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You want C:Users on XP too? Read here how

At both home and work I use Vista and XP resulting me typing “C:Users” in XP and “C:Documents and Settings” in Vista which – of course – don’t work. You cannot really change those paths except when you install Vista or XP with the pre configuration tool.

But there is a solution!

Both Vista and XP can access NTFS volumes and the NTFS format has support for hardlinks. XP and 2003 do not have native support for all these NTFS features and you normally need a resourcekit tool to create such entries. The Link Shell Extension adds all support for these NTFS features to the Windows Explorer in XP, 2003 and Vista.

  1. Install the Link Shell Extension
  2. Navigate to “C:”
  3. Create a Junction from “C:Documents and Settings” to “C:Users” on XP and a Junction from “C:Users” to “C:Documents and Settings” on Vista

And Presto! I now have access to “C:Users” on XP which is a delight.

This tool is also very useful when you manage an FTP server on Windows so you can put a large file in multiple paths while only have one hardcopy on disk (in this case create a hard or symbolic link).

Hibernate or standby wakes up computer in seconds

I have this problem that when I wanted to enable one of the power-saving modes (hibernate or standby) that my computer wakes up in seconds. Sometimes almost immediately and sometimes after 10 seconds.

My first thought was that it had to do with my mouse but after disconnecting it I still had the problem. My second guess was the network adapter but I wanted to use the WOL feature to remotely wake up my computer.

Wake On Lan

Today I found out that “the default” option for my network adapter is to wake-up on any network activity instead of only WOL packets. To only wake-up when a WOL packet is send you have to make sure that the third checkbox is set. This is the same in XP and Vista.

Eigenschappen van Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet

Advanced power saving configuration

I still had problems with my computer waking up at weird times and my mouse was causing this. There is a nice command-line tool to list the items that can wake up the computer and where you can disable the device its wake-up ability.

List the items that can wakeup the computer:

powercfg -DEVICEQUERY wake_armed

Disable a device:

powercfg -DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “Logitech HID-compliant MX320 Laser Mouse”

A commandline example:

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