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Tips and Tricks

We use this page to occasionally provide Web site visitors with interesting "Tips and Tricks" we've found to make their computing life easier.
Windows 98

Power Management Troubleshooter

If you are having a problem with setting your power management, use the Power Management Troubleshooter tool available either on the Win98 CD or on the web. This a program that can help you determine the device or driver that might be interfering.

It is on the CD at \Tools\Mtsutil\Pmtshoot\Pmtshoot.Exe.

See Microsoft's site for More Information.


Increasing Drive Performance

You can likely increase your Hard Drive or CD ROM performance by:

Opening up the Device Manager
Double click on the CD or Hard Drive
Click on the Settings tab
If you have a DMA box that is not grayed out, check that box
Reboot when prompted
When Win98 starts again, see if that box is still checked.
This is especially beneficial with the newer UDMA drives which are supported by Win98
This will also greatly reduce CPU utilization during hard drive activity.



Windows 2000

Moving My Documents

Normally the My Documents fold is in the Documents and Settings / User_Name directory.

You can change that location by:

Start / Documents
Right click on My Documents
Select Explore
Right click on My Documents
Right click and select Properties
Click on the Move button and select the location you want to move it to.


Displaying Hardware Conflicts

Make sure you display the Administrative tools
Go to Start / Programs / Administrative Tools / Computer Management
Scroll down to System Tools / System Information / Hardware Resources / Conflicts/Sharing
This will display and IRQ or other conflicts.


Windows XP

ReInstalling WindowsXP

If you need to reinstall WindowsXP and want to keep all your current installed applications and settings:

Start WindowsXP

Go to the location of your source files

Run WINNT32 /unattend


Setting System Time Over the Internet

You can set your system clock to a time server on the Internet.

Double-click the time on your taskbar
Click the Internet Time tab
Check Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server
Click on the Update Now button