Prevent a Shutdown of an XP PC via Start Menu

By default, at three o’clock every morning Windows XP’s Automatic Updates tool contacts the Windows Update site and automatically downloads and installs updates for your system. However, that cannot happen if other people who use the computer shut it down at the end of the day. Fortunately, you can prevent anyone from shutting down Windows XP with a little registry tweak. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

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Permanently display the Power Meter in XP

Any laptop user can tell you many great stories about how their battery died in the middle of something important. I know how frustrating this can be! With the fast paced life of today, you might not think to check how much charge is in your battery before unplugging it from AC power. Here’s a little tip to keep an icon in the system tray, just to keep an eye on things… Read the rest of this entry »

Re-Re-Re-Install XP…Without activating again?

Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to reinstall Windows XP without having to go through the fun and games of software activation? Ok it is really not that bad, but if push comes to shove, is it really worth your while to activate constantly? Here are a few steps to follow to avoid the activation. Read the rest of this entry »

Network Copying – Windows Vista ‘Joys’

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You know, never have I looked back and wished that i hadn’t moved away from Windows XP. Don’t get me wrong, XP was and is still a name to be reckoned with. But personally I can see how Vista is slowly picking up its pace. There is, however, one thing that drives me up the wall with Vista: Copying over the network… It is anything but fast. Read the rest of this entry »