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02/11/2009

Internet Fixes Weekly Edition!

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Scan Your Hard Drives For Errors In Windows XP

 

Hard drives eventually go bad. Sometimes it is due to age, sometimes due to bad craftsmanship, and other times due to random errors. To help keep your files and Windows XP software free from crashes and other miscellaneous computer problems, it is a good idea to scan your hard drives for errors from time to time. Luckily this is easy to do.

1. Double-click

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Access the Start Menu During Full-Screen Setups In XP.

When you install new software on your machine, it is highly recommended to close down all of your currently running programs in case the setup program needs to modify key operating system files. To encourage this, many setup programs go into

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Computer Will Not Wake with USB Devices.
 
There is a known problem with Windows XP and hibernation / standby mode with USB devices. If you move your mouse during hibernation or suspension, you may not be able to move the mouse again to wake up the machine. Also, in some circumstances, hibernation

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Automatically Shut Down the Machine at a Given Time.

Do you keep your Windows XP computer on at night running background tasks but need to shut it down at a particular time? This does not require any specialized software, as Windows XP comes built-in with a scheduler tool and shutdown application

Note that you must be logged on as an administrator account. Only administrators can start the shutdown process.

1. Click

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You Say You Cannot Enable the Task Manager?
 
By pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE on a Windows XP machine you will normally bring up the Windows Task Manager. This displays the current CPU usage, the list of running programs, and the list of running processes on your system.

The Windows Task

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Redirect My Documents To An Alternate Location In Windows XP.

Have you ever wanted to change the location of the My Documents folder from the local hard drive to a network drive? In previous versions of the Windows operating system, performing this task required a series of tricky registry edits.

In Windows XP A built-in feature

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Controlling The Desktop Cleanup Wizard In Windows XP!
 
By default, the Desktop Cleanup Wizard will pop up every 60 days to cleanup your desktop.
 
To stop this:
1. Right click

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Clearing The Page File On Shutdown In Windows XP!
 
Another way to set the computer to clear the pagefile without directly editing the registry is:
 
1. Click on the Start button
2. Go to

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Getting Rid Of Unread Email Messages!
 
To remove the Unread Email Message by user's Login Names and Pictures: XP Home!
 
1. Start

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Doing A Clean Install With A Windows XP Upgrade CD.

It is a good idea to save your Address book and your Favorites file from Internet Explorer. Just back them up to a floppy disk and then you can just import them back in after the new install.

Below are the addresses for two PC Inventory Programs. These are both free

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