Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. It was first released in August 2001, and is currently one of the most popular versions of Windows. The name "XP" is short for "eXPerience."

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How can I find out what AD groups I'm a member of?

I'm running a Windows XP desktop in a corporate environment. How can I find out what AD groups I belong to?
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How to check if a port is blocked on Windows?

What is the easiest way to check if port 3306 on my localhost is being blocked?
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How to take ownership of files from the command line?

Every so often I run into a file that I need to take ownership of. I normally use cacls for changing ntfs permissions, but it doesn't seem to do ownership. Under *nix I would run something like ...
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How to tell what computer has a file open on a network share?

Environment: Windows XP sp3, Windows 2003 server Problem: We have several dozen kiosk machines each with the same logon name who occasionally and briefly a file on a share. The rate is several ...
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Is there an equivalent of SU for Windows

Is there a way (when logged in as an administrator, or as a member of the administrators group) to masquerade as a non-privileged user? Especially in an AD environment. e.g., in the Unix world I ...
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Is it possible to mount/unmount a physical hard drive in Windows XP?

Is it possible to mount/unmount a physical hard drive in Windows XP? Ideally, I'd like to be able to do this from the command line so that I could have batch files to do it, ie: mount.cmd unmount.cmd ...
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Virtualbox booting from a real drive?

I'm about to take the plunge and install Win7 RC1 on my desktop machine. However I want to preserve access to my old HDD with XP on it. I don't really want to use full dual-boot since that would ...
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VPN client connect/disconnect via command line in XP

In an XP Pro workstation, is there a way to start the native Windows VPN client and open/close a connection from the command line so it can be scripted in a batch file?
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For how long can a client be shutdown in AD?

We are setting up a training environment to be used after summer holiday. Management wants us to set up clients now before the vacation. Since the clients are to be shipped away, they will be off line ...
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How to lock down Windows XP for use as an internet kiosk?

One of our clients, whose website we built, is a manufacturer of ultra-high-end bicycles. They would like to distribute kiosks -- basically, locked-down Windows XP boxes from Dell -- at some of their ...
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How to clear Windows disk read cache?

For performance testing I need to clear Windows' disk read cache. I tried googling but I couldn't find anything other than rebooting or other manual stuff. Before I give in and do that, I'd like to ...
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Connecting two laptops through wireless adapters without wireless router

I want to connect two laptops through their wireless network adapters. I dont want to use any wireless router or access point. How can I do that. Both are running windows xp, where one has sp2 and ...
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Crashed Hard Drive Data Retrieval

I recently had a laptop hard drive crash on me and am trying to rescue some of the data on the original drive. As such, I've extracted my failed hard drive and installed it in a USB enclosure. I've ...
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HOSTS file being ignored

My (Windows XP, Professional, v2002, SP3) workstation is completely ignoring my hosts file. Here is the code in my hosts file: 127.0.0.1 localhost 172.17.1.107 wiki But, when I open a ...
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What does the Windows XP EOL/EOS mean for a business and it's domain?

I am hoping someone can explain in simple terms, what it really means that windows XP will be end of life? It looks like SP2 is already not being patched, but maybe SP3 is going to be patched up ...
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How to configure “On-Access Anti-Virus” for a faster boot?

I am in the process of trying to optimize the boot process of our 700 Windows XP workstations, we regularly have complaints about the start-up and login times on site workstations. Looking at this in ...
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How can I mount a hard drive as read-only on Windows XP?

I recently had reason to move a hard drive from a computer that blew up to another computer for the purpose of recovering data. Under the (unfortunate) circumstances, both the donor and the recipient ...
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How does one make Windows XP auto-reconnect network drives upon reboot?

I have a few network drive mappings that I want to be available to various programs upon reboot. However, they remain disconnected until I visit them manually. If a program, such as OneNote which ...
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Windows “Run As” without knowing the password

We're installing a digital media system at the college radio station I work at. We're trying to give programmers (read; DJs, not coders) access to the music, without allowing them to copy any of it to ...
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Accessing a windows shared folder from Linux?

I am trying to copy a (.html) file from a Windows XP Professional shared folder onto a server running Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS. As it's a shared folder the usual 'wget' doesn't seem to work. I suspect ...
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Is there a group policy that would push a new user name and password to all local machines on a network?

I work on a small network that runs on windows server 2003, and with machines running xp. Is there a group policy that could push a new user name and password to replace our old local administrator ...
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Domain login very slow 10+ minutes

We are racking our brains trying to figure this problem out an are currently stuck! Basically we are having issues with some users taking ages to log in in the mornings, some times up to 20 minutes, ...
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Locking Desktop USB Ports

How do you lock out the USB ports on the desktop PCs so we can prevent usage of USB drives on the desktops. I should clarify that these are Windows XP desktops. We should also assume that like most ...
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Move Windows hibernation file to a different drive

Is it possible to move a Windows hibernation file to a different drive? For instance, if I have Windows installed on C, I want it's hibernate file be on D. I wanted to about hibernation file ...
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What causes duplicate ACK records?

We're reviewing Wireshark captures from a few client machines that are showing multiple duplicate ACK records which then triggers retransmit and out-of-sequence packets. These are shown in the ...
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Is it possible for a Scheduled Task to run as NETWORK SERVICE?

It is quite simple to set up a task to run as a SYSTEM, but when setting it to NETWORK SERVICE it show "Access is denied" error message. Is there any way to get this working? (The problem is that I ...
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Tomcat 6.0 service does not start: java/lang/NoClassDefFoundError

I installed Tomcat on my Windows server but I can't get it to start. I start the service and I see the progress bar, but it fails. I installed the Java Runtime Environment Version 6 and created ...
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Set uid for windows

Is there an equivalent of set uid for windows(XP)? The 'run as' option requires admin password each time it runs. I want users to be able to run that particular executable without knowing admin ...
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How to remove all previous devices in xp?

On our computers, we use daily dozens of different usb drives from our customers. This is bad because the registry hive is becoming huge as windows is so "smart" to save them forever I set ...
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Is it possible to disable a scheduled task from the command line in Windows XP?

On my Windows 7 machine I can run something like: schtasks.exe /Change /TN "MyTaskName" /Disable But /Disable doesn't seem to be available in Windows XP - is there any way of disabling it from the ...
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Network Error: no buffer space available

After some time of running fine, one of our Windows XP SP3 machines does not open some(!) new TCP/IP connections anymore. Putty says Network Error: no buffer space available, IE won't open any new ...
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Safe to delete C:\drivers?

Looks like a simple question right? But Googling does not reveal any definitive answers. I've got an aging laptop that I'm trying to free some space on and am wondering if anyone can tell me safe ...
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How to create a windows service in XP

How can I turn a given normal application into a Windows service under Windows XP? EDIT: This is a server application, so it has no GUI and does not require any input or output.
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Hardening a financially critical Windows computer

One of the risks to small and medium businesses is losing your bank credentials to bad guys by use of a key logger or other malware as Bruce Schneier blogs about. A particular threat is real-time key ...
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How can I prevent a scheduled task from running if the same task is already running?

I have written a php script to check if there are any new files in a folder and, if any new files exist, upload them to a server. These files can be quite large. I want to run this script ...
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Starting managed Windows deployment

I want to start providing managed Windows XP images to my users, however I've only done this with Linux servers, and I'm unsure of where to begin. Ideally, I want to start buying machines in groups, ...
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GPO to lock workstation after it is idle for X minutes without forcing a specific screensaver

I'm trying to lock XP workstations after a period of inactivity via GPO. From what I can tell, one of the requirements is that a screensaver must be set. It appears that the only way to force the ...
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Equivalent of Linux command `hostname --fqdn` in Windows XP?

Is there a way to find the fully qualified domain name of a Windows XP box? Being unfamiliar with Windows I would describe what I'm looking for as the equivalent of the command hostname --fqdn ...
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Delete temporary files from batch script in xp

I'm looking for a good batch script that would quickly find & clean all the known safe temporary folders/files from Windows (as many variants as possible) machines (e.g. the windows temp folder, ...
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How to troubleshoot slow Windows XP boot?

I have a Windows XP x64 SP2 machine that used to boot up really quickly, but now takes a very long time. If I enable the /sos boot switch it gets to the bit where it says: 2 system processors [8191MB ...
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Push new registry keys via group policy

Recently I have added registry keys in active directory and I need to push them via group policy instead of going to each PC to apply the new ones. How can I push new registry keys (not modify ...
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Permanently removing Microsoft XPS Document Writer pseudoprinter object?

For reasons unknown, a great many of the (Windows XP SP3) computers I manage have recently started creating a new pseudoprinter object, called Microsoft XPS Document Writer, seemingly out of nowhere. ...
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WebDav System Error 67 in Windows XP

Issue: I'm having issues getting WebDav to work in the command line on Windows XP, both Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3. C:\>net use z: https://mywebsite.com/software/ System error 67 has ...
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Script to kill process at logoff doesn't execute until process is dead?

We have a program that, due to memory leaks in some of the screens, doesn't exit cleanly when the user quits. The problem is that this blocks the normal logoff procedure - you select logout and a few ...
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Windows XP shows low disk space - WinDirStat shows 50GB <Unknown> entry

We run 12 Dell Optiplex 755 desktop computers. All of them have the exact same hardware and softawre, configured exactly the same. As such, they are all: running Windows XP on the same network ...
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GPO to disable Windows XP tour popup

Is there a way (GPO preferred) to disable the "Take a tour of Windows XP" balloon/popup when a new user logs in for the first time?
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Can a password change in Active Directory be reverted?

I often need to log in with a user's domain account to make sure that I've set up their profile correctly, but there's no easy way to do this other than to call them and give them a temp pass and ...
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Tell me the pros and cons of using WebDAV over SSL for file server access instead of SMB

In the organisation I'm in we have a mixture of OS X and windows XP. For years the Macs have also connected via SMB to the fileserver, however it's always been a bit flaky. On OS X it's prone to ...
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Is there a Pre-deployment Windows Workstation Verification Program?

When deploying machines in our enterprise we run through a series of checks before deployment. Some of these include: Verify required files and folders have been copied to the computer Verify all ...
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Remote desktop connection drops before login can appear

Someone asked this question a few months ago and I have the exact same problem. I have tried all of the suggested solutions in the other posting (in particular reinstalling the video card on the ...