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What software will run on Windows 2000?


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 4, 1999

Q. Will software written for Windows 95/98 run on Windows 2000?

A. Almost everything you run on either Windows 95 or 98 will run on Windows 2000, which of course is the new name for Microsoft's NT operating system. While there will be exceptions when going to a new operating system, they shouldn't be numerous. If you are thinking of moving to the new OS, which should be available before the end of the year, you should make sure your critical applications will run. You can check
, or contact the software's vendor to see if it will be compatible. Windows 2000 will look very much like Windows 98. Although Windows 2000 requires a bit more hardware and random access memory, it is vastly superior to Windows 9x in stability.

Boot errors

Q. I installed the Windows 98 Upgrade over Windows 3.11 in my 486 DX4-100 computer. Now when Windows boots, a dialog box says, "Cannot find the "xe' (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available." If I click on the OK button, a second dialog box says, "Could not load or run "xe' specified in the WIN.INI file. Make sure the file exists or remove the reference to it in the win.ini file." If I click on this OK button, the dialog box disappears and Windows seems to run normally. Can I remove these prompts and, if so, how should I do it?

A. Since the error message was nice enough to tell us where it was originating (win.ini), let's look there. A quick way to edit this file is: Start, Run, type win.ini and then press return (this should open the file within Notepad.exe). Look for the lines that have either LOAD= or START=. Remove the reference to xe that you find. Save the file (File, Save, Exit) and then reboot. Your problem should be solved.

Hiding Office toolbar

Q. I have the Microsoft Office shortcut bar set to automatically come up with other icons. The bar stays on top -- and remains over any other program unless I purposely reduce it. Is there a way to have it automatically appear but also to reduce itself when other programs open?

A. The Microsoft Office bar can be configured to hide itself, much like the Windows Task Bar. Click the Office icon on the left of the Office toolbar and select Customize. Select "Autohide between uses," then click OK. Your Office toolbar will hide when not in use and reappear when you roll the mouse over its area.

Outlook e-mail problem

Q. When e-mailing from Outlook 5 and using rich text, recipients often (but not always) open a blank page with only two characters on it that look like YP. Why does this happen?

A. I could not reproduce your YP problem. However, the Source tab allows you to edit/display the HTML code that can be used within Outlook Express when using the rich text feature. If you have an understanding of HTML, examining one of the YP pages from within the Source tab may give you a clue.

Modem redux

Note: In the Sept. 27 edition, an extra hyphen was added to an answer about modem volume. The following is a corrected version.

Q. After upgrading my LT modem from 33.3 kbs to 56.6 kbs, I noticed that I lost the dialing and handshake sounds between my computer and the Internet service provider.

A. Go to Control Panel, Modems, select your modem and click Properties. Check the setting for Speaker Volume. If this does not work, you may have to set these manually. Go to Start, Run, type HYPERTRM and press enter. Give it any name (such as TEST), then enter 555-5555 as the number, click OK, and then click cancel on the Dial screen. Type ATL3 and press enter. This should configure the modem speaker to high.

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