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Notes & links from Tech Sig September 21, 2007 [revised 10/04/2010 but did not check all links]

IBM Symphony - Free Office Suite Compatable with Microsoft Office
Includes Documents, Spreadsheet and Presentations -- Based on Open Office but smaller
Only for Windows XP and Vista
IBM Releases Office Desktop Software at No Charge to Foster Collaboration and Innovation [Press Release]


Installation Guide



PC World Article from September 7, 2007 issue pg 138 The Answer Line
"How can I install Service Pack 2 on my old Windows XP CD?"
PC World Links: [note there is no www. before the find]         Autostreamer 1.0.33         Win XP SP2 Update         Free ISO Recorder V2 for XP-SP2

Other Slipstream links:

Guide to using AutoStreamer to Slipstream XP-SP2

Softpedia link to download AutoStreamer


A program that will update a new clean install of Windows XP to the latest Microsoft Service Packs and updates, plus several extra utilities to customize your PC.

1 - Microsoft did not like this site and told them to remove their links to downloads
2 - However the download sites still have the programs [As do I]
3 - Once you have the July & August files from Autopatcher, you can download the later updates directly from Microsoft Downloads.
4 - If you download just the 16 bit for XP, Vista & Office the files will fill 2 CD's

Autopatcher Links:
Original web site

Catchfly download links with discriptions

LittlBUGer down load links

LittlBUGer down load links - General

Softpedia links for all Autopatcher with descriptions

Softpedia August Core XP only with detailed descriptions of contents.

Software Utilities

USB View.exe - Shows all Usb properties of connected devices and hubs
Also a list of all known USB vendors, devices and interfaces

Show Hidden Devices.exe - Like Device Manager but shows all devices

Keyfinder.exe - Finds product key in registry

Avant Browser - Alternative Web Browser to Internet Explorer 7 with Tabs that works with Win 9x to Vista