Debugging mode in Windows XP is a special diagnostic mode that allows the user to send debugging information to another computer via serial cable. The other computer runs debugging software to analyze the information sent from the original machine.Know More
Debugging mode is one of Windows XP's Safe Boot options. It is accessed by pressing F8 while the system boots and choosing the Debugging option. Windows is capable of booting into Debugging mode even when the operating system does not boot normally.
Debugging software is available from both Microsoft and third party companies. Microsoft's official debugging software, WinDbg, is available as a free download on Microsoft's website. WinDbg is capable of debugging the operating system, drivers and applications, and it is more powerful than Microsoft's better-known Visual Studio Debugger.
Microsoft's debugging tools require the computer to boot into Debugging mode and connect to a second computer running WinDbg. Third-party utilities exist that allow software debugging while the computer runs the operating system. The most popular of these for Windows XP, SoftICE, is commercial software; its primary advantage over Microsoft's free software is that it is capable of debugging without a second computer. Besides the convenience of not requiring a second computer, debugging is more useful for driver issues when done within the operating system.Learn more about Software
To improve the performance and speed of Windows XP, remove unused programs, use antispyware software, and defragment the hard drive. You can also improve Windows XP's performance by disconnecting network connections that are not being used.Full Answer >
In Windows XP, the Recycle Bin is found on the desktop. It has a bin-shaped icon and can be hidden and unhidden. When the user deletes a file, the icon changes from empty to full to reflect the deletion.Full Answer >
To reformat a hard drive in Windows XP, computer owners will need a Windows XP installation CD, a hard drive and a working computer. Reformatting a hard drive is a permanent process that restores the hard drive to its factory state.Full Answer >
There are multiple ways to restore Windows XP to its factory settings, including using the System Restore feature, using backup recovery discs to recover the system and reinstalling Windows XP from scratch. Each method works equally well in terms of restoring the computer's operating system to its original condition.Full Answer >