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Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP

Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP - PCSTATS
Abstract: From quick tips to WindowsXP, right through to cool tweak, toys and experiments, PCSTATS has go you covered with over a hundred new Tech Tips!
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Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 40-41

40. Alter Your Windows User Name

If you'd like to change the user name you entered when installing Windows (not your current user name, but the 'owner' name entered for license purposes during the install process), here's a quick registry edit to accomplish just that.

To change your registered user name open Regedit and navigate to:
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\'

Double click the 'RegisteredOwner' value and change it as desired. You can also change the company name by editing the 'RegisteredOrganization' value.

41. Adding 'Safe Mode' to the Boot Menu

If you find yourself using Windows XP's alternate safe mode or VGA mode options often, you may want to add these options to the Windows XP boot menu.

Adding safe mode or VGA mode to the boot menu will cause the menu to be displayed every time you start Windows with options shown for normal startup and whatever other modes you have chosen. You can choose one of the options to boot XP a specific way.

To add safe mode or VGA mode to the Windows boot menu open the 'run' prompt ('start\run') and type 'c:\boot.ini'. This will bring up the boot.ini file in notepad. This file is used by XP to determine boot options, among other things.

Under the '[operating systems]' heading, copy the current entry, and paste another version of it into the next line. For example: 'multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect'.

Now edit the quoted area of the pasted version so it is different from the original line and informative. You might want to change "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" to "Safe Mode boot" on your safe mode entry, for example. If you want to add an entry for VGA mode, repeat the above steps again and edit the third entry appropriately to represent VGA mode.

Save the file, open the run prompt again and type MSCONFIG. Go to the 'boot.ini' tab.

You will see your new additions here. To enable safe mode on the boot menu, highlight the entry you created for safe mode, then check the '/safeboot' boot option. To enable VGA mode, highlight your VGA mode entry then check '/basevideo.' Click 'ok' then restart. The boot menu will pop up allowing you to choose between normal, safe and VGA modes of booting XP.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP
 Pg 2.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 1-2
 Pg 3.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 3-6
 Pg 4.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 7-9
 Pg 5.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 10-11
 Pg 6.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 12-14
 Pg 7.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 15-17
 Pg 8.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 18-20
 Pg 9.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 21-23
 Pg 10.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 24-25
 Pg 11.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 26-30
 Pg 12.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 31
 Pg 13.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 32-33
 Pg 14.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 34-36
 Pg 15.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 37-39
 Pg 16.  — Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 40-41
 Pg 17.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 42-46
 Pg 18.  Computer Security Tips 47
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 Pg 20.  Computer Security Tips 48-49
 Pg 21.  Computer Security Tips 50-51
 Pg 22.  Computer Security Tips 52
 Pg 23.  Computer Security Tips 53-54
 Pg 24.  WindowsXP Shortcut Tips 55-57
 Pg 25.  WindowsXP Shortcut Tips 58-63
 Pg 26.  Disk and Storage Management Tips 64
 Pg 27.  Disk and Storage Management Tips 65-67
 Pg 28.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 68-69
 Pg 29.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 70-71
 Pg 30.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 72-75
 Pg 31.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 76-78
 Pg 32.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 78 con't
 Pg 33.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 79-81
 Pg 34.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 82-85
 Pg 35.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 86-90
 Pg 36.  Networking and Internet Tips 91-93
 Pg 37.  Networking and Internet Tips 94-97
 Pg 38.  Networking and Internet Tips 98-101
 Pg 39.  Networking and Internet Tips 102-104

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