Windows XP Secrets

Setup Switches

These options are used with the Windows XP setup WINNT32.EXE program and change the way Windows can be installed.

Check the existing OS for compatibility with XP (but does not install)

Executes command after GUI mode of setup completes, but before the reboot.

Show the Recovery Console option to repair a failed installation.

Creates a subdirectory named “folder” below the XP directory

Copies source files to local directory “folder”

Write a debug log to filename for warning levels. Level 0=severe errors, 1=errors, 2=warnings, 3=information, 4=detailed info for debugging. Default level is 2, and default filename is winnt32.log in the default Windows directory.

Disable dynamic update, so only the original setup files are used.

Copy all setup and installation files to the hard disk to run the installation from the hard disk rather than the CD (if CD is having problems during install).

Do not automatically reboot after installation completes copying the files.

Specify the location of the Windows XP source files, such as a network path

/syspart :drive_letter
Copies temporary files to specified drive, make the drive active, and run from that drive.

/tempdrive :drive_letter
Drive location of temporary files

Specify the settings file (uniqueness database) for use during an unattended installation

Unattended installation. The /s option to specify the location of the source files must be used

Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft has a number of shortcuts. Below are some of the less commonly known, but very useful shortcuts. For a complete list on the Microsoft web site, click here.

Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin

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Display or hide the Start menu

Windows Logo+BREAK
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Windows Logo+D
Toggle to show desktop (minimize all open windows)

Windows Logo+E
Open My Computer

Windows Logo+F
Search for a file or a folder

Windows Logo+M
Minimize all of the windows

Windows Logo+SHIFT+M
Restore the minimized windows

Windows Logo+R
Open the Run dialog box