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    • #3465474

      Device Manager

      by jenian ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      How do I easily create a desktop shortcut to Device Manager in WinXP?

      • #3465302

        Create a new mmc

        by mburton ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        How about creating a new mmc and save it on the desktop?

        1. Go to run, type ?mmc? hit OK.
        2. File ? Add/remove snapin.
        3. Add.
        4. Choose Device Manager.
        5. Click finish. Click close. Click OK.
        6. There?s your mmc containing Device Manager.
        7. Save it to your desktop, or save it else where and create a short cut.

        Cheers

        • #3337331

          confusing ?

          by moira ·

          In reply to Create a new mmc

          Why the ? before and after ‘mmc’?

          Obviously that’s not going to run anything …..

        • #3330696

          Reply To: XPert discourse

          by jo.case ·

          In reply to Create a new mmc

          After typing ?mmc? in the run box, I get “Windows cannot find file” OS is Win XP Pro service pack 2 installed. All updates installed.

        • #3330534

          Of course you do!

          by moira ·

          In reply to Reply To: XPert discourse

          Yeah, that’s what I said in my post entitled “confusing” some time ago. Why put the question marks there? Obviously it’s meant to be typed as mmc (microsoft management console) so why cloud the issue with irrelevance, whoever wrote it? 🙂

        • #3057230

          How about a batch file to open it?

          by your mom 2.0 ·

          In reply to Create a new mmc

          Create a .bat with these lines, and save it on the desktop:


          @Echo
          Off
          Prompt $p$g
          set DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1
          start devmgmt.msc
          exit

      • #3465519

        Easier Device Manager Access

        by deadly ernest ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Not sure you can actually get the Device Manager on the desktop, but I have a quick access method.

        Open the ‘Administrative Tools’ window (I used to go through the ‘Control Panel’) and then right hand click on the ‘Computer Management’ icon and hold it down whilst you drag it over to the desktop and release it and choose ‘Create a shorcut’. This admin tool has a direct access for the Device Manager, so it is just a case of two quick clicks after the shortcut is set up.

        • #3482007

          Right click option

          by homey ·

          In reply to Easier Device Manager Access

          Another way to get to Computer Management is to right click “My Computer” on the desktop (if you’ve put it there form the Start menu) and then click “Manage”. Device Mananger will come up in the left hand column.

        • #3392701

          Drop down menu’s

          by devisonr ·

          In reply to Right click option

          As you all know there is always more than one way to do things in the Microsoft environment. This particular example is one that I use all the time mainly for speed sake.

        • #3524159

          Easier Device Manager Access

          by cabledude ·

          In reply to Easier Device Manager Access

          from the run dialog box type “devmgmt.msc” that will open it directly.

        • #3524044

          Easier Device Manager

          by pscooter ·

          In reply to Easier Device Manager Access

          Better still create a new shortcut on the desktop and copy devmgmt.msc into the location field and presto you now have the shortcut on your desktop

        • #3523998

          Nice

          by gamjr ·

          In reply to Easier Device Manager

          Thanks it works great…

        • #3540112

          device manager in two clicks

          by rosslettau ·

          In reply to Nice

          Or if you don’t want to have a shortcut on the desktop, simply right-click on my computer, and select manage… device manager is there. 😎

        • #3524692

          Shortcut to device manager

          by velasco0 ·

          In reply to Easier Device Manager Access

          Right click on your desktop, go to NEW than SHORTCUT type in devmgmt.msc click next, than name the shortcut whatever you want.

      • #3478838

        Device Manager Shortcut

        by rodge ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Right click your desktop and select: New, shortcut. Enter “devmgmt.msc” as location of item. Name the shortcut “Device Manager” or another descriptive name.

      • #3466534

        Device manager shortcut

        by hanzajohn ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Start->Run->MMC
        In MMC windows, File->Add/Remove Snap IN->Standalone->Add->Device manager for local computer.
        Close intermediar windows and save the MMC on Desktop or place a shortuct of it wherever you need.

      • #3391238

        Desktop Shortcut to Control Panel

        by mad scientist ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Click on the start menu.
        Then click and hold on the Contol Panel and drag it to the desktop.

        • #3234162

          control panel shortcut

          by ccovington ·

          In reply to Desktop Shortcut to Control Panel

          this is a great tip, i tried this and it works of course. one thing though, u have to have the start menu as the default style, can’t be classic
          style

      • #3395922

        Re: Device Manager

        by mstanton ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Right click on the desktop, choose New – Shortcut. A wizard will open. Type devmgmt.msc as the location.

      • #2745096

        HotKey for Device Manager

        by johnforrest ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Just Press Windows/Break to get to device manager.

        • #2706335

          A shortcut?

          by jo.case ·

          In reply to HotKey for Device Manager

          That requires two fingers and two clicks to get to device mgr. I dunno, sounds like a lot of work!

        • #3233951

          That gets System properties

          by moira ·

          In reply to HotKey for Device Manager

          >> Just Press Windows/Break to get to device manager

          That brings up System Properties, you still have to navigate to Device Manager.

          I have a shortcut for Device Manager on the desktop (apologies if this has already been posted, I hadn’t time to read *every* reply).

          Make a new desktop shortcut and type this in the path to the target:

          %windir%\system32\devmgmt.msc

          Then just double click and you get device manager straight away.

      • #3307838

        Easily done

        by liriom ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Device Manager is located in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 folder

        the file name is DEVMGMT.MSC

        simply right click this file and Send To -> Desktop.

        This will create a shortcut for you

      • #3192633

        RE: Device Manager

        by bgrayhek ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        start->programs->administrative tools->right click computer management and select send to desktop.

        • #3192408

          That doesn’t send DM to the desktop

          by moira ·

          In reply to RE: Device Manager

          That will put a shortcut on the desktop to Computer Management, not Device Manager.

          Go through the create new shortcut wizard and in the target put

          %windir%\system32\devmgmt.msc

          to get a shortcut to device manager on the desktop.

      • #3053730

        Device Manager Shortcut

        by seconnaught ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Create a shortcut with the following path C:\WINDOWS\system32\devmgmt.msc

      • #3118327

        Right click My Computer and open Manage

        by phil ·

        In reply to Device Manager

        Right Click My Computer
        Manage
        Device Manager

        It is pretty quick, plus almost everything is in there (event log, users, disk manager, services,etc). I wish local security policy was there as well.

    • #3465865

      Searches and file save Windows

      by thechas ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      One thing that does ‘bug’ me about XP is how much longer it takes to perform a simple search in Windows Explorer compared to Windows 98.

      A related problem, is the delay when you choose to save a file in other than the default folder.

      I have reduced the delay when changing from the default folder some by going into user profiles and deleting all the shortcuts in recent documents.

      Is there any other ways to speed things up?

      Is there some simple script I can run to clean out the RecentDocuments folder?

      Might make a good article.

      Chas

      • #3466078

        Speed-Up Search

        by ___._ ·

        In reply to Searches and file save Windows

        To increace the spped of searches, you have to index the contents of the area searching. If you look at the properties of your hard disk, there is a tick box to activate. Note: Also you must start the indexing service on the pc.

        • #3466537

          Directory List for indexing

          by moreorless ·

          In reply to Speed-Up Search

          Never tried indexing (out of site, our of mind) until reading your reply. Have turned it on but now have a dumb question concerning the directories being indexed. While looking at the directories under Indexing Service in Computer Management I finda plethora such as:
          C:\Documents and Settings
          C:\
          C:\Documents and Settings\*\Application Data\*
          C:\Documents and Settings\*\Local Settings\*
          Would like to know if these are ‘default’ settings when XP comes out of the can, or, more likely, random clicking on the index option while viewing various folder properities? Basic question is; Once C:\ is listed, are any of the others necessary?

        • #3540222

          Your Plethora

          by ___._ ·

          In reply to Directory List for indexing

          C:\ would just be a top level index, much like a contents page in a book, the c:\xxxxx would be a chapter index on xxxxx. So the computer would search the contents index, then the chapter index once found.

          The reason Documents and Settings is there, well this is the most commonly used part of the files store, for user profiles.

    • #3466088

      Program Wizard

      by nothanks1900 ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I think one of the most handy aspects of XP(and probably one of the lesser known aspects) is the Program Compatability Wizard. Which loads support for older programs that were not designed to run on an NT system. Works great, ……..so far 🙂

      • #3393206

        One that won’t

        by been there ·

        In reply to Program Wizard

        I have a Bible program Quickverse that I started with in Win 3.X went to Win 95 then to win 98. But it wont work in Win XP home ed. It was from Parsons (whose been bought out by someone else). I tried using PCW. and every way from sunday to no avail. I always get the pop up window PROGRAM ABORTED. Even before the program has a chance to run. Called Parsons, know what thier answer was? “upgrade to our latest and that will solve your problem” Great technical support HuH!!

        • #2719369

          Try Application Compatibility first

          by nelsond ·

          In reply to One that won’t

          You’ll definitely want to check out the Application Compatibility Toolkit.

          You can find it on the Windows XP Professional CD in the /Support/Tools folder. To install it, just run the Act20.exe file.

          The AppVerifier tool features a very user-friendly interface that makes it easy for you to test applications. Follow these steps:

          Open the AppVerifier tool by going to Start | Programs | Application Compatibility Toolkit | AppVerifier.
          Click the Add button.
          In the Add Application dialog box, select the application you want to test, and click OK.
          In the Test Settings section, select which tests you want to perform, and click the Run button.
          Use the selected application as you normally would.

        • #2718316

          re: One that won’t…

          by liberalenextrema9 ·

          In reply to One that won’t

          I work for a non-profit agency that STILL uses a database program that was written for Win 3.1. Not all the functionality was available until I changed my settings to Windows Classic and changed my taskbar settings to Classic Start menu. This *may* help…
          By the way technical support isn’t always given workarounds if a)a newer version is available, and/or b)the program was written for an OS that has gone through that many updates, and/or c)the OS is essentially different than the one for which it was written. Win 3.x is exceedingly different than NT and XP.

        • #2720809

          One That Won’t

          by mansfield75150 ·

          In reply to re: One that won’t…

          I’ve used Quickverse for many years, when you had 3 diskettes for an install……and have spent loads of money om updates & features…when I upgraded to XP, the vendor gave me no help ex to suggest to upgrade…I had over $600 in QV products and I didn’t want to spend another $99….they still refused to assist…GOODBYE QUICKVERSE!!!!!!!!

    • #3466032

      Question regarding transfer rates.

      by damianthex ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I have built a small office network using various OSs. My host computer is running XP as well as four other computers on the network. The XP machines transfer data at 100Mbps. The ME machines transfer data at 10Mbps. The one 98 machine has been a bear, so I’ll burn that bridge later. Why is the data tranfer rate different for the different OSs?

      • #3465999

        Check Network cards and hubs

        by poppy ·

        In reply to Question regarding transfer rates.

        Are you sure your network cards are all 100mbps? Sounds like they are various speeds. Your hub could have something to do with it too. Replace your cards and then try again. They should all be 100mbps to transfer data at that speed.

      • #3465957

        Maybe it’s not the OS…

        by cigarguy ·

        In reply to Question regarding transfer rates.

        I had a very similar situation. I found that the problem was not with the OS, but with the 3COM 3C905 NIC. The only setting that “worked” was 10Mbps. Have you tried other settings on the card?

        • #3540138

          Just to verify – it is not the OS..

          by tomsal ·

          In reply to Maybe it’s not the OS…

          As others before me stated about checking your hub/switch capabilities as well as those of your NICs — they are right.

          Its not the OS that determines the speed of your network (remember I’m writing this for Windows XP, not any other OS). Ethernet, or I should say Fast Ethernet since you mention 100mbs — is a standard, the OS’s only responsiblity really is to comply with that standard for interoperability, realiability, etc. etc.

          And judging the huge popular of Ethernet — which one of us would use an OS that DID NOT support the Ethernet standard? 😉

          That said even though I’m 99% sure the advice on your NICs/hubs,etc. will fix your problem…you may want to verify what drivers you are using for your NIC as well.

          Its not impossible for a NIC driver to “fudge up” and cause weird performance. Happened to me before.

          later.

      • #3475787

        Various Speeds on the network

        by agrogen ·

        In reply to Question regarding transfer rates.

        As Poppy stated, check your NIC’s if they are all 100 mbs cards and your switch/hub is a 10/100. Then go to the properties of the connection, click on “configure” then click on “advance” then verify the speed and duplex settings on the card, considering you have a small network they should all be set on “autosense”, if they all are and the cards are all 100 mbps card, then manually set the speed to “100 mbps full duplex”

        • #3475542

          Right, better to hard set

          by deadly ernest ·

          In reply to Various Speeds on the network

          As previously said, check that the network cards and the hub/switch are 100mbps and that the property settings are the same and set for 100mbps full duplex. Also check all the hubs and switches are set to 100mbps.

          Also some NICs will drop to 10mbps if they have trouble matching with the other end on autosense or one is set half duplex and the other full duplex.

          As a general rule it is best to have everything hard set to 100mbps instead of autosense.

        • #3540300

          Windows 2k/XP Network Issues

          by joshwithers ·

          In reply to Various Speeds on the network

          It is a known issue that “Microsoft Driver Publisher” siugned drivers for NIC’s are generally slower, yet more compatible than some. Always Update your NIC Software Driver, on all operating systems, and if possible, NIC Firmware. Then on Windows 2k/XP machines, the autosense link speed setting is slightly faulty, so if u know your NIC is good, and your switch/hub is good, and you’ve tested the Cat5 Cable, then set the link speed to 100Mps Full Duplex, manually. The Win9x machines may also be having a conflict with Windows XP’s Quality of Service (QoS) Protcol, thus lowering link speed. You can disable this protcol on WinXP, without casuing any hassles.

          Good Luck

        • #2710938

          Never do Full duplex

          by ustek ·

          In reply to Various Speeds on the network

          If a hub or network switch do not support FD
          you’ll be in trouble!
          do it automatic

      • #3393174

        NIC card…..

        by eddyb ·

        In reply to Question regarding transfer rates.

        Did you check the NICs? Do you have any that are 10MBps only?
        How about the drivers for the NICS? In configuring them, did they have an option to chose what speed they would support?
        How are these connected?
        Are any of them connected with Cross-Over CAT5 cables? They are limited to 10MBps.

        • #3391920

          Reply To: XPert discourse

          by danp8947 ·

          In reply to NIC card…..

          EddyB,

          Why do you say Cross-Over CAT5 cables are limited to 10Mhz?

          Does CAT5 supports 100Mhz and I have been using a Cross-Over cable at 100Mhz for years.

        • #3396399

          Thought X-overs were limited 10 MBps…

          by eddyb ·

          In reply to Reply To: XPert discourse

          Cross over cable at 100 MBps?

        • #3397247

          Definitely 100Mbs w/ cross over

          by tomsal ·

          In reply to Reply To: XPert discourse

          Well, I’m no going to explain theory or scientific reasoning here, but yup you can definitely do 100Mbs with a cross over.

          Unless my equipment is bad (that would really not make me feel good because its much more expensive than the cable), I’m reading 98 Mbs over my crossover.

          PS. I don’t recall ever hearing that they were limited to 10Mbs either.

          Just my 2 cents.

        • #2710937

          Cross-over…

          by ustek ·

          In reply to Reply To: XPert discourse

          support speed over cable speccification.
          CAT3 may give you 200Mb/s
          Cat5 easily 1Gb/s
          It depends on many factors

      • #3540747

        Check autosense in device manager

        by scootr64 ·

        In reply to Question regarding transfer rates.

        check the properties of your network card in device manager. go to the advanced tab and see if it is on autosense, 10mb, or 100mb. if the card has the capability to do 100mb, select that as the default. It may be a 10mb card. If the machine is old enough that it is running 98, chances are it is only a 10mb capable card.

      • #3324809

        RE: Question regarding transfer rates.

        by paulr323 ·

        In reply to Question regarding transfer rates.

        Network transfer rates are not IS dependent. Check the network card properties and lock the card in at 100/Full. Chances are, it is probably using AUTO and the switch is set to AUTO. Changing the port speed and duplex on both sides will greatly increase performance since they are both locked in at 100FULL.

    • #3465988

      ICS issue

      by poppy ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I have a home network with two xp machines and two W98’s. One of the XP’s is the ICS server. For some reason when a user logs on with lesser privileges on the two XP’s the internet drags dramatically, like it just won’t load pages for minutes and then they will appear later. It’s like IE just freezes up and then some time later it starts working again. It does not happen when logged in as admin on either computer. The w98’s have no trouble at all. How can I fix this? Anyone else have this problem? I have deleted and added profiles, even increased rights. Only profiles created with all rights from the start work properly. This obviously poses a security problem.

      • #3540745

        upgrade to router

        by scootr64 ·

        In reply to ICS issue

        I would suggest purchasing a SOHO router/5 port… they are fairly cheap and would resolve the problem of having to deal with ICS (which sucks anyway). You could pick one up for aroud $60… wireless ones will run a tad more, but,then you would haveto buy wireless nic’s too.

    • #3465883

      Windows Update

      by dick909 ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      Im having a problem with manually using windows update whenever I go there and click on scan it scans to 100% fast and dosent show anything. Ive tried MS solution to the problem, but still nothing works only thing I can use is automatic update. Any comments would be appreciated!!

      • #3475667

        Upgrade IE?

        by yammiman ·

        In reply to Windows Update

        I had trouble like this until I upgraded to IE 6 with the latest service packs. Actually, it worked OK with 5.5 SP2, as well.

        Also, you might check the advanced settings of IE and choose to allow ActiveX scripts to run.

      • #3482094

        Ask your ISP

        by guyker2509 ·

        In reply to Windows Update

        I’ve had the same problem a few months ago. In fact, nothing was wrong with my machine or XP. The problem was due to the automatic connection script of my Internet (cable) provider (Telenet in Belgium) which seemed to be incompatible with Windows Update running on XP (don’t ask me why !). The first (temporary) solution was to disable it (in IE : Tools / Internet Options / Connections / LAN settings). The only caveat was that it was impossible then to share the connection (with ICS). So I only disabled it when it was necessary to update the PC that was sharing the Internet connection and re-enabled immediately afterwards (of course, it was impossible to update the other computers). A few weeks later, the ISP adapted his connection script and now everything is working perfectly.

        Maybe you could contact your ISP and them if they know about the problem.

        • #3540293

          Commen Problems Experienced with Win XP

          by joshwithers ·

          In reply to Ask your ISP

          Firstly, Upgrade to Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, set all Security Settings, and application settings to default.

          Then make sure your proxy server is set correctly on the right protocols (check with isp)

          Then if you have a firewall installed, add windowsupdate.com to the Trusted sites list.

          And if all else fails, Get a shareware program called Xfig, System Utility for tweaking etc, but theres an option there to “Register this PC with Windows Update”, its a minor MS rego thing, but may help.

          And btw, Windows XP comes preloaded with Inrternet Explorer 6, so IE 5.5 is not an issue.

          Good Luck

      • #3391963

        Windows Update

        by janl44 ·

        In reply to Windows Update

        I had the same problem and much to my embarrasment I just happened to look at the date and I had moved it forward to check out an appointment and had left it there. The date and time clock of your computer must be correct.

      • #3540107

        Re: Windows Update problem….

        by rosslettau ·

        In reply to Windows Update

        I don’t know if anyone has responded to you yet dick, but here goes…..

        Sometimes, with different networks and ISP’s, you need to add the following site to the trusted sites in internet explorer:
        http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp

        You can get to the trusted sites by the following in internet explorer:
        Tools-> internet options -> Security -> Trusted Sites

        Hope this helps….

    • #3468873

      Network Bridge

      by fxef ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      On a home network using a Cable/DSL router, a network bridge has been installed on one of the XP boxes. The bridge change the IP to 169.xxx.xxx.xx. It also played havoc with Outlook connecting to the mail server. After several hours of working with this issue, I have the box back online but can not delete the Network Bridge. Error states that Network Bridge is not configured properly. I now have it disabled and no protocols installed.

      Any ideas how get rid of the Network Bridge?

      • #3482077

        modify registry

        by guyker2509 ·

        In reply to Network Bridge

        You can disable it by using REGEDIT and creating an new DWORD key called DisableForwarding in the following branch of the registry : HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BridgeMP
        Assign it the value 1. Restart the PC for the change to take effect.

      • #3466918

        Remove all network protocols

        by frank_s ·

        In reply to Network Bridge

        You can try removing all the network protocols and then reinstall them following the instructions in MS Knowledgebase article 283429
        to prevent installing a network bridge. Here’s the URL to that article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;283429

      • #3466905

        May have IP Address Conflict

        by dr.red ·

        In reply to Network Bridge

        According to Michael Meyers, a win9x or later OS that is configured for DHCP but unable to access a DHCP server will always default to a special IP address starting with 169.254. If this happens it is likely that there was an IP address conflict onyour small system. This special IP address can be assigned when either static or dynamic IP addresses are assigned. I saw this happen on a network where two PCs accidentally had the same IP address statically assigned. Hope this helps.

      • #3540309

        IPX/SPX

        by randyluther ·

        In reply to Network Bridge

        Load the IPX/SPX/Netbios for Microsoft and ensure that the TCP/IP Protocol is loaded. TCP/IP will be used for the Cable/DSL connection. The IPX/SPX/Netbios for Microsoft will be used for your file and print sharing. As long as the NIC is present andworking with the above in place you should be able to delete or at least disable the bridge.

      • #2710932

        do you know what is a Network Bridge?

        by ustek ·

        In reply to Network Bridge

        RTFM

    • #3481947

      XP Update

      by olsenbanden2 ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      Had Aut. update set but for the last few days there’s an update waiting to be installed. I let it install, but the next time I start the computer up it’s there again same updates. I’ve disabled the Aut. update to no avail. I’ve went in and installed it manualy. Same problem.
      Is there any way to get that to stop.

      • #3523913

        Reply To: XPert discourse

        by ijump2 ·

        In reply to XP Update

        Make sure any real-time antivirus software is turned off.

      • #3524705

        How to disable

        by pkj ·

        In reply to XP Update

        To stop the Automatic Update feature completely, you have to disable the AutoUpdate Service.

        See how in this Knowledge Base-article:
        Disabling AutoUpdate Service in Control Panel Does Not Shut Down the Service
        http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;283151

        If you disable the service remember to keep your PC up to date using the Windows Update web-site.

      • #3524704

        Windows Update Temp Files

        by dirt burner ·

        In reply to XP Update

        Try deleting the temp file directories created by Windows Update. C:\WUTemp, just delete the directory. Then go to C:\Program Files\WindowsUpdate\V4 and delete the Temp folder. Then access the update site again.

      • #3523003

        cdcreator platinum 5.0

        by kc8avv ·

        In reply to XP Update

        I recently uninstaaled easy cd creator platinum 5.0 and it screwed up my windows 2000 pro. I got the blue screen of death, and thanks that I had Linux 8.0 I switched over and began trouble shooting. I created boot disks from my windows 2000 install cd (could not find my previous copy) in Linux and rebooted and had to reinstall after failed repair. I now have to reformat and rebuild my software ensamble.

        By the way use Nero burning ROM!!!!! It is better.

      • #3393256

        Failure to Install updates 810833/329170

        by wmanson ·

        In reply to XP Update

        There is a problem which corrupts the cryptographic service during a system restore. Quite a few users have experienced the non-installation of Windows critical fixes 810833 and 329170 as a result.

        To fix the cryptographic service:

        1. Click Start, and then click Run.
        2. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
        3. At the command prompt, type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each line:
        net stop cryptsvc
        ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 oldcatroot2
        net start cryptsvc
        4. Type EXIT to close the command prompt. Install the critical updates again.

    • #3481908

      XP drops mapped drives

      by skooboy ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      Mapped drives I create in WinXP never hold to
      the next session. In other words, I create a
      mapped drive, power-off, and when I power
      back on, the mapped drive must be
      re-established. Does anyone have a solution
      for retaining mapped drives on XP?
      Thank you.

      • #3466713

        Mapped drives

        by rodge ·

        In reply to XP drops mapped drives

        Try opening a command prompt and type the command “net use \\servername\foldername /persistent:yes”.

      • #3524701

        Mapped Drives

        by dirt burner ·

        In reply to XP drops mapped drives

        Check the Windows Update Site. I believe there is a Mapped Drive update that addresses problems such as this.

      • #3392006

        I found a fix

        by al ·

        In reply to XP drops mapped drives

        Take a look at Ms article Q138365. This did now work for me, but when I appied this registry patch to the XP client workstation, it fixed the problem. Once gorcha: In XP, change the registry value to 0xfffffff (7 Fs).

        Good luck!

        Dave

        • #3392513

          Thanks for the responses

          by skooboy ·

          In reply to I found a fix

          Hey thanks, I’m going to try the above fix. I did previously use the NET USE command, to no avail. I also created LMHosts & Hosts entries. All to no avail! Thanks for your ideas.

    • #3391286

      XP performance improvements

      by james wise ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      We are planning to deploy XP to 600 desktops on our corporate network. Does any one have an idea how to best tune XP for faster boot times and logons? I know that certain utilities speed up the boot process..

      • #3391031

        try this site

        by janinet ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        This site has some good tweaks you could apply to your image.
        http://www.longshome.com/xp_boot.htm

      • #3390969

        XP Performance

        by stewlam ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        Here is a good website that might help you
        http://www.tweak3d.net/tweak/winstartupnew/

      • #3390954

        bootvis

        by thechas ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        Download and run the bootvis utility from Microsoft.

        This utility can help you identify excess delays in the boot process, and make adjustments to speed up the boot process.

        Tweak UI for XP is also worthwhile.

        Search the TR article archivesfor the XP articles, there are a number of articles covering tweaks and migration issues.

        A good general purpose site is http://www.onecomputerguy.com

        Also, http://www.aumha.org

        Chas

      • #3393318

        DNS servers

        by niklaseri ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        My first thougt is as for the logon time You have to consider how much traffic during logon hours and than have enough DC:s available to handle the logon process for all clients. When it comes to boot times I don?t know any utility but maybe there are some services that You don?t need so You can turn them off and that will impact the preformence on thev boot process.

      • #3393198

        Don’t forget Updates

        by been there ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        The first time I did a Defrag it took forever. The next time it took almost forever. If your going to install Win XP ! would say 1st. set it up, then install the service pack SP1 and all security upgrades. Everything will run much faster especially Defrag.
        Organized files are a must. I dont know about doing all those computers and how to set them all up at the same time but that’s another issue.

      • #3540278

        Optimizing XP for Coporate Deployment

        by joshwithers ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        for as little problems as possible (800 machines, u can spare 5 seconds at loadup for the sake of stabilty right?)

        use windows update, disable which ever services u’r comapny will be using (wi-fi etc), apply service packs, but the biggest hurdle in windows xp performance is hardware, and registry related settings, such as buffers etc

        updated drivers improve performance greatly, and if need be, disable the pretty looks, and take back to the “Windows Classic” theme, a bit quicker, but not as quick as the Windows XP theme

        I like pretty, but its personal i guess.

        Any questions, email me, I’ve done many a windows xp rollout

        and Good Luck

      • #3542002

        roll out XP

        by town_drunk ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        MS actually have a deployment guide and a lot of other useful information regarding corporate deployment, have a look on Technet.

        I wouldn’t be using 3rd party apps, I’d be looking at shutting down services that aren’t required and disabling things like fast user switching.

      • #3234151

        try this also

        by ccovington ·

        In reply to XP performance improvements

        the two sites that were given already have great tips u could also reference to this one
        http://www.xptuneup.com/tip0025.htm#marker11
        most of the fine tuning will be done through the registry, make sure u back it up first

    • #3391260

      Incoming Packets (Constant Stream)

      by webguybob ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      Fellow techies,

      I have just installed XP Home, at home. One of the first things I noticed is that when I now dial up to ISP, there is a constant stream of incoming packets over my connection. And, this is to the tune of ~20% of my bandwidth…let’s say about 7 MB worth in one hour’s time.

      I’ve tried sorting all of my files by latest time stamp and size and it appears that my XP firewall log is just about the only thing that’s being constantly updated…other than the typical log files.How can I find out where this data is being written…or if it is being written at this pace?

      Here are some facts:
      – I have disabled Auto-update service
      – I have disabled McAfee and it’s update service
      – I have disabled MSN/IM’s Auto-update
      – There are no other Winsock-capable programs installed

      TIA,

      Bob

      • #3391949

        Questions

        by etillisch ·

        In reply to Incoming Packets (Constant Stream)

        Bob,

        Have you applied the service pack for XP? I believe there was a fault with the firewall that was fixed with SP1. The other issue is when was the last time you update McAffe and ran a full scan? It sounds like you might have picked up an illicit server which might be transmitting info to a hacker.

        Just 2 ideas,
        Erik

        • #3540286

          Ad-Aware

          by joshwithers ·

          In reply to Questions

          Get some spyware removal software running, as well as an Updated Anitvirus!!!

          Also, try no to use Windows Built-in firewll if u can, use my fav, Norton, or if you’re on the cheap, Tiny Personal Firewall.

          Also something i remember from wth win9x days, is a prog called loadqm.exe, a ms app, that apparently contact microsoft servers, for messaging reasons, not sure.

          Good Luck

      • #3391669

        RE: Incoming packets constant stream

        by horsfall ·

        In reply to Incoming Packets (Constant Stream)

        I had a similar problem but a far higher stream both incoming and outgoing traffic(6 gigabytes in one month) that was caused by a trojan horse virus. Norton Antivirus eventually found the file that was causing all the trouble(system.exe) but couldnt delete it because it was active when the computer was on. I had to change it’s name, reboot and then delete it to get rid of it.

      • #3393393

        QoS problem?

        by dj_jewel50 ·

        In reply to Incoming Packets (Constant Stream)

        Hi

        This might as well bethe problem. It comes from winxpnews:

        “Windows XP Professional has a feature built into it called QOS (Quality of Service). This feature allows the operating system to optimize bandwidth allocation for different services. While books are filled with incomprehensible information on this subject, what you need to know is that this feature actually throttles back your available bandwidth. QOS reserves 20% of the available bandwidth on any connection for itself. This means you can’t use it for downloads and LAN connections! You can cut the QOS brick tied to the back of your network connection by performing the following steps:

        Click Start and then click the Run command.
        In the Run dialog box, type gpedit.mscin the Open text box. Click OK.
        In the Group Policy window, expand Computer Configuration, and then expand Administrative Templates. Expand Network and click on QOS Packet Scheduler.
        Double click on the Limit reservable bandwidth entry in the right pane.
        Select the Enabled option and then type 0 in the Bandwidth limit (%) text box. Click Apply and then click OK.
        Close the Group Policy window and restart the computer (not sure if you need to restart the computer, but do it anyhow).QOS isenabled by default on all adapters. If you disabled it for some reason, make sure it is enabled, or else it’s possible that the 20% limitation will be enforced anyhow. ”

        Hope it helps

        • #3522387

          hmmm… maybe not

          by dj_jewel50 ·

          In reply to QoS problem?

          I posted the previous message and realized after the solution is for Win XP Pro. I’ll try to find a “home” solution

    • #3391170

      Something to sparkle your neurones

      by arnaud ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I have my network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts, set to classic (win2000 style) In passing this is on my home desktop. I have also enabled everyone permissions to apply to anoymous users, all this to be able to share folders in the same way as I used to do it on win 2000. Everything works great, however, I get success audits for Guest logons and logoffs in my security log even when I don’t use the guest account or even use my shares. I do have a small home network but I’m the only one that uses it, do you think some harmless fellow is accessing my shares over the net ?

      • #3391879

        assuming you have cable or dsl

        by support#netropole.com ·

        In reply to Something to sparkle your neurones

        It?s possible some one is access your shares. You may want to audit your shared folders. Then check the times of access to those folders. The other possibility is that by allowing anonymous user access, its using the guest account to access the shares. This is most likely the issue. But I?d still audit the shares if you?re concerned.

        • #3540304

          Easy Security and Windows Helping Itself

          by joshwithers ·

          In reply to assuming you have cable or dsl

          Firstly Windows XP does help itself to network shares and other resources, supposabvbly for o/s reasons, but if you want to hear the conspiracy theory click here, http://www.hevanet.com/peace/microsoft.htm, not so much a conspiracy theory but a technical up-yours to microsoft.

          The other thing to look at is whether or not you have file and print sharing enabled on the outside internet connection. Thats the first line of defense, if not,and u have “Everyone” access on all your shares, my grandpa could access your shares through his cable tv decoder box :-). Secondly get some firewall software running, such as Tiny Personal firewall, or whatever your favourite is, min being Norton Internet Security. Amd Thirdly, Use Windows Update regulary, on all Windows 98SE, and up PC’s.

          This Keeps your windows components up to date, this includes your internet explorer, email client, tcp/ip stack, and network connections, keep in mind that windows dosen’t care whether a networ connection comes over a network cable or a modem, so u have to regulate it.

          Good luck

      • #3540231

        Disable the Guest account

        by frank_s ·

        In reply to Something to sparkle your neurones

        I have the Guest account disabled on all three of the PC’s on my home network and have no problem sharing folders and printers between them.

        If you are using an “always on” internet connection like cable or DSL you really need to have a softwareand hardware firewall (or at least one or the other) or you’re just asking for trouble.

      • #3542054

        Reply to Neurone Spark

        by arnaud ·

        In reply to Something to sparkle your neurones

        I don’t know why my user name was deleted, maybe they didn’t like my email addy, changed my alias.

        What I realized directly after I posted my question was that someone accessing my shares is not a possible explination. I have a hardware firewall on which all WAN requests were set to be blocked.

        Frank_S wrote: to disable the Guest account, this would work although I wanted to avoid doing that.

        JoshWithers wrote: that Windows helps itself to shares, I suspected this might be a reason, thanks for the great URL Josh.

      • #2710927

        Disable guest accnt.

        by ustek ·

        In reply to Something to sparkle your neurones

        It must be disabled by default
        !

    • #3541829

      Administrator Rights & Games

      by swallen ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I have Win XP Pro on the PC I use at home. I’ve created two accounts for my kids. I would really prefer they NOT have Administrator rights.

      However, I now have two games “Harry Potter” & “SIMS Deluxe” that won’t work correctly unless the loggedin user is an Administrator.

      Any ideas on how to handle this?

      Scott W. Allen

      • #3542048

        What works for me:

        by arnaud ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        What usually works for me although not in all cases, is to change the permissions on the game folder itself.
        You might have to change your sharing and security model for local accounts settings.

        • #3392660

          File Permissions

          by swallen ·

          In reply to What works for me:

          Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll look into to it. But I think the problem is the applications are trying to write to the registry. It’s not a problem with access to the folder.

      • #3392645

        Game “Administrator” Rights

        by dac-bobbyii ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        I have ran into a similar problem with an SQL database that I run at work. My users are required to have “admin” access to the program so the program can “write” to the drive when necessary.

        What I did to accomplish this without giving my end-users full rights, was to give them “full control” over the individual folder(s) that the program is located in. To do this, you have to remove the “simple file sharing” on XP Professional so you can assign NTFS permissions per folder/file, etc.

        You might try this with your games. Give your children “full control” rights to the folders where the individual games are located (ie: c:\program files\id\doom) but no place else.

        Hope this helps……Bobby

      • #3392642

        Quandry

        by jgolden ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        I have not found an answer to that one , but found out when I was logged in on a profile that had Admin rights I was able to change that id to a limited account??? this is a bug and you have to download sp1, now if you dont have admin password you are locked out of system.

        Goldenj1@prodigy.net

      • #3392631

        Security issues

        by gvoyager ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        Although I don’t know much about the usual requirements for games, the most likely problem is security access restrictions to the program. Perhaps the game requires write and modify access to the program directory. If so, you might be able to grantsufficient access by making the kids’ accounts members of the “power users” group. If that proves insufficient, (for the next step)you could modify the security settings for the games’ folders by specifically granting write and modify rights for thekids’ logon names.

      • #3395431

        try this

        by eallen ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        1st uninstall the game , then browse the cd for the setup file. rt click and use the “RUN AS” option.this should allow you to install it as any user you prefer.

      • #3395430

        rt click won’t work

        by eallen ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        unless your account is administrator sorry.

      • #3395129

        rights for non-administrators

        by patrbyl ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        when logged on as Administrator in explorer give access rights to the other log-on accounts for the folders that contain the games in question (include all sub-folders)

        Pat

      • #3394313

        Re-install games with user’s account

        by allgeek2me ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        The games may have been installed using an admin account. Try uninstalling the games as admin, then log in under one of the other users and install the game. This could change the rights.

        Just my $0.02

        • #3397480

          Try to reinstall in the user account

          by sumanium ·

          In reply to Re-install games with user’s account

          hasntaclu mentioned about this method.
          when installing from the user account, u also provide the administrator account password, but only until here. when playing, u don’t need the admin account pswrd.

        • #3395890

          Which Account

          by swallen ·

          In reply to Try to reinstall in the user account

          Which user account? There are several who I wish to remain non-admins, but to be able to use the applications?

        • #2719382

          Installing Games

          by kendbeeman ·

          In reply to Re-install games with user’s account

          Just create a new folder for all games to be installed. Create the folder on the root of C:

          If this doesn’t work, create a group with their accounts in it and give full control on the root folder. Or, as stated above, try giving the accounts “power user” rights on the folder.

          You also maybe able to be “creative” using a policy file.

      • #3397054

        Reply To: XPert discourse

        by s. giesbrecht ·

        In reply to Administrator Rights & Games

        My suggestion is to make your children’s account Power Users. The games are writings/changing file(s)/setting(s) and ‘Users’ are not permitted & ‘Power User’ are permitted

    • #3392500

      No networked PC’s in browse list

      by skooboy ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      Any input is much appreciated…
      Among my 3 LANS, only 1 XP Pro PC has other networked PC’s (Win9x, W2k, XP) appearing in its browse list (“Networked Computers”). On the other XP’s not seeing the network, I have adjusted the Hosts & LMHosts files, confirmed the presence of a master browser (on my W2k servers), and tried every Netbios setting. Worse still, there is nothing different on the 1 good network-participating XP Pro PC. I don’t yet have ADS, just a peer-to-peer network. Any suggestions to make my other XP Pro’s see the network? PS: network connectivity is good, I can connect to any PC via UNC address.

      • #3395160

        I know this is basic, but…

        by frank_s ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        You say your network is only peer to peer, I assume that means there is no domain. I know this is basic, and don’t mean to insult your intelligence, but have you created a workgroup and added all the pc’s to it?

        • #3395609

          Good point

          by skooboy ·

          In reply to I know this is basic, but…

          You’ve hit on something simple I may’ve
          overlooked. I never actively created a
          Workgroup, I just went with the “workgroup”
          that’s naturally created when one doesn’t
          create a domain. I’m going to implement ADS
          this coming summer, but until then, I’d
          appreciate an elaboration on what you mean
          by “creating a workgroup and adding everyone
          to it”. Network Neighborhood on my Win 9x
          PC’s are fully populated and are members of
          the default workgroup. I think I’m missing
          something regarding creating & assiging
          computers to the “workgroup” for the XP’s.

        • #3397155

          Creating a workgroup

          by frank_s ·

          In reply to Good point

          Creating a workgroup is simple: pick a name for the workgroup (I’m still using the unimaginative name of 1A for a workgroup name. It was for my first network experiment which was for a mix of Win 3.1 for Workgroups and Win 95 computers).

          Pick one of the computers and tell it it’s in the workgroup name you created and then tell the other PC’s they’re in that workgroup. For Win XP (and 2000, I believe, but I don’t have one to look at right now) right click on “My Computer”, click on “Properties” and then click on the “Computer name” tab. In that dialog box, click on the “Change” button along side the line that reads “To rename this computer or join a domain, click change.” In that dialog box, click on the “Workgroup” radio button and type the name in the box. For the Win 9x computers (this is from memory, but I think it’s right) open Control Panel and double click on “Network”, then click on the “Identification” tab and then type your workgroup name in the box provided.

          Hopefully then, when you go to My Computer and look in My Network Places (that would be on the XP PC) you’ll see the workgroup listed and all the computers will be in the workgroup.

      • #3397280

        Microsoft Support

        by shajiv0810 ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        This is an excellent site for any Microsoft related problems and support!

        support.microsoft.com

        (just give your exact error message)

        Thank you.

      • #3397270

        No networked PC’s in browse list

        by kalell ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        If you haven’t already, add the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol. Also, you may have to share at least one folder on each pc. On my XP peer to peer, I have 4 pc’s that had the same scenario until I did the above. Once done, the could all see each other and all shared printers. In some cases, you may even have to use static ip addressing for it to kick in.

      • #3397216

        DO THEY BELONG TO THE SAME SUBNET

        by jose_12650 ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        Please check if the IP address of all the systems are in the same subnet range, i.e., 192.168.0.1, 192.168.0.2, 192.168.0.3.

        Or try removing the hosts and LMHost Files. Allow the computer to assign themselves its IP Address under the APIPA on restart. NOrmally, the systems would get a private IP address range beginning at 169.254.x.x. Create an identical workgroup for the three systems. To be able to browse the folders of one system from the user of the other network computers, you should create a local user account of that user to the system it wanted to access and vice versa.

        • #3395595

          Yes, same subnet

          by skooboy ·

          In reply to DO THEY BELONG TO THE SAME SUBNET

          Yes, they’re all on the same subnet. I at least
          have the subnets/LANS correctly designed,
          thank goodness. They get their
          DHCP-assinged IP address from a Cisco
          router. Like I said, connecting via UNC
          address works fine, I just can’t get the
          simplicity of Win 9x from these XP machines.
          Thanks.

        • #3396698

          Try NetBeui

          by tom ·

          In reply to Yes, same subnet

          I’d recommend trying NetBEUI on your WinXP computer. Scott Finnie has an article at http://www.scotsnewsletter.com/38.htm#tipadaweek that goes into great detail on NetBEUI on WinXP.

        • #3525788

          Confirm

          by raymond w. ·

          In reply to Try NetBeui

          Having rebuilt my XP machine twice now, I can confirm that for my 98/XP network the one XP machine needs the 2000 NETBUI files (Nbf.sys to \Windows\System32\Drivers folder and
          Netnbf.inf to \Windows\Inf folder) in order to work. If you have usedthe XP ones it needs to be deleted and reinstalled after getting those files.

          And yes I did try all the other methods listed in the various threads related to this one, so this may just have the final thing needed to be done.

          I suspect that M$ is trying to force people to buy upgrades to older machines with crippled interoperability, but then I may just be paranoid….

      • #3395040

        Are you seeing the network?

        by technology coordinator ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        I had the same issue with 3 XP systems I added to the network. I used the Network Identification Wizard (right click on my computer, properties, computername tab.) There are two buttons “Network Id” and “Change.” I used both to specify the work group I wanted the sytems in. IF you want to share files on this system, you may need to install the file and printer sharing service for the Lan Connection. (open Network connections in Ctrl Panel, Right click Local Area Connections, select properties, on the General tab, click install button, dbl click services..) Hope this helps.

        • #3390621

          Yes, it is joining the subnet

          by skooboy ·

          In reply to Are you seeing the network?

          Yes, the XP PC’s are participating on the the
          subnet. They get IP addresses from the
          DHCP server, connect to anything via UNC
          address from the command line; just no
          appearance of other computers in Computers
          Near Me or Networked Computers. I’ve tried
          your suggestions, thanks. Still no go,
          however. I think I’ll give up on this until I can
          create ADS.

        • #3457968

          my xp home doesn’t see xp pros

          by bsinnott ·

          In reply to Yes, it is joining the subnet

          Nuts. I was hoping someone would solve your problem and it would solve mine too. My xp home edition laptop doesn’t see the two xp pros on my peer-to-peer, and the pros don’t see the laptop either. Yet they all share a cable internet connection with dhcp assigned by the provider. workgroup is the same. Have tried most of what’s been suggested here. Any more ideas?

      • #3456461

        Network blind XP computer

        by ving ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        1) Try a different NIC card. If you have no loose ones, temporarily use one from another XP machine that is on the network. Lacking another XP machine, use any working networked machine’s NIC. Just be sure it isn’t to old and not supported by XP.

        2) Try Norton’s Ghost app to copy a working machine to the non-working machine. This might require changing sound, video and other setting if the two machine are not the same.

      • #2690402

        More than 48 chars in computer description field

        by scld_flipper ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        On our domain of ~ 100 PCs (all XP PCs & Win2K3 servers) many PCs wouldn’t show up until I reduced the number of characters in the computer description field to 48 or less. NT used to prevent you from entering more than 48 chars in the field, but XP doesn’t prevent this. An obvious Micro$oft oversight that will hopefully be corrected in SP2.

      • #3307988

        Use NetBEUI

        by bobho ·

        In reply to No networked PC’s in browse list

        I don’t know if you’re still watching this this thread but I had a similar issue with a home network that had XP, W2k, Win98 and WinME pc’s on it. I could get to any pc from any other pc on the network but could not get them to show up in the Network Neighborhood. I added the NetBEUI protocol to all of the pc’s and presto, I could see all pc’s in any Network Neighborhood on any pc. One warning. Be sure to unbind the TCP/IP protocol from any file and/or print shares you have if you’re using these pc’s on the internet.

    • #3395760

      XP and Certain Games

      by storme ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I recently installed Windows XP Pro on my home computer and had no problems since then. Except for certain games I’d like to install and play. I came across a problem trying to play Quake 2 online through Gamespy, and I was told there was supposedto be a patch with a certain XP fix, but I doubted the patch fixed the issue in the game. I tried the Compatibility Wizard. The game itself is fine, but I just can’t play Quake 2 online. I had no problem playing America’s Army.

      Does anyone have suggestions how to fix this particular problem?

      • #3537517

        Drivers

        by ___._ ·

        In reply to XP and Certain Games

        Sounds like a problem with the driver for your modem / internet connection. The API’s for XP must not be compatiable with the Quake comms engine.

        Look for other drivers!!

    • #3394745

      Mysterious Incoming Packets

      by webguybob ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      Fellow techies,

      I have yet to receive a resolution from the Technical Q & A, so I thought I’d try a single repost in this forum. Any help would be greatly appreciated…

      I have just completed a fresh/clean install of XP Home, at home. One ofthe first things I noticed is that when I dial up to my ISP, there is a constant stream of incoming packets over my connection. And, this is to the tune of ~20% of my bandwidth…let’s say about 7 MB worth in one hour’s time.

      I’ve tried sorting all of my files by latest time stamp and size and it appears that my XP firewall log is just about the only thing that’s being constantly updated…other than the typical log files. However, the log file is not growing in proportion to the incoming Kbs. How can I find out where this data is being written…or if it is actually being written to the HD?

      Here are some facts:
      – I tried disabling XP Auto-update service
      – I tried disabling McAfee and it’s update service
      – I tried disabling Windows Messenger’s Auto-update
      – There are no other Winsock-enabled programs running

      Despite all of the above, the same amount of incoming traffic is occuring. Before I go to my ISP and file an abuse report, I’d like to have my cyber-ducks in a row. As mentioned, any help would be appreciated.

      TIA,

      Bob

      • #2739868

        QoS

        by ___._ ·

        In reply to Mysterious Incoming Packets

        Windows XP QoS takes up 20% of bandwith, even if not used. Uninstall and disable this using the registry.

        Search Google for the edits – XP QoS Settings

        • #2710926

          Better install a snifffer…

          by ustek ·

          In reply to QoS

          and see what’s on the network.

    • #3461047

      Pro Shutdown requirements?

      by theburbs ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I recently read the e-newlsetter describing the autmatic shutdown features of WinXP. I don’t see how to sonfigure this in WinXP Pro. Is there a way to have WinXP Pro trigger a hardware sutdown?

      When I was dool-booting in ME or XP Pro, the ME side would shutdown, but Pro has never. Is there something that must be set in CMOS or WinXP to enable this?

      – Jay

      • #3460749

        RE: Pro Hardware Shutdown requirements

        by theburbs ·

        In reply to Pro Shutdown requirements?

        First – If I read what I typed, I would have corrected “dool” – English is a second language for most Americans 😉

        Second – the question isn’t so much how to shutdown, rather how to have the OS power down the hardware. This, rather than leave you at the “It is now safe…” screen. Windows ME was able to shut down this machine, when I was _dual_ booting. But I have finally got my kids used to XP, and stripped out the ME partition. I would like to have the powerdown feature.

        • #3525550

          Pro Shutdown – Asked/Answered

          by theburbs ·

          In reply to RE: Pro Hardware Shutdown requirements

          The answer was found on a more productive site…. Simply, there is an “enable” checkbox in the APM section of the Power options. This was not selected (by default?)

          Do I get points for answering my own questions?

        • #3530636

          Yay

          by jcdshs ·

          In reply to Pro Shutdown – Asked/Answered

          Well done TheBurbs 🙂

          I was just browsing and saw your posts and they have answered a problem for me, too.

          Many thanks for your efforts.

        • #3294645

          how did u do that?

          by vanborine ·

          In reply to Pro Shutdown – Asked/Answered

          could u elaborate on that…I find nothing like that in XP Pro

    • #3109824

      Wireless connectivity.

      by karthik40 ·

      In reply to XPert discourse

      I have zonealarm personal firewall free edition on my laptop which has built in Intel 2200b/g and rinnign xp sp2. My problem is I keep my laptop always on and for security reasons I disable wirelss radio by pressing Function+F2 key but after sometime when I re-enable it it not able to connect to my wireless internet profile.I tried to FLUSh DNS cache and diabled firewall and also tried to reconnect to my profile or for that fact even some other profile I still cannot connect to the internet. But when I restart my laptop it automatically connects to my wireless profile. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?. Help is appreciated.

      Thanks.

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