Gradually I am getting a new install of Win XP Home settled on my main computer. While things work in general, there are some issues I am working on:
1) Does it do any 'good' to have IE 7 installed -- other than the obvious benefits of (supposedly) better security while browsing? Not using IE at all seems most secure to me. I use Seamonkey.
But since IE is so highly integrated into the main OS I am wondering if it gives some security benefits in other respects.
2) Exactly what is .NET good for? My copy of Win XP Home came with .NET 1.1 and I am guessing it was installed by default (How do you tell what version of .NET is installed?) but I don't know what it means for how I use my computer.
3) Why do my XP video drivers offer fewer display modes than the Win98 drivers for the exact same video card? Weirdest of all, why does it have 1280X1024 (non-standard aspect ratio) but NOT 1280X960 (standard aspect ratio)???
4) I am occasionally seeing animations and tool tips truncated. The 'copy' animation, for example, shows only the little piece of paper flying across the dialog box, but not the folders. Or tool tips on the taskbar show only the top edge, while the actual text doesn't appear. It's as if some positioning code is screwed up.
5) Why is Win98 able to recognize and use an external modem turned on after it boots but XP cannot? I literally had to reboot just to be able to dial out. Deh!