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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.