MicroXP v0.6b eXperience
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DCOM Server Process Launcher
Logical Disk Manager
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
Plug and Play
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Procedure Call
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Wireless Zero Configuration
Desktop Icon Layout (Lets you save your desktop icon layout)
Keyboard Settings (Quick access to Regional and Language options)
Registry Backup (Make a complete backup of the registry in one click)
Services Config (Nine questions to help fine tune your system)
Web Browser (Instructions only, on how to download a web browser)
Windows Media Player 11 (This is just a read me file about WMP11)
NOTE: There are only two keyboard layouts left in this release, one is the United States keyboard that can never be removed and the other one is United Kingdom layout
What has been reduced:
This is a greatly reduced installation of Windows XP Professional.
Please read these notes BEFORE using this edition of Windows:
Standalone system only! - No local networking is possible. The "Network Connections" service has been kept in this edition of Windows to stop errors when installing Ethernet card or modem drivers. The "Network Connections" service is not there to support LAN networking. You can of course just try to plug another computer into your MicroXP computer, but networking in this way is not guaranteed to work, because the related services for this are removed (Computer Browser/Workstation)
Single user only! - You cannot add any additional users. Do not try to add more users, otherwise your main account that is used by default (Administrator) will become the new account and after logging in, you will not have any desktop theme (not even Classic) and the whole account will be ruined. You'll probably have to install Windows again because if you make a new account it replaces "Administrator" and tries to log you in with "Default User" - the problem with this is - there is no "Default User".
No Webcams, Scanners or Digital Cameras! - You cannot use these items in this version of Windows because the "Windows Image Acquisition" service is removed.
FTP Sites - There is no "built in" support for downloading from FTP sites - try using Filezilla or WS_FTP if you need to do that.
This functionality is gone because the "Application Layer Gateway" service is gone, along with ALG.EXE that normally runs in Task Manager, taking up about 6Mb RAM for what amounts to no reason.
No Visiting Windows Update! - You cannot visit Windows Update with this version of Windows because Internet Explorer is removed.
You can manually download updates from Microsoft and you can also use the alternative "Windiz" Update website through Opera or Firefox. Because so much has been removed from this edition of Windows, you are not likely to be any more "safe" installing updates for Windows. NOTE: Because this edition of Windows uses a patched "winlogon.exe" in order to remove the "oembios.bin" file, you really should not update Windows anyway, in case "winlogon.exe" gets replaced by an update. There are more details about this in the eXPerience folder on the desktop once MicroXP is installed.
No Fast User Switching! - Apart from you only being able to have the one account anyway (Administrator) the ability to do Fast User Switching is also removed.
No Password Storage - Windows will not save stored passwords, however, this only really applied to Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, which are removed. You will be OK using Firefox or Opera web browsers and Thunderbird email client for emails.
Those are self contained programs and take care of storing your passwords by themselves.
No CD-ROM Autoplay - When you insert a CD that would bring up a screen to install the program contained on the CD, this does not happen in this version of Windows, you will have to explore the CD manually and run whatever file it is that runs the program's setup, usually "setup.exe" on the root of the CD.
No Smart Card Detection!
No Scheduled Tasks! - You cannot set programs, like AntiVirus or Hard Disk Defrag programs to run in the future. If you are going to run those types of programs you will have to manually scan or defrag whenever it is convenient. Despite this, one program that will schedule its operations is Perfectdisk defrag, you do not need Task Scheduler for this program to run a scheduled defrag.
No Remote Desktop! - There is no Remote Desktop in this version of Windows - because the "Terminal Services" service is removed.
No Themes! - You cannot have the Luna (Blue/Olive/Silver) desktop themes in this version of Windows, the only theme you can choose is "Windows Classic" which it is already set to by default. You can however install "Windowblinds" if you want to and it will work fine - Windowblinds does not rely on the Themes service.
No "Uninterruptible Power Supply" service! - I always thought "UPS Service" delivered parcels but apparently not - if you have this type of device then it will not work on this version
of Windows. A UPS is only used for emergencies like if you have a power cut - thats if you even have such a device
What you can do:
- PROGRAMS -
You can still install and run just about all the programs and games that you can run on a normal installation of XP. There is a text file in the eXPerience folder on the desktop that has a list of programs that work and includes some that don't work (not many). Even Office 2007 installs on this version of Windows!
- GAMES -
Up to now, there has not been one single report of any game not working on MicroXP. Gaming is what this edition of Windows is all about, it gives better benchmarks than just about any other version of Windows XP out there.
- DIAL-UP -
You can still use a Dial-Up connection (Broadband or old 56k modem). This is the one major flaw in other stripped out operating systems like this one, but in this edition, Dial-Up connectivity is OK.
- WEB BROWSER -
There is no web browser included in this release at all, but if you click the Internet Explorer icon near the start button, this will open a text file showing you how to access the internet using a normal Explorer window. All you need to do is type "opera.com" or "firefox.com" (without quotes) in your address bar on any Explorer window, this will open the Opera or Firefox web page, where you download the web browser you want.
- WMV STREAMS -
Once you have installed Opera, Firefox, Netscape or the browser of your choice, as long as you install Windows Media Player 11, you can stream Windows Media Videos from websites like the BBC's News website, or anywhere that has WMV streams. This is possible because there are three DLL files added to the "Windows Media Player" folder in "Program Files". Don't worry, theres no Windows Media Player there, it only contains the vital DLL files for streaming compatibility.
- FLASH -
When you visit a website with any Flash animations on it (including YouTube and Google Video) in Firefox web browser, even on a full install of Windows XP, you always see that annoying green jigsaw puzzle piece and the "missing plugin" error. If you install Opera or Firefox browser in this special "MicroXP" edition of Windows, you can go visit YouTube or Google Video without even having to install Flash Player. You can just watch the videos right away