1: Exploring New Features and Improvements in XP

November 28, 2006

Automatic Updates
AU allows users to automatically download and install  operating system updates, such as security fixes and patches.

Copying Files and Folders to a CD
XP enables users to save information such as photos and software to a compact disc (CD) without using third-party software.

To copy files or folders to a CD follow these steps:

  1. Insert a blank, writable CD into the CD recorder.
  2. select the files and folders you want to write to the CD.
  3. Under File And Folder Tasks, click Copy This File or Folder or The Selected Items.
  4. In the Copy Items dialog box, click the CD recording drive and then click Copy.
  5. In My Computer, click the CD recording drive and then under CD Writing Tasks, click Write These Files To The CD.ClearType Support

ClearType Support
ClearType is a new text display technology which provides a clearer text display on a LCD screen with digital interface  – Display – apperance tab – effects

Compressed Folders
The Compressed Folders feature provides the ability to create ZIP folders and view their contents.  If you drag and drop files and folders into a compressed folder, they will be compressed. You cannot save a file to a compressed folder.

Desktop Cleanup Wizard
The Desktop Cleanup Wizard helps keep your desktop uncluttered by periodically checking for unused shortcuts and removing them without harming the installed program. By default, the Desktop Cleanup Wizard checks for unused shortcuts every 60 days and offers to move them to a folder on the desktop called Unused Desktop Shortcuts.   – Display – Desktop – Customise Desktop

Start Menu
The Start menu has been redesigned for easier access to important and frequently used tasks. It also lists important user folders such as My Documents, My Pictures, and My Music.

Fax Support
fax support that enables you to send faxes. IT administrators can use the Component Object Model (COM) application programming interface (API) to control fax capabilities and the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to set up the fax service within their infrastructure. Developers can use COM to send faxes programmatically. In addition, they can use the fax APIs to write applications to automatically send faxes.

Fast User Switching for Multiple Users of a Computer
The Fast User Switching feature allows multiple users to simultaneously share a computer without closing all of their applications first

Locale Support Additions and Regional Options Enhancements
A locale is a set of cultural and regional preferences that correspond to a user’s language and sublanguage (for example, Canadian French and U.K. English). Compared with Windows 2000 Professional, this feature adds support for the following locales: Galician, Gujarati, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Punjabi, Divehi, Syriac, and Telugu. The feature also includes enhancements to the Regional and Language Options control panel.

Auto-Configuration for Multiple Network Connectivity
This feature provides easy access to network devices and the Internet. It also allows a mobile computer user to seamlessly operate both office and home networks without manually reconfiguring TCP/IP settings. This feature can be used to specify an alternate configuration for TCP/IP if DHCP server is not found. The alternate configuration is useful when a computer is used on multiple networks, one of which does not have a DHCP server and does not use an automatic private IP addressing configuration.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Instant Messaging

Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) 

Terminal Services: Remote Desktop and Remote Desktop Connection

WebDAV Redirector

The Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) redirector is a new mini-redirector that supports the WebDAV protocol for remote document sharing over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). The WebDAV redirector supports the use of existing applications and allows file sharing across the Internet (through firewalls and routers) to HTTP servers. For example, the WebDAV redirector allows users at different locations to share and collaborate on a file. A user can also use WebDAV redirectors to publish Web data, or make use of Internet repositories for storing data or sharing information with family and friends.

To use the WebDAV redirector follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click My Computer. Click My Network Places.
  2. Under Network Tasks, click Add A Network Place.
  3. Windows XP Professional starts the Add Network Place Wizard.
  4. Click Next in the Welcome screen.
  5. The Add Network Place Wizard displays the Where Do You Want To Create This Network Place dialog box
  6. Follow the instructions for adding a shortcut to a Web site that supports Web folders

Web Publishing

To publish files, click Start, click My Documents, and select the files you want to publish. Under File And Folder Tasks, click Publish This File To The Web. In the Web Publishing Wizard page, click Next. In the Destination Web Site page, select a destination location for your files, and then follow the wizard prompts to complete publishing the files.

Welcome Screen 

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