Free Windows XP Tutorials

Most basic computer users only need to know a few things about their operating system. In the Windows XP tutorials we will cover the basics of Windows XP. We will start with the Start menu, desktop and screen saver then move through the control panel and explore the topics of user accounts, display options, printers and mouse. We will then move onto file structure and windows updates . If you would like to jump around you can access each of these tutorials in the above in text links. Enjoy the easy to follow tutorials and please feel free to email me with any questions.

Lets get started with learning about your start menu and desktop.

The Windows start menu is where you will find and access all of your programs and settings. There are 2 looks to your start menu, classic and the XP version. Windows XP default Start Menu will look like this.

Windows XP start menu

The left hand column is a list of recently used programs and will change as you use your computer. The right hand column is where you will see the classic options of the start menu.

Windows users that have worked with Windows 98 or Windows 2000 will recognize the classic look.

If you prefer the classic look you can change the look of your start menu by right clicking on the lower blue bar and clicking properties.

Task bar property menu

A window will appear and you will need to click on the Start Menu tab and click the Classic Start menu button then click ok to make the change.

That wraps up the start menu options. Click next to move onto the Desktop tutorial