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UsefulTips Windows XP

UsefulTips Windows XP



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How to Remove Windows XP's Messenger
 Theoretically, you can get rid of it (as well as a few other things). Windows2000 power users should already be familiar with this tweak.Fire up the Windows Explorer and navigate your way to the%SYSTEMROOT% \ INF folder. What the heck is that thingy with thepercentage signs? It's a variable. For most people, %SYSTEMROOT% isC:\Windows. For others, it may be E:\WinXP. Get it? Okay, on with the hack!In the INF folder, open sysoc.inf (but not before making a BACKUP copyfirst). Before your eyes glaze over, look for the line containing "msmsgs" init. Near the end of that particular line, you'll notice that the word "hide" isnot so hidden. Go ahead and delete "hide" (so that the flanking commas areleft sitting next to one another). Save the file and close it. Now, open theAdd and Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel. Click the Add /Remove Windows Components icon. You should see "Windows Messenger" inthat list. Remove the checkmark from its box, and you should be set. NOTE:there are other hidden system components in that sysoc.inf file, too. Remove"hide" and the subsequent programs at your own risk.
Set the Search Screen to the Classic Look
 When I first saw the default search pane in Windows XP, my instinct was toreturn it to its classic look; that puppy had to go. Of course, I laterdiscovered that a doggie door is built into the applet. Click "Changepreferences" then "Without an animated screen character." If you'd rathergive it a bare-bones "Windows 2000" look and feel, fire up your Registryeditor and navigate to:HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ CabinetState.You may need to create a new string value labeled "Use Search Asst" and setit to "no".
New Sound Blaster Drivers
With the loads of problems reported by users with Soundblaster cards onWindows XP Creative has stepped up and offered drivers for at least somemodels of their Sound Blaster cards, but check your particular model closely.
I have downloaded the SB128 drivers and my sound problems have beenresolved..! So they do work.
Upgrading to Windows XP
You can upgrade a computer that runs Windows 98, 98SE, or Me to WindowsXP Home Edition. Those same versions, along with Windows NT Workstation4.0 and Windows 2000 Professional, can be upgraded to Windows XPProfessional.(1).To ensure a smooth upgrade and avoid networking problems, followthese tips before starting the upgrade:(2)Install all network cards. XP will detect them and automatically install theright drivers.(3)Have your Internet connection available. The XP setup process willconnect to a Microsoft server to download the latest setup files, includingchanges that have been made since XP was released.Some programs are incompatible with XP and can cause networkingproblems. Un-install these programs. After the upgrade is complete and thenetwork is working, re-install XP-compatible versions of these programs:Internet Connection Sharing, NAT, Proxy Server Anti-Virus Firewall.
How to Upgrade Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition Profilesto Windows XP Domain User Profiles
This guide describes how to upgrade a Microsoft Microsoft Windows 98-based, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition-based client that has userprofiles to a Microsoft Windows XP-based client.The following steps enable the Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition(Me) profiles to be retained throughout the process.Your best method to retain the profiles is to join the domain during theupgrade installation process.Otherwise, you must use a workaround method to transfer the profileinformation over to the Windows XP profile.During the upgrade installation process, at the networking section, theadministrator is offered the choice to join a domain or a workgroup.If you join the domain at this juncture, you ensure that all the existingprofiles are migrated successfully to the Windows XP-based installation.
If you did not join the computer to the domain during the upgrade process,you must use the following workaround method:Join the upgraded computer to the target domain.All applicable users must log on and log off (which generates a profile).Copy the appropriate Application Data folder from the Windows 95, Windows98, and Windows Me profiles to the newly created user profiles.
How to make your Desktop Icons Transparent
Go to ontrol Panel > System, > Advanced > Performance area > Settingsbutton Visual Effects tab "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop"
Speed up your browsing of Windows 2000 & XP machines
Here's a great tip to speed up your browsing of Windows XP machines. Itsactually a fix to a bug installed as default in Windows 2000 that scans sharedfiles for Scheduled Tasks. And it turns out that you can experience a delay aslong as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a networkbecause Windows 2000 is using the extra time to search the remotecomputer for any Scheduled Tasks. Note that though the fix is originallyintended for only those affected, Windows 2000 users will experience thatthe actual browsing speed of both the Internet & Windows Explorers improvesignificantly after applying it since it doesn't search for Scheduled Tasksanymore. Here's how :Open up the Registry and go to :HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpaceUnder that branch, select the key :{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}and delete it.This is key that instructs Windows to search for Scheduled Tasks. If you likeyou may want to export the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary.

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