XP has ClearType, Microsoft's anti-aliasing font display technology . But doesn't have it enabled by default. It's well worth trying, especially if you are using a notebook PC. To enable ClearType, right click on the desktop, select Properties, Appearance, Effects, select ClearType from the second drop-down menu and enable the selection. Expect best results on laptop displays. If you want to use ClearType on the Welcome login screen as well, set the registry entry HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop/FontSmoothingType to 2.