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Tired of chasing your mouse? Use keyboard shortcuts Why use your mouse if using your keyboard is faster? Save time with these shortcuts. Simplify using your mouse: change double-click to single-click Want to open files and folders with a single click? Follow these steps to change your settings. Set your windows so they all have the same view When you open a folder, do you prefer to see a detailed list of files, a row of thumbnails, or something else? Make all your folders open with your favorite view. Use a Web graphic for your desktop background Is there a picture on the Web you particularly like? Make it your desktop background so you see it whenever you use your computer. Speed up menu display Slow computer? Save time by making your menus display more quickly. Instantly activate a screensaver You don't have to wait several minutes for your screensaver to show up. Learn how to turn it on immediately. Manually put your computer into hibernation Make it easier to pick up where you left off using your laptop, without shutting it down or draining the battery. Learn how to put your computer into hibernation. Unlock toolbars to work with them If you can't move or resize a toolbar, it may be locked. Learn how to open it so you can make changes.

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Add familiar icons back to your desktop Did a favorite icon (such as My Computer, My Documents, or the Recycle Bin) disappear from your desktop? Use these steps to restore it. Change the default opening folder in Windows Explorer Windows Explorer opens showing the My Documents folder by default. Change the default opening folder so it displays other folders and drives. Schedule a task to defragment drives Is your computer getting slower? Your hard drive may need to be defragmented. Have Windows XP automatically do it once a week to keep your computer up to speed. Set up your computer so only one person can use it If someone needs to use your computer for a brief amount of time, activate a Guest account and then deactivate it when he or she is done. Move your taskbar to a new spot Don't like that taskbar at the bottom of your screen, or wish it could display more windows? Relocate the taskbar to make more room. Display the Quick Launch bar The Quick Launch bar is a list of shortcuts to your favorite programs. If it seems to be missing, learn how to bring it back. Add a shortcut to your desktop Want a faster way to get to that file or folder? Create a shortcut on your desktop so you can access it quickly. Time zones, Daylight Saving Time, and e-mail Don't get set back by time changes. If you travel or send e-mail between time zones, you can use Windows XP to help you with time adjustments. Windows XP can even adjust your clock for Daylight Saving Time. Create a personal screensaver using your photos Make a screensaver you'll love with the digital photos on your computer. Windows XP makes it easy. Use the On-Screen keyboard Learn how to use a mouse or joystick with the On-Screen keyboard instead of a regular keyboard to enter text. Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder Open a folder with a few keystrokes. Learn how to create keyboard shortcuts for your favorite folders.

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Display the volume control icon in the taskbar Quick, turn that music down (or up)! If you listen to music on your computer, quickly turn the volume up or down by adding an icon to your taskbar. Add a picture to a folder Make browsing your folders more fun, and make it easier for children to open files. Replace the default folder icons in Windows XP with custom pictures. Change the picture on the Welcome screen In Windows XP, each user account has a standard picture associated with it (such as a chess set, a dog, or an astronaut). Make your user account more personal. Turn on the StickyKeys feature Want to use keyboard shortcuts, but find it hard to hold down two or three keys at a time? StickyKeys can help. Add new programs to your All Programs menu alphabetically If you're overwhelmed by the number of items listed on your All Programs menu, make it easier to find what you want by sorting them alphabetically. Install Windows XP Home Edition backup software If you're using Windows XP Home Edition, this utility makes it easy to create backup copies of your files. Adjust the vertical space between icons Is your desktop filling up with shortcut icons? You may still have room for more. Adjust the space between icons so more can fit on your desktop. Help save energy and the environment: put your monitor to sleep When you're away from your desk, put your monitor in low-power mode to save electricity and reduce the impact on the environment. Open the ClipBook (Clipboard) Viewer Want to quickly see what files you've cut or copied? Create a shortcut to the ClipBook Viewer, which shows the items you copied to the Clipboard. Organize your notification area If the area near your system clock (at the lower right of your screen) is getting cluttered with icons, use these tips to organize it. Tips for advanced users Already know the basics? Use these advanced tips to get more done and help to protect your computer and data. Top of page

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local PC makers—known in the industry as "system builders"—can continue to sell PCs with Windows XP until January 2009. We'll also stop sending it to Dell.) You may even still see copies of the software. If you need Windows XP.aspx (4 of 12)12/3/2008 2:43:16 PM . All and all. Although Windows XP won't be sold in stores. Microsoft stopped distributing Windows XP as a stand-alone product shrink-wrapped in the store. We're proud of Windows XP. Windows XP is no exception.Windows XP: The future The lifespan of every Microsoft product is carefully mapped from launch to retirement. Microsoft plans to support Windows XP until April 2014. We intend to sell Windows XP Home for these machines with limited hardware capabilities to run until June 2010. We do this to ensure you always get the most out of your PC experience. But technology doesn't stand still. you may see devices called Netbooks or ultra-low cost PCs (ULCPC) running Windows XP Home. Some places have it. HP. Can I still buy Windows XP now? I'm confused. Windows XP isn't going to disappear overnight. In fact. Lenovo and all the other major PC manufacturers who would sell PCs that exclusively run Windows XP. Also. (Read about the ULCPC program on Microsoft Presspass.com/windows/windows-xp/future. you can still get it through what we call "downgrade rights" that downgrade a new PC with Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows XP. Smaller. as stores and PC makers work through their inventory. Microsoft and its partners will continue to offer technical support for Windows XP for months and years to come. On June 30. And neither can we. http://www. some don't. a product that has empowered and entertained hundreds of millions of people in the last eight years. or computers pre-loaded with it. we're not "pulling the plug" on Windows XP. And another reminder.microsoft. We understand your confusion. Read about Windows lifecycle policy.

Extended Support for Windows XP will continue until April 2014. For more details.Windows XP: The future I've heard I can get Windows XP through something called "downgrade rights. a shrink-wrapped. Your PC manufacturer can also provide technical support for your PC." What are those exactly? If your business relies on Windows XP. When you buy Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate. What'll happen if I have technical problems? We understand some of our customers aren't ready to upgrade their PCs to Windows Vista. If you're interested in learning more about downgrade rights. contact your preferred PC manufacturer. As more customers make the move to Windows Vista. not pre-installed copy). Extended Support delivers free security updates to all Windows customers. you're automatically entitled to return to Windows XP Professional via what we call "downgrade rights.e." Downgrade rights do not expire. Programs like Windows Vista Small Business Assurance ensure our commitment to small business." What's the difference? Mainstream Support delivers complimentary and paid support. Although Windows XP will disappear from stores. New bug fixes require the Extended Hotfix Support program. and bug fixes to all Windows customers who purchase a retail copy of Windows XP (i. Customers can also pay for support on a per incident basis. My business relies on Windows XP.com/windows/windows-xp/future. Please contact them for more information.microsoft. we'll continue to offer Extended Support for the operating system until April 2014. free security updates. we want to make sure they’re transitioning smoothly and with confidence. Mainstream Support for Windows XP will continue through April 2009. see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. I've heard about two types of Windows XP support—"mainstream" and "extended.. http://www. there's still a way to get it. Part of that commitment involves providing downgrade media to OEMs to make the process easier for customers that need to downgrade.aspx (5 of 12)12/3/2008 2:43:16 PM .

we know that our business customers often use older applications and hardware and may need more time to conduct testing as they prepare to upgrade to newer technologies. and work well with the vast majority of hardware and software solutions available today.microsoft. deliver the best results from today's hardware. What is the general downgrade process? We try to make downgrading as easy as possible for our customers that need to use Windows XP. That is why we offer downgrade rights through our volume license programs and with Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Business. The best way is to ask the manufacturer of your PC. General questions about downgrades Expand all Which versions of Windows Vista have downgrade rights? Only PCs with Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate pre-installed come with downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional. At the same time. Why do only Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate have downgrade rights? We believe a new PC with Windows Vista will provide the best experience. and they can with these versions of Windows Vista. and guide you through the process. No other versions of Windows Vista come with downgrade rights. Microsoft wants to be sure anyone who needs Windows XP can still obtain it. How to downgrade if you need to http://www. They can tell you if your PC will downgrade to Windows XP.Windows XP: The future Read more in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.com/windows/windows-xp/future.aspx (6 of 12)12/3/2008 2:43:16 PM . supply you with the media to downgrade.

microsoft. However. Not every new PC has been tested for use with Windows XP and your OEM is the one who can advise you on possible compatibility problems and help you resolve issues. Your OEM can supply you with downgrade media (physical CDs) that matches the license on your version of Windows Vista. This will help make the downgrade process problem-free. 2.aspx (7 of 12)12/3/2008 2:43:16 PM . you can still exercise the downgrade rights that come with Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate.Windows XP: The future Expand all How should I downgrade? If you know that you want to downgrade. do I still need to call my OEM? We recommend that customers always contact their OEM because of potential hardware issues and to make sure that they are using genuine media with a matching license. or maybe you already have media on hand. We call this company your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). How do I contact my OEM? To find contact information for your OEM. Why should I contact my OEM instead of Microsoft? There two major reasons to contact your OEM. 1.com/windows/windows-xp/future. Only owners of PCs with Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate are eligible to downgrade. In that case. please visit the Computer Manufacturers' Contact Information page. you may not be able to receive downgrade media promptly. http://www. What happens if my OEM has no media available or I already have Windows XP installation disc. please contact your computer’s manufacturer. contact your OEM in a timely fashion. Your OEM can help you find Windows XP drivers for your hardware.

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There are certain issues when confronting the downgrade on your own. You will be responsible for providing your own Windows XP Professional installation disc and product key. Both of these must be valid for use on the target machine. For example, you may have a Windows XP disc that is specific to a different piece of hardware. In that case, the downgrade will not be successful and you will need to take specific actions (see below) to resolve the problem.

I had problems with my downgrade, who do I call?

In all cases, we recommend that you first call your OEM to obtain both downgrade media and hardware-specific support for your situation. However, there will be times when you will need to contact Microsoft, generally in regards to product activation.

However, you may not be able to receive downgrade media promptly, contact your OEM in a timely fashion, or maybe you already have media on hand. In that case, you can still exercise the downgrade rights that come with Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate.

One of the most common issues for customers is mistakenly using a copy of Windows XP that is already in use on another PC. If this is the case, then product activation and the downgrade will fail. If your OEM is unable to assist you, they will refer you to a Microsoft representative who can help guide you through the downgrade process where your OEM has left off.

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aspx (1 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM .. Top of page Key benefits of using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2 http://technet. Published: August 18.com TechNet Library Welcome Sign in TechNet TechNet Library Windows Windows XP Deployment Process Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2.microsoft. The following section details considerations for deploying Windows XP SP2 using SUS. Windows XP SP2 also improves the manageability of the security features in Windows XP and provides more and better information to help users make decisions that may potentially affect their security and privacy.English q Microsoft. customers are encouraged to use a corporate update management solution such as Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 or Software Update Services (SUS). 2004 Click to Rate and Give Feedback On This Page Introduction Key benefits of using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2 Situation overview Factors to consider when using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2 Overall recommendations Summary Introduction Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains major security improvements designed to provide better protection against hackers.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services India . and worms.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us). As a best-practice approach to implementing a managed rollout of Windows XP SP2.. viruses. Web TechCenters Windows Client TechCenter Home Windows XP Windows Vista Library Printer Friendly Version Send TechNet Home Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services We were unable to locate this content in hi-in. Microsoft strongly urges customers with Windows XP and Windows XP Service Pack 1-based systems to update to Windows XP SP2 as soon as possible. Here is the same content in en-us.

Allow customers to safely disable direct Automatic Updates (AU) or Windows Update (WU) access from individual systems. while installation of Windows XP SP2 via WU or AU requires user or administrator interaction on each system.microsoft. For the vast majority of SUS implementations. This translates to 2880 client downloads in a 24-hour period. 4.aspx (2 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM . More information on SUS is available at www.com/sus Note: SUS is available as a free download to customers with a Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server license and can be downloaded from http://www. SUS will automatically and silently install Windows XP SP2.microsoft. instead of being downloaded separately to each system requiring the update. server and network load will not be a concern and SUS administrators will not have to take mitigation actions described below. although it is recommended that the SUS administrator monitor the performance and load on the SUS server when the update is initially approved. These include: http://technet. SUS administrators need to consider the impact on internal network traffic and on the machine on which the SUS server is running. 3. Under ideal conditions for a dedicated SUS server.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us). assuming a 100 Mbps server network card capacity with 20% of this capacity consumed as overhead.aspx?FamilyId=A7AA96E4-6E41-4F54-972C-AE66A4E4BF6C&displaylang=en Top of page Situation overview Because Windows XP SP2 is a relatively large update (approximately 270 MB). Dramatically reduces network traffic into the organization. while allowing these systems to get the necessary critical security updates and other administrator-approved updates. since updates only need to be downloaded to one or a small number of servers within the organization. Allow administrators to control the deployment Windows XP SP2 (as well as other updates) across their Windows systems. a couple of factors contribute to reducing this number in reality. 2.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services 1.com/downloads/details. While this is the theoretical number of clients that can be supported in a 24-hour period if only one client is in contact with the server at any given time and there is no time gap between servicing one client and the next.microsoft. it will take approximately 30 seconds for a SUS client to download the Windows XP SP2 update from the server.

Available network bandwidth for deploying Windows XP SP2 (if this is less than the bandwidth capacity of the SUS server machine) The following guidance is provided for the minimum SUS server configuration – Intel P700 system with 512MB RAM and a 100 Mbps network card and network connection. 2.aspx (3 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM . particularly in environments that have a large number of SUS clients.) and is on a network where the available bandwidth exceeds the bandwidth capacity of the server’s network card.g. Although clients that cannot be serviced by the SUS server because of capacity limitations will attempt to contact the server again after approximately 5 hours.microsoft. Hence. Because many systems would typically be turned on around the beginning of the work day or the start of a work shift.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services 1. file & print. If the SUS client machine is turned off when it is scheduled to contact the server. Top of page http://technet. Whether the SUS server machine is running other services (e.. SUS clients contact the server at randomized intervals of between 17 and 22 hours.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us).) and if so. the client synchronizations are not serialized and it is likely that more than one client will contact the server at the same time. Number of Windows XP systems configured to use a SUS server 2. domain controller. it will attempt to contact the SUS server approximately 10 minutes after the client machine has been turned on. the estimated bandwidth required by these services 4. The following section provides guidance to prevent this situation from occurring. which is dedicated to running the SUS server (no domain controller. you will need to adjust this guidance to reflect your situation. etc. Bandwidth capacity of the SUS server machine’s network card or network connection 3. Top of page Factors to consider when using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2 1. If your SUS server machines is running additional services or the available network capacity is less than the server network card capacity. this overload situation will result in slowing down the server and generating additional network overhead. etc. an unusually high number of clients (relative the volume of clients contacting the server through the rest of the day) would attempt to contact the SUS server at this time.

it is recommended that the SUS administrator monitor the server load when the update is first approved and for the first hour of the work day or first work shift after the Windows XP SP2 update has been approved. etc.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services Overall recommendations There are essentially three options. so it should take approximately the same length of time to deploy Windows XP SP2 irrespective of the option implemented. The following table summarizes the options for the various situations: Option Do nothing Use the limited-time approval technique Implement bandwidth throttling using IIS or BITS 2. Use the limited-time approval technique described below if you have between 2000 and 15000 Windows XP machines that need to be updated with Windows XP SP2 via the SUS server 3.0 http://technet.0 accordingly r For the first (no action necessary) option. Note: Limiting the load on the SUS server or the network via the options described here will result in it taking longer for all the Windows XP systems to be updated. thereby controlling the load on the server and the network. No action is necessary if you have less than 2000 Windows XP machines that need to be updated with Windows XP SP2 per SUS server 2. Implement one of the following bandwidth throttling mechanisms if you need to control the maximum bandwidth used to deploy Windows XP SP2 using SUS: r Limit the maximum number of concurrent connections and maximum bandwidth served on SUS IIS server Limit the maximum bandwidth used by SUS clients to download SUS content by configuring BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) 2.aspx (4 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM . The guidance provided below for each option is based on the same server load assumption.microsoft. thereby controlling the number of clients that are serviced per day and limiting the server load and additional network overhead (retry attempts. The limited-time approval technique works by limiting the number of SUS clients that see the Windows XP SP2 update on the list of approved updates when they contact the SUS server on any given day while this technique is in use. because the bottleneck is the server load. depending on the number of Windows XP systems to be updated using your SUS server (if you have one or a few SUS servers) and the topology of your SUS implementation (if you have many SUS servers): 1. The third set of options works by limiting the bandwidth used by the SUS implementation.).com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us).

This also gives the SUS server time to finish servicing the clients that contacted it during the approval window before a new set of clients attempt to download SP2 when it is re-approved the next day. Limited-time approval technique This technique relies on the SUS administrator to approve and then un-approve the Windows XP SP2 update on the SUS server on a daily basis. after fewer than 2000 machines remain to be updated SUS servers Key requirement One or a few None One or a few Daily SUS administrator intervention. only a subset of the SUS clients contacting the server on a given day will see the update marked as ‘approved’ and will attempt to download the update. This is a manual but easily implemented mechanism to control the load on the SUS server and requires no additional infrastructure configuration or testing.microsoft.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services Windows XP systems per SUS server Less than 2000 Between 2000 and 15000 Typically more than 1000 in a distributed SUS server implementation Many Configuration of IIS or BITS before approving Windows XP SP2 and resetting the configuration.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us). until the number of Windows XP systems that have not received the SP2 update is less than 2000. one option to address the situation is to add one or more SUS servers (most easily implemented behind a load-balanced network). SUS administrators can use the following formula to calculate the amount of time for which to approve the Windows XP SP2 update on each day: TA = 24000 / (NXP – (1000 * NDE)) Where: TA = Amount of time (in hours) the update needs to be marked as ‘approved’ on a given day NXP = Number of Windows XP systems to get SP2 via the SUS server NDE = Number of days since SP2 was first marked as approved on the SUS server For example. if there are 12000 Windows XP systems that need to get the Windows XP SP2 http://technet.aspx (5 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM . until the number of Windows XP systems left to be updated is less than 2000 Note: If the bottleneck is the SUS server. Because the update is only approved for a limited time each day. SUS clients that contact the server outside this time period will not see the SP2 update in the list of approved updates on the SUS server and will therefore not attempt to download it.

Increasing the length of the approval windows will allow more clients to download Windows XP SP2 on a daily basis and reduce the time required to update all your Windows XP machines.8 hours 6 hours 8 hours Approve.2 hours 2. but increasing the windows beyond a certain threshold (which will vary due to unique factors in your environment) will cause server overload and unnecessary network overhead which will result in increasing rather than decreasing the time required to update all your Windows XP machines. You may monitor the SUS server using performance counters or the Task Manager and increase the length of the approval windows if you determine the load on your SUS server is not high. and leave in ‘approved’ state Note: An important consideration for using this technique is to initiate the approval about 1 hour after the work day or shift starts.4 hours 4 hours 4. the update would need to be marked as approved for 2. and so on The full schedule would be as follows: Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 Machines remaining to be updated before approving XP SP2 12000 11000 10000 9000 8000 7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 Length of approval window 2 hours 2. since 24000 / (12000 – (1000 * 0) = 2 For day 2. It is also recommended that you plan your Windows XP SP2 deployment so it doesn’t overlap with the deployment of the monthly security updates from Microsoft (released on the 2nd http://technet. since 24000 / (12000 – (1000 * 1) = 2. Using this technique. it is estimated that between 1000 and 2000 SUS client machines will get the Windows XP SP2 update per day. Note: The above formula is based on conservative assumptions to account for potential spikes in the number of clients contacting the server during the approval window. the calculation would work out as follows: For day 1.microsoft. the update would need to be marked as approved for 2 hours.4 hours 2.7 hours 3 hours 3.aspx (6 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM . so the SUS server is not impacted by the spike in clients trying to download SP2 soon after they are turned on.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us).Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services update via a SUS server.2 hours.2.

Requires daily SUS administrator intervention. For the standard SUS machine (P700.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us). etc. These configuration options are available with IIS 5 as well as IIS 6. 100 Mbps network card). No testing required Cons: 1. given its CPU and memory capacity. un-approving it after the calculated time period. Easy to implement – requires approving the SP2 update. http://technet.microsoft. the value of 100 for maximum concurrent connections is an estimate for what the server machine can handle under heavy data transfer load conditions. 512 MB RAM. set the maximum concurrent connections to 100 and the maximum bandwidth for the SUS Web site to 80 Mbps. Works even where Active Directory-based Group Policy or another scalable administration mechanism (scripting.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services Tuesday of each month) to eliminate the need to factor in the impact of the deployment of these updates on server load and therefore on the lengths of the approval windows for the Windows XP SP2 deployment. until the number of Windows XP systems left to be updated is less than 2000 Bandwidth usage throttling using IIS This option allows limiting the maximum bandwidth that may be used for SUS by setting the appropriate values for the maximum number of concurrent connections and the maximum bandwidth the IIS server allocates to servicing SUS requests. In this example. The IIS server will allocate the maximum bandwidth usage specified equally across the concurrent connections specified.aspx (7 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM . until the number of machines left to be updated is less than 2000 2. The following are the pros and cons of using this technique: Pros: 1.) is not in place to control registry settings on Windows XP machines 4. Server-side mechanism eliminates the need to make configuration changes on SUS client machines 3. and repeating the process the next day.

Administrator needs to reset the IIS configurations back to the normal settings once 2000 or fewer Windows XP machines remain to be update 3. com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default. etc. Limiting concurrent connection and maximum bandwidth for the SUS site on IIS impacts all SUS clients. not just the SUS clients that are Windows XP machines – this would be an issue if you need to deploy other updates at the same time as you are deploying Windows XP SP2 2. see: http://www. Easy to implement – set configuration settings on IIS server 2.) is not in place to control registry settings on Windows XP machines 6. assuming there are no other connectivity bottlenecks. Can selectively control maximum bandwidth served for SUS client requests without need to restrict bandwidth server for other sites (if any) on the IIS server 4.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us). this will impact any other Web sites served by the IIS server Resources: q IIS 6 r For information limiting concurrent connections on IIS 6. No ongoing administrator intervention necessary as in the case with the ‘limited-time approval’ technique 3.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services Note: This configuration will allow about 2000 Windows XP systems to download and install the Windows XP SP2 update per day and will take approximately one hour for each to download. Server-side mechanism eliminates the need to make configuration changes on SUS client machines 5. If the maximum number of concurrent connections is specified for all IIS server connections and not limited specifically to the SUS server Web site. Pros: 1. asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/ http://technet.microsoft. Works even where Active Directory-based Group Policy or another scalable administration mechanism (scripting. Easy to test Cons: 1.aspx (8 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM .microsoft.

see: http://windows. Allows granular control over maximum bandwidth that can be used on the network for deploying Windows XP SP2 using SUS 2. Can be centrally configured using Group Policy 3.microsoft.htm r r Bandwidth usage throttling using BITS 2.com/windows2000/en/server/iis/htm/core/iilimcn.com/ windows2000/en/server/iis/htm/core/iithrot. Provides ability to control maximum bandwidth used only for the SUS clients that are Windows XP machines 4. see: http://windows.microsoft.htm For additional information on IIS 5 performance tuning.0 maximum bandwidth usage parameter to control the amount of bandwidth used by SUS clients when interacting with the SUS server.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us). No ongoing administrator intervention necessary as in the case with the ‘limited-time approval’ technique Cons: http://technet.microsoft.asp?sd=gn&ln=en-us&gssnb=1 r For information on throttling bandwidth on IIS 6. For example. see: http://technet2. see: http://www. see: http://windows. com/windows2000/en/server/iis/htm/core/iiabtpm.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services qos_limitconn. if the maximum bandwidth you want used on the SUS server (or the network overall) to deploy Windows XP SP2 using SUS is 100 Mbps and there are 5000 Windows XP systems on the network. setting the maximum bandwidth usage to 20 Kbps on each client system will limit overall network bandwidth to 100 Mbps. Pros: 1.mspx For additional information on IIS 6 performance tuning.aspx (9 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM .htm?id=128 For information on throttling bandwidth on IIS 5.microsoft. microsoft.microsoft.com/ windowsserver/en/library/e3d396dd-c141-432b-9e69-50f597061e471033.0 This option uses the BITS 2.mspx r q IIS 5 r For information limiting concurrent connections on IIS 5. com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/71490aae-f444-443c-8b2a520c2961408e.

see: http:// msdn..asp For information on deploying BITS 2.0 is implemented – if not implemented. i. systems that the SUS administrator knows about and on which the administrator has the ability to control BITS 2. SMS) running on the client machines that use BITS.g.0.aspx (10 of 11)12/3/2008 2:46:43 PM .asp?url=/library/en-us/bits/bits/group_policies.com/hi-in/library/bb457097(en-us).com/library/default.asp?url=/ library/en-us/bits/bits/bits_start_page. administrator needs to install BITS 2.com/library/default. SUS administrators should consider the impact of its deployment on SUS server and network load. Once the Windows XP SP2 update has been tested and certified for deployment to your machines.microsoft. so these services may exhibit poor performance or may not work correctly as a result.microsoft. see: http://support.asp For more information on BITS.microsoft. see: http://msdn. Resources: q For information on configuring BITS on client machines using Group Policy. Only works for environments where BITS 2. and worms. BITS maximum bandwidth limitations will apply to all services (e. and Microsoft strongly recommends that customers update their Windows XP machines with SP2 as soon as possible.microsoft.aspx? kbid=842773 q q Top of page Summary Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains major security improvements designed to provide better protection against hackers. For environments with more than 2000 Windows XP machines being updated by a single SUS server. use one of the mitigation options detailed above. These are temporary steps that only need to be in place until the number of Windows XP machines remaining to be updated drops http://technet.e.com/default.0 to all client systems 2. Only works for ‘managed’ Windows XP systems.0 settings 3. For the vast majority of SUS implementations. viruses.Deploying Windows XP Service Pack 2 using Software Update Services 1. although it is recommended that the SUS administrator monitor the performance and load on the SUS server when the update is initially approved. SUS provides an easy mechanism for deploying the update to these machines.. Because of the size of the Windows XP SP2 update. this will not be a concern and SUS administrators will not have to take mitigation actions.

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When your friends see you start up programs without touching your mouse. press the underlined key. To control menus using your keyboard 1. To open the menu. This operation is particularly handy when you're performing repetitive tasks. and then press V.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/kbshortcuts. and then press the letter you chose.microsoft.mspx (4 of 6)12/3/2008 2:52:17 PM . Your program should start. To open the View menu. read Turn on the Sticky Keys feature. Notice that one letter on each menu name is now underlined. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys.Now test your shortcut.With your program open.Windows XP: Using keyboard shortcuts 4. For example. the View menu name shows the V underlined after you press the ALT key. http://www. they just might think you have a psychic connection with your computer! Top of page Navigate menus using the keyboard You can speed up tasks in almost any program by choosing menu items using your keyboard instead of your mouse. in Internet Explorer. press the ALT key. If you find it difficult to hold down two keys at once. press the ALT key.

you'll appreciate knowing these keyboard shortcuts.mspx (5 of 6)12/3/2008 2:52:17 PM . V. You can quickly switch between your Web browser.microsoft. For example. F. after you open the View menu. in Internet Explorer. Instead of clicking Privacy Report with your mouse. you can just press the V key. To choose the same commands using your keyboard. A. N ALT. instant message windows. and then click Save As.You can also choose menu commands by pressing key sequences quickly. Action Minimize a window to your taskbar Maximize a window so it takes up your whole desktop Shortcut ALT. without waiting for the menus to open. SPACEBAR. V. to save a Web page in Internet Explorer. For example. and other programs without taking your hands off the keyboard. press ALT. 3. SPACEBAR. each menu item will show one letter underlined. press ALT.Windows XP: Using keyboard shortcuts 2. simply press the underlined key. you would normally click the File menu. to quickly view a Web page's privacy report in Internet Explorer.Now. Similarly. the Privacy Report menu item shows the V underlined. Top of page Control windows using your keyboard If you like to keep four or five windows open while you work (or play) on your computer. e-mail.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/kbshortcuts. To access or activate the menu item you want. X http://www.

and then press X. This will feel natural after you do it a few times. press the SPACEBAR. To maximize the window so that it takes up the entire screen. and you will feel much more efficient while using your computer.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/kbshortcuts. where the window takes up only part of the screen.Windows XP: Using keyboard shortcuts Restore a window so it's visible but doesn't take up your whole desktop Close a window Switch to the last window you had open Switch to any window ALT. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www.mspx (6 of 6)12/3/2008 2:52:17 PM .microsoft. All rights reserved. SPACEBAR. press the ALT key. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. and press TAB until the window you want is active Programs often start up in a "restored" state. R ALT+F4 ALT+TAB Hold down the ALT key.

this process doesn't require any double clicks).com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/clicks. http://www.Click Start. when you browse My Computer or My Documents.microsoft. a single click lets you select a file or folder. and then click My Computer. but you have to double-click to open it. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family When you browse the Web with Microsoft Internet Explorer.mspx (1 of 3)12/3/2008 2:52:33 PM . you can change the setting on your mouse (don't worry. To change the settings on your mouse 1. If you'd rather single-click to open files and folders. Yet. links open with a single click.Windows XP: Simplify using your mouse by changing double-click to single-click Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Simplify using your mouse: change double-click to single-click Published: September 7.

mspx (2 of 3)12/3/2008 2:52:33 PM .Windows XP: Simplify using your mouse by changing double-click to single-click 2.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/clicks. and then click Folder Options. http://www.Click Tools.

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But changing the view for every folder can be timeconsuming. To set your windows so they all have the same view 1.Click Start. and then click My Documents. you can save yourself some time by changing the view for all the folders on your computer at once. http://www. That’s useful for folders like My Music or My Pictures. such as a simple or detailed list of the files. If you prefer to have all your folder contents displayed in a particular way. or as thumbnail images. and see your song titles in Tiles view.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/views.mspx (1 of 5)12/3/2008 2:52:52 PM . Each folder in My Computer or My Documents can have its own view.Windows XP: Set your windows so they all have the same view Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Set your windows so they all have the same view Published: September 7. because you can look at your digital photos in Thumbnails or Filmstrip view. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family Microsoft Windows XP lets you show the contents of folders in a variety of ways.microsoft.

Note: For more information about views.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/views. and then click the view you want to apply to all folders.mspx (2 of 5)12/3/2008 2:52:52 PM .Windows XP: Set your windows so they all have the same view 2.microsoft. http://www. read Specify how folders open.Click the Views button.

and then click Folder Options.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/views. and then click Apply to All Folders.Windows XP: Set your windows so they all have the same view 3.mspx (3 of 5)12/3/2008 2:52:52 PM .microsoft.Click Tools. 4.Click the View tab. http://www.

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mspx (1 of 2)12/3/2008 2:53:05 PM . you can make it your desktop background. so that you can see it whenever you use your computer.microsoft. and then click Set as Background. If you find a picture you particularly like.Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to open the Web page with the picture you like. 2.Right-click the picture.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/background. such as the following image of the puppy. http://www. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family The Web has many beautiful pictures.Windows XP: Use a Web graphic for your desktop background Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Use a Web graphic for your desktop background Published: September 7. To use a Web graphic for your desktop background 1.

All rights reserved.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/background. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. use large pictures that are wider than they are tall.mspx (2 of 2)12/3/2008 2:53:05 PM .microsoft. For best results.Windows XP: Use a Web graphic for your desktop background Microsoft Windows XP displays the picture as your desktop background. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation.

com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/menu. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Microsoft Windows XP uses many visual effects to provide a rich. however. One of these settings allows menus to fade into view when you open them.mspx (1 of 5)12/3/2008 2:53:28 PM . To speed up menu display 1. you can make menus display faster. But on a computer that isn’t responding as quickly as you'd like. and then click Properties.Click Start. this shouldn't be an issue. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www. This visual effect is so smooth that you may never have noticed it. the effect does cause menus to take a little longer to appear. Right-click My Computer. friendly interface. On a fast computer.Windows XP: Speed up menu display Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Speed up menu display Published: September 7.microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.Click the Advanced tab.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/menu.Windows XP: Speed up menu display 2. click Settings.mspx (2 of 5)12/3/2008 2:53:28 PM . In the Performance area.

microsoft. http://www.Windows XP: Speed up menu display 3. clear the Fade or slide menus into view check box.mspx (3 of 5)12/3/2008 2:53:28 PM .On the Visual Effects tab in the Performance Options dialog box.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/menu.

In the System Properties dialog box. http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/menu.Click OK. click OK.mspx (4 of 5)12/3/2008 2:53:28 PM .Windows XP: Speed up menu display 4.microsoft. 5.

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and then click Search. which could occur if a single image was displayed most of the time. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Screen savers were originally intended to prevent monitor burn-in.Click the Start button.mspx (1 of 3)12/3/2008 2:53:47 PM . To add a shortcut to your desktop that you can double-click to instantly start your screen saver 1.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/screensaver.Windows XP: Instantly activate a screen saver Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Instantly activate a screen saver Published: September 7. without waiting several minutes for it to start automatically. and screen savers have become more a form of entertainment than a way to avoid burn-in. that image would essentially become etched into the display. Sometimes you might want to immediately start your screen saver like you would any other program. making the monitor harder to use. Monitor technology has improved over the years.microsoft. Screen savers can be used to display your favorite photos or other images you'd like to see. Over time. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www.

Windows XP: Instantly activate a screen saver 2. click All files and folders. Then.In the All or part of the file name box. http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/screensaver. type *.In the Search Results window.microsoft. 3.mspx (2 of 3)12/3/2008 2:53:47 PM . click Search.scr.

microsoft. You can preview it by double-clicking it.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/screensaver.Windows XP: Instantly activate a screen saver 4. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. and then click Desktop. click Send To.mspx (3 of 3)12/3/2008 2:53:47 PM . Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Pick the screen saver you want. To add a shortcut to your desktop. Now you can instantly start your screen saver by double-clicking the icon on your desktop. right-click the file.You will see a list of screen savers in the search results.

microsoft. Standby uses more power than hibernation.Click Start. http://www.mspx (1 of 3)12/3/2008 2:54:06 PM . Hibernation uses no power. Standby reduces power usage when your computer is not in use by turning off the parts of your computer that use the most energy. you can use the Microsoft Windows XP hibernation capability. Hibernation is an alternative to the standby capability and saves your programs and shuts your computer down completely. The next time you start your computer.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/hibernate. and then click Turn Off Computer. but it takes less time to start a computer from standby than from hibernation. You may also want to cut down on the energy consumption of your desktop computer. To put your computer into hibernation 1. all of your windows open exactly where you left them. you probably try to keep your battery power usage to a minimum. Hibernation saves your open windows to your computer's hard disk and shuts the computer down within a few seconds. and it takes your computer just several seconds to recover from hibernation when you want to use it again. Note: You can learn more about the standby option in your computer's power management settings in Configure Windows XP power management. One way to save power is to turn the computer off when you're not using it. If you’d like to save power but do not want to wait for Windows to shut down and restart.Windows XP: Manually put your computer into hibernation Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Manually put your computer into hibernation Published: September 7. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family When you use a laptop computer.

you can configure your computer's power button to automatically put http://www. If you like using hibernation. Your computer goes into hibernation—a state in which it consumes no power.Windows XP: Manually put your computer into hibernation 2. To wake your computer from hibernation. press the power button. read Configure Windows XP power management for instructions on how to enable hibernation.mspx (2 of 3)12/3/2008 2:54:06 PM .microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/hibernate. If Hibernate is not an option.Click Hibernate.

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To unlock a toolbar 1. there is a toolbar for the standard Internet Explorer command buttons. one for entering an Internet address. http://www. but no check mark appears to the left of it.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/toolbars. (You can look at the taskbar at the bottom of your screen to verify this.Make sure you have only one window open for the program.Windows XP: Unlock toolbars to work with them Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Unlock toolbars to work with them Published: September 7.If Lock the Toolbars appears on the shortcut menu and is selected (a check mark appears to the left of it). lock the toolbar. 2. To make sure the change is permanent. you may not be able to move or resize the toolbar. click Lock the Toolbars to unlock the toolbar. the toolbar is already unlocked. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family A toolbar is a collection of buttons or icons—usually displayed across the top of the screen—that represents the different tasks you can do within a program.mspx (1 of 2)12/3/2008 2:54:16 PM . If you find a toolbar that cannot be moved or resized. it will appear in a particular spot on the screen. For example. select Lock the Toolbars so that it isn’t inadvertently moved. exit the program. If you see Lock the Toolbars. The toolbar should be locked. You can also resize the toolbar by dragging its edge. If you are able move the toolbar. When you open a toolbar. If you want to change the location of the toolbar you can move it by dragging it to the new location.microsoft. and then reopen it. once you’ve moved the toolbar to the location where you want it. Note: If Lock the Toolbars does not appear on the shortcut menu. and one for quick links you can set up. right-click the toolbar. in Microsoft Internet Explorer. the toolbar may be locked.) Then.

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My Network Places. it probably had shortcuts for My Computer. click the Desktop tab. you can easily restore them.Right-click the desktop. and then click Customize Desktop. If you or someone else removed any of those shortcuts and you’d like to get them back. and then click Properties.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/desktopicons.mspx (1 of 5)12/3/2008 2:54:32 PM .microsoft. and the Recycle Bin on the desktop.Windows XP: Add familiar icons back to your desktop Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Add familiar icons back to your desktop Published: September 7. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers When you first got your computer. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family 2. To restore you icons 1.In the Display Properties dialog box. My Documents. http://www.

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overall view of all your folders and files. You can put the Windows Explorer shortcut to better use by changing it to display all top-level drives and folders on your system.Windows XP: Change the default opened folder in Windows Explorer When you start Windows Explorer from the Start menu. This change will give you a broad. a My Documents shortcut already exists on your Start menu. http://www. it opens your My Documents folder by default.com/windowsxp/using/setup/hwandprograms/openingfolder.microsoft.mspx (2 of 6)12/3/2008 2:54:57 PM . However.

Windows XP: Change the default opened folder in Windows Explorer To change how Windows Explorer opens 1. http://www. point to Accessories. right-click Windows Explorer.com/windowsxp/using/setup/hwandprograms/openingfolder.mspx (3 of 6)12/3/2008 2:54:57 PM .Click Start.microsoft. and then click Properties. point to All Programs.

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mspx (5 of 6)12/3/2008 2:54:57 PM .exe At the end of the line.com/windowsxp/using/setup/hwandprograms/openingfolder. http://www. /select.Windows XP: Change the default opened folder in Windows Explorer 2. not just your My Documents folder.The Target box currently shows %SystemRoot%\explorer. /select.exe /n.microsoft. Then. C:\ The line should now read %SystemRoot%\explorer. type the characters /n. click OK. Now. when you open Windows Explorer. /e. C:\ Be sure you insert blank spaces in the correct locations. it will display all of your folders and drives. /e.

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One of the biggest factors that slows down your computer’s performance is fragmentation. or close it. it’s a good idea to have Windows XP automatically defragment your hard drive every week. it probably has.mspx (1 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM . http://www. To keep your system performing well. a situation that occurs over time. in which files on your hard drive become divided into small pieces. To schedule a weekly defragmentation 1. the effect is that the file can seem “slow” when you’re working with it.microsoft. Defragmenting your hard drive is the process of putting all the scattered pieces of files back together. and then click Control Panel. save. So when it reads each piece of a fragmented file separately.Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Schedule a weekly defragmentation Published: September 7.Click Start.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag. Your computer must read a file to open. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family If it seems like your computer has gotten slower since you bought it. Microsoft Windows XP includes a tool that will defragment your hard drive for you.

com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag. double-click Add Scheduled Task. http://www. 4.In the Scheduled Tasks window.Under or pick a Control Panel icon.mspx (2 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM . click Scheduled Tasks.Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation 2. 3.microsoft.Click Performance and Maintenance.

Click Browse.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag. click Next.In the Scheduled Task Wizard. http://www.mspx (3 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM . 6.microsoft.Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation 5.

type %systemroot%\system32\defrag. http://www.Under Perform this task. click Next. click Weekly.Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation 7.mspx (4 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM . Then.microsoft. 8. and then click Open.In the File name box.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag.exe.

11. Then.Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation 9. Click Next.Type your password in both the Enter the password and Confirm password boxes.microsoft. For best results. http://www.Select the Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish check box. 10. and then click Finish.Set the time and day of the week you would like to defragment your hard drive. choose a time when your computer will be on but you will be away from it.mspx (5 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM . click Next.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag.

Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation 12.In the Run box. click OK. http://www. add C: to the existing command.microsoft. Make sure you include a space before the “C:”. Then.mspx (6 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM .com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag.

you can ignore it.microsoft. type your password in both the Password and Confirm password boxes. During defragmentation. but you may prefer to schedule defragmentation at a time when you won’t be using your computer. If you happen to be working at your computer when the window opens. The window will automatically disappear when defragmentation is complete. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www.Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation 13.mspx (7 of 7)12/3/2008 2:55:37 PM . Then. For instructions on how to clear free space. You can use other programs during defragmentation. Windows XP will defragment your hard drive at the time you have scheduled. All rights reserved. a black window will open.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/defrag. click OK.In the Set Account Information dialog box. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. read Maintenance tasks that improve performance. Defragmentation works best when you have plenty of free space on your hard drive.

com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/soleuser. you should disable the Guest account (once your guest has finished using your computer) to improve your computer’s security. http://www. this account is disabled.Click Start. which means that only specifically authorized users can access your computer. it’s convenient to set up a user account for each person to keep everyone’s setup preferences and documents separate. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family When several people use a single computer. If you have enabled your Guest account. and then click Control Panel. To disable the Guest account 1. By default in Microsoft Window XP.mspx (1 of 4)12/3/2008 2:56:02 PM .Windows XP: Set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it Published: September 7.microsoft. If someone wants to use your computer briefly he or she can use the Guest user account.

microsoft. click User Accounts. http://www.mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 2:56:02 PM .Windows XP: Set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it 2.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/soleuser.Under Pick a Category.

Now the Guest account is disabled. Top of page http://www. and to prevent users without user accounts from logging on.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/soleuser. 4.microsoft. it’s a good idea to add passwords to every account on your computer.Windows XP: Set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it 3.mspx (3 of 4)12/3/2008 2:56:02 PM . click Turn off the guest account.On the What do you want to change about the guest account? page. As an added safety precaution. click Guest.Under or pick an account to change.

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Windows XP: Move your taskbar to a new spot Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Move your taskbar to a new spot Published: September 7. giving you room for more than a dozen windows. click and hold the mouse button over the taskbar. move your taskbar to the right or left side of the screen. That’s fine if you don’t open many windows.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/movetaskbar. the Microsoft Windows XP taskbar. which shows buttons for each of your open windows. the taskbar can become extremely crowded. sits at the bottom of your screen. drag the taskbar to its new location. right. Then. If you have more than six or seven windows open at a time.Right-click your taskbar. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family By default. If there is a check mark beside Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu. To make more room for windows. click Lock the Taskbar to unlock it. while holding down the mouse button.microsoft. release the mouse button. or top of your screen.Drag your taskbar to the left.mspx (1 of 3)12/3/2008 2:56:16 PM . where it will be displayed vertically. When the taskbar is in place. To move your taskbar 1. 2. http://www. Tip: If you have a widescreen monitor. To drag the taskbar. placing your taskbar on the right or left side of the screen can make much more efficient use of screen space. however.

When you can read the window titles.microsoft. right-click your taskbar. Click the mouse button. to prevent your taskbar from being accidentally moved. and drag the edge of the taskbar to widen it.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/movetaskbar.Windows XP: Move your taskbar to a new spot 3. and click Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu.Finally.Move the pointer over an edge of the taskbar until the pointer changes to a doubleheaded arrow. release the mouse button.mspx (2 of 3)12/3/2008 2:56:16 PM . http://www. 4.

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2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family The Quick Launch bar is a list of shortcuts to your favorite programs. too.microsoft. and then clicking Quick Launch. so it might already be part of your taskbar.mspx (1 of 2)12/3/2008 2:56:24 PM . Microsoft Windows XP displays the Quick Launch bar by default. Top of page http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/quicklaunch. Look for the Quick Launch bar directly to the right of your Start button. With the Quick Launch bar displayed on your taskbar. If you have disabled your Quick Launch bar. To start a program. just click the shortcut. your favorite programs are just a click away. Other programs might add a shortcut to the Quick Launch bar. clicking Toolbars. which by default shows shortcuts for opening Microsoft Internet Explorer and for displaying your desktop. without having to go through the Start menu. You can use the Quick Launch bar to open programs with a single click. you can display it by right-clicking your taskbar.Windows XP: Display the Quick Launch bar Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Display the Quick Launch bar Published: September 7. Windows XP displays the Quick Launch bar.

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and then click Desktop.Browse through your My Documents folder.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/addshortcut.microsoft. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www.Right-click the file that you want to be able to open from your desktop. To add a shortcut from a file to your desktop 1.Windows XP: Add a shortcut to your desktop Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Add a shortcut to your desktop Published: September 7. and find the file that you want to create a shortcut to. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers You can create shortcuts on your desktop that enable you to open your favorite files and folders by simply double-clicking your mouse. 2. click Send To.mspx (1 of 2)12/3/2008 2:56:39 PM .

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You’ll see the shortcut on your desktop. Note: The shortcut icon has an arrow in the lower-left corner to indicate that it’s a shortcut rather than the actual file. You can open a shortcut just like you would any other file by double-clicking it. However, if you delete the shortcut, you won’t remove the file itself.

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Time zones and Daylight Saving Time (DST) are sometimes confusing. If you travel between time zones, do you set your clock forward or back? If a friend sends you an email at noon, whose time zone is reflected in Microsoft Outlook—yours or your friend’s? What day should you change your clock for daylight-saving time, and do you move forward or back an hour? Fortunately, Microsoft Windows XP helps you answer these questions by automatically translating times from other computers into your local time zone. Windows XP can also automatically adjust your clock for DST. Traveling between time zones is easy because you can select the new time zone, and Windows XP sets your clock correctly. Your computer keeps track of time using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Your computer automatically adjusts the time on your system clock, in incoming e-mail messages, in the Event Viewer administrative tool, and elsewhere to the correct time zone. It is important for you to set your time zone correctly and to update it when you travel. If your time zone isn't kept up to date—even if your clock is set correctly on your computer—the time stamps on e-mail messages you send will be wrong. For example, if you are in the Eastern United States time zone (GMT-5), and a friend in the Pacific United States time zone (GMT-8) sends you an e-mail at 8:00 A.M. (your friend’s time), Outlook converts the time to 11:00 A.M. to reflect your local time zone. Similarly, if you monitor events on remote computers in other time zones, Event Viewer always displays those event dates and times in your local time zone.

How to change the time zone
To change the time zone and enable automatic adjustment for DST

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1.Right-click your system clock, and then click Adjust Date/Time.

2.Click the Time Zone tab. Click the list, and then click on your time zone.

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3.Select the Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes check box, if your region uses daylight-saving time.

4.Click OK.

Now, all references to time reflect your new time zone. This includes the times shown for incoming e-mail messages, event times in Event Viewer, and when scheduled
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M.Windows XP: Time zones. Daylight Saving Time.mspx (4 of 4)12/3/2008 2:56:57 PM . if an event occurred at 6:00 P.M. that event appears as if it had occurred at 7:00 P. Note: If you use Event Viewer. after you move into DST. in standard time. All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. DST can cause unexpected behavior because Event Viewer changes the displayed time (and possibly the date) for events that have already occurred.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/dst. For example. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. and e-mail tasks run.microsoft.

You can set up your screen saver in Microsoft Windows XP to display a slide show of some or all of your pictures when you’re not using your computer. To set up a My Pictures slide show 1.In the Display Properties dialog box. http://www. click the Screen Saver tab.mspx (1 of 3)12/3/2008 2:57:18 PM .Windows XP: Create a personal screen saver using your photos Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Create a personal screen saver using your photos Published: September 7.Right-click on the desktop.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/diyscreensaver. you can easily make your own screen saver using the pictures that you have stored on your PC. click the Screen saver list.microsoft. 2. and then click Properties. and click My Pictures Slideshow. Then. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family If you like using a screen saver and have digital photos on your computer.

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you’ll see a slide show of all the pictures in your My Pictures folder. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation.microsoft.Windows XP: Create a personal screen saver using your photos The next time your screen saver starts. All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. If you want to see your pictures right away. follow these instructions to add a shortcut to your desktop that immediately starts the slide show.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/diyscreensaver.mspx (3 of 3)12/3/2008 2:57:18 PM .

or using a joystick. Start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu To launch the On-Screen Keyboard 1. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family Microsoft Windows XP includes the On-Screen Keyboard for those who prefer using a mouse or other pointing device (rather than a physical keyboard) to enter text.The On-Screen Keyboard and On-Screen Keyboard dialog box appear.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/onscreenkeyboard. hovering over a key for a specific number of seconds. http://www. Click OK. All Programs. If you use the On-Screen Keyboard regularly.Click Start.mspx (1 of 5)12/3/2008 2:57:43 PM . Accessories. add a shortcut to your desktop to make it easier to open. and then On-Screen Keyboard. Accessibility.Windows XP: Use the On-Screen Keyboard Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Use the On-Screen Keyboard Published: September 7. 2. Different typing modes allow you to select a key by clicking.microsoft. You can start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu.

point to New.Windows XP: Use the On-Screen Keyboard You can now use the On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the buttons with your mouse. just click them once. CTRL.Right-click your desktop. and click Shortcut. Top of page Create a desktop shortcut for the On-Screen Keyboard To make a shortcut on your desktop to launch the On-Screen Keyboard 1.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/onscreenkeyboard. and the keys will stay pressed until you click the next key. or ALT keys. To hold down the SHIFT. http://www.mspx (2 of 5)12/3/2008 2:57:43 PM .

In the location field. Then.mspx (3 of 5)12/3/2008 2:57:43 PM . Then click Next.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/onscreenkeyboard. http://www.Type On-Screen Keyboard.microsoft. click Finish.Windows XP: Use the On-Screen Keyboard 2. type osk. 3.

You use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time.Windows XP: Use the On-Screen Keyboard That's it! The shortcut to the On-Screen Keyboard utility is on your desktop. On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a keyboard shortcut or by using a switch-input device.microsoft. This is the default mode in which you use a mouse or other pointing device to click keys.Click the Settings menu. To change typing mode 1. and then click Typing Mode. Top of page How to change the typing mode On-Screen Keyboard has three different modes: •Clicking mode.mspx (4 of 5)12/3/2008 2:57:43 PM . and the selected character is typed automatically. http://www. •Scanning mode. •Hovering mode.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/onscreenkeyboard.

Then.mspx (5 of 5)12/3/2008 2:57:43 PM . Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. All rights reserved.microsoft.Windows XP: Use the On-Screen Keyboard 2. click OK.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/onscreenkeyboard. For more information about Windows XP accessibility features. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation.In the Typing Mode dialog box. read Set up accessibility features. The On-Screen Keyboard simplifies text entry for users who prefer using a pointing device. click your preferred method of selecting keys.

Accessories. click Send To.Windows XP: Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder Published: September 7.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/foldershortcut. you can open it anytime by pressing a key combination. no matter which other programs you have open. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Do you have a folder that you'd like to be able to open quickly and easily whenever you want? If you create a keyboard shortcut for that folder. right-click the folder to which you want instant access. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www. My Documents. My Pictures. or My Music). 2.microsoft. and then click Windows Explorer.Click on Start.In Windows Explorer (the program that appears when you open folders such as My Computer.mspx (1 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:01 PM . and then click Desktop. All Programs. To create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder 1.

Note: In the Shortcut key box. and then click Properties.microsoft. you have to hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously. Microsoft Windows XP automatically adds CTRL+ALT before the key you press.Windows XP: Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder 3. while pressing the letter you chose.On your desktop. This way.On the Shortcut tab. click in the Shortcut key box. http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/foldershortcut. 4.mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:01 PM . your folder won't open every time you type that letter. Now press the letter on your keyboard that you want to use to open the folder. because to use the shortcut to open a folder. right-click the new shortcut.

Now test your shortcut.Windows XP: Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder 5.mspx (3 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:01 PM . 6.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/foldershortcut. http://www.Click OK.microsoft. and then press the letter you chose. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys.

Windows XP: Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder This tip can be applied to folders. read Tired of chasing your mouse? Use keyboard shortcuts.microsoft. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation.mspx (4 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:01 PM . All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. programs.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/foldershortcut. For more keyboard shortcuts. and text file shortcuts that are placed on the desktop.

To add the volume control icon to your taskbar 1. you can create a shortcut icon for your volume control and put it in the taskbar. Otherwise.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/volume. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family If you’re listening to music on your computer.Click Start. http://www. and you want a quick way to turn the volume up or down. you’ll need to go into the Sounds and Audio Devices category in your Control Panel whenever you want to adjust the volume.mspx (1 of 5)12/3/2008 2:58:19 PM . That way it’s always right at your fingertips. and then click Control Panel.microsoft.Windows XP: Display the volume control icon in the taskbar Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Display the volume control icon in the taskbar Published: September 7.

microsoft.Click Sounds.mspx (2 of 5)12/3/2008 2:58:19 PM .com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/volume. and Audio Devices.Windows XP: Display the volume control icon in the taskbar 2. http://www. Speech.

Under Pick a task.microsoft.mspx (3 of 5)12/3/2008 2:58:19 PM .Windows XP: Display the volume control icon in the taskbar 3.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/volume. http://www. click Change the speaker settings.

and select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box. read Organize your notification area.Windows XP: Display the volume control icon in the taskbar 4. Now when you want to adjust the volume. Note: You might need to click on the left-facing arrow button (<) on the taskbar to display the audio icon.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/volume.mspx (4 of 5)12/3/2008 2:58:19 PM . To learn how to organize this section of your taskbar.microsoft. click OK.In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties box. click the Volume tab. you can just click the speaker icon in the taskbar and move the slider. Then. http://www.

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or My Music). 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Microsoft Windows XP usually shows icons for folders like My Music and My Pictures.In Windows Explorer (the program that appears when you open folders such as My Computer. right-click the folder you want to add a picture to. To add a picture to a folder 1. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/folderpic. You can replace these icons with custom pictures to make browsing your files more fun. My Documents.Windows XP: Add a picture to a folder Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Add a picture to a folder Published: September 7. If a folder contains pictures. Note: Your picture is visible only when you're browsing folders with the Thumbnails view. and then click Properties. My Pictures.mspx (1 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:33 PM . click Thumbnails on the View menu.microsoft. To access the Thumbnails view. and to make it easier for children to find and open files. Windows XP displays random thumbnails from within the folder.

If there is no Customize tab.On the Customize tab. 3. however. you cannot add a picture to that folder.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/folderpic. You can add pictures to other folders. click the Customize tab.Windows XP: Add a picture to a folder 2.In the Properties dialog box. click Choose Picture. http://www.mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:33 PM .

mspx (3 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:33 PM .Windows XP: Add a picture to a folder 4.microsoft.In the Browse dialog box. and then click Open. http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/folderpic. click the picture you want to use.

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2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers By default. To change the picture on the Welcome screen 1. and it makes it easier for young children to use your computer.microsoft. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www. 2.Log on to your computer as an administrator. and then click Control Panel. or an astronaut) associated with it. If you'd like to make the picture more personal. a dog. each user account in Microsoft Windows XP has a standard picture (such as a chess set.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/welcome.mspx (1 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:48 PM . you can add your own image for each account. Changing pictures is fun.Windows XP: Change the picture on your Welcome screen Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Change the picture on your Welcome screen Published: September 7.Click Start.

mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:48 PM . http://www.Under Pick a category... 5.Under or pick an account to change. click Change the picture.. 4.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/welcome.Windows XP: Change the picture on your Welcome screen 3. click the account you want to choose a picture for.Under What do you want to change. click User Accounts.microsoft.

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Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. All rights reserved. To choose pictures for other accounts. and then click Open.mspx (4 of 4)12/3/2008 2:58:48 PM .microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/welcome.Windows XP: Change the picture on your Welcome screen 7. return to step 3. Windows XP displays the picture on the Welcome screen for the account you selected.Click the picture you want to display for that account.

however. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time by putting files or commands you use often right at your fingertips.Click OK. http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/stickykeys. ALT. A dialog box opens with instructions on how to set up the StickyKeys feature. and Windows XP will hold the key down for you until you press the next key. For example. 2.Press the SHIFT key five times. If you want to use a keyboard shortcut but find it difficult to hold down two or three keys at the same time. When a shortcut requires a key combination. StickyKeys is also helpful when you want to type uppercase letters without holding down SHIFT while you press each letter key. you could press and release SHIFT. or Windows logo key.mspx (1 of 2)12/3/2008 2:58:57 PM . the StickyKeys feature in Microsoft Windows XP lets you press a key.Windows XP: Turn on the StickyKeys feature Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Turn on the StickyKeys feature Published: September 7. or ALT. and then press and release the A key. With StickyKeys enabled. to type a capital A. An icon (a group of squares) appears in the notification area. CTRL. Some keyboard shortcuts. To activate StickyKeys 1. and keep it active until another key is pressed. CTRL. StickyKeys makes it easy.microsoft. you can press and release the SHIFT. require you to hold down three keys at a time. such as SHIFT.

microsoft.Windows XP: Turn on the StickyKeys feature To turn off StickyKeys. and then click Cancel in the StickyKeys dialog box. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www.mspx (2 of 2)12/3/2008 2:58:57 PM .com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/stickykeys. All rights reserved. press the SHIFT key five times.

mspx (1 of 2)12/3/2008 2:59:07 PM . You can.On the shortcut menu. however. 2. and then right-click any folder or icon.Windows XP: Sort programs on your All Programs menu alphabetically Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Sort programs on your All Programs menu alphabetically Published: September 7. quickly sort the items on your All Programs menu in alphabetical order. When you install new programs. http://www.Click Start. click All Programs.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/menuprogram.microsoft. click Sort by Name. To sort items on your All Programs menu alphabetically 1. Microsoft Windows XP adds each new item to the end of the All Programs menu. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family Finding programs on your All Programs menu can become difficult if you have a lot of programs installed.

Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. All rights reserved.microsoft.Windows XP: Sort programs on your All Programs menu alphabetically That's it—your programs are instantly alphabetized. because Windows XP doesn't automatically keep the list in alphabetical order. In both cases. This same tip works for your Favorites menu in Internet Explorer. you'll probably need to go back periodically and sort the lists again.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/menuprogram. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. Enjoy your newly organized All Programs menu.mspx (2 of 2)12/3/2008 2:59:07 PM .

microsoft. you can manually install Windows Backup. Each edition of Microsoft Windows XP—except Windows XP Home Edition—includes Windows Backup.Windows XP: Install Windows XP Home Edition Backup software Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Install Windows XP Home Edition Backup software Published: September 7. open My Computer. To protect your important files from computer failure. like any appliance. can break down or fail. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family Computers. right-click your CD drive. If you use Windows XP Home Edition.mspx (1 of 4)12/3/2008 2:59:30 PM . To manually install Windows Backup 1. a program that helps you save your files to an external disk. and then click AutoPlay.Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD drive. http://www. If Windows XP Setup does not appear after several seconds. you should make backup copies of your files.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/backupsw.

http://www.In the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP window.microsoft.mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 2:59:30 PM . click Perform additional tasks.Click Browse this CD.Windows XP: Install Windows XP Home Edition Backup software 2.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/backupsw. 3.

and then double-click NTBACKUP to open the \VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder.Double-click VALUEADD. double-click NTBACKUP. 5.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/backupsw. double-click MSFT.In the NTBACKUP folder.Windows XP: Install Windows XP Home Edition Backup software 4.mspx (3 of 4)12/3/2008 2:59:30 PM . http://www.microsoft.

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Then. If you'd like more icons to fit on your desktop. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family 2.In the Display Properties dialog box. your desktop could quickly become filled with icons. you can adjust the spacing between them so that they sit closer together.mspx (1 of 6)12/3/2008 2:59:45 PM .com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/iconspace. click the Appearance tab. and then click Properties. http://www. To adjust the vertical space between icons 1.Windows XP: Adjust the vertical space between icons Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance Adjust the vertical space between icons Published: September 7.Right-click the desktop.microsoft. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers If you add shortcuts to your desktop to launch programs or to open folders. click Advanced.

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the larger the number. or increase the number to add space between icons.Windows XP: Adjust the vertical space between icons 4.mspx (3 of 6)12/3/2008 2:59:45 PM . the greater the space will be between the icons. decrease the number to move icons closer together. Conversely.microsoft.) http://www. the less space there will be between the icons. (The smaller the number.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/iconspace.In the Size box.

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click Arrange Icons By on the shortcut menu.microsoft. http://www.mspx (5 of 6)12/3/2008 2:59:45 PM . and then click Align to Grid.Windows XP: Adjust the vertical space between icons 6.To change the spacing for your existing desktop icons to the spacing you specified in step 4.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/iconspace. right-click your desktop.

click Arrange Icons By on the shortcut menu.microsoft. right-click your desktop. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to return your desktop settings to their original state. On a monitor with 800 × 600 resolution.mspx (6 of 6)12/3/2008 2:59:45 PM . Microsoft Windows XP arranges your desktop using the new icon spacing you specified. All rights reserved.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/iconspace. Top of page Manage Your Profile |Contact Us |Free Newsletter |RSS Feeds © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. changing the default icon spacing from 43 to 39 squeezes eight icons into each column.Next. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement http://www. up from the original seven icons.Windows XP: Adjust the vertical space between icons 7. and then click Auto Arrange.

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Windows XP: Help save energy and the environment by putting your monitor to sleep 2. Five minutes is a realistic setting. http://www. set the time for both Plugged in and Running on batteries. Then.In the Display Properties dialog box. 3.mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 2:59:59 PM . and select a time to automatically turn off your monitor. click the Power button. click the Screen Saver tab.microsoft. If you have a portable computer.In the Power Options Properties dialog box.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/sleep. click the Turn off monitor list.

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The ClipBook Viewer isn't listed in the Start menu in Microsoft Windows XP. The local ClipBook opens when you start ClipBook Viewer. Resources Using Windows XP Downloads Support Expert Zone Worldwide Sites Microsoft Update Windows Marketplace Windows Family http://www. The Clipboard is a temporary holding area for the items you've cut or copied. the material you cut or copy is automatically copied to the Clipboard. To open the ClipBook View 1. point to New.Windows XP: How to quickly open the ClipBook Viewer Click Here to Install Silverlight United States Change | All Microsoft Sites Submit Query Windows XP Home Windows XP Editions Home Edition Professional Media Center Edition Tablet PC Edition Professional x64 Edition | Security At Home | Microsoft At Home | Microsoft At Work Using Windows XP > Computer Setup and Maintenance How to quickly open the ClipBook Viewer Published: September 7.Right-click your desktop. just create a shortcut on your desktop. You can also store information permanently in your local ClipBook and share it with other users. You can use the ClipBook Viewer to see the information that you've copied to the Clipboard. 2006 Information For Home Users Students Small Businesses IT Professionals Developers When you use the Cut or Copy command on the Edit menu. so if you want quick access to it.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/clipbook.microsoft.mspx (1 of 3)12/3/2008 3:00:12 PM . and then click Shortcut.

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click the Behavior list. click Customize. For each icon you want to always show. click the Behavior list.mspx (2 of 4)12/3/2008 3:00:27 PM . and then click Always hide.In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.Windows XP: Organize your notification area 2. http://www.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/notification. 3.microsoft. For each icon you want to hide.The Customize Notifications dialog box appears. and then click Always show.

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