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Microsoft Support Resources

* www.microsoft.com/windows/catalog
Use this site to check compatibility of software and hardware products with Windows XP. For the best experience on Windows, look for products that carry the Designed for Windows XP logo.

* www.microsoft.com/downloads/details
Office XP Tool: Web Components, Microsoft Office Web Components are a collection of Component Object Model (COM) controls for publishing spreadsheets, charts, and databases to the Web, and for viewing the published components on the Web.

* www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads
Download Microsoft Reader for Windows-based desktop and laptop PCs — FREE — today! Note: To use Text-to-Speech features, please download the Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech Package 1.0..

* http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
Get the latest updates available for your computer's operating system, software, and hardware. Windows Update scans your computer to see what updates are required and provides you with a list of updates tailored just for you.

* http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/frontpage/tools
FrontPage Downloads Download a variety of FrontPage tools, references, and add-ins designed to make your job easier.

* www.microsoft.com/windows/communities
Windows Communities Web Sites. Looking for add-ins for Windows or advice from people like you? Windows communities provide the ideal place to find tips and downloads, as well as share information with your peers. There are a number of community sites for people using the Windows operating systems

* http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsr/p/registrywindows.htm
What is the Windows Registry?: The Windows Registry, usually referred to as "the registry," is a centralized database of configuration settings in Microsoft Windows operating systems. What is the Windows Registry Used For?: The Windows Registry is used as a single place to store much of the information and settings for software programs, hardware devices, user preferences, operating system configurations, and much more. In many ways, the registry can be thought of as a kind of DNA for the Windows operating system. How is the Windows Registry Accessed?: The Windows Registry is accessed and configured using the Microsoft Registry Editor program, a free registry editing utility included with every version of Microsoft Windows.

* www.windowsmarketplace.com
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* http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282491/
Extensions to Windows XP CD Writing Capabilities. Microsoft Windows XP provides tools for copying files to a CD-R or CD-RW device. These include the CD Writing Wizard for all file types and the Copy to audio CD task for audio files. These capabilities can also be used by OEMs through the use of extensions to those tools. This topic explains how those extensions are registered and used.

*http://regnamespace.codeplex.com/
Project Description; The Windows Registry Shell Namespace Extension allows Windows Explorer to view and interact with the Windows Registry data via Explorer windows. It demonstrates existing Shell extensibility points like IShellFolder2 and SHCreateShellFolderView and also demonstrates new concepts in Vista including the property system, property schema extensibility, and content indexing via Protocol Handlers. This project is implemented using C++ and ATL. Screenshots, Overview, Build/Setup Instructions.

* http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/vista/vista_registry_tweaks.htm
Windows Vista Registry Tweaks. Vista has very few NEW registry tweaks that we simply must configure. As you may know, there are a huge number of settings in the registry; what seems to have happened is that XP and Vista each have different registry settings that lend themselves to tweaking. There are also favorite tips from XP which are less important in Vista, for example, MenuShowDelay and SourcePath. When you launch regedit, one change to watch out for is a subtle change in a few of the registry paths. Vista makes great use of the 'Policies' folders. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\.

* http://support.microsoft.com/
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