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Today's Tips 09/05/2006


Disable System Restore In Windows XP!

While this feature can assist you in troubleshooting your system, the restore points it creates can occupy valuable hard drive space on your system. If you'd rather have this space for other purposes, you can easily disable the feature.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties. Select the System Restore tab, and then select the Turn Off System Restore check box. Then, click OK. Disabling System Restore will save hard disk space as well as increase Windows XP's overall performance.

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Depersonalize Office And Windows!

The personalized-menu feature is controlled in a number of different locations. In Microsoft Word, select Customize from the Tools menu and click on the Options tab. Check the box titled Always show full menus. Do the same for Excel and Outlook. To turn off personalized menus in Internet Explorer 6's Favorites menu, select Internet Options from IE 6's Tools menu, click on the Advanced tab, remove the check next to Enable Personalized Favorites Menu, and click on OK. You will have to restart IE for this to take effect.

In Windows 2000 and XP, the personalized-menu feature is an option in the Start menu as well, and it is enabled by default. To turn it off, right-click on the taskbar, choose Properties, remove the check next to Use Personalized Menus, and click on OK.

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Fix A Corrupt Boot.ini File In Windows XP!

As the Windows XP operating system begins to load, the Ntldr program refers to the Boot.ini file to determine where the operating system files reside and which options to enable as the operating system continues to load. So if there's a problem rooted in the Boot.ini file, it can render Windows XP incapable of booting correctly.

If you suspect that Windows XP won't boot because Boot.ini has been corrupted, you can use the special Recovery Console version of the Bootcfg tool to fix it. Of course, you must first boot the system with the Windows XP CD and access the Recovery Console!

To use the Bootcfg tool, from the Recovery Console command prompt, type Bootcfg /parameter

Where /parameter is one of the required parameters listed in the table below.

Parameter And Description

Scans the disk for all Windows installations and allows you to add any new ones to the Boot.ini file.

Scans the disk for all Windows installations.

Lists each entry in the Boot.ini file.

Sets the default operating system as the main boot entry.

Completely re-creates the Boot.ini file. The user must confirm each step.

Allows the boot operation to be redirected to a specific port when using the Headless Administration feature. The Redirect parameter takes two parameters of its own:
[Port Baudrate ] | [UseBiosSettings].

Disables the redirection.

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Get Complex Details About Your Hardware Configuration In Windows 2000!

When you run into a problem with Windows or an application, support technicians will likely ask for complex details about your hardware configuration. You can get all the information they request without ever opening your computer's case. Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties, or launch the System applet from the Control Panel.

Depending on your Windows version, either click on the Device Manager tab or click on the Device Manager button on the Hardware tab. You'll find an exhaustive list of your system's hardware, organized by type. Double-click on a device for its detailed information and, on some platforms, a Troubleshooter option!

Gary Chambers

Forget the Windows Password In Windows 98!

Never see the Windows password screen again.

Does your home computer ask for your user identification every time you start up? If you are the single user of a home computer, you probably don't need to see the logon screen every time you boot up. Read through these steps and then follow along with these tips to see how to bypass the Windows 98 logon screen.

To do so, follow these directions.

1 Click the Start menu, mouse over Settings, then click the control panel.
2 Double-click the Network icon.
3 Under "Primary Network Logon," make sure the "Windows Logon" is selected rather than the "Microsoft Network Logon."
4 Click OK and then click OK again to restart your computer.
5 When the logon window comes up, enter a name (it doesn't matter what name you pick), leave the password blank, and hit Enter.
When your computer asks you to confirm that blank password, hit Enter again.

After that, you should never see the logon screen again.

Gary Chambers


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