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Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP
Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP - PCSTATS
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   M. Dowler  
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Built in Backup Utility

Windows XP contains a built in backup program that allows you to make data backups to a tape or hard drive. It can be accessed at 'start/programs/accessories/system tools/backup.' Users of XP Home must add the backup utility from the CD using add/remove programs from the control panel.PCSTATS has already covered this feature in our XP backup Guide here.

Files and setting transfer wizard

The files and settings wizard is a new tool added to XP to allow users to transfer their documents, email and desktop settings from other computers or other Windows installations automatically.

It works with any Windows operating system from Windows 95 on, and requires some form of network connection if you wish to transfer the data between computers. It works by transferring what it considers user specific data, such as the contents of the desktop and the 'my documents' folder, to the new computer, along with Windows settings for desktop themes, accessibility options, etc.

The idea is to make your new computer's working environment identical to that of your old one. It also will transfer the settings of certain popular third party programs like Photoshop, provided the same application is installed on the new computer.


Note, the wizard will not adjust hardware settings, so features like the desktop resolution and refresh rate will have to be changed manually. To use the files and settings transfer wizard, you will need to first run it from the old computer, either by creating a floppy disk (which can be done from within the wizard), or by inserting the Windows XP CD into the old computer and running the wizard from there.

To transfer files and settings from your old computer:

If your computer has a CD-ROM drive, the best way to start the process is to insert your XP CD, select 'perform additional tasks' from the autorun menu, then 'transfer files and settings' to launch the wizard.

If you do not have a CD-ROM on the old computer, you will need to create a wizard disk by running the files and settings transfer wizard, selecting 'new computer' then following the options to make a disk.

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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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