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by Peter - November Nov 30 12:35:02 GMT 2005

3 simple steps to increase the performance of your PC

Computers are supposed to make life easier but all too often you find yourself waiting for Windows to complete a task or getting frustrated because things aren’t working as they should. Wouldn’t life be easier if your PC danced to your tune? well, the good news is that you can.

There are lots of settings in Windows XP that can be altered to improve the way operating systems works, and generally make it easier to use. And the best news of all is that we are going to share a couple of these tips with you now, with step-by-step instructions to make things even clearer.

1. Goodbye to the paperclip and other animated guides
The animated helper in Microsoft Office can be useful but they can also be
annoying. To remove them, go to the Control Panel and double-click on Add or
Remove Programs. Click on Microsoft Office in the list and click on Change, then
Add or Remove Features and OK. Tick the box marked Choose advanced customisation
or applications, then click on Next. Check the box next to Office Shared
Features, then click on the disk icon next to Office Assistant and select Not
Available from the drop-down menu. Then click on Update and follow the prompts.

2. Change your Desktop wallpaper
To smarten up the Desktop, open the Display Control Panel in the main Control
Panel window and click on the Desktop tab. Choose from the list of wallpapers
displayed in the menu by clicking on one, or click on Browse to select your own
digital photograph from the computer’s hard disk. Then click on Apply and OK to
confirm your selection.

3. Get rid of pop-up messages when you’re browsing
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP adds a pop-up blocker to Internet Explorer. To
check it is on, go to Tools and click on Internet Options, then go to the
Privacy tab and make sure Block pop-ups is ticked. Click on Apply and OK to confirm.