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1. Installing Software on your Homemade PC.
2. Add a Create New Folder icon to the Windows XP Quick Launch toolbar.
3. Re-enable icon transparency on your desktop in Windows XP.
4. You Lost your Vista Recycle Bin on your Desktop, here is how you can get it back.
5. Does mixing Windows XP and Windows Vista on a network require anything special.
6. Put your name in the Windows XP notification area.
7. Can't Update Windows XP after a Reinstall?
8. Web Browsers and Clearing Cookies.
9. Change Windows Mail Preview Pane View In Vista.
10. Backup The Vista Registry.
 
 

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1. Installing Software on your Homemade PC.

Here's my usual order, after the system is built:

1. Power up the system; check POST.
2. Install BIOS update, if available.
3. Set up hard drive and optical drive boot order.  Chipset Drivers
4. Ensure all memory timings and CPU settings are at default or auto settings. (Don't over-clock when installing the OS.)
5. Check to see if all drives and hardware are visible in BIOS setup.
6. If I have a sound card installed, disable the onboard audio.

Then install software:

1. Before installing any OS, I make sure I have CDs or other media (or files on server, for example), CD keys, and drivers (on CD or thumb drive) for all hardware.
2. Boot from CD. If installing OS onto a drive that has had a previous software install, make sure to reformat the drive. (This is assuming you're installing a fresh copy of the OS.)
3. Install motherboard and networking drivers.
4. Perform OS updates (for example, new Windows updates)
5. Install graphics drivers.
6. Install audio drivers.
7. Install security software.
8. Install applications.
9. Something that I always do on my PCs is to open an Email account that checks the ISP ever 10 minutes for mail.  Open several Word docs along with Internet Explorer with 3 or 4 tabs.  I just leave all of this running for 48 hours to see if any problems occur.  Doing this will usually show you any hardware or system software problems you may have.

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2. Add a Create New Folder icon to the Windows XP Quick Launch toolbar.

Creating new folders to store files is a basic Windows XP task, but Windows Explorer does not have a button for easy creation of new folders. You can create your own shortcut by adding a Create New Folder button to the Quick Launch toolbar. Follow these steps:

1. Press [Windows]E to launch a new Windows Explorer window.

2. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. ({Username} is your account name.)

3. Create a new folder in the Quick Launch folder and name it Create New Folder. You will see a new button on the Quick Launch toolbar called Create New Folder.

4. To create a new folder, hold down [Ctrl], drag the Create New Folder icon from the Quick Launch toolbar, and drop it in the folder in which you want to create a new folder. You will see a new folder, and the Create New Folder icon will remain on the Quick Launch toolbar.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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3. Re-enable icon transparency on your desktop in Windows XP.

Have you ever changed your desktop theme or just your desktop background and discovered that the text for your desktop icons is no longer transparent? Instead you now have a colored background box behind the text. If you have experienced this situation, chances are that you searched high and low for a solution, but were unable to find one.

Unfortunately, this is because the setting that allows you to control the icon transparency is very poorly named. Rather than being named something that makes sense, Microsoft choose to name the setting “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.” To make matters worse, this setting is buried in the Performance Options dialog box rather than on the Display Properties dialog box.

In any case, sometimes that act of changing a desktop theme or desktop background inadvertently disables the Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop setting. Fortunately, re-enabling is it easy. Here’s how:

1. Access the Control Panel and double-click System.

2. When you see the System Properties dialog box, select the Advanced tab.

3. Click Settings button in the Performance section.

4. When you see the Performance Options dialog box, scroll down the list and select the “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” checkbox.

5. Click OK twice — once to close Performance Options dialog box and once to close the System Properties dialog box.

You should now have your transparent icons back.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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4. You Lost your Vista Recycle Bin on your Desktop, here is how you can get it back.

Here's how to restore your Recycle Bin to your Desktop:

1. Right click an empty area of your Desktop.

2. Select Personalize.

3. Under the "Task" category, click the "Change Desktop Icons" link.

4. Place a checkmark in the Recycle Bin checkbox.

5. Click OK.  

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5. Does mixing Windows XP and Windows Vista on a network require anything special.

Vista uses a new technology called Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD), which is something that Windows XP does not have. If you want Windows XP to show up on the Network Map, you'll need to download the update that Microsoft has available.

Here's how to install the update:

To install the LLTD Responder to a computer running Windows XP

1. Download the update for Windows XP from: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=70582

2. Run the update on the computer running Windows XP that you want to appear on the Network Map.

3. On the Software Update Installation Wizard, click Next.

4. On the License Agreement page, read the license agreement, and if you agree to the terms, click I Agree, and then click Next.

5. On the final page of the wizard, click Finish.

6. If you are prompted to do so, restart your computer.

7. After your computer running Windows XP restarts, generate a new Network Map with the computer running Windows XP included.

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6. Put your name in the Windows XP notification area.

 On a slow Friday afternoon try this fun trick and amaze your coworkers. Here’s how to make your “own” time by putting your name in the notification area next to the time.

1. Access the Control Panel from the Start menu.

2. Double click Regional and Language Options.

3. Click the Customize button in the Standards And Formats panel of the Regional Options tab.

4. When the Customize Regional Options dialog box appears, select the Time tab.

5. In the AM Symbol and PM Symbol boxes, you can replace that text with your name or whatever word you want, as long as it is no longer than 12 characters.

6. To complete the operation, click OK twice — once to close the Customize Regional Options dialog box and once to close the Regional And Language Options dialog box.

You’ll instantly see your name appear in the notification area right next to the time.

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7. Can't Update Windows XP after a Reinstall?

A repair/reinstall of Windows XP can be the last resort when you've got a really persistent problem. How awful, then, if this solution causes yet another problem—a breakdown in getting updates. But it happens, because the latest Windows Update relies on a file that's not found on the XP CD, and the reinstall wipes out that file's references in the Registry.

There are two ways to fix this problem. First, you can kick-start the file by re-registering it with the system. Launch a Command Prompt and enter these commands:

net stop wuauserv
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll
net start wuauserv

That stops the Windows update service, registers the file with Windows, and restarts the service. Second, you can download and install a small utility called the Windows Update Agent. Depending on how long this problem has been going on, you may have quite a flood of new updates to install once you've fixed it. Go to www.windowsupdate.com, click Custom Install, and accept all of the critical and security updates.

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8. Web Browsers and Clearing Cookies.

This article explains how to clear cookies for the following popular web browsers:

Internet Explorer 6.x - Windows

1. Within IE, go to Tools | Internet Options.

2. Click Delete Cookies.

3. Click OK.

Internet Explorer 7.x - Windows

1. Within IE, go to Tools | Internet Options.

2. Click on the General tab and then click the Delete... button.

3. Click the Delete cookies button.

4. Click the Yes button.

5. Then click the Close button, followed by the OK button.

Internet Explorer - Mac

1. On a Classic OS machine, go to Edit | Preferences. On OS X go to Explorer | Preferences.

2. Expand the Receiving Files option on the left if it isn’t already.

3. Click Cookies.

4. In the box that displays all the cookies on the machine, click once to select one, and then press Command-A to select all.

5. Click Delete.

6. Click OK.

Netscape 7.x/Mozilla - Windows

1. Within Netscape, go to Tools | Cookie Manager | Manage Stored Cookies.

2. Click Remove All Cookies.

Netscape 7.x/Mozilla - Mac

1. Within Netscape, go to Tools | Cookie Manager | Manage Stored Cookies.

2. Click Remove All Cookies.

3. Click OK.

Firefox 1.5 - Windows

1. Open Firefox and go to Tools | Options.

2. Click Privacy.

3. View the "Cookies" tab and click the Clear Cookies Now (older versions of Firefox are very similar to these instructions).

Firefox 2.x - Windows

1. Open Firefox and go to Tools | Options.

2. Click Privacy.

3. Click the "Show Cookies" button and then click the Remove All Cookies button.

Firefox 3.x - Windows

1. Open Firefox and go to Tools | Options.

2. Click Privacy.

3. Click the "Show Cookies" button and then click the Remove All Cookies button.

Firefox 1.5 - Mac

1. Open Firefox and go to Firefox | Preferences.

2. Click Privacy.

3. View the "Cookies" tab and click the Clear Cookies Now (older versions of Firefox are very similar to these instructions).

Firefox 2.x - Mac

1. Open Firefox and go to Firefox | Preferences.

2. Click Privacy.

3. Click the "Show Cookies" button and then click the Remove All Cookies button.

Firefox 3.x - Mac

1. Open Firefox and go to Firefox | Preferences.

2. Click Privacy.

3. Click the "Show Cookies" button and then click the Remove All Cookies button.

Safari 2.x, 3.x

1. Open Safari and go to Safari | Preferences.

2. Click Security.

3. Click Show Cookies.

Click Remove All.

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9. Change Windows Mail Preview Pane View In Vista. 

By default Windows Mail displays its preview pane below the list of messages. If you want to change this view so the preview pane takes on a similar look to Microsoft Outlook, i.e., preview pane beside messages, proceed as follows:

1. Open Windows Mail

2. Click View on the Main Toolbar

3. From the drop down menu click Layout

4. In the Windows Layout Properties window look for the Preview pane section.

5. Now click the radio button next to the option you require:

· Below Messages - default

· Beside Messages

6. Finally click the OK button
 

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10. Backup The Vista Registry.

The Registry is the heart and soul of Windows; damage it and the chances are the Windows Operating system will stop working. It is for this reason that registry editing should only be undertaken by those who are familiar with the way it works, and are competent enough to make any necessary changes.

While it is possible to follow step by step instructions in order to edit the registry, the first precaution necessary, prior to even attempting to make alterations, is to ensure that you have a current backup of the registry, either as a full backup or a backup of the respective registry hive. Should disaster strike and a registry edit go wrong you will, at least, have a working backup with which to replace the damaged registry hive.

To backup the registry proceed as follows:

1. Click Start.

2. From the menu click Run.

3. In the Run dialog box type: regedit.

4. The Windows registry Editor will now open.

5. Click the File option on the main toolbar and, from the drop down menu, select Export.

6. In the Export Registry File dialog box select All.

7. Now name the file.

8. Finally click the Save button.

9. To return the registry back to its original state should something go wrong simply click on the File option on the main registry editor toolbar and then select Import.

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