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.
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.
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
Where /parameter is one of the required parameters listed in the table
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
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.
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!
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
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
After that, you should never see the logon screen again.
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