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Windows offers a variety of options for organizing folders and files in the ways that work best for you.

Windows 7

The easiest and most effective way to organize your stuff in Windows 7 is to use file arrangements in your libraries.

You can arrange files in the Documents library by author, for example, or you can arrange the Music library by artist if you’re looking for an album or song by a particular band.

To arrange a library

  1. In the taskbar, click the Windows Explorer button Windows Explorer button.
  2. In the navigation pane (the left pane), click a library (such as Music).
  3. In the library pane (above the file list), click the Arrange by menu, and then choose a property. For example, in the Music library, you can choose Artist to quickly arrange your music collection by artist.
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File indexing is a Windows service that like many others, is totally useless – unless you do a lot of searching on your computer.

As most users don’t, it’s a good idea to disable it to speed up actions like opening and closing files and folders on your Windows XP.

To disable the Indexing Service:

Go to “My Computer” and right click on your hard drive. At the bottom of the window that opens, you should see a check box titled “Allow Indexing Service to index the disk for fast file searching.”  Uncheck it.

Press OK and you’re done! Your computer should be a little faster after a restart.

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Yet again one of the best features in Windows XP. Can save you lot of time and frustration, when your OS isn’t working with you.You can create a restore point before installing any new software. You can also flashback your computer directly to a restore point. Or you can use your computer’s last know good configuration.

In any case, System Restore is worth trying. However, we must advice you with following:

System Restore is powerful, but it is not a replacement for a backup program. It doesn’t make backup copies of your files on your local hard drive, so you still need to do it yourself.

System Restore does save important information about Windows system files, registry settings and settings for different users on your PC. All in all, System Restore Point provides you capabilities to get your computer back on track when something goes very wrong.

If System Restore is activated on your Windows XP machine, it creates system restore points automatically:

  1. When you install a Windows patch or any other update
  2. When you install new software
  3. When you install a non-signed driver
  4. Before you restore to a previous point
  5. Once a day

However, you can initiate a manual restore point yourself.

So, let’s cut to the chase. How to enable System Restore:

  • Start > Programs (All Programs) > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
  • If your System Restore was turned off, you must enable it in this window.

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There are many shortcuts available in Windows XP. Here are some really general shortcuts:

  • Copy (CTRL + C)
  • Cut (CTRL + X)
  • Paste (CTRL + P)
  • Undo (CTRL + Z)
  • Select all (CTRL + A)
  • Close the active item (ALT + F4)
  • Move forward through the tabs (CTRL + TAB)
  • Move backward through the tabs (CTRL + SHIFT + TAB)
  • Move forward through the options (TAB)
  • Move forward backward through the options (SHIFT+TAB)
  • Help (F1 key)
  • Switch between the open items (ALT+TAB)
  • Update the active window (F5 key)

There are some shortcuts with Microsoft Natural Keyboard:

  • Display or hide the Start menu (Windows Logo)
  • Display the System Properties dialog box (Windows Logo+BREAK)
  • Display the desktop (Windows Logo+D)
  • Open My Computer (Windows Logo+E)
  • Lock the keyboard (Windows Logo+ L)
  • Search for a file or a folder (Windows Logo+F)

More to come.

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If you want to check the uptime of your computer, follow the instructions:

1. Run Command Prompt (Start – Run – cmd)

2. In command prompt type in net statistics workstation

C:\****\net statistics workstation
Workstation Statistics for \\****


Statistics since 9/3/2009 6:22 PM

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Remote Desktop in Microsoft Windows XP Professional is one of the best features this operating system has to offer. Basically, it connects you to your computer (such as office computers) from another remote computer.

The default port number for Remote Desktop is 3389. If you want to change the port number, you can do it by following this:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Start – Run – regedit)
  2. Locate and click the following registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
  3. On the Edit menu, click Modify and then click Decimal.
  4. Type in the new port number and then click OK.
  5. Quit Registry Editor

When connecting by using Remote Desktop Connection, you now have to use the new port number:


To connect to port number 11234 on a computer with IP address, type in the following information:


Do not forget to forward the new port in your Firewall.


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