4.3 Additional Tips and Tricks
...can be found be reviewing the Microsoft Help Forum XP Installation FAQ.
Information on various tasks can be found at their respective TechNet sites:
Windows 2000 Pro
Windows 2000 Server
How to configure Windows 2000 DNS in a new workgroup environment can be found at the MS product support site here.
Some more information can be found within these KB articles:
HOW TO: Schedule a Daily Backup in Windows 2000 (Q300960)
Backing up, restoring, and recovering the Windows 2000 registry
HOW TO: Back Up a Windows 2000-Based Computer the First Time (Q241007)
Go to "Start+Programs+Accessories+System Tools+Backup"
Press the "Backup Wizard" button; once the wizard starts press next and then select "Only backup the System State Data". Give it a name like "System State" and select where to store it...then press next and then finish.
Recently, a new form of internet spam has emerged and it can affect users of Windows 2000 and XP. Advertisements can be sent using the Messenger Service built into NT (not to be confused with Windows/MSN Messenger that you chat with).
The easiest way to prevent the windows is to disable the service. To disable it, open the Control Panel, go to the Administrative Tools folder, and then the Services applet. Scroll down to the Messenger service and double click it. Change the setting to Disabled. Bear in mind that this shuts of all activity for that service. If you do not use it to Message on your network, then you have nothing to worry about.
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 330904 contains some info on the problem as well.
Below is an example of an advertisement with the number blotted out to render the ad useless:
And finally, here is an excellent thread on the subject from our own Security Forum.
A freeware utility is available for resetting your Administrator password in the event you suddenly can't remember it. Information and the tool can be found by visiting this link - Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.
Alternatively, you can download Ophcrack which can be used to identify all user passwords on an NT based machine.
After you've recreated your password and are back in business, you can follow the instructions in the following MSKB articles (XP) for creating a password recovery disk:
Sometimes, thumbnails will lose their labels in Explorer. To restore the labels, open the problem folder and change the view to something else, say icons. Now change back to thumbnails while holding down the shift key. This should bring back the labels. Similarly, labels can be hidden by changing the view and restoring thumbnails while holding the shift key. Windows XP uses the shift key in this case to toggle between labeled and unlabeled thumbnails.