Quick fix for XP's deletion of icons


February 28, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO SUN

I just upgraded to Windows XP. Now my Adobe scanning software, which had a scanner icon, no longer has one. I have to do three or four steps to scan pictures.

Among the collateral damage inflicted when one upgrades to XP is a somewhat stunning change in the look and feel of the computer. That new look banishes desktop icons and relies instead on a greatly expanded display when the Start button comes up. This display includes a default of six favorite programs ready for one-click use. A "customize" feature allows one to add up to 30 programs.

To set up Windows XP to list a favored program as one of the Start items, go to the icon for that software in the Program list under Start. Right-click the program and then create a shortcut for it. Then drag the shortcut on top of the Start button, and it will become one of the resident items. Or, to make another desktop icon, drag the shortcut icon out to the desktop and leave it there.

I bought a new computer with Windows XP. Tried to load AOL 7.0 and there was some kind of conflict. I do not use any of the other benefits of Windows XP. If you were to get another computer, would you get Windows 98 or Windows ME?

Windows ME and Office 2000 work pretty close to XP's highest standards right now. I would say that if one can still find a powerful PC running Windows ME, buy it. You'll be spared a lot of aggravation and still enjoy the vast majority of new Windows features.

I am using the CeQuadrat just!burn (Roxio) program to burn to CD-R/RWs. I added 3.28 megabytes to a CD-R that had 600 mb on it, but now all I can read is the last 3.28 MB burn. I called my computer maker and was told that the program automatically finalized the CD, so I should have been able to read the entire CD. Do you have any suggestions?

It is extraordinarily difficult to recover CDs that get burned incorrectly as yours did. The problem is that when you added that last 3.28 MB of data, it overwrote the pointers that keep track of all the data that gets scattered over the surface of a CD.

You could try a data recovery service like www.drivesavers.com, but I fear you're out of luck. May I suggest that in the future you keep this sort of data on a CD-RW. CD-RW allows one to write stuff onto the disc and then erase it and replace it without destroying the underlying material.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@ tribune.com

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