I don’t know about you, but I find this “feature” in XP to be quite annoying.
I know I installed the new program, so why do I have to be told? This might be useful and less annoying if it only showed something I did not specifically install myself like malware, but I know of no way to set it up for that, if someone does let me know.
If you are like me and find this annoying follow the instructions below to turn it off:
- Right-click the Start button and click “Properties” to open the “Taskbar and Start menu Properties” window.
- Click the “Customize” button to open the “Customize Start Menu” window and then click the “Advanced” tab.
- Remove the check in the check-box labelled “Highlight newly installed programs”.
- Click “OK” to save the changes and exit the “Customize Start Menu” window.
- Click “OK” again to exit the “Taskbar and Start menu Properties” window.
Of course this is reversible, should you ever want to return to having the balloon pop up and tell you just installed a program that you just installed and highlight it in the start menu.
Running out of room on your hard disk? Need some extra space to install a new program? Want to keep some data files available, but worried about wasted space?
No problem, both Windows XP Professional and Home Edition include a zip compression utility that you can use to compress files and folders on your hard disk.
There is no need for a separate utility like WinZip, unless you just like them or need more compression control.
TO COMPRESS A FILE OR FOLDER WITH THE XP UTILITY:
- Right click the file or folder to be compressed.
- Then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.
This will make a compressed folder, identified by a zipper icon, which displays the same name as the file you compressed with a zip extension (The zip extension is visible, if you don’t hide extensions for known file types in your folder options view).
YOU CAN ALSO MAKE A COMPRESSED FOLDER FROM SCRATCH, BY FOLLOWING THESE STEPS:
- Click Compressed (zipped) Folder.
- Open the new compressed folder and drag files inside that you would like compressed.
Now that is easy isn’t it?
If you are going to be emailing a zip file, be aware that not all email clients will let you attach a file with a zip extension.
One way around that is to rename the file with an extension like bbb or something similar that you can remember, and when you download it at the other end, rename it back to have the zip extension, before trying to work with it.
Don’t forget to rename your file back with the zip extension after you have attached to your email!