Showing posts with label XP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label XP. Show all posts

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Missing Windows "Show Desktop" shortcut icon

If you by mistake deleted the Windows "Show Desktop" shortcut icon in the QuickLunch, you can get it back by creating a text file named "Show Desktop.scf", and drag it to the QuickLaunch.

This is the content of the "Show Desktop.scf" file, for Windows XP and Vista respectively.

Windows XP


Windows Vista


Sunday, June 28, 2009

How to give name to a thumb drive

Each time we plug in a thumb drive, the PC will assign a letter to it. But, what if we plug more than one thumb drive? How are we going to know which one is the one we that want just by looking at the drive letter.

Fortunately, Windows enable us to give the thumb drive a name.

To give the thumb drive a name, right click on the drive letter, and choose Properties.

In the Properties windows, we can change the name, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Properties Windows

Thursday, May 28, 2009

112 useful Windows XP commands

Here is a list of 112 useful Windows XP commands. You can run it from the command prompt, or using the Run command located in the Start menu.
  1. Accessibility Controls: access.cpl
  2. Add Hardware Wizard: hdwwiz.cpl
  3. Add/Remove Programs: appwiz.cpl
  4. Administrative Tools: control admintools
  5. Automatic Updates: wuaucpl.cpl
  6. Bluetooth Transfer Wizard: fsquirt
  7. Calculator: calc
  8. Certificate Manager: certmgr.msc
  9. Character Map: charmap
  10. Check Disk Utility: chkdsk
  11. Clipboard Viewer: clipbrd
  12. Command Prompt: cmd
  13. Component Services: dcomcnfg
  14. Computer Management: compmgmt.msc
  15. Date and Time Properties: timedate.cpl
  16. DDE Shares: ddeshare
  17. Device Manager: devmgmt.msc
  18. Direct X Control Panel: directx.cpl
  19. Direct X Troubleshooter: dxdiag
  20. Disk Cleanup Utility: cleanmgr
  21. Disk Defragment: dfrg.msc
  22. Disk Management: diskmgmt.msc
  23. Disk Partition Manager: diskpart
  24. Display Properties: control desktop
  25. Display Properties: desk.cpl
  26. Display Properties (Appearence tab): control color
  27. Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility: drwtsn32
  28. Driver Verifier Utility: verifier
  29. Event Viewer: eventvwr.msc
  30. File Signature Verification Tool: igverif
  31. Findfast: findfast.cpl
  32. Folders Properties: control folders
  33. Fonts: control fonts
  34. Fonts Folder: fonts
  35. Free Cell Card Game: freecell
  36. Game Controllers: joy.cpl
  37. Group Policy Editor: gpedit.msc
  38. Hearts Card Game: mshearts
  39. Hyper Terminal: hypertrm
  40. Iexpress Wizard: iexpress
  41. Indexing Service: ciadv.msc
  42. Internet Properties: inetcpl.cpl
  43. IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration): ipconfig /all
  44. IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents): ipconfig /displaydns
  45. IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents): ipconfig /flushdns
  46. IP Configuration (Release All Connections): ipconfig /release
  47. IP Configuration (Renew All Connections): ipconfig /renew
  48. IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS): ipconfig /registerdns
  49. IP Configuration: ipconfig /showclassid
  50. IP Configuration: ipconfig /setclassid
  51. ava Control Panel: jpicpl32.cpl
  52. Java Control Panel: javaws
  53. Keyboard Properties: control keyboard
  54. Local Security Settings: secpol.msc
  55. Local Users and Groups: lusrmgr.msc
  56. Logs You Out Of Windows: logoff
  57. Mcft Chat: winchat
  58. Minesweeper Game: winmine
  59. Mouse Properties: control mouse
  60. Mouse Properties: main.cpl
  61. Network Connections: control netconnections
  62. Network Connections: ncpa.cpl
  63. Network Setup Wizard: netsetup.cpl
  64. Notepad: notepad
  65. Nview Desktop Manager: nvtuicpl.cpl
  66. Object Packager: packager
  67. ODBC Data Source Administrator: odbccp32.cpl
  68. On Screen Keyboard: osk
  69. Opens AC3 Filter: ac3filter.cpl
  70. Password Properties: password.cpl
  71. Performance Monitor: perfmon.msc
  72. Performance Monitor: perfmon
  73. Phone and Modem Options: telephon.cpl
  74. Power Configuration: powercfg.cpl
  75. Printers and Faxes: control printers
  76. Private Character Editor: eudcedit
  77. Quicktime: QuickTime.cpl
  78. Regional Settings: intl.cpl
  79. Registry Editor: regedit
  80. Remote Desktop: mstsc
  81. Removable Storage: ntmsmgr.msc
  82. Removable Storage Operator Requests: ntmsoprq.msc
  83. Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof): rsop.msc
  84. Scanners and Cameras: sticpl.cpl
  85. Scheduled Tasks: control schedtasks
  86. Security Center: wscui.cpl
  87. Services: services.msc
  88. Shared Folders: fsmgmt.msc
  89. Shuts Down Windows: shutdown
  90. Sounds and Audio: mmsys.cpl
  91. Spider Solitare Card Game: spider
  92. SQL Client Configuration: cliconfg
  93. System Configuration Editor: sysedit
  94. System Configuration Utility: msconfig
  95. System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately): sfc /scannow
  96. System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot): sfc /scanonce
  97. System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot): sfc /scanboot
  98. System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting): sfc /revert
  99. System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache): sfc /purgecache
  100. System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x): sfc /cachesize=x
  101. System Properties: sysdm.cpl
  102. Task Manager: taskmgr
  103. Telnet Client: telnet
  104. User Account Management: nusrmgr.cpl
  105. Utility Manager: utilman
  106. Windows Firewall: firewall.cpl
  107. Windows Magnifier: magnify
  108. Windows Management Infrastructure: wmimgmt.msc
  109. Windows System Security Tool: syskey
  110. Windows Update Launches: wupdmgr
  111. Windows XP Tour Wizard: tourstart
  112. Wordpad: write

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Final release download

Microsoft had finally released the final version of its Windows XP Service Pack 3. According to Microsoft, this update includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system.

Windows XP SP3 ensures these PCs have all available updates and allows these PCs to leverage some new Windows Server 2008 capabilities, such as Network Access Protection (NAP). Although Windows XP SP3 does not include Windows Internet Explorer 7, Windows XP SP3 does include updates to both Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. It will update whichever IE version is installed on the computer.

As a conclusion, Windows XP SP3 combines all previously released performance, security, and stability updates. It also provides a limited number of new and enhanced functionalities, although it does not significantly change the Windows XP experience or bring functionality from newer versions of Windows to Windows XP.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Disable Windows Autorun

This tip is useful for disabling Windows XP from running the Autorun.inf file.
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