windows xp tips

How to Disable the Turn off computer button on the Welcome screen?

You can disable the Turn off computer button. You can still shut down your computer; you just have to log on with a computer administrator account first.

Turn off computer button on the Welcome screen

To disable the Turn off computer button on the Welcome screen

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Start menu with Control Panel selected

2.

Click Performance and Maintenance.

Control Panel window with Performance and Maintenance selected

3.

Click Administrative Tools.

Performance and Maintenance window with Administrative Tools selected

4.

Double-click Local Security Policy.

Administrative Tools window with pointer on Local Security Policy icon

5.

Expand Local Policies by clicking the plus sign next to it, and then click Security Options.

Local Security Settings page

6.

In the right pane, double-click the Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on policy.

The Local Security Settings page with the Shutdown policy selected

7.

Click Disabled, and then click OK.

The Shutdown policy dialog box with Disabled selected

Windows XP removes the Turn off computer button from the Welcome screen—so no more shutting down without logging on!

 

How to activate the Guest user account in Windows XP?

If you want guests to be able to use your computer, you can enable the Guest user account. When logged on as a Guest, your friend can use your computer, but your friend cannot access your password-protected files.

How to enable Guest access

1.

Log on as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

The Start menu with Control Panel selected

3.

Click User Accounts.

The Pick a category page with User Accounts selected

4.

Under or pick an account to change, click Guest.

Guest icon selected on User Accounts page

5.

On the Do you want to turn on the guest account? page, click the Turn On the Guest Account button.

Do you want to turn on the guest account? page

Now the Guest account is enabled. Alternately, you can disable the Guest account and set up your computer so that only one person can use it. See following, how to set up the computer for an authorized person.

How to set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it?

If you have enabled your Guest account, you should disable the Guest account (once your guest has finished using your computer) to improve your computer’s security.

How to disable the Guest account in Windows XP?

1.

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Start menu with Control Panel selected

2.

Under Pick a Category, click User Accounts.

Control Panel window with User Accounts selected

3.

Under or pick an account to change, click Guest.

User Accounts window with Guest account selected

4.

On the What do you want to change about the guest account? page, click Turn off the guest account.

What do you want to change about the guest account? page with Turn off the guest account selected

Now the Guest account is disabled. As an added safety precaution, and to prevent users without user accounts from logging on, it’s a good idea to add passwords to every account on your computer.
 

 

How to add an item to the "Send To" pop-up menu in Windows XP?

When you right-click a file name or a thumbnail in Microsoft Windows XP, you see a shortcut menu for that file. One of the items on the menu is Send To, which enables you to quickly e-mail a file, copy it to your desktop, or copy it to a floppy disk.

Then how to add an item to the "Send To" pop-up menu in Windows XP? You could follow the next steps to achieve goal.
File with Send To—Mail Recipient selected on shortcut menu

For example, you could create a My Pictures folder and then use the Send To menu to copy your best pictures to that folder.

How to add a folder to the Send To menu

1.

Click Start. Make note of your user name ("Administrator" in the example below) which is displayed at the top of the Start menu. Then, click My Computer.

Start menu with My Computer selected

2.

In the My Computer window, click the Tools menu, and then click Folder Options.

My Computer window with Folder Options selected on Tools menu

3.

Click the View tab. Under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.

Folder Options dialog box View tab with Show hidden files selected

4.

In the My Computer window, double-click Local Disk (C:), double-click Documents and Settings, double-click your user name, and then double-click SendTo.

Administrator folder in Documents and Settings folder with SendTo folder selected

5.

Click the File menu, click New, and then click Shortcut.

SendTo window with File menu expanded to select Shortcut

6.

The Create Shortcut Wizard appears. Click the Browse button.

Create Shortcut page in Create Shortcut Wizard with Browse button selected

7.

In the Browse For Folder dialog box, click the folder you want to add to your Send To menu, and then click OK.

Browse For Folder dialog box with folder and OK button selected

8.

Click Next.

Create Shortcut page with folder location entered and Next button selected

9.

Click Finish.

Select a Title for the Program page with shortcut name entered and Finish button selected

Now when you right-click a file and click Send To, the destination you selected will be an option on the Send To menu. You can create shortcuts to local or network programs, files, folders, computers, or Internet addresses.

Send To menu with Send To—name of newly created shortcut selected on shortcut menu

 

How to create a password reset disk to free log on to windows when forget your password?

If you ever forget your password—you can use to log on to your computer by a password reset disk, if not, you'll have to reinstall Windows XP to use your computer.

How to create the password reset disk in Windows XP?

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Start menu with Control Panel selected

3.

Under Pick a category, click User Accounts.

Control Panel window with User Accounts selected

4.

In the User Accounts window, click the account name that you want to create a password reset disk for.

User Accounts window with account name selected

5.

Under the Related Tasks section, click Prevent a forgotten password.

User Accounts window with Prevent a forgotten password selected in Related Tasks area

6.

On the Welcome to the Forgotten Password Wizard page, click Next.

Welcome to the Forgotten Password Wizard page with Next selected

7.

Insert a floppy disk into your disk drive. If necessary, select the disk drive you want to use, and then click Next.

Note: If your computer doesn’t have a floppy disk drive, you won’t be able to use this wizard. If you cannot install a floppy disk drive on your computer or laptop, you could consider using a USB-connected floppy disk drive.

Create a Password Reset Disk page with Next selected

8.

Type your password, and then click Next.

Current User Account Password page with password entered and Next selected

9.

After the Forgotten Password Wizard creates your password reset disk, click Next.

Creating Password Reset Disk page with Next selected

10.

Click Finish.

Completing the Forgotten Password Wizard page with Finish selected

Remove your password reset disk and store it in a safe, secure place. If you ever forget your password, you can use this disk to reset and change your password.

 

How to add a Map Drive button to the toolbar in Windows XP?

You can add a Map Drive button to your Windows Explorer toolbar. This button provides a fast link to the shared folder.

How to add a Map Drive button?

1.

Click Start, and then click My Computer.

The Start menu with My Computer selected

2.

Right-click the toolbar, and then click Customize.

The toolbar shortcut menu with Customize selected

3.

The Customize Toolbar dialog box appears. In the Available toolbar buttons list, click Map Drive, and then click Add. To be able to remove mapped drives using a toolbar button, select Disconnect, and then click Add.

Customize Toolbar dialog box with Map Drive selected in list of Available toolbar buttons

4.

Click Close.

Customize Toolbar dialog box with the Close button selected

The Map Drive button appears on your toolbar. To map a network drive, click the Map Drive toolbar button. The toolbar button has exactly the same effect as clicking the Tools menu and then clicking Map Network Drive.

The Map Drive button

For more information about customizing toolbars, read Change your toolbars.

 

How to format a backup drive with NTFS

Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.

To format the drive with NTFS

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

Start menu with My Computer selected and then Manage selected on My Computer shortcut menu

3.

Under Storage, click Disk Management.

Computer Management window with Disk Management selected

4.

If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

Welcome to the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page with Next selected

5.

On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.

Select Disks to Initialize page with Next selected

6.

On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

Select Disks to Convert page with Next selected

7.

On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page with Finish selected

8.

Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.

Computer Management window with Format selected on an external drive’s shortcut menu

9.

In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

Format dialog box with drive name entered and OK selected

10.

Click OK again.

Format warning message with OK selected

Windows XP formats your external hard drive. Within a few minutes, your drive will be ready for you to use.

How to convert a backup drive to NTFS

If you have already copied files to your external hard drive, and you don't want to delete them, you can convert your hard drive to NTFS.

To convert an external drive to NTFS

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, right-click My Computer.

Start menu with My Computer selected

3.

In the My Computer window, make a note of the drive letter and label assigned to your external drive. Usually, the drive letter will be E or F. The drive letter will not be C (that's the hard drive inside your computer). The label is the word between the drive picture and the drive letter. Some drives may not have a label.

My Computer window with drive label and drive letter highlighted

4.

Click Start, click Run, and then type convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

For example, if your external drive is drive E, you would type convert E: /fs:ntfs

Then, click OK.

Run dialog box with convert command line entered and OK selected

5.

A command window appears. Type the label for your external drive, and then press ENTER. If your drive does not have a label, just press ENTER.

Convert.exe command window

6.

If a message warns you that the volume is in use by another process, close any other open windows. Then, press Y and then ENTER.

Convert.exe command window with warning message and Y entered in command line

Windows XP converts your external drive to NTFS. When the conversion is done, the window automatically closes. Your drive is ready for your backups.

 

Is there any advance in using New Technology File System(NTFS) drives?

With Microsoft Windows, the most effective way to back up your computer is to copy your files to an external hard drive using Windows Backup.

Before you back up your computer for the first time, you'll want to be sure your external hard drive is formatted with the New Technology File System (NTFS).

There are two ways to enable NTFS on your external hard drive: you can format it or convert it. If you have not yet copied any files on your external drive, you should format it with NTFS.

Formatting is preferable to converting because it will make the drive run faster, among other benefits. Formatting a hard drive permanently removes all files, so you should not format the drive if you have saved anything on it (without making a copy of the files first). If you don't want to overwrite the data, you should convert the drive to NTFS instead.

Note: File systems define how your computer writes (or saves) files to a hard drive. Windows XP supports two file systems for external drives: FAT32 and NTFS. External hard drives typically come formatted with the FAT32 file system because it is compatible with earlier versions of Windows.

However, the NTFS file system is superior to the FAT32 file system in many ways. Most importantly, NTFS can support files larger than 4 GB in size, which provides plenty of room for your backups.

 

How to quickly open the ClipBoard Viewer in Windows XP?

When you use the Cut or Copy command on the Edit menu, the material you cut or copy is automatically copied to the Clipboard.

You can also store information permanently in your local ClipBook and share it with other users. The local ClipBook opens when you start ClipBook Viewer.

The ClipBook Viewer isn't listed in the Start menu in Microsoft Windows XP, so if you want quick access to it, just create a shortcut on your desktop.

To open the ClipBook View

1.

Right-click your desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.

Desktop shortcut menu with New—Shortcut selected

2.

In the location field, type %windir%\system32\clipbrd.exe

3.

Click Next.

Create Shortcut Wizard with ClipBook location entered and Next button selected

4.

Click Finish.

Select a Title for the Program page with Finish button selected

5.

Now you can double-click the clipbrd shortcut on your desktop to launch the ClipBook Viewer.


 

 

How to organize your notification area in Windows XP?

Each icon takes up space on your Microsoft Windows XP taskbar, which leaves less room for your program buttons.

Fortunately, you can free up space in the notification area by hiding icons that you don't use very often.

How to organize your notification area in Windows XP?

1.

Right-click the system clock, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.

System clock shortcut menu with Properties selected

2.

In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click Customize.

Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box with Customize selected

3.

The Customize Notifications dialog box appears. For each icon you want to hide, click the Behavior list, and then click Always hide. For each icon you want to always show, click the Behavior list, and then click Always show.

Customize Notifications dialog box with Always hide selected in Behavior list

4.

Click OK twice.

Customize Notifications dialog box with OK selected

Your notification area will be much less crowded, giving you more room for program buttons on your taskbar. To show the icons you have hidden, click the left arrow beside the notification area.

Notification area with pointer on left arrow icon

 

How to put the monitor to sleep to save energy of computer?

Letting your monitor sleep allows it to go into a low-power mode when you’re not using it. To wake your monitor, you simply touch your mouse or keyboard.

To set Windows XP to automatically turn your monitor off when your computer isn’t being used

1.

Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

Desktop shortcut menu with Properties selected

2.

In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Screen Saver tab. Then, click the Power button.

Screen Saver tab in Display Properties dialog box with Power selected

3.

In the Power Options Properties dialog box, click the Turn off monitor list, and select a time to automatically turn off your monitor. Five minutes is a realistic setting. If you have a portable computer, set the time for both Plugged in and Running on batteries.

Power Schemes tab in Power Options Properties dialog box with Turn off monitor setting selected

4.

Click OK twice.

Power Schemes tab in Power Options Properties dialog box with OK selected

To reactivate your monitor, move your mouse, or press a key. You’ll save almost as much power as if you had manually turned your monitor off, but you won’t have to press your monitor’s power button.

 
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