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Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP

Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS has a massive Tech Tip guide for Windows XP covering 101 useful and sometimes spicy Tweaks and Tech Tips that will make your clunkly PC run better!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS May 01 2011   Mike Dowler  
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Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 46 to 49

46. Run command prompt utilities successfully from shortcuts

If you have ever tried to create a shortcut to 'IPCONFIG' or any of the other myriads of useful command prompt utilities included with Windows XP, you have probably noticed that it does not actually work… Or rather, it does, but the command prompt window with your data opens and closes in a flash.

Here's a tip that will allow you to create working shortcuts on your desktop for any command. We will use the IPCONFIG utility as an example:

Right click an empty area of the desktop and select 'new.' Choose 'new shortcut' to open the shortcut wizard. In the 'type the location of the item' box, enter 'cmd /k' followed by the program you wish to run. In the case of IPCONFIG, you would enter 'cmd /k ipconfig'.

Name your shortcut something appropriate and give it an icon from the '%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll' location. Now you have a fully working, very convenient desktop shortcut.

47. Remove the XP desktop theme

If you just can't get used to the appearance of Windows XP as opposed to the more 'sober' appearance of previous versions of Windows, there is a way to restore that old gray sheen to life, at least cosmetically.

To change to the 'classic' Windows appearance: Right-click on an empty portion of the desktop (no icons) and select 'properties.' Choose the 'themes' tab, and in the theme drop-down box, choose the 'windows classic' theme. Presto. Read on for more tips on making XP behave like its parents.

48. Change start menu style

Along the same theme as the tip above, let's look at how to revert your start menu back to the classic style seen in pre-XP versions of Windows. After using this tip, you will find that the menu scrolls downwards instead of expanding to fill your desktop.

Right-click the start button and hit 'properties'. Select the 'classic start menu' option to change the menu style. From here you can also hit the customize button to select additional items you wish to have present on the start menu.

Note that changing the start menu to the classic form also puts the 'my computer, 'my network places' and 'my documents' back on the desktop.

49. Add my computer and other missing icons to your desktop

If you've gotten used to working with older versions of Windows, XP's somewhat bare desktop setup can come as a bit of a shock. Where's 'My computer?' That, plus 'my network places' the link to Internet Explorer and most importantly 'my documents' are all missing from the desktop by default.

Fortunately, rectifying this is extremely easy: Right click on an open area of the desktop and hit 'properties.' Go to the 'desktop' tab, then choose 'customize desktop.' From this Window you can simply put checkmarks beside these common items to add them back to the desktop.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
 Pg 2.  PCSTATS Performance Tech Tips
 Pg 3.  Performance Tips 3 to 5
 Pg 4.  Performance Tips 6 to 7
 Pg 5.  Performance Tips 8 to 12
 Pg 6.  Useful tips for XP (13 to 16)
 Pg 7.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 17 to 18
 Pg 8.  Useful Tips for XP: tip 19
 Pg 9.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 20 to 22
 Pg 10.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 23 to 26
 Pg 11.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 27 to 30
 Pg 12.  Security, privacy and recovery tips (31 to 33)
 Pg 13.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 34 to 36
 Pg 14.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 37 to 39
 Pg 15.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 40 to 42
 Pg 16.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 43 to 45
 Pg 17.  — Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 46 to 49
 Pg 18.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 50 to 52
 Pg 19.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 53 to 54
 Pg 20.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 55 to 56
 Pg 21.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 57 to 59
 Pg 22.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 60 to 61
 Pg 23.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 62 to 64
 Pg 24.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 65 to 68
 Pg 25.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 69 to 71
 Pg 26.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 72 to 76
 Pg 27.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 77
 Pg 28.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 78 to 80
 Pg 29.  Next Section: Registry tweaks (81)
 Pg 30.  Registry Tweaks: Tip 82
 Pg 31.  Registry Tweaks For performance (83 to 85)
 Pg 32.  Registry Tweaks for Performance: Tips 86 to 88
 Pg 33.  Registry Tweaks for Performance: Tips 89 to 92
 Pg 34.  Miscellaneous registry tweaks (93 to 95)
 Pg 35.  Miscellaneous Registry Tweaks: Tips 96 to 99
 Pg 36.  Miscellaneous Registry Tweaks: Tips 100 to 101

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