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« Reply #40 on: August 18, 2004, 04:04:24 PM »

Why not check out Tweak XP for all your tweaking needs. Good stuff there.
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« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2004, 04:53:51 AM »

Personally, this is what Microsoft needs to bring out next:



Thanks to a friend for pointing this image out to me. smile
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« Reply #42 on: August 19, 2004, 12:45:22 PM »

Personally, I like this:


While we're at it, I HATE the face that Internet Explorer, when first opening to your homepage (mine is Yahoo), will automatically move the cursor to the search field.  I want it in the address bar!!
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« Reply #43 on: August 19, 2004, 03:34:17 PM »

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While we're at it, I HATE the face that Internet Explorer, when first opening to your homepage (mine is Yahoo), will automatically move the cursor to the search field.  I want it in the address bar!!


Move your toolbars around; address bar would have to be higher to have it start there.
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« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2004, 03:39:56 PM »

It's at the top.  I'm not talking about the Yahoo toolbar, I'm talking about the search field on the Yahoo page.  Whenever I open IE and go to Yahoo (which I rarely do anymore, since I usually use Firefox), the cursor jumps to the search field on the Yahoo page.  The address bar is at the top.
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« Reply #45 on: August 19, 2004, 03:45:09 PM »

it could be your mouse. some of the newer microsoft mice have an auto jump thing, where it moves imediately to teh search field, "ok" button, etc.
whats the brand/model of it?
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« Reply #46 on: August 19, 2004, 07:45:39 PM »

It's an old vanilla MS intellimouse, but I'm on a laptop, and it happens when that mouse isn't plugged in.  I guess I misspoke: the cursor itself (the arrow) doesn't move to the search field.  IE makes the search field active above everything else.  I currently have yahoo as my homepage in IE.  If I open IE, and don't even move the mouse, when I start typing, the text goes into the search field on Yahoo.com.  

It's not a big deal, since I don't use IE anymore, but it's one of the reasons that I stopped using it.
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« Reply #47 on: August 20, 2004, 01:24:27 PM »

Hate to tell you, but that's more than likely Yahoo's fault than IE.  It's actually fairly good page design, as more than likely the reason you'r'e going to Yahoo is to search.  I can't stand it when I go to a page where the sole purpose is to fill out a form or search for something and the cursor doesn't automatically pop into the first field.

BTW, Google does the same thing, no matter what browser you use. smile
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« Reply #48 on: August 20, 2004, 02:21:56 PM »

You're probably right.  But, with Google, there's nothing else to do there, really.  Yahoo has so much other stuff on their page that I rarely ever want to search there.
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« Reply #49 on: August 20, 2004, 03:00:02 PM »

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i dislike windows xp. it runs my games, and it is generlly ok, but i have a few problems with it. first, it is so open to spware its unbeleivable. the os is like a metaphor for an open door. it gets all kind of viruses , its ridiculous. also, there is not an easy way to save files. there are multiple directories holding the same thing for each user on the computer, that soaks up so much space. i have 1 gb of music, but because it is replicated twice more, i end up using 3 to save music that should only take up 1. its sucha a hassle to have to go in and clean that crap out fso i have space on the hard drive again.


There are two sets of preferences, policies and registry keys for every user; a common set (system) and a user (your id). In the folder structure you have two as well:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\

( %username% is a variable, replace it with your profile name )

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Your folders are applied in two different fashions
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1) Cascade - (Start Menu, Desktop, Favorites, etc)
some folders cascade and so there doesn't seem to be any difference to the user. If you put 3 links into All Users\Favorites, and 3 into username\favorites, you will see 6 favorites, and all other users will see the 3 in the all users folder. You'll never see a second start menu. If you want to see the difference in your start menu, right click and Explore, and then right-click on it again and Explore all users.

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2) Individual location (My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, etc..)

So you have your own Music in My Music, and The All Users\My Documents\Music folder can be accessed FROM your profile by going to Shared Music (link on the left while in your OWN music folder).

This Shared Music folder is in essence the All Users\Music folder\ and so ALL users have it. If you want to share your stuff, this lets you do it.
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Your system preferences (located in the registry) are also individual:

In the registry they're represented as:
HKEY_Local_Machine (HKLM) and HKEY_Current_User (HKCU)
HKLM is stored with the other "common" hives in SYSTEM.DAT
HKCU is stored in the user profile folder in USER.DAT
The registry (just like security policies) will cascade. This means that the system is applied first, and then the user settings is overlayed.


Since you can make your login private (from the user management section), it means you can keep YOUR stuff private and still share files with other users on the same PC.

It's not a bad thing.  biggrin Windows XP isn't just an OS; it's a NOS (network operating system). It's ultimately designed for multiple users.

As for the open door; it's that they're the biggest target. If I were to write a virus I'd want the biggest audience; IE and Windows have a (modest) >85% market penetration. Yeah; I'm not gunning for MAC. Tongue


I see what you are saying in the file area, but when I back up my files onto a seperatly created drive because I am so scared of losing everything, I end up having 3. I en up telling things to go to my D: drive (my crash drive) and i still end up with things in C: that I shouldnt have.

I was fully aware of the windows virus prevalanc when I made that comment. However, despite almost all of the viruses being written for windows (because its so widely used), Bill Gates and XP have decided not to try to add any extra security features and IE is downright terrible.
I will add however, that once a ran Ad-Aware and Norton antivirus for a straigh week and I installed Service Pack 2 onto my xp, the performance is better and I dont have many problems. My biggest problem right now is that I have other users on the computer and I cant monitor what they are doing all the time, so I would like it if windows tried at least alittle to protect itself.
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