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JSI Tip 5220. Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP have been re-released.

Microsoft has re-released the Windows XP PowerToys at

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

Updated: September 24, 2004
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ClearType Tuner PowerToy

Download setup.exe
2 MB 5 min @ 28.8 Kbps

HTML Slide Show Wizard

Download HTMLSlideShowSetup.exe
416 KB 3 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Alt-Tab Replacement

Download Taskswitch.exe
534 KB 3 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Open Command Window Here

Download CmdHere.exe
514 KB 2 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Tweak UI

Download TweakUI.exe
147 KB 1 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Tweak UI for Itanium™-based systems

Download TweakUI.exe
224 KB 1 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Power Calculator

Download PowerCalc.exe
624 KB 3 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Image Resizer

Download ImageResizer.exe
521 KB 2 min @ 28.8 Kbps

CD Slide Show Generator

Download Slideshow.exe
548 KB 3 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Virtual Desktop Manager

Download Deskman.exe
550 KB 3 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Taskbar Magnifier

Download Magnifier.exe
515 KB 2 min @ 28.8 Kbps

Webcam Timershot

Download Timershot.exe
610 KB 3 min @ 28.8 Kbps
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They're back! PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released to manufacturing. They add fun and functionality to the Windows experience.

Note We've taken great care to ensure that PowerToys operate as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. PowerToys are for Windows XP only.

Important Notes

If you installed PowerToys prior to April 23, 2002, you must uninstall your old PowerToys before installing the versions available here.

PowerToys will only work with US-English regional settings.

Just look at your PowerToy choices:

ClearType Tuner (New)

This PowerToy lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access.

HTML Slide Show Wizard (Updated)

This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.

Open Command Window Here

This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.

Alt-Tab Replacement

With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.

Tweak UI

This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.

Power Calculator

With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

Image Resizer

This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.

CD Slide Show Generator

With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.

Virtual Desktop Manager

Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

Taskbar Magnifier

Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

Webcam Timershot

This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.

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