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Windows XP is Microsoft's latest desktop operating system which is designed to replace all previous versions of Windows, including Windows 9x, Windows Me,  Windows NT Workstation and Windows 2000 Professional. Although the majority of the resources here are dedicated to the administration of Windows XP Professional in a corporate environment, we've done our best to keep the power users in mind. 

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Where to Start
FAQ's. product overviews, introductory guides, and other resources.

Installing and Upgrading
Installation checklists and walkthroughs, upgrade guides, and troubleshooting

Backup and Recovery
How to backup and restore files, using system recovery, and the recovery console.

Configuration
Post installation configuration options, how to articles, and tips.

Deployment and Migration
Articles and resources for deploying Windows XP in the Enterprise.

Disk Drive Management
Dynamic vs. Basic Storage, adding and removing drives, NTFS, etc.

File and Folder Management
Setting file/folder permissions, encryption, compressing files, etc.,
Hardware & Device Management
Adding, removing, managing, and troubleshooting hardware devices

Networking Windows XP
Connecting to your home or corporate network and the Internet.

Performance Tuning
How to get the most out of your Windows XP Workstation.

Printer Management
Installing. managing and troubleshooting printers.

Remote Desktop
Installing, configuring, and troubleshooting XP's Remote Desktop feature.

Securing Windows XP
Configuring security options, personal firewalls, logon and authentication.
Troubleshooting
Index of known bugs and issues, troubleshooting guides, etc.,
User and Account Management
Creating and managing local user accounts.
XP Web Sites
Links to other great Windows XP centric web sites.
Windows XP Downloads

Windows XP Service Pack 1
Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows XP today, and it's available for download here In addition to the numerous bug fixes that are normally part of a service pack release, SP1 includes modifications designed to comply with the recently proposed antitrust settlement. For more information, see the SP 1 release notes.

HOW TO: Download Windows Updates and Drivers from the Windows Update Catalog 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 323166 - This step-by-step article describes how to use Windows XP to download Windows updates and enhancements and Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality (WHQL) logo device drivers from the Windows Update Catalog.

Important Security Patch for Windows XP
This update resolves the ©Unchecked Buffer in Universal Plug and Play Can Lead to System Compromise© security vulnerability in Windows XP. Download now to prevent a malicious user from compromising your computer, or using it to interfere with another computer's operation. (12/20/01) 

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer v1.1.1 (for Professionals)
Microsoft has released an updated version of their BaseLine Security Analyzer, which is available as a free download. Version 1.1.1 of MBSA includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA runs on Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems and will scan for common security misconfigurations in the following products: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 and 5.0, SQL Server 7.0 and 2000, Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 and later, and Office 2000 and 2002. MBSA also scans for missing security updates for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, IIS, SQL, Exchange, IE, and Windows Media Player.

Windows XP Home Edition Setup Disk Program File (English) 
The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup. You cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk. Windows XP Home Edition startup disks will not work for Windows XP Professional installations and vice-versa

Windows XP Professional Setup Disk Program File (English)
The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup. You cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk. Windows XP Home Edition startup disks will not work for Windows XP Professional installations and vice-versa

Download the Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP
A holiday gift for you with a nifty collection of cool utilities, MP3 converter, PowerToys, striking visualizations, new skins, and more.

Remote Desktop Connection Software
This software package will install the client portion of Remote Desktop on any of the following operating systems: Windows 95, Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows NT© 4.0, or Windows 2000.

Windows Update Catalog
The Windows Update Corporate site provides a comprehensive catalog of updates that can be distributed over a corporate network. It is a one-stop location for Windows Update content and Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) logo device drivers.

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