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Enable next-generation networking

Occasionally, something unusual and interesting pops up on Windows Update. Recently, it was the 817778 Recommended Update, or in more human-parseable terms, the Advanced Networking Pack (ANP) for Windows XP.

How to get true colours using Windows XP Pro

Working with visual digital media such as photography, video and graphics requires consistent and ideally, portable, colour models. Otherwise, what you see won’t match what you get when it’s printed out or viewed on the screen.

Boost performance of Win XP Pro with a RAMdisk

Windows likes RAM and, generally, the more you have, the more snappily your operating system and applications will run. The starting point for Windows XP Professional is 256MB but a 512MB system runs very smoothly, at a fairly minimal cost increase.

How to use the Backup and Restore utility

When your computer decides to play up, it’s good to have a backup of your data handy. Windows XP Pro­fessional comes with a versatile Backup and Restore utility, developed by storage management and data recovery specialists Veritas Software. Note tha...

Thermaltake Aquarius II Water-cooling kit

As PC performance goes up, so does the amount of heat that components dissipate. Proces­sors generate a lot of heat in a small area, which has resulted in bulky heatsinks and faster-spinning, noisier fans to keep things cool. Water-cooling is a very ...

Manage and monitor in WinXP Pro with SNMP

Windows XP Professional comes with agents for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), an open standard protocol that can be used to monitor and manage the network devices in the operating system. For instance, you can collect network traffic infor...

How to manage DNS: Part II

In the previous Windows XP Professional Here’s How column, we looked at how to configure your operating system to make use of DNS (Domain Name System) efficiently, and how the built-in DNS lookup cache service works.

XP Professional: How to manage DNS: Part I

The Domain Name System (DNS) maps host names to numeric IP addresses, and is crucial for the function of any Internet-connected com­puter, especially with Microsoft’s introduction of the Active Directory service, which uses Internet standard protocol...

XP PRO: L2TP and IPsec virtual private networking

Last time we talked about securing your virtual private networking connection with PPTP (point-to-point tunnelling protocol), which is relatively simple and quick to set up. Some security experts consider Microsoft's implementation of PPTP flawed, ho...

XP PRO: Secure remote access

There are times when you want to connect to hosts or networks across the big bad Internet, where crackers and script kiddies lurk behind every corner. Luckily, Windows XP Professional offers several options to do just this, in a safe and secure manne...

XP PRO: Safe sharing

Microsoft introduced multi-user capability to Windows with NT but few people appear to take advantage of this feature. Part of the reason is security: you need to be sure that whoever you share the computer with can't access, delete or alter your dat...

How to use NTFS Reparse Points

Windows XP Professional comes with a feature that UNIX has had for a long time: the ability to create links to objects stored elsewhere on the file system. These "reparse points" allow you to create things like hard links, junction and mount points. ...

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