Can XP act like Win 98?



Ray
07-10-2005, 02:10 AM
My wife's computer is acting strange. can't print, save to CD or download
pictures, can't access ebay. She played with some settings over the weekend
to try to get a game to run. Could she have triggered a Windows 98 mode that
now makes things act differently? Thanks.

GTS
07-10-2005, 02:10 AM
Playing with some settings could mean anything. I suggest trying System
Restore to roll back to the last restore point before the changes.
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"Ray" <Ray@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:9C6C54DB-936A-4F91-89D6-6A05FD2CC970@microsoft.com...
> My wife's computer is acting strange. can't print, save to CD or download
> pictures, can't access ebay. She played with some settings over the
> weekend
> to try to get a game to run. Could she have triggered a Windows 98 mode
> that
> now makes things act differently? Thanks.

Ray
07-10-2005, 02:10 AM
GTS recommended a system restore. We tried. There are no stored restore
points. None. Can't roll back past today.

"Ray" wrote:

> My wife's computer is acting strange. can't print, save to CD or download
> pictures, can't access ebay. She played with some settings over the weekend
> to try to get a game to run. Could she have triggered a Windows 98 mode that
> now makes things act differently? Thanks.

Bob Harris
07-10-2005, 02:10 AM
XP has no general "win98 mode". It is possible to run specific programs in
a win98 compatible mode. But, normally one only applies that option to a
game executeable file. I shudder to consider what would happen, if one
applied a compatibility mode to a part of XP iteslf, or to a vital program
like internet explorer.

Unless she can recall exactly what she did, and then undo it, and if you
have no restore point, then I suggest thinking about a "repair" installation
of XP. For this you will need a real XP CD, not a PC-maker's restoration
CD. If you have a real XP CD, then read the following:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341



http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm



http://www.extremetech.com/print_article/0,3998,a=23979,00.asp



Note that a "repair" installation of XP does not fix most registry-based
problems. If you have one of those, then a full re-install may be required.



If all you have is a PC-maker's restoration CD, save all personal fles
(e.g., DOC, JPG, etc) off the PC. Get an external USB hard drive, if you
need a large place to quickly store the files. Then run the restoration
program and in a few minutes your PC will be back to the day you bought it.



Once you fix the immdiate problem, consider doing one or more of the
following:



1. Turn system restore on.

2. Use the Microsoft program Ntbackup.exe to save a copy of the entire
documents and settings area. This contains most of the XP registry and
other key settings.

3. Get a good third-party disk imaging program and occassional make an
image. Norton GHOST is the classic program of this type, but I prefer a
newer one called Acronis True Image.

4. Downgrading you wife's user account to "limited" instead of
"administrator".


"Ray" <Ray@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:9C6C54DB-936A-4F91-89D6-6A05FD2CC970@microsoft.com...
> My wife's computer is acting strange. can't print, save to CD or download
> pictures, can't access ebay. She played with some settings over the
> weekend
> to try to get a game to run. Could she have triggered a Windows 98 mode
> that
> now makes things act differently? Thanks.

Al Romanosky
07-10-2005, 02:10 AM
Although restore points are to be compiled automatically on a default time
frame - it does not always happen therefore it should be a routine to
periodically check and set points if necessary.
This may not be the problem, however a full temporary internet files folder
can cause similar symptoms (based upon two Microsoft training kits).

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Can XP act like Win 98?