Windows XP Tips

Windows XP Tweaks and Tips

Here are some pretty good tweaks, tips, downloads and info for Windows XP, some are older, some are not, but they all are useful.

Boot Windows XP from a USB flash drive Ever had a PC crash and become unbootable? With this article, you can create a bootable USB drive that runs Windows XP, and if you can run Windows XP, you can get into the drive and run a virus scan, check for spyware, do some disk or partition repair to make your computer work again.

Hide shared folders with Windows XP Pro’s Net command line tool Use the Net command line tool to hide your PC, and/or your shared folders from other users on your network.

Use these four Registry tweaks to accelerate Windows XP Plenty of third-party programs claim to tweak or optimize Windows. However, most of them simply make Registry edits. Here are four manual tweaks that experienced IT professionals can make to improve the speed of Windows XP, from Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition.

XP Tools Pro XP Tools is a integrated suite of powerful PC Utilities to fix, speed up, and protect your computer. With only a few minutes of tweaking, XP Tools will optimize the performance of your computer, correct problems and it will help you to customize your system to suit your needs. XP Tools will erase your Internet tracks, the ones that it can anyway, hide your sensitive files and folders, lock your important applications, and give you the tools that you need to fine-tune your computer. When you run XP Tools, your Windows system will run faster, will crash less often, and will be more private and secure. And isn’t that about everything you want from a utility?

And check out some of the latest Windows XP News from Google.

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Windows XP Support Videos

Here is a collection of Windows XP Videos, including installation, device configuration and installation, user interface help and more.

Windows XP Videos.

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Windows XP for Newbies

This post is for everyone who on lands on this site and are not really sure what they are looking for, other than help with their computer, a computer that is most likely running Windows XP. The newbieclub are publishers of some of the best eBooks on the internet when it comes to learning about computers, from Windows XP, to website design, from Windows 98 to MS Word, Keyboarding and Registry help for newbies. The best one so far is the Windows XP for Newbies course, it contains 200 + pages containing a massive library of 400 screen captures (pictures from a PC) and 56 in-depth ‘Newbie-Speak’ Tutorials all designed specifically for PC beginners.

This unique course has transformed the lives of thousands of PC users. People of all ages, genders, and nationalities. Frustrated PC Newbies from all walks of life regardless of educational ability or technical expertise. Its laid back Newbie-Friendly system of translating mystifying Techie-Jargon into Newbie-Speak, has made it one of the most talked about and block busting Windows training courses on the Net.

Are you struggling to get to grips with that metal beast on your desk? Have you tried other books and courses and given up in frustration? Have you almost convinced yourself that computers are just for ‘intelligent’ nerds? And are you constantly muttering to yourself “Is it ME”?

Then you MUST get your hands on this best selling, life transforming course!

Because it will help you achieve whatever you want from your PC, whether it’s just the simplest of tasks, or the joys of starting your own Internet business. Yes, you really can do it … once you know the basics. It’s rather like learning to drive a car … Once you understand the essential controls you can drive any vehicle you choose, and go anywhere you want! Source: Windows XP for Newbies

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Windows XP Memory Tips

I have been noticing quite a few searches for windows memory tips and while there are many things you can do to improve performance in Windows XP, one of the best tips I can give to most users who are actually searching for them is to use a program that does it all for you, such as SpeedUpMyPC. Now, I know this will cost you a little money, how much more peacefully will you sleep knowing that you haven’t done anything that is going to hurt Windows, like deleting the wrong key in the registry or changing some setting accidentally while searching for another. There are so many things that can get messed up in the registry, that it is often cheaper to buy a specialized program than to pay some techie to reload windows for you. Here are some of the features of SpeedUpMyPC:

SpeedUpMyPC lets you monitor and control all your PC resources with easy, one click instructions. System settings, internet usage, disk clutter, RAM and CPU are all automatically scanned, cleaned and optimized for peak performance. You can also selectively disable or remove unnecessary background and auto-start processes to cut valuable seconds off your startup time.

Try out their free performance scan here.

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How Do I Find My IP Address

Lot of searches today trying to figure out how to find what your ip address is. Using Windows XP, click on start, then click on run, in the command box type “cmd”, you’ll get a dos command prompt, in the command prompt type ipconfig and hit enter. In the dos box you’ll get your ip address, subnet mask and default gateway for each communications adapter in your computer. If you enter ipconfig/all, you will get a lot more information, computer name, DNS servers, etc. If you hit ipconfig/? you’ll get a list of all the available switches and what they do. These commands also work with Windows 2000, and Windows NT, if I remember correctly, it’s been awhile since I looked at NT.

If you are running Windows 98 or ME, just type winipcfg in the dos box and hit enter and you’ll get a new window with all the info.

Now, if you are using a wireless router or similar device, your ip address will be something like 192.168.0.*, with the * being any number between 1 and 255, most likely it will start with 2 and go up according to the number of computers that receive an ip address from your router. Without going into too much detail, the 192.168.*.* range are private ip addresses, which means everything in that ip address range is local to your network and the packets for those computers remain inside your network. So, the router has to translate that address to one that can be seen from the outside. So to find out what your ip address is on the internet go to this website, http://www.edpsciences.org/htbin/ipaddress and it will show you your ip address.

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How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

I love it when I find these great Windows tips on other sites, I can just link to them instead of trying to write my own, hehe, am I lazy or what? Wikihow, the howto manual anyone can edit, has a great one on How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications.

Windows genuine advantage notifications occur when your computer hasn’t passed the validation test. The validation test can be failed due to being sold a pirated (non-genuine) copy of XP, or because you have changed your XP product key to a software-generated key. The failed validation installs three types of notifications on your computer: one on the log in screen, one log in timer, and one balloon. It also stops updates from Microsoft and disables your ability to install IE7 and Windows Media Player 11. This solution can get rid of all three notifications, even though you will still not be able to update. Unfortunately, you can only update if you buy a valid Microsoft product key again.

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Ever Wonder Why Windows Takes So long to Boot?

Found an article on why Windows can take longer and longer to boot up. It describes the prefetch cache slowing it down because it gets clogged up with more and more programs, this is because Windows tries to load programs faster for you, so it loads parts of the programs you ran on your last session to make them load faster. It tells you how to make this faster, it also talks about the hard drive getting defragmented, network drives slowing you down, adware and spyware and file and printer sharing. Check it out, Why windows takes so long to start up. But, read on before you do.

Well, some of this info is incorrect, you should not clean out your prefetch folder, according to Ed Bott,

Bottom line: You will not improve Windows performance by cleaning out the Prefetch folder. You will, in fact, degrade Windows performance by cleaning out the Prefetch folder. I’ve done performance testing that establishes this definitively. In all the many sites that offer this bogus tip, I have yet to see a single piece of actual performance testing.

So, while the article is helpful in telling you to defragment your hard drive, clean spyware and adware, but, whatever you do, do not empty the prefecth folder. Some will say it will help if you test programs, or check out a program and never run it again, but Windows cleans up the folder and removes program that are no longer used.

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How To: Disable Error Reporting

You can get rid of the Windows XP error report messages if you don’t want to send another one in. Start the System Configuration Utility:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Type msconfig to open the System Configuration Utility.
  3. Click the Services tab.
  4. Clear the Error Reporting Service check box, and then click OK.
  5. Hit Restart to reboot your system.

Your computer will now start without loading the error reporting service.

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The Road to Windows “Longhorn”

What we know about the next version of Windows

If you’re a Net junkie like me, you’ve probably seen screenshots that reportedly expose upcoming user interfaces for the next two versions of Windows (code-named “Longhorn” and “Blackcomb”). You might have heard of internal alpha builds of either OS, and maybe, just maybe, you’ve seen the infamous Blackcomb movie that’s making the rounds as well. I’ve spent the past few months investigating all of these things, and after speaking with several Microsofties and uncovering the truth behind the wild stuff that’s available on the Internet, I thought I’d provide a little heads-up on what’s really going on with the next version of Windows.

Chances are, everything you know is wrong. But I do know this: As of this date–mid-January 2002–every single screenshot you’ve seen that purports to be Longhorn or Blackcomb is either fake or actually shows something other than those OSes. Every single one. And there are no builds of Blackcomb floating around, internal or otherwise.

Microsoft is indeed working on future versions of Windows and accompanying technologies such as Digital Media 9 (“Corona”), “Mira,” and “Freestyle” (see my related showcase about Freestyle and Mira). These technologies will all ship separately, while other technologies (such as the next version of Windows Movie Maker and DVD burning capabilities) won’t see the light of day until Longhorn ships in 2003. There are so many groups working on Windows-related technologies these days, in fact, that it’s hard to keep up.

So let’s start with an obvious target: That intriguing “Blackcomb” video and the screenshot fakes that appeared as a result.

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XP successor Longhorn goes SQL, P2P – Microsoft leaks

Sources close to Microsoft confirm that The Beast is set to include a new relational file store at the core of its next version of Windows. Some roadmap slippage has apparently occurred, too, as the database core will be introduced into Longhorn, and Blackcomb has been pushed further back. That leaves a gap for a point revision of XP next year, although there’s no sign of this on the roadmap just yet. Despite the annual revisions being named as users’ number one bugbear, Microsoft hasn’t let a year go by without releasing a new version of Windows since 1997, when it was fighting the browser wars.

The final feature set for Longhorn – the codename for the successor to Windows XP – hasn’t been nailed down yet, and the database core had been rumored for inclusion in Blackcomb, the next Windows after Longhorn.

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