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19156729 Troubleshooting 1

19156729 Troubleshooting 1

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Local Group Policy Editor
[Professional]A nice feature of the Windows NT, 2000, XP Operating Systems is the "Local Group PolicyEditor" This is a flexible Change and Configuration Management tool. This tool includes optionsfor registry-based policy settings, security settings, software installation, scripts, startup,shutdown, logon, logoff, and folder redirection.To invoke the Local Group Policy Editor, select Start and then Run, then type:gpedit.msc Now press ENTER on your keyboard.[Top]
Enable ClearType
Microsoft states, "With Windows XP, ClearType delivers improved font display resolution over traditional anti-aliasing. It improves readability on color LCD monitors with a digital interface,such as those in laptops and high-quality flat desktop displays. Readability on CRT screens canalso be somewhat improved."Here is a are the steps to enable ClearType for Windows XP:Right click on the desktop and select PropertiesClick on the Appearance tab.Click on the Effects button.Put a check on the Use the following methods to smooth edges of screen fonts.Change the value from standard to ClearType.Open up IE and you will see a difference.[Top]
Classic Start Menu
If you prefer to have your system Icons on the Desktop rather than having many of them in your Start Menu, then here's how to get the Classic Start Menu on your XP system.Right-click the Start Menu and choose Properties. The "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties"window should appear.In the bottom half of the window, select "Classic Start Menu" and then click OK or Apply, andyou should see the old familiar Start Menu.[Top]
Back up the XP Registry
Go to Start>> Run, type in: regeditClick on the registry key that you are going to edit.Go to File and click Export.Choose a location to save the registry key file and click Save.Or you can use a small utility called "ERUNT" which stands for: The Emergency RecoveryUtility NT. This is an emergency registry backup and restore utility for Windows NT/2000/XP574 KB NOTE: Please keep in mind that using the export style of backup is not a complete backup of theWindows registry. ERUNT is a very good backup program and is a complete backup of the
 
registry, but I believe the System Restore (SR) feature that comes with XP is the best and safestway to backup. With SR, you'll have a months worth of clean registry backup copies to choosefrom (assuming the chosen restore point was in fact clean to start with). Remember, each restore point overwrites the next. Now, If you use ERUNT, you could be restoring a copy of your registry that is much older than a month, whereby you would lose any programs and/or changesthat you've made after making your backup copy. So, you can see that the SR is best because youcan always choose a restore point that is very recent.For further information regarding the System Restore feature:Click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:306084 HOW TO: Restore Windows XP to a Previous State304449 HOW TO: Start System Restore Tool From Command Prompt283073 HOW TO: Disable the System Restore Configuration User Interface302796 Troubleshooting System Restore in Windows XP[Top]
Shared Documents Folders
Many are finding the links to all of the shared folders on your system to be pretty annoying. Thismay be the system default setting, but you certainly do not have to live with it. Here is how toremove the Shared Documents Folders from My Computer.Go to Start > Run and type in: regeditHit [Enter] on your keyboard Navigate through the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ My Computer \ NameSpace \ DelegateFoldersClick once on DelegateFolders to empty its contents in the right pane.You will see a sub-key named: {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}Deleting this sub-keywill remove all of the Shared Documents Folders.It is not necessary to reboot to see this change.[Top]
DirectX Diagnostic Tool
Windows 2000/XP has a handy tool for running diagnostic tests on your DirectX program. Someof what this tool can do includes:Display detailed informationDiagnostic tests on many components, which include:DisplaySound Network ...and moreCheck for problemsSave the information to a text file.[Top]Minimum System RequirementsPC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233-MHzminimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
 
1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.*Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor CD-ROM or DVD driveKeyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device[Top]
XP Design Goals
Below, are the design goals for Windows XP Operating System.Richer communications. Real-time voice, video and application-sharing will enable people tocommunicate more effectively.Enhanced mobility. Mobile users' ability to access their information any time, anywhere will befurther improved.Improved help and support. Users will be able to easily connect to people and resources for helpwhenever they need it.Simple digital photos and video. Windows XP will make it easy to create, organize and sharedigital memories.Exciting music and entertainment. Windows XP will deliver the best experience for thediscovery, download, personalization and playback of high-quality audio and video content.Enabling of the "connected home." Windows XP will give people an easy way to shareinformation, devices and Internet connections within the home.[Top]Program Compatibility IssuesWith any new system, there will be compatibility issues that will arise. Windows XP is designedto run most programs that run on Windows 95/98/ME and NT. However, XP may havecompatibility issues with DOS programs.[Top]
Upgrade Paths
Both Home and Professional can be upgraded from Windows 98, Windows 98SE, and WindowsME. Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Home can all be upgraded to WindowsXP Professional. Windows 95 is not a supported upgrade path from either version.[Top]
Secure Attention Sequence Title
To change the title of the Secure Attention Sequence (SAS = Ctrl+Alt+Delete), perform thefollowing steps:Start the registry editor (regedit.exe). Navigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.From the Edit menu, select New> String value.Enter a name of Welcome, and press Enter.Double-click the new value, add the text you want to display after Windows Security (e.g., for 5Star Support), and click OK.Close the registry editor.Press the SAS sequence to see the new dialog box title.[Top]
Tasklist.exe
Microsoft has replaced tlist.exe with tasklist.exe in XP. Tlist.exe lets you list all the processesrunning on your machine and the associated task name and memory usage. Tasklist.exe replicatesall the functionality of the original utility. For information about tasklist.exe, type the following atthe XP command prompt: tasklist /?

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