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By  Super Admin  | Published  02/27/2005 | Troubleshooting | Rating:
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This information courtesy of Kellys Korner XP

Page Cannot Be Displayed

Check to see if the sites are listed here, if so delete them. Go to: Windows\System32\DRIVERS\etc. In the right pane open your hosts file using Notepad.  Note:  Some XP users have found renaming the Hosts files folder works as well.

Read Host Files in Notepad (Line 168)

Repair Loss of Internet Access/Certain Web Sites (155)

Page Cannot be Found and/or DNS/Server Error (Line 68)

Download and install version 1173 of mshtml.dll from Microsoft:

Excerpt from a MS-Article

To resolve this problem, delete the Index.dat file in Internet Explorer:

In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. On the General tab, under Temporary Internet files, click Delete Files. On the Delete Files dialog box message that is displayed, click OK .

Under History, click Clear History. On the Delete all items in your History folder? dialog box, click OK. Quit Internet Explorer.

Log on to the computer by using the account of a user who does not experience the problem, and then open a command prompt. Change the directory to the following path:

drive :\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
Type del index.dat , and then press ENTER. Exit the command prompt and then restart the computer.

The Index.dat file is re-created the next time that you log on to the computer.

Error Message: The Page Cannot Be Displayed
Cannot Open a Web Page in Internet Explorer and "Page Cannot Be Displayed" Error Is Displayed
Page cannot be displayed / Cannot find server or DNS Error
Tweak DNS Errors Caching in Windows 2000 / XP

Page File

How to force Windows XP to clear the pagefile on shutdown. Start/Run/Regedit

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management


     Pagefile too small or Missing

Start/Run/Regedit:  Hkey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\MemoryManagement

There you will find these entries:  PagingFiles:Reg_Multi_SZ:C:\pagefile.sys.  TempPageFile:Reg_Dword:0x1

If the PagingFiles: entry is populated, delete the entire TempPageFile entry then reboot. Or...

Check your settings here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\MemoryManagement

Reg_Multi_SZ type
Value for System Managed on C: is C:\Pagefile.sys 0 0

To change the minimum and maximum values, change the 0's to the Min and Max values you want.  Example: C:\Pagefile.sys 766 1024

You will also need to make this change in the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001, ControlSet002 and ControlSet003 branches, if they exist.


This behavior may occur with certain Intel chipsets -- for example, the Intel D845WN motherboard or the Intel 815 graphics chipset.

To resolve this issue, download and then install the Intel Application Accelerator (IAA) for Windows XP. For more information about how to do this, contact Intel or browse to the following Intel Web site:  For more information about the Intel D845WN motherboard, browse to the following Intel Web site:  For more information about the Intel 815 chipset, browse to the following Intel Web site:

Error Message: Your System Has No Paging File, or the Paging File Is Too Small
HOW TO: Set Performance Options in Windows XP
HOW TO: Move the Paging File in Windows XP
Configuring Page Files for Optimization and Recovery

Page File Monitor - MVP Bill James

This script does a mini-setup on first run, adding itself as a scheduled job to run at whatever increment of minutes you select.  It creates a file, pagefile.log, in the directory you ran the script from, and updates that with the measured pagefile usage.  You might want to pull a shortcut from the log file to desktop to keep from having to drill down to it when you
want to take a look. Download here.

Passport Balloon - Disable

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MessengerService.  In the right pane, find "PassportBalloon" and change to value to 0A. When done it should read 0A 00 00 00.


iOpus Password Recovery XP

Windows systems allow a convenient storage of frequently used passwords, such as the passwords in Outlook Express email or for a FTP connection. However, since you no longer enter the saved password manually, you tend to forget them. What are you to do when you need to know one of the saved passwords? The password is staring right at you, but is hiding behind a row of "*****" asterisks. More information here.

Windows XP / 2000 / NT Key is a program to reset Windows XP / 2000 / NT security if Administrator password, secure boot password or key disk is lost. More information here.

Windows XP may not display a notice to a user that the user's password is about to expire. This problem may occur if the user logs on to a Microsoft Windows 2000-based domain from a Windows XP Professional-based computer on which the user has previously logged on, and the user's password will expire in the specified expiry period. More information here.

This article explains how to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password, or if your password expires and you are not able to create a new one. How to Log On to Windows XP If You Forget Your Password

Password Expired

This will remove the warning message:
Start/Programs/Administrative Tools/Local Security Policy/Account Policies/Password Policy.

In the right pane, right click, properties, modify (use accordingly). And Start/Programs/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Local Users and Groups/Right Click "User"(intended)/Properties...

Or...With Admin privileges, at a command prompt type: net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited.

Click Start, Run and enter LUSRMGR.MSC.  Open the Users group and then double click on the entry for your account. Check Password never expires.

More information on User and Admin Passwords here:

Path Command Line Completion - Enable

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor] Value Name: PathCompletionChar Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: Hex Control Character Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called 'PathCompletionChar' and set it to equal the hex value of the required control character.

For example to use the TAB key set the value to '9', to use Ctrl-D set the value to '4' and for Ctrl-F set the value to '6'. Now when you are using a command prompt and type the first part of a directory name then press the specified key, Windows will complete the remainder for you. Pressing the key multiple times will scroll through the available options.

Performance - Increase Windows XP performance by adjusting view options

Right Click the My Computer Icon/Properties/Advanced/Performance/Settings and uncheck these settings: (Or select the Adjust for best performance option)

Fade or slide menus into view
Fade or slide ToolTips into view
Fade out menu items after clicking
Show Shadows under menus
Slide open combo boxes
Slide taskbar buttons
Use a background image for each folder type
Use common tasks in folders

Or select the Adjust for best performance option.

     Tip:  Change the Transition Effect for Menus and TooltipsStart/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Value Name: UserPreferencesMask Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value) Double-click on the "UserPreferencesMask" value to open the Edit Binary Value screen. Press the right arrow to move over to the second set of digits. Press the delete key to remove the digits and type either '28' for the scroll effect or '3e' for the fade effect. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Hard Disk Performance Is Slower Than You Expect

Performance - Fred Langa

10 Ways to Make XP Run Better

Permission Denied - When Trying to Delete Folders/Files

Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View/Unmark "Use Simple File Sharing". Right click the folder/file in question/Properties/Security/Advanced/Owner/Set Permissions.

HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions

More information here:

Personal Web Server

You can download the Apache Web Server from here.


Get started working with photos Photos: Get Started Working with Photos
E-mail photos Photos: E-mail Photos
Print your photos Photos: Printing Your Photos
Order prints online Photos: Order Prints Online
Publish photos on the Web Photos: Publish Photos on the Web
Brighten up your desktop with photos Photos: Brighten Up Your Desktop with Photos
Organize your photos Photos: Organize Your Photos
Store your photos on CD Photos: Store Your Photos on CD

Picture and Fax Viewer - Prevent Image and Fax Viewer From Stealing Associations

Delete this string:


Manually Edit:  Right Click On image file.  Choose "open with", then "choose program" Select your favorite image viewer program. Check the "always use selected program" box Click OK.

     Disable Picture and Fax Viewer

Start/Run/CMD/regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll

If you disabled the fax/picture viewer by using regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll, then changing user icons fail to work:  You need to re-load the dll and it will work. Have only tried this w/ XP Pro. Reload by typing in regsvr32 shimgvw.dll.

     Remove Image Preview

Start/Run/Regedit - Delete the key.

     Disable as Default

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ SystemFileAssociations\ image\ ShellEx\ ContextMenuHandlers.
Delete the ShellImagePreview key. Close the Registry Editor or...

Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{e84fda7c-1d6a-45f6-b725-cb260c236066}\ shellex.
Delete the MayChangeDefaultMenu key.

Pictures - Welcome Screen

HOW TO: Add or Change a User's Picture in Windows XP

Restore User Default Pictures (Line 54)

How to Add a Specific Picture

Find a picture you are interested in using and use Save As to download and/or move the picture in question to your My Pictures Folder. Then go to User Account/Change my picture/Browse for more pictures/My Pictures Folder/Choose the picture you want to use, then click Open.

Default Pictures are stored here:

Windows Explorer\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\User Accounts\Default Pictures. Summary of an image is 48x48/71 dpi, depth 24.

Note: If you have disabled Picture and Fax Viewer by using regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll, you will not be able to change the picture. To restore, go to Start/Run and type in: regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Pin Program Icon To Start Menu

Want to add more icons to this somewhat-permanent list? Locate the program you want to add--on the desktop, in the Start menu, wherever--Right click it and select Pin to Start Menu. Click Start, and you'll see that icon officially "pinned" to the Start menu. To "unpin" it, Right click the item and select Unpin From Start Menu.  Note: Icons pinned to the Start menu don't fluctuate, whereas the most-frequently-used icons, just below them, do.

You could "unpin" a program pinned to the Start menu by right-clicking it and selecting Unpin From Start Menu. Did you happen to notice the Remove From This List command in the same dropdown menu? What's the difference?

Nothing, if you didn't pin the icon to the Start menu from the frequently used program list (on the left area of the Start menu, below the gray line). However, if the item was pinned from the frequently used list, Unpin From Start Menu moves the program back to this list, while Remove From This List removes it altogether.

Plug and Play

How to Add OEM Plug and Play Drivers to Windows XP


Error Message: A Problem Occurred in This Installation of Plus! CD Label Maker

Running Plus! for Windows XP - Installation Advisor

Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP - Installation Advisor is a diagnostic tool that analyzes your computerís major system components and tells you if it can run Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP. This tool is specifically designed for Plus! for Windows XP and is the fastest way to verify your system configuration.  Download here.

Policy Settings

Policy Settings for the Start Menu in Windows XP



Pop-Up Stopper 2.6 - FREE version is a completely FREE product that is not spyware or adware. This product runs as a system tray icon next to your system clock.

Pop-Up Defender Software

Pornography - Clear unwanted files by Content Audit

You can accidentally pick up objectionable PC files from the Internet! ContentAudit provides a way to safely detect unwanted files.  Content Audit is free, safely scans for unwanted content and has an online checker that works in minutes.

Power Management

Unable to Use Power Management Features
Description of the Different Advanced Power Management States
Screen Blank If Computer Wakes from Sleep During Scheduled Task

Power Management - Change Power Management Configuration

This parameter allows you to specify the primary role of the computer so that predefined power management configurations can be used. For example a laptop will have different power saving features than a home desktop PC. 

Go to Start/Run/Regedit and find the key below.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg]
System Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\PowerCfg]

Value Name: CurrentPowerPolicy
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

Modify the existing value, or create a new string value, called "CurrentPowerPolicy" and set it to a value (0 to 5) from the table below.

  • 0 - Home/Office desktop
  • 1 - Portable/Laptop computer
  • 2 - Monitor on for presentations
  • 3 - Network computer (no Wake-on-LAN)
  • 4 - Optimized for high performance
  • 5 - Optimized for power saving

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Power Menu

From the developer: "PowerMenu adds some powerful new extensions to the windows system menu. It adds the following extensions: -Minimize windows to the system tray. Make windows overlap other windows (always on top). Set the parent process priority of windows. Set the transparency level of a window (Windows 2000/XP only). "Version 1.5.0 supports making console windows top most (under NT) and new command line options."  Download Here.


Digital Camera Products Windows XP Compatibility Information

PPPoE - How to get PPPoE in Windows XP to log in Automatically on boot:

Remember PPPoE is now native to Windows XP.

1) In Control Panel open "Network Connections"
2) Right click on your broadband connection icon and select "Properties"
3) Uncheck "Prompt for name and password..."
4) Click "OK"
5) Open your "C:/Documents and settings" folder
6) Open the "All Users" folder
7) Open the "Start Menu" folder
8) Open the "Programs" folder
9) Go to your Programs Folder -> Startup
9) Copy a short-cut of your Broadband Connection, from the Network Connections folder in to the "Startup" folder.

PPPoE - How to Use

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