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 defragment a hard drive on Windows XP, open Disk Defragmenter, click on a volume and select Analyze. If the analysis report recommends defragmentation, click on a volume and select Defragment. Depending on the size of the volume, this process may take several hours to complete.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 >
The easiest way to restore Windows XP to factory settings is to perform a clean install. Back up your important files, and set your optical drive as the primary boot device in the BIOS settings. Insert your Windows XP installation disc, and follow the wizard instructions to complete the process.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 >