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Top 20 Questions And Answers In 2006!!

  1. How do I disable Windows Messenger in Windows XP?

  2. How do I disable Windows Messenger In Windows 2000?

  3. It's easy to move your taskbar.

  4. To turn off balloon tips in applications that support XP Themes

  5. Create a manual restore point in Windows ME!

  6. What is an easy way to speed up the display of the Start Menu Items

  7. Changing your monitor type in Windows XP

  8. Creating a boot log for troubleshooting in Windows XP

  9. If you want to clear your Internet Explorer 6.0 History

  10. Turn off error reporting in  Windows XP


  12. Manually install the Backup utility in Windows XP Home

  13. How to Prevent the AutoComplete List of File Names from Appearing in XP

  14. Removing unnecessary system files in Windows ME 

  15. Protect your privacy by deleting individual sites from your history in Windows ME

  16. Access frequently used documents or photos more quickly (Win Me)

  17. Making a Windows Me bootable disk 

  18. Run programs at optimum speed with Disk Defragmenter in ME.

  19. How to disable that dialog box Enter your network password for Microsoft Networking

  20. Taking advantage of Windows Me's Troubleshooting wizards 


How do I disable Windows Messenger In Windows XP?

(1) Select "Start"
(2) Choose "Control Panel"
(3) Choose "Administrative Tools"
** note in Windows XP Home edition, Administrative Tools is in Performance and Maintenance
(4) Choose "Services"
(5) Right-click on "Messenger"
(6) Select "Stop"
To permanently disable Messenger:
(7) Right click "Messenger"
(8) Select "Properties"
(9) Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK"  Top!

How do I disable Windows Messenger In Windows 2000?

(1) Select "Start"
(2) Choose "Settings"
(3) Choose "Control Panel"
(4) Choose "Administrative Tools"
(5) Choose "Services"
(6) Right-click "Messenger"
(7) Select "Properties"
(8) Click "Stop" To permanently disable Messenger:
(9) Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK"         Top!

It's easy to move your taskbar In Windows ME

1. Click and hold an empty area of the taskbar.
2. Move it to the bottom of your screen, the other side, or the top of the screen.
3. Release your mouse button when the taskbar is where you want it.

To turn off balloon tips in applications that support XP Themes

1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\
3. Create a DWORD value of EnableBalloonTips
4. Give it a value of 0                  Top!

Create a manual restore point in Windows ME

If you've ever made a major change (intentionally or not) to your Me operating system and left it in an undesirable state, never fear. With Me's System Restore feature you can undo any changes you've made to your system's hardware, software, or settings that have left your computer clinging to life. Think of the System Restore feature as your computer's very own time


The System Restore feature, which is unique to Windows Me, monitors changes you've made to your system at specific intervals, called restore points or checkpoints, as well as when events such as program installations occur. There are several types of restore points, or the point to which you tell Windows Me to return your system's settings. Windows Me automatically creates some of these for you, and you can also create your own. Follow these steps to create your own checkpoint.                                                                                                                         

Click the Start button and choose Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System Restore. The System Restore dialog box opens and provides you with options to restore your system to an earlier time by selecting one of the automatic checkpoints the feature has created for you or to create a checkpoint of your own. Select the Create A Restore Point option and click Next. In the Create A Restore Point window, type a name for your checkpoint in the Restore Point Description text box. Make the name descriptive so that you'll easily recognize it should you need it later on. Click Next. In the Confirm New Restore Point window, you'll be prompted to verify the accuracy of the checkpoint you just created. Your new checkpoint contains the date and time you created it, as well as the name you gave it in the previous step. If you need to make any changes to the checkpoint, click the Back button. If not, click OK to confirm your new checkpoint. You now have a built-in safety net to use should you ever find your computer in a disastrous state.   Top!


An easy way to speed up the display of the Start Menu Items is to turn off the menu shadow.

1. Right click on an open area of the Desktop
2. Select Properties
3. Click on the Appearance tab
4. Click on the Effects button
5. Uncheck Show shadows under menus               Top!


Changing your monitor type


1. Download and uncompress your monitor's inf file from your manufacturer's home page. 
2. Click Start. Click Control Panel. Double click System. 
3. Click the Hardware tab. Click Device Manager. Double click Monitors. 
4. Right click Your Monitor. 
5. Click Properties. 
6. Click the Driver tab. 
7. Click Update Driver. Click Next. 
8. Click Install From A List Of Specific Location. Click Next. 
9. Click Don't Search I Will Choose The Driver To Install. Click Next. Click Have Disk. 
10. Click Browse and select the Driver. Click Open.               Top!


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.                 Top!



If you want to clear your Internet Explorer History


If you want to clear your Internet Explorer History, click Tools and Internet Options. 

On the General tab click Clear History. 

Then click OK.                 Top!


Turn off error reporting in  Windows XP


Here's how to disable this feature, either completely or selectively: 

1. Open System in the Control Panel (or right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties. 
2. Choose the Advanced tab, and click Error Reporting. 
3. You can disable error reporting entirely here, or enable it selectively for certain programs. Click Ok when you're done.             Top!


Remote Desktop is a new feature in Windows XP that allows you to control a remote computer and see the screen as if you were sitting behind that computer. Usually, you would use a special client application to connect to the remote computer. 

By default, Windows XP setup installs such an application: Remote Desktop Connection. You can also access the remote computer without another application, using instead your Web browser. However, before you can do this, you must first install certain components on the remote computer. To do this: 

1. Open Control Panel. 

2. Open the Add/Remove Programs dialog box. 

3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components. 

4. Select Internet Information Services in the Windows Components Wizard and then click Details. 

5. Select World Wide Web Service and click Details. 

6. Make sure Remote Desktop Web Connection and World Wide Web Service are checked. 

7. Click OK. 

8. Click OK. 

9. Click Next and follow the wizard to complete the installation. 

After the setup installs all of the necessary files, you can access the remote computer by typing http://remote_computer/tsweb in your Web browser. When you connect to the remote computer for the first time, the computer will download ActiveX components, which requires you to have administrative privileges on the local computer                  Top!

Manually install the Backup utility in Windows XP Home

Inexplicably, the Backup utility is not included in the default installation of Windows XP Home Edition, as it is in Windows XP Professional. Therefore you'll need to manually add it to your system from your CD-ROM before taking advantage of its data backup features. 

Insert your XP Home installation CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive, and then navigate to the \ValueAdd\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder. Double-click on the Ntbackup.msi file to start the Backup installation wizard. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the wizard, and once it's complete, you'll have access to the Backup utility by clicking the Start button and choosing All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Backup.               Top!

How to Prevent the AutoComplete List of File Names from Appearing

To prevent the AutoComplete list from appearing in typical Windows Explorer-style dialog boxes, turn off the AutoComplete functionality for Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer: 

1. Start Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Internet Options. 

2. Click the Content tab, and then click AutoComplete. 

3. Under Use AutoComplete for, click to clear the Web Addresses check box, and then click OK. 

4. Click the Advanced tab, click to clear the Use inline AutoComplete check box in the Browsing section (if this check box has been selected). 

5. Click OK.                  Top!


Removing unnecessary system files in Windows ME 


When you install Windows Me, it saves your previous operating system files by default. If you're completely satisfied with Windows Me and don't want to revert back to your previous operating system, you can free up some hard drive space by removing the system files from your previous version of Windows. 

To do so, access the Control Panel and double-click the Add/Remove Programs Properties icon. Now, on the Install/Uninstall tab, locate and select the Delete Windows Millennium uninstall information entry. Then, just click the Add/Remove button and follow the onscreen prompts. Top!



Protect your privacy by deleting individual sites from your history 


The history list that's built into Internet Explorer can be a handy tool for relocating Web pages you've recently visited but haven't bookmarked. Occasionally, however, you'll find that the History feature works against you by revealing your whereabouts to others who share your computer. One way to cover your tracks is to clear the history list each time you've finished surfing. However, while this all-or-nothing approach prevents others from seeing where you've surfed, it also prevents you from using the history list to find a page whose URL you can't remember. An effective compromise is to delete only those sites you don't want other users to know about when you've finished surfing. By removing only select items from your browser history instead of deleting the whole thing, you can retain quick access to recently-visited sites you might want to share or access again. 


To remove a single history item in Internet Explorer, click the History button on the Standard Buttons toolbar to display the History pane. Sort the history list as desired to group same-site or same-date links together. As an alternative, you can search the history list for keywords by clicking the Search button in Internet Explorer's History pane. To delete a link or folder from the list, right-click on it and then choose Delete from the resulting shortcut menu.       Top!


Access frequently used documents or photos more quickly (Win Me)


Using the Documents submenu located on the Start menu to access your most recent files is a handy way to quickly open a document or a photo you've just worked on or recently viewed. However, if you discover that the file you wanted to open has been bumped from the list, don't worry, because Windows Me includes a handy menu object to enable you to have the access you need. 


You can access all of your files from the Documents list, assuming you've stored them in the My Documents or My Pictures folders, by simply selecting My Documents or My Pictures, the very top two commands on the Documents submenu. Selecting either of these commands will immediately open the My Documents folder or the My Pictures folder in its own window so you can have access to all your saved files instantly.              Top!


Making a Windows Me bootable disk 


When Microsoft removed real-mode DOS from Windows Me, they also removed the ability to make a bootable floppy disk. Fortunately, we've discovered a way around this little inconvenience. 


To begin, format a floppy disk by right-clicking on the floppy disk icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer and select the Format command. (You'll notice that the Format dialog box no longer contains the Copy System Files option.) Once the disk is formatted, navigate to the C:\Windows\Command\EBD folder. Now, simply copy the IO.sys and the files to the floppy disk.             Top!


Run programs at optimum speed with Disk Defragmenter 


Windows Me's Disk Defragmenter allows you to group together similar files and applications so that your computer can access them more quickly. By defragmenting your hard drive, your programs will run faster because your system won't have to search for and gather all the files it needs in order to perform the commands you give it. The files will all be located together, thereby enabling your computer to find them quickly. 


It's a good idea to first close any open applications before you run Disk Defragmenter. Click the Start button, and then choose Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Defragmenter. Click the Settings button, and then verify that Rearrange Program Files So My Programs Start Faster is selected. If you would like to check your hard drive for errors, select the Check The Drive For Errors check box. Then, click OK. Select the drive you would like to defragment from the dropdown list, and then click OK. 


You should run Disk Defragmenter often to keep your existing programs running at optimum speed. It's also a good idea to run Disk Defragmenter after you install one or more new applications to ensure that they, too, can run at top speed.             Top!


How to disable that dialog box Enter your network password for Microsoft Networking


Option Explicit offers one possible solution: "Open Network properties. Right under the list of protocols and installed components, you see a drop-down box... set it to read 'Windows login,' and you won't get that network login anymore. 


The only other way to do it is with TweakUI, and it's 'Auto login.'            Top!


Taking advantage of Windows Me's Troubleshooting wizards 


Got a problem with Windows Me? Before you call for help, you should investigate Windows Me's Troubleshooter wizards. These wizards are found right in the Help system and may be able to help you quickly and easily diagnose and solve system problems. Once you launch a Troubleshooter wizard, you'll discover that each one presents a number of common problems and walks you through plain-language steps for a variety of possible solutions to those problems. 


Accessing the Troubleshooter wizards is as easy as clicking the Start button and choosing Help. Next, type Troubleshooters in the Search text box. You'll then see a listing of dozens of Me's Troubleshooters along the left side of the Help window. Click on the appropriate link for your system problem, and you're on your way.                Top!


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