Those of you who have been around Windows for a while may remember NetMeeting, a really handy utility that lets PC users communicate over the Internet using live text, webcam and ‘whiteboard’. Sadly it fell into disuse it was a swine to configure on a dial-up connection and when Windows XP came along it had apparently disappeared. It’s well worth getting to know once again, especially if you have a webcam and broadband. You and a webcam-equipped friend can set up a private one-to-one link simply by inputting each other’s IP addresses (and if you want to find out what your IP address is click here). More »

Because Windows XP has to be all things to all people it has many services running that take up system resources that you will never need. Below is a list of services that can be disabled on most machines:

  • Alerter
  • Clipbook
  • Computer Browser
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Fast User Switching
  • Help and Support – (If you use Windows Help and Support leave this enabled)
  • Human Interface Access Devices
  • Indexing Service
  • IPSEC Services
  • Messenger
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