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Activate XP with Unattended Installations

by Daniel Petri

How do I activate Windows XP by using an Unattend.txt file? To activate Windows XP using an unattended installation procedure, add the following information to the Unattend.txt file or the Winnt.sif answer file: In the Unattended section, type AutoActivate = Yes Under the UserData section, type ProductID = "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX" (Where XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX is your product key)… Read More

Add Scanners and Cameras Icon to the Desktop in XP/2003

by Daniel Petri

How can I add the Scanners and Cameras icon to the desktop in Windows XP/2003? To add the Scanners and Cameras icon to the Windows XP/2003 desktop follow these steps: Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace Create the following key: {E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} (just copy/paste, including the brackets) Note: As… Read More

Close Many Applications At Once

by Daniel Petri

In Windows 2000/XP/2003, how can I close many applications at-once? When you're done working on your computer for the day, you probably close each open application one-by-one. If so, chances are that you've wished that you could close all you open applications at the same time. To do so, hold down the [Ctrl] key and… Read More

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    What are the editions of Windows Vista?

    with 2 Comments by Daniel Petri

    What are the editions of Windows Vista? Microsoft, learning from their experience in Windows XP, have created different versions of Windows Vista for different lifestyles. Within the editions of Windows Vista, Microsoft have separated them into two sets: “Home” and “Business”. Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Ultimate is the most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista.… Read More

    Add Scheduled Tasks Icon to the Desktop in XP/2003

    by Daniel Petri

    How can I add the Scheduled Tasks icon to the desktop in Windows XP/2003? To add the Scheduled Tasks icon to the Windows XP/2003 desktop follow these steps: Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace Create the following key: {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} (just copy/paste, including the brackets) Note: As always, before… Read More

    Configure Auto-Starting Applications

    with 1 Comment by Daniel Petri

    How can I easily control what applications will run when my computer starts? If you want to edit the startup locations manually, just look at the following REGISTRY keys: HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce You should also look in the startup folders for all users and the current version. If you're using Windows… Read More

    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is RTM

    by Daniel Petri

    Almost exactly one year since the first release of Windows Vista to the market in 2007, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing (RTM) today and will start being available to customers in March, starting with Microsoft Volume Licensing customers. The first available languages for download are English, French, Spanish, German and… Read More

    Add Spell Checking to Internet Explorer

    with 1 Comment by Daniel Petri

    How can I spell-check text from within Internet Explorer? There are times when you need to perform spell-checking operations from within an Internet Explorer window. These may include the following: Entering feedbacks and responses in online forms Posting messages on bulletin boards, blogs and forums performing free-text searches in search engines and more. One old… Read More

    Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Tools for Vista

    by Daniel Petri

    This package includes tools and best guidance documents to effectively deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 across the enterprise.  This deployment package has leveraged the lessons learned from previous versions of Windows install scenarios to give you the best practices for quick and easy deployment plans including sample templates and software. These tools and practices… Read More