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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.

As discussed in Chapter 1, “Introducing Windows XP Home Edition,” and Chapter 2, in addition to standard 32-bit Windows applications, Windows XP can also run programs designed for MS-DOS and Windows 3.x. If you download and install the Services for Unix (Interix) package, it can additionally run POSIX-compliant character-based applications. Chances are that you'll seldom, if ever, encounter 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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