Windows XP Tips

Replace Alt + Tab in Windows XP with a Vista-Style Switcher

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Do you often have many programs open in Windows XP and use Alt + Tab to switch among them? With the default Alt + Tab window switcher in Windows XP, you have to cycle through, small icons, where the label for each icon only displays as you move over the icon. There is a free […]

Install and Use a Mac OS X-Like Application Launcher in Ubuntu

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Avant Window Navigator (AWN) is an highly customizable Max OS X-like application launcher and dock for Linux. It’s a dock-like navigation bar that sits at the bottom of your screen and has support for application launchers and applets. This post shows you how to install and use AWN in Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx. To install […]

Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows XP

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If you like Windows 7 gadgets but you still use Windows XP, you might like the Windows 7 Sidebar for XP. It has some cool gadgets like sticky notes, weather, media player, calculator, RSS reader, and many more that you can run on your Windows XP computer. Download Windows 7 Sidebar for XP from http://www.thoosje.com/download/sidebar-7/click.php?id=1 […]

Fix Missing or Corrupted Hidden Files and Folders Option in Windows

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By default, Windows Explorer does not display files with the Hidden attribute. However, there is an easy way of showing hidden files and folders in Windows. Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not typical items and they are usually program or system files that should not be deleted or changed. […]

A Free Tool for Attaching a VHD File in Windows XP and 2000

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Recently, we posted an article, Attach a VHD File in Windows XP, describing the use of a component in Microsoft Virtual Server to attach a VHD file in Windows XP that was created in Windows 7. Thanks to a tip from a Help Desk Geek reader, we found another free tool, called Gizmo Central, or […]

Attach a VHD File in Windows XP

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Recently, we posted a three-part series on using a VHD in Windows 7 to create a secure, portable file for storing your data (Create a Portable, Secure File Store in Windows 7 – Part I, Create a Portable, Secure File Store in Windows 7 – Part II, and Create a Portable, Secure File Store in […]

TypingAid – Free Text Replacement Software

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If you do a lot of typing of the same phrases over and over again, TypingAid can save you time. It is a free, simple auto-completion tool that suggests phrases that match the first few letters typed in. You can type long words and phrases using just a few keystrokes. Download TypingAid from: http://www.artwinauto.com/downloads/typing-programs/typingaid.html. Installing […]

Join a Windows XP Computer to a Windows 7 Homegroup

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After your network cabling and homegroup is set up, the next step is to fine-tune it so that all the computers can find each other. If your network contains computers running different versions of Windows, put all computers in the same workgroup. If computers running Windows XP are part of your network, it’s important to […]

Prevent Windows from Turning Off USB Devices

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To save power, Windows automatically shuts down the power to USB ports.  It surely saves power but what if it is causing you problems with your auxiliary devices or if you simply need a USB device that is always powered? Power management is also a common cause of USB-connected device issues; if Windows is able […]

How to Unload DLLs from Memory in Windows XP

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Have you experienced slow down in Windows XP after using a certain program?  After closing the program, some DLLs could still remain in the memory caused by caching or a bug in the main program (i.e. memory leak).  If those DLLs are significantly eating up your RAM, most likely you will experience a slow down. […]