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Addr book | Default Sound | Dial-up | DMA | Drive letter change | Event viewer | Japanese | LAN | Last logon |
My Documents | Network | Open-With | OS disp time | Outlook | Outlook Exp | Running tasks |
Service packs | Sort order | Sounds | Sygate | System details | Traveling | Users | User rights | Virtual memory

  • ActiveSync
  • Anti-spyware
  • Browser Service Lan and Firewall
  • Calendar Wizard, Changing, 2
  • Chkdsk
  • Clean Install
  • ClearType, 2
  • Daylight Saving Time 2007, 2
  • Downloads, 2
  • File and Printer Sharing
  • Fonts installed, Win98, Verdana, Moon
  • Foreign Languages
  • GDI+ Detection Tool, 2
  • How-Tos
  • Internet Explorer 7, Tour, News, Wikipedia
  • Internet Explorer History Clear
  • IP Config tool, 2
  • Knowledge Base
  • Media Center
  • Media Player DRM
  • Microsoft Reader
  • Multilingual User Interface menus, 264550, 274358
  • Networking, Join workgroup, Can't, Setup, 2
  • New Install
  • Office Compatibility Pack
  • Office Updates, Error
  • Optimize performance, Vista
  • Outlook, 2, 3, 4, Duplicates, Time Zone
  • Photo Editor removed,
  • Picture and Fax Viewer, 2, 3, ,
  • Picture Manager, 2, 3, 4, 5, Opens Slowly
  • PowerPoint photo album, 2
  • Product Activation
  • QBasic
  • Qfecheck.exe
  • Readiness Analyzer
  • Remote login
  • Resource Kit, 2, 3, Files
  • Revert to the Saved
  • Run as (administrator)
  • Run services (registry)
  • Security, 2, Summaries
  • Service Packs, SP2
  • Sort Order Wrong
  • Support Center
  • System File Checker
  • System Restore
  • Thumbnails missing, 2, 3
  • Gif toggle
  • Tips and Tricks
  • User Profile
  • Upgrading (MS)
  • Virtual Earth, 2
  • Web Accessories
  • Windows Update
  • Windows XP Restore
  • Yahoo! Companion Removal
  • Windows Vista Upgrade, 2, Videos
  • Other Web Sites
  • Annoyances
  • Dell Support
  • Bginfo, System info
  • Cerelli
  • Dell Restore
  • Dial-Up Software (NM Tech)
  • Exif in IE, 2
  • Fax solutions
  • Favicon, 2, 3, 4, Make
  • How to build a PC
  • Jsi Inc
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Langa List
  • Lockergnome
  • Mousetrax
  • MSConfig, 2, 3, 4
  • MSIE Editor
  • Nondestructive Rebuild
  • Outlook, 2
  • PC World
  • RegClean
  • Sailcat Tips and Tricks, WinXP
  • Savill's FAQ
  • Send To
  • Services, 2, 3
  • SyGate 4.2 ICS, PDF Manual, Installation
  • SysoptInstall
  • TechKnowPhobia FAQ, How To
  • Thurrott's Supersite, WinInfo
  • Time Synchronization, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Tips and Tricks, 2
  • Tom's Hardware Guide
  • TweakUI, Here too
  • User Profile
  • VPN Setup, 2, Tech, 2, Pocket PC, 2
  • Windows Secrets
  • Win XP tips, Admin login

  • Starting a New Computer
    1. Before connecting the computer to the monitor, look for one of these connectors. Three possibilities are:
      1. VGA analog
      2. DVI-D digital
      3. Dual-monitor DVI
      Do not use the RGB analog cord if you have digital connections on both the conputer and monitor because the picture will not be as sharp. See All About DVI and HDMI Cables for more information

      If your computer has a dual-monitor DVI jack, you will need a splitter which can be one of three types.

      Each of the three cables has a LFH-59 connector for attachment to the computer.

    2. Adjust Taskbar
      • Right-click the Taskbar and pick Properties
      • Put a check mark for Show Quick Launch
      • Click the Start Menu tab and pick Classic Start Menu
      • Click OK

    3. Check monitor and video adapter settings and background
      • Right-click desktop and pick Properties
      • Select unique background picture for Administrator
      • Click settings tab
      • Check monitor and video adapter names
      • If correct, adjust Colors and Screen area
      • OK
      • Go back to Display Properties, Settings tab
      • Pick Advanced button
      • Monitor tab, set refresh tab higher than 60 Hz

    4. Install Intellipoint Ver 4 mouse driver

    5. Make an Explorer shortcut on the Quick-Launch bar
      • Find Explorer.exe in C:\WINDOWS
      • Right drag to the desktop and make a shortcut
      • Right-drag the icon to the Quick-Launch bar and pick move

    6. Set Windows Explorer Features
      • You can see more information about files by changing Explorer
      • Start Explorer
      • Click the View Menu and pick Details. Now you can see the date and size
      • Click the Name column to sort items by name
      • Click the Tools Menu and pick Folder Options
        • Pick the View tab
        • Put a check by Display the full path in the address bar
        • Put a check by Display the full path in title bar
        • For Hidden files and folders, choose Show hidden files and folders
        • Remove the check for Hide file extensions
        • Click the Reset All Folders button
        • Click the Like Current Folder button
        • Click OK

    7. Start in Safe Mode by repeatedly pressing F8

    8. The Task Manager lets you control running programs
      • Right-click the taskbar and pick Task Manager or press Ctrl-Alt-Del to open
      • Pick the Prosesses tab to see resources used by running programs
      • Pick the Applications tab to close non-responding programs
      • Pick the Performance tab to look as CPU usage

    9. Use Msinfo32.exe to determine the system properties. Click Start, Run and type Msinfo32. Also, make a link to it.
      • Search C:\Program Files\ for Msinfo32.exe
      • Create a shortcut on the desktop
      • Rename the shortcut System Information
      • Open C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
      • Make a folder named Tools
      • Drag the new shortcut to the Tools folder
      • Win98 and WinXP also have Msconfig that can be used to disable programs
    10. Error Reporting
      To stop display of an error (like dwwin.exe-dll initalization failed) on shutdown
      • Control Panel, System
      • Advanced tab
      • Error Reporting button
      • Choose Programs button
      • Add
      • Add program name such as dwwin.exe
      • OK several times
    11. Boot-up Commands
      • Press F8 to enter Safe Mode when starting up
      • Press Del or F2 to enter ROM BIOS
      • Press Ctrl-F11 for system restore
      • Also see Install Windows XP Professional
    12. More information is at
      • Administrative Tools, Computer Management
      • System Information
      • Details are under System Summary, Hardware Resources, and Components
      • Get more information Start, Run, winmsd

    13. Set up system sounds
      • Start menu, Settings, Control Panel, double-click Sounds
      • Asterisk=XP Error, Critical Stop=XP, Default Beep=Ding, Exclamation=Chord, Question=Kids, Start Windows=XP startup, except Administrator=The Microsoft Sound
      • Windows Explorer, Start Navigation=Crick
      • Repeat for each user
      • If Default Beep is missing and there is no sound from volume-control icon in tray, see below

    14. Set up Ethernet connection. (If traveling, see If traveling with a laptop)
      • Start Menu, Settings
      • Network Connections
      • Right-click Local Area connection, pick Properties to get the Connection dialog box
      • Check Show icon in notification area when connected
      • Check Notify me when this connection has limited or no conne5tivity
      • Check mark on Client for Microsoft Networks
      • No check mark File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
      • Pick Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties button to get the Internet Protocol dialog box
      • Click Use the following IP address:
      • Enter the IP address (porter )
      • Subnet mask is
      • Default gateway is IP address for first three parts
      • Click Use the following DNS server addresses:
      • For Tech DNS servers use and
      • Click Advanced button to get the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box
      • Check that IP and Gateway are correct
      • Click DNS tab and check that DNS server address is correct
      • For DNS suffix put
      • OK, OK, Close

    15. If traveling with a laptop

    16. Alternatively, install dial-up software (NM Tech)

    17. Install Norton Antivirus

    18. Right-click taskbar and pick Properties
      • Put check mark for Show small icons in Start menu
      • Uncheck Use Personalized Menus for showing all menu items
      • Advanced tab -- put check mark for Display Logoff
      • Advanced tab -- put check mark for Display Administrative Tools (Administrator)
      • OK

    19. Set time for the display of list of operating systems (boot-manager time)
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Properties
      • Pick Advanced tab
      • Click Startup and Recovery
      • In Default operating systems pick "Microsoft Windows 2000"
      • Set Display list of operating systems for 2 seconds
      • Change Write debugging information to none
      • OK, OK

    20. Check for DMA setting of CD-ROM drives (unless you have an IDE controller card)
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Manage
      • In the left pane, pick System Tools, Device Manager
      • In the right pane, click the plus next to IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
      • If you have an IDE controller card skip the next step
      • Right-click Primary IDE Channel and pick Properties
      • Pick Advanced Settings tab
      • Set Transfer Mode to DMA if available
      • Repeat for the Secondary IDE Channel

    21. Set Event Viewer
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Manage
      • In left pane, pick the plus next to Event Viewer
      • Right-click Application and pick Properties
      • Set Overwrite events older that 7 days
      • OK
      • Repeat for System

    22. Move virtual memory from drive C to drive D
      • Check Used space on drives C and D
      • Right-click Drive D and pick Properties
      • Pick Tools tab and click Check Now
      • Click Start
      • Click Defragment Now
      • Click drive D and then Analyze
      • Click Defragment
      • Close Defragmenter
      • OK
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Properties
      • Pick Advanced tab and under Performance click Settings
      • Pick the Advanced tab
      • Click Change
      • Highlight Drive D
      • Set initial size and maximum size to what they are for drive C (Windows uses twice RAM for initial and four times for maximum)
      • Click Set
      • Highlight Drive C
      • Set initial size and maximum size to zero
      • Click Set
      • OK, OK, OK
      • Reboot
      • Drive C will now be larger by the former minimum virtual memory size
      • Defrag drive C

    23. Install Wntipcfg for information about IP configuration
      • Download WntIpcfg.exe
      • Double-click to install in C:\Program Files\Resource Kit
      • Make a shortcut to it

    24. Install SP4 at Windows Update
    25. Install IE Web Accessories, ie5wa.exe (Version 5 is OK for Internet Explorer Version 6)

    26. If you don't back up with Drive Image, make an Emergency Repair Disk (ERD)
      • Put a formatted floppy disk in drive A
      • Write Emergency Repair Disk and date on floppy label
      • Click Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Backup
      • Click Emergency Repair Disk
      • Click a check mark in Also backup the registry ...
      • Click OK
    27. Backup drives C and E
    28. Run Regclean

    29. Japanese and other Language Support:
      See Vale for installing Japanese on Windows XP.
      If this character doesn't look like this one Install the Japnanese fonts MSGothic (sans serif) and MSMincho (serif) also Chinese Batang (traditional) and MingLiu simplified)
      • Start, Settings, Control Panel, Regional and Language Options
      • Pick the Languages tab
      • Below Supplemental language support put a check for Install East Asian Languages
      • Click OK, OK
      • Restart computer

    30. To write Japanese characters with a US keyboard install IME.
      (For Chinese, see Robert Y. Eng)
      • Log in as Administrator
      • Open Control Panel, Regional and Language Options
      • Pick the Languages tab
      • Pick Details to get the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box .
      • Click the Add button to get the Add Input Languages dialog box.
      • Under Input Language drop down the list and select Japanese
      • Check that Microsof IME Standard 2002 appears
      • Pick the OK button
      • Pick OK
      • The EN symbol now appears in the system tray for English
      • Put an Encoding button to the Internet Explorer tool bar so you can easily change to Japanese coding
        • Right-click the button bar and remove the check from Lock the Toolbars
        • Right-click the button bar and pick Customize
        • Pick Encoding in the left pane
        • Click the Add button
        • Move the location up or down as needed
        • Click Close
        • Right-click the button bar and add a check to Lock the Toolbars

    31. To write Japanese characters (for any user)
      • Start, Settings, Control Panel, Regional Options
      • General tab, Language Settings for the System
      • Click on Japanese
      • Open Word, or create e-mail in OE, or open Input Japanese Text
      • In the system tray, click the EN icon and pick Japanese
      • Change Input Mode to Hiragana or Katakana
      • Set font to MS Gothic or MS Mincho
      • For OE, set Format, Encoding to Japanese (JIS)
      • Type Romaji letters and press Space bar to convert to Kana
      • Press Enter to keep the Kana or press the Space bar a second time for Kanji
      • Press Space bar again to select a different Kanji (there are 26 Kanji for go)
      • Press Enter to accept the current Kanji
      • Begin with letter L or X to get small kana.

    32. To use Japanese menus in Internet Explorer 6
      The Change button is not present in the Language Preference dialog box. The only way to use the International Language Menus and Dialogs component in Windows 2000 is by first installing the MUI for Windows 2000 (Knowledge Base Article - 274358). See MUI. You can, however, set a preference for web page language.
      • Open Internet Explorer 6
      • Click Tools and pick Internet Options
      • In the General tab, pick Languages
      • Click Add
      • In the Add Language dialog box, scroll to Japanese [ja] and pick it
      • Click OK
      • In the Language Preference dialog box, pick Japanese [ja] and click the Change button
      • Click OK
      • (This works with Win98 but not Win2000)

    33. Set the HTML Editor for Internet Explorer
      To make another editor the default for HTML pages
      • Get htmleditor.vbs
      • Right-click the htmleditor.vbs and select Open
      • Enter the location of the editor, e.g.,
        C:\Program Files\TEXTPAD\TXTPAD32.EXE
      • Answer Yes to make this editor the default
      • Restart Windows
      • Start Internet Explorer and check that the new editor is the default
      • Click Tools, and pick Internet Options
      • On the Programs tab, HTML Editor drop-down list the new editor should appear

      • Alternative method using Windows Explorer:
      • Click Tools and pick Folder Options
      • Pick the Files tab
      • Scroll down to HTML in the list
      • Pick Advanced Edit action and click Edit
      • Select the editor

    34. For Phone Dialer Icon use %ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\dialer.exe
    35. Check running tasks, and startup programs
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Manage
      • System Tools, System Information, Software Environment
      • Pick Running Tasks
      • Pick Startup Programs
    36. Check or stop running Tasks and see performance plots -- right-click Taskbar, pick Task Manager or press Ctrl-Alt-Del
    37. Control Panel, Power Options, set monitor and hard disks time for shutoff
    38. Set AboutTime to run on login
      • Download About Time and install it
        • Options tab: For server: Set time when starting, Exit after For clients, Set time at 120, Start hidden
        • Time Hosts tab: Add NM Tech,
          or -b, -c, etc., Verify Entry
      • Open Scheduled Tasks (in Control Panel)
      • Double-click Add Scheduled Task
      • Add the program AboutTime
      • Perform this task When I log on to run as Administrator
      • Add password
      • More time servers are given at Public NTP Time Servers
      • Also see my list
    39. Install SSH Telnet PuTTY
      • Download PuTTY from putty.exe
      • Start it up and set Host Name to
      • Port: 22
      • Protocol: SSH
      • Under Window, set Rows to 35
      • Under Window, Colours, set Default Foreground to Black
      • Under Window, Colours, set Default Background to White
      • Under Window, Colours, set Default Cursor Colour to Blue
      • Read the PuTTY manual for more options
      • Type rainbow for Saved Sessions
      • Click Save
      • Make a shortcut to PutTTY and add
        -ssh -load rainbow
        to the Target under Properties, Shortcut
    40. As Administrator, right-click start menu and pick All Users to set up short cuts for all users

    41. Install Quicktime, but disable it on startup
      • Start Regedit
      • Go to HKLM,Software,Microsoft,Windows,CurrentVersion,Run
      • Double-click Quick Time Task
      • put semicolon in front of
        "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
      • OK
      • Close Regedit
    42. Install Shockwave
    43. Disable other startup programs at HKLM, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Run by putting semicolon at beginning of line.
    44. Install TweakUI (here too) and in Explorer tab, disable Prefix "shortcuts to" and General tab, Show Windows version on desktop

    45. Set up Outlook Express
      • Start up Outlook Express and check that Outlook Express is set to Leave a copy of messages on server:
        Tools, Accounts, Mail, Properties, Advanced, Delivery
      • Click Tool, Options, Maintenance
      • Click Store Folder and change Outlook Express to C:\Outlook Express
      • Close and restart OE
      • Go to Inbox and set up Toolbar with View, Layout, Customize Toolbar;
        Send/Recv, Address, Mark Read, Mark Unread, Encoding, Print, Inbox
      • If Outlook is installed, Outlook Express will use Outlook for e-mail addresses. To make Outlook Express use its own address book do the following:
        • Open Outlook Express and its address book
        • Pick Tools, Options, Data Sharing, and click
          Do not share information among Microsoft outlook and other applications
        • For more information see: Q156828
        • Outlook Express stores e-mail addresses at
          C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\user.wab
        • The location is specified in the registry at
          HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WAB\WAB4\Wab File Name\(Default)
      • Create one entry in Address book
      • Close OE
      • Search Drive C for *.wab and sort by date to discover name of address book
      • Copy original address book and give it the new name
      • Copy old address book with new name to drive C replacing the new one
      • Start Internet Explorer and check for the default E-mail program
        • Click Tools and pick Internet Options
        • Pick the Programs tab
        • If the E-mail tab does not show Outlook Express, pick it from the drop-down list
        • If Outlook Express is not in the list, close Outlook Express, click Start, Run, and Type:
          msimn.exe /reg
      • Restart Outlook Express and make it the default E-mailer if asked
      • In Internet Explorer, pick Outlook Express from the drop-down list
      • Open the address book and check that it is correct
      • Try to send e-mail to yourself
      • To read an EML attachment, press Ctrl-F3
      • Click File, Export, Address Book to make a backup
      • Click File, Export, Messages to make a backup

      • Setup OE to read MSN mail
        • Tools, Accounts, Mail tab, Add, Mail
        • For Display name, write Your name, Next
        • Enter E-mail address including, Next
        • For My incoming mail server is a change to HTTP server
        • For My HTTP mail service provider is pick MSN
        • Incoming mail server should show, Next
        • For Account name, put e-mail address including
        • Enter password, click Remember password, Next
        • Finish
        • If there is a problem, go back through setup and compare to OE configuration

    46. MSN Backup
      MSN stores backup e-mail at C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\MSN\db30

    47. Set up Outlook
      To transfer the Outlook contacts to another computer don't simply copy the outlook.pst file, create the file backup.pst and use that instead.
      • Start Outlook on the original computer
      • Click Tools and pick Empty "Deleted Items" Folder, OK
      • Click File and pick Import & Export
      • Pick Export to a File, Next
      • Pick Personal Folder File (.pst), Next
      • Pick Contacts, Next
      • Outlook wants to create the file backup.pst in the folder
        C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
      • Pick this file name and press the End key to go to the end of line
      • Alternatively, pick Browse, steer to a recently exported file, and pick it
      • Change the name to something unique like backup01-06-07.pst
      • Replace duplicates with ...
      • Finish
      • Compressible Encryption, OK

      • Copy the file backupxx.pst to the new computer into the folder
        C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
      • Start Outlook on the new computer
      • Pick Contact
      • If there are already contacts present, delete them.
      • Click Tools and pick Empty "Deleted Items" Folder, OK
      • Click File and pick Import & Export
      • Pick Import from another program or file, Next
      • Pick Personal Folder File (.pst), Next
      • Outlook selects the file backup.pst in the folder
        C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
      • Click Browse, and pick your pst file, say backup01-06-07.pst
      • Pick Replace duplicates with items imported, Next
      • Pick Contacts, Import items into current folder, Finish

      • Error message: No Office Assistant Character Files Present on the System
        1. Control panel, Add or Remove Programs
        2. Pick Microsoft Office, Change, Reinstall or Repair

    48. To set the click mode, open Control Panel, Folder Options, General. For the item Click items as follows, pick Single-click or Double-click to open.

    49. Create a shorter name for Toggle Images.exe on the IE Links toolbar
      • Graphic images (Gif and Jpeg) can be turned on and off with Toggle Images.exe on the IE Links toolbar. (Refresh needed).
      • Drag the Toggle Images.exe shortcut left in the IE Links toolbar to make it more accessible
      • Locate the file Toggle Images.exe in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Favorites\Links
      • Create another folder in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Favorites\ called LinkSource
      • Move the file Toggle Images.exe to the new folder
      • Create a shortcut to the original file in the C:\Documents and Settings\user\Favorites\Links folder and name it Toggle Gif
      • Remove the original link from the tool bar by right-clicking and picking Delete
      • Right-drag the new shortcut Toggle Gif to the links toolbar
      • Click the Toggle Gif link on the Links toolbar and then Refresh to turn on or off the images

    50. Internet Explorer
      • AutoComplete, To save passwords: Tools, Internet Options, Content, AutoComplete
      • Security: Tools, Internet Options, Security, Local intranet, Custom Level
      • Toggle Gifs: Put Toggle Images.exe in Documents and Settings\User\Favorites\Links

    51. Set up other user accounts

    52. Install Trayday and Moon
    53. Make a shortcut to "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup"

    54. Set up other user accounts
      • Start Menu, Settings, Control Panel
      • Double-click Users and Passwords
      • Click Add
      • Fill out User name, Full name, and Description
      • Click Next
      • Enter password twice
      • Click Next
      • Pick access level: Standard User, Restricted user, or Other
      • Click Finish
      • Click OK
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Manage
      • Open System Tools and Local Users and Groups
      • Pick Users
      • In right pane, right-click the new user name and pick Properties
      • Click User cannot change password
      • Click Password nevers expires
      • Click OK
      • Close Computer Management

    55. Copy Mshearts.hlp, .exe, and .chm and Cards.dll from Win98 to a Hearts folder
    56. Download Microsoft Reader
    57. Install Azz Cardfile and change to phone icon at %ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\dialer.exe
    58. To install Lexar Jumpshot
      1. Copy to C:\WINNT\inf
      2. Copy Lexar2k.sys to C:\WINNT\system32\drivers
      3. Plug in Jumpshot and insert CF card
      4. Point installer to these files as requested.
      Microsoft Reader
    59. Install Azz Cardfile and change to phone icon at %ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\dialer.exe

    60. Backup data files at the computer center
      1. Click Start, Run
      2. Type \\ and pick OK
      3. In the dialog box, type username and password then pick OK
      4. In the right pane of the Explorer that opens, double-click your account icon to open the folder
      5. Right-click a blank area in the right pane to get a menu
      6. Move down to View and move over for a new menu
      7. In the new menu, pick Folder
      8. Name the new folder Backup or something more appropriate
      9. Right drag the Backup icon to the desktop and pick Create Shortcut(s) Here
      10. Close the window
      11. Double-click the Backup icon to open it
      12. Drag items for backup to the new Backup
      13. Files in this backup folder reside at the computer center and are automatically backed up each night
      14. To add more items, double-click the Backup icon on the desktop
      15. To retrieve items, drag them back

    Environment Variables
    To set Environment Variables

    1. Open control panel and double-click System
    2. Click the Advanced tab
    3. Click the Environment Variables button
    4. Click the New button
    5. Fill out Variable Name and Variable Value
    6. Click OK, OK, OK

    Regular Maintenance

    1. Delete temporary files
      • In Explorer, right-click a drive, pick Properties
      • Click Disk Cleanup
      • Total file size is shown for various locations
      • Click OK
    2. Check directory structure
      • In Explorer, right-click a drive, pick Properties
      • Tools tab
      • Under Error-checking, click Check Now
      • Click Start
    3. Defrag drives
      • In Explorer, right-click a drive, pick Properties
      • Tools tab
      • Under Defragmentation, click Defragment Now
      • Click drive letter
      • Click Analyze
      • Click Defragment if necessary

    MS Word

    1. To move a toolbar button hold Alt and drag.
    2. To copy a toolbar button hold both Alt and Ctrl while dragging.
    3. Add a button for printing envelopes
      • Click Tools, Customize, Commands tab, Categories: Tools, Envelopes and Labels
      • Hold Alt and drag the button from the Commands: window
    4. To start with full width
      • Click Tools, Options, View tab
      • Uncheck Startup Task Pane
    5. Brother HL-5280DW setup for normal and envelope printing

    Other Tasks

    1. Change location of My Documents folder
      • Right-click My Documents and pick Properties
      • Click Move
      • Steer to new location
      • OK, OK
    2. Set user rights in Local Security Settings in Administrative Tools
      • Or Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Double-click Local Security Policy
      • Click the plus next to Local Security Settings
      • Left-click User Rights Assignment
      • In right pane, double-click items such as the system time
    3. Right-click start menu and see Explore All Users if logged in as Administrator
    4. Find and change which services are loading
      • Right-click My Computer and select Manage
      • In the left pane, expand Services & Applications
      • Click Services
      • Right pane shows installed services as Automatic or Manual
      • To change setting from Automatic to Manual, right-click the service and select Properties
      • In the Startup type field, pick Manual from the drop-down list and click OK
      • What about changing the following services from automatic to manual? See Tweak guide
        • DCHP Client
        • Distributed Link Tracking Client
        • Internet Connection Sharing
        • Messenger
        • Remote Registry Service
    5. Message title and text for login
      • Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy
      • Local Policies, Security Options
      • In right pane, right click Message title for users ...
      • Pick Security
      • In Local policy setting, write the title
      • In right pane, right click Message text for users ...
      • Pick Security
      • In Local policy setting, write the text
      • You must change both settings
    6. Do not display last user name in logon screen
      • Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy
      • Local Policies, Security Options
      • In right pane, right click Do not display last user name in logon screen
      • Pick Security
      • Click Enabled
    7. Change the drive letter (See Q234048)
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Manage
      • Pick Storage, Disk Management
      • The drives are listed in the upper-right panel and shown in boxes in the lower-right panel
      • Right-click a drive or CD-ROM and pick Change Drive Letter and Path
      • Click Edit
      • Give letter and path
      • Click OK, Close
    8. View CPU usage for processes
      • Right-click task bar, pick Task Manager
      • Click Processes tab
      • CPU column shows percent of time for each process
    9. View IRQ settings and check for hardware conflicts
      • Administrative Tools, Computer Management
      • System Tools, System Information, Hardware Resources
      • Click IRQ to see values in right pane
      • Click Conflicts/Sharing to see conflicts in right pane
      • (IRQ 9 seems to have many conflicts)
    10. To add start menu items visible to all users from Administrator, right-click Start menu and pick Open All Users
    11. To view and change user and system variables
      • Right-click My Computer and pick Properties
      • Pick Advanced tab and click Environment Variables
      • Both system and User Temp locations are here

    12. Find removable Hotfix folders like $NtUninstallQ280838 with Qfecheck
      • Download Qfecheck.exe installer Q282784_W2K_spl_X86_EN.exe from Microsoft
      • As Administrator, install by double-clicking
      • Open Command Prompt (in Start, Programs, Accessories)
      • Type qfecheck to list and verify the installation of Windows 2000 Hotfixes
      • Type exit
      • You should be able to safely delete folders not listed by Qfecheck
      • The following uninstall files are found on a clean install of Windows 2000 Pro with SP3
              $NtUninstallQ320206 (sometimes)
              $NtUninstallQ323255 (sometimes)

    13. Restore lost default sound
      If volume control in the system tray doesn't give a sound and Default Beep in control panel sounds is missing, add a key to the registry.
      • use Regedit to find
      • add another key .Default so it reads
      • Start Sounds and Multimedia in Control panel
      • Click Default Beep that now is back
      • Set sound to Ding

    14. If items in Open and Save As dialog boxes sort incorrectly
      • Open Explorer
      • On the View menu, click Details
      • Click the Name column to sort items by name
      • Click Tools, Folder Options
      • Click View tab
      • Click Reset All Folders
      • Click Apply to All Folders
      • Click OK
      • Hold CTRL and then quit Windows Explorer by clicking Close in the upper-right corner of the screen
      • Release the CTRL key
      • Restart the computer

    15. Remove items from the Open-With menu
      You need to change the registry to remove items inadvertently added to the Open-With menu
      • Use Regedit to find
      • The programs have assigned names of a, b, c, etc
      • The MRUList at the end gives the current order of listing in the menu such as acb for items a, c, and b
      • Delete any key, but notice the name
      • Also remove the letter name from the MRUList
      • It might be safer to delete all keys after the letter you are deleting
      • In Explorer, hold shift and right-click a file type to see the menu
      • Add missing programs

    16. Office Templates
      Copy Microsoft Office templates to:
      C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

    17. System File Checker
      Run System File Checker to verify system files with the command:
         sfc.exe /scannow
      See Q222471 for more information

    18. Thumbnail Views Missing
      Normally, Explorer will show a thumbnail sketch of JPG and GIF files. However, the thumbnails may not show after Microsoft Office is uninstalled.
      • For missing JPG images, use Regedit to associate the .jpg file extension in the registry:
        1. Start regedit
        2. Locate and click the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg registry key.
        3. Right-click the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg registry key, point to New, and then click Key.
        4. Name the new key ShellEx.
        5. Right-click the new ShellEx registry key, point to New, and then click Key.
        6. Name the new key


        7. Click the new {BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} registry key, right-click the Default value in the right pane, click Modify, and paste the following value data into the Value data box:


      • For missing GIF images, follow the above directions for JPG images, but change .jpg to .gif

    19. Clear the Typed URL History in Internet Explorer
      1. Quit Internet Explorer.
      2. Delete all of the values except for the (Default) value from the following registry key:

        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs

      3. NOTE: Values in this registry key are listed as Url1, Url2, Url3, and so on. If you delete only some values and the remaining values are not in consecutive numerical order, only some of the remaining entries are listed in the Address box. To prevent this behavior from occurring, rename the remaining values so that they are in consecutive numerical order.

    20. To remove U3 Launchpad from flash memory go to here

    Local Area Network (LAN)

    1. Connect each computer on the LAN to a hub using an Ethernet cord
    2. Define Workgroup name
    3. Check Computer Name
    4. Click Workgroup
    5. Write Workgroup name
    6. OK, OK
    7. Set up LAN connection
      • Start Menu, Settings
      • Network and Dialup Connections
      • Right-click Local Area connection, pick Properties to get the Connection dialog box for
      • Check-mark on Client for Microsoft Networks
      • Check-mark for File and Printer Sharing
      • Check-mark on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
      • Click Show icon in taskbar when connected
      • For Sharing tab, don't enable Internet Connection Sharing
      • Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties button to get the Internet Protocol dialog box
      • Select Use the following IP address:
      • Enter the IP address for server or 192.168.0.X for clients
      • Subnet mask is
      • For clients only
        • Click Use the following Gateway and DNS server addresses:
        • Enter
      • Click the Advanced button to get the Advanced TCP/IP settings
      • Click the DNS tab to get the DNS settings
      • OK, OK, OK
    8. Enable Guest user for remote login
      • Right-click My Computer, pick Manage
      • Expand System Tools and Local Users and Groups
      • Pick Users
      • In right pane, right-click Guest and pick Properties
      • Full name: Remote Login
      • Remove check from Account is disabled
      • OK
      • Close Computer Management
    9. Setup Guest user for remote login
    10. Share folders D, E, and F
      • Open Explorer
      • Set up read-only sharing for drive D
      • Repeat for drive E
      • Right-click FTP folder and set up for sharing as above. For permissions, leave X on Full Control and Change
      • Repeat for FTP2 and FTP3 folders
      • A hand should show under shared drive and folder icons
    11. Make shortcut to LAN
      • Start Explorer
      • Open My Network Places
      • Open Entire Network
      • Open Microsoft Windows Network
      • Locate and click your Workgroup name
      • Check right pane for all computers on your LAN
      • Right-drag workgroup name to make shortcut
    12. Send a message to all computers on the network by typing in Start, Run
        net send * Your message here
    13. See Sygate page for home network ICS

    LAN Setup For Windows 98 Computers

    1. Define Workgroup name for Win98 computer
      • Right-click Network Neighborhood, pick Properties
      • Click Identification tab
      • Computer Name must be unique for workgroup
      • Click Workgroup
      • Enter Workgroup name which must be the same for all computers on LAN
    2. Set up LAN connection
      • Click Configuration tab
      • Delete dialup if present
      • Set Primary Network Login to Windows Logon
      • If File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networds does not show in network components, click Add and click Service
      • Click File and Print Sharing button and check the boxes for files and printers, OK
      • Click TCP/IP, click Properties
        • For IP Address tab click Specify an IP address
        • Enter the IP address 192.168.0.X for clients where X is from 2 to 253
        • Subnet mask is
      • Click Gateway tab, type, and click Add
      • Click DNS Configuration tab
        • Click Enable DNS
        • Enter Host name
        • Set Domain to for Matlab
        • For Tech DNS servers use and
        • Click Add for each one
        • Leave Domain Suffix blank
      • Click Bindings tab and check both boxes
      • OK, OK
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