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Differences between XP HE and XP Pro
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/ev...ion/default.asp Home Edition features
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/eva...ion/default.asp Pro edition features

System compatibility check
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/search.mspx?gssnb=1 Hardware compatibility check
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...=kb;EN-US;65416 Hardware, software third party list
http://www.xpsc.net/ Software compatibility
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx Products designed for XP

Upgrade and or clean Install
http://www.winxpfix.com/page8.htm From 98, ME
http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/windows...2102233,00.html Clean install
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm Clean Install HE
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_pro_install_-_graphic.htm Clean Install Pro

Dual Boot system

Boot disks Win XP
http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml ( All other OS as well)
http://www.winxpcentral.com/windowsxp/xpbootdsk.php For NTFS or FAT partition
http://www.rm.com/Support/NewsAndAlerts.asp?cref=NWS90582 Boot issues with first release


Setup and Configurations
http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/...ice/config.html Service Configuration
http://help.powerup.com.au/help/winxp/xpmodem/default.htm Modem configuration
http://pages.slc.edu/~support/word-processing/xpkeyboard.php Configure keyboard for languages
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...3&product=winxp Enable, disable firewall
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=28275 firewall
http://www.kayodeok.btinternet.co.uk/favor...wto.htm#network Internet and Net Info

How to accomplish a Task (Those in bold are frequent items asked about)
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314481 Manually remove programs from add/remove
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307895 Change or remove program
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307894 Add remove XP component
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=332003 How to add components to XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=328326 How to use set program access and defaults XP SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307768 Games
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314960 Install or remove a Font
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310543 How to change Font size and colors of desktop items
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315272 How to remove desktop default icons
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=332003 How to change default programs
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320154 How to disable automatic desktop cleanup feature
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=279769 How to restore desktop icons
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310192 How to change default icons for folders in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315226 How to remove files with reserved names
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=321379 How to add Print directory feature
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306542 How to use Desktop cleanup wizard
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=311403 How to change refresh rate of Monitor
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307873 How to configure and use multiple Monitors
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=278502 connect with terminal service with color resolution >256
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310270 How to add items to the send to menu
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310297 How to change column settings in windows explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306554 How to arrange files using folder view
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320031 How to bypass recycle bin when deleting files or folders
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320036 Change default action type to folder
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307730 How to add and remove names in address book
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308665 How to export names from add book to another program
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308670 How to import addresses to contact book
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308668 How to manage groups in address book
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308675 How to search for people in address book
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307856 How to customize windows explorer views
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320167 How to rename multiple files
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=302347 How to search for hidden or system files
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306551 Specify the program to use to open certain types of files
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306527 How to use clear type to enhance screen fonts
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306531 How to use compressed zip folders
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307987 How to use file compression
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320168 How to view previously opened folders when you log on
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307859 How to change file associations
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320138 How to disable auto search for network printers and folders
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307853 How to use offline files
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310147 How to change default location of My documents folder
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298399 How to set my documents folder as Private
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314493 How to change windows logon screensaver
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307980 Configure search companion
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308885 How to save search query
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308887 How to search for a computer on the network
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308895 How to search for files and folders in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308884 How to search for people and groups on the internet
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307851 How to turn off display and select animated character
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=281628 How to change behavior of taskbar grouping
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283084 How to clear past items from notification area
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304699 How to disable, enable high-lighted newly installed programs
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307729 Disable notification area balloon tips
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=279435 How to display volume icon in notification area
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307875 display, use, and clear my recent documents on start menu
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=284198 Prevent a program from being displayed in frequently used programs.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313884 How to quickly lock your desktop by clicking shortcut
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307855 How to configure desktop themes
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310514 How to distribute a custom desktop theme to users
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=294309 How to use windows Classic Theme
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315468 How to enable number lock for the logon screen
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=294317 How to quickly lock your computer and use logo shortcut keys
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314879 How to set num lock state at logon
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314969 How to create desktop shortcut that locks work station
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310417 Create keyboard shortcut for a program in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=288186 How to enable, disable new interface components in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309019 How to set the command processor appearance in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314512 synchronize mobile devices with desktop CPU synch mngr
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307885 How to use Briefcase feature in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=311781 How to prevent out of box experience from adjusting time
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314054 How to configure authoritative time server in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=317211 How to configure daylight savings time for Brazil
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307897 How to synch time with windows time service in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306902 How to configure and use text speech in windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306906 How to install and configure handwriting recognition
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306537 How to install and configure speech recognition
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306901 How to use Speech Recognition
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306899 How to use Speech Recognition Profiles
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306993 How to Use the Language Bar in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307938 How to change date, day, time, currency value displays
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306560 How to use United States Intenational keyboard layout in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307300 Change length of time computer is inactive before your status becomes “away”
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=302089 How to prevent windows Messenger from Running on XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314381 How to receive windows messenger messages and alerts on your mobile device
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310705 How to remove Instant messaging users for windows messenger on XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307887 How to use windows messenger Instant Messaging
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307888 How to use windows messenger to make voice calls to another computer in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304590 How to determine the source of a file
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=323714 How to determine the source of a file in windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=282934 How to disable the visual notification option in the 64 bit version of windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=296225 How to enable SCSIPORT Debug Logging
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314852 How to enable windows Installer logging in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314084 How to gather information after a memory dump in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316450 Enable winXP to capture a complete or Kernel memory dump
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283150 How to disable visual notification od 32 bit user program mode exception messages in 64 bit version of windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307001 How to enable Logging of wiadebug log in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320127 How to identify a 16 bit program in windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304514 How to configure device manager to display detailed info
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298898 How to determine Hardware Absraction layer in XP (HAL)
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314854 How to determine which video driver is Loading in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=279256 How to disable IRQ sharing in 16 bit PC cards that do not support ISA to PCI routed interrupts
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307970 How to configure devices by using Device Manager
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313296 How to connect to Peripheral devices with IrDA
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283658 How to manage devices in windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308579 How to print a device manager report
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308514 How to verify unsigned device drivers in XP

Disk Management
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315688 How to locate and correct disk space problems on NTFS volumes in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=294773 How to access and EFI Partition in WinXP 64 bit edtition
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=282793 How to change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307844 How to change drive letter assignments in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=299598 How to convert IE1394 disk drive to a dynamic disk drive
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309044 How to convert to basic and dynamic disks in winXP Pro
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307880 How to create a mirrored volume on remote win2k based computer in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307889 How to create and use NTFS mounted drives in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307984 How to create disk quota reports in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308664 How to import, export disk quota settings to other volumes in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000 How to use disk management or configure basic disks in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308424 How to use disk management to configure dynamic disks in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=297800 How to use diskpart EFI utility to create GUID partition table partition on a raw disk in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309043 How to use XP to create a RAID 5 volume on a remote win2k computer
File System
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314097 How to use Convert. Exe to convert a partition to the NTFS file system
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307881 How to convert FAT 16 or 32 volume to NTFS in XP

Power Options
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=280108 How to enable wake from standby option for USB Mouse
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=324347 How to use powercfg.exe in windows server 2003

Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316558 How to create a template to run the recovery console by using a remote installation service server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310602 How to disable a service or device that prevents windows from starting.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545 How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents windows from starting.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310497 How to add more power to recovery console by using group policy in XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312149 How to enable administrator to logon automatically in recovery console.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307654 How to install and use the recovery console

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314837 How to manage remote access to the registry
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=305097 How to view the system registry by using 64 bit version of windows.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=322756 How to backup, restore, edit registry in XP, 2k server
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310516 How to add, modify, delete registry sub keys and values by using a registration entries (.reg) file

Registry Tweaks
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=292463 How to add a control panel tool to a category
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303013 How to enable 48 bit logical block addressing support for ATAPI disk drives
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=297878 How to register a Internet browser or email client with xp start menu
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=311489 How to suppress windows tour prompt
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315262 How to transfer terminal services CAL from one client computer to another
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=299780 How to disable the NTFS file system tracking of broken shortcut links
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310530 How to use automatic completion with a command prompt

Remote Assistance
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304023 How to change the email program used by remote assistance
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308013 How to use offer remote assistance
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=301527 How to configure a computer to receive remote assistance offers in windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306496 How to configure or disable Solicited Remote Assistance in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=305608 HOW TO: Enable Remote Assistance in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306757 HOW TO: Obtain Remote Assistance by Sending an E-mail Message in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306556 HOW TO: Obtain Remote Assistance Using Windows Messenger in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306791 HOW TO: Provide Remote Assistance in Response to an E-mail Invitation in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306800 HOW TO: Provide Remote Assistance In Response to Windows Messenger Invitation in Windows XP

Remote Desktop
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306759 How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306300 How to Disable Remote Desktop by Using Group Policy
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312169 How to Remove Entries from the Remote Desktop Connection Computer Box
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315328 How to Use the Remote Desktop Feature of Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313292 HOW TO: Gain Access to Local Files in a Remote Desktop Session With a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Host Computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312135 HOW TO: Make a Local Printer Available During a Connection to a Remote Desktop in Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=279656 HOW TO: Shadow a Remote Desktop Session in Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=281262 HOW TO: Turn On Remote Desktop Automatic Logon in Windows XP

Scheduled Tasks
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308671 HOW TO: Modify Scheduled Tasks in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=305613 Schedule a Server Process in Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308569 Schedule Tasks in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310424 Work with Scheduled Tasks on Remote Computers in
Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=290403 Set Security in Windows XP Professional That Is Installed in a Workgroup
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=291559 change the logon window and the shutdown preferences in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314984 create and delete hidden or administrative shares on client computers

Networking and file sharing
http://www.cns.yorku.ca/computing/yorknetwork/dhcp_XP.htm wireless
http://wifi.aximsite.com/intro.html wireless
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/troubleshoot/ Network troubleshooting
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813936 Network Pt1 through 8
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=814005 8
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=814004 7
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=814003 6
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813940 5
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813939 4
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813938 3
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813937 2
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_...ls/trouble/w2k/ Network troubleshooting articles

Windows XP patches
http://windows.about.com/library/weekly/aa020922a.htm SP1
http://www.usbman.com/Drivers%20and%20Patches.htm USB Drivers and patches

Best sites for XP tips and Help
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/us...ips/default.asp Home edition tips
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/usi...ips/default.asp XP Pro tips
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertz...ps/moretips.asp User tip archieves
http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/troub-08.html Update problems and how to solve them
http://www.pureperformance.com/ tweaks

Windows XP troubleshooting Articles

Finding Drivers
http://www.pureperformance.com/js/showtip.asp?id=46 SCSI

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