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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.
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.
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.