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1. Create Multiple CDs From A Set Of Files In XP!
2. Set All The Backup Options In Windows XP!
3. Increase Page Viewing Space In Internet Explorer!
4. Set Advanced Restore Options In Windows XP!
5. Windows XP System Properties Overview!
6. To Remove Items Permanently When You Delete Them!
7. Troubleshoot Burning CD's
8. With Remote Desktop And Windows XP Professional You Can!
9. To Add Another View To An Event Log!
10. To Assign A Drive Letter To A Network Computer Or Folder!
11. Compress A File Or Folder On An NTFS Drive!
12. Edit The Send To Menu In XP!
13. Create An Auto-Play CD!
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15. Disable Windows XP And Me System Restore When Infection Occurs!
 
 

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1. Create Multiple CDs From A Set Of Files In XP!

1. Insert a blank, writable CD into the CD recording drive.
2. Open My Computer.
3. Click the files or folders you want to copy to the CD. To select more than one file, hold down the CTRL key while you click the files you want. Then, under File and Folder Tasks, click Copy this file, Copy this folder, or Copy the selected items.

If the files are located in My Pictures, under Picture Tasks, click Copy to CD or Copy all items to CD, and then skip to step 5.

4. In the Copy Items dialog box, click the CD recording drive, and then click Copy.
5. In My Computer, double-click the CD recording drive. Windows displays a temporary area where the files are held before they are copied to the CD. Verify that the files and folders that you intend to copy to the CD appear under Files Ready to be Written to the CD.
6. Under CD Writing Tasks, click Write these files to CD. Windows displays the CD Writing Wizard. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

When the process is finished, the last page of the wizard displays a check box that enables you to create another CD like the one you just made.

7. Click Yes, write these files to another CD and insert another blank, writable CD into the CD recording drive. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

Side Notes:
- To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
- After you copy files or folders to the CD, it is useful to view the CD to confirm that the files are copied.

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2. Set All The Backup Options In Windows XP!

When Using the Windows interface.

1. Open Backup.

The Backup Utility Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.
2. Click the Advanced Mode button in the Backup Utility Wizard.
3. Click the Tools menu, then click Options.
4. On the General tab, set the options you want.

Side Notes:

- To start Backup, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

- Selecting Compute selection information before backup and restore operations estimates the number of files and bytes that will be backed up or restored during the current backup or restore operation. This information will be calculated and displayed before the backup or restore begins.

- Selecting Use the catalogs on the media to speed up building restore catalogs on disk indicates that you want to use the on-media catalog to build the on-disk catalog for restore selections. This is the fastest way to build an on-disk catalog. However, if you want to restore data from several tapes, and the tape with the on-media catalog is missing, or you want to restore data from media that is damaged, you should not select this option. Backup will then scan your entire backup set (or as much of it as you have), and build an on-disk catalog. This could take several hours if your backup set is very large.

- Selecting Verify data after the backup completes checks the backed-up data and the original data on your hard disk to be sure that the data is the same. Some files in use may cause verification errors, but you can generally ignore these errors. If there are a significant number of verification errors, there may be a problem with the media or the file you are using to back up data. If this occurs, you should use different media or designate another file, and you should run the backup operation again.

- Selecting Back up the contents of mounted drives backs up the data that is on a mounted drive. If you select this option, and you back up a mounted drive, the data that is on the mounted drive will be backed up. If you do not select this option, and you back up a mounted drive, only the path information for the mounted drive will be backed up.

- Selecting Show alert message when I start Backup and Removable Storage is not running displays a dialog box when you start Backup and Removable Storage is not running. Backup will then start Removable Storage automatically. If you primarily back up data to a file, and you save the file to a floppy disk, a hard disk, or any type of removable disk, you do not need to select this box. If you primarily back up data to a tape, or other media that is managed by Removable Storage, you should select this box.

- Selecting Show alert message when I start Backup and there is compatible import media available displays a dialog box when you start Backup and there is new media available in the Import media pool. If you primarily back up data to a file, and you save the file to a floppy disk, a hard disk, or any type of removable disk, you do not need to select this box. If you primarily back up data to a tape, or other media that is managed by Removable Storage, you should select this box.

- Selecting Show alert message when new media is inserted into Removable Storage displays a dialog box when new media is detected by Removable Storage. If you primarily back up data to a file, and you save the file to a floppy disk, a hard disk, or any type of removable disk, you do not need to select this box. If you primarily back up data to a tape, or other media that is managed by Removable Storage, you should select this box.

- Selecting Always move new import media to Backup pools automatically moves new media that is detected by Removable Storage to the Backup media pool. If you primarily back up data to a file, and you save the file to a floppy disk, a hard disk, or any type of removable disk, you do not need to select this box. If you you want all new media to be available to the Backup program only, and no one is using Removable Storage to manage new media, you should select this box.

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3. Increase Page Viewing Space In Internet Explorer!

Here are two tips for increasing the amount of space you have to view a Web page:

1. You can hide toolbars that you don't use.

- On the Internet Explorer View menu, pause your mouse over Toolbars.

- In the Toolbars menu that appears, you will see a list of toolbars such as Standard Buttons, Address Bar, and Links. Click the particular toolbar that you want to hide or show. The toolbars that are visible have a check mark next to them.

2. You can put Internet Explorer into full screen view, which minimizes the toolbars and hides the Windows XP Taskbar. This gives you the maximum amount of Web page viewing space.

- On the Internet Explorer View menu, click Full Screen. You can also press F11 on the keyboard.

- To go back to the normal view, press F11 on the keyboard. You can use the F11 key to toggle back and forth between normal and full screen view.

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4. Set Advanced Restore Options In Windows XP!
 
 1. Open Backup.
 
 The Backup Utility Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.
 
 2. Click the Advanced Mode button in the Backup Utility Wizard.
 3. Click the Restore and Manage Media menu and select the files to restore.
 4. Click the Start Restore button.
 5. On the Confirm Restore dialog box, click Advanced.
 6. Set the advanced restore options you want, and then click OK. See the Notes section for a description of each option.
 
 Side Notes!
 
 - To start Backup, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
 

 - Selecting Restore security will restore security settings for each file and folder. Security settings include permissions, audit entries, and ownership. This option is available only if you have backed up data from an NTFS volume used in Windows XP and you are restoring it to an NTFS volume used in Windows XP.
 

 - Selecting Restore Removable Storage database will restore the Removable Storage database. If you are not using Removable Storage to manage storage media, you do not need to select this option. Also, this will delete your existing Removable Storage database.
 

 - Selecting Restore junction points, and restore file and folder data under junction points to the original location restores junction points on your hard disk as well as the data that the junction points point to. If you do not select this check box, the junction points will be restored as common directories and the data your junction points point to will not be accessible. Also, if you are restoring a mounted drive, and you want to restore the data that is on the mounted drive, you must select this check box. If you do not select this check box, you will only restore the folder containing the mounted drive.
 

 - Selecting When restoring replicated data sets, mark the restored data as the primary data for all replicas ensures that restored File Replication service (FRS) data is replicated to your other servers. If you are restoring FRS data, you should choose this option. If you do not choose this option, the FRS data that you are restoring may not be replicated to other servers because the restored data will appear to be older than the data already on the servers. This will cause the other servers to overwrite the restored data, thereby preventing you from restoring the FRS data.
database is restored and replicated on all nodes in a server cluster. If you select this option, Backup will stop the Cluster service on all other nodes of the server cluster after the node that was restored reboots.
 

 - Selecting Preserve existing volume mount points will prevent the restore operation from writing over any volume mount points you have created on the partition or volume you are restoring data to. This option is primarily applicable when you are restoring data to an entire drive or partition. For example, if you are restoring data to a replacement drive, and you have partitioned and formatted the drive and restored volume mount points, you should select this option so your volume mount points are not restored. If you are restoring data to a partition or drive that you have just reformatted, and you want to restore the old volume mount points, you should not select this option.  

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5. Windows XP System Properties Overview!
 
You can use System in the Control Panel to do the following:
 
- View and change settings that control how your computer uses memory and finds certain information.
- Find information about hardware and device properties, as well as configure hardware profiles.
- View information about your network connection and logon profile.
- Report system and program errors to Microsoft or your system administrator when they occur.
 
You can change performance options that control how programs use memory, including paging file size, or environment variables that tell your computer where to find some types of information. Startup and recovery options indicate which operating system your computer uses when it starts and which actions it performs if the system stops unexpectedly.
 
Information about hardware and devices is also available in System. Use the Add Hardware Wizard to install, uninstall, or configure certain types of hardware. Device Manager shows you which devices are installed on your computer and allows you to change device properties. You can also create hardware profiles for different hardware configurations.
 
Using System, you can view network and logon information, such as your computer name or DNS domain name. You can also see details about your domain or workgroup membership, or start the Network Identification Wizard and connect to a network. A user profile contains the personal settings associated with your logon configuration.
 
You can report system and program errors to Microsoft or your system administrator so they can track and address the errors.
 
You must be logged on as an administrator to the local computer or have appropriate network privileges to make certain changes in System.

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6. To Remove Items Permanently When You Delete Them!
 
1. On the desktop, right-click Recycle Bin, and then click Properties.
2. Select the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin check box.
 
Important!
 
- If the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin check box is selected, you will not be able to recover any items that you delete.
 
Side Notes:
 
- You can also remove an item permanently by holding down SHIFT while dragging the item to the Recycle Bin.
- If you want to use different Recycle Bin settings for different drives, click Configure drives independently, and then click the appropriate drive tab to change the Recycle Bin settings for that drive.
- If you want to use the same Recycle Bin settings for all drives, click Use one setting for all drives.

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7. Troubleshoot Burning CD's
 
Older CD recorders may not create (or "burn") CD-RW discs. To resolve this issue, use the CD recorder to back up information to CD-R discs.
You can erase and use CD-RW discs again, but the discs may not play in other devices (such as audio CD players). To resolve this issue, use the CD recorder to back up information on CD-R discs. These discs can be written only once, but they play in most CD players and CD-ROM drives.
 

- CD recording may fail intermittently. To resolve this issue, use any of the following methods:
 

- Defragment your hard disk regularly. To start Disk Defragmenter, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
 

- Check your hard disk for errors regularly. You can use the Error-checking tool to check for file system errors and bad sectors on your hard disk:
 
1. Double-click My Computer, and then click the local disk that you want to check.
2. On the File menu, click Properties.
3. Click the Tools tab, and then click Check Now in the Error-checking section.
4. In the Check disk options section, click to select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.
 
- Be sure to free up enough hard disk space for the files you want to burn to CD. You can use Disk Cleanup to free up space on your hard disk. To open Disk Cleanup, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
 

- Before you start the recording process, close all other programs (such as screen savers and anti-virus software), and avoid starting programs that may interrupt the recording process.

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8. With Remote Desktop And Windows XP Professional You Can!
 
With Remote Desktop on Windows XP Professional, you can have access to a Windows session that is running on your computer when you are at another computer. This means, for example, that you can connect to your work computer from home and have access to all of your applications, files, and network resources as though you were in front of your computer at work. You can leave programs running at work and when you get home, you can see your desktop at work displayed on your home computer, with the same programs running.
 
When you connect to your computer at work, Remote Desktop automatically locks that computer so no one else can access your applications and files while you are gone. When you come back to your computer at work, you can unlock it by typing CTRL+ALT+DEL.
 
Remote Desktop also allows more than one user to have active sessions on a single computer. This means that multiple users can leave their applications running and preserve the state of their Windows session even while others are logged on.
 
With Fast User Switching, you can easily switch from one user to another on the same computer. For example, suppose you are working at home and have logged on to the computer at your office to update an expense report. While you are working, a family member needs to use your home computer to check for an important email message. You can disconnect Remote Desktop, allow the other user to log on and check mail, and then reconnect to the computer at your office, where you see the expense report exactly as you left it. Fast User Switching works on standalone computers and computers that are members of workgroups.
 
Remote Desktop enables a variety of scenarios, including:
- Working at home - Access work in progress on your office computer from home, including full access to all local and remote devices.
- Collaborating - Bring your desktop to a colleague's office to debug some code, update a Microsoft PowerPoint slide presentation, or proofread a document.
- Sharing a console - Allow multiple users to maintain separate program and configuration sessions on a single computer, such as at a teller station or a sales desk.
 
To use Remote Desktop, you need the following:
- A computer running Windows XP Professional ("remote" computer) with a connection to a Local Area Network or the Internet.
- A second computer ("home" computer) with access to the Local Area Network via network connection, modem, or Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. This computer must have Remote Desktop Connection, formerly called the Terminal Services client, installed.
- Appropriate user accounts and permissions.
 
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9. To Add Another View To An Event Log!

1. Open Event Viewer.
2. In the console tree, click the log of which you want to add another view.
3. On the Action menu, click New Log View.
4. On the Action menu, click Rename.
5. Type the name as you want it to appear in the console tree and press ENTER.

Side Notes:
- To open Event Viewer, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Event Viewer.

- Log views added to the console tree can be managed and customized in the same way as the default logs.

 

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10. To Assign A Drive Letter To A Network Computer Or Folder!

1. Open My Computer.
2. On the Tools menu, click Map Network Drive.
3. In Drive, select a drive letter.
4. In Folder, type the server and share name of the computer or folder you want.

Example:
\\servername\sharename.
-or-
Click Browse to find the computer or folder.

Side Notes:

- To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
- To reconnect to the mapped drive every time you log on, select the Reconnect at logon check box.
- Mapped drives are available only when the host computer is available.
- Network drives are assigned letters from Z to A, and local drives (your hard drive and removable storage devices) are assigned letters from A to Z.
- You can assign a computer or shared folder to a different drive letter by disconnecting from the drive and then reassigning it to a new drive letter.

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11. Compress A File Or Folder On An NTFS Drive!
 
1. Open My Computer.
2. Double-click a drive or folder.
3. Right-click the file or folder you want to compress, and then click Properties.
4. On the General tab, click Advanced.
5. Select the Compress contents to save disk space check box, and then click OK.
6. In the Properties dialog box, click OK.
7. In Confirm Attribute Changes, select the option you want.
 
Side Notes!
 
- To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
- You can only use NTFS compression for files and folders on drives formatted as NTFS. If the Advanced button does not appear, the file or folder you selected is not on an NTFS drive.
- If you move or copy a file into a compressed folder, it is compressed automatically. If you move a file from a different NTFS drive into a compressed folder, it is also compressed. However, if you move a file from the same NTFS drive into a compressed folder, the file retains its original state, either compressed or uncompressed.
- Files and folders that are compressed using NTFS compression cannot be encrypted.
- You can choose to display NTFS-compressed files in a different color.

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12. Edit The Send To Menu In XP!
 
When you right-click on a file and choose Send To, menu options let you copy that file to the A: drive, the My Documents folder, or various other places. You can add a menu item that will send files to any folder you want. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\username\SendTo for Windows 2000 and XP, or C:\Windows\SendTo for Windows 98 and Me.

If you don't see the folder you want, select Folder Options from the Tools menu, click on the View tab, and check Show hidden files and folders. In a second Explorer window, select the folder in question. Right-drag it into the Send To folder and choose Create Shortcuts Here. Rename the shortcut as you want to see it in the Send To menu.

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13. Create An Auto-Play CD!
 
The application CDs that you buy launch automatically, and your burned CDs can do the same. They can invoke a setup program or display an HTML page that links to the CD's contents. Use Notepad to create a three-line text file based on the lines below, and name it Autorun.inf. Place the file in the CD's root directory.
 
[autorun]
open=setup.exe
icon=icon.ico
 
Replace setup.exe with the program that should launch when the CD is inserted, and replace icon.ico with the file containing the CD's icon. In both cases, be sure to omit the drive letter.

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14. Use The Image Toolbar To Work With Pictures On The Web!
 
If you're like most people, you often come across pictures on the Web that you'd like to save, print, or e-mail to others. It might be a photo of your dream house, a new vacation spot, or a great item on an auction site. Internet Explorer 6 lets you easily work with pictures that you find on the Web with the new Image Toolbar feature.
 
When you move the mouse pointer over a picture, you'll see the Image Toolbar appear in the top left corner of the image.
 
On the Image Toolbar, you'll find buttons that give you one-click access to several useful commands:
1. Save the picture to your hard disk drive with this button. It's the same as right-clicking on an image and selecting Save As.
2. Print the picture using this button.
3. E-mail a copy of the picture to someone else with this button.
 
Note: The recipient of your e-mail message must have a program that can display the picture. If they are running Internet Explorer 6, the picture will be displayed in the message received in Microsoft Outlook® Express.
 
4. Open your My Pictures folder with this button. You can view and manage your pictures from this folder.
 
Note: If you have Automatic Image Resizing turned on, the Automatic Image Resizing icon will appear in the lower right corner of any picture that is too large to completely fit within the browser window. You can use this icon to resize the picture so that it either returns to its original size or fits within the browser window.

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15. Disable Windows XP And Me System Restore When Infection Occurs!
 
When something goes wrong, the Windows System Restore feature that debuted with Windows Millennium Edition offers users the ability to roll their systems back to a kinder, gentler time. Making changes to the system, such as installing or uninstalling a program, cause the feature to create a checkpoint. Unfortunately, if you are trying to rid your machine of a virus infection or spyware, System Restore can be your enemy. Virus scanners cannot clean infections from restore points, making re-infection possible. The same can happen if you do a system restore after running an anti-spyware utility, with objects reappearing after a scan-and-delete sweep. This is why all antivirus vendors recommend disabling System Restore before attempting to clean a system. Although Windows XP and Windows Me offer System Restore, they differ slightly in the way they let you enable and disable it. The following is how to proceed!
 
Disabling System Restore in Windows XP:
 
1. From the desktop or Start menu, right click on My Computer.
2. Click on Properties.
3. Select the System Restore Tab.
4. Check the Turn Off System Restore on All Drives checkbox. Note that when the box is checked, system restore is off.
5. Click on OK to exit (or click on Apply, then Ok.)
 
Note: Unlike Windows Me, Windows XP does not normally require rebooting.
 
Disabling System Restore in Windows Me
1. From the desktop or Start menu, right-click on My Computer.
2. Click on Properties.
3. Select the Performance Tab, and click on File system or press Alt + F.
4. On the Troubleshooting tab, put a check in the Disable System Restore checkbox. As with Windows XP, when the box is checked, system restore is disabled.
5. Click twice on OK to exit.
6. Click Yes when prompted to reboot the system.
 
To re-enable System Restore after removing viruses, worms, or spyware, repeat the steps, but uncheck the Disable System Restore checkbox.

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