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Windows XP SP-2, what you should know!

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See also: 
Compatibility Mode
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  Computer Networking & the Internet
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Annoyances, Fixes, Tools, Troubleshooting, & Error Messages

System Tray Icon Missing from System Tray in Windows XP
Disk Boot Failure Missing DLL Balks Install
Identify Windows XP processes in Task Manager The top-level menus and tabs in Task Manager are missing
Problem: Your registry is corrupted, which prevents Windows XP from starting.
Solution: This article details how to repair a corrupted registry so that you can at least recover your data. - Links to Microsoft
BUG: Error message after you uninstall the .NET Framework 1.1 on a 64-bit computer that has the 64-bit version of the .NET Framework 2.0 installed: "Unable to make the session state request to the session state server" - Links to Microsoft
Problem: When you try to connect a device to your Windows XP-based desktop PC through an external USB port, the device does not establish a connection.
Solution: This article suggests three possible methods for resolving the problem. - Off Site Content to Microsoft
When you double click a folder in My Computer, the search Assistant Opens instead of showing the drive
Quick Launch Bar Keeps Disappearing and won't come back

See Also:
Menu Order Will not stick after reboot on the Quick Launch Bar

CD-R drive or CD-RW drive is not recognized as a recordable device
When you attempt to burn data to a compact disc recordable (CD-R) drive or compact disc rewritable (CD-RW) drive, you may not have the option to send data to the CD-ROM drive. - Offsite - MSKB
CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive appears to be missing after you install Windows XP
After you install Microsoft Windows XP, the CD-ROM drive, the DVD-ROM drive, or CD-ROM R/W drive may not be visible in the My Computer window. Additionally, there may be question marks on the devices that are listed under CD-ROM drives in Device Manager.. - Offsite - MSKB
CD-Rom or DVD Disappeared
Security issues and warning messages directing you to 
download a fix. 

The short answer...DON'T!!!!
For the long answer, please read on.
Decrease The Timeout Value For Non-Responsive Applications (XP)
Windows Explorer is so Sloooooooooooooooooooooooow Problem: You're upgrading from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Me) to Windows XP, and in the middle of installing, your PC stops responding. 
Solution: This article describes various troubleshooting methods to use when you encounter problems during installation - off site
Slow network browsing in Windows XP
From our Same Thing Only Different Department
New Program Window Appears Behind All Other Open Windows
{Microsoft Knowledge Base article 886217
“Cannot Install This Hardware” Error
Prevent Tasks From Consuming All Your CPU Command Line Switches for Windows Explorer
Plus 2 other tips
Internet Explorer Has Encountered A Problem And Needs To Close
I Know, we have this covered, but we have been getting a lot of email on this question, so here it is again.
NewIE Window Displays Blank White Page
I Know, we have this covered, but we have been getting a lot of email on this question.
Also, you may see errors like:
  • An error has occurred in this dialog.
  • Error 49: Interface not registered
The 0x800a0007 Windows Update Error New Connection Wizard is Greyed Out (Two Methods)
You cannot create a network connection after you restore Windows XP - MSKB
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Not Available To Install From Windows Update
Microsoft Knowledge Base article 885627]
Dial-up modem or PPPoE option in New Connection Wizard is unavailable - MSKB
When Windows Tries To Download Updates, An Access Violation Error May Occur You Receive A 0x800a01AE Error Message When You Try To Connect To The Windows Update Web Page Or To The Microsoft Update Web Page In Windows Server 2003 Or Windows XP - Off-Site Content-MSKB Article
Check Your DVD Codec How to Troubleshoot Issues with Reading CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD Discs - MSKB Article off site
Windows XP will not recognize CD-RW or DVD-RW
You receive a "Validation Incomplete: 
Online Validation Failure" error message or a "0x80080204" error code when you try to validate Windows XP
- Off site: MSKB How to article
Open With Command has "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file", grayed out or otherwise not working.
Uninstall Microsoft Java VM CDROM drive freezes up Windows XP
“STOP 0x000000D1” Error Message When Starting Or Shutting Down
Microsoft Knowledge Base article 902973
When you drag a long address from the Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 address bar to a new location, the address is truncated to 259 characters in the new location.
Re-Create the Show Desktop Icon Basic Repair Process In Windows XP
Trouble accessing old hard drive in new computer Error Message: "NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart"
What is rundll32.exe and where did it go?
Troubleshooting drivers with XP's hidden Driver Verifier Manager The dirty bit of it, Windows boots into Scan Disk at each and every bootup
Windows XP Takes Forever to Shut Down Make XP Enter Safe Mode With USB Keyboards
Troubleshoot Hardware and Driver Problems in Windows XP Home How to start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration feature in Windows XP-MSKB
"Run DLL as App has encountered a problem" error when starting Windows XP System Restore
If you've recently replaced your hard drive and used the drive manufacturer's software to transfer data from the old to the new drive, it's likely that Windows System Restore won't start. This Solution Base article explains how to fix that problem.
Microsoft Internet Explorer IE6 can't search from address bar?
Troubleshooting drivers with XP's hidden Driver Verifier Manager
Examining a Blue Screen of Death error with the Watchdog Event Log
Hard Drive is Hard at Work When the system is Supposed to be Idle Troubleshoot network problems with Windows XP's Netsh Diag commands
Track down details about Event IDs in Windows XP When you disable the Windows Firewall service on your Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer, the Computer Browser service stops after five minutes and Event ID 7023 is logged in the Event Viewer - MSKB
How to reinstall Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator on a computer that is running Windows XP- MSKB
Re-Install Windows XP Without Activation Stuck in Sticky Keys? Try this fix:
Fix a registry on a dead system Windows Explorer Status bar Disappears After Windows XP Service Pack 2 Install
Taskbar's Quick Launch Bar Disappears after Reboot
Start The System Restore From The Command Prompt 
(XP Pro/Home)
Windows Explorer Loses Menu, Toolbar
Track down non-operating system services
Service Pack 2 Will Not Install, Says that Your Version is Not Authorized or Registered How to troubleshoot the System Restore tool in Windows XP - MSKB
Take an in-depth look at XP's Windows File Protection Icons slow to Load or do Not Show at All
"Run DLL as App has encountered a problem" error when starting Windows XP System Restore How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install -
  • You May Lose Data or Program Settings After Reinstalling, Repairing, or Upgrading Windows XP (Q312369)
  • System Restore "Restore Points" Are Missing or Deleted (Q301224)
  • How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP (Q315341)
A USB scanner device may not capture a picture correctly in Windows XP - MSKB
Fix a Balky Burner
Recovering from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents WinXP from Starting
Device Manager gone blind on you? Here is a fix!
Blank Device Manager
Windows XP Slows to a Crawl or Halts
Investigate changes with the System Information tool
Correcting System Hang at Startup
OLEDB32A.DLL failed to load error - on a Dual Boot machine with Windows XP and Windows Me OS's
How to Troubleshoot 16-Bit Windows Programs in Windows XP - MSKB
Windows XP Crashed? Here's Help The return of the revolting reboot
How can you keep XP from rebooting on its own without warning? Here's how to tame the reboot beast.
Slow restart or log off? Try User Profile Hive Cleanup Service - MS Downloads
Resources to Help Troubleshoot Shutdown Problems in Windows XP - MSKB
Disable the Prefetcher component when troubleshooting startup problems
HOW TO: Perform Advanced Clean-Boot Troubleshooting in Windows XP - MSKB
Recovering From Intermittent Disk Failure The mystery of the impossible start-up
Your machine is locked up tighter than Dick Cheney's location. What to do? We'll walk you through the start-up swamp.
Windows XP won't quit? Try this to make XP sleep a dreamless sleep.
"Run DLL as App has encountered a problem" error when starting Windows XP System Restore After you have updated your Windows XP machine to SP1 or SP1a you may recieve the following warning:
Windows File Protection
Files that are required for Windows to run properly have been replaced by unrecognized versions. To maintain system stability, Windows must restore the original versions of these files. Insert your product CD-ROM now.
Stop Windows from caching a .dll file
List of Remote Procedure Call (RPC) fixes in Windows XP Service Pack 2 - MSKB
When Windows XP's Boot...won't.
A Repair Install is not foolproof, and should not be considered the cure-all fix for non-boot situations. Check the link below for another option for recovering from a non-boot event.
Description of how the Attachment Manager works in Windows XP Service Pack 2 - MSKB
Programs that connect to IP addresses that are in the loopback address range may not work as you expect in Windows XP Service Pack 2 - MSKB
Disable the Prefetcher component when troubleshooting startup problems:
Lost Desktop Icon in Quick Launch Toolbar Add a Safe Mode option to the Boot menu in Windows XP
Wouldn't it be nice if Safe Mode were available from the Boot menu? In fact, it's relatively easy to add a Safe Mode option to the Boot menu.