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Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

How do I run Phone Dialer in Windows XP?

Phone Dialer is NOT on any menu in Windows XP.

To run Phone Dialer, Start / Run / Dialer.exe / OK.
To add Phone Dialer to the Communications menu:

1. Right-click the Start button and press Explore All Users.
2. Double-click Programs.
3. Double-click Accessories.
4. Double-click Communications.
5. On the File menu, press New and Shortcut.
6. In the Type the location of the item box, type “c:Program FilesWindows NTdialer.exe” and press Next.
7. In the Type a name for this shortcut box, type Phone Dialer.
8. Press Finish.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Auto Login

· Go to Start/Run, and type ‘control userpasswords2’.
· From Users Tab, Uncheck “Users must enter ….”
· A dialog will allow setting a user and password to be used automatically.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Clean Your Prefetch to Improve Performance

This is a unique technique for WinXP. We know that it is necessary to scrub registry
and TEMP files for Win9X/ME/2000 periodically. Prefetch is a new and very useful
technique in Windows XP. However, after using XP some time, the prefetch directory can
get full of junk and obsolete links in the Prefetch catalog, which can slow down your
computer noticeably.
· Open C(system drive):/windows/prefetch, delete those junk and obsolete files,
reboot. It is recommended that you do this every month.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Kill XP splash screen

You can disable the windows XP splash screen, but you should be aware that removing the splash screen will also cause you not to see any boot-up messages, such as chkdsk, but it should boot a little quicker also.

* Edit boot.ini
* Add ” /noguiboot” right after “/fastdetect”.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Changing Thumbnail Options

You can change the size of the Thumbnails view in My Computer by opening up the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigating to the following location:
Current user only:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer
All users:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer
Add a new DWORD value called ThumbnailSize and give it a hexidecimal value that is between 32 and 256, inclusive (that is, the lowest possible value is 32 and the highest is 256): A value of 32 will give you the smallest possible thumbnails, and 256 will give you the biggest

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Do Not Highlight Newly Installed Programs

Tired of that annoying little window that pops up to tell you that new software is installed? If it gets in the way when you’re logging off, turn it off completely.

* To do this Click Start, right-click at the top of the Start menu where your name is displayed, and then click Properties.
* In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, on the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
* Click the Advanced tab, and then clear the Highlight newly installed programs check box.
* Click OK, and then click OK again.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Display the Sharing Tab in Folder Properties

In Windows 2000, getting to the Sharing options for a folder was simple: Just right-click, choose Properties, and you’d see a Sharing tab. In Windows XP, this feature is missing by default, but you can make the system display the Sharing tab if desired. Simply open up Folder Options (My Computer, then Tools, Folder Options) and navigate to the View tab. In the Advanced Settings section, scroll down to the bottom and uncheck Use simple file sharing (Recommended), a Mickey Mouse feature if there ever was one. Now share your folders on the LAN as you would in Windows 2000.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

Driverquery tool

This is useful for checking the status of system drivers, is included in Windows XP Professional edition.

The primary task of driverquery is to display all drivers installed on
the system. When you run the utility, you’ll receive a list of the
drivers, their short name, description, driver type, and link date and time. You
can add the /v parameter to get detailed information about drivers or
the /si parameter to get information about signed and unsigned drivers on
the system. This can be very useful.

Listing all drivers from the remote system makes the utility even more
useful. Everything you can do with a local system, you can also do on a
remote system by adding the /s parameter.

Jun 18, 2004 - Windows 2000, Windows XP    No Comments

Enable Error Mode

In Windows NT4, 2000 and XP it is possible to initialize Windows in Error Mode, a special debugging mode of the “stripped down” Safe Mode.
In Error Mode a small popup window (basically a core dump) shows up whenever an application crashes, similar (but more detailed) to the well known “This program performed an illegal operation” error message.
To enable this feature, run Regedit and go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlWindows
Modify the “ErrorMode” DWORD [REG_DWORD] Decimal value from 0 to 1.
Reboot when done.
ErrorMode valid Decimal values:
0 = both system and program error popups enabled (default).
1 = system error popups disabled, program error popups enabled.
2 = both system and program error popups disabled.”

Jun 18, 2004 - Windows XP    No Comments

HOW TO: Change the Volume Licensing Product Key on a Windows XP SP1-Based Computer

Because of changes in Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows XP-based computers that use a leaked product key that is known to be available to the general public may not be able to install SP1 or automatically obtain updates from the Windows Update Web site. For example, you may experience the symptoms that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article when you install SP1
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