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Windows XP: Blue Screen After Installing SP3

On a relatively fresh installation of Windows XP with SP2 on a Compaq Presqrio desktop running an AMD processor, Windows XP SP3 was applied. After an apparently successful installation, upon reboot, at the Windows XP logo, the system quickly flashed a blue screen of death and rebooted. Fortunately, I was able to login to the computer in safe mode to…

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No New text document with right click on Vista or XP

On several different machines, each running Windows, the right-click to create a new text document option is not available. I don’t know if it is a service pack related issue or version of Windows or an application that was installed that caused this annoyance. I am leaning against it being the cause of the operating system as one system is…

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Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 Released

Today, I installed Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 on a test box. It is released as WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe (MD5: BB25707C919DD835A9D9706B5725AF58) and became available for download yesterday, May 6, 2008. The installation was uneventful and took around 20 minutes on a Pentium 4 2+ Ghz system. The service pack is available from Microsoft here. Immediately after applying SP3, I checked for…

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Boot and Automatically Log On to desktop in Windows XP

A recent Microsoft update changed the way I logged into my workstation. Microsoft Windows XP use to boot directly to the desktop, now boots to a logon screen. To get past this behavioral change, I found the following information to work as advertised. Click Start > Run and type control userpasswords2 Clear the check box captioned Users must enter a…

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Change Background Color at Logon or CTL-ALT-DEL

Change CTL-ALT-DEL Background Color Annoyance:All servers in server environment had a gray background at login, except for one. The reason for this difference is that one server had been upgraded from an earlier version of Windows. To change the background to the desired shade of grey, edit the following settings in the registry with regedit. Note:The color codes are RGB,…

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eHome Infrared Receiver not recognized by Windows XP

The Hewlett Packard TSGI-IR01 is the OEM version of the USB Microsoft eHome Infrared Transceiver. The device driver is supplied by Microsoft and included with the Windows MCE, XP, and Vista operating systems. It is because of that, HP did not have to supply their own driver. The device driver does work for the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition…

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Change desktop and message box fonts

To change the fonts or colors for desktop items on the Microsoft Windows XP operating system: Right-click an empty area on your desktop, and then click Properties. Click the Appearance tab. Click the Advanced button. (This step is missing from Microsoft KB.) In the Item box, click any of the following items: Active Title Bar Icon Inactive Title Bar Menu…

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Change the default Windows XP fonts

Use regedit and change the following two keys of MS Shell Dlg 2 and MS Dlg to whatever font you want. Make certain that C:\windows\fonts already contains that font. I have tested and replaced both with "Sugoe UI". Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes] "MS Shell Dlg 2"="Tahoma" "MS Shell Dlg"="Microsoft Sans Serif" Source(s) http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms776266.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282187 http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php?t7663.htmlRead More »

How to create a software RAID5 on Microsoft Windows XP with this hack

Microsoft Windows XP, by design, is not capable of a native software RAID5, however, capable of mirroring drives. However, by modifying three files, Windows XP becomes capable of software RAID5.  This has successfully been implemented and verified on a Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE 2005). Installed three 300 GB SATA drives and successfully created RAID5. Copy the following files...Read More »