New "Set Program Access and Defaults" Start Menu Icon and Help Content Are Available for Windows XP

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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SUMMARY
An update is available that adds an additional icon for the Set Program Access and Defaults feature to the Start menu. The icon appears on the right panel of the Start menu, below the Control Panel icon. The update also adds a Help button to the Set Program Access and Defaults dialog box, and it adds Help content for this feature.

If you are a member of the Administrators group, you can use the Set Program Access and Defaults feature to specify the default program for certain activities, such as Web browsing, sending e-mail messages, or playing media files. You can also control how the program's icons, shortcuts, and menu entries appear. For additional information about how to specify default programs, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
332003 How to Change Your Default Programs and to Enable or Remove Access to Microsoft Windows and Non-Microsoft Programs
For additional information about the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
MORE INFORMATION
A supported feature that modifies the default behavior of the product is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to modify the behavior that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that specifically require it. This feature may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by the lack of this feature, we recommend that you wait for the next Windows XP service pack that contains this feature.

To obtain this feature immediately, download the feature by following the instructions later in this article or contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Note Because of file dependencies, if your computer is running Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional, this hotfix requires Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   -----------------------------------------------------------   29-May-2003  15:47  5.1.2600.1228     579,584  Appwiz.cpl   12-May-2003  01:12  6.0.2800.1221     996,352  Explorer.exe        12-May-2003  01:13  5.1.2600.1221      33,792  Shmgrate.exe        01-May-2003  21:37                     20,223  Spad.chm				

Windows XP 64-Bit Edition

DownloadDownload the 820291 package now.

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name        Platform   --------------------------------------------------------------------------   29-May-2003  15:47  5.1.2600.1228   1,434,624  Appwiz.cpl   10-May-2003  10:00  6.0.2800.1221   1,749,504  Explorer.exe     IA64   10-May-2003  10:02  5.1.2600.1221      86,528  Shmgrate.exe     IA64   01-May-2003  21:37                     20,223  Spad.chm   29-May-2003  15:38  5.1.2600.1228     579,584  Wappwiz.cpl   12-May-2003  01:12  6.0.2800.1221     996,352  Wexplorer.exe    X86   12-May-2003  01:13  5.1.2600.1221      33,792  Wshmgrate.exe    X86				
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Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003, Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2002, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

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