Make sure you visit Windows Update regularly. Fixes and updates are posted there. Security flaws are and will be discovered, patches for these are posted on Windows Update, again visit it often so you are safe for known holes in XP !
Post sp1 updates are out, check www.Officexp.nu
Next Office release codename "Office ONG" (Office Next Generation)
View screen dumps of Office .NET on http://www.officeXP.nu
A presentation of the next Office leaked to the Internet.http://www.officexp.nu
Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 1
Microsoft Office XP SP1 Overview Site
I wrote an article on how to slipstream your office XP to SP1 level, see it at my OfficeXP.nu site,
build 00.78 (april 23th 20002)
Messenger 4.6 for Windows XP
Get Add in for 4.6:
Add-in for MSN Messenger 4.6
More info see Windows Messenger site http://www.bink.nu/messenger
Also get Messenger Plus new build 1.41c! there.
Get Messenger for Exchange support! there too!
Get McAfee Virus Alerting in your Messenger!
Download the latest MS Mouse drivers, which give extra features for more efficient mouse eXPerience!
Get IntelliPoint 4.01
Download the latest MS Keyboard drivers , which give you extra features
Get IntelliType Pro 2.11
"Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP extends your PC experience with powerful digital
media tools, intense
Download : PlusServicePack_01.exe (385KB) (thanks to www.xp-erience.org)
plus! update to Labyrint (Included in SP1)
Plus! Update for CD Labels (Included in SP1)
Get great Technical info on deploying XP and more at MS Technet site on XP!
Windows XP Professional on Technet
On the WinXP CD there is a Windows XP tour (Flash)
View it here! These are large flash files so be patient, it looks cool!
Outlook mail counter for Windows XP
Outlook mail counter tells you how many unread email messages you have in your Outlook inbox and places this information on your Windows XP welcome screen. Now you can easily see how many total emails you have without logging in. Outlook unread mail counter automatically updates as often as you like.
More than 60 pages of tips and tricks:
http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/tipsandtricks/http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/eastereggs/ (more than 25 pages of easter eggs)
Keep in control of your XP!
This tool let's you set option on how XP communicates with MS
Please visit http://www.freshdevices.com
Help Fix the Refresh Rate Limitations in Windows XP
Check it here
Font properties extension, version 2.1
If you right click on a font file in Windows its basic properties are displayed. This extension adds several new property tabs to this properties dialog box. These include information relating to font origination and copyright, the type sizes to which hinting and smoothing are applied, and the code pages supported by extended character sets.
Font Prop Ext
Quotes 2002 beta 1
This version contains an enhanced screen saver and better signature management. Furthermore Quotes 2002 has been XPyfied. Quotes 2002 contains a plugin for adding signatures to webmail in Internet Explorer.
Download Quotes 2002
Windows-Blinds makes your Windows skinable in Windows. 3.1: now with "Extended Visual Styles"
Windows XP has built in skinning (LUNA) which does more than themes did in Win9x. The only that are built in are: Whistler and Classic Windows
To prevent support problems Microsoft permits 3rd party's make skins for XP, currently Windows-Blinds is the one of them. one. The Windows-Blinds XP is fully integrated in the display properties of WindowsXP
You can download that version : winXP Blinds 3.3
To make your win2k look like XP get the Windowblinds too and get the XP theme.
New: Cursor XP !
High color cursors get free version here, or visit site for full version
MS released a new Theme! you need to take a quiz first! Or get it directly :-)
Make your own styles with Stylebuilder:
StyleBuilder Beta RC3
Style XP Plus Beta 6.0
Use Style without TGT soft! (thanks to WinWorld see more info there)
Download the Uxtheme.dll Setup
Other theme links:
Style IT XP
StyleItXP It's a New Application Designed to Add Visual Styles Support to Old Executables (for example mIRCŪ). The Process Only Take a Second And It's Fully Compatible With Any App.
Get it here
This site specializes in the logo's that
appear next to your account name in
the Welcome screen!
... Get many more at www.xplogos.com
Hack your welcome screen! updated
Tutorial to hack the logonui.exe so that you can customize your Welcome Screen the way you want!
See also theme links above for logon screens!
Use the logonGUI Tool (2.01) to load new screen more easily!
See also theme links above for logon screens!
XP LogMod 2.0
Another logonscreen changer
Hack your startbutton!
Customize your start button the way you want! TweakersGuide.net
Changing your Windows XP startbutton's color and more ! not all in English yet
Hack your bootscreen ! new version 2.1
get it here http://www.bootxp.net
Hack the screen that appears while booting XP, works also on Win2k !
see the tutorial here, at your own risk!
See it here
Give your Folders wallpapers
Other tip: To change folder icon: go to properties of a folder, choose the tab customize...
The latest version remembers each window's transparency settings, allows you to keep any window on top, loads on Windows startup, beeps when glassify'ng a window, supports mouse and keyboard shortcuts, and allows you to customize these shortcuts. Read the Glass2k page for more details. Please
Note: Glass2k works only on Windows 2000 and XP. It will NOT work on Windows 3.1, 95, 98 and ME
Download Glass2k Version 0.9.1 here: http://www.chime.tv/products/glass2k.shtml
Trans2k is one of the first applications of its kind! It is what we are calling a "Alpha trans manager" Windows 2000 and windows XP support a new feature called alpha transparency. This feature lets apply a semi-see through look to all windows in the taskbar. Trans2k lets you take full advantage of this.
Transbar is a little tweaking tool which takes advantage of Alpha Transparency in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Using this software, you can adjust the transparency level of your taskbar meaning that a full screen background image is made completely visible. You have the option of running the program automatically at start up, or just when you require it
Powertoys are small tools/gadgets from Microsoft that enhance Windows. Powertoys have been around since windows 95 and are a must for power users!
The best toy is Tweak UI. With this tool you can easily set hidden Windows settings. Other cool tools are also in it like Virtual Desktop and ISO burner!
Get them here
Get the previous version (with more toys) via filemirrors, get the 1MB file.
Some toys did not make it to the final but they did in the new version! like ISO burner!
ISO burner powertoy!
3rd party add-in so your XP can burn ISO images.
Some CD burn tools need ASPI
In Q1 of 2002 they will be final and available on Windows Update, together with BlueTooth drivers!
Get USB 2.0 drivers (unpack the cab file)
Keep in control of programs and processes that are running on your XP
Get Trial Version
A better diskdefragment tool made by the ones who made the built in XP version
Get a full working trial version here
O&O software, a better Defragger!
Get free version here
Or try the Pro version here
This is an 3rd party (Totalidea) tool that also let's you easily set difficult settings hidden in your XP!
Try it at their site.
One of the best tweaking tools for Windows
Another tweak tool
"MagicTweak is a special program designed to optimize and personalize Microsoft Windows. This unique software makes it easy to tweak hundreds of hidden settings in Windows XP/2000/Me/98, so there is no longer any need to dig through the registry looking for that specific setting (from Start Menu,Desktop,IE skin,System Icon to System Security) that just doesn't seem to be there. With the ability to cutomize almost any aspect of Windows, you can become a Windows expert almost instantly! MagicTweak provides new option to Auto-Logon in Windows XP/2000"
This tool is like GPEDIT.MSC but when you set these policies on a local PC they are set for all users, this tool can do it per user
1st Security Agent is an excellent password-protected security utility to secure Windows-based computers. It works under any Windows platform and offers an administrative support for controlling which users are allowed to access your computer and the level of access each user may have. You can choose to restrict access to lots of Control Panel applet functions, including Display, Network, Passwords, Printers, System, Add/Remove Programs, etc. You can also assign separate system profile folders to each user, providing each with their own custom Desktop, Start Menu, Favorites, My Documents, etc. Additionally, you can: disable Start Menu items, hide local and network drives, disable the DOS prompt, boot keys, real DOS mode, Registry editing, taskbar, task manager, and network access, hide desktop icons, and much more.
A tool by MS that has been around since beta2 of Whistler and now get popular!
With this tool you can speed up your bootprocess drastically. It optimizes the load process of drivers
Download BootVis 1.3.36
Remote Desktop (RDP 5.1)
Remote desktop is a tool so you can take over other XP machines. This is not like tools as PCanywhere where you take over "console"
Remote Desktop uses RDP (remote desktop protocol) RDP was originally designed for Windows Terminal Servers as first seen in Windows NT 4.0 Terminal server.
Since Windows 2000 all server versions have terminal server capability. Now in XP this feature is added too on the desktop versions. Servers let you have multiple sessions, XP has only one and when connected it locks the console (screen, keyboard, mouse) on the machine being taken over.
So there is a terminal server standard in Windows XP!
The RDP client that is on the winXP CD works on every 32bit Windows. You can connect to NT4, win2k terminal servers and XP machines.
This version of RDP client is much better then the version released in win2k and in win2k sp1. It has better full screen support, it also supports sound and high color but that is only supported when connecting to XP or .NET machines. So non XP win2k administrators should get this too!
There is also a web based RDP client built in XP when you install and select it in IIS.
See and try it http://ts.bink.nu
Loads of wallpapers available in my
XP community Now with Longhorn.
The standard logonscreensaver in XP click picture:
New cool 3D XP screensaver from Microsoft! get it
Another MS screensaver: American Flag
Bliss screensaver: Green grass and clouds....
NEW! Opacity Screensaver ( www.Qliner.com )
Do you want a screensaver that blends shows pictures in a directory. This is not a regular picture screensaver, this screensaver blends one picture into the other, it gives a stunning visual effect. Copy the scr to your system directory and you are ready to roll. Check it out.
You need to have the .NET Framework (runtime) files installed (download)
Get .NET Framework SP1
Logo made by me :-)
Download file, use with Logo manager to upload to phone.
Get new X-box theme Skin! (Click Picture)
Bonus Pack for WMP8 ! Get it
Get MP3 recording capability in WMP8
Get DVD Playback capabilities in WMP 8
Need album art (coverpics) for your WMP8 Media Library? Check this out.
Get MP3 and DVD pack for MP8 Official (recommended)
For win2k users:
The XP-ripped version
of Windows Media Player 8 can only be installed on Windows 2000 machines.
Get the XP skins here
WMP8 includes cool new features and has wma8 encoders so it rips CD's at higher quality with less file size!
MediaPlayer 7.1 supports playing of WMA8 files.
DivX 5.02 is out
Get the DivX codec for WMP
Service Pack 1 Beta
IE 6 SP1 beta build 2800.1041 is released to testers on 25th of May
Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 Beta (Build 2800.1041) for Windows 2000 and XP (Thanks to www.iexbeta.com)
Note! After install the Internal Windows Update link id pointed to a MS secure beta site, to revert back to normal run this regfile
New Q321232 IE 6 Security Update 15 May
Learn how you can download the full version for all supported Windows
This tool is posted on Microsoft WinBeta Site for it's members.
With this tool you can map an ISO file as a CD-rom drive in your explorer you can browse and copy files from it.
So you won't have to extract your ISO file before you can use it, safe space!
CRC check for your ISO files
This tool is provided by MS to check the consistency of your downloaded ISO file
Anti-Virus Tools for XP
Mcafee has released sp1 for VirusScan 4.51, that will be compatible with XP,
you need a "grant" number from your license to get it at this
Norton AV 2002 has earned official designed for WinXP logo.
This method is slow but is still possible! Download file to create your 5!! WinXP
bootfloppies at Microsoft
Windows XP Home Edition startup disks will not work for Windows XP Professional installations and vice-versa.
Windows XP Home Edition:
Windows XP Professional:
CureInfo is a small, efficient program that displays system information in your taskbar, something most of us have empty space that could be put to use anyways.
Update your firmware http://www.firmware.fr.st