Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Although on expected lines but surprising due to its timing, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah – under fire for being "weak" as CM - on Wednesday decided to resign from his position.

Rosaiah had been facing opposition ever since he took over the mantle from strongman YS Rajashekhar Reddy - who was killed in a plane crash. Officially, Rosaiah said that he has resigned due to ill health.

The octogenarian Congress "loyalist" was seen as not being able to properly handle the open rebellion by Rajashekar's son Jagan - Sakshi TV owned by him had openly denounced Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

And, also the brewing trouble with relation to the demand for a separate Telangana state.

He would be meeting the state Governor at around 4 pm today and will formally submit his resignation.

Speaking to reporters after he resigned, Rosaiah said that he has done his best and that there is no "specific" reason other than his ill health is behind his decision.

"I sought permission from the High Command to resign, I am grateful, especially to Sonia Gandhi, that my request has been accepted," he said.

Rosaiah announcement came even as a team of senior Congress leaders comprising Pranab Mukherjee, Veerappa Moily, AK Antony and Ahmed Patel are on their way to Hyderabad to take stock of the situation and get the ground report on who could be an ideal replacement.

As per reports, Kiran Reddy, Geeta reddy and B Satyanarayana are the favourites to be the next Chief Minister of the state

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Howto install Google Earth 5.0 Beta on Ubuntu

Howto install Google Earth 5.0 Beta on Ubuntu


Let's download google earth 5.0 beta package first:

$wget -c


Then we will make it executable :

$chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin

Now let's run and install it :


After installation let's go to google earth folder (/home/USERNAME/google-earth at my case)

$cd /home/USERNAME/google-earth

AND rename this file to anything you want (else it will not run)


It is done, you can run Google Earth 5.0 Beta now

help at:

Beautiful and Deadly


Might want to rethink a trip to Bermuda this weekend.

New bazooka?


I thought it looked like a new bazooka or ray gun, but as it turns out, it’s a video camera for a first person view. Might have some interesting applications. See for more information.

Zune and Zune Pass expand to international markets – hello Windows Phone 7

imageREDMOND, Wash. — Sep. 20, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass1 music subscription service and enhanced features on to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, on the go with Windows Phone 7 and in your living room through Xbox LIVE.2

“The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. “Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it — and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers.”

Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client. The new software (version 4.7) will be available to download for free in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, to easily manage your personal collection of movies, music, podcasts and pictures. Zune software continues to set the standard for entertainment software, providing best-in-class experiences to organize, discover and enjoy digital media with a variety of exclusive features. For example, the Quickplay menu enables immediate access to recently played content and personal favorites, and Smart DJ 3 automatically creates playlists from your personal music collection and takes the extra step of mixing in suggested music from the Zune Marketplace. The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

See the rest of the press release @

Happy Birthday Windows 7 !!!

Happy Birthday Windows 7 !!!


I wanted to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for being our customer. Although Windows 7 is now a year old, I know it is not fully deployed in your offices and homes. Stay tuned to We have a great TechNet On: Windows 7 Deployment content package coming November 1st. Until that time, thanks again for being our customers. We really appreciate it. More to come.

Be sure to check out the blog post Brandon LeBlanc provided on The Windows Blog. He has a fun little contest there and it’s super easy to enter. Here’s my fav seven:

  1. Boot From VHD
  2. DirectAccess
  3. BitLocker
  4. Speed
  5. Stability
  6. Killer application compatibility
  7. FUN !!!

Windows Phone 7: The Ars

“Microsoft doesn't often get version one releases right, but this time, it has got the release very right indeed. Windows Phone 7 looks great, works well, and is a treat to use. Market success isn't assured, but judged on its merits alone, this is a platform that absolutely deserves to succeed, and I really, really hope it does.”

Pretty nice quote from ars technica. You should spend some time reading through their review of Windows Phone 7 when you get a chance.

Head on over to and see for yourself.

HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Surfaces

HP Slate 500

See Hopefully someone will have one for me to play with soon.

Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

freeebookThis book is a gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft to the programming community, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Within the pages that follow, I show you the basics of writing applications for Windows Phone 7 using the C# programming language with the Silverlight and XNA 2D frameworks.

Yes, Programming Windows Phone 7 is truly a free download, but for those readers who still love paper—as I certainly do—this book will also be available (for sale) divided into two fully-indexed print editions: Microsoft Silverlight Programming for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft XNA Framework Programming for Windows Phone 7. [Note from Devon: we should have these ready for order in December 2010.]

Full details at

Office:Mac 2011 now available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers

imageMicrosoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2011

Get the tools to manage business and life, on your terms. Create professional-quality documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Work when and where you want from any computer with a browser and the Office Web Apps. And communicate and share with virtually anyone with the world’s most reliable Office for Windows compatibility. Designed and licensed for more advanced personal use, home-based work, and small business. Includes Outlook for Mac 2011.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Student 2011

From home projects to homework, Office helps your family make the most of every opportunity, every day. Enjoy the flexibility to do what you want, when you want: more ways to access your work from anywhere and share your ideas with others, plus the most reliable Office for Windows compatibility. Designed and licensed for everyday home use, families and K-12 students. Not for commercial use

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Launches!

imageStarting this month, Microsoft will begin the progressive introduction of the Microsoft Community Contributor Award. The Microsoft Community Contributor Award seeks to recognize notable contributors to Microsoft online community forums: TechNet, MSDN® and Answers in areas such as: moderation, content, translation/localization and feedback.

The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants who voluntarily contribute their time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.

Awardees will receive a customized certificate, program award logo kit with the award year, and a complimentary online technical resource aimed to provide a way for forum participants to stay abreast of technology information.

Additional information about the Microsoft Community Contributor Award program can be found at

Driving Four Dell LCD panels with a single Lenovo ThinkPad T410s Optimus laptop and dock

About three weeks ago a Lenovo coupon came out for 15% off ThinkPad laptops. This combined with our stacked EPP discount put the latest ThinkPad T410s in my target price range. In addition to that discount, you can now order this machine with the Intel second generation SSD instead of the Samsung SSD drives previously offered. That saved me at least another $390 because I would have replaced the Sammy right away. So I bit and ordered the ThinkPad T410s with the Optimus GPU chipset.

For those of you not familiar with Optimus graphics, this is a switchable GPU chipset. You can set the BIOS to Intel HD integrated, discrete NVIDIA or Optimus which uses both and flips between the two GPU chipsets on demand without user intervention.

At the time I ordered the machine, I didn’t know you could drive 4 monitors from the ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 dock that came with my ThinkPad W510. Well, it does. Yes, you read that correctly. I am currently driving four flat panel displays with a single thin and light laptop from the docking station. I am not doing this with the ThinkPad W510. The tested configuration is using the much thinner and lighter ThinkPad T410s with Optimus graphics. The ThinkPad T410 and T510 are also now available with Optimus.

See the Lenovo Support article at on this subject. As usual, I ignored it and just did my own thing and it worked out just fine.

Here’s what the display properties look like with the monitors connected.


If you want to see my desktop, checkout the pic I took a couple of years ago. It’s essentially unchanged with the exception of the two 24” panels. I flipped them so the Ultrasharp is now on the right side of the 27” instead of the left. The fourth LCD panel used in this test is sitting on the floor next to my desk.

Let me be more specific. Number 4 above is a Dell E248WFP 24” connected to the docking station via DVI and running at 1920x1200. Monitor number 3 above is a Dell 2707WFP connected to the docking station via DVI and running at 1920x1200. It’s the main monitor. Number 2 above is a Dell 2407WFP connected to the docking station via VGA and running at 1920x1200. Monitor number 1 is a Dell 2007FP 20” display connected to the back of the laptop via DisplayPort and running 1600x1200. To be perfectly clear about the last monitor, it’s connected to the laptop via a StarTech DisplayPort->DVI adaptor.

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate and it’s the 64 bit version. The driver for the T410s I am using is located at

With all four monitors, that’s 4800 pixels of horizontal screen real estate. Or for those of you with a small desk, you could stack the monitors in a 2x2 configuration with many of the arms now available on the market. Pretty impressive for a single laptop and dock with no additional external help via another video card. And for those of you wondering where my detailed review of the ThinkPad T410s Optimus is, it’s coming. In the meantime I thought you might be interested in the above information.

There are a number of new laptops on the market with the NVIDIA Optimus. The Apple MacBook Air isn’t one of them.

Better start making your list, and checking it twice.


Samsung At &T


The employee purchase program moratorium is finally over and I ordered the AT&T subsidized Samsung Focus. I tried the HTC HD7 but didn’t have much luck with battery life so I am trying a different make and model. I really hope this one works out.

Dual Boot from VHD Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Boot from VHD is a new technique for installing and maintaining operating system environments. Unlike virtual machines, the operating system that is running from a “boot from VHD” environment is using the actual hardware instead of emulated hardware. This means a developer could easily use WPF and the full GPU processing power of a high end graphics card. In another scenario, this technology makes it easy to setup and run Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role, thus supporting 64 bit virtualization workloads.

The Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) is the container for the installed operating system. Because everything is inside a single file, there are a number of benefits that can be realized for data center server environments, as well as managed desktop environments. The following article dives into the technical details of implementing two operating systems. Both are installed in a VHD file and can easily be booted by selecting the preferred environment at power on. This could easily be scripted and automated.

The Installation Foundation – Windows PE

The Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) has been updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. One of those improvements is the ability to use a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file as the target for an installation of the operating system (OS).

This has some interesting implications. Booting from a .VHD file that contains an entire OS seems rather magical. I mean think about it. You go to look at a hard drive and there’s a single file but Windows Server 2008 R2 is installed inside it. This would certainly simplify the ability to boot your servers on a completely new environment with little effort. This is going to turn change management on its ear.

The same is true for the desktop OS, Windows 7. You can install Windows 7 inside a .VHD file. Again, the OS is installed inside a single file and thus makes it rather easy to move or change out and bring up a completely different version of the environment. This will make test environments for developers super easy to construct and test discrete sets of applications or components.

One thing that is not well known is how easy it is to create the initial .VHD file and install the operating system into it. The supported and documented ways are geared towards very well defined support scenarios. You can see the supported scenarios in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). Most people have been reluctant to take the time to learn this because it involves the use of imagex captures and applies.

What if you could install with just the DVD?

You can. All you need is a hard drive with disk space and the DVD for Windows 7 RC or Windows Server 2008 R2 RC. In fact, when I was investigating the tools for this article I used a brand spanking new Hitachi 2.5” 320GB 7200rpm hard drive and both DVDs to create a dual boot environment. Nothing more. And it’s much simpler than I thought. The key is WinPE and DISKPART. Here is the screencast demonstration of the tools in action.

The Screencast Video – 23 minutes – Win7 and R2 Dual Boot via VHD

Get Microsoft Silverlight

The Command Sequence Used in the Video

  1. Boot your machine with a blank hard drive using the Windows 7 DVD.
  2. Click next on the language screen if English is appropriate.
  3. SHIFT+F10 to launch a WinPE command console. Although the commands below are in upper case, the commands are not case sensitive. I am only using upper case for readability here.
  4. Enter DISKPART to run the utility.
  5. LIST DISK to see the available disks in your system. I am assuming a single raw disk.
  6. SEL DISK 0
  10. ASSIGN
  11. LIST VOL
  12. CREATE VDISK FILE=c:\windows7rc.vhd MAXIMUM=200000 TYPE=EXPANDABLE
  13. SELECT VDISK FILE=c:\windows7rc.vhd
  18. LIST VOL
  20. exit DISPART
  21. exit WinPE command console
  22. Install to the newly created 200GB (fuzzy math) virtual hard disk which looks just like a partition to Windows Setup
  23. Repeat steps 11-18 for the Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD but with the obvious changes for the vdisk filename, size, etc.

Other References and Articles

Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC – get it @ This is the bible for the supported methods of using “Boot from VHD”.

Windows Virtualization Blog – see their VHD boot post at Particularly interesting is the performance area of the post.

Knom’s Developer Corner – another nice post at

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Resume Guide

The Dynamic Cover Letters Formula for Job-Search Success

You have a maximum of 20 seconds to wow the reader of your letter, so you better maximize its impact by making it dynamic!

There is a formula that can be followed as a guide to writing your cover letters. However, it is critical that each cover letter be unique and specific to you and to the employer -- not one that any applicant could have written to any employer.

Keep your cover letter brief. Never, Never more than one page, and it's best to keep it well under a full page. Each paragraph should have no more than one to three sentences.

If you are writing cover letter that you plan to email, consider shortening the cover letter to just three short paragraphs so that it runs no longer than about one screen.

Fundamentals of a Dynamic Cover Letter 

First Paragraph 

Do not waste this opening paragraph of your cover letter. It is essential that your first paragraph sparks the employer's interest, provides information about the benefits the employer will receive from you, and helps you stand out from all the other job-seekers who want the job.

Focus on your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) -- the one thing that makes you different from all the other job-seekers -- and identifying two or three benefits you can offer the employer.

Weak opening paragraph: I am writing today to apply for the account manager position you have posted on your company Website.

Better opening paragraph: I have increased the size and sales levels of my client base in every position I have held, which in turn has increased the revenues and profits of my employers. I want to bring this same success to the account position you have posted on your Website.

Second Paragraph

Provide more detail about your professional and/or academic qualifications. Provide more information about how you can provide the benefits you mention in the first paragraph. Be sure to stress accomplishments and achievements rather than job duties and responsibilities. Expand on specific items from your resume that are relevant to the job you are seeking. Use solid action verbs to describe your accomplishments and achievements.

If you do not have a lot of solid experience in the field you are trying to enter, remember to focus on key skills that can easily transfer from your previous work experience to the job at hand.

And if responding to a job posting or ad, be sure to tailor this paragraph to the needs described in the ad.


Third Paragraph

Relate yourself to the company, giving details why you should be considered for the position. Continue expanding on your qualifications while showing knowledge of the company.

You need to do your homework -- show that you know something about the organization.


Fourth Paragraph

The final paragraph of your cover letter must be proactive -- and request action. You must ask for the job interview (or a meeting) in this paragraph. You must express your confidence that you are a perfect fit for the job. You must also put the employer on notice that you plan to follow-up within a specified time.

Weak closing paragraph: I hope you will review my resume, and if you agree with what I have stated here, consider me for the position. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Better closing paragraph: I am eager to help advance the success of your company, and I am convinced that we should arrange a time to meet. I will call your office in the next week to schedule an appointment.

Final Thoughts

One last piece of advice: Follow-up is key, so plan on making some phone calls or sending some emails.

@ Mohan

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Using Remote Assistance in Windows XP

It's late at night, and your computer is acting weird. What did you do wrong? Luckily, your co-worker's kid across town just got Windows XP, and he's already mastered it. But his parents won't let him out at night. If only he could fix your computer for you. . . .
With Windows XP's Remote Assistance, he can. If you turn on Remote Assistance, another person can log onto your computer and control it, just as if they were sitting in front of it. They can tweak your computer, setting up what needs to be done, and your computer will run as good as new. (At least, that's the concept.)
To load Remote Assistant, click the Start button, choose Help and Support and choose Remote Assistance. Choose Invite Someone to Help You from the program's screen, and send a message using Outlook Express or Microsoft MSN Messenger. The recipient accepts your request, and he or she sees your computer's screen on their monitor. You two chat back and forth, typing messages, and the helpful soul moves around your mouse, clicking the right things, until the situation is fixed.
Expect to see it used by technical support staffs in the future.


Shutting Down Windows XP

Although the big argument used to be about saturated and unsaturated fats, today's generation has found a new source of disagreement: Should a computer be left on all the time or turned off at the end of the day? Both camps have decent arguments, and there's no real answer (except that you should always turn off your monitor when you won't be using it for a half hour or so).
However, if you decide to turn off your computer, don't just head for the off switch. First, tell Windows XP about your plans. To do that, click the Start button, choose the Turn Off Computer command, and ponder the choices Windows XP places on-screen.

Click Stand By to temporarily put the computer to sleep, click Turn Off to turn off your computer, or click Restart to make Windows XP shut down and come back to life.

Stand By: Save your work before choosing this option; Windows XP doesn't save your work automatically. Instead, it lets your computer doze for a bit to save power, but the computer wakes up at the touch of a button.
Turn Off: Clicking here tells Windows XP to put away all your programs and to make sure that you've saved all your important files. Then it turns off your computer and most of the newer monitors. Poof! Use this option when you're done computing for the day. (If your monitor doesn't turn off automatically, you'll have to push its power button yourself.)
Restart: Here, Windows saves your work and prepares your computer to be shut off. However, it then restarts your computer. Use this option when installing new software, changing settings, or trying to stop Windows XP from doing something awfully weird.
Hibernate: Only offered on some computers, this option works much like Shut Down. It saves your work and turns off your computer. However, when turned on again, your computer presents your desktop just as you left it: Open programs and windows appear in the same place. Putting your computer into hibernation mode is not as safe as shutting it down. (Don't see the Hibernate feature? Hold down Shift, and it will replace the Standby button.)
The Hibernate command takes all of your currently open information and writes it to the hard drive in one big chunk. Then, to re-create your desktop, it reads that big chunk and places it back on your desktop. 

Don't ever turn off your computer unless you've chosen the Turn Off command from the Start button. Windows XP needs to prepare itself for the shutdown, or it may accidentally eat some of your important information — as well as the information of anybody else using the computer at the time.

Remember, if you're done with the computer but other people might want to use it, just click Log Off from the Start menu: Windows XP saves your work and brings up the Welcome screen, allowing other people to log on and play video games.

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How to make your Desktop Icons Transparent

Go to ontrol Panel > System, > Advanced > Performance area > Settings button Visual Effects tab "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop"


What are the differences between using a domain or a workgroup in Windows XP

 Windows XP Professional operates and looks different depending on whether you're a member of a domain or a workgroup. This table provides an overview of the main differences.
Windows XP functions On a domainIn a workgroup
Part of a local area network (LAN)YES
Part of a peer–to–peer network (for small businesses) YES
Part of a home network YES
Computer account required YES
"Welcome" screen availableYES
Fast User Switching available YES
Password Backup and Restore Wizard available YES
New and classic Windows desktops available YESYES
Guest account automatically included YES
Internet and e–mail access YESYES

@ Mohan

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Step-by-Step Guide to Migrating Files and Settings

This guide walks you through the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, which eases the process of copying files and settings from your old computer to a new computer. It is intended for home users, small office users, or users in a "lightly managed" corporate environment. 

Getting a new computer often requires repeating much of the same setup configuration you originally did with your old computer. And even after all the reconfiguration, you still don't have your data from the old computer. Locating this data and figuring our how to move it can be a significant challenge. The Windows® XP operating system streamlines this process with the new Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. By providing clear instructions at each step, the wizard walks you through the process of automatically gathering your files and settings from your old computer and transferring them to your new computer.

The wizard is designed for users in a home or small office environment. The wizard is also useful in a corporate network environment for employees who get a new computer and need to migrate their own files and settings without the support of an IT department or Helpdesk. 
The wizard provides a rich set of options that walk you through the process of migrating to a new computer.

You can:

" Choose how to store files and settings that are migrated. The wizard supports copying old files and settings via:

" 3.5 inch disks or other removable media. 
" A direct cable connection from your old computer to your new computer. 
" A drive on a home network. 
" Customize which files and settings get migrated. If you already know exactly which files and settings you want to migrate, you can add or remove files directly in the wizard. 
Copying files to a home network drive is the fastest method. If you don't have a home network, try using a direct cable connection between your computers. Because the wizard uses auto detection to configure ports for the cable, you don't need to go through any complicated setup procedures. 
Finally, using 3.5-inch disks takes the most time as you will usually need one-two disks to migrate settings and five-ten disks to migrate files and settings. The wizard prompts you for each disk as it collects and saves your files and settings on your old computer. When you run the wizard on your new computer, the wizard prompts you to insert the disks in order. Despite the extra time involved, floppy disks remain a viable, low-tech solution that you may wish to use. 

This guide walks you through this process using the following scenarios: 
" Migrating to a new computer. 
" Migrating to a new computer on your home network. 
" Migrating to a new computer using a direct cable connection. 
" Migrating to a clean installation of Windows XP. 
When migrating files and settings for multiple computers in a corporate environment, administrators should use the User State Migration Tool, a command line tool. For more information, see the white paper, "User State Migration in Windows XP." 

What Gets Migrated?
This section summarizes the types of files and settings that are migrated. 

Migrated Settings

The settings fall into four major groups: 
" Appearance. This includes items such as wallpaper, colors, sounds, and the location of the taskbar. 
" Action. This includes items such as the key repeat rate, whether double-clicking a folder opens it in a new window or the same window, and whether you need to double-click or single-click an item to open it. 
" Internet. These are the settings that let you connect to the Internet and control how your browser operates. This includes items such as your home page URL, favorites or bookmarks, cookies, security settings, dial-up connections, and proxy settings. 
" Mail. This includes the information you need to connect to your mail server, your signature file, views, mail rules, local mail, and contacts. The mail clients supported are Outlook® and Outlook Express. 
Application settings
The wizard currently supports migrating specific application settings including Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Outlook®, PowerPoint®, and Word). Support for migrating additional applications will be included when Windows XP is released. 
Note that only applications settings are migrated; actual applications are not migrated. You will need to re-install applications on your new computer. 
Summary of migrated settings
Migrated setting groups include: 
" Internet Explorer settings 
" Outlook Express settings and store 
" Outlook settings and store 
" Dial-Up connections 
" Phone and modem options 
" Accessibility 
" Screen saver selection 
" Fonts 
" Folder options 
" Taskbar settings 
" Mouse and keyboard settings 
" Sounds settings 
" Regional options 
" Office settings 
" Network drives and printers 
" Desktop folder 
" My Documents folder 
" My Pictures folder 
" Favorites folder 
" Cookies folder 
" Common Office file types 

Migrated Files

Files are migrated by file type (.DOC), folder (C:\My Documents), or specific name (C:\Important\money.mny). The wizard moves many of the common file types and folders by default and gives you the option of adding or removing folders, file types, or specific files. 
Migrating to a New Computer
In this scenario, you migrate files from an old computer to a new computer. The old computer contains your current settings that you would like to have on your new computer. 
Starting the wizard on your new computer

1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
2. Ensure New Computer is selected and click Next. 
3. When the Do you have a Windows XP CD page appears, select I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following drive: and click Next. 
4. Insert a blank and formatted 3.5 inch floppy disk into your new computer's floppy drive. The wizard creates the disk and prompts you to go to your old computer. If your browser does not support inline frames, click here to view on a separate page. 

Starting the wizard on your old computer

1. Insert the wizard disk into your old computer. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
2. When the Select a transfer method page appears, select Floppy drive or other removable media and click Next. The What do you want to transfer page appears.
If your browser does not support inline frames, click here to view on a separate page. 

This page lets you select settings only, files only, or both files and settings. Details of each option appear in the right pane. 
3. For the purposes of getting started with this wizard, select Settings only and click Next. 
4. Prepare your 3.5-inch disks. For settings, you may need only one disk. For files and settings, you usually need no more than five or ten 3.5-inch disks for this. When your 3.5-inch disks are ready and formatted, click Next. 
The wizard scans your old computer and collects all of the settings you requested to migrate. This usually takes a few minutes, depending on the speed of your computer. 
5. When prompted for the first 3.5-inch disk, select one of the blank 3.5-inch disks you have prepared, label it Migration 1, insert it, and click OK. 
6. If you are prompted for additional 3.5-inch disks, select another blank 3.5-inch disk, label it the next disk, and so on until the wizard completes. 
7. When the Completing the Collection phase page appears, click Finish and collect all of the 3.5-inch disks you just made. 
8. Return to your new computer and continue with the wizard. 

Resuming the wizard on your new computer 

1. The wizard that you left running on your new computer should still be on the page as shown in Figure 1 earlier. Click Next. 
2. When the Where are the Files and Settings page appears, select Floppy drive or other removable media and click Next. 
3. Insert the disk labeled Migration 1 (the first disk you created) into the 3.5-inch disk drive. Select Floppy Drive (if not already selected) and click Next. 
4. The wizard reads the collected files and settings from the 3.5-inch disks and applies them to your new computer. Insert each disk as prompted. 
5. When all of the disks have been inserted and the settings and files have been applied, the wizard will reach the Finished page. Click Finished. For the changes to take effect, you are prompted to restart your computer. 

Migrating to a New Computer on Your Home Network
A home network is a faster and simpler way to migrate your files and settings from your old computer to your new computer. This scenario assumes you have two computers-an old computer and a new computer-on a home network. This means that, before migrating, you will need to ensure that your new computer running Windows XP can "recognize" your old computer on the network. The old computer contains your current settings and files that you want have on your new computer. 
Starting the wizard on your new computer

1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
2. Ensure New Computer is selected and click Next. 
3. When the Do you have a Windows XP CD page appears, select I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following drive: and click Next. 
4. Insert a blank and formatted 3.5 inch floppy disk into your new computer's floppy drive. The wizard creates the disk and prompts you to go to your old computer.
Starting the wizard on your old computer
1. Insert the wizard disk Into your old computer. 
2. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
3. When the Select a Transfer Method page appears, select Home or small office network, and click Next .
Selecting a transfer method.

4. When the What do you want to transfer page appears, select Both Files and Settings. Click Next. 
5. The wizard scans your old computer and collects all of the settings you requested to migrate. This usually takes a few minutes. 
6. You are prompted to enter the password displayed on your new computer. Enter the password and click OK. When the files and settings are collected, they are automatically transferred to your new computer. The new computer will then apply those settings. 
7. When the wizard finishes collecting and transferring the files and settings, it reaches the completion page. Click Finish and return to your new computer.

Resuming the wizard on your new computer

1. The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard on your new computer is already applying your files and settings to your new computer. Wait until it is finished. 
2. When all the settings and files have been applied, the wizard reaches the Finished page. Click Finished. For the changes to take effect, you need to restart the computer. 
This is a much faster and more complete way to migrate your files and settings than using a 3.5-inch disk, but it does require you to have a home network. Another way to transfer files and settings is via a direct cable connection explained below. 

Migrating to a New Computer Using a Direct Cable Connection
A simple way to migrate files and settings is to use a direct cable that connects your computers via the serial ports. You will need a serial PC to PC file transfer cable, available from most computer stores. If you don't know the exact type of cable you need, ask for assistance at a computer store. 

Starting the wizard on your new computer

1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
2. Ensure New Computer is selected and click Next. 
3. When the Do you have a Windows XP CD page appears, select I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following drive: and click Next. 
4. Insert a blank and formatted 3.5 inch floppy disk into your new computer's floppy drive. The wizard creates the disk and prompts you to go to your old computer

Starting the wizard on your old computer

1. Insert the wizard disk Into your old computer. 
2. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
When the Select a Transfer Method page appears, select Direct Cable and click Next.
Direct cable connection. 

When the Set up your serial connection page appears, complete the following steps. 

o Connect your computers with a serial PC to PC file transfer cable. 
o Go to the other computer and advance the wizard to the Set up your serial connection page. 
o Click Autodetect on both wizards to select the serial port setting. 
When the wizard shows a successful connection, click Next. 
The wizard automatically transfers your files and settings to your new computer. You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. 
Although both of the preceding scenarios did copy your files and settings, these defaults don't cover all situations and file types. The following scenario describes how to customize the selection of what is migrated. 

Migrating to a Clean Installation Of Windows XP
This advanced scenario assumes you have only one computer and are going to perform a clean installation of Windows XP side-by-side with an existing installation of Windows. First, you need to complete a clean installation of Windows XP on your computer, at a different location on your hard drive than your current installation. (It is important you do not choose upgrade, but a clean installation.) You also want to be sure not to overwrite your old installation. The computer will need to be able to boot into either operating system. This scenario assumes that you have already completed this dual installation. For more information, see Multibooting with Windows 2000 and Windows XP at
Starting the wizard on your old operating system

1. Start your computer by booting into your old operating system. Insert the Windows XP CD. 
2. When the Windows XP Welcome screen appears, click Perform Additional Tasks, then click Transfer 

Files and Settings

3. When the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard page appears, click Next. 
4. When the Select a transfer method page appears, select Other, and then click Browse to select a folder that has enough room to store the collected files and settings. You will probably need at least 150 megabytes (MB). Note that later you will need to locate the folder in which you stored the files and settings. Click Next. 
The What do you want to transfer page appears allowing you to select settings only, files only, or both files and settings. When you select an option, the page displays a list of what will be migrated. 
5. Select Both Files and Settings and select Let me select a custom list of files and settings when I click Next .
Specifying files and settings for migration

6. Click Next. The Select custom files and settings page appears.

Customizing files and settings for migration. 

On the Select custom files and settings page, you can add or remove known settings, file types, folders, or specific files. In this scenario, you will want to migrate the default folders, because these are located in a different place in Windows XP; however, you don't need to migrate any of the file types. You can access those files where they are now. 
7. Select each of the items in the File Type's tree and click Remove. Leave all of the settings. When all of the File Types have been removed, click Next. 
The wizard now scans your existing Windows installation and collects all of the settings you requested to migrate. This usually takes a few minutes. 
8. When the wizard finishes collecting the files and settings, the completion page appears. Click Finish. 
Starting the wizard on Windows XP 
1. Start your computer by booting into Windows XP. Open the File and Settings Transfer Wizard. 
2. When the Do you have a Windows XP CD page appears, select I don't need the Wizard Disk. I have already collected my files and settings from my old computer. Click Next. 
3. When the Where are your files and settings page appears, select Other and click Browse. Go to the folder share drive where you stored your files. 
The wizard begins reading the collected files and settings and applies them to your new installation. 
4. When the settings and files have been applied, the completion page appears. Click Finished. For the changes to take effect, you need to restart your computer and boot into your Windows XP installation. 
Your files and settings from your old installation should now be applied on your new installation of Windows XP. Some files are duplicated between the two installations, such as files on your desktop, in Favorites, or in My Documents. Other items, such as your mail store, are also duplicated. 

This guide walks you through the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard and explains all the steps needed to successfully use this powerful tool. The wizard streamlines the process of using a new computer by making it easy to duplicate your old computing environment and keep all your settings such as Favorites in Internet Explorer. 
Copying your files is also made easier. Although uising a home network is the fastest way to copy files, 3.5 inch disks remain a viable option for many users who don't have a network at home. 
Furthermore, the wizard can also be useful in a "lightly managed" corporate environments where users are expected to migrate their own files and settings without very much assistance from IT support professionals. 
For large scale automated migrations, IT professionals should employ the User State Migration Tool, explained in the companion paper User State Migration in Windows XP at

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Set up and Use Internet Connection Sharing

With Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) in Windows XP, you can connect one computer to the Internet, then share the Internet service with several computers on your home or small office network. The Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP Professional will automatically provide all of the network settings you need to share one Internet connection with all the computers in your network. Each computer can use programs such as Internet Explorer and Outlook Express as if they were directly connected to the Internet. 

You should not use this feature in an existing network with Windows 2000 Server domain controllers, DNS servers, gateways, DHCP servers, or systems configured for static IP addresses. 

Enabling ICS

The ICS host computer needs two network connections. The local area network connection, automatically created by installing a network adapter, connects to the computers on your home or small office network. The other connection, using a 56k modem, ISDN, DSL, or cable modem, connects the home or small office network to the Internet. You need to ensure that ICS is enabled on the connection that has the Internet connection. By doing this, the shared connection can connect your home or small office network to the Internet, and users outside your network are not at risk of receiving inappropriate addresses from your network.

When you enable ICS, the local area network connection to the home or small office network is given a new static IP address and configuration. Consequently, TCP/IP connections established between any home or small office computer and the ICS host computer at the time of enabling ICS are lost and need to be reestablished. For example, if Internet Explorer is connecting to a Web site when Internet Connection Sharing is enabled, refresh the browser to reestablish the connection. You must configure client machines on your home or small office network so TCP/IP on the local area connection obtains an IP address automatically. Home or small office network users must also configure Internet options for Internet Connection Sharing. To enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Discovery and Control on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition computers, run the Network Setup Wizard from the CD or floppy disk on these computers. For ICS Discovery and Control to work on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition computers, Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later must be installed. 

To enable Internet Connection Sharing on a network connection 
You must be logged on to your computer with an owner account in order to complete this procedure. 
Open Network Connections. (Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.)
Click the dial-up, local area network, PPPoE, or VPN connection you want to share, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.
On the Advanced tab, select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection check box. 
If you want this connection to dial automatically when another computer on your home or small office network attempts to access external resources, select the Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet check box.
If you want other network users to enable or disable the shared Internet connection, select the Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection check box.
Under Internet Connection Sharing, in Home networking connection, select any adapter that connects the computer sharing its Internet connection to the other computers on your network. The Home networking connection is only present when two or more network adapters are installed on the computer. 
To configure Internet options on your client computers for Internet Connection Sharing 
Open Internet Explorer. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Internet Explorer.)
On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
On the Connections tab, click Never dial a connection, and then click LAN Settings. 

In Automatic configuration, clear the Automatically detect settings and Use automatic configuration script check boxes.
In Proxy Server, clear the Use a proxy server check box.


Sharing Your Own Computer's Stuff with the Network

To share a file or folder with your fellow computer users, move the file into your Shared Documents folder, which lives in your My Computer window. (You must move or copy a file into the Shared Documents folder; shortcuts don't always work.)
After you place your file or folder into your Shared Documents folder, it appears in the Shared Documents folder of everybody else using your computer.
Administrators can share folders without having to move them into the Shared Documents folder. The trick is to follow these steps:

1. Right-click on a folder you'd like to share and choose Sharing and Security from the pop-up menu.
Open My Computer and right-click on the folder you'd like to share. When the menu appears, select Sharing and Security. A window appears, showing the Properties for that folder. It opens to the Sharing tab.
Right-click on a folder and choose Sharing and Security to share the folder on the network.

2. Click the box marked Share This Folder on the Network.
A check mark in that box lets everybody peek at, grab, steal, change, or delete any of the files in that folder. To let visitors look inside the files but not change them, remove the check mark from the box marked Allow Network Users to Change My Files.
3. Click OK.
Now that particular folder and all its contents are available for everybody on the network to share.
Sharing a lot of folders isn't a good idea because it gives network visitors too much control over your computer. Even if you trust people, they might accidentally mess something up. To be safe, only share files by placing them in the Shared Document folder.

Inside Shared Documents live two more folders, Shared Music and Shared Pictures. Those two folders are also available to any user. So, if you want to share documents with any user of your computer, store them in the Shared Documents folder. When you make MP3s from your CDs, store them in the Shared Music folder, too, so that everybody can enjoy them.


Understanding Microsoft .NET Passport

In its ever-expanding push toward computer domination, Microsoft launched a concept called the .NET Passport. (Soon after installation, Windows XP urgently asks you to sign up for one.) In theory, the Passport sounds great: Give Microsoft a user name and password, and you have a Passport. When you visit any Passport-aware Internet sites, you type in your same Passport name and password. You no longer have to remember different user names and passwords for every place that you visit or shop on the Internet.
In fact, when you move from one Passport-enabled site to another, you don't even need to log on again. With the Passport, your personal data travels with you: name, address, and, if you purchased anything, your credit card number. Microsoft says its .NET Passport enables software, Internet services, and computer gadgetry to work together and share information, making the Internet easier for everyone to use.
Think about it, though. No entity should govern your Internet use — except you. The Microsoft Passport contains your Internet identity. With Passport, Microsoft creates a consumer database that's just too powerful. Microsoft can collect information from any Passport-enabled site you visit, so Microsoft knows the stocks you track in, the Web pages you view in, and where you travel through When you move from one Passport-enabled site to another, that information could be shared, too.

In concept, Passport sounds great. When computers are working well, they do great things. But everybody knows how terrible computers can be if something goes wrong. Passport offers too much opportunity for things to go wrong. Sure, it's okay to occasionally use a Passport account when there's no alternative. But avoid Passport-enabled sites whenever possible.