Please post yours tips .
1) [Windows]+[Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2 ) [Windows]+[D] to minimize all to desktop
3 ) [Windows]+[E] to open a new Explorer window
4 ) [Windows]+[L] to lock computer
5 ) [Windows]+[F1] to load windows help
6 ) [Windows]+[F3] to Search current folder
7 ) [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[ESC] to load Task Manager
8 ) [CTRL]+[ALT]+[DEL] to load control window
9 ) [Windows]+[R] to open command line
Usefull applications – faster bootup
1) BootVis by Microsoft – show you the time and resources that are being used in boot process and can pinpoint to the exact problem that causes slow boot up - http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/bootvis/
2) AutoRuns by Systernals - comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations any program lunching when your computer is starting is listed here. a must if you think your start up time is not as fast as it should be. http://www.sysintern...s/Autoruns.html
3) ServiWin - ServiWin utility displays the list of installed drivers and services on your system a very easy look at what is woking in your computer - http://www.nirsoft.n...s/serviwin.html
Applications - Tools
1) RegSeeker - A RegSeek application with a lot added features . http://www.hoverdesk...n/RegSeeker.zip
AutoPAtcher will let you get all the updates in one place.
Press [Windows]+[R] to open command line and enter the following command and press enter
1) diskmgmt.msc - run disk mangemnt
2) eventvwr.msc - event viewer
3) regedit - run the registry editor
4) gpedit.msc - group policy editor
5) fsmgmt.msc - shared folders managment
6) control userpasswords2 - load the classic user mangemnt console
Windows Explorer switches - thanks to Xjnine
"My Computer" highlighted in left side with all drives visible but not expanded and C: highlighted in right side: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,c:
Desktop highlighted and nothing expanded: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/n,/select,/root,c:
All drives visible and the system drive highlighted and expanded in full screen: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select
All drives visible and the system drive expanded in small screen: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,%systemroot%
Only Windows Directory visible highlighted and expanded: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/root,%systemroot%
All drives visible but only C: highlighted and expanded: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,c:
Nothing expanded and My Computer highlighted in right side: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,/select,
Opens the Windows folder as a folder: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %systemroot%
Opens as "My Computer": %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %systemroot%,
This opens the Desktop folder with "My Computer" highlighted: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %systemroot%,/select,
"Desktop" highlighted in the left side and no drives visible:
"My Computer" highlighted in left side and all drives visible but none expanded:
"Desktop" in left side highlighted and "My Computer" highlighted in right side and no drives visible:
Example : C:\windows\explorer.exe /Switches
[Windows]+[R] to open command line write in the line Explorer.exe /Switches
Windows Update for NON IE users - From this page you can update your windows without IE: http://windowsupdate.62nds.com/
Recover from explorer crash
when windows explorer crash and all windows disappaer you can
press [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[ESC] to load Task Manager
select file --> New Task --> enter "Explorer.exe"
press enter and windows is back to life.
you can run almost any command in that command line.
Windows XP Password Reset Disk
To create the disk
1.Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
2.Click your account name.
3.Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
4.Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk.
to use it
1.Try to login to your account
2.Select use password reset disk
3.Do as the instructions on display
Fix Winndows BootUp problems - thanks sbrehm72255
The Rebuild command--technically a software "switch" used with XP's Bootcfg tool--automatically searches a hard drive for valid startup information and files, letting you choose the correct ones. This has the effect of removing and repairing any references to whatever invalid, missing, or corrupt startup information was preventing normal booting.
- Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console
- Run "Attrib -H -R -S" on the C:\Boot.ini file
- Delete the C:\Boot.ini file
- Run "Bootcfg /Rebuild"
- Run Fixboot
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