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Useful Facts on Windows
  bcdalai's Free Tech. Support Blog: []   - 1 -  © 2004-2010, bcdalai   Useful Facts on Windows   No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.  – Isaac Newton Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.  – Oscar Wilde Persistence and positive thinking to make things happen. About this document:   This document is for educational and informational purposes only. About the Author: bcdalai, MCP, MCSE, MCTS: Windows Vista . The author is an IT pro working on Desktop,Server and Networking - as system administrator, Tech. Support, software troubleshooter andreviewer. He is available for tech. support in Microsoft forums, community and in other online forumswith the online name bcdalai  . He can be reached at:  or e-mail: .   License: The subject matters are for system administrators and everyday computer users. This articleis completely free to read, distribute (through website, CD/DVD or magazines) or share without anymodification and may be reproduced in printable media with a link to this article. The article must be distributed in “Microsoft XPS” or “Adobe PDF” format.   Disclaimer: This document is for educational and informational purposes. THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT W ARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. It is assumedthat you will use the contents of this document in proper and productive way. All names, websites,trade names and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2004-2010 by bcdalai. Thanks: I’m greatly thankful to all the readers for reading and sending feedbacks to me.    bcdalai's Free Tech. Support Blog: []   - 2 -  © 2004-2010, bcdalai   Useful Facts on Windows   1. Dynamic disks are not supported on portable computers or on Windows XP Home Editionbased computers.2. In windows XP Home Edition the following features are not available: Group Policies,Automatic Software Installation and Maintenance, Roaming User Profiles, Offline Files andFolders, Remote Desktop, NTFS, EFS (Encrypted File System), joining a domain, dynamicdisks, IIS (Internet Information Services), Remote Installation Services (RIS), WindowsManagement Instrumentation Console (WMIC), Microsoft's HTTP and FTP Server, WindowsBackup (ntbackup.exe), Automated System Recovery (ASR) and support more than oneprocessor.3. Automated System Recovery is not a supported feature in Windows XP Home Edition usingBackup, but Backup is provided on the CD-ROM as additional value to help back upcritical system data. To Manually Install the Backup Utility: Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file from the Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM to start a wizard that installs Backup: CD- ROM Drive  :\VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP. Follow the wizard. When the wizard iscomplete, click Finish .4. Creating rescue disk feature is not available in Windows Server 2003.5. You cannot format/create a partition more than 32GB as fat 32 file system.6. You cannot see or access NTFS partitions in Windows 95/98/ME because theseoperating sy stems don’t support NTFS file system.7. You cannot run two Operating Systems simultaneously from one drive/partition; if you will dothis the last operating system you installed on that drive will only run.8. If you install and run MSN Explorer version 6, your MSN POP3 e-mail account will bemigrated to an MSN Hotmail account. If you have Outlook and Outlook Express configuredfor POP3, you will no longer receive your new MSN e-mail messages.9. Deleting or reformatting any dynamic disk volume using the Recovery console'sDISKPART or FORMAT command or during Windows 2000 text-mode Setup, couldresult in permanent data loss.10. You cannot install Windows Vista on FAT/FAT32 file system. Installation of WindowsVista in FAT/FAT32 file system is not supported except NTFS file system.11. There is no Boot.ini file in Windows Vista. The Boot.ini file is used for legacy Windowsversions when dual-booting only.12. You can’t run two or more instances of Windows Installer in Windows XP/2003 Server orlower version of windows. Because running of two or more instances of Windows Installer inWindows Installer v3.1 or lower is not supported. This feature is only supported in WindowsInstaller v4.0 and later versions e.g. in OS like Windows Vista and later.13. NetMeeting 3.02 (in Vista) does not support remote desktop sharing. Therefore, the Remote Desktop Sharing option is not available on the Tools menu in NetMeeting 3.02.14. The default workgroup name in windows XP Home Edition is “ MSHome ” and in XP Pro,Windows Server 2003 and in Wind ows Vista it is “ WORKGROUP ”.  15. Windows Vista Starter and Basic Editions do not support control /nameMicrosoft.Personalization command.16. The former n ame of “M icrosoft Dynamics products ” is   “Mi crosoft Business Solutions ”.  17. The former n ame of “W ind ows SteadyState” is “Micr  osoft Shared Computer Tool kit”.  18. Windows Server 2008 is the last 32-bit OS from Microsoft. All future server OS fromMicrosoft will be 64-bit e.g. Windows Server 2008 R2 (only 64-bit release).19. The Fast Saves feature in Word 2003 no longer functions after you install Office 2003Service Pack 3. The Allow fast saves check box still exists in the Save options in Word2003. However, the functionality of the option has been disabled. The Fast Saves featurespeeds up the saving of a document by saving only the changes that are made to thedocument. Additionally, documents that are saved when the Fast Saves feature isenabled may contain content that you may not want to share with other people when youdistribute the document electronically. This information is known as metadata. Metadata isused for a variety of purposes to improve the editing, the viewing, the filing, and the retrievalof Office files. Because of the design of the Fast Saves feature, text or comments thatyou delete from a document may remain in the document even after you save the document.Therefore, Microsoft has disabled the functionality of the Fast Saves feature in Office 2003  bcdalai's Free Tech. Support Blog: []   - 3 -  © 2004-2010, bcdalai   SP3 to increase the security of Word 2003 documents.20. Office files that are saved in (e.g. .html, .mht, .rtf, .xml) no longer contain the versionnumber of Office after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3. This is because this behaviorwas changed in Office 2003 SP3 to improve the security of Office 2003 documents.21. Microsoft Office 2010 , codenamed “ Office 14” will also be the first version of Office to shipin both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.22. Microsoft Office 2010 will not support for Windows XP Professional 64-bit, and WindowsServer 2003.23. XP Mode is supported on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only.24. BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, Boot from VHD disk image and MUI multiple languages (35languages) support is only available for Windows 7 Ultimate edition.25. The Windows Package Manager (pkgmgr.exe) is used to install and uninstall Windowsoptional features; it replaces sysocmgr.exe, which was available in Windows XP andWindows Server 2003.26. The version of Office 2010, “ Office Starter 2010 ” will replace the low-end home productivitysoftware, “ Microsoft Works ”.  27. Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Professional (Business), Enterprise andUltimate Editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Users of Windows 7 or Windows VistaStarter, Home Basic and Home Premium will not get Local Group Policy Editor. 28.   Windows Service Pack Release Dates:Windows XP: Service Pack 1 (SP1): 9 th September 2002Service Pack 1a (SP1a): 3 rd February 2003Service Pack 2 (SP2): 6 th August 2004Service Pack 3 (SP3): 21 st April 2008 Windows Server 2003: Service Pack 1 (SP1): 30 th March 2005Service Pack 2 (SP2): 13 th March 2007 Windows Server 2003 (x64) and Windows XP Professional x64 Editions: Service Pack 2 (SP2): 12 th March 2007 Windows Vista: Service Pack 1 (SP1): 18 th March 2008Service Pack 2 (SP2): 26 th May 2009 Windows Server 2008 Editions: Service Pack 1 (SP1): Included with RTM on 27 th Feb 2008Service Pack 2 (SP2): 26 th May 2009 29. Upgrading from the following language versions of Windows XP to the matchinglanguage of Windows Vista is not supported:a. Windows XP with the following Language Interface Packs installed : Bulgarian,Croatian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Serbian-Latin, Slovak, Slovenian,Thai, or Ukrainian.b. Windows XP Media Center Edition : Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), TraditionalChinese (Taiwan), Czech, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese(Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, or Turkish.c. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition : Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian,Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish,Swedish, and Turkish.If you have one of these operating systems, you will need to perform a clean installation ofWindows Vista.30. The following features are not available in Windows Vista:a. Active Desktopb. HyperTerminalc. Luna Visual Themed. MSN Explorere. NetMeeting (replaced with “Wi ndows Me eting Space”)    bcdalai's Free Tech. Support Blog: []   - 4 -  © 2004-2010, bcdalai   f. Telnet.exe is no longer installed by default, but is installable feature through “Pro grams an d Features”.  g. The network Messenger Service (Winchat.exe).h. Windows Messengeri. WinHlp32.exe, used to display 32-bit .hlp files (help pages, replaced by .chm files) More Useful Stuffs Major Versions of IIS   Versions OS Platforms Year Released 1Windows NT 3.5119962Windows NT 4.019963Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 319964Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack19975Windows 200019995.1Windows XP ProfessionalWindows XP Media Center Edition20016Windows Server 2003Windows XP Professional x64 Edition20037Windows Vista(Business, Enterprise, Ultimate Editions) 20067Windows Server 200820087.5Windows Server 2008 R2Windows 72009 CHANGED NAMES: In Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7 etc.   Note: Including the features, technologies, components and services. The names are changed and thefunctionality of some items has been enhanced and moved or consolidated with other items in a new item.   NEW / CHANGED NAME   FORMER NAME LATER NAMESL. WINDOWS 2000, XP, SERVER 2003 etc. WINDOWS VISTA (Client OS) 01 Accessibility Options Ease of Access Center02 Add or Remove Programs Programs and Features03 Address Book Windows Contacts04 Automated System Recovery (ASR) Windows Complete PC Restore05 Computer Browser Network Discovery Protocol (NDP)06 Documents and Settings Users07 Error Reporting Windows Error Reporting (WER)08 Files and Setting Transfer Wizard Windows Easy Transfer (WET)09 Local Security Settings Security Configuration Management10 Microsoft Synchronization Tool Sync Center11 My Computer Computer12 My Documents Documents13 My Music Music14 My Network Places Network Places15 My Pictures Pictures16 My Recent Documents Recent Documents17 My Videos Videos18 NetMeeting Windows Meeting Space19 NTBackup (Windows Backup Utility) Backup and Restore Center20 Outlook Express Windows Mail21 Performance Monitor Reliability and Performance Monitor22 Prefetch Superfetch23 Regional Settings Region and Language24 Remote Assistance Windows Remote Assistance25 Remote Installation Services (RIS) Windows Deployment Services (WDS)26 Run As Run As Administrator27 Scheduled Tasks Task Scheduler28 Stored Use Names and Passwords Credential Manager29 System File Checker (SFC) System Integrity Check and Repair30 System Restore System Protection31 Tour Windows XP Getting Started or Welcome Center
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