In SC that includes the Greenville - Spartanburg area, home to BMW and several supporting companies in the auto biz. Clemson and Furman universities are in that area, along with a U. of S.C. campus. If you've got kids, the schools in that area are better than those in the eastern side of the state. Anything in particular pushing you toward that area? Peer mail me if you want to.

davidt
davidt

I've had this problem before, as well. The only link that works is the paying link...

BL PUMPK9
BL PUMPK9

there is a the title: "XP on the way out..."

pfbenapfl
pfbenapfl

101 tips for CP/M!! That's great. I think I might spend a 'nominal' fee for that, so I can decide whether to buy an Apple II or a Northstar.

gil_gosseyn
gil_gosseyn

...YOU still have a job, and obviously it pays so much that you consider $69 a "nominal fee."

xxxtheo
xxxtheo

try southern delaware. laid back, great atmosphere.

jck
jck

I love western NC. especially out by Asheville. I stayed out there a couple times, and fell in love with it. That's why I'm looking at several 3-20 acres tracts once I get the house sold. Plus, there was a job with the City of Asheville that (if I had my house sold and was renting right now) I would love to have applied for. I had most qualifications for it, and I would have lived outside the city and just driven 10-20 minutes in every morning. But definitely...western NC and SC are just beautiful from driving through/visiting there. If I can just find the right homey place with a job where I won't be taken advantage of cause I'm too nice to say no, then I will be happy. And yeah, I have heard Gatlinburg is great. If I get a vacation for a few days, I will probably go up there. And, I'm an outdoorsy type. Love camping and hiking and all. If I could do more of it, i'd probably be in better shape than I am now. But shhhh...don't tell Sonja...I get that close to KY, she would hunt me down if I didn't drive in for margaritas lol :^0

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Have you looked at Asheville? It's about an hour north of Spartanburg, so you could check it out on the same trip. More mountainous than G-SP, more likely to get some winter snow, easy access to Smokey Mtns. NP, Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting. Very active arts community.

jck
jck

Western SC and NC are my kinda places. Florida is too flat. Plus, I'm not really looking to live *in* a major city. I have lived in/near Melbourne/Palm Bay FL (150,000 people area) and Tampa/St. Petersburg (some 2M+ in the metro) and I'm tired of big traffic and stuff. I heard Raleigh is pretty good right now, but I'm not too into that city. I actually looked into Greenville/Spartanburg. I want to take a visit up and see it for a couple days in the fall if possible. I just want something more down home. To be honest, there are FAR too many people from Michigan (not a personal pick at jd, i swear), Massachusetts, NY, NJ, Quebec and OH down here who are rude as well, think their dollar is worth ten of yours, and drive like crap because they don't have the strength to drive anymore, can't see, or don't have the height to look over their dashboard. Florida has just become a real crap place for a normal person. BTW, I have no kids or wife. Got a girl in my life, but it's not real serious yet. Hope so tho soon *fingers crossed*. No real hurry right now tho. I gotta sell the house before I can uproot. The current job, if it doesn't turn around soon (boss is almost 3 months late getting me my raise I was promised, plus broke his word on a couple of things he told me would be before I started here), is gonna drive me out of Florida for good. I will just move somewhere more down-home and laid-back and live life.

orbofwisdom
orbofwisdom

Yeap, continuing problem and I have never seen an answer. There needs to be better support of the TR Pro site/members. Would a button on the sale page "TR Pro Members" be too difficult? Thanks Mark for reading and responding.

bsippo
bsippo

Thanks for your efforts to help, Mark. I'll check back to see what comes from it. Bill

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I have informed the people over on the TechRepublic Pro side of things about the problem many seem to be having accessing this product. If I hear anymore news, I'll pass it on.

mailpowys
mailpowys

Me too, I get all the TR news/ emails selling these products, but when I click on the link - I get taken to the shop, even though I'm allready logged in to TR Pro. I land up copying the title and then doing a search on this title from TR home page.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I am at a bit of a disadvantage here - I know very little about how the subscriber mechanics work for TechRepublic Pro. I'll send your problem reports to the staff who manage the subscriptions to see if they have a glitch in the system somewhere.

bsippo
bsippo

I'm also a subscribed pro member. I've just spent over an hour coming at this one from every direction I can find. But I can't get to it except by the Paying route. and that looks even nastier from Australia -it's around $90 in my money. Bill

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

BL PUMPK9, you missed the best part. Both articles are authored by the same person.