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Theoran
March 4th, 2003, 03:53 PM
Now that I have your attention. Let's make a thread of everyone's
favorite tweaks or things they do to make Windows XP run smoother,
work harder, and perform better. So if you've got something to bring to
the table, bring it and make all of us better with XP.

I'll start it off.

EDITED BY DODGE

This is a great thread for Windows XP tips, tricks and tweaks. Lets keep it this way. I have just spent over 2 hours editing this thread to get rid of Useless Post.
PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR PROBLEMS IN HERE.
CREATE A NEW THREAD OR YOUR POST WILL BE DELETED.

If you have a question and need help with a tweak that is in this thread, then post it here, it may help someone else looking at this. But, if you have problems after doing some of these tweaks, Please post a new thread and refer to the tweak you used in this thread as to what happened.

Thank you all for your help in keeping this thread as clean as possible.

Theoran
March 4th, 2003, 04:03 PM
This are the procedures I wrote up for things I need to do when I
install Windows XP.

Instructions: Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Switch to Classic View
Click View
Click Details

Click Display
Click the Desktop tab
Click Customize Desktop
Uncheck Run Desktop Cleanup, and then click OK
Click the Screen Saver tab
Choose (None) for the Screen Saver
Click Power
Change Turn off monitor to Never
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click the Appearance tab
Change the color scheme to Silver
Click Effects
Uncheck Use the following transition
Uncheck Show shadows under menus
Click OK
Click the Settings tab
Change Screen resolution to 1024x768 pixels
Click Advanced
Click the Monitor tab
Change Screen refresh rate to 75 Hertz
Click Apply
Click Yes
Click OK
Click OK

Click Folder Options
Click View
Check the following boxes:
Display the contents of system folders
Display the full path in the title bar
Display the full path in the address bar
Show hidden files and folders
Uncheck the following:
Automatically search for network folders and printer
Hid extensions for known file types
Click Apply
Click Apply to All Folders
Click Yes
Click OK

Click Internet Options
Click Use Blank, and then click Apply
Click the Content tab
Click AutoComplete
Check Forms, and then click Apply
Click the Connections tab
Click LAN Settings
Check Automatically detect settings, and then click OK
Click Setup
Type area code, and then click OK
Click OK
Click Next
Click Next
Select Set up my connection manually, and then click Next
Select Connect using a broadband connection, and then click Next
Click Finish
Click the Programs tab
Change HTML editor to Notepad
Uncheck Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser, and then click Apply
Click the Advanced tab
Uncheck the following:
Enable Install on Demand (Other)
Enable page transitions
Notify when downloads complete
Show Go in the address bar
Check the following:
Use inline AutoComplete
Use Passive FTP
Do not search from the Address bar
Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed
Click Apply
Click OK

Click Mouse
Click the Pointer tab
Change Scheme to 3D-White (system scheme)
Uncheck Enable pointer shadow
Click the Pointer Options tab
Uncheck Hide pointer when typing
Click Apply, and then click OK

Click Sounds and Audio Devices
Check Place volume icon in taskbar
Click Sounds Tab
Choose No Sounds for the Sound Scheme
Click No
Click Apply, and then click OK

Click System
Click the Advanced tab
Click the Settings button under Performance
Select Adjust for best performance
Check the following:
Show window contents while dragging
Smooth edges on screen fonts
Use drop shadows for icon labels
Use visual styles on windows and buttons
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click the Error Reporting tab
Select Disable error reporting
Uncheck But notify me when critical errors occur, and then click OK
Click the System Restore tab
Check Turn off System Restore on all drives
Click Apply, and then click Yes
Click the Automatic Updates tab
Select Turn off automatic updating
Click the Remote tab
Uncheck Allow Remote Assistance
Click Apply, and then click OK

Click Taskbar and Start Menu
Uncheck Lock the taskbar
Check Show Quick Launch
Click the Start Menu tab
Select Classic Start menu
Click Customize
Check Display Favorites
Check Show Small Icons in Start Menu
Uncheck Use Personalized Menus
Click OK
Click Apply
Click OK

Click User Accounts
Click Change the way users log on and off
Uncheck Use the Welcome screen
Click Apply Options
Close the Window
Exit the Control Panel

Open My Computer
Right-click on the hard drive icon and select Properties
Uncheck Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast searching
Click Apply
Select Apply changes to X:\, subfolders and files, and then click OK
Click OK
Reboot machine

Theoran
March 4th, 2003, 04:13 PM
Here is another one I use.

Indexing services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don't search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completley unnessesary.

Go to Start
Click Settings
Click Control Panel
Double-click Add/Remove Programs
Click the Add/Remove Window Components
Uncheck the Indexing services
Click Next
That's it, you have now uninstalled the Indexing service, you system will not have more RAM and be more responsive.

Theoran
March 4th, 2003, 04:14 PM
You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers when you open Windows explorer. To stop XP from doing this follow the instructions below.

Open My Computer
Click on Tools menu
Click on Folder Options
Click on the View tab.
Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
Click Apply
Click Ok
Reboot your computer
Try it now, you will see a significant increase in speed.

Baser-X
March 4th, 2003, 05:03 PM
After formatting, I get all my basics set up (SP1, ASPIXP, DX9, etc.), using many of the same steps as Theoran. After that I go to Start->Run->Services.msc and disable everything unnecessary (zero wireless configuration, remote registry, netmeeting, etc..). There is a full guide to tweaking your startup services here (http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm).

Next I get rid of MSN8 and Messenger.

To get rid of MSN8, just use the add/remove Winodws components to get rid of MSN8. Messenger is a bit trickier.

To completely remove Messenger, first make sure it is not running, then go to Start->Run and type (without the quotes) "RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove" and hit OK. You will immediately receive and warning about an OCX file, no worries. Click OK and it will remove Messenger. Followup by using the add/remove Windows components which will tell you it cannot locate a couple files (obviously) but it will proceed to remove a few other junk files.

After that, I add few registry tweaks to maximize my connection and add the copy to/move to shell extension.

Tweaker
March 4th, 2003, 05:55 PM
To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the "Services" Admin Tool (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.

Alerter
Clipbook
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Messenger
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
Server
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
Workstation

Tweaker
March 4th, 2003, 05:56 PM
Adding SafeBoot to the Boot Menu

1 Open a command prompt

2 Copy the current c:\boot.ini to another name (just in case)

3 With your favorite text editor, edit c:\boot.ini

4 Copy then edit the current boot line to another line. For example:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
might copy and then change to:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Safeboot" /fastdetect

5 Start MSCONFIG

6 Click on the BOOT.INI tab

7 Highlight the second line with the additional name of Safeboot

8 Check the /SAFEBOOT box with option you want
Minimal - Minimal set of drivers
Network - With Network Support
Dsrepair - Directory Services Repair
Minimal (Alternate Shell) - Standard Explorer Desktop

Tweaker
March 4th, 2003, 06:01 PM
Speed Up Boot-Time Connecting To LAN

Sometimes when connected to a LAN the boot time can take a few minutes. Load times shouldn't be anywhere near that! Signs of this include the system seemingly freezes after logging in, your desktop showing up but for some reason you just can't click on anything or run things for a minute or two. This can be traced back to mrxsmb.dll by using bootvis.exe. This can of course be a number of other things but most of the time it's your file and printer sharing.

1. Right click on Network Places --> Properties
2. Right click on your Ethernet Adapter connection --> properties
3. Un-check "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" --> OK
4. reboot
5. If you need file or printer sharing, repeat the above, re-check the box and re-boot again

Tweaker
March 4th, 2003, 08:02 PM
If you are in a networked environment and browse via network neighborhood, this tweak is for you. It speeds up your network browsing experiance.

Click Start | Run | Then type Regedit

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

Locate and delete this key {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

Reboot.

wllwnn
March 4th, 2003, 11:45 PM
"Universal Plug and Play Device Host "

Whats that?:confused:

Tweaker
March 4th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by wllwnn
"Universal Plug and Play Device Host "

Whats that?:confused:

Universal Plug and Play
Purpose

Universal Plug and Play enables dynamic networking of intelligent appliances, wireless devices, and PCs. There are two APIs. The Control Point API with UPnP™ technology consists of a set of COM interfaces used to find and control devices. The Device Host API with UPnP technology consists of a set of COM interfaces used to implement devices that are hosted by a computer.


Where Applicable

The Universal Plug and Play Control Point API enables developers to write applications that search for and control UPnP devices. The Universal Plug and Play Device Host API enables developers to implement the functionality of UPnP devices, and use the Device Host to manage the discovery, description, control, presentation, and eventing functions of a UPnP device.

wllwnn
March 5th, 2003, 01:00 AM
Thx.

BTW nice picture u have there. Sweet

Tweaker
March 5th, 2003, 01:07 AM
Thx, had to add a little touch to the shades. :D

Tweaker
March 6th, 2003, 01:06 AM
Have you been experiencing random crashes in Windows XP or Windows 2000, and you can't find any reason for them? Windows XP and Windows 2000 are both supposed to be (and typically are) much more stable than Windows 9x/Me, but there are still things that can bring down the entire system in a heartbeat, displaying the BSD (Blue Screen of Death) or simply restarting. Go over this checklist and see if any of these apply to you.

Power Supply - a bad (or insufficient) power supply is the most common cause for random crashes, especially if you have a lot of cards, drives, or fans, or have a dual-processor motherboard. A 350W or 400W power supply is recommended if you're experiencing this problem.

A mix of FAT32 and NTFS drives - If you have more than one hard disk, and there are different file systems on each one, try converting them all to NTFS.

Audio Card Drivers - try removing your sound card, or at least uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers.

USB Hub - if you have a USB hub, try eliminating it and see if that solves the problem (especially if you have a USB-based Palm cradle and your system crashes every time you hotsync).

Overheating - a computer will crash if the processor overheats. Make sure the CPU fan/fans are working, and that the processor temperature (read in the BIOS screen) is within normal limits. Make sure your computer case has adequate ventilation.

Bad memory - a bad memory module can cause this problem. Try removing one of the modules to see if that solves the problem; rotate through all modules until you've found the culprit. Note that some computers require memory to be installed in pairs, so, for example, if you have four modules, you'll have to remove two (no more, no fewer) for this test.

Note: these things aren't necessarily problems in and of themselves, so if you're not experiencing random crashes, don't waste your time solving problems that aren't there.

Tweaker
March 6th, 2003, 01:19 AM
Increase your cable modem or DSL speed in XP

This tweak is for broadband cable connections on stand alone machines with winXP professional version - might work on Home version also. It will probably work with networked machines as well but I haven't tried it in that configuration. This is for windows XP only.

This tweak assumes that you have let winXP create a connection on install for your cable modem/NIC combination and that your connection has tcp/ip - QoS - file and print sharing - and client for microsoft networks , only, installed. It also assumes that winxp will detect your NIC and has in-box drivers for it. If it doesn't do not try this. In the "My Network Places" properties (right click on the desktop icon and choose properties), highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK

1. From the windows XP cd in the support directory from the support cab, extract the file netcap.exe and place it in a directory on your hard drive or even in the root of your C:\ drive.

2. Next, open up a command prompt window and change directories to where you put netcap.exe. then type "netcap/?". It will list some commands that are available for netcap and a netmon driver will be installed. At the bottom you will see your adapters. You should see two of them if using a 3Com card. One will be for LAN and the other will be for WAN something or other.

3. Next type "netcap/Remove". This will remove the netmon driver.

4. Open up control panel / system / dev man and look at your network adapters. You should now see two of them and one will have a yellow ! on it. Right click on the one without the yellow ! and choose uninstall. YES! you are uninstalling your network adapter, continue with the uninstall. Do not restart yet.

5. Check your connection properties to make sure that no connection exists. If you get a wizard just cancel out of it.

6. Now re-start the machine.

7. After re-start go to your connection properties again and you should have a new connection called "Local area connection 2". highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.

8. Choose connection properties and uncheck the "QOS" box

9. Re-start the machine

10. After restart enjoy the increased responsiveness of IE, faster page loading, and a connection speed boost.

Tweaker
March 6th, 2003, 10:22 PM
When you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth, this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words.

This is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000 has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.

You can do this with the registry entries below:


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d


Make a new text file and rename it to dnscache.reg. Then copy and paste the above into it and save it. Then merge it into the registry.

Tweaker
March 6th, 2003, 10:27 PM
For some reason, the Favorites menu in IE 6 seems to slow down dramatically sometimes-I've noticed this happens when you install Tweak UI 1.33, for example, and when you use the preview tip to speed up the Start menu. But here's a fix for the problem that does work, though it's unclear why.

Just open a command line window (Start button -> Run -> cmd) and type sfc, then hit ENTER.

This command line runs the System File Checker, which performs a number of services, all of which are completely unrelated to IE 6. But there you go, it works.

squirekat
March 6th, 2003, 10:29 PM
Unfortunately still running at 10 mbps. I did notice a couple of differences between your instructions and what I actually experienced during the procedure.

1) In #4 of your instructions... when I checked in Device Manager I only saw one network adapter (which I uninstalled)... never saw another adapter with the yellow exclamation point.

2) In #5 of your instructions... when I checked my connection properties I still saw the SBC/Yahoo! connection under "Broadband", along with "Local area connection 2"

Not sure if I should have removed the SBC/Yahoo! connection (or even how to do it for that matter).

Any feedback would be appreciated. If I can't increase my speed I'll probably just restore the previous image file.

TIA

squirekat:thumb:

Tweaker
March 6th, 2003, 10:35 PM
*Warning* - Changing Registry setting is tricky and could crash your system. Use the following tweak at your own risk, always back up first before modifying anything in the Registry.

Start , run, type "Regedit"

Follow this string :-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> SessionManager -> MemoryManagement -> PrefetchParameters.

Then look at the Prefetch string and change the value from 3 to 5. it doesn't matter if you keep it Hexadecimal or Decimal.

Close registry and restart WindowsXP; it should load up between 5-15 seconds (or even more) faster.

*Tip - run bootvis and record the boot time before applying this tweak.

BlackNGoldRules
March 8th, 2003, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by Tweaker
*Warning* - Changing Registry setting is tricky and could crash your system. Use the following tweak at your own risk, always back up first before modifying anything in the Registry.

Start , run, type "Regedit"

Follow this string :-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> SessionManager -> MemoryManagement -> PrefetchParameters.

Then look at the Prefetch string and change the value from 3 to 5. it doesn't matter if you keep it Hexadecimal or Decimal.

Close registry and restart WindowsXP; it should load up between 5-15 seconds (or even more) faster.

*Tip - run bootvis and record the boot time before applying this tweak.

When you say Prefetch string, do you mean the one that says "Enable Prefetcher?" I have one that says that and it's set to 0X00000003 (3). Should I set this to 0X00000005 (5)?

By the way, I've tried almost all of the suggestions in this thread and my machine is much faster now! Thanks to all of you. This message board is great! I've learned so much since joining!!!

Tweaker
March 8th, 2003, 04:18 AM
Yes, set it to 5 :cool:

Dodge
March 8th, 2003, 05:15 PM
Oh yeah, here's a great one to have.... When you use Msconfig and then reboot, you will have that stupid Selective startup screen appear... Majorly annoying... Download and install this file. It will stop that from appearing....

Disable Selective startup screen (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts/xp_nomsconfig.vbs) save it to your Desktop (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double-click the xp_nomsconfig.vbs file after closing MSConfig. You will not see the Selective Startup screen on the next boot. This script can be viewed in Notepad or any text editor, as to the specific Registry key and value that are updated.

Enable Administrator Account on Startup Page (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/XP_AddAdministrator.zip) Open the ZIP file you just downloaded and extract the contents to your hard disk. Double click the EXE file that you extracted to run the utility. This utility will allow you to toggle the Administrator account to Enabled or Disabled (on the Welcome Screen), depending on its current state.

This one stops Windows Messanger from Auto running. You can stop it in Msconfig, but if you ever use the Program then it will automatically turn itself back on in Msconfig.... Stop Windows Messanger from Auto Running (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts/xp_messenger_autorun.vbs) Navigate to where you saved it and double click the file. A confirmation dialog will appear and remind you to log off/back on or restart your computer..


Note: Some of these items are User specific settings. It may be necessary to run each VBS/EXE file while logged into to that User's desktop. If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.

Dodge
March 8th, 2003, 06:07 PM
Delete files that are undeletable.

Thanks to MS-MVP Kelly Theriot for this tip.

Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open. Close all open programs. Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe. Leave Task Manager open. Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the AVI (or other undeletable file) is located in. At the command prompt type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file you wish to delete. Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell. Close Task Manager.

MishY
March 9th, 2003, 01:27 AM
The Group Policy snapin should not be used by beginners :

Enable Group Policy Editor (Requires Admin rights) - On some installations particularly OEM installs the Group Policy Editor shortcut will not appear in the Administrative Tools.

Here's how to create it.

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools

Right click an empty area in the Administratve Tools window.

Click New then Shortcut.

In the box entitled "Type the location of the item" copy and paste this line in :

%SystemRoot%\system32\gpedit.msc

Click Next.

Give the shortcut the name Group Policy.

Then click Finish.

Howerski
March 9th, 2003, 10:06 PM
This is all good stuff chaps & chapesses. I find that over time the registry gets really clogged up with all sorts of cr*p. I use norton utilities on it - but this is only a basic operation. Can anyone recommend a really good registry checker ?

MishY
March 9th, 2003, 10:57 PM
Yep, and this program is excellent!

http://www.cybertechhelp.com/html/downloads/download.php/id/31

Howerski
March 10th, 2003, 12:40 AM
Can I recommend this site:

http://www.speedguide.net/

I used a couple of their (automated) registry tweaks and found a significant increase in internet performance

tomstonsils59
March 14th, 2003, 12:46 PM
Hi Theoran: You mentioned changing Refresh Rate to 75 and mine is set at 60, i am curious as to what that does, Thanks Tom

eliotmc
March 18th, 2003, 04:30 AM
plug and play in the past has been considered as potentially
exploitable
the fbi noted that
i dont know current security progams
but you can download a program to prevent potential attacks
i think somebody called spider explained this not long ago[within 2 months}
and other subjects
sorry in the wrong place this should be under thorans i apolagise :D :D

AnnMarie
March 18th, 2003, 04:48 AM
No problem eliotmc - I merged your post with Theo's thread :D

Maybe Spider was referring to GRC's UnPlug n' Pray (http://grc.com/unpnp/unpnp.htm) utility. It works like a charm :D

Theoran
March 21st, 2003, 03:29 PM
Tom,

Monitors need to be refreshed many times per second in order to
update new data. The refresh rate for a monitor is measured in
hertz (Hz) and is usually in a range of 50 Hz to 125 Hz. The faster
the rate, the less the monitor flickers to create a crisper display.

tomstonsils59
March 21st, 2003, 07:00 PM
Theoran: Ok, Thanks

Tweaker
March 23rd, 2003, 12:35 AM
Annoyed with Windows XP's built-in Zip support? Now there's a way to turn it off.

By default, Windows XP treats ZIP files like folders. If you're not familiar with ZIP files, this can be convenient. However, if you've already got a utility in place to manage your ZIP files (such as WinZip (http://www.winzip.com/winzip/)), this new feature can just get in the way. For example, Windows will search inside ZIP files when using Search - For Files or Folders, a process that not only causes searches to take longer, but one that may cause incomplete information to be displayed in the In Folder column of the search results.

Naturally, Microsoft hasn't provided any easy way to turn this feature off. Here's how to do it:

Select Run from the Start Menu.
Type regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll at the prompt, and click Ok.
The change will take effect immediately, but you may have to restart Windows for all traces of the built-in ZIP support to disappear.


If, at any time, you wish to re-enable Windows XP's built-in ZIP support, just follow these steps:

Select Run from the Start Menu.
Type regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll at the prompt, and click Ok.
The change will take effect immediately, but you may have to restart Windows for all features of the built-in ZIP support to be available.

StoaVio
March 28th, 2003, 06:33 PM
For those of you that would like to speed certain functions up and aren't interested in editing registry files manually. I'd suggest downloading "regedit" or more currently known as the WinGuides Tweak Manager. I've found it to be very helpful!

Click HERE (http://www.winguides.com/software/category.php/7/)

-Btw, I'm not sure if someone has already linked this file but just incase they haven't, I did! :)
enjoy

janusz
May 12th, 2003, 05:19 PM
Greetings!

Prefetch, once again . . .

-----------------------------
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\MemoryManagement\PrefetchParameters

Parameter values:

0 = turn off all Windows XP Prefetch
1 = Turn on Windows XP Prefetch for Application launch only
2 = Turn on Windows XP Prefetch for Boot only
3 = Turn on Windows XP Prefetch for both Application launch and Boot

3 is the default
-----------------------------

I've seen some suggestions here and elsewhere floating around as "XP tweaks" that setting EnablePrefetcher = 5 can improve performance. However, it has been pointed out (http://www.warp2search.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1087) that "EnablePrefetcher" is a bit-field with only the two least significant bits counting(?), then 5 -- 101 in binary -- would be the same as 1 , or prefetch for application launch only. In any case, I've not seen any documentation other than the values 0 through 3.

Of course, some swear that 5 makes a huge difference . . . placebo effect?

Is 5 actually 1? Anyone compare the differences in time between 1 and 3 vs 1 and 5?

See: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/appendix/hh/appendix/enhancements5_3oc3.asp

Check here for more info on prefetch: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_p.htm (do Find for Prefetcher)

More XP tweaks: Windows Xp Performance Tweaking Guide - http://www.charliesources.net/nieuwe%20winxp/windows_xp_performance_tweaking.htm

Peace.

Janusz
Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.

yuppicide
May 19th, 2003, 10:51 PM
Well, I read everything and don't think I saw this listed here:

This works for 95/98/ME/XP -- 2000/NT? Unsure, but you can try.

Stop everything that runs in the background without your knowledge:

Goto START, RUN, type in MSCONFIG. Click the Startup tab. You are safe to uncheck everything in there. Hit OK to apply and reboot. It'll give you a message about selective startup. Check the box to not show that again and hit OK.

Making your display look better and update faster:

I don't know about every Windows installation, but my XP installed and defaulted to 60Hz refresh rate. This is the speed at which the stuff you see on your screen updates. The faster the better. 60Hz is pretty poor. Go on the web and find the driver for your monitor and install it. Then go in your display properties from the control panel. Goto SETTINGS -> ADVANCED -> MONITOR and check off the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display", then turn your refresh rate up to 85Hz or 100 or whatever you can. I run mine at 100Hz. Caution: If no driver is available for your monitor don't go fooling with refresh rates unless you are sure your monitor can handle it. Doing so could damage your monitor. If there is no driver, consult the monitor manual or the manufacturer's website. They will usually say what Hz your monitor will work and at what resolutions.

jascat
June 28th, 2003, 05:30 PM
Theoran. I have carried out most of your mods to XP.
I have kept the screen resolution as was due to my eyesight not being as good as it used to be. The smaller print was a strain.

I was wondering why you would want to turn off system restore, as it has rescued me from trouble on a number of ocassions?

kuzzz
July 8th, 2003, 07:36 AM
THEORAN
will these configurations work on XP Home Edition as well?

Miz
July 18th, 2003, 04:33 PM
Jaytee - Windows always throws that warning at you when you change refresh rates and you can ignore it. I have it on good authority that if a refresh rate is listed, then it's safe to use. I know several people who always run their monitors at the highest refresh rate possible and never have a problem.

Theoran
July 19th, 2003, 05:18 PM
jascat,

System Restore is a personal preference in my opinion. With
system restore on, it can use gigabytes of hard drive space up. I
have seen system restore use up to 10 GBs of hard drive space.
If you use it, and have found it to be a safeguard, and valuable
to you. Then leave it enabled. These are just things that I do on
my computer to make it run smooth.



kuzzz,

Most likely, these should work on XP Home, though I have not
tried it on the Home Edition.

f_xyz
August 2nd, 2003, 11:51 PM
If u have an Nvidia graphics card , u can improve XP's performance by installing Detonator XP drivers...

Pedro
August 20th, 2003, 10:14 PM
...this is a very nice and usefull thread!

Thanks to all that contributed!

:cheesy:



Pedro
:rocker:

ThunderChicken
August 30th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Increase your cable modem or DSL speed in XP

This tweak is for broadband cable connections on stand alone machines with winXP professional version - might work on Home version also. It will probably work with networked machines as well but I haven't tried it in that configuration. This is for windows XP only.

This tweak assumes that you have let winXP etc.

Tweaker, I just installed XP last night, and I'm having trouble on your Tweak..

I get to step 5 (Uninstall the ! driver) but it isn't listed.

Tweaker
August 31st, 2003, 12:14 AM
Do you have the pro version?

ThunderChicken
August 31st, 2003, 12:14 AM
Yea.

usama_usara
September 5th, 2003, 03:03 AM
Thx for the reply . Now i have some more questions for u guys .
1 Previously i had a win xp installed which have service pack 1 in it . And when i press stand by button in my keyboard , according to my setting , my pc starts to SHUT DOWN and just gives the followong messege . WINDOWS IS SHUTTING DOWN . No saving settings and logging off . So u can understand that it was very fast .
2 I did convert my window's drive to NTFS and the bar and my win xp start to boot in a hell fast time .

Two days ago , i removed my xp ( I alwas do have 98 in C drive and Xp in D drive ) and when i reinstall it from a Cd , whcih have service pack 2 . After that there were 2 problems .
1) No fast shut down with stand by button
2) No fast boot with NTFS

PLZ HELP .

jtdoom
September 7th, 2003, 05:56 PM
Hi
what was the tweak to make windows XP shut down somewhat faster?

it waits almost 30 seconds right now, and it is a new "restore" XP home install on a packaaaar-hell. (I removed some of the rubbish already)

it did it when it had NO NIC yet, nor did it have any other active Internet connection, and it still does it after doing some tweaking, and after installing updates for XP and office
(installed a NIC to get online on cable... the user will use ADSL later on)

kind regards, Jaak

Tweaker
September 7th, 2003, 06:04 PM
Start Regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control.
Click on the "Control" Folder.
Select "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"
Right click on it and select Modify.
Set it to a value lower than 2000, say 1000 as a test.

jtdoom
September 7th, 2003, 06:28 PM
it was set to twentythousand...

Tweaker
September 7th, 2003, 08:31 PM
I actually have mine set at 200.

sup_r_man2001
September 9th, 2003, 01:21 PM
whats the best website to download a driver?


www.driverguide.com


http://www.leadtek.com.tw/support/list_driver.asp

As for tweaking XP http://www.totalidea.com/tweakxp-faq.htm#3b

http://www.tweakxp.com/readNews.aspx?id=2024

Want to make sure that stubborn program is really deleted?

http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=2073

Trouble patching winXP?
http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=1816
Clicking AVI Files on explorer causing 100% CPU Usage?




1. Open up regedit
2. Goto HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shel lex\PropertyHandler
3. Delete the "Default" value which should be "{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}"

Voila! Please not that this will no longer provide you with the windows properties displaying the AVI file information such as width, height, bitrate etc. But its a small price to pay for saving you resources.

NOTE: Please use caution when using regedit. Improper usage may cause windows to behave imcorrectly. Backup your registry first.


Decrease your Applications startup time


By default, Microsoft includes the /prefetch:1 switch to speed up it's Windows Media Player application start time. This switch can be used for other Windows applications and also many third party programs.

Example #1

You have AOL 8.0 installed on the computer. Complete the steps outlined bewlo to add the /prefetch:1 switch to AOL's Target path.

1. Right click on the AOL shortcut and select properties from the menu.

2. In the Target: Field add the /prefetch:1 switch to the very end of the path, like this: "C:\Program Files\America Online 8.0\aol.exe" /prefetch:1 and then click ok.

Now start AOL. It would load at least 50 times faster than ever before.

Example #2

1, Go to the Start button/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools

2. Right click on System Restore and select properties from the menu that appears. Add the /prefetch:1 to the Target Path entry so it looks like this %ystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe /prefetch:1 and click ok.

Now System Restore will start immediately when executed.

Note: This switch will only work with some programs. Others will return a message saying the program in the target box is invalid. Just remove the switch.

Disable Debug Scripting in Internet Explorer

Don't you hate it when you are browsing a page it asks you "Would you like to debug this page?" Well here's a nifty and easy way to turn it off.

Right Click on Internet Explorer and Click Properties
----- or -----
Open Internet Explorer. Click Tools | Internet Options

Click The "Advanced" Tab

The 4th Item in "Browsing" should say "Disable Script Debugging"

Check it and you are all set! Enjoy a Debug-Free Browsing experience.

Disable XP Boot Logo
It is possible to disable XP splash screen, which will slightly speed up the overall boot process. Be aware that removing the splash screen will also cause you not to see any boot-up messages that might come up (chkdsk, convert ... ), but if your system runs without any problems then it should not matter.

1. Edit boot.ini
2. Add " /noguiboot" right after "/fastdetect".

(or check the /noguiboot switch in msconfig on the boot.ini tab)

Upon restarting, the splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by removing the new switch.

sup_r_man2001
September 9th, 2003, 01:50 PM
Some other really good tricks I've used:

A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction
Select Enable from the list on the right.
Right on it and select Modify.
Change the value to Y to enable and N to disable.
Reboot your computer.

usama_usara
September 13th, 2003, 11:52 PM
Hey , u guys , I have found some thing new . Well some people like to play PC games but most of the time they can't seem to play heavy games on there slower PC . Well , if any one of u having RAM proglems , mean ur game plays slowly . Try this thing .
1 Go to start menu .
2 In the run , type msconfig .
3 Open services tab .
4 Uncheck all options exept " WINDOWS AUDIO " , " COME + SYSTEM MANAGMENT " , "EVENT LOG " , " PLUG AND PLAY " .
5 Rebote r PC and play the required game .
Thx to me freind ALI foir help .

sup_r_man2001
September 14th, 2003, 05:58 PM
usama usara

goto www.tweakxp.com it seems that SP1 turns off NT Legacy support. Which is what turns your computer off. Go to device manager. Click on view hidden devices, and scroll down until you find NT/Legacy support. Click enable.

usama_usara
September 15th, 2003, 03:04 AM
usama usara

goto www.tweakxp.com it seems that SP1 turns off NT Legacy support. Which is what turns your computer off. Go to device manager. Click on view hidden devices, and scroll down until you find NT/Legacy support. Click enable.
Well first thing , i have fat 32 now . Should it be in there in fat 32 caz I have checked NT/Legacy support but is'nt there .

sup_r_man2001
September 15th, 2003, 07:41 PM
usam usara go here and see if this helps http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=1117

usama_usara
September 16th, 2003, 12:18 AM
usam usara go here and see if this helps http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=1117

Thx man .

sup_r_man2001
October 4th, 2003, 08:05 AM
I would recommend www.tweakxp.com for all your tweaking needs and www.iolo.com for system mechanic

Jozif
October 17th, 2003, 01:13 AM
Has anyone heard of/used a program called RefreshForce? Since WinXP has no Optimum refresh rate setting, it supposedly adjusts the refresh rate for you. I'm not very knowledgable about these types of things, so I was wondering if this program is good to use, or if it will cause problems/slow the system down.

Here is a link to the site that hosts the program.

http://www.pagehosting.co.uk/rf/

sup_r_man2001
October 17th, 2003, 07:11 AM
I have downloaded Refresh Force and the program works well. Go ahead and download it and see for yourself how much of an improvement it is.

Jozif
October 17th, 2003, 09:20 AM
Is there somewhere I can go to see what services are safe to remove? I'm networked, have Nvidia display, and creative sound card. I don't want to remove something to find out it was something important.

sup_r_man2001
October 18th, 2003, 06:41 AM
http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=1335 To disable indexing service.

And here http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=34 to see what services are there and you can read up on them to see what they are and IF you really need them.

kuzzz
October 28th, 2003, 12:37 PM
Make sure you check the box to hide all modes that this monitor can not display. Then you can be worry free about whether or not you can safely set your refresh rate to a certain number setting.

it says 60Hz, isn't that low? so i shouldn't use a refresh rate higher than 60?

Dodge
October 29th, 2003, 01:57 AM
Actually you need to check the manufacturers website. Look up your Model of Monitor and see what they suggest as the highest Refresh Rate. Setting the refresh rate to high can damage your monitor, so be careful setting to high.

My PC shows I can go to 160, but this old monitor would never hold up to even close to that without frying. Most monitors will go up to 75-80 without hurthing them. Like I said though, just be careful.

kuzzz
October 29th, 2003, 11:32 PM
Actually you need to check the manufacturers website. Look up your Model of Monitor and see what they suggest as the highest Refresh Rate. Setting the refresh rate to high can damage your monitor, so be careful setting to high.

My PC shows I can go to 160, but this old monitor would never hold up to even close to that without frying. Most monitors will go up to 75-80 without hurthing them. Like I said though, just be careful.

i have a sony laptop and it's only 2 years old so i should be ablle to find out the refresh rate at sony. thank you

istruthfull
November 13th, 2003, 06:22 PM
Wooow, with all these cool tweaks my system runs as fast as it did before installing the windows updates. Finding this site was a gold mine. Thank you very much. *And with ear to ear smile on his face the word .. Zoom keeps comming to mind.* :cool:

usama_usara
November 14th, 2003, 01:06 AM
Well , I need some help u guys . I did install all the windows updates from the site . After that , there were almost 12 files installed named win xo hotfix with different versions . And i was have the feeling that they have make my pc a bit slow . Well , I have a habbit of making the norton security on while using Internet to safe my pc from virus . Now what else can these Fixes help me when i am safe from viruses . And should i keep them installed or to remove them .

bdemore
November 15th, 2003, 08:33 AM
I could not agree with you more. I remember the first and ONLY time I used the indexing service. It slowed down my brand new (at the time) PIII 1.06 system so badly that I thought I surely had a virus. After I confirmed that my system was actually still clean, I disabled the indexing service and got my computer back.
Next, I decided to perform a little test. First, I did a basic search for "paint" without the service followed by the same search with the service. You guessed it! The indexing service was so busy "increasing search efficiency" that it forgot to turn over enough system resources for the one thing it's intended to improve, SEARCHING! So, I agree, this is a pointless service that needs a major overhaul if they plan to include it with the next OS release.

Here is another one I use.

Indexing services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don't search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completley unnessesary.
Go to Start Click Settings Click Control Panel Double-click Add/Remove Programs Click the Add/Remove Window Components Uncheck the Indexing services Click NextThat's it, you have now uninstalled the Indexing service, you system will not have more RAM and be more responsive.

Andie
December 17th, 2003, 04:42 PM
Ive done a lot of these, no problems so far and a faster PC - Thanks to everyone, however, the ones I havent done are the ones that say edit boot.ini file - what is this? How do I do this?

Also on boot up, which is still slow for me for some reason, one thing that always loads is the manufaturers splash screen - Packard Bell - If I could somehow stop this from loading it would be 1-15 secs quicker, anyone know how to get rid of this?

Tweaker
December 20th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Read here. (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=289022#Task2)

Janb
February 17th, 2004, 04:48 AM
OK, I admit, I'm timid! A friend (from the best garden site on the web, Dave's Garden) recommended these 2 sites, which is a little bit easier for me to understand. And I KNOW y'all would appreciate not messing with these home problems, right?

Anyway, here they are http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm and http://www.techbuilder.org/article.htm?ArticleID=47626

Am very curious to hear what y'all think about these.
LMK?

litnrod
February 21st, 2004, 04:21 AM
Tweaker, I would to try your settings how to increase my broadband connections. I have windows xp prof and from xp cd where can i find support cab and netcap?

Tweaker
February 21st, 2004, 04:57 AM
In the support directory, open Support.cab, Extract the file netcap.exe.

porty
February 27th, 2004, 05:27 AM
JanB - I can wholeheartedly endorse the service tweaks detailed on the http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm website. If you look a bit further into his site, the config file is zipped and available for download.

I build PC's for a living and I routinely apply blackviper's tweaks to every XP (and also Win2K) computer I build.

Actually, as far as using the service tweaks, I found it more convenient to set up a table in Word and type in just the 38 or so items that need changing. That way, the document only takes up one page in my clearfile, in portrait form, instead of the 8 or so landscape pages that the original PDF-format table takes up.

hawkeye
March 16th, 2004, 09:25 PM
Increase your cable modem or DSL speed in XP

This tweak is for broadband cable connections on stand alone machines with winXP professional version - might work on Home version also. It will probably work with networked machines as well but I haven't tried it in that configuration. This is for windows XP only.

This tweak assumes that you have let winXP create a connection on install for your cable modem/NIC combination and that your connection has tcp/ip - QoS - file and print sharing - and client for microsoft networks , only, installed. It also assumes that winxp will detect your NIC and has in-box drivers for it. If it doesn't do not try this. In the "My Network Places" properties (right click on the desktop icon and choose properties), highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK

1. From the windows XP cd in the support directory from the support cab, extract the file netcap.exe and place it in a directory on your hard drive or even in the root of your C:\ drive.

2. Next, open up a command prompt window and change directories to where you put netcap.exe. then type "netcap/?". It will list some commands that are available for netcap and a netmon driver will be installed. At the bottom you will see your adapters. You should see two of them if using a 3Com card. One will be for LAN and the other will be for WAN something or other.

3. Next type "netcap/Remove". This will remove the netmon driver.

4. Open up control panel / system / dev man and look at your network adapters. You should now see two of them and one will have a yellow ! on it. Right click on the one without the yellow ! and choose uninstall. YES! you are uninstalling your network adapter, continue with the uninstall. Do not restart yet.

5. Check your connection properties to make sure that no connection exists. If you get a wizard just cancel out of it.

6. Now re-start the machine.

7. After re-start go to your connection properties again and you should have a new connection called "Local area connection 2". highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.

8. Choose connection properties and uncheck the "QOS" box

9. Re-start the machine

10. After restart enjoy the increased responsiveness of IE, faster page loading, and a connection speed boost.


I can get all the way up to the point to install and the install sits on 0% and dosn't install. Do you have any suggestions on how to get past this or anything I may be doing wrong. I would love to speed up my DSL.

Hawkeye

x86scorpion
March 27th, 2004, 01:46 AM
Just an info here:)

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Technical Preview (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx) fixes tons of BUGs, adds enhanced security infrastructure for defense against viruses, worms, trojans + hacking exploits, increased manageability + control and improved user experience:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx)
XP SP2 RC1 (http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/a/f/5aff45ae-ef27-4821-b666-d2b6530cbe4f/xpsp2.exe) [273 MB, English].
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/a/f/5aff45ae-ef27-4821-b666-d2b6530cbe4f/xpsp2.exe (http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/a/f/5aff45ae-ef27-4821-b666-d2b6530cbe4f/xpsp2.exe)


XP SP2 RC1 requires 335 MB of disk space during Setup and 110 MB after that.

MS TechNet: Functionality Changes in Windows XP SP2 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/winxpsp2.mspx):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/winxpsp2.mspx

Functionality Changes in Windows XP SP2 (http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/7/9/879a7b46-5ddb-4a82-b64d-64e791b3c9ae/WinXPSP2_Documentation.doc) [932 KB, English, DOC format].
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/7/9/879a7b46-5ddb-4a82-b64d-64e791b3c9ae/WinXPSP2_Documentation.doc

MS TechNet: Manually Configuring Firewall in Windows XP SP2 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0204.mspx):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0204.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0204.mspx)

Manually Configuring Firewall in Windows XP SP2 (http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/a/68a81446-cd73-4a61-8665-8a67781ac4e8/WF_XPSP2.doc) [895 KB, English, DOC format].
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/a/68a81446-cd73-4a61-8665-8a67781ac4e8/WF_XPSP2.doc

MSDN: New Security Technologies in XP SP2 (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnwxp/html/securityinxpsp2.asp).
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnwxp/html/securityinxpsp2.asp

MSDN: XP SP2 Security Information for Developers (http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/productinfo/XPSP2/).
http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/productinfo/XPSP2/

MS TechNet: XP SP2 RC1 Deployment Guide (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/spdeploy.mspx).
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/spdeploy.mspx

Unofficial XP SP2 RC1 Review (http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/sp2-RC1-review.html).
http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/sp2-RC1-review.html (http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/sp2-RC1-review.html)

meloncolly
March 29th, 2004, 09:58 AM
Hi
Has anyone experienced any problems after installing this pack please?
thnaks
meloncolly

degsy
March 29th, 2004, 10:16 AM
The only problem I found was that I didn't have SP1 and installed XP2 directly.
Didn't seem to be a problem with the upgade with the OS or SP2 but there was a niggling problem.

Firstly, Windows Update would not load. Found a Registry hack on MSKB to reset it.
Then Windows Update still wanted my to install SP1 and various patches.


Just to keep it happy I installed SP1, then went to Windows Update and installed the patches.

Then reinstalled SP2.

Windows Update seems to be happy with that.

jojo
May 8th, 2004, 06:50 AM
You can do this with the registry entries below:


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi
ces\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d


Make a new text file and rename it to dnscache.reg. Then copy and paste the above into it and save it. Then merge it into the registry.

When I attempt to do this, I get an error message that it is not a registry file... any clue what I may be doing wrong?

Thanks

Tweaker
May 8th, 2004, 12:50 PM
When I attempt to do this, I get an error message that it is not a registry file... any clue what I may be doing wrong?

Thanks

Did you copy and paste to "Note Pad" and then save it as ".reg" file without the quotes? Then you can merge it into the registry.

Or;

You can do this manually, by entering "regedit" (without the quotes)

*WARNING*

Before attempting to modify the registry back it up first!


Go to start, type "regedit" without quotes.


Locate the registry entry.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi
ces\Dnscache\Parameters]

From there you can change the values listed.

edren
June 1st, 2004, 06:07 PM
Theoran, Excellent tweaks, thanks.

Dodge, Deleting undeletable keys, thanks

Tweaker, thanks for the time out tip mine was on 20000

Thanks to all others who contributed too.

Tweaker
June 1st, 2004, 08:50 PM
Your welcome, glad the tweaks helped. :happy:

JoeyImage
June 21st, 2004, 09:10 AM
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid122/p8ef258667b3f0a119ca9ec312453c753/f82ed7a1.jpg

If you look at the bottom left corner of my desktop, the start button now has my last name (Image) in it, and instead 'click here to begin' it has my own little catch-phrase (5 Card Stud). Also, instead of Microsoft Internet Explorer on top, it now has my name in it.

(Cyber)Xero
July 7th, 2004, 10:01 PM
my tip is not really a trick or anything. its a program. it is called Tweak-XP. you all probably know about it but i thought i'd post it anyways. i think the url is http://www.totalidea.com/frameset-products.htm

my friend gave me the program and i registered and it fixes everything. it has a built-in overclocking device, which overclocks cpu, video cards, cd/dvd roms, and chipsets. it is basically a program that makes customization easier than searching throught the registry for all the tweaks you want.

hope it helps

maginot
July 12th, 2004, 11:30 AM
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi
ces\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d


I have copied these lines and saved with notepad like dnscache.reg but when I try to add the information to my registry the follow message appear: Cannot Import C:\DOCUME~1\MAGINO~1\Desktop\dnscache.reg: The specified file is not a registry script. You can only import binary registry files within the registry editor.

(?)

apache
August 17th, 2004, 01:31 AM
Hi Everybody !!:michaelan
Try this link there some tiny softwares for free download and are very very useful i have been using them for a longtime and they are very good.

Just follow the link please

http://www.grc.com/freepopular.htm

Good luck

Courtesey of apache hehehehehe

ratcat
October 13th, 2004, 12:20 PM
I like my desktop to be totally clean. absolutely nothing except the wallpaper I have currently showing. Everytime I wanted to launch something from my desktop I had to right click on my desktop and tick arrange icons by/show desktop icons. Instead of right clicking and arrange icons by/show desktop icons. I made a new folder on my desktop and called it shorts or utilities or whatever then I would drag all the quick launch icons and shortcuts etc into my new folder. (lets call it Utilities) Then I right click on my taskbar and created a new Toolbar and browsed to the desktop and click on "utilities". Then I right click on my desktop and clicked arrange icons by/show desktop icons, which I unticked. Everything disappears. Now everytime I want to launch something from my desktop I just click on the "utilities" toolbar and all my shorts and quick launch icons drop down in a list. Note: You can drag and drop the recycle bin but the recycle bin will stay on your desktop, it will make a shortcut to you recycle bin in the utilities toolbar. This is especially good if you want to appear mysterious as your pc starts up but nothing is on your desktop except a wallpaper. I made a black background in paint with "keep out" in big white letters, It looks awesome!!!

fast68
October 27th, 2004, 05:21 PM
Increase your cable modem or DSL speed in XP

7. After re-start go to your connection properties again and you should have a new connection called "Local area connection 2". highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.




tweaker hey i am running xp home and nothing like `binding for file and printer sharing and client for ms networks` exists

i am on (modem and router) single puter DSL


also what do i do with the Network Monitor Capture Utility that i saved to root of C: ?


ive done everything else so far, rebooted and all that


thanks for anything

marcusbaje
November 15th, 2004, 06:18 PM
followed the steps except for screen res. & LAN settings (still dial-up) and all worked a treat.many thanks, marcusbaje.This are the procedures I wrote up for things I need to do when I
install Windows XP.

Instructions:

Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Switch to Classic View
Click View
Click Details
Click Display
Click the Desktop tab
Click Customize Desktop
Uncheck Run Desktop Cleanup, and then click OK
Click the Screen Saver tab
Choose (None) for the Screen Saver
Click Power
Change Turn off monitor to Never
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click the Appearance tab
Change the color scheme to Silver
Click Effects
Uncheck Use the following transition
Uncheck Show shadows under menus
Click OK
Click the Settings tab
Change Screen resolution to 1024x768 pixels
Click Advanced
Click the Monitor tab
Change Screen refresh rate to 75 Hertz
Click Apply
Click Yes
Click OK
Click OK
Click Folder Options
Click View
Check the following boxes:
Display the contents of system folders
Display the full path in the title bar
Display the full path in the address bar
Show hidden files and folders
Uncheck the following:
Automatically search for network folders and printer
Hid extensions for known file types
Click Apply
Click Apply to All Folders
Click Yes
Click OK
Click Internet Options
Click Use Blank, and then click Apply
Click the Content tab
Click AutoComplete
Check Forms, and then click Apply
Click the Connections tab
Click LAN Settings
Check Automatically detect settings, and then click OK
Click Setup
Type area code, and then click OK
Click OK
Click Next
Click Next
Select Set up my connection manually, and then click Next
Select Connect using a broadband connection, and then click
Next
Click Finish
Click the Programs tab
Change HTML editor to Notepad
Uncheck Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser, and then click Apply
Click the Advanced tab
Uncheck the following:
Enable Install on Demand (Other)
Enable page transitions
Notify when downloads complete
Show Go in the address bar
Check the following:
Use inline AutoComplete
Use Passive FTP
Do not search from the Address bar
Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed
Click Apply
Click OK
Click Mouse
Click the Pointer tab
Change Scheme to 3D-White (system scheme)
Uncheck Enable pointer shadow
Click the Pointer Options tab
Uncheck Hide pointer when typing
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click Sounds and Audio Devices
Check Place volume icon in taskbar
Click Sounds Tab
Choose No Sounds for the Sound Scheme
Click No
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click System
Click the Advanced tab
Click the Settings button under Performance
Select Adjust for best performance
Check the following:
Show window contents while dragging
Smooth edges on screen fonts
Use drop shadows for icon labels
Use visual styles on windows and buttons
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click the Error Reporting tab
Select Disable error reporting
Uncheck But notify me when critical errors occur, and then click OK
Click the System Restore tab
Check Turn off System Restore on all drives
Click Apply, and then click Yes
Click the Automatic Updates tab
Select Turn off automatic updating
Click the Remote tab
Uncheck Allow Remote Assistance
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click Taskbar and Start Menu
Uncheck Lock the taskbar
Check Show Quick Launch
Click the Start Menu tab
Select Classic Start menu
Click Customize
Check Display Favorites
Check Show Small Icons in Start Menu
Uncheck Use Personalized Menus
Click OK
Click Apply
Click OK
Click User Accounts
Click Change the way users log on and off
Uncheck Use the Welcome screen
Click Apply Options
Close the Window
Exit the Control Panel
Open My Computer
Right-click on the hard drive icon and select Properties
Uncheck Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast searching
Click Apply
Select Apply changes to X:\, subfolders and files, and then click OK
Click OK
Reboot machine

Melanie
November 24th, 2004, 01:49 AM
Alt + Tab = switching through programs fast like whoa.

Yeah I'm lame.

kenshi55
November 25th, 2004, 05:49 AM
Is there anyway that i can tweak up my dial up connection??

zack_rage
November 25th, 2004, 06:49 PM
here many tweak and tips for win xp hope you like it:wave:

shutdown XP Faster

Start Regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control.
Click on the "Control" Folder.
Select "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"
Right click on it and select Modify.
Set it a value lower than 2000 (Mine is set to 200).
Get Rid Of Pesky Un-Signed Driver Installation Warnings

Many new drivers aren't signed by Microsoft so WinXP will warn you or even prevent you from installing new drivers for a device. To prevent this warning or to allow new un-signed drivers to be installed do the following:

1. Go to start/run/ then type secpol.msc
2. Browse to local policies/security options
3. Change "Devices: Unsigned driver installation behavior" setting to Silently succeed.
4. Reboot Computer.


Install XP from DOS

If XP will not install from the CD or if you have a new drive with no operating system on it yet try these:


Install Windows XP from the hard drive with Windows 98 already installed:

Boot Windows 98
Insert the XP CD into your CD reader
Explore Windows XP through My Computer
Copy i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk
Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader
Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)
Type cd.. to back up to the root directory
Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader
Copy the i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

Remove unwanted programs

If you want to remove programs that are installed with windows (such as MSN Messenger in WinXP), edit a file called "C:\WINDOWS\INF\SYSOC.INF". In there you will find a listing of programs, and you will note that some programs have the word 'hide' at the end. Simply remove the word 'hide' but leave the extra comma:

BEFORE:msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide, 7

AFTER:msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7

Now when you open Add-Remove Windows Components, you will see a new choice, in this example, "Windows Messenger"

Restoring Access to CD ROMs

If you removed CD Burning software, or for some other mystical reason, can not longer access your CD ROM's,
in most cases following registry keys needs to be deleted:

Locate and delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters values under the following key in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}


Convert FAT32 To NTFS

To change from FAT 32 to NTFS for more stability and security, open the command prompt and type: "Convert C: /FS:NTFS". Make sure there is a space between the C: and the foward slash (/). Once you press enter it will ask you for confirmation and press Y. Then press Y and enter once more to reboot. It will take between one hour and 15 minutes to convert to NTFS. Now you can set passwords for files and use encryption. This also works for windows XP Home.

HDD slowdown when booting

If, like I had , you have a 3min+ or slower boot time where Windows XP seems to sit for 2+ or so minutes with the XP logo doing nothing before everything comes to life, then do the following.

Download Bootvis from www.microsoft.com (http://www.microsoft.com/) and run it the next time you boot. Do a 'Trace'
If it shows a very long 'HDD init' time of minutes rather than seconds then this is how to fix it.

This example assumes you have 1 Hard drive on your primary IDE channel and a DVD-ROM(or CD)
and CD-R on your two secondary IDE channels.

Go to start > right click on my computer > click properties. Click Hardware > Device Manager.

Go to IDE/ATAPI Controllers. Select primary channel. Right click properties. Click the Advance settings tab. Then on the device (0 or 1)that does not have 'device type' greyed out select 'disable' instead of 'autodetect'. This should stop windows trying to find a drive that isn't there.

If you have your IDE channels set up differently simply repat the above for the secondary IDE channel settings.

When I did this my boot time went from 3mins 20 to 35 seconds.




Boot XP faster

1. Open notepad.exe, type "del c:\windows\prefetch\ntosboot-*.* /q" (without the quotes) & save as "ntosboot.bat" in c:\
2. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "gpedit.msc".
3. Double click "Windows Settings" under "Computer Configuration" and double click again on "Shutdown" in the right window.
4. In the new window, click "add", "Browse", locate your "ntosboot.bat" file & click "Open".
5. Click "OK", "Apply" & "OK" once again to exit.
6. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "devmgmt.msc".
7. Double click on "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"
8. Right click on "Primary IDE Channel" and select "Properties".
9. Select the "Advanced Settings" tab then on the device 0 or 1 that doesn't have 'device type' greyed out select 'none' instead of 'autodetect' & click "OK".
10. Right click on "Secondary IDE channel", select "Properties" and repeat step 9.
11. Reboot your computer.




Make icons in windows appear quicker



In Windows XP everytime you open My Computer to browse folders XP automatically searches for network files and printers. This causes a delay in displaying your icons. You probably see the "default" windows icon and as you scroll it changes to the correct icon. This is how to stop that...

1. Open My Computer
2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
3. Under Folder Options select the view tab.
4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
5. Click "Apply" or "OK"

You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons.



Windows XP Icon Cache



Are you experiencing icon lag, while browsing thru all your Start icons and programs? Do you have a smaller menu delay and your icons need ages to load? No need to give up.

Just delete the IconCache.db file from your profile directory (usually /Documents and Settings/Username/Local Settings/Application Data).



Swap File Tweak



For Users with 256 MB RAM or more this tweak will boost their Windows- and Game-Performance.
What it does: It tells Windows not to use any Swap File until there is really no more free RAM left.

Open the System Configuration Utility by typing msconfig.exe in the RUN command. There in your System.ini you have to add "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1" under the 386enh section.

Restart your Windows and enjoy better Game performance




Stop jerky graphics

1.Right click "My Computer"
2.Select "Manage"
3.Click on "Device Manager"
4.Double click on your Zip under "Disk Drives" ( it may be listed as "IMG VP01" or something similar - pick the one that's not a hard drive)
5.Disable the device




Easily Disable Messenger

Go into: C:/Program Files/Messenger. Rename the Messenger folder to "MessengerOFF" This does not slow down Outlook Express or hinder system performance.



Increase 'CPU priority tweak' effect

First you must set the CPU Priority setting tweak.Using 'Regedit', go to this location:"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\PriorityControl\" and set the "Win32PrioritySeparation" to "38"

The last adjustment is to set the "Launch folder windows in separate process" setting by opening the "My Computer\Tools\Folder Options\View -and tick the "Launch folder windows in separate process" box.

Window XP will open any new window(including program) in its own memory and in separate process priority.(increase stability and speed but use much more RAM than before)

Note:
Sometimes this 2 tweak can cause unresponsive keyboard and mouse in Counter-Strike.




Easy Way to Adjust LargeSystemCache 1. Right click My Computer
2. Select Properties
3. Click Advanced
4. Choose Performance
5. Click Advanced again
6. Select either Programs or System Cache under Memory Usage.

Programs = 0 for the registry tweak equilavent
System Cache = 1 for the registry tweak equilavent



This tweak enables XP to turn off your computer automatically at shutdown.

1. Goto /Start/Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/System.

2. Select the Hardware tab and then select Device Manager.

3. Under the 'View' menu select Show Hidden Devices. Double click NT/Apm/Legacy Interface
Node and enable device. De-select show hidden devices again and re-boot.

Now your PC will shutdown automatically just like good old Windows 98.



Correcting System Hang at Startup

If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service (Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background. Microsoft put out a patch for this but it didn't work for me. Here's what you do:

1. Click on Start/Run, type 'msconfig', then click 'OK'.
2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service, disable it, apply the changes & reboot.



CDFS Tweaks

Here is the changes that must be made

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem\CDFS

Look for that registry key, if not there, we must create a new key, then add the following values

CacheSize, this must be added as a binary value, then type in this value: ff ff 00 00

Prefetch, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex

PrefetchTail, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex

After that tweaking, try copying something across from CD, and you will notice it does produce a speed boost, but it becomes apparent after a while of using this tweak, you may or may not see it at first.


CD ROM Stops AutoPlaying...

...and the AutoPlay Tab has disappeared in My Computer, Devices With Removable Storage, Right Click on CDROM, Properties.

Solution:
The service: "Shell Hardware Detection" has been set to Manual or Disabled. Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. Return this service to "Automatic".



Increase speed by tweaking prefetcher settings

This is an unique technique for XP, which could improve the performance significantly by tweaking the prefetcher. Recommended hardware: PIII 800 or higher, 512M RAM or more.

1. run "regedit";
2. goto [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters\EnablePrefetcher];
3. Set the value to either 0-Disable, 1-App launch prefetch, 2-Boot Prefetch, 3-Both ("3" is recommended).
4. reboot.


Remove hibernation file

If you do not use hibernation, make sure you do not have it enabled, which reserves disk space equal to your RAM. If you have a hidden file on the root directory of your C-drive called hiberfil.sys, hibernation is enabled. To remove that file, go to Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, Hibernate tab, and uncheck the Enable hibernation box.


Improve NTFS Performance

1. Disable creation of short names. By default, NTFS generates the style of file name that consists of eight characters, followed by a period and a three-character extension for compatibility with MS-DOS and Microsoft® Windows® 3.x clients. If you are not supporting these types of clients, you can turn off this setting by changing the default value of the NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation registry entry (in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Filesystem) to 1.

2. Disable last access update. By default NTFS updates the date and time stamp of the last access on directories whenever it traverses the directory. For a large NTFS volume, this update process can slow performance. To disable automatic updating, change the value of the NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate registry entry (in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContolSet\Control \Filesystem) to 1. If the entry is not already present in the registry, add it before setting the value. (Add it as a REG_DWORD)

3. Reserve appropriate space for the master file table. Add the NtfsMftZoneReservation entry to the registry as a REG_DWORD in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem. When you add this entry to the registry, the system reserves space on the volume for the master file table. Reserving space in this manner allows the master file table to grow optimally. If your NTFS volumes generally contain relatively few files that are typically large, set value of this registry entry to 1 (the default). Typically you can use a value of 2 or 3 for moderate numbers of files, and 4 (the maximum) if your volumes tend to contain a relatively large number of files. However, be sure to test any settings greater than 2 because these higher values cause the system to reserve a much larger portion of the disk for the master file table.



Optimize NTFS NTFS is a great filesystem, but its feature-set comes at a slight cost in performance. You can negate this a little with the following tips:

* By default NTFS will automatically update timestamps whenver a directory is traversed. This isn't a necessary feature, and it slows down large volumes.

Disable it by pointing regedit to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem and set 'DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate' to 1.

* NTFS uses disparate master file control tables to store filesystem information about your drives. Over time these core MFT files grow and become fragmented, slowing down all accesses to the drive. By setting aside a little space, MFT's can grow without becoming fragmented. In the same key where you disabled the last access feature creat a new DWORD value called 'NtfsMftZoneReservation' and set it to 2.





Launch apps with desired priority setting

This tweak will launch most executables with the priority setting you want it to have.

Let's say you have a game installed called HIGH NEEDS and the executable is called HN.exe

Here's what to do:

-Create a new textfile in the game-app wathever-directory (let's say C:\HN), but instead of giving it the .txt extension you name it HN.bat
-Right-click this file and choose 'Edit', you'll see it'll open notepad. Put this line in:
cmd /c start /High NH.exe
-Save (make sure you save it as .bat, not as .txt) and close.

Now create a shortcut to this file and place it on your desktop. Every time you doubleclick this shortcut HIGH NEEDS will open with priority set to 'high'. (ofcourse you can also create a batchfile on your desktop, containing the full path of the app you want to start but the nice thing of creating a shortcut is you can give it an icon).

These are all the settings: Realtime, High, AboveNormal, Normal, BelowNormal, Low.

*Realtime is not recommended unless you have a dual-CPU system!






Turn off disk performance monitors

You can also disable the disk monitoring alone, by running this command which will make it stop monitoring after next boot.

DISKPERF -N

To turn it on again run this command

DISKPERF -YD

It is also said that all this Performance monitoring is mostly done when logged in as Administrator. If one changed the default login to example a Power User, the monitoring should be lowered automaticly.







Disk Write caching Windows defaults to write-behind caching, holding data in a memory buffer before writing it to disk. Disabling this function will increase your system performance by writing data immediately to disk. To disable this function, right click on My Computer and choose Properties, or open Control Panel and select System. Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button. Click the plus sign next to Disk Drives and select a drive. Choose Properties and uncheck Write Cache Enabled. Repeat for all drives in your system




Free-up some more disk space

Windows XP uses a file called hiperfil.sys to save everything it needs when Windows XP goes into hibernation. If you are like me, and never use the hibernate function, you can turn it off. By turning hibernate off, Windows XP deletes the hiberfil.sys. This can free up the as much disk space as the amount of ram that you computer has.

Go to Control Panel/Power Options/Hibernation and untick the box. It's as easy as that. Now you will have plenty more disk space to install those mega programs!




Swap File Tweak

For Users with 256 MB RAM or more this tweak will boost their Windows- and Game-Performance. What it does: It tells Windows not to use any Swap File until there is really no more free RAM left. Open the System Configuration Utility by typing msconfig.exe in the RUN command. There in your System.ini you have to add "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1" under the 386enh section. Restart your Windows and enjoy better Game performance




IRQ Priority performance

This tweak can increase the priority given to any IRQ number, improving the performance of that component. The most common component this tweak is used for is the System CMOS/real time clock, which improves performance across the board

go to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\PriorityControl

in the right hand pane create a new DWORD

name it IRQ8Priority double click it and and put a 1 in the decimal box

will look like this >

IRQ8Priority REG_DWORD 0x00000001 (1)

reboot for it to take affect .

thats all!

any suggestion on tips and tweaking xp is allowed (recommendations etc)

AnnMarie
November 26th, 2004, 01:15 AM
Thanks for posting those cool tweaks zack_rage. I'm going to add this thread to the " All XP users read this" sticky so that it doesnt get lost. :)

kenshi55
November 26th, 2004, 03:19 AM
Free-up some more disk space
Windows XP uses a file called hiperfil.sys to save everything it needs when Windows XP goes into hibernation. If you are like me, and never use the hibernate function, you can turn it off. By turning hibernate off, Windows XP deletes the hiberfil.sys. This can free up the as much disk space as the amount of ram that you computer has.
Go to Control Panel/Power Options/Hibernation and untick the box. It's as easy as that. Now you will have plenty more disk space to install those mega programs!
What exactly is the hibernate function? is it another term for stand by mode??

zack_rage
November 26th, 2004, 05:00 AM
your welcome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks cth :wave:

tomgarza
December 2nd, 2004, 07:21 PM
Is there anyway that i can tweak up my dial up connection??I have a friend who cannot get broadband and uses cablenut tweaks, his broaband friends also using XP Pro are jealous because he is able to use online gaming faster than them.

Mastertech
December 12th, 2004, 03:00 AM
TCP/IP Optimizer (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html#Internet)

"The TCP Optimizer is a free Windows program designed to help optimize your Internet connection. Just download and run, no installation required. The program makes it easy to find the best MaxMTU value, test latency and tweak all the important broadband related registry parameters. The Optimizer can be helpful with tuning any Internet connection type, from dialup to Gigabit+"

z1p
December 17th, 2004, 08:59 PM
I found another MS knowledgebase article that I didn't see posted here. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/learnmore/sp2firewall.mspx
It talks about sharing and the XP firewall. Here is a snippet.
If you want to use file and printer sharing, here are some suggested guidelines:

1.Disable file and printer sharing whenever you connect directly to the Internet or to a nonsecure network, such as at an airport or a coffee shop.
2.Install a router that includes NAT between your computer or network and the Internet.
3.Always use strong passwords for all user accounts and file and printer shares. This will help protect those files that are accessible to others, so that they cannot be read, copied, or changed. Read about creating strong passwords (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/default.asp?url=/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/windows_password_tips.asp).
4.If you are an IT professional or you want to configure advanced Windows Firewall options, there is guidance on the TechNet Web site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0204.mspx).
5.Install the Windows Firewall update when it becomes available later this year. It will reduce the possibility of unapproved people accessing your shared files and printers. If you have Automatic Updates enabled, this update will be automatically installed on your computer.
My added suggestion to this is 'Use a router with a built in firewall and disable ports 135-139 & port 445, both inbound and outbound. If you have sharing enabled, do not depend on the XP filewall to protect you.

Also, #5 has already happened. See http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=314413

Mastertech
December 18th, 2004, 12:40 PM
SP2 Slowdown Fix (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html#Internet)

"Windows XP SP2 limits the number of possible TCP connection attempts per second to 10 from an unlimited number in SP1. This can affect performance on server and P2P programs that need to open many outbound connections at the same time."

Vercades
December 31st, 2004, 03:57 AM
When you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth, this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words.

This is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000 has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.

You can do this with the registry entries below:


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi
ces\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d


Make a new text file and rename it to dnscache.reg. Then copy and paste the above into it and save it. Then merge it into the registry.When he says merge into registry, where do I merge it in the registry?

I tried to merge it now but it only says something about an error and I can only import binary registry.

zack_rage
January 7th, 2005, 06:14 PM
try this tweak
annoyed by shared folder you can remove it but be sure that shared folders has no data or files.
you may lose Start menu shortcuts, items in the Startup group, and documents, pictures, or music files that are stored in the Shared Documents folder.
If you're up for a Registry edit, go into REGEDIT, navigate through the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ My Computer \ NameSpace \ DelegateFolders. Click once on DelegateFolders to empty its contents in the right pane. You will see a sub-key named: {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee} Deleting this sub-key will remove all of the Shared Documents Folders.)

cheers!;)

brb
January 11th, 2005, 12:26 PM
When he says merge into registry, where do I merge it in the registry? If youve written the above in a text file and renamed it to .reg, just double clicking the file should import it in, ie without opening regedit.

I found the tweaks in this thread very useful and have steadily worked through them, but recently my login and logout screens have changed to an old 98-ish style.For example, when I press Start>Turn off computer I get a grey window with a drop down menu of what I would like to do (restart, log off etc).

Does anyone know how to revert to the XP style logout with the three buttons (standby, turn off, restart)?

zack_rage
January 11th, 2005, 08:28 PM
hi go to control panel then user accounts then change the way users log on and log off check use the welcome screen!
maybe it would worked!

masterchicker
January 12th, 2005, 09:34 AM
I recommend creating a partition (preferrably on a different physical drive as your drive that contains the OS) about twice the size of your RAM. Then under the Advanced tab of the System Properties window, click the button that sets the virtual memory. Set the pagefile.sys to the partition just created. Set the minimum and maximum about 1.5 times the size of your RAM. If you are in the Video Editing business, I suggest 2.5 times the size of your RAM. Then Reboot.

brb
January 12th, 2005, 05:44 PM
hi go to control panel then user accounts then change the way users log on and log off check use the welcome screen!
maybe it would worked! Thanks loads Zack!!

zack_rage
January 12th, 2005, 05:51 PM
your welcome have a nice day!;)





cheers!

Tamßo
January 13th, 2005, 09:16 AM
When he says merge into registry, where do I merge it in the registry?

I tried to merge it now but it only says something about an error and I can only import binary registry.
The OP left out the text at the start of the registry file. The actual text should look like this -

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d

Regedit will not import .reg files without the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 heading, although version number doesn't matter.

Mastertech
January 17th, 2005, 12:01 AM
XP Myths - Myths Regarding Windows XP (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/XPMyths.html)

"Myth (Definition) - A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. There are numerous Myths floating around the Internet regarding Windows XP, especially relating to Optimizations and Security. Hopefully this site will debunk some of these."

Mastertech
January 24th, 2005, 02:44 AM
Pagedefrag (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html#Tweaks)

"Defragment the Page File and the Registry. One of the limitations of the Windows 2000/XP defragmentation interface is that it is not possible to defragment files that are open for exclusive access. Thus, standard defragmentation programs can neither show you how fragmented your paging files or Registry hives are, nor defragment them. Paging and Registry file fragmentation can be one of the leading causes of performance degradation related to file fragmentation in a system."

yeky83
January 31st, 2005, 09:58 AM
"This tweak assumes that you have let winXP create a connection on install for your cable modem/NIC combination and that your connection has tcp/ip - QoS - file and print sharing - and client for microsoft networks , only, installed. It also assumes that winxp will detect your NIC and has in-box drivers for it. If it doesn't do not try this. In the "My Network Places" properties (right click on the desktop icon and choose properties), highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK"

hi, thanks for the great tips.... one thing I have to ask.

you said, "If it doesn't do not try this." well, I don't know what the "it" was, but that's not my question.

my question is...

"In the "My Network Places" properties (right click on the desktop icon and choose properties), highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK"

is this so that we can try it if "it" doesn't? does it able "it" to work? so if I follow this step, and "it" didn't before, can I try it now?

it sounds real confusing, but I guess it's because I don't know what "it" is...

Mastertech
February 2nd, 2005, 01:50 PM
Optimize XP - A Windows XP Optimization Guide (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html)

"Clean Spyware and Viruses + Optimize Windows XP yo improve both work and gaming performance safely. Windows XP's default configuration is far from optimized. This guide will help you improve your overall system performance."


Driver XP - A Windows XP Driver Guide (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/DriverXP.html)

"Installing the latest drivers improves system performance and application compatibility. Updated drivers include numerous bug fixes as well as system optimizations. It is recommended for optimal system stability to only use Official drivers and not Beta or Prerelease versions. Performance differences between driver versions including Beta or Prereleased drivers is negligible. The only time Beta or Prerelease drivers should be considered is when a serious application bug is fixed in the Beta or Prerelease version and the component manufacturer has not yet released the Official driver version that includes the bug fix."


Secure XP - A Windows XP Security Guide (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/SecureXP.html)

"Improve Windows XP's Security on computers not connected to a Domain. Windows XP Home does not include all the security features Windows XP Professional does, so some security options may be unavailable to the Home user."


These are some of the best Technical Forums on the Internet, please direct all technical / support related questions here.

clowjamd
February 6th, 2005, 03:42 PM
Thanks for help, however, removing msmsgs this way is not working for me. It cannot find it. Do you know of another way? thanks.

cosmopolitan
February 6th, 2005, 11:59 PM
this is a gr8 thread, really i gained lot of information from this thread.

degsy
February 12th, 2005, 05:16 PM
http://xp-antispy.org/content/view/12/40/


The xp-AntiSpy is a little utility that lets you disable some built-in update and authentication 'features' in WindowsXP.
For example, there's a service running in the background which is called 'Automatic Updates'. I don't know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. So I play it safe and disable such functions. If you like, you can even disable these functions manually, by going through the System and checking or unchecking some checkboxes.

Jhines
March 3rd, 2005, 09:41 PM
Choose (None) for the Screen Saver
Click Power
Change Turn off monitor to Never
Just so you guys know, this may not be that safe as a screen saver prevents the image of your desktop from being burned into your monitor, it is more risky when the monitor never turs off. And trust me, it can happen, it already happened to my tv.

Adeil
April 9th, 2005, 10:11 AM
I find this useful, I got it off of a website a while ago, not sure what website, but I have had the instructions saved to a text document, on my desktop, for a while now.




Command Prompt Here

This simple tweak allows you to right-click a folder and select 'command prompt here' to launch MS-dos in that folder.
to do this:

create a new key called:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Cmd Here

Set the default value of this key to:
Command &Prompt Here
(The & makes it underline the P, and launches the command when you press the 'P' key)

Create another key called:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Cmd Here\command

Set the default value to:
command.com /k chdir "%l"
(The %l is the path to the folder you are in)

psyops
May 20th, 2005, 10:21 AM
Thnx for the info I cant wait to use this. :)

kuzzz
May 20th, 2005, 05:42 PM
i want to wipe a laptop that has xp on it. i tried using a win98 startup disk because it always worked before but this time when i boot up with the startup disk but all i get is a blank page with a cursor blinking. i want to partition and format. any help would be appreicated.

thanks
kuzzz

30111987
May 24th, 2005, 06:53 PM
a win 98 floppy cant see a hardrive thats been formatted as ntfs
your xp cd should alow you to format and reinstall

kuzzz
May 25th, 2005, 01:54 AM
how do u use your xp cd to format? can you also partition with it?

hypnotizeminds
May 25th, 2005, 02:35 AM
kuzzz, visit www.WindowsReinstall.com.

Partition and format instructions are part of the install guides on the left. :)

kuzzz
May 25th, 2005, 04:19 PM
thank you i'll try that

hypnotizeminds
May 25th, 2005, 06:03 PM
You're welcome. :)

sisterhood
June 4th, 2005, 08:57 PM
OK... Well, I must admit I do some tweaking... but none of these are my own. In fact they are actually "ripped" from another forum of which I was a member. PLEASE be careful when changing registry keys!!! and as always - if you don't know what you are doing then either get help or don't do it.


MY PERSONAL ORDER, FOR TURBO CHARGING MY OS,
AFTER REFORMAT
1) a restart button on your desktop:

1. Create a shortcut (Right-click on desktop, select New > Shortcut).

2. For location, type the following:

shutdown -r -t 0

3. Click Next, enter a name for the shortcut ("Restart" is appropriate), and click Fini

2) Since I use the system restore as my registry backup, and I backup often, I put the system restore shortcut on my desktop also, the target is %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe

3) I love device manager on my desktop, target %windir%\system32\mmc.exe c:\windows\system32\devmgmt.msc
I’m also in the registry a lot, so that’s on the desktop too, target C:\WINDOWS\regedit.exe

4) I turn off all the startup programs possible, in msconfig.

5) I turn off all the services possible; go from administrative tools, to services, turn to manual or disable whatever you can, go to www.blkviper.com (http://www.blkviper.com/) for ideas on what you can safely turn off.

6) I increase the icon cache, On XP the Max Cached Icons is set too low for some of us...if your icons ooz into view, try this;

to changed this got to regedit,HKEY_LOCAL_
MACHINE-Software-Microsoft-Windows-currentversion-Explorer

in the right window, double click max cached icons, type the value 8192.
If you don't have this, open up your registry and make your way here:-
HKEY_LOCAL_
MACHINE / Software / Microsoft / Windows /currentversion / Explorer
in the right side, right-click a blank area and choose "New" "String Value" and call it
Max Cached Icons
Double-click this new Key and type the value
8192
into the box
P.S.
If you want to try the DWORD version, follow the above but instead of making a new String Value, you should make a "New" "DWORD Value" and call it
MaxCachedIcons
and give it a Value of
2000 in Hexadecimal, or
8192 in Decimal.
then reboot you should see a big speed boost icon load, and opening folders.

7)I can’t stand logging in, I do it automatically,
Enabling/Disabling Automatic Logon
1. Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type "control userpasswords2" (without quotes),
and then click OK.
3. In the dialog box that appears,
You'll see: "Users must enter a user name and password to use
this computer" check box.
Enabled will require users to logon, disabling will make XP
automatically logon to the Administrator account.

I have updated the pagefile information with an instructional by TwoZigzagColt45

First, we need to dispel anything you've heard about fragmentation on the Pagefile.

To make a long explanation as short as possible, it does not happen, and fragmentation of the Pagefile is not an issue, even when expansion is enabled...disregard any advice that might recommend a static Pagefile...it is a counterproductive idea in XP...what is a good idea though is to defrag the pagefile with the free pagefile defrag program posted on the free programs thread.

once the pagefile is defarged, ( do this after any adjustments you make manually), the pagefile will remain defraggmented forever

Settings;

1) If you have more than 256meg RAM – do nothing, let XP manage the Pagefile.

2) 256meg RAM or less – increase the initial minimum to 512meg, it is very important for you to leave a maximum value to about 4x your ram, or whatever the OS allows.

Placement for speed;

1) Single disk with no partitions is the quickest for most users.

2) For Power Users who use ram intensive programs, you can create a Partition purely for the Pagefile. This will allow for quickest expansion if your needs ever exceed what you've estimated for your use.

Machines with Two disks sharing the same controller;

1) The Pagefile is accessed much quicker if it’s on the second disk

Machines with Two or more disks each on their own ide controller;

1) The quickest place for the Pagefile is in a separate disk & controller...In this situation the pf can be split across disks
& both page files can be accessed simultaneously with out bottlenecking.

Ide1 Disk 1 - XP & apps
Ide2 Disk 2 - ½ Pagefile
Ide3 Disk 3 – ½ Pagefile

2z

to get to the pagefile, hit the windows key+break, from the window that posps up, hit advanced, performance, hit settings, here hit advanced, and here hit, if you are going to increase the pf, hit virtual memory.


9) I eradicate the messenger, the easiest method; Click Start / Run, and paste

EDIT

with sp1, you can eliminate messenger through the normal gui

otherwise;

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Press ENTER
Restart Windows



OR YOU CAN DO THIS:



Copy and paste this command string into the "RUN" program in your start menu to remove Messenger.

Code:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

or more precisely this:



Okay here is how to remove Windows Messenger:

On XP Systems without SP1:

1.Click Start / Run
2. Then type the following:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

3. Press ENTER
4. Restart Windows

On XP Systems with SP1:

1. Go to Control Panel
2. Double click on Add/Remove Programs
3. Uncheck "Windows Messenger"
4. Click "Next"
5. Click "Finish"
6. Reboot



---OR---

disable messenger service

Right click on "My Computer" (this is assuming that you have XP or 2000) select "Manage."
"Services and Applications", "Services" Find the "Messenger" service.
Right click on it and select "Properties" Set "Startup type" to "Disabled"
"Stop" the service.




10) of course, I disable balloon tips; from regedit;
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced
then set the value of 'EnableBalloonTips' to 0.



hit the windows key+r
paste this in
msconfig
hit the start up tab
uncheck everything but your real time anti virus and your firewall
if you have a laptop, you probably need to keep the mouse pad in startup also



schedule your temp internet file deletion to coincide with your defrag
the temp files get fragmented the most, so fi you're giing to delete them anyway, you might as well do it before a defrag



alright, for the restart on your desktop, if you want, you can make it an f key shortcut
shut right click on the icon, hit properties
in the shortcut box, just hit any f key you think you can do without, and it becomes a shortcut for the desktop icon of your choice
I have f key shortcuts for my mail client, and a restart
to get the sf key back to the default, just hit the backspace while you're in the shortcut box



control panel > appearance and maintenance > visual affectswhat we're doing here is customizing the box, and making it personal, so pick the features you don't notice or don't like, and dump them


Here's what I DISABLE:


fade or slide menu into view
fade or slide tool tips into view
fade out menu items after clicking
show shadows under menus
slide open combo boxes
slide taskbar buttons
use a background image for each folder type
ok, now you still have XP candy, but computing should be noticeably faster



I know many experts use a differant backup then sytem restore...me too, but system restore is my first attempt at a recovery, so I like it
Alot of people think system restore is a resource hog, me too.
lower the disc space reserved for it; go to system restore, ( use the desktop shortcut we made from the first post...hehe), then go to system restore settings on the right, lower disc usage to around 8%.
if you've got a huge drive, go ahead and lower it even more then that



The Start menu has a delay between different tiers of the menu hierarchy. To speed this, you can change the value to a lower number...I don't think you'll like zero, so experiment with what suits you.
This will allow the different tiers to appear instantly.
Start regedit and navigate to :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop
Select MenuShowDelay from the list on the right.
Right on it and select Modify.
Change the value to 0, something less then the default
Reboot your computer.
If you have other accounts you might also go to:
HKEY_USERS/DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop
and do the same thing.



of course, everyone needs to do the following;
This is to increase the number of max downloads to 10.

find the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\
InternetSettings
On the Edit menu, click Add Value , and then add the following « Dword » values:
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server = Dword:0000000a
MaxConnectionsPerServer = Dword:0000000a
close registry
Reboot





This is to increase the number of max downloads to 8.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Internet Settings]
"MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:00000008
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:0000000a





IF, AND ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT ON A COMPUTER NETWORK...if you have not set to manual the workstation service, try it, that'll speed the boot by seconds...you should still be able to get away with setting this to manual even if you are on a network, so give that a shot, now some people have trouble with zone alarm pro if the sevice is totally dissabled, mine used to work fine without wprkstation set to manual, but if might be an issue with your za.

sisterhood
June 4th, 2005, 09:53 PM
This is an addendum to my post. It's a trash can, or garbage can, but you can not call it "recycle bin", SO how to give yourself access to re name it.

hit regedit shortcut you have on your desktop by now, and go here;
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder
change "Attributes" to show 50,01,00,20
change "CallForAttributes" to show 00000000
now you just right click on the bin, and "re name" becomes available.
give yourself a new icon for it too: right-click on the desktop and go to Display Properties, Desktop Tab, Customize Desktop Button and change icon for trash.

That blue toolbar up top, lets rebrand it ... do this;
In Registry key:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
add or change the value named Window Title, (it may be none) to whatever you want. shrink that blue title bar that's on the browser;go to your desktop, right click, hit properties, hit appearance, hit advanced...now, in the pull down menue, go to title bar, first, you have to make the font smaller, I would also change the font to something more unique. --OR--
the border that's sits on top of your toolbar is actually an excellant browsing tool -- instead of clicking the minimize or maximize muttons on the top right, justn double click that toolbar border, and it will minimize or maximize hte window. get used to this and you'll never use those little boxes again

shrink the title bar also
one draw back, the title bar buttons become smaller also, but this is no big deal, as the tile bar itself is a maximize and minimize button
you can then do the same thing, and make the scroll bar, which we all do use, a little wider....make sure you hit apply before you close all windows, otherwise the settings won't work.
a quick fix if the boxes become too small for your liking;
make them a little bit wider. At least if you use classic look. Judging from screenshots posted here still popular. Open regedit and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics and increase the value for CaptionWidth. I made it 2x the value of CaptionHeight.

"Are you sure you want to delete this file?" message the recycle bin gives...look, the recycle bin is a holding file, so I don't need to confirm the deletion here turn the confirmation boxes off permanently.... Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, Properties, and clear the checkmark next to Display delete confirmation dialog box.

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]"Attributes"=hex:50,01,00,20"CallForAttributes"=dword:00000000

huge list of favorites? here you go...right click in the favorites area, create a new folder, leave the folder empty, and leave it at the top of the favorites list
now, when you click the empty folder, your keyboard becomes active in the favorites tree, and all you ahve to do to find a site is hit the first letter of the website. by hitting the letter, you'll be able to scroll down the list of the websites of that letter I then rename this emkpty folder to "search" and I changed the icon to something more appropriate then the folder icon

a little ditty for those of you that don't know how to prevent malicous cookies from gettin on your box; first, you need to open security properties...the easiest way to do this, is to double click the tiny planet icon that's on the bottom right of your browser...then hit security, then hit restrickted sites.
now paste the following sites...include the little *...this is a wild charachter, so just include it;
*.valueclick.com
*.valueclick.net
*.phase2media.com
*.admonitor.com
*.admonitor.net
*.190.com
*.flycast.com
add to list as needed

Do a lot of common searches? for particular document types: a short story, or screenplay, or instructional. movie or music files. Instead of clicking throught the search dialogue time and again, save common searches to a search folder on your desktop: hit f3, set your search parameters...make sure you include whatever wildcard...ie;*mpg, etc. then click file, save search...send it to the file you have put with all your other common searchs. now, for a common search, open your search file, click the one you want

Download to desktop? Use common folder names? Have tons? Tired of the "Do you want to overwrite" box? Don't want to click 'no' on every folder? hit shift, no. (same as "no to all")

native defrag utility in xp doesn't allow for scheduled defrags...this bat file will do that for you; first, cut the following exactly:
defrag.exe c: -f
now, open notepad, and copy to notepad.
hit file, then hit save as
now, type or cut in the following;
defrag .bat...( name it anything you like, but the end mut be .bat)
save this to your desktop, or wherever you like.
that's it...schedule the file, and you've scheduled a defrag.
if you have multiple drives, paste in more lines of the same, but change the drive letter from "c" to whatever drives you have.
as many drives as you have, make another line.

Fast User Switching - keep the internet connections live
windows key+r
gp here;
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon
Then right-click the right-hand pane, New/String Value.
paste this value
KeepRasConnections
Double click the new key and set it to 1.
now you won't loose your intenet connection when you switch users


have some fun with all these links, make them as simple to get to as you can...then when you have a bunch, put them all in one folder in your favorites bar to make everything more even more convenient

i use X-setup for all my tweaking. and its free for a little while the 7.x releases will be shareware, so get the app before its to late: http://www.x-setup.net/ (http://www.x-setup.net/) I've always liked x-tec too. In some ways the older v (6.1) seems better than the 6.3 though.

XP Tips & Tweaks.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4) (37.4 KB, 122 views)

XP Services Description.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5) (8.6 KB, 71 views)

RivaTuner (http://download.guru3d.com/pafiledb.php?action=file&id=163)

XP-Anitspy (http://www.xp-antispy.org/)

Turning on ClearType:

1) Right click on an open area of the desktop.
2) On the appearance tab, select effects.
3) Tick "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts"
4) Select ClearType from the drop down box underneath that.
5) Hit "OK"

And you thought you were done...
Nope now you fine tune your cleartype

Fine Tune Here (http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/cleartypeactivate.htm)

Follow the instructions there to fine tune the ClearType.
[You must have activeX enabled]

Change startmenu icons:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID.

"DefaultIcon" key

{1A9BA3A0-143A-11CF-8350-444553540000} - Favorites
{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} - Search
{2559a1f1-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} - Help and Support
{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} - Run...
{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} - Network Connections
{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153} - Administrative Tools


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mic
rosoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\CLSID:

{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} - Control Panel
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} - Printers and Faxes

******

Disable error reporting

1. Open regedt32.exe

2. Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Curr
entControlSet\CrashControl

3. Set SendAlert to 0
******
disable messenger service
Right click on "My Computer" (this is assuming that you have XP or 2000) select "Manage."
"Services and Applications", "Services" Find the "Messenger" service.
Right click on it and select "Properties" Set "Startup type" to "Disabled"
"Stop" the service.

******
no icon text
Just click on rename and type alt + 0160 (on the numeric keypad) it will make a invisible character

Note: This will only work if you have the file extensions hidden.

You can use this only for one icon of each type (shortcut, folder, exe, txt, jpg or whatever you have on your desktop)
For the second icon type: alt+0160 alt+0160
For the third type: alt+0160 alt+0160 alt+0160

******

reinstall IE

1) Insert the Win XP CD

2) win key+r...paste:
rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 c:\windows\inf\ie.inf

ENTER

*******

remove watermark

regedit:

HKey_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\mi
crosoft\system certificates\CA\certificates\F
EE449EE0E3965A5246F00E87FDE2A0
65FD89D4


HKey_Local_Machine\software\mi
crosoft\system certificates\ROOT\certificates
\2BD63D28D7BCD0E251195AEB51924
3C13142EBC3

Remove both lines and restart computer.

*****

Creating a ShutdownReboot Icon
WindowsXP has a program called SHUTDOWN.EXE which allows you to easily create icons to shutdown or restart your computer.
To create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop:
1. Right click on an open area of the desktop
2. Select New / Shortcut
3. Enter in "shutdown -s -t 00" - no quotes
4. Press the Next button
5. For the name, enter in anything you like. Click on the Finish button.
For a reboot, enter "shutdown -r -t 00"

Shutdown [{-l|-s|-r|-a}] [-f] [-m [\\ComputerName]] [-t xx] [-c "message"] [-d[p]:xx:yy]
Parameters
• -l - Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
• -s - Shuts down the local computer.
• -r - Reboots after shutdown.
• -a - Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
• -f - Forces running applications to close.
• -m [\\ComputerName] - Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
• -t xx - Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
• -c "message" - Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.

*****

trunign off script debug in IE

Open Internet Explorer
In the "tools" menu, select 'Internet Options'
Click on the "Advanced" Tab.
The fourth Item in the "Browsing" section should be "Disable Script Debugging"
Check the box next to it, and click OK.
*******
My Documents
file:///::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Recycle Bin
file:///::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Control Panel
file:///::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

My Computer
file:///::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

to get to system properties for device manager.
Link to: control.exe
Arguments: sysdm.cpl
Work Folder: c:\windows\

for display properties:
Link to: control.exe
Arguments: desk.cpl
work folder: C:\WINDOWS\

Add a Lock Computer icon to the dock
Link to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
Arguments: user32.dll, LockWorkStation
Work Folder: C:\WINDOWS\system32\

*******

show desktop icon


[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

put it in a text file and name it "show desktop.scf"

DO NOT TRY THIS IF YOU ARE NOT CONFORTABLE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF NEEDING TO REFORMAT!!!

I asked for a hack to get rid of the "address" word that sits just east of the address bar...I know it's the "address" bar, I can find it without the word being there, and I don't like seeing the word "address" period.



On request:

Remove the word "address" from the toolbar in Internet Explorer

You need ResourceHacker to do it.

Make a copy of browselc.dll located in Windows\system32 and open it in ResHack.
Expand the String Table folder, then subfolder 807, click on 1033 (when you are using ResourceHacker you will see what I'm talking about)
In the right window now delete the word A&ddress, leave the "".
Hit 'Compile Script'
Click File > Save

Next step is to replace the original file with your modified one.
Find browselc.dll in either C:\Windows\system32\dllcache or C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles\i386, rename it to browselc.bak and copy your hacked file in there instead. Now boot into safe mode and do exactly the same with the browselc.dll in C:\Windows\system32. Windows System File Protection will pop up two windows, answer them with cancel and OK. Reboot.

If you want to make the replacement of this or any other system file really easy use Replacer. It is free and only 8 kb in size. All you have to do is drag the original file into the window, hit Enter, drag the modified file, hit Enter again, confirm that you want to replace the file and reboot.
It automatically replaces the files in system32 and dllcache, creates a backup copy and clicks away File Protection windows.

right click the tool bar, and hit customize
now, remove all of the buttons you don't use, or hardly use
for instance, most people have their home page in their favorites, and don't need it on the toolbar...I never use the print button on the tool bar either
also, there's no reason for the separators, and they take more room then you think, so get rid of all of those

next, bottom left, get rid of all of those text labels...by now, you should know what the buttons mean
and now, go to small icons...apply and exit
next, right click again, and unlock the tool bars
starting from the bottom right, you can grab the dotted line, move it to the right and up

continue with the next dotted line, and so on

you don't need more then and inch and a half for the address bar, so move that over to a as small a serviceable size as you like

that's it...lock the too bar when you have all of this up to one bar

now, if you like, you can also auto hide the task bar on the bottom by right clicking, properties, task bar. and of course, check auto hide. open notepad, and paste then following on your desktop as "google.reg", double click it, and google wiil be an option for those of you that microsoft took the option away from.

REGEDIT4[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]"Use Search Asst"="no""Search Page"="http://www.google.com""Search Bar"="http://www.google.com/ie"[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL]""="http://www.google.com/keyword/%s""provider"="gogl"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search]"SearchAssistant"="http://www.google.com/ie"

Disable Image Preview (Windows XP)
When you open an image file in Windows XP the default action is to "Preview" it using the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. This tweak can be used to disable the Preview image option.

Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\She llEx\ContextMenuHandlers\ShellImagePreview]
Value Name: (Default)
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Blank or {e84fda7c-1d6a-45f6-b725-cb260c236066}
Clear the value of "(Default)" to disable the default image preview action. You can restore the preview action by set the value to "{e84fda7c-1d6a-45f6-b725-cb260c236066}".

I also applied this reg fix so that xp remembers my folder settings:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell NoRoam\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell NoRoam\Bags]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]
"BagMRU Size"=dword:00001f40
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell NoRoam]
"BagMRU Size"=dword:00001f40
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/xptweaks/supertweaks1.htm (http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/xptweaks/supertweaks1.htm)is great for beginner and intermediate tweakers.

If you have a program you are constantly launching and closing, like your email client, create a keyboard shortcut so you don't have to find the icon every time. Right-click the desktop shortcut, and then click Properties.
On the Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut Key box. use an any f key that you don't already use, and it's a one key shortcut, if you hit any other key, the shortcut will become control alt+ whatever key you choose to undo, just hit the backspace key while active in that shortcut box...bing, back to the default behavior

disable messenger service
Right click on "My Computer" (this is assuming that you have XP or 2000) select "Manage." "Services and Applications", "Services" Find the "Messenger" service. Right click on it and select "Properties" Set "Startup type" to "Disabled" "Stop" the service.

sisterhood
June 4th, 2005, 11:30 PM
Here is a great method to restart your pc quickly, by using a custom made shortcut:

1. Create a shortcut (Right-click on desktop, select New > Shortcut).
2. For location, type the following: shutdown -r -t 0
3. Click Next, enter a name for the shortcut, (I used "Reboot") and click Finish. When you click your Restart shortcut, Windows XP will reboot almost instantly.
Some more info:
The -r switch tells XP to reboot.
If you'd like the shortcut to shut off your PC instead, change it to -s.
To simply log off, jsut change it to -l.
The -t 0 sets the timeout, in seconds, so increase this value if you find the need for it. To force running applications to close
Add -f but be careful with this one!

you can add whatever you want to your right click "send to" menue;
hit windows key+r
paste the following;
sendto
hit enter.
in the window that pops up, just drag whatever folder you would like included in your sendto menue

You'll notice that there is a delay between the different parts of the menu hierarchy. To make this faster, all you have to do is make a little change in the registry:Select MenuShowDelay from the list on the right. Press Winkey + R. Type in "regedit".

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop



Right on it and select Modify. Change the value to 0
Reboot your computer.
to get to your security settings, double click the little world icon that's at the bottom right of your browser window

I hate that notification when I reboot

paste the following into notepad, then hit save as, name it msconfig.vbs

then whenever you open msconfig, double click this script, and the warning won't appear

it's a one time fix...you have to hit the script whenever you use msconfig if you want it to work;

Code:

'xp_nomsconfig.vbs - this script will stop the Selective Startup on a one time basis when you adjust msconfigOn Error Resume NextErr.ClearSet WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")WshShell.RegDelete "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run\MSConfig"If Err.Number <> 0 thenMsgBox "You may need Administrator permissions to run this script" & vbcr & "or the registry entry does not exist.",4096,"Error!"ElseMsgBox "The registry entry has been removed.", 4096,"Done!"End IfSet WshShell = Nothing


ps, I didn't write this script, I nicked it off of a site

I beleive the first site to post it was doug knox

On XP the Max Cached Icons is set too low, and you'll notice the icons rebuilding too often...you should fix this

windows key plus run paste:

regedit

navigate

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/currentversion/Explorer

In the right window, double click Max Cached Icons,
type the value 8192
then reboot
You should see a big speed boost icon load, and opening folders.

NOTE : If the value is not there, you can create very easily:

go to the location I just posted, then right-click an empty space in the right window and « new » > « string value »
For the name, type : Max Cached Icons
then double-click it and enter the value 8192





Snapping finally after looking at annoying context menus for months, I went looking in the registry and the entry to modify them was right there....




If you want to remove, context menus edit them from the following branch in your registry editor.

Code:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\]


Note also the * designates this to be the list of context menus to be displayed with ALL file extensions, I wish I had noticed how stupidly simple it was earlier.

/edit
The context menus are stored under the following branch for Directories!

Code:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\]

how to remove the list of 'past items' from the task bar icons. Not just 'hide when inactive' etc, but remove them altogether.











I don't know where they're stored, but in the mean time, more then hide when inactive, you can hide altogether

right click the bar, properties, then click hide inactive, then hit customize

then there'll be a scroll down on each individual icon. hit always hide

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run\]


check out this thread
http://www.ntfs.org/forum/showthread.php?t=497 (http://www.ntfs.org/forum/showthread.php?t=497)

Open up your volume control panel. Type CTRL-s. See.

[dealer edit] audio control panel [/dealer edit]

Speaking of Favourites, if you want to change the folder they are stored in modify the following:

Internet Explorer:

Code:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]"Favorites"="C:\\Favorites" <<<< this is the path











I never use "f4" straight up
I set this f key as a "view new posts" keyboard shortcut
make a desktop shortcut of your brwoser with the view new posts address as the target;

http://www.ntfs.org/forum/search.php?do=getnew (http://www.ntfs.org/forum/search.php?do=getnew)
then put your focus on the open feild called "shortcut"
hit f4, hit apply
bing, when you want "view new posts, just hit f4



















lots of miss information concerning the system idle process, so, for members of ntfs, I'll give you the skinny...you'll definitely have a heads up on this much not understood feature of xp




if you'd like to do more research, the Microsoft publication "inside windows 2000" as is OneNote, an unbelievable wealth .
Alright, everyone knows, Windows NT is multi threading operating system, which in lay speak just means you can do a bunch of different things on your box, with the illusion that everything is happening simultanously...what an amazing ability this is, and everyone should learn how to take advantage of it...do not follow that old advice and force your computer to run one only thing at a time, your computer allows you to be so much more productive...but that's another discussion.

the reality is, your standard chip can only do one thing at a time, but, it switches back and forth between threads so fast, and so often, that everything looks like it virtually (I love that word) happens at once.

this switching back and forth is managed with a set of algorithms known as "the NT scheduler".

the scheduler simply places priorities on the various threads that are active...it gives each thread it's share of CPU time, ( this unit of time is known as a quantum )...the quantum length can be adjusted in NT, but that's the word we use when speaking of the time unit the CPU spends with any given thread.

the scheduler doesn't look at what process a thread belongs to, it just looks at the priority of a thread...pretty simple...the scheduler then executes the highest priority...this high priority thread will decay a level for every quantum completed...however, the level can be re bumped depending on the program and how it's referenced by the user....for instance, a keyboard stroke bumps a priority on an idle thread that is waiting for that stroke by 6 points.

to prevent any thread from starving due to a priority lower then everything else, the scheduler will make sure every thread gets it's share of CPU, lower priority threads are bumped sometimes to level 15... they can even be given more then one quantum too...if they have not had a quantum for too long a period.

there are also other policies that insure lower priorities get a quantum... as mentioned, every thread in the 1-15 range will decay a level (to a point set by the program) every time it completes a quantum...and of course, these threads can always get bumped up levels according to use, and so refreshed in priority as well as decayed.

programs also voluntarily give up their priority, and programs get "blocked "from even being considered for a quantum when they are not ready to execute.

"not ready to execute", or "blocked" threads use no CPU time...they incur no CPU overhead and there is no CPU management overhead, the overhead of the NT scheduler is a constant set of algorithms that always run....when a thread or process incurs zero CPU, it's as if it's not even running at all as far as CPU resource liability

if a number of threads have the same priority, these threads are just executed in a round robin fashion along that respective priority.

of course, there's allot of sophistication involved with these scheduling policies, but you now have an accurate model

fyi... even most people that know about CPU scheduling in NT are under the impression that there are 31 priorities in the NT kernel

that's incorrect

there are 32

there is 1 through 15 for the common apps, 16 through 31 for critical threads, and then there is a priority "zero"

in NT, the higher the number a priority, the higher the priority...this is a random choice, and similar to the vim OS's, (after all, it is David cutler that is responsible for nt)...the reverse could have been true, it's just the way Microsoft did it.

as told, priorities 1 through 15 are the dynamic priorities that typical applications get assigned..the threads in this realm change priorities all along, getting bumped and degraded according to need by the os...these are dynamic in nature.

16 through 31 not dynamic, this is what we mean by "real time" when talking about a threads priority...the priority of real time threads is constant...the os does not change the priorities of these threads..these priorities are used for operations that are time critical...in addition, users with administrative authority can also set real time priorities for applications on their own

so now I finally get to the next level of priority

this is priority level 0 (zero)

only your system idle process gets a priority of zero...nothing else

This process is a single thread running on each processor, which has the sole task of accounting for processor time when the system isn't processing other threads. In Task Manager, expect this process to account for the majority of processor time.

with priority zero, when no other thread is executing, priority zero gets a quantum.

and so, here is the biggest misinterpretation with the system idle process

if you open your task manager while the CPU is hardly working, and look to processes, you will notice that your system idle process is taking 90% or such of the CPU time.


HA

THIS FIGURE IS MISUNDERSTOOD!!!!

it's not 90% pf your CPU that it's taking, it's 90% of what the CPU's load is

for instance, go to the performance graph...if the CPU's load is 1%, and system idle is using 90% at that time, then system idle process is using 90% of the one percent.

in other words, 9/Th's of one percent in this example

cute huh?


The original post/tweak was bloated and not very dynamic; hopefully more people will be able to take advantage of this one.Before using any of the files provided back up your registry or create a system restore point.

Before using any of my custom Winamp shells turn off the default shell integration in your Winamp Preferences. If you want to restore any of the functionality the registry files remove just re-enable it in the Preferences once again. If you use any of the Winamp files, the installation path MUST be "C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe" otherwise you'll have to modify the files.

The Media Player Classic shells will function almost exactly as the Winamp ones do. Unfortunately this feature has not yet been integrated by the author, hopefully it will in a future build. If you use any of the MPC files, the installation path MUST be "C:\Program Files\mediaplayerclassic\mplayerc.exe" otherwise you'll have to modify the files.

Here is a brief description of what each file does, note also this description and any applicable uninstall files needed to remove the features added with them are included in the zip.

MPC Shells\video shell.reg
*adds “Play in MPC” and “Enqueue in MPC” context menus to all video files

MPC Shells\ audio shell.reg
*adds “Play in MPC” and “Enqueue in MPC” context menus to all audio files

MPC Shells\ Directory shell.reg
*adds “Play in MPC” and “Enqueue in MPC” context menus to all directories

MPC Shells\ Uninstall Files\
*removes features noted above if applicable

Winamp Shells\Directory shell.reg
*adds default Winamp shell to all directories
* removes “Add to Winamp’s Bookmark list”

Winamp Shells\ Winamp.Playlist shell.reg
*adds default Winamp shell to all playlists
* removes “Add to Winamp’s Bookmark list”
* removes “Open” command, which is redundant with “Play in Winamp”

Winamp Shells\ Winamp.File shell.reg
*adds default Winamp shell to all files associated with Winamp
* removes “Add to Winamp’s Bookmark list”
* removes “Open” command, which is redundant with “Play in Winamp”

Winamp Shells\ winamp.exe shell.reg
*this registry entry seems redundant and I can’t see the use of it but just in case I removed the “Add to Winamp’s Bookmark list” to be sure

Winamp Shells\ REMOVE 'Add to Winamp's Bookmark list'.reg
*removes all traces of “Add to Winamp’s Bookmark list”
All bugs are solved in this version of the tweak.

here's a tweak that everyone has to know but I don't think is talked about enough...create a shortcut to mplayer2.exe to use the old version of WMP...it's installed in the directory of WMP9 and uses a lot less resources, use it every once in a while when I'm playing stuff without playlists

how to rename the "links" button... Rename the folder, then open regedit and change the data for LinksFolderName at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
to match the new name.

prevents me from accidntly engaging caps lock and num lock
(I wish it did the same for "insert" but it does not)
Notes

To open Accessibility, go to your Control Panel, and then click Accessibility Options.
hit toggle keys

To use the keyboard shortcut which allows you to turn ToggleKeys on and off by pressing the NUM LOCK key for five seconds, on the Keyboard tab, under ToggleKeys, click Settings.
If the Use shortcut check box in the Settings for ToggleKeys dialog box is selected, you can turn ToggleKeys on or off by holding down the NUM LOCK key for five seconds.

by Xsivforce)


Open regedit and Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\CLSID\

if the following key doesn't already exist,
right click on the CLSID folder > new key > {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Now, click the new key and in the right panel > right click on (default) choose Modify > add value data >[whatever you want to write].
Close Regedit.

Now, open your control panel and check the title bar.

OR

make your way here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Double-click (Default) in the right side and type:- Out of Control Panel

Try this


type;

xsive control

in the area that says "whatever you want to wirte"

then open up your control panel and look at the tool bar

sisterhood
June 4th, 2005, 11:35 PM
How does windows know where the files are when I use things like "regedit" or "dxdiag" for example when using the RUN command? Well after some poking around the registry then getting a clue and realising something I came back with the following method.

All you have to do to get any program to RUN with whatever you type is, say for example:

I make a shortcut to firebird and place it in my windows root folder (C:\WINDOWS\), I rename the shortcut to "firebird". Now every time I type "firebird" into the run command, it loads up the path in the shortcut. My productivity has increased a lot with this trick!

This could be very useful for custom batch files or the like, say make a batch called "iprenew" then dump it in the windows directory. Just to give you guys a few ideas at just how useful this trick can be.

Code:

@echo offipconfig /releaseipconfig /renewpause

There is a system variable called PATH (which is a list of directories c:\windows; c:\windows\system etc) which Windows looks in if it can't find the program in the current directory. You can view/edit the path by going to system properties -> advance tab -> Environment Variables (can also get it from typing 'path' in the command prompt.
You could for example add a new directory to keep all your shortcuts in instead of putting them in the windows folder, just to keep things nicer and organised

btw if you set it up right ...CMD iin quick edit mode all you have to do is right click and it will paste not right click and select 'paste' open a cmd prompt ... in the upper left hand corner click on c:\ and drop down menu appears > left click on properties > under the Options tab put a check in the QuickEdit Mode box... click Ok and when it prompts you put a dot where it says 'Save properties for future windows with the same title' and then click Ok. Now whenever you opena cmd you are in Quick Edit Mode... fun joy and happiness

assign your own names to anything with an IP. This is particularly useful if you are stuck with bad naming conventions on your network.


1. Navigate to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
2. Open the file "hosts" with notepad.
3. Append a line that starts with the
IP Address Friendly Name Comments(precede with #)


This is an example(one line):
192.168.2.1 warrentyRouter #this will send me to the router of the warrenty dept.

sisterhood
June 4th, 2005, 11:37 PM
here's the method for keeping the status bar in internet explorer

ie is an extentsion of windows explorer

hit windows key+e

go to view, put a check beside status bar, then save the view to all folders





Don't have multiple operating systems? shorten the option to display the list of startup operating systems -pretty simple to do to



hit windows key + pause break>advanced>start up and recovery>settings...there it is, go ahead and uncheck the option

grab any favicon and drg it into the little housey that's on your toolbar...this is the fastest method for changing your home page



List of shell variables for windows! (http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWSXP/home/using/productdoc/en/ntcmds_shelloverview.asp)

The shutdown utility included in XP does not support standby or hibernation. This little command line utility does:

Shutdown.exe (http://www.budja.com/shutdown/)



DOS Batch Language Resource (http://gearbox.maem.umr.edu/~batch/intrin1.htm)



Here is a list of all the resources I used to make my "Automated Disk Optimizer":



-Windows-



RunDll Utilities (http://chagdali.free.fr/dcs/RunDll.htm)



Configuring Windows Explorer Command Line Options (http://lee.org/reading/computers/Configuring%20Windows%20Explorer%20Command%20Line% 20Options.htm)



Command shell overview (http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWSXP/home/using/productdoc/en/ntcmds_shelloverview.asp)



-Code-



User Input (http://www.robvanderwoude.com/userinput.html)



DOS COMMANDS IN WINDOWS NT (http://www.plympton.info/personal/doscommands.html)*VERY HELPFUL!



DOS and Batch Files (http://malektips.com/dos_and_batch_files_help_and_tips.html)



Win32 API Tutorial (http://www.winprog.org/tutorial/)



Internal and Intrinsic Commands (http://gearbox.maem.umr.edu/~batch/intrin1.htm)



DOS Command Index (http://www.easydos.com/dosindex.html)



Here is the lazy mans way to 'Pin' folders to the Start Menu and actually add a lot of functionality to that mostly wasted space!!







First pin a shortcut to a file in the start menu, to do this right click any shortcut to a file and select 'Pin to Start Menu'. This adds that shortcut to the wasted empty space where the recent docs usually appear. Next, just right click the 'pinned' item and modify its path to the folder of your choice! The icon for that folder will automatically be set, but don't forget to rename your new pinned item.



/EDIT

The 'Pinned' item will actually create a shortcut in the Start Menu itself, just hide it to get rid of it, if you delete it it will delete the actual pinned item as well...



I grew tired of staring at WMP9's context menus so I threw together this collection of registry entries to eliminate some of the garbage.



* remove add/list Playlist context menus on all files

* remove CD Burning context menus on all files

* you can still load files with WMP9 via "Open With" if they are not registered



There is a new file included below that unregisters WMP's dll's.

**outdated link removed, this file is now part of 'My Scripts & Regs'**

Download Part 1 (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5654)

Download Part 2 (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5655)



Anyone know how to change the windows logo on the monitor under system properties?



look for a image "oemlogo.bmp" Replace it with what you want. Think it's supposed to be 125x125, but not sure.



Some very useful tips in here:

General System Registry Secrets (http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/Content/69/01/3.html)



Don't know if this is in here but to completly disable the "Send to" context menu remove the following registry key:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\Send To]

@="{7BA4C740-9E81-11CF-99D3-00AA004AE837}"



To remove "Pin to Start Menu'":

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{a 2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}]

@="Start Menu Pin"



To remove "Open with...":

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Op en With]

@="{09799AFB-AD67-11d1-ABCD-00C04FC30936}"





Or run the attached registry files.



Attached Files



remove 'send to'.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1487) (321 Bytes, 10 views)



remove 'pin to start menu'.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1488) (324 Bytes, 11 views)



remove 'open with'.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1489) (306 Bytes, 4 views)



Oh it was a sweet day today, I finally killed the "Scanners & Cameras" place in My Computer and it was so bloody easy, figures...

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\DelegateF olders\{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD}]

@="Scanners & Cameras"



You know...if you REALLY, REALLY wanted to you could easily add your own files/folders to My Computer with a bit of modification of this tweak. (HINT)



Attached Files



emoveScanner&Cameras.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1558) (405 Bytes, 13 views)

Restart and Switch user icons

Attached Files



icons.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1604) (2.4 KB, 27 views)



when you right click and go to properties on this shortcut, there is no icon, but your icon folder shouold open up when you hit ok on the choose folder window that pops up this doesn't happen on your box howling wolf?

if not, then you won't be able to look for icons in other folders either.

let us know if the option to search for icons pops up after you hit enter when you go through the change icon dialouge

if it does open, khaymans icons are pretty nice, just download them and paste the location into the window that pops up

this should be the default locaation for your other icons

%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll



I remember somewhere that there was a tweak to speed up LAN browsing in XP. Can someone help ? Sorry if this has been asked before



Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{D627 7990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}]@="Scheduled Tasks"



Where do I find the restart icon ? I found the shutdown one easily but not restart...



when yahoo games opens up always press ctrl + n to see coding.



Attached Files



MyIcons.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2509) (2.6 KB, 16 views)



Here is an update from my resources file. It is a compilation of my favourite tweaks gleaned over the years, and my own scripts. My resources folder also contains programs that are not included in the main update but you can get them at the following links.



Kill-Wait-Start (KWS) (http://www.osnn.net/forum/showthread.php?p=51059#post51058)

An infinite number of kill_processes and start_processes can be defined.



Wait-Go (http://www.osnn.net/forum/showthread.php?p=51059#post50959)

This program can be used to run up to 7 different paths in succession.



Go (http://www.osnn.net/forum/showthread.php?p=51059#post50941)

This program can be used to run up to 4 different paths in succession.



StartClock (hhttp://startclock.osnn.net/) - please direct questions to my email or the StartClock thread (http://forum.osnn.net/showthread.php?t=3914)

This program will completely replace the tray clock on the right hand side of your start menu bar by replacing the 'start' text with the current time.



Automated Disk Optimizer (http://www.osnn.net/forum/showthread.php?p=39366#post39366)

Executes disk optimizing utilities such as, spybot, ad-aware, regclearner, DIRMS, cleanmgr.



New versions can be found here (http://forum.osnn.net/showthread.php?t=3914)



StartClock has only been tested with Windows XP and could be buggy on other operating systems.



I was reading here about (after trying 4 hours of other things) changing the icon cache value, then it clicked so i edited registry and found this:



[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer]

"IconUnderline"=hex(0):03,00,00,00

[u]"Max Cached Icons"="2000" <--this was missing (arggggh) no wonder.



So I added a value/string:[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer]

"IconUnderline"=hex(0):03,00,00,00

"Max Cached Icons"="2000"<---added this line



and booted and I have a faster booting machine and it loads up as normal.

Thanks again you made me think what the problem was.



http://www.windows-hints.net/index....&st=0#entry1001 (http://www.windows-hints.net/index.php?act=ST&f=3&t=4&st=0#entry1001)



how ot put safe mode into start up menue;



Make a backup of the current boot.ini file.

Note: The boot.ini file shown below is for illustration purposes only. Your actual boot.ini may vary from this example.



[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect





Using Notepad, edit the original boot.ini (shown above) so it appears as shown below.



[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Safe" /fastdetect



The line shown above in red is the line you add. I used the word "Safe" but this can be any word you choose.



Close Notepad and save changes when prompted.



Start the System Configuration Utility by clicking [Start] [Run] and typing msconfig, then click [OK].

Click the BOOT.INI tab.

Highlight the boot line that you added with the word "Safe" or whatever word you chose to add above.

Check the /SAFEBOOT option in the Boot Options box and use the radio buttons to add whatever options you prefer. I'd suggest the MINIMAL option.

Click [Apply] and [OK] and Restart when prompted.



The option to boot into safe mode will now appear on the boot loader menu



Just add to the end of the line you added:



multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Safe" /fastdetect



The switch: /safeboot:minimal



The final boot.ini would look like:



Code:



[boot loader]timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition (1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetectmulti(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WIND OWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Safe" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal





Ever notice the "My eBooks" folder that is generated in your "My Documents" folder?



It is caused by a plugin in Adobe Reader, this script will disable/enable it.



Code: $path = RegRead ( "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\6.0\InstallPath", "" )If FileExists ( $path & "\plug_ins\eBook.api" ) Then FileMove ( $path & "\plug_ins\eBook.api", $path & "\optional", 1 ) MsgBox ( 0, "Adobe Reader 6.0", "eBook.api plugin disabled", 5 )Else FileMove ( $path & "\optional\eBook.api", $path & "\plug_ins", 1 ) MsgBox ( 0, "Adobe Reader 6.0", "eBook.api plugin enabled", 5 )EndIfExit

Attached Files



Adobe Reader 6.0 - eBook Plugin Remover.zip (http://www.osnn.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4193) (83.3 KB, 11 views)



don't know if this one made it into this particular tweak thread, but it's worth mentioning again;



the easiest method to organize your favorites is to pste "favorites" into run, and do it directly from the folder



















Do you think your History is really being deleted?













Boot into "safe mode command prompt" using F8

Go to Root (C:\) by typing CD\

Now type C:\ del index.dat /s (<<spaces required) tick enter

The Deleted Files will appear, then just exit for the finale now there really gone.

frogg_mann



hi frog mann



the easies way to remove the index.dat file is do it from another user profile

sisterhood
June 4th, 2005, 11:38 PM
want to see the last time a web page was modified pste this into the address bar;

javascript:alert(document.lastModified)



















Revised Winamp shell tweaks.

includes "automated.cmd", place in startup folder if you want these settings to say put
renames "Enqueue in Winamp" to "Add to playlist"
removes redundant "Open" on files associated with Winamp
bludgeons "Add to Winamp's Bookmarks" (I wish it a painful death)
recycle bin is set to default at 10% of the disc...that's too much for most people's drives today, and most of us empty the trash pretty often.

I think about 3% should be good for most...use your own judgement

right click the trash, go to properties, go to global, do your stuff



anyway, I used to use a program that recognizes internet, and launches whatever programs I set in the gui.



problem is,the program always runs, and it kills the apps on shutdown without giving the app a chance to close naturally...this is no good.



so, I created a batch file with all the programs I luanch when I'm going on line.



I set the batch up with my home page, so I click the batch instead of internet explorer the first time I go on line...it works very nice.



following is the batch...the b is a break...netryder figured out the browsers doen't seem to work with a break, I don't think firefox works with the break either, so the browser should be last.



just cut and paste my batch into notepad...replace my executeables with the ones you want running.



save it as "internet.bat"



or anything you want as long as it says .bat at the end.



bing...this is sweet



Code:



@echo offstart "cookie wall" "C:\Program Files\AnalogX\CookieWall\cookie.exe" /Bstart "star downloader" "C:\Program Files\Star Downloader\stardown.exe" /Bstart "clip trak" "C:\Program Files\ClipTrak\ClipTrak.exe" /Bstart "ad watch" "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Plus\Ad-Watch.exe" /Bstart "internet explorer" "http://www.osnn.net/forum/search.php?do=getnew

Hi Perris, the /B switch has to go after "Start".



The syntax is

Start [parameters of the "start" command like /B /MIN etc] program or command [parameters of the program]



example

start /b "" "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" /nohome



/b is a switch of START, /nohome is a switch of Internet Explorer.



That's the way I had it in my response to your earlier post, perris:

http://www.osnn.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47968 (http://www.osnn.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47968)



the batch worked even though I posted it wrong...I guess the breaks weren't seen.



this is the batch with the breaks



Code:



@echo offstart /B "internet explorer" "http://www.osnn.net/forum/search.php?do=getnewstart /B "cookie wall" "C:\Program Files\AnalogX\CookieWall\cookie.exe"start /B "star downloader" "C:\Program Files\Star Downloader\stardown.exe"start /B "clip trak" "C:\Program Files\ClipTrak\ClipTrak.exe"start /B "ad watch" "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Plus\Ad-Watch.exe"





you can create a diary, or log, that time stamps everytime you open it...I'm starting my diary today;

first, open notepad...(winkey+run, type notepad)



paste the following...it must be caps

.LOG

hit file, save as...name it whatever you want, I call mine "diary"

I saved mine on my desktop...that's it...everytime you open it, it'll have a time stamp...cool



Instead of typing "http://www.msn.com" type only msn and hold ctrl and enter and IE fills in the rest



after installing autopatcher it installed tweakui and that removed my shortcut arrows, no matter what i do in tweakui to restore it, it wont. i want the arrows back





These and others can be found at http://www.osnn.net/forum.



Re: Speeding up internet connection

This might be the same thing perris was talking about, but I have always done this tweak after reinstalling Windows. It's always worked.

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/646/ (http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/646/)



go to dsl reports and follow their optimizing guides...cablenut does a good job...also check out j79's homepage...he has some excellant settings for your connection.

great_dame
June 20th, 2005, 10:18 PM
It was advised in this thread to: Check Automatically detect settings, and then click OK BUT -
As a person who walks people through this screen everyday I would adivse clicking nothing in that windows unless you're using a proxy server to connect.

If you check it you will look for proxy settings everytime you look for a page on the net!

great_dame
June 21st, 2005, 06:32 PM
Might I also add that the Swap File Tweak has been put under that Tweak XP page as invalid. Several people have commented that it screws things up for them, and doesn't do what it supposedly is meant to.

thelamberts
June 22nd, 2005, 10:36 PM
I prepared this list from several sources for a friend of mine who runs a game lan.
Have Fun

Windows XP Pro Tips and Tweaks
For
Gamer Machines

All Tweaks are per Windows Classic settings (except the first one of course)
1. Switch to Windows Classic settings
• Click Start > Control Panel > Task Bar and Start Menu > Start Menu tab
• Click the Classic Start menu radio button > Apply > Ok
2. Disable the Guest Account
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > User Accounts > Click the Guest Account
• Click “Turn off the guest account”
3. Disable System Restore (In Control Panel)
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > System Restore tab
• Check “Turn off System Restore”
• Click Ok
4. Disable System Restore (In Services)
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools
• Select Services > Double Click System Restore Service > General Tab
• In Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
5. Disable Indexing Service (In Services)
• Double Click Indexing Service > General Tab
• In Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
6. Turn Off Automatic Updates (In Control Panel)
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > System
• Select Automatic Updates tab
• Select “Turn off automatic updating
• Click Ok
7. Disable and Stop Automatic Updates (In Services)
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Automatic Updates”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok

8. Remove Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Sharing
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > System
• Select Remote tab
• Uncheck “Remote Assistance”
• Uncheck “ Remote Desktop”
9. Adjust the Page File
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > System
• Select the Advanced tab
• Under Performance, select the Settings button
• Click the Advanced tab
• Under Virtual Memory, click the Change button
• Select Custom Size radio button (if not selected); change both the Initial size and the Maximum size to one and a half times your RAM. (EG. 1.5 X 512 MB RAM = 768)
• Click Set > Click Ok
• Click Ok > Click Ok
10. Remove Themes
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > System
• Select the Advanced tab
• Under Performance, select the Settings button
• Click the Visual Effects tab
• Select “Adjust for best performance’
• Click Ok > Click Ok
11. Disable and Stop the Themes Service
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Themes Service”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
12. Remove MSN Explorer
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
• Click Add/Remove Windows Components (Left side Gray Bar)
• Scroll down and uncheck MSN Explorer > Click Next
• Click Ok when done

13. Remove Desktop Wallpaper, Screensaver and change the Appearance
• Right Click anywhere on the Desktop
• Choose the Desktop tab
• Choose [None] from the “Background” list
• Choose the Screen Saver tab
• Choose [None] from the “Screen Saver” list
• Click the Power button
• Under the “Settings for Home/Office section on the Power Schemes tab; choose Never from all three lists
• Click Ok
• Choose the Appearance tab
• Choose Windows Classic Style from the Windows and Buttons list
• Choose Windows Standard from the Color Scheme list
• Click Ok
14. Disable Network Folders / Printer search
• Open My Computer
• Click Tools > Folder Options > View tab
• Uncheck the very first box “Automatically search for network folders and printers”
• Click Apply > Click Ok
15. Optimize Recycle bin
• Right Click Start button
• Click Explore
• Navigate to Recycle Bin
• Right Click Recycle Bin
• Choose Properties > Global tab
• Change the percentage to something reasonable like 2%
16. Prevent Windows from saving the Thumbnail Cache
• Right Click Start button
• Click Explore
• Click Tools > Folder Options
• Choose the View tab
• Check the 7th checkbox – Do not cache thumbnails (Under Files and Folders)
17. Disable the Windows Startup screen
• Click Start > Run
• Type msconfig and click Ok
• Choose the Boot.ini tab
• Check NOGUIBOOT
• Click Apply > Click OK

18. Disable Background Intelligence Transfer
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Background Intelligence Transfer”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
19. Disable Help and Support
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Help and Support”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
20. Disable Webclient
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Webclient”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
21. Disable Windows Image Acquisition
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Windows Image Acquisition”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
22. Disable Wireless Zero Configuration Properties
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Wireless Zero Configuration Properties”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
23. Disable Clipbook
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Clipbook”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
24. Disable Distributed Link Tracking Client
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Distributed Link Tracking Client”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok

25. Disable Error Reporting
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Error Reporting”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
26. Disable IPSEC
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “IPSEC”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
27. Disable Remote Registry Service
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Remote Registry Service”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
28. Disable Telnet
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Telnet”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
29. Disable Uninterruptible Power Supply
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Uninterruptible Power Supply”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
30. Disable Uninterruptible Power Supply
• Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
• Double click “Uninterruptible Power Supply”
• Select the General tab
• In the Startup Type, select Disabled
• Click Ok
When complete
1. Reboot the System(s)
2. Install the game(s), application(s) and driver(s) required
3. Defrag the Hard Drive(s)
4. Reboot the System(s)

Suggested regular maintenance
As Needed
Clean the Registry of all references to uninstalled games even though the games may be reinstalled.
Clean the system of old video driver files when reinstalling or changing video cards.
Daily
Backup you’re saved game files
Update Antivirus software
Reboot the system(s)
Weekly
Defrag the Hard Drive(s)
Update Windows (You will have to re-enable Steps 7, 18 & 25)
Update Device Drivers
Get Rid of Spyware / Adware
Run Disk cleanup
• Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
Empty the Recycle Bin
Reboot the system(s)
Monthly
Clear Windows Prefetch
• Right Click Start Button > Explorer
• Navigate to C:\Windows\Prefetch
• Select all files and delete them
Clear the ICON Cache
• Click Start > Search > For Files and Folders
• Type IconCache.db in the text box and click search
• Rename the IconCache.db to IconCache.txt
• “The next reboot will create another”
Clean the Registry
Reboot the system(s)
Annually
Reinstall Windows and start over.

Broadband Tweaks
1. Increase Connection Speed
• Click Start > Run
• Type GPedit.msc
• Expand “Local Computer Policy” if required
• Expand “Administrative Templates”
• Expand “Network”
• Select (Highlight) “QoS Packet Scheduler”
• In the right window, Double Click “Limit reservable bandwidth”
• On the Setting tab check the “Enabled” radio button
• Change the Bandwidth limit % to 0
• Click Ok
• Reboot the system
2. De-Regulate Downloads
• Click Start > Run
• Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Current Version \ Internet Settings
• From the File menu, Select New > DWORD
• Name the new value “MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server” (without the quotes)
• Right Click the MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server value and choose Modify
• Under Base, click the radio button next to Decimal
• In the Value Data box, enter the number of connections you want to set (10 is a good value)
• Click Ok

SkatePopwar
June 24th, 2005, 11:35 PM
not sure if ne1 already posted on how to chane your ip, but here it goes. i got this from another forum.
Start => Control Panel => Network and Internet Connections => Network
Connections => Local Area Connection => General => Properties =>
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) => Properties => (Select Use the
following IP address) => Pick something ranodm and original => (If you
did this your internet shouldnt work lol) => Then Goto Start => Run =>
Type in "CMD" => Ok => Type in "ipconfig /release" => Then type in
"ipconfig /renew" => It should work If it doesnt then keep repeating
"ipconfig /renew"
PS: Theres a space between ipconfig and /renew and /release
PSS: All capitals for "CMD"
PSSS:Everything in Quotations is just refering to the words dont add
quotations

jgonsalves
July 3rd, 2005, 02:04 AM
The greatest way to keep your computer running with out to many problems, is to run a minimum of two spyware programs. Top three for me are: ad-aware, giant antispyware, and counterspy.

zack_rage
July 9th, 2005, 05:46 PM
how can i prevent xp from deleting the page file after shutting down cause its very long to turn off this pc its about 2-4 min. is there i can tweak in the registry so that it will shut down faster any ideas from you guys!:dizzy:

irv
July 9th, 2005, 11:08 PM
how can i prevent xp from deleting the page file after shutting down cause its very long to turn off this pc its about 2-4 min. is there i can tweak in the registry so that it will shut down faster any ideas from you guys!:dizzy:

Go to Page 3 article #50

Loz123123
July 11th, 2005, 03:15 PM
I would just like to say thaks, my comp is running much faster than usual and i havent used all the advice yet!

newbiegal
July 17th, 2005, 02:11 AM
Hi guys!
Is it possible to run 2 xp in the system at same time? I have reinstalled xp and I have recalled somewhere along the way I saved another windows system instead of deleting the old one which means I have 2 windows running now ( I guess) and after this it take forever for me to reboot with sound effects at the wrong time...is it possible to delete the old system and just stick to new one? er I mean how can I do it?

|DSS|Bravo16
July 23rd, 2005, 06:34 AM
nah u can only running one XP at a time. if u have 2 operating systems loaded on ur computer, then u will be given the option when u turn on ur computer as to which one to choose.

The slowness of turning off ur computer can be addressed in like page 2 or 3 of this topic i think... something about a registry value that deals with the amount of time it takes for windows to "kill" a task before shutting down the computer.

JJae
August 19th, 2005, 12:46 AM
i tried some of tweaker's tweak on my laptop, but now i can't use the center scroll button to scroll, and it usually scroll if i slide my finger on the right side/bottom of the touchpad, but now it doesn't do that anymore.
it's an ACER Aspire 3000...
any idea what do i change to have this feature enabled?

-JJae

Merv Wiz
August 21st, 2005, 10:12 AM
OK, I admit, I'm timid! A friend (from the best garden site on the web, Dave's Garden) recommended these 2 sites, which is a little bit easier for me to understand. And I KNOW y'all would appreciate not messing with these home problems, right?

Anyway, here they are http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm and http://www.techbuilder.org/article.htm?ArticleID=47626

Am very curious to hear what y'all think about these.
LMK?

Well I went for a look, Blackviper is under construction and Techbuilder is unavailable.
I don't think much of them.

Merv Wiz
August 21st, 2005, 10:16 AM
So how do you change the graphics

fast68
August 21st, 2005, 11:46 PM
theoran hi, there is no silver scheme in my xp home sp2

what should it be set to that doesnt use as much resources thanks

RastaMan
September 2nd, 2005, 04:06 AM
When I try to run my task manager with Control+Alt+Delete, nothing happens, and when I try to bring it up with Start->Run it tells me the file is in use from another program, any ideas? Thanks

red_rebel
October 1st, 2005, 12:02 PM
When you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth, this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words.

This is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000 has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.

You can do this with the registry entries below:


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi
ces\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d


Make a new text file and rename it to dnscache.reg. Then copy and paste the above into it and save it. Then merge it into the registry.
Tweaker.....I don't fully understand the phrase "merge it into the registry". Could you explain that a little further, please?
Thanks!! I do appreciate the tips.

Shadesome
October 13th, 2005, 02:31 AM
Hey , u guys , I have found some thing new . Well some people like to play PC games but most of the time they can't seem to play heavy games on there slower PC . Well , if any one of u having RAM proglems , mean ur game plays slowly . Try this thing .
1 Go to start menu .
2 In the run , type msconfig .
3 Open services tab .
4 Uncheck all options exept " WINDOWS AUDIO " , " COME + SYSTEM MANAGMENT " , "EVENT LOG " , " PLUG AND PLAY " .
5 Rebote r PC and play the required game .
Thx to me freind ALI foir help .

question: what about symantec stuff? and sometimes it says, things can't be unchecked because windows might not run otherwise?

rogercarey
October 18th, 2005, 06:12 PM
Now that I have your attention. Let's make a thread of everyone's
favorite tweaks or things they do to make Windows XP run smoother,
work harder, and perform better. So if you've got something to bring to
the table, bring it and make all of us better with XP.

I'll start it off.

EDITED BY DODGE

This is a great thread for Windows XP tips, tricks and tweaks. Lets keep it this way. I have just spent over 2 hours editing this thread to get rid of Useless Post.
PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR PROBLEMS IN HERE.
CREATE A NEW THREAD OR YOUR POST WILL BE DELETED.

If you have a question and need help with a tweak that is in this thread, then post it here, it may help someone else looking at this. But, if you have problems after doing some of these tweaks, Please post a new thread and refer to the tweak you used in this thread as to what happened.

Thank you all for your help in keeping this thread as clean as possible.
I've noticed that the technical tweaking here is for the XP home version (where noted)....Yours does not reference this version...Can your tweaks be used in the professional version and the other tweaks are exclusivley listed for the XP Home Version?

Acoustics4me
November 2nd, 2005, 07:03 AM
Well, it takes me way too long to set up my pc doing by reformatting it the normal way, so I prefer to do it all from an image taken of my hard drive. Currently I am using Acronis, although I have not had the opportunity to reformat it back from the disc yet.

Anyway, this is my second post here so I'd like to say a big HI to everyone. I doubt I am as experienced as you guys, but hey, I'm here to learn eh...

Cheers,

Me :)

p.s. But my favourite tweak, which is really quite pathetic, is getting rid of those ugly shortcut arrows! If I could only choose one thing to do, that would be it...wow, am I sad or what...lol

AnnMarie
November 2nd, 2005, 08:39 AM
Hi and welcome to CTH Acoustics4me :)

CSUjr
November 5th, 2005, 10:51 PM
I have listed every fact that I could find about my system that I could find (in the appropriate window when I signed up). However, It did not list all of the information that I entered so I have listed that info again at the bottom of this post.

I have tried "tweaking" my system as instructed in this string but my problems still continue.

Circumstances;
This computer system was built for me by computer parts person. He assured me that all of the components were of good quality, were compatible and would perform well. After months of having him examine my system, he was unable to determine why this system is behaving/performing the way it is. I share my internet connection with my roommate through a D link 624 router. My roommate has a HP pavilion computer and has no problems with his system or the internet connection. I have run all of my Antivirus, spyware/adware and system maintenance programs and (with the exception of cleaning up some invalid registry entries) have found no problems.

My problem(s);
Sometimes when I turn on my computer I get an "Overclocking" message and am instructed to reset the defaults before the computer will turn on. Also, sometimes when I command the computer to "Turn Off" it re-starts instead (sometimes 2 or 3 times before it finally shuts down). Beyond that, my primary problem is not being able to consistently maintain an interactive connection with game sites. i.e., I continually freeze up (sometimes get knocked off line completely) when I play on interactive game sites. Also, during these interactive game sessions, I lose a partial of or all of my sound.

I have asked my roommate to go to these interactive game sites (alone, without me) and see what happens to him. He has played extensively on these same game sites with no problems at all.

Also, I am experiencing freeze up/disconnect problems while I am downloading files. And here again, my roommate is experiencing no problems downloading these same files (again, when I'm not on the same site). These problems are occurring when both I am on the internet alone and when we are both on the internet (at different locations).

My need/goal;
I need to find out what is going on with my system and, if possible, fix/correct the problem(s). I am hoping that some folks on this forum can help me identify and or solve these problems.

Thank you in advance for your time, patience, interest and possible help with this.

Charles Jr

My system info;
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1300 MHz (13 x 100)
Motherboard Name Asus A7V880 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 WiFi, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Motherboard Chipset VIA Apollo KT880
System Memory 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (09/24/04)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (WCCF0702175)
Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller
IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller VAX347S SCSI Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller VIA SATA RAID Controller
Disk Drive WDC WD1200JB-00GVA0 (111 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3520A (DVD+R9:4x, DVD-R9:4x,
DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-ROM:16x,
CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
Optical Drive SCSIVAX DVD/CD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK
C: (NTFS) 114463 MB (91488 MB free)
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse Microsoft PS/2 Mouse
Network Adapter Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet
Controller (192.168.0.100)
Printer EPSON Stylus CX6600 Series
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
ISP Verizon DSL (close to central station)
Router D-link 624 (upgraded with current firmware)
Anti-virus program eTrust EZAntivirus
Spyware Microsoft Antispyware
System maintenance TuneUp Utilities 2006 & Ashampoo WinOptimizer Platinum Suite 2

Matth3w
November 8th, 2005, 05:50 AM
Well, I read everything and don't think I saw this listed here:

This works for 95/98/ME/XP -- 2000/NT? Unsure, but you can try.

Stop everything that runs in the background without your knowledge:

Goto START, RUN, type in MSCONFIG. Click the Startup tab. You are safe to uncheck everything in there. Hit OK to apply and reboot. It'll give you a message about selective startup. Check the box to not show that again and hit OK.

Making your display look better and update faster:

I don't know about every Windows installation, but my XP installed and defaulted to 60Hz refresh rate. This is the speed at which the stuff you see on your screen updates. The faster the better. 60Hz is pretty poor. Go on the web and find the driver for your monitor and install it. Then go in your display properties from the control panel. Goto SETTINGS -> ADVANCED -> MONITOR and check off the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display", then turn your refresh rate up to 85Hz or 100 or whatever you can. I run mine at 100Hz. Caution: If no driver is available for your monitor don't go fooling with refresh rates unless you are sure your monitor can handle it. Doing so could damage your monitor. If there is no driver, consult the monitor manual or the manufacturer's website. They will usually say what Hz your monitor will work and at what resolutions.i have a Sony 19" LCD SDM-S93 with the drivers installed. how do i know what this monitor can support without damaging it?

AnnMarie
November 8th, 2005, 06:24 AM
Hi Matth3w. This thread is for tweaks etc. Post your question in our Hardware Forum.

Matth3w
November 13th, 2005, 06:24 PM
i just wanted to mention one of the suggestions from this thread (i cant find it now) that instructs you to type in some sort of run code into Start>Run which should allow you automatic logon, screwed my crap up.

Now, I am FULLY aware about going into the CP and and selecting change how users logon (I forgot at the time, though, which is why I did that instead).

Now what it does, is it boots up, then comes to a screen where it looks like a Windows2000/NT etc logon box with the username is "Administrator" (I don't have an account named that, only "Matthew" which is the admin account), and automatically pops up an error saying it can't log me in (probably because its trying to auto-login an account that doesn't exist).

After I hit ok, and change the User Name to Matthew and hit enter (w/o entering a pw) it THEN goes to the usual ugly XP login with the little chess logo, to which, I still have to hit "Matthew" to be logged in.

If this was 6-10 months ago, when I never rebooted or turned off my computer, that would be ok...but now that gas/elec prices have doubled, I tend to shut it off at least once a day.

tjbarne
November 15th, 2005, 10:19 PM
These are all excellent, but if you're a bit of a novice make all those changes, your computer won't work right, you'll be pulling your hair out! It would be good as a first step to set a resore point you can revert back to in case you run into problems after making all those changes!

tjbarne
November 15th, 2005, 10:33 PM
Is there a similar list for XP home edition...what would we change differently?

just_a_nobody
November 20th, 2005, 01:40 AM
Hate when you go into safe mode and it messes up your desktop upon reboot?
Download Icon Restore:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4125.html (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4125.html)


Then save your layout by R-clicking any Windows Sytem Folder Icon, and select save icon layout. Then after you do a safe mode, and reboot, just R-click a Windows System Folder Icon, and click on restore icon layout.

futurefear
December 17th, 2005, 08:35 AM
I work for comp USA and i meet a lot of custumers that switch to XP and cant figure out wht there computer randomly restarts when they encounter something as simple as a driver conflict. Windows Xp was set up to automaticly resart upon the blue screen of death. This is very annoying to ppl who dont know about the feature, to disable:

Start/control pannel
click (Preformance and Maintenince)
click (System)
go to the (advanced) tab
under (Startup and Recovery) click (settings)
under (System Failure) uncheck (Automaticly restart)

Congrats. now you will have your blue screen of death and your problem ;)

melopll
December 19th, 2005, 06:45 AM
Not sure if it was covered before. Virtual memory: right click on "My computer", click on "Properties" > "Advanced", "Settings" under "Performance". "Advanced" under "Performance Options". Click "Change" under "Virtual memory". Check "Custom size" and put the value on 1000 on both lines. Click "Set", "OK". Restart!
Enjoy it!

symbicort5
December 23rd, 2005, 09:06 PM
WOW[B]
I changed the Prefetch number to 1 used Tweak manager, now when my system boots the Windows splash screen doesn't have time to appear.

[B]AWSOME THANKS A LOT!!!!!:afro: :D

missworld
December 30th, 2005, 08:31 PM
how do you convert all the hard drives to NFTS?

VirtualMe
December 31st, 2005, 05:24 PM
These tell you how. If you have a dual boot Win98 / XP set up be sure this is what you want to do.

http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm

http://www.mvps.org/marksxp/WindowsXP/fatntfs.php

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;214579

4. Converting an existing partition to NTFS. (http://www.techrescue.net/guides/prepdrv8.asp#ConvertNTFS)


http://www.techrescue.net/guides/prepdrv8.asp#ConvertNTFS

NTFS can only be used on a local drive by Windows NT, 2000 or XP. You will not be able to access an NTFS drive under Windows 9x or Windows ME unless it is available as a Network share on another computer. This may not be an issue on a single OS computer, however if you have a dual boot Win98 / XP set up then you would not be able to access the XP drive from Win98 if it was installed on an NTFS drive.

Dodge
January 8th, 2006, 05:03 AM
Ok, this thread is ALMOST 3 years old now. Probably the longest lasting thread on any Tech forum I've ever seen.

So, does anyone else have some new unique proggies they would like to add? Come on lets keep Theorans 3 year long thread going.

psi_overtake
January 18th, 2006, 04:15 AM
I noticed on one of my graduated friend's computers that they changed the name START in the start menu to something different (and someone tried to ask the following question before a few pages back), so can you explain how to do it? I guess it can be considered a 'tweak,' so this is the right board for it. ^_^ Is how to change it in one of the registry files?

GUPraeToriaN
January 20th, 2006, 09:17 PM
ok after reading of how old this thread is, i might as well add this command line to convert a drive to a NTFS partition,the way i convert my drives to a NTFS partition is go to START,RUN and then type CMD when the dos type window pops up type CONVERT (your drive letter such as C: ) /FS:NTFS, if your are converting your primary drive to NTFS (C: ) it will prompt your to reboot,answer YES and reboot. it will bring your to a DOS type of boot screen and then it will start conveerting the drive to a NTFS partition.if your are converting a secondary drive, you don't have to reboot, the system will automatically start converting the drive to a NTFS partition

tgsmith
January 21st, 2006, 02:32 AM
Copy wpa.dbl and wpa.bak in system32 folder to floppy. Handy for avoiding hassle of reactivating XP on clean install on same hardware.

Henry J. Smith
January 26th, 2006, 04:06 AM
check tweakxp.com Theres also alot of really good xp tweaks posted there

tulsaannie
February 4th, 2006, 07:57 PM
*Warning* -
*Tip - run bootvis and record the boot time before applying this tweak.

I typed it in run but wxp could not find it?

tulsaannie
February 4th, 2006, 08:04 PM
*Warning* - Changing Registry setting is tricky and could crash your system. Use the following tweak at your own risk, always back up first before modifying anything in the Registry.

Start , run, type "Regedit"

Follow this string :-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> SessionManager -> MemoryManagement -> PrefetchParameters.

Then look at the Prefetch string and change the value from 3 to 5. it doesn't matter if you keep it Hexadecimal or Decimal.

Close registry and restart WindowsXP; it should load up between 5-15 seconds (or even more) faster.

*Tip - run bootvis and record the boot time before applying this tweak.

Help?? Wxp on desktop

PurestLight
February 9th, 2006, 10:49 AM
I noticed on one of my graduated friend's computers that they changed the name START in the start menu to something different (and someone tried to ask the following question before a few pages back), so can you explain how to do it? I guess it can be considered a 'tweak,' so this is the right board for it. ^_^ Is how to change it in one of the registry files?

I believe Microangelo (http://www.microangelo.us/) have a programme which will do what you are asking :happy:

certainly
February 9th, 2006, 08:33 PM
will this work with broadband ?

sportboy
March 6th, 2006, 03:39 AM
Forever. How do you delete all your recycle bin forever? So no one can bring it back up.

Morfeasss
March 14th, 2006, 03:13 PM
I don't think i would call this a tweak, but it helps me read easier.
You can try it and see for yourself if it helps you too.

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/Step1.aspx

gamexiaqing
April 10th, 2006, 01:01 AM
i think there is a easy to way to inprove you computer speed , it's confision if you do it as step by step clean your startup , configure , rubbish files , unuse links . so just download a softwart called superribbit . it will help you inprove your computer runing speed by at least 20%

MeghansUncle
April 12th, 2006, 02:09 AM
I did a little looking around because several people couldn't find black viper try Black Viper (http://www.dead-eye.net/WinXP%20Services.htm)

I'm Not sure if this is what the folks here were talking about.

Caleno
April 16th, 2006, 01:31 AM
how do u merge that into the registry?

Profighters101
April 25th, 2006, 08:27 AM
Type MSCONFIG into run and under the "start up" tab, uncheck any unwanted programs you dont want at startup

jemm
May 11th, 2006, 06:32 AM
i tried that but it didnt work for me....

daaim0
May 16th, 2006, 03:06 AM
when i cancel disable my indexing my removing the tick and pressing next... when i go back the tick is back. Has indexing been canceled. Also should i rightclick my harddrive and under properites untick the "allow indexing services" box too.

Seth_
May 16th, 2006, 03:12 AM
Disable Indexing from Control Panel>Administrative tools>Services. Then for good measure, right click on the c drive and uncheck it and apply.

Dileep
May 23rd, 2006, 12:29 PM
what about network users? i mean which servicess can stop to increase perfomence..?

Way
May 30th, 2006, 06:24 PM
:rotflmao: Here is free software that has a backup and checkboxes to shutdown certain programs.
http://www.theorica.net/

Jen3
August 26th, 2006, 12:11 AM
Not sure if it was covered before. Virtual memory: right click on "My computer", click on "Properties" > "Advanced", "Settings" under "Performance". "Advanced" under "Performance Options". Click "Change" under "Virtual memory". Check "Custom size" and put the value on 1000 on both lines. Click "Set", "OK". Restart!
Enjoy it!


Is this safe?

Pi rules
August 26th, 2006, 02:58 AM
You could also leave the paging file's size to XP, which will adjust it according to your needs (and does an OK, but not great, job). The size you should have varies with what you do with your computer and the amount of RAM you have. With 1 GB, you should probably be safe for normal use, but that does use up 1 GB of your hard drive space if you are short on it.

PurestLight
August 26th, 2006, 11:09 AM
This is what mine is set at:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y14/PurestLight/Julies%20Pics/SysPropPagingFile.jpg

I must have changed it myself on some advice I read somewhere (I think it said to have it the same size as the amount of ram you have); it also says my min. can only be set to 2mb. Should I change it to something else or have it as the system managed size do you think?

Qualanqui
August 27th, 2006, 06:52 AM
Is this safe?

Just remeber that the best setting, according to Microsoft themselves (I just can't find the bleeep page!) is 1.5 times your system RAM:

if you have 512, set it to (512 x 1.5 = ) 768, or a little under that.

1024 (1G), set it to (1024 x 1.5 = ) 1536, or a little under that.

What I remeber reading is that if you set it higer than that, the system would start taking a lot of HD space, hence take a LOOONG time to read it and you would be back where you started, no page file benifit:hmm:.

As soon as I find the page Ir ead it in, I'll post it sou you can source it if needs be.

Nice to be back postin'.

Merv Wiz
August 27th, 2006, 09:40 AM
Oh yeah, here's a great one to have.... When you use Msconfig and then reboot, you will have that stupid Selective startup screen appear... Majorly annoying... Download and install this file. It will stop that from appearing....

Disable Selective startup screen (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts/xp_nomsconfig.vbs) save it to your Desktop (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double-click the xp_nomsconfig.vbs file after closing MSConfig. You will not see the Selective Startup screen on the next boot. This script can be viewed in Notepad or any text editor, as to the specific Registry key and value that are updated.

Enable Administrator Account on Startup Page (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/XP_AddAdministrator.zip) Open the ZIP file you just downloaded and extract the contents to your hard disk. Double click the EXE file that you extracted to run the utility. This utility will allow you to toggle the Administrator account to Enabled or Disabled (on the Welcome Screen), depending on its current state.

This one stops Windows Messanger from Auto running. You can stop it in Msconfig, but if you ever use the Program then it will automatically turn itself back on in Msconfig.... Stop Windows Messanger from Auto Running (http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts/xp_messenger_autorun.vbs) Navigate to where you saved it and double click the file. A confirmation dialog will appear and remind you to log off/back on or restart your computer..


Note: Some of these items are User specific settings. It may be necessary to run each VBS/EXE file while logged into to that User's desktop. If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.

You don't need a tweek to stop the selective start up message, all you have to do is tick the box that says don't show in future.

hypnotizeminds
August 27th, 2006, 03:52 PM
You don't need a tweek to stop the selective start up message, all you have to do is tick the box that says don't show in future.
Until you change the startup items list again. :rolleyes:

Torres74
September 1st, 2006, 01:39 AM
I have been using powertweak and it just gave me a message that I need to purchase the software. I cannot fond a site any ware that sells it???? The “official“ site has only information.:curse:

Does anyone have guidance for me, better yet a free program that performs the same function?
:dizzy:

ukthesis
September 26th, 2006, 11:46 AM
Is it the same proceedure for installing XP Home Edition? Also, the same for Adding SafeBoot to the Boot Menu (see the post below)? And "To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP" post below?

thomas18
October 3rd, 2006, 10:31 AM
Here is another one I use.

Indexing services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don't search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completley unnessesary.

Go to Start
Click Settings
Click Control Panel
Double-click Add/Remove Programs
Click the Add/Remove Window Components
Uncheck the Indexing services
Click Next
That's it, you have now uninstalled the Indexing service, you system will not have more RAM and be more responsive.

Hi theoram, I was following step by step all the things you posted up here and before,because even if I have 768 MB ram my machine is very slow,I have posted a topic and Ann Marie after fixing my problems moved it to the windowsXP,never mind that!! I wanted to say that after following your steps I got stacked at the "uncheck the indexing services" an error message comes up saying that there is an error with the "games file"and that I shoul speak to the administrator.For me all this is japanese.
Could you please help me?

Thank you
thomas

ZeroWing
October 7th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Not sure if this has been posted yet, but here goes:

Run regedit(start, run, regedit)

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/control panel/desktop

Set AutoeEndTasks to 1

This should end any program that hangs while shutting down. Cut my shut down time from 40+ minutes to around 30 seconds.:D

thomas18
October 7th, 2006, 11:38 AM
Thank you, I will try that,any suggestion to cut the time switching it on? it takes for ages,too.
Thank you once again.

Thomas

ZeroWing
October 7th, 2006, 06:41 PM
Rember, you should only do this if you don't have any problems with Windows. If you do, you will be unable to see any boot time error messages at startup.

1. Click Start and then click Run; type in: msconfig

2. Click BOOT.INI from the top tabs.

3. Go down to Boot Options, and tick: /NOGUIBOOT

4. Click Apply then Ok to close msconfig.

5. You will need to restart your computer for it to take effect.

The splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by unticking /NOGUIBOOT back in the msconfig.

[EDIT] I will post more boot-time hacks in this post when I find some.


Boot hack number 2: Boot up without floppy drive

Every time your computer boots up, your computer checks every possible drive for boot disks, even if you do not have any problems with your HD. To turn off scanning floppy drives, follow these steps:

1. Right-click My Computer, click the Properties button, and then click the Performance tab.
2. Click the File System button and then click the Floppy Disk tab.
3. Clear the option to Search for new floppy disk drives each time your computer starts.

Boot hack number 3: Boot optimizing

*!!!WARNING! MAY DAMAGE SYSTEM!!!*

Open regedit and go to the following location:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Dfrg \ BootOptimizeFunction]

Under this key is a text value named Enable. A value of Y for this setting enables the boot files defragmenter. This setting defragments the boot files and may move the boot files to the beginning (fastest) part of the partition, but that last statement is unverified. Reboot after applying this tweak.

thomas18
October 8th, 2006, 12:30 AM
Thanks,I am going to try them now.I will let you know.

thank you again
thomas

Murf
October 8th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Boot hack number 3: Boot optimizing

Open regedit and go to the following location:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Dfrg \ BootOptimizeFunction]

Under this key is a text value named Enable. A value of Y for this setting enables the boot files defragmenter. This setting defragments the boot files and may move the boot files to the beginning (fastest) part of the partition, but that last statement is unverified. Reboot after applying this tweak.
__________________


I will disagree with this one:

As far as I can tell this is an informational key, not a program setting key. Second, lets say it does change the program behavior, the default is to have XP optimize the boot files. So, why wouldn't you want this? Third, if you use a 3rd party defrag program it may/will modify or delete this value. Changing the existing settings may/will screw things up.

XP by default:

1. Rearrange boot files when idle for a period of time (10 minutes).

2 - To do a “partial defrag” of files every 3 days (what bootvis does).
The “rearrange” part is where it finds all the files needed for boot and places them in one spot on the disk. (Prefetch value 1)

The partial defrag is where it does the same thing for all the items in the prefetch folder layout.ini file. (Combines Prefetch value 1 (boot) and 2 (apps) = value 3)


For best performance leave these settings alone, these are features not bugs. Well written disk defrag utilities such as Raxco’s Perfect Disk may/will adjust these settings because it is now managing your drives defragmenting process.

ZeroWing
October 8th, 2006, 01:32 AM
Boot hack number 3: Boot optimizing

Open regedit and go to the following location:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Dfrg \ BootOptimizeFunction]

Under this key is a text value named Enable. A value of Y for this setting enables the boot files defragmenter. This setting defragments the boot files and may move the boot files to the beginning (fastest) part of the partition, but that last statement is unverified. Reboot after applying this tweak.
__________________


I will disagree with this one:

As far as I can tell this is an informational key, not a program setting key. Second, lets say it does change the program behavior, the default is to have XP optimize the boot files. So, why wouldn't you want this? Third, if you use a 3rd party defrag program it may/will modify or delete this value. Changing the existing settings may/will screw things up.

XP by default:

1. Rearrange boot files when idle for a period of time (10 minutes).

2 - To do a “partial defrag” of files every 3 days (what bootvis does).
The “rearrange” part is where it finds all the files needed for boot and places them in one spot on the disk. (Prefetch value 1)

The partial defrag is where it does the same thing for all the items in the prefetch folder layout.ini file. (Combines Prefetch value 1 (boot) and 2 (apps) = value 3)


For best performance leave these settings alone, these are features not bugs. Well written disk defrag utilities such as Raxco’s Perfect Disk may/will adjust these settings because it is now managing your drives defragmenting process.


Well, I didn't extensively test all of these. I don't have the time. Thanks for pointing this out, though

Murf
October 8th, 2006, 01:57 AM
ZeroWing

If a member starts messing with the registry and does not know what they are doing, then they can render their computer unbootable. We prefer to warn members of this and before telling them to change a registry key find out if they are comfortable using regedit.

Your tips are great and appreciated, but we all need to ensure that they work, as many members are not that familiar with their computers and will try anything to tweak it, and can get into trouble trying. Maybe warning members before trying the tip would be appropriate, if the member posting the tip has not tried it themselves, or are not sure it will work.

ZeroWing
October 8th, 2006, 02:16 AM
ZeroWing

If a member starts messing with the registry and does not know what they are doing, then they can render their computer unbootable. We prefer to warn members of this and before telling them to change a registry key find out if they are comfortable using regedit.

I'll keep that in mind, but I've read that registry mod from several different sites. But yes, I will warn people if any registry edits I post can harm their system. Sorry about all that.:)

[EDIT] All right. Problem fixed. I'll do much more thorough research on my future registry edits.

Yusef Yahya
October 10th, 2006, 06:42 PM
This tweak assumes that you have let winXP create a connection on install for your cable modem/NIC combination and that your connection has tcp/ip - QoS - file and print sharing - and client for microsoft networks , only, installed. It also assumes that winxp will detect your NIC and has in-box drivers for it. If it doesn't do not try this.
can u or anyone plz explain more,why "don't try this"? .. ty

maxim
October 17th, 2006, 01:03 AM
Great thread People. I already use most all of these tweaks myself and have for a few years now and get lightning fast speed until now, see my new post at the networking page. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks!

DJTroy
October 19th, 2006, 04:21 PM
I have used many of the tweaks listed here. thanks! I do have one (maybe easy to answer) question.

Now with all my new settings I have that annoying User & Password screen on windows start. I have no password set, but i do have to click enter to go past it. I'm sure there is an easy way to bypass this process and darn right get ride of it. hehe. please enlighten me.

thanks in advance,

Miz
October 19th, 2006, 07:07 PM
Go back to Start>Run, type (or copy and paste from here): control userpasswords2

Click OK.

Uncheck "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer," click OK.

Type the name of the user account you want it to boot into automatically in the "User Name" field. Make sure it's typed exactly with no typos. Enter the password for that account or if there is no password, leave the password field blank. Click OK.

Whatever user account name is entered into Username field is the account it will boot into automatically.

DJTroy
October 19th, 2006, 07:38 PM
Miz,
thanks. One last setting. Now with all the optimizing settings I also get the nag ballon in the right side of toolbar:

"you computer might be at risk", Automatic Updates is turned off, click this balloon to fix the problem.

I'd love to not see that anymore. Any way of deactivating notification?

thanks in advance.

jtdoom
October 19th, 2006, 08:42 PM
Hi
I would turn automatic updates on.

if one is concerned about getting IE7 when it will be rolled out as update, read this page
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/updatemanagement/windowsupdate/ie7blockertoolfaq.mspx

mutisid1
October 25th, 2006, 11:22 PM
I had loaded Winwows 98 over Windows XP. As a result:

1. Widows XP is not accessable
2. When I was loading Win98 I opted to save the option to remove Win98. When I was not able to get to XP I went to ADD/REMOVE in win98 control panel and selected "unloaded win98", but to my surprise win98 did not unload. Next time I started the computer I was only able to start it in SAFE mode.
3. I do not want to reinstall XP as I will lose the files in MY DOCUMENT folder.

Any suggession?

ahsan_b
October 30th, 2006, 08:33 PM
on the first page of this topic regarding "Increase your cable/dsl modem internet speed"

will the given process also increase the downloading and uploading ??

Yusef Yahya
November 22nd, 2006, 09:06 PM
16-Change the color scheme to Silver
there is no "Silver" in the list..!

Yusef Yahya
November 22nd, 2006, 10:13 PM
2 Copy the current c:\boot.ini to another name (just in case)
how to do?

ATR-DRIVR
November 23rd, 2006, 12:18 AM
This is an addendum to my post. It's a trash can, or garbage can, but you can not call it "recycle bin", SO how to give yourself access to re name it.
[color=black][font=Verdana]
hit regedit shortcut you have on your desktop by now, and go here;
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder
change "Attributes" to show 50,01,00,20
change "CallForAttributes" to show 00000000
now you just right click on the bin, and "re name" becomes available.]


When I go regedit, under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT there is no CLSID in the list.
Suggestions?
Thanks

dragon2000gh
December 3rd, 2006, 02:58 PM
I had loaded Winwows 98 over Windows XP. As a result:

1. Widows XP is not accessable
2. When I was loading Win98 I opted to save the option to remove Win98. When I was not able to get to XP I went to ADD/REMOVE in win98 control panel and selected "unloaded win98", but to my surprise win98 did not unload. Next time I started the computer I was only able to start it in SAFE mode.
3. I do not want to reinstall XP as I will lose the files in MY DOCUMENT folder.

Any suggession?
1. From where XP is not accessable? When you boot up?
2. Not clear
2. You can always make backup of My Docs folder on CD or put on the different partition if you have one. Anyway, you need to make reguslar backup to be sure you won't loss the data.

coonsanders
December 18th, 2006, 10:04 PM
hi
will any of these tweeks fix a security update that wiont install?its the kb925454.

coonsanders

ashevillecomput
December 19th, 2006, 10:59 PM
Ooops. I may have made a mistake. I just disabled all these services (from post #6 http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=94257&postcount=6) and now I cannot access my network drive.
Can anyone tell me which service knocked this out and why?


Thank you,
bam

===---===
another post shortly after...
===---===


Well.. dont know if I get extra points for finding the answers to my own questions.. but I found that it was the Workstation service that when turned back on, allows me to access my network drive.

Thanks to this forum for EXCELLENT information in a timely manor!!

bam

===---===
2 hours later
===---===

Now I am having issues connecting to the multiple computers through MyNetworkPlacese -> MS Windows Network -> [workgroup] [computer]
After I get the workgroup name, I am denied access to the computers connected to it. I have enabled the following services: Workstation :: Server :: Computer Browser (this one is dependent on the other two!)
... I expected this would do it, alas, I still cannot see any of the other computers.

Another interesting piece of information: I AM allowed access to the resources. So, I can map a network drive, for example!!

Someone please help clear this up. I really enjoy customizing my windows experience, but need more information.

Thank you,
bam

===---===
Ok, since this is sticky, could someone update the list, and/OR create the same type list for WinXP Pro?
go team!
bam

ashevillecomput
December 19th, 2006, 11:14 PM
Well.. dont know if I get extra points for finding the answers to my own questions.. but I found that it was the Workstation service that when turned back on, allows me to access my network drive.

Thanks to this forum for EXCELLENT information in a timely manor!!

bam

God_in_evil
December 25th, 2006, 08:45 AM
how to do?



press start>run>type C:\boot.ini after that open in notepad select the text there copy and open new notepad in ur destination drive just paste it there simple

Yusef Yahya
December 29th, 2006, 07:33 PM
what does this commend do for messenger if i ordered it(Run-->commend below- then OK..? even i didn't remove Meseenger(Windows Messenger 8.0) by reove & Add programs(Control Panel).
"RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove"

minuteman
January 4th, 2007, 04:56 AM
OK. i have a problem. i went through most of these tweaks and man did my computer speed up significantly, but my capability to share my external hard-drive with another computer on my network was disabled.

can you help with this? thanks!

cjb5171
January 5th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Hi, I tried some of you tricks and tweaks and liked the performance but I want to change back to the original view on the control panel and I don't know how to get back to it. I've tried every way I can think of. Can you help me get my origianl view back again. Thanks.

Ed Williams
January 5th, 2007, 08:07 PM
go into control panal and on the upper left corner, click switch to category view. If you followed the guide directly, you may have to do this. right click, my computer, click properties, click advanced tab, click performance tab, under performance click settings, scroll down all the way and check "use common tasks in folders".

cjb5171
January 5th, 2007, 10:20 PM
Thanks, I was fumbling around and finally got to that point and changed it.

holyterror
January 12th, 2007, 08:34 PM
I recently stumbled onto a program called Regcure. I really am impressed with this program. But i warn you i am not like an advanced person on computers, but i am not a complete dolt either. The first time i ran regcure (i run nortons, one care, and ccleaner on regular basis) i found almost 1000 bad entries. Just ran it on a friends and you wouldn't believe how many bad entries it found on his computer and the program fixed every problem. We both notice a big improvement in performance. I hope this helps with your selection of what you want to aim for. Holyterror

cjb5171
January 13th, 2007, 05:25 AM
Is this a free program to download or did you purchase it? Where can I find it?

zipulrich
January 13th, 2007, 05:48 AM
RegCure is a 'bait-and-switch' program. It'll scan your registry, find hundreds of "problems", and then offer to 'cure' them - if you first pay them US$29.95. There are lots of free programs that do a much better job of things.

coonsanders
January 13th, 2007, 05:04 PM
hi
i have registry repair by stomp soft-is this a good program 4 fixing your registry??thanks

coonsanders

prakhar
January 14th, 2007, 06:39 PM
i must say...u guys rock.this is awesome site.i have been searching sumthing lke this since ages.u all are doing a great job.keep it up..best of luck

n. sayles
January 17th, 2007, 06:31 PM
I think there is real value in these tweaks but:
I have no taskbar and can't get it back. I change the size of screen but that does not help.
It takes a minute to boot up to a box "windows is booting up" and then takes 90 seconds to go on. Then my desktop appears--no icons, no taskbar. After another 98 seconds the icons appear. The Icons are immovable. I could not change the hetz from 65 to 75 as there is no choice. After booting a box comes up stating Windows Defender failed to initiate--programs service stopped---problem 0x800106ba.
Any suggestions?

SlowLearner
February 17th, 2007, 01:33 AM
To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the "Services" Admin Tool (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.

Alerter
Clipbook
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Messenger
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
Server
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
Workstation

Hi Tweaker:happy:

I've always noticed... with systems that I've turned off services such as these on... there always seems to be a slight increase in time while booting up (I.E. when transitioning from the XP loading screen to the password screen, and again after you enter the password to sign in).

Its small, so it's not a big deal... but I'm assuming tweaking these services is meant to make a more noticeable difference once you're signed in and all of that, am I correct?

jacki jenkins
February 17th, 2007, 02:13 AM
ty so by followin these steps itwill clean up my comp without erasing pertinent info?

Sussex Tech
February 17th, 2007, 12:23 PM
For guides on understanding BSODs, safe mode, creating legal XP streamed with SP2 disks, batch files, command prompt and even linux stuff:

http://www.pcstats.com/articlesearch.cfm?SearchValue=&Search=Search&Category=220&CategorySearch=Get+Listing&sort=date

dj nuuk
February 24th, 2007, 09:46 PM
hey, this is dj nuuk... i use my pc for msic composition and djing... some of my xp habits are:
partitioning HD's for_1. programs_2.temp files and _3. storage. all on seperate drives for faster indexing.
i also run free ram xp pro cuz i can never have enough ram with those HUGE (500mb-1gb) wave files.
and i defrag regularly, keep my reg in order and keep an external back up drive.
i hope this helps someone and was pertinant to your thread... respect from las vegas... -dj nuuk.

dj nuuk
February 24th, 2007, 09:48 PM
yeah i agree... lose the wallpaper, scrn savr and icons... i forgot to mention that... oh and do your scheduled tasks manually... i do any hoo. -dj nuuk.

Evilive98
March 30th, 2007, 03:38 PM
WoW!

i must say i've spent hours in this thread reading and performing the tweaks and tips it's an awesome threa Kudos to all that contributed keep up the great work!

jmc
April 2nd, 2007, 01:35 AM
i made all the changes outlined below to my two home computers on a network. our ability to share an external hard-drive and printer is gone. does anyone know which of the changes i made so i can reverse it?

thanks!!!!


This are the procedures I wrote up for things I need to do when I
install Windows XP.

Instructions: Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Switch to Classic View
Click View
Click Details

Click Display
Click the Desktop tab
Click Customize Desktop
Uncheck Run Desktop Cleanup, and then click OK
Click the Screen Saver tab
Choose (None) for the Screen Saver
Click Power
Change Turn off monitor to Never
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click the Appearance tab
Change the color scheme to Silver
Click Effects
Uncheck Use the following transition
Uncheck Show shadows under menus
Click OK
Click the Settings tab
Change Screen resolution to 1024x768 pixels
Click Advanced
Click the Monitor tab
Change Screen refresh rate to 75 Hertz
Click Apply
Click Yes
Click OK
Click OK

Click Folder Options
Click View
Check the following boxes:
Display the contents of system folders
Display the full path in the title bar
Display the full path in the address bar
Show hidden files and folders
Uncheck the following:
Automatically search for network folders and printer
Hid extensions for known file types
Click Apply
Click Apply to All Folders
Click Yes
Click OK

Click Internet Options
Click Use Blank, and then click Apply
Click the Content tab
Click AutoComplete
Check Forms, and then click Apply
Click the Connections tab
Click LAN Settings
Check Automatically detect settings, and then click OK
Click Setup
Type area code, and then click OK
Click OK
Click Next
Click Next
Select Set up my connection manually, and then click Next
Select Connect using a broadband connection, and then click Next
Click Finish
Click the Programs tab
Change HTML editor to Notepad
Uncheck Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser, and then click Apply
Click the Advanced tab
Uncheck the following:
Enable Install on Demand (Other)
Enable page transitions
Notify when downloads complete
Show Go in the address bar
Check the following:
Use inline AutoComplete
Use Passive FTP
Do not search from the Address bar
Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed
Click Apply
Click OK

Click Mouse
Click the Pointer tab
Change Scheme to 3D-White (system scheme)
Uncheck Enable pointer shadow
Click the Pointer Options tab
Uncheck Hide pointer when typing
Click Apply, and then click OK

Click Sounds and Audio Devices
Check Place volume icon in taskbar
Click Sounds Tab
Choose No Sounds for the Sound Scheme
Click No
Click Apply, and then click OK

Click System
Click the Advanced tab
Click the Settings button under Performance
Select Adjust for best performance
Check the following:
Show window contents while dragging
Smooth edges on screen fonts
Use drop shadows for icon labels
Use visual styles on windows and buttons
Click Apply, and then click OK
Click the Error Reporting tab
Select Disable error reporting
Uncheck But notify me when critical errors occur, and then click OK
Click the System Restore tab
Check Turn off System Restore on all drives
Click Apply, and then click Yes
Click the Automatic Updates tab
Select Turn off automatic updating
Click the Remote tab
Uncheck Allow Remote Assistance
Click Apply, and then click OK

Click Taskbar and Start Menu
Uncheck Lock the taskbar
Check Show Quick Launch
Click the Start Menu tab
Select Classic Start menu
Click Customize
Check Display Favorites
Check Show Small Icons in Start Menu
Uncheck Use Personalized Menus
Click OK
Click Apply
Click OK

Click User Accounts
Click Change the way users log on and off
Uncheck Use the Welcome screen
Click Apply Options
Close the Window
Exit the Control Panel

Open My Computer
Right-click on the hard drive icon and select Properties
Uncheck Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast searching
Click Apply
Select Apply changes to X:\, subfolders and files, and then click OK
Click OK
Reboot machine

jtdoom
April 2nd, 2007, 11:48 PM
Hi

when you network drives and printers, then I wonder why one would disable network printer and network drive search.

automatic update is pretty much a requirement.
that list was published long ago, and automatic updates is most certainly not going to slow a modern computer THAT much..

bettebrat
April 12th, 2007, 06:31 AM
I tried that but there was no indexing services in my control panel

bettebrat
April 12th, 2007, 06:33 AM
I went to my control panel to delete indexing services and it wasnt in there

deankellham
May 23rd, 2007, 03:32 PM
Random:
System Properties Shortcut: Windows Key+Pause/Break
Task Manager Shorcuts: Ctrl+Alt+Esc OR Ctrl+Shift+Esc
Show Desktop (Minimize All): Windows Key+D

May know them already, but just a few I use on a regular basis.

maginoodle
June 5th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Hi, i have just finished going through this thread on about my 5th install. Is there any way to put the tweaks i have used on a disk so when i do a fresh install i can run the disk? I dont touch the registry just most of the other stuff. I am thinking that i have to go through these pages everytime but hoping i dont have to.
Cheers Shane

roadrunner88
June 13th, 2007, 03:46 AM
when i click on services - the box disappears...

squirekat
June 20th, 2007, 08:32 PM
roadrunner88,

I was going to suggest that in addition to the PC Magazine Article (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1768298,00.asp) I mentioned in your other thread that you also read this thread but I see you already have.

If the box disappears when you click on services that's not good. You may be infected. Do a virus/malware scan to make sure you're clean, then run System File Checker to make sure all your system files are OK.

Start>Run>type in "sfc /scannow" and have your Windows CD ready. SFC will check all your system files and repair/replace any that are corrupt/missing.

Mark :thumbsup:

flydevin
June 26th, 2007, 08:47 PM
Your list of "not needed" items in "services" might need adjusting. I tried to follow it and then couldn't get on the internet. When I went back and enabled (automatic) Remote Procedure Call Locator I could dial in. Maybe your list was configured for people with Broadband or WIFI, but I'm still dial up.

flydevin
June 26th, 2007, 08:49 PM
I also run RegCure, but it was wiping out some entries that pertained to my scanner. Then I'd get an error when I tried to use it. Had to reinstall Epson Scanner twice and then figured out I could mark some entries "IGNORE" if they had to do with Epson.

Pi rules
June 26th, 2007, 09:58 PM
Flydevin, as Tweaker mentioned right before the list:

If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.

As you found out, some of the services are necessary for a computer on a network.

flydevin
June 27th, 2007, 01:07 AM
I'm not on a network. It's a home computer used only for surfing the net and emails. That's why I mentioned that I was on dial up. Thought maybe that might affect his list

beachbumfromoz
July 8th, 2007, 10:55 AM
Some very useful tips in there guys...Thanks :D

I disabled automatic windows updates and now have the little red shield (windows sercurity alerts) sittin in me system tray.

Anyway to get rid of that?

Cheers
Col

squirekat
July 8th, 2007, 02:56 PM
Some very useful tips in there guys...Thanks :D

I disabled automatic windows updates and now have the little red shield (windows sercurity alerts) sittin in me system tray.

Anyway to get rid of that?

Cheers
Col

Control Panel>Security Center>left side, under "Resources", click "Change the way Security Center alerts me">uncheck "Automatic Updates - Alert me if my computer might be at risk because of my Automatic Update settings"

That's it... no more red shield.

Mark :thumbsup:

beachbumfromoz
July 8th, 2007, 03:16 PM
Awesome, thanks heaps :D

squirekat
July 15th, 2007, 02:50 PM
The Black Viper website was down for reconstruction but is now back online. It has one of the most exhaustive list of services I have found. If you're interested go to This Link (http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm)

Mark :thumbsup:

squirekat
July 17th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Ctfmon.exe is trickier to get rid of in msconfig than the average startup item. If you uncheck the box next to it on the startup tab, then open an Office application, Ctfmon.exe recreates another entry in msconfig and keeps running, even after you close the Office application.

If you never use the Language Bar or Alternative User Input then you can safely uninstall Ctfmon.exe and permanently prevent it from showing up again, saving yourself some resources. This Microsoft KB Article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282599) tells you how.

Mark :thumbsup:

blue323
July 25th, 2007, 01:22 PM
When you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth, this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words.

This is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000 has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.

You can do this with the registry entries below:


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi
ces\Dnscache\Parameters]
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d


Make a new text file and rename it to dnscache.reg. Then copy and paste the above into it and save it. Then merge it into the registry.

Would this really work? Will it hurt my registry system? Is this safe to do?

The Dude
July 26th, 2007, 06:08 AM
Yes its fine my friend :)

Tweaker is one of our best & wouldnt steer anyone in the wrong direction :)