XP: The Final Countdown

People have been saying that “this is the year of VDI” for a number of years now. Could it be true this year? Windows XP will be 13 years old when Microsoft finally pull the plug on its support in 2014. That's a decent innings for domestic pet dog let alone an operating system. Why has it lasted this long and will anybody miss it? For me, the answer to that last question is “no”, but without a doubt there are users out there for whom it won't be the case. Some of them will be…

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Non-Present Devices in XP / Vista

My boot up time was increasing on my XP desktop and I knew this was in part to lots of drivers for hardware that I no longer have. So how do you identify and remove such drivers then? These instrcutions are sort of XP based but will work on Vista too. If this is a one off activity, open Device Manager using the following command line: Devmgmt.msc set DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1 Then from the View menu select “Show hidden devices”. Hardware that was connected to your computer but no longer is will appear with a…

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