XP Secrets Uncovered!

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Following are 10 little known XP facts. Read on and find out, how you can make most out of your XP.

1 User can rename loads of files at once in Windows Explorer. He can Highlight a set of files in a window, then right click on one and rename it. All the other files will be renamed to that name, with individual numbers in brackets to distinguish them. Also, in a folder user can arrange icons in alphabetized groups by View, Arrange Icon By... Show In Groups.

2. In XP, a user can delete files immediately, without having them move to the Recycle Bin first. User should go to the Start menu, select Run... and type 'gpedit.msc'; then select User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer and find the Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin setting. User can now Set it. However this feature is available in Professional Edition only.

3. A user can lock his XP workstation with two clicks of the mouse. He can create a new shortcut on his desktop with a right click on his mouse, and enter 'rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation' in the location field. He may give any shortcut name he likes. All a user needs to do is to   just double click on it and the computer will be locked. And if that's not easy enough, Windows key + L will do the same.

4.  In XP, user can hide system software that he might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word 'hide' and remove it. User can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components .

5. For those users who are skilled in the art of DOS batch files, XP has a number of interesting new commands. These include 'eventcreate' and 'eventtriggers' for creating and watching system events, 'typeperf' for monitoring performance of various subsystems, and 'schtasks' for handling scheduled tasks. As usual, typing the command name followed by /? will give the user the  list of options.

6. XP has IP version 6 support. Unfortunately if your ISP doesn’t support it, you can only experiment with this on hyour LAN. Type 'ipv6 install' into Run... and then 'ipv6 /?' at the command line to find out more.

7.A  user  can at last get rid of tasks on the computer from the command line by using 'taskkill /pid' and the task number, or just 'tskill' and the process number.

8. XP will treat Zip files like folders. On slower machines, user can make XP leave zip files alone by typing 'regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll' at the command line. On the contrary,  If you want XP to treat Zip files like folders you can put things back as they were by typing 'regsvr32 zipfldr.dll'.

9. XP has ClearType -- Microsoft's anti-aliasing font display technology -- but doesn't have it enabled by default. To enable ClearType, right click on the desktop, select Properties, Appearance, Effects, select ClearType from the second drop-down menu and enable the selection. If you want to use ClearType on the Welcome login screen as well, set the registry entry HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop/FontSmoothingType to 2.

10. A user can run a program as a different user without logging out and back in again. Right click the icon, select Run As... and enter the user name and password you want to use. This only applies for that run. This is particularly useful if the user needs to have administrative permissions to install a program.

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