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To Recover Deleted Files, would Windows XP Users Have any Difficulties?

We all at one time or another find the need to retrieve lost data, and there are software tools that can recover deleted files. Windows XP users however, often wonder if their operating system is too out of date for any of these state-of-the-art software programs to take hold and do the job. True enough, operating systems have changed a lot in their programming and the tasks that they now are capable of as newer and newer versions have evolved these days, but are the older versions of Windows really too far out of reach for today’s advanced computer trouble-shooting tools?

Actually, it seems to depend on the tool itself and how advanced it really is. There are some data retrieval software programs out there that are good enough to recover deleted files, Windows XP not being a problem for them. The better, more high-end software tools for this task, generally are multi-platform capable… that is to say that they can work with more than one version of Windows to recover deleted files; Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Vista, and so on.

Are far as trouble-shooting software programs go, it’s best to use those which can work with the most amount of platforms or operating system versions, as this would broaden the horizons of use… particularly if you have more than one computer, each using a different operating system, or if you are in the business of data retrieval on other people’s computers. Again, with the more higher-end quality software tools used to recover deleted files, Windows XP shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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Mistakes in Disk Configuration May Cause Data Loss in Windows XP

At the time of starting the Microsoft Windows XP based computer, there may be several several error messages related to the hardware configuration, missing system files, damaged operating system kernel and corrupted boot sector. In all these, your system does not boot up and thus you can not get into it to access stored data. This behavior of Microsoft Windows XP renders all of your mission critical data inaccessible and results into serious data loss circumstances. In order to retrieve lost data in such cases, Windows Data Recovery solutions are required.

In a practical scenario, while booting your Windows computer, you might come across any of the below error messages:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.

Windows NT could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Winnt_root\System32\Ntoskrnl.exe
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Winnt_root\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Furthermore, you might face any of the below situations:

When you start your Windows computer is Recovery Console, the command prompt appears with no login option.

While accessing Windows folder, you might come across below error message:
“Access denied.”

If you repair Windows installation using Windows XP bootable CD, the installation isn't detected and process does not complete.

At this point, you need to find out the cause of this issue and carry out Windows Recovery by sorting it out.

Root of the issue

This problem might occur if any of the below conditions is true:

Default value in Boot Loader section of Boot.ini file is invalid or missing.

Ntoskrnl.exe file is damaged or missing.

Windows file system is corrupt.

All these problems can be resolved by formatting the hard drive and reinstalling the operating system, but this process will delete all the data from hard drive and cause complete data loss. In such cases, Windows Data Recovery is required to retrieve lost data.

Recovery is best possible using advanced and powerful third party Windows Data Recovery Software. The applications come equipped with a set of efficient algorithms and ensure complete data recovery in most of the data loss situations.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an easy to use and safe tool that perform quick recovery in all possible data loss situations. It supports recovery from FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system partitions. The software is designed for Microsoft Windows 7 RC1, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000.

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How to Make older programs run in Windows XP in Compatibility Mode

Installing any software or application program  in Windows XP or Windows Vista can be a  major issue. There can be several reasons for this, for example drivers might not be compatible with the operating system or anything as such. But the most common reason for such issue is the compatibility issue. For example you have attached a web cam to your computer having Windows XP, and you try to install the drivers for that Web Cam, but  you are not able to install that drivers for the same reason of compatibility issue.

The Compatibility mode of Windows XP does that for us, Windows XP support compatibility mode “Runs the program using settings from a previous version of Windows”. Try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked in) a specific previous version of Windows.

Run the Program Compatibility Wizard

We should run the Program Compatibility Wizard before you try other ways of updating your programs or drivers because it identifies compatibility fixes written specifically for Windows XP. If the wizard does not solve your problem, you can try other steps listed at the end of this article.
To run the Program Compatibility Wizard:
1. Click Start, and then click Help and Support (online computer support).
2. Click Fixing a problem, and then click Application and software problems.
3. Under Fix a problem click Getting older programs to run on Windows XP.
4. Read the instructions and then click the Program Compatibility Wizard.

Set Compatibility Properties Manually

As an alternative to running the program compatibility wizard, you can set the compatibility properties for a program manually
To set the compatibility properties for a program manually:
1.    Right-click the program icon on your desktop or the shortcut on the Start menu for the program you want to run, and then click Properties.
2.    Click the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.

After selecting the proper OS is the compatibility mode we need to reset the three fields under “Display Settings” if an older program requires 640×480 resolution or 256 colors.
Click Apply.

Try to start the program after making these changes. If it still gives you trouble, try a different operating system. If the program was written for Win95 and worked fine in Win98, there’s nothing that says it still won’t work fine with Win98.

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Why is it Necessary to use Windows XP Registry Cleaner

Registry is the most significant component of Microsoft Windows XP operating system, which contains information regarding operating system and all the applications that are installed and running on it. It is the fundamental component, which is refereed by the operating system for recognizing application data and permissions related to particular application. In some cases, you might need to clean or modify Windows registry to resolve some issues. Incorrect editing of registry might cause severe damage to the operating system and you come across critical situations if you do not have proper backup of registry. In such cases, system could not start up and you come across data loss scenarios. In order to overcome these circumstances, it becomes essential for you to carry out Data Recovery using appropriate tools.

Windows XP continuously communicates with the registry to start and stop applications. It gives parameters regarding the application to operating system. But Windows XP does not take any measure to clean registry, which supplies necessary information. If the registry contains a lot of unused information, which is inaccurate and incorrect, operating system might experience a number of issues.

When any application is installed on Windows XP computer, at least one registry hive is created. Depending upon the size of application, number of registry entries might be more than one. Every time when you modify application's configuration, either a new entry is created or the old one is updated. In such cases, getting response of a request become critical and thus your system becomes slow.

In theory, it is said that all registry hives related to any application are deleted but practically most of the applications do not take required steps to delete registry hives completely. Traces of the applications, which you uninstalled, would still be available in Windows registry.

In these cases, editing or removing unused registry is required. For this purpose, you can go for commercial registry cleaners that are compatible with Windows XP. But some users try to manually edit or remove the registry entries. This is not possible for everyone, because it requires high technical expertise. If you do not have complete information about registry and try to edit it incorrectly, you may come across grave situations that cause data loss and require Hard Drive Recovery to be sorted out.

Data Recovery in such cases is best possible through powerful and advanced third party recovery applications. These software are built with self-descriptive graphical user interface and thus are very easy to use. These Data Recovery software do not alter original contents or write anything on hard drive as they have read-only conduct.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the most excellent solution for all data loss circumstances. It supports recovery of lost, missing and inaccessible data from FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system partitions. This software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 RC1, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000.

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