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2011-10-19

A+: Operating systems, and GUI advancements of XP over Windows 2000

Operating systems: Advancements from Windows 2000

The Windows XP GUI (Graphic User Interface) has several differences compared to its predecessor Windows 2000:

• Personalized start menu for each user.

• Two-column start menu; the left column displays the most recently or frequently used programs and access to default applications for Internet and email, while the right column provides access to the user’s documents folders and Control Panel. To see all programs, hover your mouse over All Programs.

• Task bar adjusts in size according to the number of programs that are running and the number of quick launch icons in use.

• Start menu and desktop can also be configured to run in a Classic mode similar to the one used by Windows 2000. In Classic mode, the Start menu displays the name of the operating system along the left side in the same way that earlier versions of Windows display the name.

To change only the start menu to the Classic mode, right-click the Start button, select Properties, and choose Classic Start menu. To change the start menu and the desktop to the Classic mode, open the Display properties sheet, select Themes, and select Windows Classic. You can open the Display properties sheet from Control Panel or by right-clicking an empty area of the desktop and selecting Properties.

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