Productactivation with Windows XP
You need to re-install Windows and want to skip the nice new feature called
"activation procedure", which M$ forces after each installation? In this case,
before you start with the new installation, make a copy of the
wpa.bac you find in your
\Windows\System32 directory. After the new installation, just
place them at this location again.
This should work as long as you did not replace more than 2 hardware components
after the initial activation.
Do not send RegInfo to M$
We don't want to send our system information to M$ - do we? So we disable this
by telling Windows it's all done. Start the registry editor and set the value
of the key "RegDone" to "1":
Printing via a CUPS server
If we want to use a printer located on a CUPS server, we need some preparations.
If the servers name is not resolvable via DNS, we first need to solve this by
adding a line to the
specifying the server name and its IP address, like this:
(in this example, the servers name is
minerva, and its IP address
192.168.0.1). This is to work around in a bug with Windows XP
(and 2000), causing the printer configuration not to be able using a plain
IP address - which normally should work as well.
No we can add the printer: Click on the "Start" button, then "Settings", and
select "Printer". A new window opens. In there, click on "add a new printer".
field, and enter the printers location. In our
example, we have a printer named
, so it would look
Then click the "Continue" button. You may be asked for the printer driver - but
everything that follows now, is just the normal procedure when adding a printer
If an error occurs, and a popup box informs you about inavailability of the
printer, you may first want to try opening the above mentioned URL
browser. If this leads to an error, too, we have to distinguish whether it is
the network or the CUPS server. Open a command line ("Start", "Execute" and
in the box), and try to find
in the command box. If the result is that
minerva could not be found, you have a network problem. Otherwise, you may need
some changes on the CUPS setup - find more about this on the
. Hopefully there
should be a section about CUPS
Internet Exploder and .txt files
The Micro$oft Internet Explorer always refuses to open
with the program you associated with this extension - no matter what? This is
due to the fact that this program behaves different than any other browser,
when it comes to content interpretation. The IE simply ignores the extension
of that file. Instead, it checks for the content type belonging to it. In our
case, this is
text/plain - and the IE claims this for itself.
So what to do? The reason is to be found in the registry, and we find it behind
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\Content Type]. Just drop this key
from the registry, and IE won't find out about that anymore. So, finally, also
.txt files open with the associated program as expected.