Windows XP Help

Installing Programs

1. How do I install Programs?

To install programs or software, you need to have administrator rights in most cases. You can install programs by either inserting the CD or disc and allow it to auto run, follow the instructions on screen. Otherwise, you need to run the Setup.exe or other setup program name to install the program. If the software is archived, like a Zip file, you will need to open or extract the files to another folder on your hard disk and then run the setup program. You can also install programs from the Add/Remove Program control panel.

2. How do I uninstall programs?

To remove a program from your hard disk, open the Add/Remove Program control panel, select the program entry from the list, and select Change/Remove and follow the instructions on screen. You may be asked to remove shared files, in most cases, selecting Yes will remove them. In some cases the program may supply an Uninstall program on the Start Menu shortcut list.
You can remove a program by just deleting the folder and/or files from the hard disk, manually delete any short cuts and remove any registry entries using Regedit (if any).

3. How do I install a program as a User?

Right click on the Setup program (or any other program that requires Admin privileges) and from the pop up menu, select Run As and enter name and password of the Administrator user and then continue installation as normal.

4. How do I remove Windows Messenger?

First you can turn it off in the options of your Email program such as Outlook or Outlook Express and use gpedit.msc (XP Pro) to stop it from running. To remove it completely, run the command:
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

5. How do I reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows XP?

From the Start menu, select Run and enter: rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection
DefaultInstall 132 C:\windows\inf\ie.inf
then open Internet Explorer, select Tools, Options, Program tab and then click on
Reset Web Options and click Apply.

6. How do I reinstall Windows Media Player in Windows XP?

Find Sysoc.inf in C:\Windows\Inf folder and change the following line: MultiM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,multimed.inf,HIDE,7
to MultiM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,multimed.inf,,7 and save the file. Then open Add/Remove Programs control panel and click on
Windows Components and look in Accessories & Utilities, Multimedia and then Media Player (use the Details button).

7. I have a problem running some built in software such as IE, OE, DirectX, Windows Media Player and other accessorites?

Best thing to do is run SFC /SCANNOW to check your system files match the correct XP files supplied on your XP CD. This will replace the old files with the correct new ones. Some old installations never check DLL versions and cause 'DLL Hell' situations. Like with drivers you can revert back to previous Restore Point using the System Restore Accessory. If you can find the INF file for the application, you can select Install from right clicking it.

8. What is not installed by default in XP?

Netbeui protocol is not installed by default as is required if you want to view other computers in My Network Places. This can be found in D:\ValueAdd\MSFT\Net\Netbeui (see text file for installation).
The NTBackup program is also not installed, this can be found in D:\ValueAdd\MSFT\NTBackup.
Additional Support Tools can be installed from D:\Supports\Tools (run the .msi file).

9. How do I access hidden features of XP?

To access hidden features you need to get Tweak UI.

10. How can Limited Users be allowed to burn CDs in Windows XP?

To allow Limited User's to burn CD's, click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT. Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon, Look in the right pane for AllocateDASD and double click the entry. Set the value to 2.
For Windows XP Pro users, load the Secpol.msc console and browse to Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options, look in the right pane
for Devices: Allowed to Format and eject removable media. Set this option to Administrators and Interactive Users.

11. How do I enable AutoRun for the CD Rom Drives?

You can enable it via the Properties of the CD ROM icon in My Computer and click on the AutoPlay tab and the Tweak UI Power Toy or edit the Registry with RegEdit and look for
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/CDROM and change the DWord value for AutoRun to 1.

12. How do I disable auto-decompression of ZIP files?

To disable Windows Zip file decompression especially when searching for files. Enter REGSVR32 /U ZIPFLDR.DLL. To re-enable it
repeat the command but without the /U switch. To get full Zip (de)compression, download an Archiver program such as Winzip or 7-Zip.