After setting up your computer for the first time, be sure to create a set of recovery discs of the full factory image. The recovery discs are used to start up (boot) the computer and recover the operating system and software to factory settings in case of system instability or failure. While the steps listed here are for a Compaq PC with Windows Vista, different manufacturers have slightly different instructions and these will give you a general overview of the process.


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Windows 2000 suffers from the unfortunate limitation of having only 256-colour icons and 16-bit tray icons.

The following downloads will patch your operating system to run 32-bit icons.

You can take a copy of Windows ME and add many of its improvements to Windows 98 Second Edition, by following the instructions at the following website:


Alternate video websites: Red Balcony, YouTube, Photobucket

If you want to enable or disable animated windows (the “exploding” effect when you maximise, the “zooming titlebar” effect when you minimise), then there are 2 ways to do this: The Completely Manual Way (harder) and The Semi-Automatic Way (easier).
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If you want to enable the Compatibility mode tab on programs in Windows 2000, just like you have on Windows XP/Server 2003, then follow the instructions below.
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If you have cable or xDSL broadband, then you can drastically speed up your connection with the following instructions.

There are three methods to this solution: The Completely Manual Way (hardest), The Semi-Automatic Way (easy), The Fully Automatic Way (easiest)

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