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Microsoft has many small and useful utilities hidden in XP. These tools are handy and very powerful. XP users seldom know these tools and their abilities. If harnessed in a controlled fashion, these utilities can relatively boost your machine(s).


1. Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters)
2. Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe
3. Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (view contents of Windows clipboard)
4. Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (troubleshooting tool)
5. DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)
6. Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters)
7. IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (create self-extracting / self-installing package)
8. Mcft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe
9. Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (basic version of MediaPlayer)
10. ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe
11. Object Packager = packager.exe (packing objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files)
12. System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for geeks)
13. Program Manager = progman.exe (legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell)
14. Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe
15. Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry)
16. Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network)
17. File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe
18. Volume Control = sndvol32.exe
19. System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98!)
20. Syskey = syskey.exe (secures XP Account database – appears to encrypt all passwords)
21. Mcft Telnet Client = telnet.exe
22. Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (utility to monitor the actions of drivers)
23. Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available)
24. System configuration = msconfig.exe (used to control starup programs)
25. Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc (used to manage group policies, and permissions)
26. Local Users and Groups = lusrmgr.msc (useful in renaming Administrator)
27. Certificate Manager = certmgr.msc (used for encryption and certificate management)
28. Device Manager = devmgmt.msc

source:Swizzy's Hideout

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