Windows XP Tips

How to Use Diskpart Utility in Windows

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DiskPart is essentially the command-line equivalent to the Disk Management tool, and can be useful in certain situations (such as when Windows won’t start). Be warned though, Diskpart is a powerful tool and unlike the Disk Management tool, it enables explicit control of partitions and volumes. You’ll need to run DiskPart in administrator mode; one […]

Customize Folder Display Type in Windows XP and 7

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Since Windows XP, you can change the behavior of Windows Explorer to show like files like your music folder, video folder, plain documents or even pictures.  This is a great improvement over the previous windows versions since it lets you naturally view the files meta data instantly without having to use a third party software. […]

How to Add a Local DNS Lookup to Hosts File

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When you add a permanent entry to the DNS cache, it will always override the information provided by the nameserver. If a nameserver gives the wrong address for a domain or provides no information at all, you can still access the domain if it’s listed in the local Hosts file. It could also improve lookup […]

What is the Difference Between Primary and Logical Partition?

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I am often asked the question about the difference between a primary and a logical partition.  In this post I will do my best to explain the difference between the two. If you open Disk Manager in Windows you will see your drive volumes and their corresponding partition type under the “Status” column: Most partitions […]

How to Change the Limit Reservable Bandwidth in Windows

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Update: It has been brought to my attention from a collegaue that the idea of QOS taking up 20% of the bandwidth is actually a myth. Microsoft has an official response to this that you can read here and it’s been debunked on LifeHacker as well. For their own use, Microsoft by default reserves 20% […]

How to Force Group Policy Update in Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7

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As an IT Administrator, there are many times when I make a change to Group Policy in Active Directory and need to manually refresh the policy on a client machine. Depending on which OS you are running, the command to refresh group policy is different. Also, there is a difference between refreshing a policy and […]

How to Remove the Background from Desktop Icons

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Every time I reinstall Windows XP on my home computer, I always forget how to change the icons so that they have a transparent background. The default dark blue background with white text is just not very nice looking. It really sucks if you have a cool looking wallpaper as a background, but all your […]

How to Fix Tooltips That Show Behind Taskbar in XP

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One really annoying problem that I have come across often, but never bother to fix, is the fact that sometimes the system tray tooltips (when you hover your mouse over an icon in the taskbar) do not show up in Windows XP! Actually, they show up, but the tooltips show up behind the taskbar instead […]

Map a TCP-UDP Port From One PC to Another using Port Mapper

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If you’re an IT Administrator, there have probably been times when you wish you could map a specific port on one computer to another port on a different machine, right? For example, let’s say you have a proxy server running and would like to access other machines through the proxy. If you want to access […]

How to Install IIS and Configure a Web Server in XP

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Internet Information Services or more popularly known as IIS is a lightweight web server process included in the XP installer disc. IIS on XP is the ideal choice for testing native Microsoft web applications like ASP and .Net. You may also be interested in my previous post on how to setup an FTP server using […]