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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.

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Cyber Infrastructure 3.0
Meet modern IT demands with a scale-out, cost-efficient and multi-purpose solution for the Edge.
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MoveAllWindows
An EE member wants to move all open windows at once (not one window at a time) from a primary monitor to a secondary one by pressing a hotkey. Bonus: another hotkey that goes in the other direction — move all windows from the secondary to the primary monitor. This article presents such a solution.
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BootSafe Software Review -
Review of a small standalone freeware utility that is designed to remove the guesswork in trying to get Windows 10 (and all other versions of Windows) to boot into various Safe Mode configurations. Includes a short interview with the author of the program.
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Hi Andrew,

Great article! Having recently struggled with a Safe Mode boot on a W10 system, I can certainly see the value of this utility (haven't tried it yet, but it's on my to-do list). Kudos to you for writing the article and sharing with our community; and kudos to Nick for writing the software and providing it at no cost.

Btw, for anyone interested in learning a bit more about Nick and the d7xTech and Foolish IT company names, check out this EE group discussion:
Hello from d7xTech (formerly Foolish IT)

Article endorsed! Regards, Joe
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by:Andrew Leniart
Many thanks for your kind comments and endorsement Joe, I truly appreciate it.

Regards, Andrew
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I am providing the resources that Microsoft Provides as support to its community. A lot of it is technical and may be beyond what an average user might need. But for a site such as Experts Exchange, I thought it might be a good guide to what Microsoft has available.
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by:Wesley Miller
Made changes as advised to better explain the intent of article and a salutation on providing feedback.
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by:PeeterB
Excellent! Great to have all that in one single article .... (I knew some of them .... but not others, and had forgotten some ..!)
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While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.
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Outlook Express to Outlook 2016
How to convert Outlook Express DBX to Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007. The article explains a quick manual trick to easily migrate from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook with attachments. It also suggests a professional solution to convert DBX to PST in quick time without loss of email formatting.
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PaperPort XP Compatibility Mode
Nuance's PaperPort may display this error message: PaperPort appears to be running Windows XP Compatibility Mode which may result in errors. We recommend disabling Compatibility Mode for the PaprPort.exe program, see Technote 6629. This article provides a possible solution to the problem.
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Hi Christophe,
You're very welcome...and thanks to you for joining Experts Exchange today, reading my article, and letting me know that it worked for you...I'm glad to hear that! If you take a moment to endorse the article by clicking the thumbs-up icon at the bottom of the article (not the one under this comment), I'll be grateful. Welcome aboard to EE! Regards, Joe
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Thanks for endorsing the article, Christophe — much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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Speaker unmuted and muted
In a question here at Experts Exchange, a member was looking for "a little app that would allow sound to be turned OFF and ON by simply clicking on an icon in the system tray". This article shows how to achieve that, as well as providing the same OFF/ON audio muting toggle via a single keystroke.
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by:John
Thanks for posting this, Joe.  My own ThinkPad has a mute button and I use it so much my finger is trained to it.
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by:Joe Winograd
You're welcome, John, and thanks to you for the feedback and the article endorsement — both very much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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Patch Pic
This article provides a convenient collection of links to Microsoft provided Security Patches for operating systems that have reached their End of Life support cycle. Included operating systems covered by this article are Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 - Both 32 and 64 Bit installs.
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When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing. You will be panic as there are no backup of your document. How can you fix the problem?
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by:harry for
well addressed !
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by:Littleman
In addition, the first thing that you should do is chkdsk c: /r
and let that scan. Usually the damage is from windows shutting down incorrectly and corrupting the hard drive or files on the drive. The rest if that may not be necessary. If that fails, then proceed to the mbr repair.
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For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
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Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you should read this article.
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Operating system developers such as Microsoft and Apple have made incredible strides in virus protection over the past decade. Operating systems come packaged with built in defensive tools such as virus protection and a firewall. Is this built in protection enough to keep threats at bay?
 
Many people do not realize modern day virus threats come in many forms. The viruses themselves haven't changed much, but the methods by which they infect computers are constantly evolving. Virus developers spend most of their time discovering new ways to infect computers with viruses rather than developing new types of viruses.
 

So what is a computer virus?

computerVirus-TrueIT.jpgA virus is essentially a self replicating file stored on a computer system that was not authorized by the user to be there. The behavior of the file may have varying characteristics. It may be used to collect, destroy or manipulate user data without their consent.
 
Fairly often the news discusses some new hacking attempt on a major computer system. Hackers can often break into these systems by planting viruses on machines that are connected to them. These viruses can collect data or give them access to files necessary to get deeper into the systems.
 

Are these threats real?


Companies such as Kaspersky, Norton and McAfee regularly publish virus infections as they are discovered. Norton actually has a threat security…
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Hello there Jim,

I've tried uploading the article before with links and 1 of the editors did not approved it...should i put back the links?

I will add some headers and ad an image.

Please let me know when the article was approved and "went live" ok?

Many thanks!
Tom.
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by:Jame Griffin
Some computer viruses are programmed to harm your computer by damaging programs, deleting files, or reformatting the hard drive. Others simply replicate themselves or flood a network with traffic, making it impossible to perform any internet activity. Even less harmful computer viruses can significantly disrupt your system’s performance, sapping computer memory and causing frequent computer crashes.
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pdf recovery
Are you looking for the perfect solution to fix the error message "The File is Damaged and Could Not Be Repaired"? Then, go through this post and know the step by step process to resolve the error message.
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by:Scott Miller
Didn't work.
Here's the interesting thing about my situation:
Customer emails a PDF to a sales rep.  They get the error message can't open, the file is damaged.  Save it to network drive, same error.  Go to email and forward the message - now you can open the PDF.
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AutoHotkey is an excellent, free, open source programming/scripting language for Windows. It started out as a keyboard/mouse macros product, but has expanded into a robust language. This article provides an introduction to it, with links to additional resources for EE members who want to learn more.
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by:camtz
Excellent. Thanks Joe.
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by:Joe Winograd
You're welcome, Carlos, and thanks to you for the compliment. If you take a moment to click the thumbs-up icon at the bottom of the article, I''ll appreciate it — as you can see, you'll be endorsement #20. :) Regards, Joe
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With the recent demise of Windows XP support, you may be a new convert to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or perhaps you've been on W7 or W8 for a while, but just recently acquired your first scanner for the new OS. In either case, you are likely to be very surprised by an omission in the W7 and W8 Control Panel — Scanners and Cameras.

Note: I initially wrote this article for just Windows 7 and Windows 8, but it also applies to the recently released Windows 10. Please see the two Update sections at the end of the article regarding W10.

In XP, Control Panel has the Scanners and Cameras applet:


XP Control Panel Scanners and Cameras present
It is an extremely useful utility for setting the Properties of a scanner, including Events (such as the Scan/Image button and which program to start), Network Setting (such as a fixed IP address), and Scan To Button (with or without Pin).

In W7 and W8, the Scanners and Cameras applet is missing in Control Panel:


W7-W8 Control Panel Scanners and Cameras missing
This article explains how to run Scanners and Cameras in W7 and W8. Turns out that the app is here:

C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\ImagingDevices.exe

Strange as it seems, this is Scanners and Cameras in W7 and W8! That is its location even on 64-bit W7 and W8, i.e., it is not in \Program Files (x86). I use it often enough in my document imaging work that I decided to make a shortcut for it:


Shortcut Scanners and Cameras W7-W8
You may add it to the Start menu, place it on the desktop, pin it to the taskbar, or whatever you prefer. When clicking the shortcut, you'll get the
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Joe,

Congratulations; your article has been published!

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After the April 8, 2014 some Microsoft products are no longer supported; Windows XP, Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Office 2003 … It is estimated that 30% of desktop operating systems are Windows XP.


Why you should be concerned.

Here’s a possible scenario. Let’s say that Windows 7 shares some code with Windows XP and an exploit is discovered that effects both. The security patch will be released for Windows 7 but not the discontinued Windows XP. Attackers can reverse engineer the patch to discover the effected code and then test the exploit against Windows XP.


This is not as unlikely as it might sound. Have a read of : Microsoft Security Blog
Between July 2012 and July 2013 Windows XP was an affected product in 45 Microsoft security bulletins, of which 30 also affected Windows 7 and Windows 8

It’s not advisable to have these end of life products on your network after April 8. If attackers get into a vulnerable machine it makes it easier to exploit other machines on your network.

The worst possible scenario is having Windows XP machines running Office 2003 and using Server 2003 or Exchange 2003. That’s just asking for trouble.

Hopefully most folks are either upgrading or shutting down these machines after April 8. If you have to run any of these, I suggest that you isolate that machine.
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April 8, 2014 Windows XP will lose support and be open to attacks. Now is the time to consider upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 (Win 7). Windows 8 is not an upgrade path that most folks would want to consider.


Copy Files

The upgrade is relatively easy with Windows Easy Transfer. You will need an external drive but this is an essential peripheral these days. You need to find out if your PC is 32 or 64 bit (Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties) and download the appropriate version of Easy Transfer for Windows XP. Easy Transfer is included in Windows 7 so you won’t need to download anything else. This will transfer all your files on the XP PC to an external drive and then Windows 7. If you are replacing the XP PC with a different PC don’t bother with the tool since it only works on one PC.


Purchase DVD or Download

There are a number of ways to upgrade to Windows 7. While numerous OEM DVDs can be found on the Internet it is recommended that you purchase the retail version to fully comply with Microsoft licensing unless you are building new PC to sell.

With an upgrade version of the software you will need to do a clean install so backup up your …
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
Strange the link is working here - maybe it's a regional thing?

Windows 7 was the last OS version the "hobbyist's clause" applied to, the Personal Use licence superceeds it but only from Win 8 forward.

Anyways here's the Win 7 version of the System Builder Guide which has a piece on hobbyist use tucked in right at the end.
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by:Randy Downs
Open in new tab via Chrome was the problem I ran into. It works fine if I just click it.

Open in new tab changes the link to a non working link
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_for_hobbyists.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en-gb/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_for_hobbyists.aspx#fbid=zKmE5ap1y7Y

Thanks for the OEM links.
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OWASP: Forgery and Phishing

Learn the techniques to avoid forgery and phishing attacks and the types of attacks an application or network may face.

Strategies for Windows XP in 2014

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will cease updating Windows XP.  This means no more support, no more bug fixes and, more prominently, no more security “patches” that plug security holes.  

See the Microsoft information on this at:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx

This will make computers running Windows XP increasingly vulnerable to targeted security attacks.  After all, Windows XP will remain with a considerable fraction of the operating system landscape and, thus, a worthy target as it becomes more vulnerable to the rapidly-evolving threats.

You might ask: “Isn’t Windows XP just going to stay the same as it is now?  Perhaps no better but just the same? What will make Windows XP more vulnerable?”
-      Yes.  As of April 8, Windows XP will stay the same after that date but it won’t be supported.
-      In that sense, it will certainly be no better and it will worsen due to external forces.

The security landscape works like this:

Experts continue to seek out vulnerabilities.  These experts can be “black hats” or they can be “white hats” – depending on their motives.  Either way, the newly-found vulnerabilities are widely known throughout the computer community.  So, it’s the newest, most recent, threats that one needs to be the most concerned about.  Most of the parasites we remove are new ones.  The old ones have pretty much been covered by fixes and in the security software suites.  

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by:Fred Marshall
The ad was left over from a more localized message.  It's not needed.
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1)The first thing is to make sure that you back up your computer’s files regularly, and periodically test you’re your backup strategy by restoring backups, preferably on a different computer, a few times a year. This helps ensure that in the event of a catastrophe, you will still have access to the information on your computer.
2)The next thing to do is to make sure that your copy of Windows XP is up-to-date.
3)In addition to the operating system and drivers, you should also make sure you have the latest versions of your application software on the computer
4)If the computer does not have to be connected to the Internet, disconnect or disable the connection so that the PC can only connect to other machines on the same non-Internet network. This will ensure that Internet-borne threats cannot directly attack your XP PC, and will make it harder for an attacker to steal data off the computer.
5)Make sure your security software is up-to-date, as well.
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Bellevue, WA, USA; Late December, 1980

"OK, folks, we nailed the IBM contract. We're going to have many meetings like this to discuss features and functions...and how to move from 86-DOS, the CP/M clone we just purchased, to our baby, MS-DOS. This meeting is to discuss drive letters."

"Well, even the first IBM PC is going to offer an option for two floppy drives, so we'll need A and B."

"Yeah, but at the NCC in May, Shugart showed a 5.25-inch hard drive that's going to work in a PC!"

"Wow! I missed that...a hard drive in a PC?! You gotta be kidding. What's the capacity of that bad boy?"

"I've never seen one, but the announcement said five megabytes! And that's after formatting!"

"Yikes! Who is ever going to need 5 MB on a PC?! How would you ever fill it up?!"

"Who knows, but I think we should plan for it...they're already shipping 'em, although IBM hasn't announced it as an option in the PC...yet. We know there will always be two floppy drives, A and B, so let's plan on the hard drive being C."

"I'm skeptical about needing such huge storage capacity in a PC, but OK...C it is."

"Look, guys, call me crazy, but as long as we're doing A, B and C, let's give them the whole alphabet! That way, we're protected forever into the future. No one could ever possibly need more than 26 drive letters!"

"No way! That's insane! I want to implement this as efficiently as possible, and with three drive letters, we can do that in two bits...and
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If you have done a reformat of your hard drive and proceeded to do a successful Windows XP installation, you may notice that a choice between two operating systems when you start up the machine.

Here is how to get rid of this:
Click Start
Click Run
Type msconfig
Press Enter

At the top of the System Configuration Utility, choose Boot.ini
Next, click on "Check All Boot Paths"

Once you do that, a box will come up saying something is invalid and asks you if you would like to remove the invalid one.  

Choose to remove it

Press ok

Restart the machine...

Now, you will notice that you do not get prompted to choose an operating system.

Once Windows boots up, the system configuration utility window will come up.  Put a check in the box, and press ok.

That's all there is to it!

Why does this happen? Well, it's because of the Master Boot Record or MBR.

The Master Boot Record is the very first sector of your hard drive.  This sector has all of the boot information.  In other words, the MBR tells the computer how to boot.  Keep in mind, the Master Boot Record is in no way part of the main partition of the system.  So, when you do a complete reformat of your hard drive, whether you use NTFS or FAT32, you are not actually formatting the Master Boot Record.  So, since the Master Boot Record held information from a previous installation of Windows, it is telling the computer that the Operating System still exists when in fact it does…
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by:BillBondo
I see this all the time. What I like to do is put movie quotes in place of the second OS choice and set the timer to 5 seconds before defaulting. Good for a laugh when I run across it...
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Sometimes people don't understand why download speed shows differently for Windows than Linux.Specially, this article covers and shows the solution for throughput difference for Windows than a Linux machine.

For this, I arranged a test scenario.I used 2 routers, 4 computers (3 Windows and 1 Linux) and 2 switches.

Scenario:

   Network Scenario
***All the links are Fast Ethernet 100 Mbps link *****

From the figure we can see the BDR router is the internet gateway. The Mikrotik Router has NAT enabled and default gateway is BDR router's LAN IP.2 IP's are assigned into Mikrotik's LAN interface. One is private and another is public IP. Using private block IP (172.x.x.0/24) indicates NAT is using as a routing protocol. To know more about NAT please check the following link:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk648/tk361/technologies_tech_note09186a0080094831.shtml

Test Plan and Subnet Scenario :

172.x.x.0/24 is the LAN of Mikrotik.Gateway is 172.x.x.1. The Microtek router translates it's public IP (41.x.x.30) into 172.x.x.0/24
41.x.x.128/26 is also LAN of Mikrotik.Gateway is 41.x.x129. Default route is using for this subnet
41.x.x.0/27 is the WAN side of Mirotik Router. Default gateway of this subnet is: 41.x.x.1.

So, the difference between 172.x.x.0/24 and 41.x.x.128/26 is routing protocol.172.x.x.0/24 is using NAT and 41.x.x.128/26 is using default route.
41.x.x.0/27 is the subnet of Mikrotik's WAN. We used 2 different machines from …
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Issue:

Unstable cursor in Windows XP and Windows runs extremely slow in that any click will bring up the Hour glass (sometimes for several seconds before giving you what you want) .

Troubleshooting Process and the FINAL FIX:

This issue seems to be dominant in Outlook and in Word. A further detailed description of the issue would be during typing a line of text the cursor would suddenly jump back to the beginning or the middle of the line and your text would be inserted at that point (almost impossible to complete a line of text in an Outlook Email message). I've run into this issue on two different occasions. The first time failing to resolve the issue after two days (which included running the Windows Task manager and unloading all the tasks in memory one by one). At this point I gave up and saved all my client's personal data to an external drive and restored the entire hard drive from a previously created Acronis image file, and copied the data back to where it belonged (there is absolutely nothing like a full image backup to save the day).

The Second time I ran into this issue (about a year later) I didn't plan on being very patient but I did go into Windows Services and one by one methodically disabled each service, reboot the computer, open Outlook, and test to see if the issue was still there. When I finally got to "Terminal Services" (near the bottom is the very long list of services) the issue disappeared. I ran multiple tests and the …
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by:Mark Wills
Fantastic - thanks - fixed my old computer (which I still use from time to time).

Voted "Yes"
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by:BillDL
Good and concise article.

The "Terminal Services" Service on Windows XP is required for Remote Desktop Connection (RDC - remotely connecting from one computer to another to access it as though you were sitting in front of it), and for the Remote Assistance functionality whereby a user can sent out a request for somebody to connect to their computer and access it as described above or to initiate the connection to another computer for the same purposes.

These areas can be seen as potential vulnerabilities as they leave ports open and can expose your system to unwelcome intrusion, so if these functions are never used it is a good idea to disable Terminal Services.

The "Fast User Switching" Service is dependent on the "Terminal Services" Service, but this is only a feature that does what the name implies, and allows quick swapping between different users while retaining access to running programs.  This function should never be needed on a home computer where users should be fully logging out between different user sessions and thereby terminating access to running processes.

So yes, good finding and hopefully will help others with the same hourglass issue on XP.

Bill
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It is only natural that we all want our PCs to be in good working order, improved system performance, so that is exactly how programs are advertised to entice. They say things like:

           •      PC crashes? Get registry cleaner to repair it!
           •      Fix registry errors!
           •      Improve PC performance!
           •      Have your computer running like new!

These might sound really good but are not necessarily true. The scanners don't always deliver what they claim to do, at times quite the opposite.  I have seen reports where after using a reg cleaner the user could no longer open any files, Control Panel buttons are missing, browser is broken, errors pop up, and in some cases the system can no longer boot!

Despite that, in the Virus & Spyware zone I sometimes see posts suggesting a registry cleaner to fix PC crashes and registry errors, and techs/"experts" recommending the use of a registry cleaner as part of their virus cleanup routine.

Using a registry cleaner might be okay for an advanced user who knows exactly what he is doing. But for an inexperienced user who just like to scan and click the "Fix all" button without making sure that those entries being deleted are really redundant can have a disastrous result.

The risk of removing a critical entry is greater than the benefits you hoped to gain when using one of these tools. If you are not careful, a registry cleaner can mess up your registry big time, and a messed up registry is a broken Windows. …
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by:rpggamergirl
I still use CCleaner now and then but just for cleaning temp files not for cleaning my registry.

Also if your PC is infected make sure you don't run CCleaner(or any temp folder cleaners) just yet in case one of those rogues that move files to the temp folders is present in the system.

Windows XP/Vista Recovery - Desktop icons missing - Empty Programs files
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_6209.html


Thank you guys for your comments and input.
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by:ValentinoV
+1 for the Russinovich reference :)
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Windows XP

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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.