XP Goodies


Windows Update

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 !

http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

Office 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,

 

Windows Messenger 4.6!

build 00.78 (april 23th 20002)

 Windows 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!

Got an MS Mouse?

Download the latest MS Mouse drivers, which give extra features for more efficient mouse eXPerience!

Get IntelliPoint 4.01

 

Got an MS Keyboard?

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 3-D games, and stunning 3-D graphics. With Plus! for Windows XP, you get more fun, more control, and more entertainment!" More info

Plus! Updates:

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)

WinXP Resource Kit online

Get great Technical info on deploying XP and more at MS Technet site on XP!

Windows XP Professional on Technet

View the Windows XP tour Online!

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.

Download NOW

 

 

The XPInfo Utility - Version 2001-10-27

http://www.licenturion.com/xp/

Get it

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)

 

XP AntiSpy

Keep in control of your XP!

This tool let's you set option on how XP communicates with MS

XPAntiSpy

 

FreshDevices

Fresh Diagnose 4.00 - Free benchmarking & diagnostic software
Fresh Download 3.75 - Free download optimizer/manager without spyware
Fresh UI 2.80 - Free tweaking Windows tool

Please visit http://www.freshdevices.com

 

 

XP Refresh Rate problems while playing Games?

Help Fix the Refresh Rate Limitations in Windows XP

Disable unnecessary services:

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

Window Blinds XP 3.3

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

Xp Themes!

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:

ThemeXP Home

http://www.tgtsoft.com/

http://www.mavrick.co.uk/xpthemes.htm

http://www.msnskins.nl

Osiris.NET

 

GetSkinned.org!

ZDnet LogonScreens

 

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

XP logo's

This site specializes in the logo's that appear next to your account name in the Welcome screen!
Some examples:

...  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!

LogonLoader 2.01

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

Download

Website

 

 

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
Download

Other tip: To change folder icon: go to properties of a folder, choose the tab customize...

Make your Windows Transparent! with Glass2k

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  2.2

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.

Get it

Transbar 1.1

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

transbar_setup.exe

XP Powertoys!
Final is updated in april

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.

Here

ASPI layer for XP

Some CD burn tools need ASPI

USB 2.0 drivers for XP

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)

Wintask Pro 

Keep in control of programs and processes that are running on your XP

Get Trial Version

 

Diskeeper

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

 

 

TweakXP  1.28

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.

Xteq 6.1 now supports XP

One of the best tweaking tools for Windows

http://www.xteq.com

Magic Tweak 1.84

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"

Customizer XP 1.7

Download link

Screen Shot

 XP Skins v0.9 beta
 
"As Windows XP is here and not all the older programs can take advantage of the xp themes option (xp visual styles or xp skins), we thought that a program who can resolve with one click this problem will be very useful for you: XP Skins ! XP Skins change the look of older windows programs with one click of the mouse: now all your programs will support xp skins (Windows XP themes)."
 

 

 
 
 
DOWNLOAD: http://www.cronosoft.com/download/xp_skins/xp_skins_v0.9.zip
INFO PAGE: http://www.cronosoft.com/download/xp_skins

1st Security Agent 2.1

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.

Download     Screenshots

 

Trayhelper 1.8

It's a SMALL Windows application that takes only ONE place next to your tray system clock, 'eats' only a little of memory and CPU power but can:
  • remind YOU about all YOUR meetings, important events, birthdays etc..
  • check all YOUR e-mail accounts (up to 50 !) in background
  • auto-delete spam messages on these accounts, important messages can be forwarded to your mobile device
  • watch your browser's windows and kill all unwanted pop-ups
  • track presence of computers in YOUR LAN or Internet and do some actions when it changes
  • take advantage of Tray Helper's plugins

http://www.republika.pl/trayhelper/dloadeng.html

 

 

MS BootVIS updated

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

More info

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!

Get it here

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

 Wallpapers

Loads of wallpapers available in my XP community Now with Longhorn.
 

XP screen Savers

 

 

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

 

Nokia Startup XP logo

 

 

Logo made by me :-)

Download file, use with Logo manager to upload to phone.

 

 

 

 

 

Media Player 8

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

http://www.bink.nu/ie6

VCD: Map your ISO file as CD Drive!!

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!

Get it!!
 

CRC check for your ISO files

This tool is provided by MS to check the consistency of your downloaded ISO file
 

Get it
 

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 site (XP logo)
 

Norton AV 2002 has earned official designed for WinXP logo.

Bootfloppies

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:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=33290

Windows XP Professional:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=33291

 

CureInfo

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.

http://www.hbg.lth.se/~pv98glu/

Patch your hardware!

Update your firmware http://www.firmware.fr.st