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Dec 1, 2004 - General, Windows XP    1 Comment

Use pushd to help you get back

Lets say your current directory is

and you want to get back here. Use the pushd DOS command.

pushd .

that is push the current UNC, machine, drive and directory onto the stack. Yes the “.” is understood as the current location. Then change drives, directories as much as you wish and when you get ready to come back, don’t try to remember the location or if you can’t, don’t type in that ugly path. Use the popd DOS command to get back. Type


the Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP DOS emulator will bring you back to


Dec 1, 2004 - General, Windows XP    2 Comments

Disable Windows XP’s builtin zip support

Windows XP comes with builtin support for uncompressing zip’d files. If you prefer to continue using a dedicated utility like pkzip or winzip which has more functionality, you probably need to disable the limited capability of XP to prevent interactions and problems, run the following command:
regsvr32 /u %windir%system32zipfldr.dll

Want to re-enable the builtin zip capability, run the following command:

regsvr32 %windir%system32zipfldr.dll

Dec 1, 2004 - General, Windows XP    2 Comments

Disable Low Disk Space Notification in Windows XP

You can disable these alerts using the following Windows XP registry hack:

Key: SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
Name: NoLowDiskSpaceChecks
Value: 1 disables alerts

Nov 22, 2004 - General, Windows XP    2 Comments

Suppress the Windows Tour Prompt in Windows XP

XP displays the Windows Tour balloon prompt the first 3 times you logon to XP. If you want to suppress the XP Tour, use the following XP registry hack:

Key: SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAppletsTour
Name: RunCount
Value: 0

Setting RunCount = 0 will disable the balloon prompt for all users.

Jul 24, 2004 - General, Windows XP    1 Comment

What is the difference between Windows XP Professional Edition and Windows XP Home Edition?

Backup—XP Pro has the standard Win2K backup program; XP Home has no backup program.
Dynamic Disks—XP Pro supports dynamic disks; XP Home doesn’t.
IIS—XP Pro includes IIS; XP Home doesn’t.
Encrypted File System (EFS)—EFS debuted in Win2K and lets you encrypt files on an NTFS partition, a very useful feature for mobile machines. XP Pro includes EFS; XP Home doesn’t.
Multiple Monitors—XP Pro supports up to nine monitors; XP Home supports only one monitor (Windows Me/Win98 supported multiple monitors).
Multiprocessor—XP Pro supports up to two processors; XP Home supports only one (as did Windows Me/Win98).
Remote Assistance—Both editions support Remote Assistance, which lets someone from a Help desk connect to the client desktop to troubleshoot problems.
Remote Desktop—XP Pro adds to Remote Assistance by letting any machine running a Terminal Services client run one Terminal Services session against an XP Pro machine.
Domain Membership—XP Pro systems can be domain members; XP Home systems can’t, but they can access domain resources.
Group Policy—XP Pro supports group policies; XP Home doesn’t.
IntelliMirror—XP Pro supports IntelliMirror, which includes Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS), software deployment, and user setting management; XP Home doesn’t support IntelliMirror.
Upgrade from Windows Me/Win98—Both XP Pro and XP Home support this upgrade.
Upgrade from Win2K/NT—Only XP Pro supports this upgrade.
64-bit Support—Only XP Pro will have a 64-bit version that supports the Itanium systems.
Network Support—XP Pro includes support for Network Monitor, SNMP, IP Security (IPSec), and the Client Services for NetWare (CSNW); XP Home doesn’t.

Jul 19, 2004 - General, Windows XP    No Comments

How can I determine whether I’ve enabled boot defragment in Windows XP?

Windows XP includes an option to perform a boot defragment, which places all files required for booting next to each other on disk to provide a faster boot time. The OS enables this option by default, but you can check the status and enable this option by performing the following steps:

Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimizeFunction.
If Enable isn’t set to Y, double-click Enable and set the value to Y.
Click OK.
Close the registry editor.
Reboot the machine.
If you want to disable boot defragment, set Enable to N.

Jul 17, 2004 - General, Windows XP    1 Comment

How can I avoid having to re-activate my Windows XP installation when I reinstall the OS on my machine?

If you plan to reinstall XP on the same hardware, you can back up the activation status and then restore it after you reinstall the OS. To save the activation status, back up the wpa.dbl file from the %systemroot%system32 folder to a disk or other location.

After you reinstall the OS, perform the following steps:

Start your Windows installation in Minimal Safe mode.
Move to the %systemroot%system32 folder.
Rename wpa.dbl to wpa.noact.
Copy your backed up wpa.dbl file to the system32 folder.
Reboot your system as usual.

This procedure isn’t a hack to avoid activating installations and will work only on the same hardware for an XP installation that you’ve already activated.

Jul 17, 2004 - General, Windows XP    No Comments

How can I access shares on a Windows XP machine from Windows Me and Win9x?

If you upgrade from Windows Me or Windows 9x to Windows XP in the coming days and want to network your new PC or new OS with other machines in your house, you need to remember a few key details. Unlike Windows Me and Win9x, XP has built-in networking security, so you’ll have to log on to an XP box before you can use it and, if you’re wise, you’ll password-protect that account. But after you do so, you won’t be able to access shares on your XP box from Windows Me and Win9x machines. Here’s why: In a Windows workgroup based on XP, Windows 2000, or Windows NT, you must supply valid credentials (your logon/password) before you can access network resources. And you must configure these logons and associated passwords on any XP (or Win2K or NT) machine on the network. So let’s say you log on as “sally” to a Win98 machine. To access an XP machine on the same network, you’ll have to set up a “sally” account on the XP box that uses the same password. After you set it up your network this way, accessing shares will work the same way it did in Windows Me and Win9x.

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