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BlackBox for Windows Title Bar - BlackBox for Windows, or bb4win, changes the windows title bar to its slim and simple title bar. Some windows applications write data to the title bar and will toggle between the two while the title bars data is being written to. This article will show you what options you need to know.

BlackBox for Windows Time Display - How to change the time displayed on the blackbox version of the windows start bar (BBLeanBar). The default time is in military or 24 hour time.

Disable autorun - Disable the Autorun features in Windows. The autorun feature uses the autorun.inf file and is used on removable media. You can disable the Cdrom drive autorun for all users on a system or you can disable all devices from using autorun on a per user basis using the registry editor.

Disable Windows Network Ports - A computer port is much like the a port in a shipyard. Firewalls became extremely popular post 2000 as many default operating systems especially the windows line came with many actively exploited common ports. This article will teach you how to disable every port in your Windows XP Operating System. After running a netstat and or Nmap scan on your windows machine you will no longer see remote ports active!

Dropping a terminal services connection - By default windows only allows two remote terminal service connections to a system. You have probably seen an error message stating "The Terminal Server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connection.". If a connection drops it might not be possible to log back in until the connection drops.

Enable security tab - The security tab or permissions tab in Windows XP is disabled by default. Remove the "Use simple file sharing" option to enable this tab.

Installing an NFS client - Microsoft provides a package allowing you to connect to Unix style systems. The following will tell you where to download the Microsoft's "Software for Unix" (SFU) and configure it on your system.

Partitioning and formatting your hard disk with the Computer Management Tool - The Computer Management Tool, compmgmt.msc, allows you to partition and format an additional hard drive for your system. If you've purchased a new hard drive, to add additional space to your system, and a new drive letter does not appear in my computer this tutorial will show you how to make the drive functional.

Quick Launch - Information about windows Quick Launch toolbar

Task Manager - The Windows XP Task Manager was a huge improvement over past Windows Task Manager. This tutorial will teach you how to use the basic features of the Task Manager Open it, edit the registry to re-enable the Task Manager, explain the basic Operating System processes and show you how to terminate applications that are currently running in memory.

Securing Windows XP - An older document on "securing" Windows XP. Information on how to disable ports and un-needed services.

Showing Windows Extensions - By default your windows operating system will hide file extensions. With file extensions disabled you may be easy prey to a infection file download. Enable yourself to see these extensions so you can be a safer user.

Visual Performace Settings - You can enhance the performance of your operating system by fine tuning the default settings on your system. Turning off a large portion of the fancy video settings can improve the overall performance of your operating system.

Windows Command Line - Useful commands I can never seem to remember for your windows operating system.