Windows 2000: tuning the new OS

It's hardly surprising that Windows 2000 differs from 98 and 95 - after all, it is a direct descendant of Windows NT. Then again, it doesn't look or work exactly like NT, either. No matter which operating system you're upgrading from, you'll find a wealth of niggling little differences. Well, don't wave goodbye to your productivity yet. Even though there's plenty of overlap between this century's Windows and the last few versions from the 1990s, there are some stumbling blocks. The following suggestions will help keep you on track.

Personalise the Start menu

Create the right toolbar

Turn on the Active Desktop

Add active items to the Desktop

Customise Active Desktop

Keep Active Desktop items in their placeView more files in the Explorer windowTruly useful folder descriptionsA folder with a viewThe shorter route to shortcutsSearch and findSave and reuse your searchesIndexing for swifter searchesCustomise Explorer toolbarsSave toolbar territoryQuick compressionPreview multimedia filesTrim the fatChange the "Send To" menuControlling securityKeep your secretsCreate a new userRestrict user privilegesEncrypt files or foldersLock your doorsWorking with hardware and softwarePlug and Play, not prayPrinter configurationInstalling non-Plug and Play devicesProperly removing removable devicesTroubleshoot hardwareFind the system hogRemove that pesky seldom-used softwareMultilingual supportShare Internet connectionsAssign a drive letter to a shared folderSynchronise offlineMobile tipsAccessibility toolsSystem maintenance

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