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Chapter 23. Maintaining and Optimizing S... > Configuring the Program Environments

Configuring the Program Environments

Chapter 21, “Tweaking the GUI,” and Chapter 22, “Configuration via Control Panel Applets,” covered quite a few of the adjustments that you can make to the Windows XP user environment. Those chapters also addressed a variety of settings that affect the operation of Windows on a more rudimentary level, such as Properties sheets for printers and other devices you may have installed on a typical system or network. In addition to all these settings and properties, Windows XP allows for fine-tuning of program and system handling under the various operating system environments that Windows XP can control: 32-bit Windows, 16-bit Windows, and DOS.

As discussed in Chapter 1, “Introducing Windows XP Home Edition,” and Chapter 2, “Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows XP,” Windows XP runs non–NT-based applications that fall into four classes: MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, OS/2 1.x character-based, and POSIX character-based. Chances are that you’ll seldom, if ever, encounter OS/2 or POSIX-based software at home, but you might sometimes run Windows 3.x or MS-DOS based programs, especially older games, on your computer. (I have a cherished copy of Space Quest III, myself).


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