Internet Fixes Windows XP
And More News Letter!
Load Internet Explorer the fastest way possible.
Edit your link (Short Cut) to start Internet
Explorer to have -nohome after it. For Example:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -nohome
This will load internet explorer very fast because it does not load a
webpage while it is loading. If you want to go to your homepage after it
is loaded, just click on the home button.
Instantly research system information in XP!
Have you ever wondered about your system's
available physical memory, processor speed, or BIOS and wished you could
access all this data in one place without having to hunt and peck through
your operating system? In Windows XP, this information and a whole lot
more is readily available for you in the System Information utility.
To access the System Information utility, click the Start button and
choose All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System Information.
Once System Information is up and running, the right pane display many
items of interest pertaining to your PC's hardware data.
Accessing the Internet in no time flat!
If you're on a network that's patched
directly to the Internet, you probably keep Internet Explorer minimized on
your taskbar all day long so you can quickly and easily access the Web
when you need something. However, the whole time that Internet Explorer is
running in the background, it's using valuable system resources that could
be put to better use enhancing the performance of other tasks, such as
calculating spreadsheet formulas in Excel.
A better solution to quickly accessing the Internet is to create an
Address toolbar. You can do this by right-clicking on the taskbar and
choosing Toolbars | Address from the context menu. Then, move the Address
toolbar to the top of your desktop and configure it to use the Auto Hide
and Always On Top features. Now, when you need to access the Internet,
just move your cursor to the top of the screen and when the Address
toolbar appears, type in the address. When you do, Internet Explorer
launches and connects to the requested site.
4. Create a Run
command shortcut in Widows XP!
As you know, using the Run dialog box to
quickly launch certain applications or utilities can come in handy in a
number of situations. For example, suppose you regularly use the Run
dialog box to open a command prompt by typing Cmd in the Open text box.
You can access the Run dialog box by clicking the Start button and then
clicking Run, or by pressing [Windows]R. However, both of these methods
require two steps to open the Run dialog box. Wouldn't it be nice if you
could access the Run dialog box with a single click?
You can create a shortcut to the Run command. Simply select the Run
command on the Start menu, and drag it to the Quick Launch toolbar. The
new shortcut uses the same icon, so it's easy to identify.
However, the shortcut's name will be &Run..., which you'll see in a
popup when you hover your mouse pointer over the shortcut. These extra
characters come from the Start menu command configuration.
In this case, the ampersand character signifies that the R is underlined
and acts as the hotkey. The ellipsis signifies that accessing the Run
command from the Start menu opens a secondary dialog box.
You can rename the shortcut to something more appropriate, such as Run
Command, by right-clicking the shortcut and selecting Rename.
Network Your Printer in Windows XP!
To share the printer.
1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, and Printers and Other
2. Open the Printers and Faxes folder. You should see every printer
installed on the PC.
3. Select the printer you want to share.
4. Click Printer Tasks in the left window.
5. Choose Share this Printer.
6. Give your printer a unique name, preferably something easy to
7. Click OK.
Now you need to add the printer to other machines that will use the
1. Navigate to the Printer folder.
2. Click Add a New Printer.
3. Select Network Printer instead of Local Printer.
4. Locate the correct printer on the network.
5. Click OK.
6. Run a Windows printer test to make sure everything works.
You now have access to the networked printer on the Windows XP machine.
Remember, the Windows XP machine must remain on at all times in order to use
6. Share a
Folder on a Network with Windows XP Pro!
You already have a Shared Documents folder
in the root of My Computer. The easiest thing to do is put stuff you
want to share in this folder.
Here's what to do if you want to share a different folder.
1. Right-click the folder you want to share and click Properties.
2. Go to the Sharing tab.
3. Either tell it you understand the risks, or walk through the wizard
explaining the risks.
4. Select to "Share this folder on the network."
5. Only select "Allow users to share your files" if your Wi-Fi security
6. Click OK.
When you open your Network Places, you'll see the shared folder and get
prompted to log in.
transfer Microsoft Outlook Address Books from one Windows XP machine to
Outlook and Outlook Express have similar Import/Export
options. Here's what you do in Outlook.
1. Click File.
2. Choose Import/Export.
3. Select Export to a File.
4. Select which folders you want to export.
5. Choose to include subfolders.
6. Select a new location to save your file.
7. Choose to replace duplicate items when exported.
8. It may ask you if you want to encrypt your information. If you're
only transferring information to another computer in your home, you
don't need to encrypt.
9. Save your new file to a floppy or burn it to CD.
On your other computer, insert your disc and launch Outlook's
Import/Export wizard again, choosing to Import your file.
existing restore points in Windows XP!
1. Click Start, click All Programs, click
Accessories, click System Tools, and then click System Restore.
2. Click to add a check mark beside Turn off System Restore on all Drives,
and click Apply.
3. When you are warned that all existing Restore Points will be deleted,
click Yes to continue.
All system restore points are deleted. Now you should manually create a
1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools,
and then click System Restore.
2. Click Create a Restore Point, and then click Next.
3. Name your restore point. ( I use the date as well as a descriptive term
such as "New Restore Point.")
Get rid of a jammed print job in Windows XP!
occasionally become jammed in the print queue. You can see the print job
in the queue by going to Start | Printers And Faxes and double-clicking
the appropriate printer. While the queue lists Printing as the status, the
job never prints, and other print jobs begin to stack up behind it.
If you cancel the jammed print job, the Status column indicates that
you've deleted it. However, it never completes the delete operation, and
the jammed print job remains right where it is.
When you encounter a jammed print job, your first instinct may be to
reboot the system, which will flush the jammed print job from the queue.
But there's an easier way.
Follow these steps:
1. Open Control Panel, and double-click Administrative Tools.
2. Double-click Services.
3. Scroll through the list of running services, and select the Print
4. Click the Stop Service button on the toolbar.
5. After waiting a moment, click the Start button on the toolbar.
6. Close Services, and close Administrative Tools.
When you return to the print queue, the jammed print job should no longer
be there. If it is, you should now be able to delete it normally. Keep in
mind that you may have to manually update the queue by selecting Refresh
from the View menu.
to Web sites with the Route command in Windows XP!
If there are specific Web sites you want
to prevent users from accessing, you could use Internet Explorer's
Content Advisor or invest in a third-party solution to block access. But
you can also block access to specific Web sites using the Route command
to modify the route table.
When you type an Internet address into the browser, Windows XP uses the
local route table as a network map to determine where to send the
packet. In most cases, the route table directs the packet to the
gateway, which then sends it out to the Internet.
However, you can configure the route table to send packets addressed to
a certain Web site to a dead end. The result makes it appear as if the
site doesn't exist.
To begin, you need the IP address of the Web site to which you want to
block access. You also need an unassigned IP address within your local
subnet that isn't in use by any computer or device.
For example, let's say that the IP address you want to block is
100.100.100.100, and an IP address on your local subnet that isn't in
use is 192.168.100.51. Modify the route table with the following
Route -p add 100.100.100.100 mask 255.255.255.255 192.168.100.51
select a color scheme in Windows XP, do the following!
1. Click Start and choose Control
Panel. Click Appearances and Themes.
2. Click Display and go to the Appearance tab.
3. Select a new scheme from the Color Scheme drop-down menu.
4. Click OK.
To create your own scheme, play with the Appearance items. Get
everything just how you like it and save it as a Color Scheme.
Creating a boot log for troubleshooting
in Windows XP!
Problems that you're troubleshooting in Windows XP often originate in the boot process. As such, one of your key troubleshooting techniques should be to create a boot log. Creating such a log is a relatively easy process.
Follow these steps:
1. Restart the system.
2. When the operating system begins to load, press [F8]
3. Select the Enable Boot Logging option from the Windows Advanced menu, and press [Enter].
After the system restarts, launch Notepad, and open the C:\Windows\Ntbtlog.txt file. This file contains a list of all of the files that Windows XP attempted to load during startup.
Every line in the file will begin with either "Loaded driver" or "Did
not load driver," which makes it easy to determine what drivers or
services could be causing the problem. In either case, the path and
filename of the driver or service will follow.
Schedule a Task to Defragment Drives
drives is an important part of maintaining a smoothly running computer.
Users upgrading from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME may be used to
scheduling a task to defragment drives. Here's how to do the same thing in
1. Open Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click
2. Double click Add Scheduled Task to open the Scheduled Task Wizard, and
then click Next.
3. Click Browse, navigate to the %systemroot%\system32 folder, select
defrag.exe, and click Open.
4. Use the wizard to set a schedule for when to run the defragmentation
program, and be sure to supply a password for the account on which you
want the task to run.
5. Check the box for Open advanced properties for this task when I click
6. On the Run line, add the drive letter for the drive to be defragged.
For example, %SystemRoot%\System32\Defrag.exe %HomeDrive%
Now the defragmenting task will be run according to your schedule.
Launch the Forgotten Password Wizard
Here's how to launch the Forgotten
Password Wizard to create your very own password recovery disk.
1. Click Start menu, Control Panel, and User Accounts.
2. Click your user account name.
3. Under Related Tasks on the left, click "Prevent forgotten password"
to launch the wizard.
Now that you've launched the wizard, let it walk you through creating
the recovery disk. Make sure the disk you use is formatted and in the
drive. After it's finished creating the disk, label it and stash it away
for an emergency.
If you happen to forget your password, all you need to do is click your
user icon at the logon screen. Even though you don't have your password,
go ahead and click the green arrow just like you would to finish logging
on to your computer. This will launch a little yellow dialog box
directing you to use your password recovery disk.
Quickly track down computers on a network With XP!
If you manage a large network with
many computers that you've configured to share resources on the network,
quickly locating a specific computer can easily become a time-consuming
and aggravating task. It can be quite a pain to open My Network Places and
scan through a huge list of computers every time you just need to find one
computer that you want to access.
However, there's an easier way to locate computers on a network. Follow
1. Right-click My Network Places, and select Search For Computers.
2. When the Search utility appears, enter the name of the system you want
to find in the Computer Name text box, and click the Search button.
Windows XP will quickly return the computer you want to access. Best of
all, XP will save the computer name in the history list. The next time you
need to access the same computer, you can just enter a few letters of the
name and select it from the drop-down list.
Let me know if you need anything else.
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