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Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP

Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP - PCSTATS
Abstract: We will explore the features and abilities of WinXP, with an eye towards providing a better understanding of the capabilities of the operating system, and the options available to the user.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jul 30 2007   Mike Dowler  
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Windows Task Manager / Enabling Firewall

Last but not least the task manager, accessed from the Windows security window that pops up when you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL in XP, contains several options that many users may not have noticed, even if they have previously made use of task manager's obvious functions to close unresponsive programs.

In addition to the list of running programs and processes that are provided by the 'applications' and 'processes' tabs, task manager can also be used to monitor the work your system is doing with the 'performance' and 'networking' (networking not available in XP Home) tabs.

These indicators provide a graphical, constantly updated view of the demand on your system's resources at any given time. Very interesting indeed, and helpful for diagnosing some load related issues, such as memory leaks.

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The Windows XP Firewall

In pre-Service Pack 2 Windows XP, this application definitely falls into the category of ‘little known.’ Microsoft had always intended to include a firewall with Windows XP to help mitigate the dangers of ‘always on’ broadband Internet connections, but by release time, the problems that the firewall would create if enabled by default were just too great, and it was relegated to an obscure corner of the ‘network connections’ screen. It’s a pity, because the XP firewall, though basic, is a very effective tool for protecting your system.

With the release of Service Pack 2, the firewall has emerged as an essential app, gaining a much-needed facelift and being enabled by default. But, if you have not yet updated XP with SP2, let’s take a look at finding and enabling the Windows XP firewall.

Go to ‘start/control panel/network and Internet connections/network connections’ then right click on your Internet connection (which should be at the top of the page) and select ‘properties.’

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Now go to the ‘advanced’ tab and place a check the ‘internet connection firewall’ box.

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Your PC is now protected by the Windows XP firewall. It will stop and drop all unsolicited connections from the Internet, protecting your PC from unwelcome visitations.

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-Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
- Diagnosing Bad Memory
- 101 Tips and Tweaks for WindowsXP
- Burning CDs and DVDs
- Optical Drives & Recording Formats
- Securing Your Wireless Network
- Little Known Features of WindowsXP
- Ergonomics & Computers
- Annual PC Checkup
- Installing WindowsXP
- Encryption and Online Privacy
- Home Networking and File Sharing
- Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
- Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
- Creating a Weblog / Blog
- Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
- RAM, Memory and Upgrading
- Ten Steps to a Secure PC
- Flashing A Motherboard BIOS
- Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
- Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
- USB Memory Drive Projects
- 104 Great Tech Tips for Windows XP
- Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
- Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
- Understanding and Tweaking WindowsXP Services
- Linux Part 3: Installing New Software
- The Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
- Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
- Decrypting Document & Zipped File Passwords
- Spyware protection and Removal
- Wireless home networking
- Internet Connection Sharing
- Remote Access to Computers
- Hard Drive Data Recovery
- Firewalls and Internet Security
- Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
- Assembling Your Own PC
- VPNs and Internet Connection Security
- Legally Copying Software and Music
- Setting up a FTP Server in WinXP
- Creating MP3 Music Files
- Stopping Spam
- Cloning WindowsXP
- Browser Hijacking and How to Stop It
- Printer Sharing on a Home Network
- Converting Videotape Into Video Files
- Creating a WindowsXP Install CD with Service Pack 2
- Creating a Flashing a Video Card BIOS
- Making DVD Movies from Video Files
- Synchronizing Files and Folders
- Crash Recovery and the Blue Screen of Death
- Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
- WindowsXP Command Prompt
- Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
- Understanding and Creating Batch Files
- Website Hosting From A Home PC
- Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
- Website Hosting With Apache

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP
 Pg 2.  The Windows XP Event Viewer
 Pg 3.  Local Users and Groups
 Pg 4.  Hard Disk Management
 Pg 5.  Mounting Drives as Folders
 Pg 6.  To Mount a Partition as a Directory
 Pg 7.  Operating System Restore
 Pg 8.  System Restore Continued
 Pg 9.  Windows Services
 Pg 10.  How to Disable a Service
 Pg 11.  Accessibility Options
 Pg 12.  Built in Backup Utility
 Pg 13.  Files and Setting Transfer Wizard / Local Computer Policy Settings
 Pg 14.  — Windows Task Manager / Enabling Firewall

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