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Tue
16
Aug
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'Four Great Context Menu Extensions', and 'Xp Clean Menu'

Four Great Context Menu Extensions Context menu shell extensions for Windows Explorer: one to select all, one to go back, one that toggles the hide - display file extensions setting and one that toggles the hide - display hidden files setting. ... http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=52524 Xp Clean Menu According to the author, "The purpose of this menu system is 1 clean adware and spyware (these are not viruses or Trojans), 2 clean out all junk and collected files, 3 clean out windows compressed and archived files, 4 clean out the bad locations and shortcuts (including the ones we just ... (view more)

Tue
26
Jul
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'Desk Mount Lite', and 'Safe Xp'

Desk Mount Lite If you ever worked on a Mac, or with Linux and other Unix variants, you probably noticed that when you insert a CD, or attach a USB storage device, a shortcut will appear on the desktop automatically. Windows does not have this ... behaviour. DeskMount is a little utility that does just that, and more. http://www.blackbit.net/ Safe Xp Safe XP improves your system performance and makes Windows to run faster, more secure and more stable. http://www.theorica.net/ (view more)

Wed
13
Jul
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'Evildesk Shell Replacement', and 'Xp Tcp-Ip Repair'

Evildesk Shell Replacement Shell replacement for Windows XP. It features low resource consumption and a low-clutter interface that is somewhat similar to the OSX dock. (Note, one reader suggests using this only on English language systems or else ... you may have trouble deactivating it). http://netevil.org/node.php?nid=257 Xp Tcp-Ip Repair This tool is here to restore basic network connectivity. Only use XP TCP/IP Repair on a computer where you have no or limited network (internet) connectivity due to a malformed LSP or corrupt TCP/IP and/or Winsock registry entries. Use of this program on an ... (view more)

Wed
25
May
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'Xp Syspad', and 'Wipe Disk'

Xp Syspad XP SysPad provides easy access to all of the prime Windows system info and utilities, such as the individual control panel applets. XP SysPad is a launcher which makes access to Windows system utilities its specialty. Plus, access a host ... of other valuable functions, such as retrieving Windows 2000/XP Product Key, get your IP address, execute web queries, identify and kill any running process, launch any program, search files, and more. (Go to "Our Software"). http://www.xtort.net/xtort/xtort.php Wipe Disk Console application erases only the unused space on the hard disk. It's non ... (view more)

Thu
17
Mar
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System Restore and similar Registry Reverting utilities -- pointless?

Infopackets Reader Helen H. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently installed Norton System Works 2005, and now my computer is reporting that System Restore for Windows XP will not complete the restore process. It says, 'System Restore Incomplete.' Can ... you tell me if the Norton antivirus is interfering with the restore program? If so what to I need to do to correct the problem? " My response: Personally, I don't use Norton System Works 2005, so I can only speculate on your situation. Since one of the components of Norton System Works (NSW) is to provide a "Go Back" restore ... (view more)

Wed
19
Jan
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Windows Movie Maker CD project failed burn?

Infopackets Reader John L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently used Windows Movie Maker to create a video compilation. When I was finished editing the project, I clicked the 'send to CD' button, which then launched a Movie Maker Wizard. The wizard ... took me step by step and explained how to convert my project into a Windows Media Audio/Video file and ultimately burn it to CD. I chose to burn the file to CD-R so that I could play it in my DVD player; however, near the end of the burn, Windows Media Maker reported that the project "did not save successfully". After I clicked OK, I ... (view more)

Thu
13
Jan
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New newsletter layout online (sort of)

I have been *extremely* busy as of late and am having a hard time keeping up with my regular schedule (and subsequently, the regular newsletter schedule). Just before the holiday break, I mentioned that the newsletter layout would be changing. Well ... -- no surprise -- it looks like I jumped the gun again. As I was adding the finishing touches to the new article format, I decided that it would be extremely beneficial to include links to related articles [previously posted in our newsletter], immediately following the feature article. So, for an example: if I wrote a new article on XP Service ... (view more)

Tue
14
Dec
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Is XP SP2 necessary, since my router acts like a firewall?

Infopackets Reader Kathy O. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am getting ready to build a new computer and plan to put Windows XP Home Edition with XP Service Pack 1, although I have already ordered the XP Service Pack 2 CD from Microsoft. As it stands now, ... I will be running both computers from my LinkSys router; however, I was told by a friend that I would need to turn off Windows XP's firewall from the Control Panel after I install Service Pack 2. Is this true? And also, is it necessary to apply XP Service Pack 2 since my router acts like a firewall? If so, should I disable the Windows Firewall ... (view more)

Fri
10
Dec
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Connect 2 wireless PCs with no router?, Part 2

Recall -- A few days ago, Infopackets Reader Ted B. asked if there was a way to connect 2 wireless PCs [one using Win98, the other WinXP] together without using a router as a Wireless Access Pointer (WAP). He wrote: " ... An elderly lady recently ... came into the shop and needed help with wireless networking (802.11) between her older Hewlett Packard computer (running Windows 98SE) and her XP notebook. Unfortunately, we could not get the connections working. She had opted for a wireless network because she did not want to run a long cord from her bedroom to her living room to connect the ... (view more)

Tue
07
Dec
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XP SP2: FAQs from our Readers

Today's issue of the Gazette marks the end of the special promotion for my Service Pack 2 Fail-Safe install guide . Reminder: you can save up to 54% off the guide if you purchase before midnight tonight. Before we move onto other topics of interest ... featured in our newsletter, I've decided to end this special promotion with a lightening round of SP2-related questions from our Readers. Answers are short-but-sweet and will address the most frequently asked questions I've received via email / from the newsletter over the last 2.5 months. Ready? Round 1 ... Begin! Q: " I have installed ... (view more)

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