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September 9, 2002—In this issue:
- Q. How can I use the Links feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 and later?
- Q. How can I easily view which cookies are stored on my machine?
- Q. How can I upgrade to Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) 4.0?
- Q. Why do I receive system error 51 when I use a 16-character Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) to connect to a remote machine?
- Q. How can I stop Windows XP My Network Places from displaying comments twice?
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A. IE contains a Links toolbar that provides links to Internet shortcuts that you store in the Links folder under the Favorites menu. By placing your favorite folders and shortcuts in the Links folder rather than storing them in the root Favorites menu, you can gain faster access to those items.
To enable IE's Links toolbar, go to the View menu, select Toolbars, and select Links. You can then drag the Links toolbar into place so that it appears as a separate bar under the Address bar.
In Windows XP, you can also display the Links content on the taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Links from the Toolbars menu. You can then either expand the Links section of the taskbar to see your links or you can just display the word "Links" in the taskbar and click that text to see a list of your links.
A. NirSoft released IECookiesView, a free utility you can download from http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/59299.html that lets you easily view cookies on your machine, check the values within the cookies, and delete those values. To view the contents of a cookie, you simply select the cookie in the GUI, and to delete a cookie, you press Delete and click Yes to confirm.
A. Certain Microsoft Web sites (e.g., Microsoft Developer Network— MSDN—downloads, various beta programs) use FTM to secure file downloads and help restore broken file transfers. Microsoft discovered a problem in earlier versions of the download manager that posed a security risk, so you should upgrade to version 4.0 to reduce your security risks.
You can download the latest version of FTM from the URL below. When you access this Web site, the installer will tell you which version of the FTM client you're using and how to download and install the latest version. The Web site also includes instructions for removing FTM from your system.
A. When the FQDN is exactly 16 characters long, both Windows XP (pre-Service Pack 1—SP1) and Windows 2000 (pre-SP3) generate an error when creating a share to a remote machine that's running Windows NT 4.0, Windows Me, or Windows 9x. This error is the result of NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) incorrectly identifying the FQDN as a NetBIOS name. Subsequently, when NetBT can't find the name, you receive the error "System error 51 has occurred. The remote computer was not available." For example, the following connection might result in the error:
net use * \\host1.domain.com
To resolve this error, apply XP SP1 or Win2K SP3 or contact Microsoft for a hotfix—for XP, you need netbt.sys 5.1.2600.16 or later, and for Win2K, you need netbt.sys 5.0.2195.3769 or later.
A. In XP, you can give each machine a machine name and a comment to display when users browse the network. XP adds the comment to the name of the machine, so the comment essentially appears twice when you view the network, as the following example shows:
Name Comments John Savill (savtech1) John Savill Net Server (savtech2) Net Server
If this naming scheme is confusing, you can remove the comments column by right-clicking the Comments title and clearing the check box next to Comments from the context menu.
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