Use the Windows Classic Theme in Windows XP

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You've just gotten a new computer and it's Windows XP. You're thrilled to have a new machine and an upgraded operating system -- that is, until you click on the Start button.

Windows XP, has a new Start Menu and a very different layout than previous releases of MS Windows; luckily you can very easily switch to the Classic view that you're used to. Just follow the steps below:

To change the Start menu to the Classic Start menu:

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Appearance and Themes.
  2. Click Taskbar and Start Menu.
  3. On the Start Menu tab, click Classic Start menu and then click OK.

If you want the Windows Classic desktop feel and functionality, you can change the desktop theme to the Windows Classic theme:

  1. Right-click an empty space on the desktop, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Themes tab, click Windows Classic in the Theme box.
  3. Click OK.

Now that everything is familiar and comfortable you're ready to start cruising Windows XP!

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