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Add Volume Control in Windows XP

by Daniel Petri

Where did the volume control icon disappear in Windows XP? This is another stupid "feature" of Windows XP. I usually restore the volume control icon back to where it belongs: The notification area of the tray. To display the volume control icon in the notification area: Open Sounds and Audio Devices in Control Panel. On… Read More

Add Logo and Support Information to Vista

by Daniel Petri

As you may remember, in my "How can I change or add OEM logo and information on my computer?" article, one could easily add support information such as manufacturer information, support link and other information, plus a small image of the manufacturer's logo. This information was inserted by manufacturers that sold pre-installed computers and laptops,… Read More

Allow More than 2 Simultaneous Downloads in IE 6

by Daniel Petri

How can I allow more than 2 simultaneous downloads in IE 6? To configure IE to allow up to 10 simultaneous downloads (it only allows 2 at a time) do the following: Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then… Read More

Difference between Activation and Registration

by Daniel Petri

What's the difference between Product Activation and Product Registration? In one short line: Activation is mandatory, registration is optional. Activation is anonymous, registration is not. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, retail and OEM products, contain software-based product activation technology, which means you need to activate your copy of Windows XP/2003 in order to use… Read More

Changes in Vista Service Pack 1

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Scheduled to be released in the beginning of 2008, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) delivers improvements and enhancements to existing Vista features that significantly impact customers, but it does not deliver substantial new operating system features. Microsoft has published a comprehensive document outlining exactly what difference SP1 makes to Vista. See a download link… Read More

Activate Windows XP

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How can I activate Windows XP? Windows XP uses software-based product activation technology, which means that you must activate your copy of Windows XP to use it. This article describes how to activate Windows XP. How Activation Works? Product activation reduces a form of software piracy known as "casual copying". Casual copying is the sharing… Read More

Automatic Completion with a Command Prompt

by Daniel Petri

Can I use Automatic Completion with a Command Prompt in Windows 2000/XP/2003? Yes. This article describes how to configure Windows 2000/XP/2003 to complete file and folder names automatically that you type at a command prompt. This feature works by typing a control character that invokes the feature. For example, to change to the Program Files… Read More