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Windows XP Guide

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This guide is to be seen as a companion of my openSUSE 10.3 Configuration Guide. However, in this guide I leave most of the hard work to The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion and simply provide links to a few pieces of choice software or specific pointers for personal customisation. Ones in italics are optional, do them if you think you'll need the software for your particular needs.

Security Software

Utility Software

Additional Software


It is possible to install either the entirety of KDE or just individual subsets, such as KATE onto Windows. There is a website soley devoted to KDE on Windows, it's called The KDE on Windows Project and is well worth a visit. To do this, simply download the KDE installer and run it. When you have selected which mirror to use then you will get presented with a screen like this one:

Screen shot of the KDE Installer

...just simply click which components you wish to install and you're away!

Game Mods

You may also want to add these to your Steam account, for free of course.


if you want to do a bit of tweaking to your computer, such as removing the advertisements from Windows Live Messenger, then check out these links:


If you've followed The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion, installed this software and perform regular maintenance then there is no reason for your Windows XP experience to be an unpleasant one.

This page was last modified on 20/09/2015.

The Unfriendly Web

Map of total firewall denials on my servers

Update (September 2015)

This site has changed quite a lot since I bought the domain in November 2005 and first started hosting my own content. During that time the internet has evolved an awful lot; as I write this in 2015 it is almost unrecognisable to what it once was. Gone are the days of hosting your own photo albums from your holidays on your own website: now you create an album on Facebook to share with your friends and family. Got some special photos that you are particularly proud of? Then deviantART or Flickr are the places for you to showcase them. Found an interesting page and wish to share it with your friends? Twitter and Facebook will update them immediately wherever they are. Written some pieces of source code that you think other people might find useful? GitHub will version track and syntax highlight it in an instant.

Consequently, this site no longer has photo albums and panoramas taken from my travels: the special ones are in my deviantART gallery and the normal ones are on my private Facebook page. I don't have a WordPress blog at the minute so I will still keep my articles on fixing technological problems ("Releases" and "Tutorials") on here for archival - if they're useful to you then that's great. If I ever restart publishing code it'll be on my GitHub page.

I have learned a lot since I first started writing (non-public) web pages in 2002. As testimony, this site: does not set any cookies; barely has any JavaScript on it; and is no longer dynamically generated using PHP. Rather, it is completely static with updates propagated using make every midnight thanks to cron.

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