If you are frequently using XP System Configuration Utility (Msconfig.exe) and if you updated your Windows XP with Service Pack 3,you may surprised to see that it had suddenly sprouted another tab,entitled Tools.
This provides shortcuts to all sorts of commands that sometimes take a lot of rummaging
through the Start Menu or obscure buttons in remote dialogues. Among those on offer are the System Information tool, the Event Viewer, and Network Diagnostics. Other items here, such as System Properties and the Command Prompt, are more accessible, but it’s useful to have the mall in one place.
If it doesn’t appear to be available via Windows Update, it is available for download separately. You can download it from here. The same page also shows you how to customize the list of tools.
XPSyspad is a a third-party toolbox, which provides access to administrative and system tools, Control Panel items and special folders. It is a Windows system monitoring utility that allows easy access to Windows system information and Windows system utilities, such as the individual control panel applets, as well as putting the “hidden” applications in Windows at your fingertips. XP Syspad also recovers lost Windows & MS-Office product keys.
With XP SysPad, you can easily access hundreds of Windows operating system utilities and system monitoring information. For convenience, it also can minimize itself to the system tray. XP SysPad has well over 250 functions in all.
Its absolutely FREE tool and also a portable one so you don't need to install it. Just download and run the file. You can carry it on your USB drives. Its a great troubleshooting tool. It also supports Windows Vista and 7.
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