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    104 Tech Tips for Windows XP

    Windows XP is still here, and will be a while.
    So, take advantage of the vast knowledge and breath life in your XP machine to make it do what you really want (I am still working on a tip to make it wash dishes)
    this article is from PCstats
    tip 24 for example
    " Use VGA mode to troubleshoot monitor refresh rate problems"
    used to be a problem for me when I unplug a PC from a large monitor with different refresh rate (mainly CRT).
    Anyhow, check the article, there is for sure something you wish you knew before

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    Windows Interface Tips (1-20)

    1. Increase the amount of 'frequently used programs' displayed on the start menu
    2. Remove the 'frequently used programs' list from the start menu
    3. Stop the automatic grouping of taskbar programs
    4. Close multiple desktop windows fast
    5. Add some useful commands to the right-click menu
    6. Add more destinations to the right-click menu's 'send to' command
    7. Changing the number of open programs required to 'group' on the taskbar
    8. Reduce menu delay to speed up the windows desktop
    9. Show control panel as a menu
    10. Change the default installation directory
    11. Associate and un-associate applications from certain file types.
    12. Make your mouse more responsive
    13. Increase PS/2 mouse performance
    14. Relocate your 'my documents' folder
    15. Get a better ALT+TAB application switcher
    16. Add a command prompt option to the Windows Explorer right click menu
    17. Stop 'focus stealing' by background applications and pop-ups
    18. Add the admin tools to the start menu
    19. Closing multiple taskbar items at once
    20. Using 'groups' in Windows explore

    Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips (21-46)

    21. Quickly un-format web text with notepad.
    22. Uncover **** passwords
    23. Disable the annoying 'click' sound in Internet Explorer.
    24. Use VGA mode to troubleshoot monitor refresh rate problems
    25. Make your files available offline
    26. Rollback device drivers in case of error
    27. Avoid having to re-activate Windows XP after reinstallation
    28. View PowerPoint documents without PowerPoint
    29. Control Clear type Text with free tool
    30. Mouse problem? Use MouseKeys
    31. Recovering deleted files
    32. Install the backup utility in XP Home
    33. Schedule automatic data backups
    34. Place your Internet favourites on your start menu
    35. Restore your essential data
    36. Enhance the Windows calculator
    37. Disabling startup password
    38. Remove orphaned software applications from add/remove programs
    39. Troubleshooting shutdown issues
    40. Alter your windows user name
    41. Adding 'safe mode' to the boot menu
    42. Use XP file compression to save space
    43. How to check if you have a DVD decoder installed in your system
    44. Learn to love XP safe mode
    45. Use the program compatibility toolkit
    46. Use the system restore utility from 'safe mode command prompt.'

    Computer Security Tips (47-54)

    47. Configure the SP 2 firewall
    48. Prevent computer users from logging on to Windows at certain times.
    49. Encrypt your important files (XP Professional only)
    50. Scan your computer for vulnerability with Microsoft's free security scanner
    51. Disable USB storage device writing (Service Pack 2 only)
    52. Prevent browser hijackers and spyware in SP2 Internet Explorer
    53. Test your PCs security with online security probes
    54. Disable annoying startup programs

    WindowsXP Shortcut Tips (55 - 63)

    55. Fun with shortcuts 1: shortcuts to email
    56. Fun with shortcuts 2: shortcuts to web sites
    57. Fun with shortcuts 3: shortcuts to Windows control panels and utilities
    58. Fun with shortcuts 4: create a shortcut to shutdown or restart your PC
    59. Fun with shortcuts 5: Create a shortcut to lock your PC
    60. Fun with shortcuts 6: Create a shortcut to 'run' on your desktop
    61. Fun with shortcuts 7: Create a shortcut to command prompt on your desktop
    62. Fun with shortcuts 8: Create keyboard shortcuts for applications and folders
    63. Shortcuts to important control windows with the run command

    Disk and Storage Management Tips (64 - 67)

    64. Stupid disk tricks for XP part 1: dynamic disks
    65. Stupid disk tricks for XP part 2: mounting partitions to directories
    66. Stupid disk tricks for XP part 3: creating software RAID 0
    67. Stupid Disk tricks for XP part 4: Extending and spanning volumes

    Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments (68 - 90)

    68. Create a portable version of Windows XP
    69. Create alarms and reminders with Windows XP's scheduling service
    70. Perform a 'hands off' Windows XP installation.
    71. Experiment with 'virtual' computing
    72. Show how long your system has been running with SYSTEMINFO
    73. Use MSN messenger's 'whiteboard' feature
    74. Use MSN Messenger's Shared applications feature
    75. Collect system data with the performance monitor wizard
    76. Use a free, full featured office suite
    77. Create a Windows XP bootable CD with Service pack 2 built-in
    78. Edit local computer settings with GPEDIT (XP Professional only)
    79. Reduce the size of your recycle bin
    80. Make sure of your location on the Internet
    81. Arrange the 'all programs' list alphabetically
    82. Force 'my computer' and other folders to open in Windows explorer automatically
    83. Boost foreground applications
    84. Place the volume control on the taskbar
    85. Experiment with Linux without installing software
    86. Use Virtual desktops in Windows XP
    87. Capture screenshots in Windows XP
    88. Create an easy HTML picture slide show for your website
    89. Import pictures from a digital camera
    90. Prevent XP from shutting down normally

    Networking and Internet Tips ( 91- 104)

    91. Access your PC from any system over the Internet (Professional only)
    92. Speed up network browsing in Windows XP
    93. Get the most out of your wireless network
    94. Benchmark your wireless connection
    95. Fixing the 'guest only' network access problem
    96. Hiding your computer from other systems in the same network
    97. Share Multiple Folders quickly in Windows XP
    98. Change Web page font size automatically
    99. Open web pages in a new window quickly
    100. Don't have anti-virus software? Check your PC for viruses online
    101. Save web pages for offline viewing
    102. Easier searches and popup suppression with the Google toolbar
    103. Address shortcut for Internet Explorer
    104. Remove Microsoft Java VM and

    An overview of what this page offers! Quite a few tips.. I wonder why he chose 104... and not just 100???

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