Windows Hints and Tips


HOWTO identify and fix the Sasser worm.  See: as of 2004-05-02

HOWTO order Internet Explorer 6 SP1 on CD

    Visit, or call (800) 360-7561 Monday through Friday, between 8 A.M. and 10 P.M. Eastern Time. 

    You can also reinstall IE from your Windows XP install CD.

HOWTO order Windows XP SP2 on CD: see 

Keyboard Tips

Alt+Tab Cycle thru open windows (add Shift to reverse).
Windows key Ctrl-Esc
Application (right-click) substitute Shift-F10
Alt-Spacebar System menu (Move, etc) 

Win-R: Run dialog
Win-E: Explorer
Win-F: Search Computer
Win-Break: System Properties
Win-D: Kind of the same thing, but works better - show desktop

Win-M: Minimize all (shift-win-m unminimizes)
Win-L: Login screen
Win-Tab (and Shift-Win-Tab): Cycle through open items in the taskbar (use space to open it)



Windows 2000

How to repair network or modem connectivity issues in Windows 2000
        - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 837333
        - see;en-us;837333 as of 2004-07-23

Windows XP

HOWTO reset TCP/IP on Windows XP to fix Winsock and Winsock 2 errors

    Possible symptoms:

            169.254.*.* IP address when using DHCP


                Can ping the IP address of another computer AND

                Can ping the IP address of the router AND

                Can ping an external IP address AND

                Cannot ping an external name


                Message "an operation was performed on .. not a socket"

    Possible fixes:

            If you can ping by IP but not by Name, double check that the
            DNS entry is the correct and still giving problems, you might
            need to reinstall TCP/IP
            To do this with XP, you need to run a small script:
                netsh int ip reset [ log_file_name ]
            the log_file_name needs to be specified, e.g.
                netsh int ip reset ip_reset.txt




                Rename or move or delete %SYSTEMROOT%/system32/winsock.dll and wsock32.dll.

                Then, using the Windows XP install CD:

                    Start > run > sfc /scannow  (may take 20 minutes to run).

How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article  318378 at as of 2004-07-23.  (Note that Msinfo32 is usually in C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\msinfo32.exe).

Document last updated 2005-02-14 .