Configure DNS in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn where can you configure advanced DNS settings in XP. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: dns, name, ip, server, wins, address, domain, netbios, resolution DNS Usage When we look at some IP address, we see four octets (grouping of eight bits). Every host on the network has its own IP address. For example, every … Read more

TCP/IP Settings in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to enter static TCP/IP configuration on XP machine and which tools can be used to troubleshoot connectivity. Prerequisites: you should know what parameters should be entered for network connection. Also, you should know what is IP address and what is MAC address. Key terms: address, ip, default, server, gateway, network, tcp, apipa, … Read more

Manage Network Components in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn where to find and how to manage various networking components in XP Prerequisites: to read about network connections in general check out the article Required Parameters for Network Connection Key terms: component, network, connection, service, manage, properties, protocol, client Networking Components After we attach our network device, for example Network Interface Card (NIC), to … Read more

Hardware Profiles in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn what is Hardware Profile and how to create and configure new Hardware Profiles. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: hardware, device, profile, boot, menu, manager, system Hardware Profile A hardware profile is a set of instructions that tells Windows which devices to start when we power on our computer. Most common usage is on … Read more

Power Options in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to configure power options on XP machine Prerequisites: you should read about Power Options in general first. Key terms: power, scheme, option, acpi, conserve, advanced, battery Power Schemes Windows XP introduced Power schemes which we can use to quickly set the appropriate power options. For example, one of the Power schemes … Read more

Quality of Drivers in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to check that drivers are compatible with XP, and how to use available tools to check that drivers are signed (sigverif, driverquery, sfc). Prerequisites: you have to know what drivers are. Key terms: driver, system, signed, check, tool, verification, signature Quality of Drivers There is a lot of concern about the … Read more

Devices in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to use Device Manager to check installed devices, and how to add non-plug and play devices using Add New Hardware wizard. Prerequisites: you should know about devices in Windows in general. Key terms: device, hardware, manager, wizard, computer, resources Device Manager To open Device Manager, click Start, right-click My Computer, and select … Read more

User Rights and Group Policy in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how can you configure user rights trough Group Policy editor. Prerequisites: you should know what is Group Policy. Key terms: policy, user, group, rights, assignment, editor, security User Rights Assignment We can open GP editor through Run menu by typing in gpedit.msc and clicking on the OK button. This opens Group Policy editor … Read more

Manage User Profiles in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn where to find user profile, how to create roaming or mandatory profile and how to change target locations for specific folders. Prerequisites: you should know what is user profile in general and how to manage user accounts in XP. Key terms: profile, user, account, documents, ntuser, roaming, mandatory Profile Location User profile contains … Read more

Group Management in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how create or delete groups and how to manage group membership. Also you will familiarize yourself with built-in local groups in XP. Prerequisites: you should know how to manage user accounts in XP. Key terms: group, membership, user, local, account, member, rights, access. Local Users and Groups Snap-in We can manage groups with … Read more