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    Windows XP Tips(full)

    Hi frnds, In this post i have said all the tips we can do with the windos XP. Hope u all like it. If u find something not working or wrong, plz do inform me.












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    Service Packs

    Service Pack 2 should be installed under all cases. This service pack corrects several major errors as well as installs java. There was no Java support in XP pre-Service Pack 1 without installing the Sun JRE.

    MSN.com is not installed by default.

    MSN Messenger is installed by default, however it is very simple to remove. See instructions below.

    XP is bulkier, and more prone to security holes, but on a newer machine it is much faster and has a better load time due to optimizations made for newer hardware.



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    Passport

    Microsoft originally made Passport a requirement to use Windows Messenger and other features. Despite the severe security weaknesses of Microsoft's Passport authentication system (http://www.avirubin.com/passport.html from an AT&T Labs analysis), XP repeatedly requests the user's e-mail address and password to create a Passport e-commerce account. The passport authentication program, used by millions of people to log on to Hotmail, is trivially easy for a Trojan horse to compromise on Windows 9x and ME systems. A breach can expose a user's financial information, including credit card numbers that were typed in by a user and stored on Passport's central Web server.

    If you use MSN, somebody can get your Passport ID, password, and the phone number to dial your ISP. Because a person's e-mail address and password are used to sign onto the Passport server, an unscrupulous person at an ISP could easily steal credit card numbers.

    Passport enforces a single user name and password for all participating Web sites. The service will be all but mandatory, which tells users, "You need a Passport to use Windows XP Internet communications features ... and to access Net-enabled features."

    The Passport agreement, which you accept by clicking OK, permits Microsoft and its partners to send you an unlimited number of commercial e-mail messages. You can't rescind Microsoft's permission to use your e-mail address. You must unsubscribe from every partner's e-mail list individually.

    Passport is not required in any version of XP. Passport is required for certain features of XP such as Messenger. For 99% of users, they will not need a Passport account. This was changed from early copies of XP where a passport account was required after the holes in passport were found.



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    Contract Terms

    This agreement says that Microsoft can change the contract's terms at any time, merely by editing a Web page. Every time you use Passport, you're supposed to reread this page to detect any changes. I'm fairly sure that the chances of users rereading this agreement are close to zero. I would also expect that eventually there will be a monthly fee.



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    Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer loses support for all Netscape-style plug-ins, including embedded QuickTime clips. New users surfing the Web under XP will undoubtedly run into sites that IE will no longer handle properly.



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    Classic Mode

    To change the look and feel of XP back to that of Windows 2000 or previous version, there are two settings that need to changing.

    Start Menu

    * Open Control Panel
    * On the left, click Switch to classic view (This may or may not be needed depending on if this has been done previously. If the bar on the left says "Switch to Classic view" it is needed. If it says "Switch to category view" it is not.)
    * Open Taskbar and Start Menu Control
    * Click Start Menu
    o Select Classic Start Menu or
    o Select XP Mode Start Menu
    * Click Apply
    * Click OK



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    Start Bar

    To change the start bar and the title bars to look like they did in previous versions. Some older programs are incompatible with XP style themes, so leaving this in XP mode will not always look correct for older programs.

    * Open Control Panel
    * Click on Switch to Classic view
    * Select Display (It should open to the "Themes" tab if not, click the Themes tab)
    * In the dropdown Theme:
    o Select Windows Classic or
    o Select Windows XP
    * Click Apply
    * Click OK



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    QuickLaunch

    By default, the QuickLaunch toolbar is not shown. This is a handy feature and only requires a single to open the application. It is always viewable on your taskbar so you don't have to resort to your desktop or Start options to open the app.

    To enable it...

    * Right click on an open area of the toolbar
    * Select Toolbars
    * Select Quick Launch



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    Balloon Tips

    To turn off balloon tips in most applications...

    * Click Start
    * Click Run
    * Enter regedit
    * Click OK
    * Go to
    o HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    o Software
    o Microsoft
    o Windows
    o CurrentVersion
    o Explorer
    o Advanced
    * Click Edit
    * Click New
    * Create DWORD value = EnableBalloonTips
    * Value = 0
    * Click OK



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    NumLock

    To set NUMLock on by default...

    * Click Start
    * Click Run
    * Enter regedit
    * Click OK
    * Go to
    o HKEY_USERS
    o .DEFAULT
    o Control Panel
    o Keyboard
    o InitialKeyboardIndicators
    * Set Value = 2
    * Click OK



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