Microsoft has released an update to manufacturers that adds native Bluetooth support to Windows XP. I had my first taste of Bluetooth at this year's Computex Expo in Taiwan, and since then it has continued to fascinate me.
The Redmond, Wash.-based company on Thursday released to manufacturers an update that would add Bluetooth support to Windows XP. Bluetooth allows peripherals, handhelds and cell phones to connect to PCs without wires. The technology is complimentary to 802.11b wireless, or "Wi-Fi," which is used to network computers together or connect them to the Internet over the air.More information @ C|NET News
Earlier today, Microsoft's Anti Piracy Internet Investigator requested that we remove the Windows XP SP1 keychanger program featured in our Windows XP SP1 Upgrade Guide. Since we don't wish to play with fire with a company such as Microsoft, who would not hessitate to sue us, we pulled the file as requested. You will however find links which readers have posted to mirrors of the file in our forums at the following thread, for your reference.
Microsoft have released Service Pack 1 Utilities for Windows XP in both Pro and Home flavors which allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation.
I just got an email from one of our readers alerting me to a link at Microsoft which allows French users of Windows XP to upgrade to SP1 - Appreciez!
Tweak3D has followed up their "how to build a PC" guide by writing another "how to" but this time for installing Windows XP.
As we all know, this is a very simple task. However, we at Tweak3D realize there are still millions of users out there that tremble at the thought of installing an OS. We've written the guide with these people in mind, but we also include tips to boost performance along the way.More information at Tweak3D
Even though hundreads of thousands of users have used our Windows XP SP1 Upgrade Guide already Microsoft have today offically released their latest service pack for Windows XP to the public.
Microsoft continually works to improve its software. As part of this effort, we develop updates and fixes to recognized issues and release them for customers. On a regular basis, we combine many of these fixes into a single package and make the package available for you to install on your computers. These packages are called Service Packs.More information at Microsoft
Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides the latest security and reliability updates to the Windows XP family of operating systems. Windows XP SP1 is designed to ensure Windows XP platform compatibility with newly released software and hardware, and includes updates that resolve issues discovered by customers or by Microsoft's internal testing team. To determine whether to install Windows XP SP1, we recommend reviewing the Windows XP documentation and information below.
For those who are looking for fast Windows XP SP1 mirrors I have added a few new links to page 2 of our Windows XP SP1 - Updating Tips 'n' Tricks guide.
A quick thanks goes out to everyone who emailed me with links, much appreciated.
I found another download link for Windows XP SP1 from Microsoft, this one is fast - I'm getting around 180kb/s.
I just saw over at Warp2Search that Windows XP Service Pack 1 has been released, supposedly. As far as I know the patch was supposed to be released on the 9th of this month. Maybe someone discovered the link early. Anyway it doesn't matter, the download locations below are straight from Microsoft servers so you should be right to give this one ago without too many dramas.
Have fun; let us know about your results for the Service Pack in our Windows XP Forum!
This may be of interest to some of you, read: those who dislike the Recycle Bin in Windows XP. Those good folks from the Bitbender have a guide up showing how to send the Recycle Bin packing.
The Recycle Bin, how about a different name for this necessary evil? This is a very easy tweak, if you follow along, we're going to have a little fun and learn to change the Recycle Bin's name by way of a registry 'hack'. If you are a beginner into the murky world of the registry, this is an ideal way of getting your feet wet....More information at Bitbender Forums
Some of us like a clean desktop without icons, but miss having the Recycle Bin handy. This tweak will illustrate how to create the Recycle Bin on the Taskbar and rename it to whatever you desire. All this can be accomplished without the need to mess with the dreaded "Registry".
HyTek Computer has prepared a guide for those who don't want to be around while Windows XP installs itself.
Installing a Windows OS can be an all day job if you do it the old fashioned way. Wouldn't it be nice if you could automate a setup to where you would not have to physically be in front of your computer to input all the info that a Window's setup requires? Microsoft provides many tools to ease the pain of setting up Windows XP that many people are not aware of or simply do not know how to use. These tools can be a great asset to anyone from OEM's on down to the Home Computer users. Are you interested in learning more?More information at HyTek Computer
Bitbender Forums have released a tutorial on Installing Windows XP - Step by Step.
Like Windows 2000, XP makes extensive use of the Microsoft ACPI (Advanced Configuration & Power Interface), which relies heavily on your system BIOS (Basic Input / Output System). Many slightly older systems may not be set up to take advantage of ACPI functionality, so it's worth checking with your motherboard and/or peripheral vendor to see if an ACPI compliant BIOS upgrade exists for your hardware.More information at Bitbender Forums
NT Compatible's sister site Linux Compatible was launched last week.
They have already started on their compatibility database with over 350 entries so far and growing on a daily base. Head on over and look around.
SubZeroTech has their own Windows XP Tweaking guide up.
You have just spent your hard earned money on the latest OS out there. You format, install, and fire it up. Good eh? But without some optimization and tweakage it certainly isn't running at optimal performance and definitely not customized! If this sounds like a problem you have then this is the article that is for you!More information at SubZeroTech
If you didn't know already, Microsoft has just recently released SP3 for Windows 2000. If you are a user of Windows 2000 go check it out, be warned though that some users in our forums have been reporting that the new service pack wrecked havoc on their systems.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest updates to the Windows 2000 family of operating systems. These updates are a collection of fixes in the following areas: application compatibility, operating system reliability, security, and setup. Windows 2000 SP3 includes the updates contained in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2000 Security Rollup Package 1. Windows 2000 SP3 is a recommended upgrade. Windows 2000 SP3 includes Windows Installer 2.0 please see the Deployment Guide for more information. To determine whether to install Windows 2000 SP3, Microsoft recommends that customers review the Windows 2000 SP3 documentation found under Learn More.More information at Microsoft
The guys over at Tweakers Asylum have posted a guide to tweaking the ACPI part of your Windows XP operating system.
Awhile back we did a guide on gaining 3D gaming performance by disabling Windows XP ACPI. This guide generated A LOT of interest and still does on a regular basis today! Due to the high demand, I decided to break down and do an update to our original guide. In this update you will find a new set of benchmarks, a few more tips, and even a couple of new tricks.More information at Tweakers Asylum.
Microsoft have a list of the hotfixes which will be fixed with the release of Windows XP SP1 - Like almost every other OS by Microsoft, you would have thought they release the final version with a lot of these bugs already ironed out.
Quite a while ago, forum regular Grim Reaper posted a few Windows XP Tweaking Tips in our Windows XP forum - Tips like speeding up networking and deceasing shutdown times. If you haven't had a chance to try them yet, have a look - They work quite well indeed. If you have any other Windows XP tweaking tips you find that work or anything else you find useful, why not share them with all of us? See you there.
Microsoft has released a patch which resolves a problem with the Windows XP CD burning feature where it apparently sometimes fails to copy invidivdual files and can't be read by older versions of Windows. Thanks Icrontic.
The Register is reporting that Microsoft has recently changed their roadmaps and pushed back the release of what is currently known as Windows XP SE to the first quater of next year.
XP SE will be principally a consolidation release. Candidates for inclusion are the essential .NET client-side plumbing: the common language runtime (CLR), Internet Explorer 7.0 and DirectX 9.0, and a mature Bluetooth stack. Microsoft has blown hot and cold on Bluetooth - mostly cold, actually - but with chipsets at the $5 mark, it's going to be ubiquitious in PDAs and phones by 2003.Will it be worth the extra $$$ to upgrade, only time will tell.
Casey "The Wizard" Crowe has just finished up his very first write-up for TweakTown! Come on and check out the Windows XP Installation Guide and see how easy it really is to install Windows XP. With the horror stories still running around the internet, it's nice to know that we can see for ourselves just how simple and painless it is to install XP. So come on in and see for yourself the ease and simplicity of the newest OS to wear the Microsoft label.
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