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I want to start this topic and tell me do you support this kind of topic..
My start will be a short tip to remove windows messenger from WinXP one forever (if don't use it)...

Go to Run box and type next:

runDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Good Luck Very Happy !
1) Go to Start > Run

2) Type this exact commando (you might want to copy paste):

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

3) Oh my God, you killed Windows Messenger! Wink

If for some reason this doesn't work for you, try this:

1) Open a file named sysoc.inf with Notepad or another text editor. This file can be found in a folder named INF, which is a subfolder of the Windows folder (or in some cases the winnt folder, depending on how your OS was installed).

2) Look for the following line:


and remove the word "hide" while leaving the commas on place. Close and save the file.

3) Now open the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel, and you will be able to remove Windows Messenger like any other program.
I have a good trick for those who are searching/downloading p***..

Many of you think that if you delete the temporary internett files and the log session, your parents can't find out how nasty you are Razz

Thats so freakin wrong...on your computer there is a thing called registration key...this logs all you have download/watched/searched for at media player, kazaa, internett explorer, almost everything..
To delete those registry keys:
open your command field and write regedit.

then a program for for example p*** and you will have all the keys that are logged on the computer with that name..

So if you have downloaded some g**p*** Razz Search for it at regedit and then download temporary internett files and the log Very Happy
NetMeeting in Windows XP
Go to Start
type conf

XP without errors
Right mouse click on MyComputer choose Properties
In System Properties click on Advenced
In Advenced click on Error Reporting
Check "Disable error reporting"
Leave unchecked field "But notify me when critical errors occur"
Zaheer Khan
Get rid of Windows Messenger

-Computer Configuration
-Administrative Templates
-Windows Components
-Windows Messenger
Here you can enable
"Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run"
"Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially"
Zaheer Khan
How to Rename the Recycle Bin
To change the name of the Recycle Bin desktop icon, open Regedit and go to:

and change the name "Recycle Bin" to whatever you want (don't type any quotes).
Zaheer Khan
HI there
We all having a big problem that WinXP take so long time to shutting down here is a tip for it to shutting down WinXP faster
When a user shuts down Windows XP, first the system has to kill all services currently running. Every once in a while the service does not shut down instantly and windows gives it a change to shut down on its own before it kills it. This amount of time that windows waits is stored in the system registry. If you modify this setting, then windows will kill the service earlier. To modify the setting, follow the directions below:

Click on Start, and then goto run, type 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).

eNjOy ........... Wink
Zaheer Khan
You can start up without needing to enter a user name or password.
Select Run... from the start menu and type 'control userpasswords2', which will open the user accounts application. On the Users tab, clear the box for Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer, and click on OK. An Automatically Log On dialog box will appear; enter the user name and password for the account you want to use.
Zaheer Khan
Password Recovery Disk

Take preventive measures against losing user-level passwords.

It doesn't matter if you never again remember a Windows user password. Thanks to XP's Forgotten Password Wizard, your conscience will be free and clear -- should your mind happen to accidentally misplace your user password.

I highly suggest you create a password recovery disk the minute you create your user account. Why? In order to create a password recovery disk you're going to need your password. Write it down the minute you create your user account and then proceed to creating your very own password recovery disk.

Here's how to launch the Forgotten Password Wizard:
Single-click Start menu, Control Panel, and User Accounts.
Click your user account name.
Under Related Tasks on the left, click "Prevent forgotten password" to launch the wizard.
Now that you've launched the wizard, let it walk you through creating the recovery disk. Make sure the disk you use is formatted and in the drive. After it's finished creating the disk, label it and stash it away for an emergency.

If you happen to forget your password, all you need to do is click your user icon at the logon screen. Even though you don't have your password, go ahead and click the green arrow just like you would to finish logging on to your computer. This will launch a little yellow dialog box directing you to use your password recovery disk.
Zaheer Khan
Speed up your Windows 2000/XP system and save resources at the same time

You can improve performance of your Windows 2000/XP and reclaim memory by simply disabling the services that is also known as "System Services" you don't need which Windows 2000 or XP automatically provide by default.
What Are System Services in the 1st place
System services are actually small helper programs that provide support for other larger programs in Windows 2000. Many of the services are set up to run automatically each time you start Windows 2000. However, if you're not using the larger programs that these services are designed to support, these services are simply wasting RAM that could be put to better use by your applications. While the word "Disable" is used here to describe the idea that you'll remove these services from memory, what you'll really be doing is changing the startup setting from Automatic to Manual. When you do, the services won't automatically start each time you launch Windows 2000 Professional. However, Windows 2000 will be able to manually start the services if they're needed. That way you won't be unnecessarily wasting RAM, but you won't be crippling your system either. Note: If you're running Windows 2000 Professional on a corporate network, you may not be able to adjust system services. Regardless of whether you can or not, you should check with your system administrator before attempting the make these changes.
Changing the startup type of a service from Automatic to Manual is a relatively simple operation. To begin, open the Control Panel, open the Administrative Tools folder, and then double click the Services tool. When you see the Services window, set the View to Detail if it isn't already. Then click the Startup Type column header to sort the services by Startup Type. When you do, all the Services that start automatically will appear at the top of the list.
As you scan through the list of services on your system whose Startup Type setting is set to Automatic, look for the services in listed in the Table below. These are some of the services are good candidates to be set to a Manual Startup Type.
Examples of services that can be safely changed to Manual :-
DHCP Client -- You're not connecting to a specific DHCP server on your local network
Distributed Link Tracking Client -- You're not connected to a Windows 2000 domain
DNS Client -- You're not connecting to a specific DNS server on your local network
FTP Publishing Service -- You don't need your system to act as an FTP server
IIS Admin Service -- You don't need your system to act as an WWW server
IPSEC Policy Agent -- You're not connected to a Windows 2000 domain
Messenger -- You're not connected to a Windows 2000 domain
Remote Registry Service -- You don't remotely access the Registry of other systems on your local network
RIP Service -- You don't need your system to act as a router
Run As Service -- You don't use any applications that run as an alias
World Wide Web Publishing Service
You don't need your system to act as an WWW server
If you find a match and think that your system doesn't need that particular service, right-click on the service and choose the Properties command from the shortcut menu. When you see the Properties dialog box for that service, click the Startup Type drop down list and select Manual. Then click OK. As you change the Startup Type for any service, take note of the service's name. That way you'll have a record of which services you changed and can change them back if you need to, as I'll explain in a moment.
Using the Windows Task Manager
Trick : To determine the amount of RAM you'll regain by disabling unnecessary system services, use the Windows Task Manager. Here's how: Before you disable any system services, reboot your system and don't launch any applications. If you have applications that automatically load when you start Windows, hold down the [Shift] key to bypass the Startup folder. Then, right click on the task bar and select Task Manager from the shortcut menu. When you see the Windows Task Manager dialog box, select the Performance tab. Now take note of the Available value in the Physical Memory panel. After you disable those system services you deem unnecessary, reboot your system in the same manner and compare the Available value in the Physical Memory panel to the one that you noted earlier.
Final thoughts
Keep in mind that you may not find all the services listed in the Table set to Automatic on your system. In fact, you might not even see some of the services listed present on your system. If that's the case, don't worry about it. Each Windows 2000/XP installation is unique depending on the system and installed software, and different sets of services may be installed and set to start automatically.
On the other hand, you may find services other than those listed in Table set to Automatic that you may think are unnecessary. If so, you can find out what each service does by hovering your mouse pointer over the service's description. When you do, a tool tip window will pop up and display the entire description of the service. You can then better determine if the service is unnecessary. Remember, by changing the Startup Type to Manual, Windows 2000 can still start the service if it's needed. If you decide to experiment with changing the Startup Types of certain services, you can monitor the services over time by launching the Services utility and checking the list of running services. If you consistently find one of the services you set to Manual running, you may decide to change the Startup Type back to Automatic.
Zaheer Khan
Get The Drivers You Need-

Visit Windows Update (XP Only)
- Look at the left hand pane and under Other Options click Personalize Windows Update.
- Now in the right hand pane check the box - Display the link to the Windows Update Catalog under See Also
- Below Choose which categories and updates to display on Windows Update - make sure you check all the boxes you want shown.
- Click Save Settings
- Now look in the left hand pane under See Also click Windows Update Catalog and choose what you're looking for. Choose either MS updates or drivers for hardware devices.
- Start the Wizard and off you go.

There are a TON of drivers there. I highly recommend you take a look at this page prior to downloading something from the web.

Save Your New Downloads

Since some people are still using modems and since MS is issuing patches right and left for XP wouldn't it be nice if after you downloaded all the updates you could save them? Well, you can and MS has provided a way for you to do it.
Here's How:
- Logon to Windows Update
- Choose Windows Update Catalogue (left hand pane)
- Choose Find updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems (right hand pane)
- Choose your version and language then Search
- Choose one the following:
- Critical Updates and Service Packs
- Service Packs and Recommended Downloads
- Multi-Language Features (0)
- Once chosen simply click on what you want to download and then back at the top click Review Download Basket
- You are taken to the next page where at the top you can specify where the downloads are to be saved.
- Click Download now.

Each patch will make a directory under the root of the folder you saved them to. Once finished you need to go to where you saved the file (s) to and then simply install all your patches.
Read-me's are available in each patch section so you know which one you are installing.
Zaheer Khan
Shutting Down Windows XP

Although the big argument used to be about saturated and unsaturated fats, today's generation has found a new source of disagreement: Should a computer be left on all the time or turned off at the end of the day? Both camps have decent arguments, and there's no real answer (except that you should always turn off your monitor when you won't be using it for a half hour or so).
However, if you decide to turn off your computer, don't just head for the off switch. First, tell Windows XP about your plans. To do that, click the Start button, choose the Turn Off Computer command, and ponder the choices Windows XP places on-screen.

Click Stand By to temporarily put the computer to sleep, click Turn Off to turn off your computer, or click Restart to make Windows XP shut down and come back to life.

Stand By: Save your work before choosing this option; Windows XP doesn't save your work automatically. Instead, it lets your computer doze for a bit to save power, but the computer wakes up at the touch of a button.
Turn Off: Clicking here tells Windows XP to put away all your programs and to make sure that you've saved all your important files. Then it turns off your computer and most of the newer monitors. Poof! Use this option when you're done computing for the day. (If your monitor doesn't turn off automatically, you'll have to push its power button yourself.)
Restart: Here, Windows saves your work and prepares your computer to be shut off. However, it then restarts your computer. Use this option when installing new software, changing settings, or trying to stop Windows XP from doing something awfully weird.
Hibernate: Only offered on some computers, this option works much like Shut Down. It saves your work and turns off your computer. However, when turned on again, your computer presents your desktop just as you left it: Open programs and windows appear in the same place. Putting your computer into hibernation mode is not as safe as shutting it down. (Don't see the Hibernate feature? Hold down Shift, and it will replace the Standby button.)
The Hibernate command takes all of your currently open information and writes it to the hard drive in one big chunk. Then, to re-create your desktop, it reads that big chunk and places it back on your desktop.

Don't ever turn off your computer unless you've chosen the Turn Off command from the Start button. Windows XP needs to prepare itself for the shutdown, or it may accidentally eat some of your important information — as well as the information of anybody else using the computer at the time.

Remember, if you're done with the computer but other people might want to use it, just click Log Off from the Start menu: Windows XP saves your work and brings up the Welcome screen, allowing other people to log on and play video games.
half of them works well, half of them are "useless" (no offence, i can't find another word to replace it).

The windows messenger one really doesn't almost work. There is a guide somewhere in this forum that i posted...
Uninstall Windows Media Player;

Go to start menu,click on run and type in the run box this:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection C:\Windows\INF\wmp.inf,Uninstall

click OK and Media Player is gone

Use this at your own risk!
Zaheer Khan
its working here, dono whats problem with you. anyways thanks for informing Rolling Eyes

Hide 'User Accounts' from users
Go to Start/Run, and type:
Open the path
User Config > Admin Templates > Control Panel
doubleclick "Hide specified Control Panel applets"
put a dot in 'enabled', then click 'Show"
click Add button,
type "nusrmgt.cpl" into the add box
Zaheer Khan
Logging On to Your computer

After you've installed Windows XP Professional, you can configure common settings, including user accounts and network connections.
If you already have a user account, log on to your computer with that account name and password. If you don't have a user account, you must first log on as the administrator to create one.
Log On as the Administrator
Until you set up a user account on your computer, you need to log on as the Administrator. For security reasons, you should create a user account for yourself and a user account for each person who may be using the computer.
After you complete Setup, your computer restarts and the “Log On to Windows” dialog box appears.
To log on as the Administrator
In “Log On to Windows,” type Administrator and the password you assigned to the administrator during Setup.

Click OK.
If a message appears informing you that the system could not log you on, verify that CAPS LOCK is not turned on, and then retype your password.

Running Windows XP as an administrator makes the system vulnerable to unnecessary security risks. Instead, use your user account to perform routine tasks such as running programs, working on documents, and visiting Internet sites.
Changing your admins password without being in his account and knowing his current password. You must not be in a guest account.

1. Start
2. Run
3. Type CMD
<!-----Black Window Should Popup-----!>
4. Lets take admin as the username of the person that u wanna change.
5. Type this without the quotes

 NET USER admin *

* denotes the new password.

6. Tada!

Please note that you might wanna do this on a test account first.

1) Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters)

2) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe

3) Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows clipboard)

4) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool)

5) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)

6) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters)

7) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package)

8)Microsoft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented).

9) Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic).

10) ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (connecting to databases)

11) Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).

12) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only )

13) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell).

14) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant).

15) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry).

16) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).

17) File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe

18)Volume Contro = sndvol32.exe (I've included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area).

19) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ).

20) Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database - use with care, it's virtually undocumented but it appears to encrypt all passwords, I'm not sure of the full implications).

21) Microsoft Telnet Client = telnet.exe

22) Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (seems to be a utility for monitoring the actions of drivers, might be useful for people having driver problems. Undocumented).

23) Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (appears to be an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available).

24) System configuration = msconfig.exe (can use to control starup programs)

25) gpedit.msc used to manage group policies, and permissions

26) control userpasswords2 Excellent for adding user accounts, deleting passwords etc.

27) SFC.exe /scannow System file Checker : Verifies that windows protected files are correct.
Definately some goos stuff in here. The messenger one only works if you have a certain version installed or below, after that they got wose and went ahead and modified the process.
Zaheer Khan
drpiga nice addition.
thanks for sharing it with us,


How to Remove the Microsoft JVM:

JVM Removal Tool:

Microsoft have released an automatic removal tool for their java virtual machine (build 3802 and up). This can be downloaded here


The Manual Way:

To do this go to Start > Run and paste the following into the run box RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection java.inf,UnInstall
If you are running an older version of the JVM you may need to upgrade to version 3809 or 3810 (windows update) before the above command will work.

You will then be asked if you really want to remove the virtual machine and then reboot. At this point if a message is displayed to the effect of 'removing the jvm will prevent you being able to download files' this refers to files downloaded through java applets rather than regular file downloads. Although the VM has now been removed it has not removed all remnants of the VM's existence from your machine, if you wish you can remove the following without adverse effect.

Registry Keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AdvancedOptions\JAVA_VM (Key used for VM entry in IE Advanced Options)

System Folders and Files
(C:\Windows represents the drive and path of your windows install, %windir%)
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Speed up the start menu(WinXP)

Click Start, and then click Run.
Type Regedit in the box, and then click OK.
Expand the menu in the left panel and select the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop folder.
Scroll down in the right panel and double click on the MenuShowDelay file.
In the Value Data box, change to default value for the menu speed from 400 to a lesser number, such as 1.
Click OK.

You try it at your own risk!
Create Your Own Logon Message

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the Registry Editor, drill down to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Right-click LegalNoticeCaption, click Modify, type My Windows XP Machine, and then click OK.
Right-click LegalNoticeText, click Modify, and then type your message.
Close the editor and your new message will appear at every log on.
This tip applies to computers that are part of a domain. For stand-alone or peer-to-peer networks, the custom screen appears just before the Welcome screen.

You may need to have an administrator account on your computer to make changes to the registry. Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. At the very least, you should back up any valued data on the computer before making changes to the registry.
BIOS Tweaks for a Speedier PC

Set the AGP bus speed to 8x. The AGP bus originally ran at 1x, but as newer video cards were released it was upgraded to 4x and then recently to 8x. If you have a video card that needs a 8x bus, performance will be crippled at 4x.

Enable the Video ROM BIOS Shadow option under Shadowing options. It speeds up your computer by copying the contents of your video BIOS code from the slow ROM on which it resides to faster RAM.

Enable L1 and L2 caches of the processor, and disable ECC checking. ECC checking can take a little overhead without significant advantage.

If you use onboard graphics, assign as much memory to the Shared VGA Memory as possible, but make sure you have enough RAM on your system as well. For example, if you have 128 MB RAM, 16 MB could be used as video memory and rest as system memory.

Reduce CAS (Column Access Strobe) latency. CAS latency refers to the delay that occurs when accessing the column part of a memory address (looking at computer memory as a spreadsheet). Usually the delay is 2 to 3 cycles, depending upon your RAM speed. Most memory modules support both 2 and 3, but usually default to 3. So reducing this from 3 to 2 can result in some performance gain. However, this particular setting should be done with care, as it can crash your computer, in case your RAM doesn’t support both. If this happens, then change the setting back to 3.

Besides these, there are certain other options you could play around with. For instance, if you have any ports on your PC, which you don’t use, then disable them from the BIOS. For instance, if you don’t have a printer, then disable the parallel port. Another option is to disable the ‘Spread Spectrum Control’ option. Enable ‘PCI to DRAM’ prefetch and ‘Fast Write’ under AGP options. The latter speeds up AGP access. Power saving should be enabled for those who are concerned about power consump- tion, but performance freaks should disable it.
Delete An "undeletable" File

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.

Or you can try this

Open Notepad.exe

Click File>Save As..>

locate the folder where ur undeletable file is

Choose 'All files' from the file type box

click once on the file u wanna delete so its name appears in the 'filename' box

put a " at the start and end of the filename
(the filename should have the extension of the undeletable file so it will overwrite it)

click save,

It should ask u to overwrite the existing file, choose yes and u can delete it as normal

Here's a manual way of doing it.

1. Start
2. Run
3. Type: command
4. To move into a directory type: cd c:\*** (The stars stand for your folder)
5. If you cannot access the folder because it has spaces for example Program Files or Kazaa Lite folder you have to do the following. instead of typing in the full folder name only take the first 6 letters then put a ~ and then 1 without spaces. Example: cd c:\progra~1\kazaal~1
6. Once your in the folder the non-deletable file it in type in dir - a list will come up with everything inside.
7. Now to delete the file type in del ***.bmp, txt, jpg, avi, etc... And if the file name has spaces you would use the special 1st 6 letters followed by a ~ and a 1 rule. Example: if your file name was bad file.bmp you would type once in the specific folder thorugh command, del badfil~1.bmp and your file should be gone. Make sure to type in the correct extension.
More than 2 Simultaneous Downloads in IE

To configure IE to allow up to 10 simultaneous downloads (it only allows 2 at a time) do the following:
1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

2. Locate the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
You can change 0000000a to any other value as long as it's hexadecimal.

4. Close the registry editor.

Try it at your own risk!
Xcessing U
Good Stuff mate....

Protect your Identity

Like many other audio players, Windows Media Player rushes out to the Internet to find information for you when you play a CD. Some of this information, such as song titles and album art, is useful, but Media Player also identifies your copy of Media Player to the site where it's getting data. Why? According to the help file, "The server uses this unique identifier to monitor your connection. By monitoring your connection, the server can make adjustments to increase the playback quality and to alert you about events that occur when receiving streams over the Internet."
If you're disturbed by this exchange of information, here's how to stop it. In Windows Media Player, click Tools > Options and go to the Player tab. Notice the option that says "Allow Internet sites to uniquely identify your player?" Turn it off
Xcessing U
Using Remote Desktop

You must first enable the Remote Desktop feature on your office computer so that you can control it remotely from another computer. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to enable Remote Desktop on your Windows XP Professional-based computer.
To setup your office computer to use Remote Desktop:
· Open the System folder in Control Panel. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the System icon.
· On the Remote tab, select the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box, as shown below.
· Ensure that you have the proper permissions to connect to your computer remotely, and click OK.
· Leave your computer running and connected to the company network with Internet access. Lock your computer, and leave your office.

The Remote Desktop Connection client software allows a computer running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 to control your Windows XP Professional computer remotely. The client software is available on the installation CD for Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition. The client software is installed by default on computers running Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition.
Xcessing U
[size=24]Using Remote Desktop[/size]

You must first enable the Remote Desktop feature on your office computer so that you can control it remotely from another computer. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to enable Remote Desktop on your Windows XP Professional-based computer.
To setup your office computer to use Remote Desktop:
· Open the System folder in Control Panel. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the System icon.
· On the Remote tab, select the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box, as shown below.
· Ensure that you have the proper permissions to connect to your computer remotely, and click OK.
· Leave your computer running and connected to the company network with Internet access. Lock your computer, and leave your office.

The Remote Desktop Connection client software allows a computer running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 to control your Windows XP Professional computer remotely. The client software is available on the installation CD for Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition. The client software is installed by default on computers running Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition.

To install Remote Desktop Connection software on a client computer
· Insert the Windows XP compact disc into your CD-ROM drive.
· When the Welcome page appears, click Perform additional tasks, and then click Setup Remote Desktop Connection as shown below.
· When the installation wizard starts, follow the directions that appear on your screen.

Once you have enabled your Windows XP Professional computer to allow remote connections, and installed client software on a Windows-based client computer, you are ready to start a Remote Desktop session.

To create a new Remote Desktop Connection
· Open Remote Desktop Connection. (Click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.)
· In Computer, type the computer name for your computer running Windows XP Professional that has Remote Desktop enabled and for which you have Remote Desktop permissions
· Click Connect.
· The Log On to Windows dialog box appears.
· In the Log On to Windows dialog box, type your user name, password, and domain (if required), and then click OK. The Remote Desktop window will open and you will see the desktop settings, files, and programs that are on your office computer. Your office computer will remain locked.
· Nobody will be able to work at your office computer without a password, nor will anyone see the work you are doing on your office computer remotely. Note: To change your connection settings, (such as screen size, automatic logon information, and performance options), click Options before you connect.

To open a saved connection
· In Windows Explorer, open the My DocumentsRemote Desktops folder.
· Click the .Rdp file for the connection you want to open. Note: A Remote Desktop file (.rdp) file contains all of the information for a connection to a remote computer, including the Options settings that were configured when the file was saved. You can customize any number of .rdp files, including files for connecting to the same computer with different settings. For example, you can save a file that connects to MyComputer in full screen mode and another file that connects to the same computer in 800×600 screen size. By default, .rdp files are saved in the My DocumentsRemote Desktops folder. To edit an .rdp file and change the connections settings it contains, right-click the file and then click Edit.

To log off and end the session
· In the Remote Desktop Connection window, click Start, and then click Shut Down.
· The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears.
· In the drop-down menu, select Log Off , and then click OK.
Thank you for your sharing
Clear pagefile on shutdown

For added security you should always clear the page file upon shutting down your computer. Windows uses this file as extra ram. Lets say that you are working on a confidential MS Word doc.
When you load this document it is loaded into ram. To save ram windows places certain items in the page file. The page file can then be opened and the document can be extracted as well as any other open program or files. However Microsoft has implemented a feature that will clear the page file but they do not have it enabled by default. Please note, this will slightly increase the amount of time it takes to shut down your computer but it is well worth it.

Start Regedit.
Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SesssionManager\Memory Management

Select ClearPageFileAtShutdown from the list on the right.
Right click on it and select Modify.
Change the value to 1 to enable.
Reboot your computer[/b]
Speed up Nero in XP

Go to "administrative tools" in the control panel, and in the "services" list, disable the IMAPI CD-Burning COM service. (Note: manual setting is not enough it must be disabled) It is the built-in CD-burning capability for windowsXP (incidentally, written by Roxio).
Note: This solved my problem with not being able to access CDRW's from a previous version of Windows.

Disable Hibernation to save disk space

Unless you use it, you can disable hibernation in : Control panel / Power Options / Hibernate If left on, the hybernation reserves disk space equal to your RAM
Uninstall MSN Messenger

Click Start \ Run Then type the following:
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
Restart Windows
Create your own popup menu in the taskbar

You can create your own popup window other than START MENU in the taskbar.
Put all the shortcuts to the applications that you want to popup in a folder.
Then you right click on taskbar ->toolbars ->new toolbar -> and select the folder

Disable balloon tips

Run regedit and Navigate to Key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Explorer\Advanced

then set the value of 'EnableBalloonTips' to 0.
Disable error reporting

Every time a program crashes you do not want to send a report to microsoft. Read below to find out how to disable this feature.

Open Control Panel
Click on System.
Then click on the Advanced tab
Click on the error reporting button on the bottom of the windows.
Select Disable error reporting.
Click OK
Enable DMA mode using the Device Manager

Double-click IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers to display the list of controllers and channels.
Right-click the icon for the channel to which the device is connected, select Properties, and then click the Advanced Settings tab.
In the Current Transfer Mode drop-down box, select DMA if Available if the current setting is PIO Only.
If the drop-down box already shows DMA if Available but the current transfer mode is PIO, then the user must toggle the settings. That is:
1.) Change the selection from DMA if available to PIO only, and click OK.
2.) Then repeat the steps above to change the selection to DMA if Available
Unhide the Administrator account in the login screen

Go to Start->run->type regedit and find out [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList]
use values:
"myid"=dword:00000000 ; To hide a user
"myid"=dword:00000001 ; To show a user
"Administrator"=dword:00000001 ; To show Administrator
Disable low disk space messages

Go to Start->run->type regedit and find out [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
if not already there, add DWORD (without quotes) "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks" and change the value to 1
Make Your Pc Faster, Guaranteed!


1. First, run a scandisk or checkdisk. Let Windows fix any errors.

2. Run a disk cleanup utility...this will flush your temporary internet folder, trash can, temp system files, etc.

3. Delete any garbage files or data...if possible, run a Duplicate File Finder program.

4. Run Defrag on all partitions (NOTE: run this after you have deleted all trash and excess files!)

5. Run a registry cleaner utility and delete or get rid of any orphaned entries in that registry.

6. Check your exisiting swap file for it's size and location (*will explain location later in the post). If you have alot of ram (i.e. 1 gig and over) set this swap file to something small, like 250 mb. The reason is that this will force Windows to load more into memory, resulting in faster performance (note: some games and applications actually require a certain sized swap file so check your applications performance after making a size adjustment for any error messages.)

7. Under XP, you can tell Windows to use Classic Style on your desktop, - this will remove the neat single click and internet-style desktop but for lower end systems this will improve performance in other areas, such as gaming and multi-tasking.

8. Run msconfig and under startup and only keep the programs that are essential to load in the tray icon (and hence stay resident in memory). Uncheck anything else non-essential, like an ATI or Nvidia control panel, Quicktime utility, Real Audio, etc.

9. Upgrade drivers! Check for the latest BIOS, video, motherboard, sound, etc drivers from the manufacturers. Alot of my friends had chipsets on their motherboard that had advanced disk management capabilities or AGP port settings but the drivers weren't loaded for them so they were never being used. A simple upgrade realized a noticeable difference. For instance, they didn't have the latest driver for their AGP port so it was set to 1x, instead of being used at 4x!

10. (OK, so this won't speed up your PC but it could save you alot of time and trouble later on!) After making all these improvements, make a working backup! I use Ghost, but for XP users you can also use System Restore...


1. Take a look under the hood (for IDE owners). How are your IDE devices configured? If you have more than 1 hard drive, put the master hard drive on the primary IDE channel and the secondary hard drive on the secondary IDE channel (most motherboards have two IDE channels).

2. Place all CDROM drives, DVD readers etc. on the secondary IDE channel (or SCSI bus, etc). This will reduce I/O contention with your master hard drive which should have your OS and apps installed...

3. Remember when I mentioned the location of the swap file? OK, if you have 2 hard drives and you have one on the primary IDE channel and the other on the secondary IDE channel, move the swap file to a partition ON THE SECOND hard drive (on the secondary IDE channel). This will greatly improve system performance as the PC can write to the swap file while loading and running OS and system commands without I/O contention on the primary IDE channel!

4. Take a look under the hood (for SCSI owners) What kind of SCSI do you have? If it's the newer Ultra 160/320 etc cards then guess what? Any devices placed on the same bus will automatically default to the slowest drive on the chain...this means that if you have say, an Ultra 160 SCSI card, and it has an Ultra 160 drive (capable of transferring 160 mb/sec) on the same chain as a SCSI cdrom drive (capable of only 40 mb/sec) then the whole bus slows down to the 40 mb/sec speed...use different chains for the slower devices and maximize those hard drives!

5. Run a utility like WCPUID and check the your CPU/front speed bus/AGP port running as fast as they should be? If not, check your drivers and BIOS configuration options. Also, are all of your chipset features enabled? If not, then enable them! (usually done in your BIOS!)

6. Dig in to the BIOS...check settings like boot order, for it checking the floppy first? Change this! Select your order to reflect the hard drive first, then CD, then floppy for a noticeable boot time improvement. Also disable any non-used on board peripherals...for instance, - does your motherboard come with an on-board NIC card? Guess what, if you don't use that NIC card and it is enabled it will eat up valuable CPU cycles and can be detrimental to your systems' performance. DISABLE THAT MUTHA! Also, see if you can play with memory timing and CPU clock frequencies (NOTE! This is for expert users only!) Set these timings to "Aggressive" and see what happens in your games and apps...Also, check to see what your video aperature is set to. If you have a video card with 128 megs of on-baord memory, your aperature should be set to this amount too. Read the BIOS owner manual for further non-general performance tricks or improvements! Do you have the latest BIOS firmware version?

7. Under hardware properties, check to see that everything is working properly, and fix any hardware contention issues. You'll see the dreaded yellow exclamation point (!) beside any hardware componenet that is not working correctly.

8. Evaluate the potential for system/hardware upgrades...usually, the best bang for the buck is adding memory so buy all that you can afford (don't go much above 512 megs for Win 98 or ME). If you have a motherboard with an 8x - capable AGP port but you are using an older 4x video card, consider upgrading to an 8x card. You get the idea here...

9. Quit using software pigs like Norton system utilities, etc. These place files everywhere and can be a real system resource hog on lower end PCs.

10. Did I mention to make a good backup? Do it now! Also, while you're at it, run a good virus program with the latest definitions.

There are more options to make your system faster, such as overclocking, etc. but (just about) everything I've mentioned in this tech post costs you nothing and will result in faster system performance! Good luck and if you have any questions on how to do anything mentioned here, ask a knowledgeable friend or consult a book, - don't mess up something trying to do something you are not sure of!

Good luck !
Speed Up Windows XP

Services You Can Disable

There are quite a few services you can disable from starting automatically.
This would be to speed up your boot time and free resources.
They are only suggestions so I suggestion you read the description of each one when you run Services
and that you turn them off one at a time.

Some possibilities are:
Application Management
Fast UserSwitching
Human Interface Devices
Indexing Service
Net Logon
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Routing & Remote Access
SSDP Discovery Service
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Web Client


Cleaning the Prefetch Directory

WindowsXP has a new feature called Prefetch. This keeps a shortcut to recently used programs.
However it can fill up with old and obsolete programs.

To clean this periodically go to:

Star / Run / Prefetch
Press Ctrl-A to highlight all the shorcuts
Delete them


Not Displaying Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages

To turn these off:

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages
Give it a value of 1

Clearing the Page File on Shutdown

Click on the Start button
Go to the Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Local Security Policy
Local Policies
Click on Security Options
Right hand menu - right click on "Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile"
Select "Enable"

For regedit users.....
If you want to clear the page file on each shutdown:

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\ClearPageFileAtShutdown
Set the value to 1


No GUI Boot

If you don't need to see the XP boot logo,

Click on the BOOT.INI tab
Check the box for /NOGUIBOOT

Speeding the Startup of Some CD Burner Programs

If you use program other than the native WindowsXP CD Burner software,
you might be able to increase the speed that it loads.

Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services
Double-click on IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
For the Startup Type, select Disabled
Click on the OK button and then close the Services window
If you dont You should notice


Getting Rid of Unread Email Messages

To remove the Unread Email message by user's login names:

Start Regedit
For a single user: Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail
For all users: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail
Create a DWORD key called MessageExpiryDays
Give it a value of 0


Decreasing Boot Time

Microsoft has made available a program to analyze and decrease the time it takes to boot to WindowsXP
The program is called BootVis

Uncompress the file.
For a starting point, run Trace / Next Boot + Driver Delays
This will reboot your computer and provide a benchmark
After the reboot, BootVis will take a minute or two to show graphs of your system startup.
Note how much time it takes for your system to load (click on the red vertical line)
Then run Trace / Optimize System
Re-Run the Next Boot + Drive Delays
Note how much the time has decreased
Mine went from approximately 33 to 25 seconds.

Increasing Graphics Performance

By default, WindowsXP turns on a lot of shadows, fades, slides etc to menu items.
Most simply slow down their display.

To turn these off selectively:

Right click on the My Computer icon
Select Properties
Click on the Advanced tab
Under Performance, click on the Settings button
To turn them all of, select Adjust for best performance
My preference is to leave them all off except for Show shadows under mouse pointer and Show window contents while dragging


Increasing System Performance

If you have 512 megs or more of memory, you can increase system performance
by having the core system kept in memory.

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\DisablePagingExecutive
Set the value to be 1
Reboot the computer


Increasing File System Caching

To increase the amount of memory Windows will locked for I/O operations:

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
Edit the key IoPageLockLimit


Resolving Inability to Add or Remove Programs

If a particular user cannot add or remove programs, there might be a simple registry edit neeed.

Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Uninstall
Change the DWORD NoAddRemovePrograms to 0 disable it

4096 - 32megs of memory or less
8192 - 32+ megs of memory
16384 - 64+ megs of memory
32768 - 128+ megs of memory
65536 - 256+ megs of memory

How do I reinstall I.E in WinXP?

Enure XP Cd is your drive and from the RUN command use rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 c:\windows\inf\ie.inf

How do I delete an undeletable file?

Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open.
Close all open programs.
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 where the 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.

How can I force Win98 users to logon to the domain when they start Win98, instead of just pressing "Cancel"?

By default Windows 9x doesn't require a valid network username and password combination for a user to bypass the logon and gain access to the local machine. Any user accessing the computer can in fact press ESC or "Cancel" to bypass the logon screen.

This functionality can be changed to require validation by the network before allowing access.

Open your registry and go to the following key:


Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called "MustBeValidated" and set it to equal "1" to require successful authentication.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

After rebooting any user that wishes to use that computer will be forced to enter his or her username and password in order to begin using the computer. If he or she presses "Cancel" or ESC, they will receive the following warning:
Your machine must be part of a Windows domain for this tweak to work, as the user must be authenticated by the network.

How can I minimize Outlook XP to the tray area?

If you're using a broadband connection, or you need to check your email or calendar all the time you'll probably like to keep Outlook open all the time. The same goes for Exchange clients that want to work online and keep their client running. Keeping the application open will consume space on your taskbar.

To minimize it to the system tray, start Regedit and follow the steps below:

Open the registry editor and go to


Create a new value with the name of


Data Type: REG_DWORD

Give it a value of 1 (0 to disable MinToTray).

Restart Outlook.

This feature makes you double-click the tray icon to get Outlook to maximize. Also, Outlook 2003 has this featured enabled by default.

In Windows XP, how can I speed up my LAN browsing?

Open the registry editor.

Go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion

Export this key (in order to back it up) and then delete the key called {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} (Task Scheduler).

Close the registry.
Be sure to check your 'Binding Order' in Network Connections > Advanced.

How do I add the administrator's account to the welcome screen in Windows XP?

Open Registry Editor.

In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Create the following entry:
Administrator: REG_DWORD
Assign a value of 1.
Close Registry Editor.

How can I make Windows XP boot faster?

You can make Windows XP boot faster by 5 - 15 seconds (on some machines).
To do so do the following:

Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

Locate the following key in the registry:


Make sure you backup the keys by exporting them to a .reg file.
On the EnablePrefetcher value, change the setting from 3 to 5 (decimal).
Close the registry editor.
Restart your computer.
Automaticly Have Windows Open Folders On Start

Automatically Have Windows Reopen Folders on Boot
Don't you hate when a program you just installed forces you to reboot without your permission? Every program you were working on closes an there's nothing you can do about it. Unfortunately, you cannot make Windows reopen the programs that were running before shutdown, but you can make it reopen any folders.

To enable this cool feature on Windows xp either download the file or follow the steps below:

Download the file and select Open at the download prompt

1.) Open the registry editor (Start Run Regedit) and navigate to:


2.) Locate the DWORD entry called PersistBrowsers and change its value to 1 by double-clicking it.
3.) If the DWORD entry doesn't exist simply create it by right-clicking on an empty area in the right window pane and selecting DWORD value from the New menu. See step 2.
Install The Latest Version Of Microsoft Update

To install the latest version of Microsoft Update, for keeping your PC up to date via the web,

For Windows 98 and Windows Millenium Edition download the controls from h**p:// and
save them to your desktop. Extract the .cab file following the steps below:

1. Go to the desktop and right click the file.
2. Click "Extract to."
3. Point to a known location (like the desktop) and click "OK."
4. Go to the location you selected and right click on the iuctl.inf file.
5. Click "Install."

For Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 download the controls from h**p:// and save them to your desktop. Extract the .cab file following the steps below:

1. Go to the desktop and right click the file.
2. Click "Open".
3. Select all the files listed.
4. Right click on them and click "Extract."
5. Point to a known location (like the desktop) and click "OK."
6. Go to the location you selected and right click the iuctl.inf file.
5. Click "Install."
Installing gpedit on Win XP Home Edition

Group Policy Editor feature available

Is the problem that you don't have the policy editor? Or that WinXP Home doesn't have the policies that you require?

To use the Group Policy editor on XP Home, you need a licenced copy of XP Professional.

Copy the files gpedit.dll and fde.dll from \WINDOWS\System32 on the XP Pro machine to \WINDOWS\System32 on the XP Home machine.

From a command prompt issue the following commands on the XP Home machine:

regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\gpedit.dl
regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\fde.dll

Open the Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe) and select File->Add/Remove Snap-in... Then click Add. Select the Group Policy snap-in from the list of installed snap ins.

You can now edit the Group Policy on the local machine. But XP Home doesn't support the same feature set as XP Pro, so the policies you are looking for might be missing.
Remove the Shared Documents folders from My Computer

One of the most annoying things about the new Windows XP user interface is that Microsoft saw fit to provide links to all of the Shared Documents folders on your system, right at the top of the My Computer window. I can't imagine why this would be the default, even in a shared PC environment at home, but what's even more annoying is that you cannot change this behavior through the shell: Those icons are stuck there and you have to live with it.

Until now, that is.

Simply fire up the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ My Computer \ NameSpace \ DelegateFolders

You'll see a sub-key named {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}. If you delete this, all of the Shared Documents folders (which are normally under the group called "Other Files Stored on This Computer") will be gone.

You do not need to reboot your system to see the change.
Force Windows Explorer to open in any folder

Few things in Windows are more irritating than the way that Explorer always opens in the same folder
(C:\ for Windows 95/98, My Documents for Windows Me/2000/XP).
If you have an entry in your Start Menu to run Explorer, you can change it to "Explore" at the folder of your choice:

Find the shortcut for Explorer, whether in the start button/programs or by using explorer itself, right click on it, and select Properties.
Click on the Shortcut tab, and change the Target so it reads:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, r:\myfolder

· /n, - Opens a new single pane Explorer window.
This means that no matter what, a new window will open even if you already have r:\myfolder open. It will not re-use that window.

· /e, – Opens a 2 pane view of the selected folder.
The classic explorer look.. The left side has the folders & the right side has the files.

c:\windows is your Windows directory, and r:\myfolder is the directory in which you want Explorer to start.
Change Drive image Pics

Do you ever get sick of the pics of ove drive when you go to my computer. Now u can change them with this handy little tutorial...

1. Find an image off the internet. This may need to be resized so open it up in photoshop or another image manipulation program.
2. (In photoshop CS) go to:- Image - Image Size...
3. i) Uncheck the box sized 'Contrain Proportions'
ii) Change image size to 32x32 pixels then click OK
4. i) Go to Save image and check that its in either .bmp or .jpg
ii) You must write .ico after the name you choose to call the image.
5. Save Directly under the drive you want to change the image of. (eg. C:\)
6. i) Open up Notepad
ii) Copy this script into it


7. Change 'image' to the name that you called your image.
8. i) Save the new text file as 'autorun.inf'
ii) Save to the same directory as your picture. (eg. C:\)
9. Restart your pc and you done

This will work for Windows 95, 98, 98SE, Me, and any other that supports autorun (NT 3 & 4).
Creating An Autorun CD R

Create an autorun.inf by clicking Start / Run / type notepad
In notepad type:

open = setup.exe
icon = icon.ico

In the above paragraph where open is located if your CD has an executable which you would
like to run automatically you would need to type the name of the executable into this line.

EXAMPLE: open = winamp.exe

Next is the icon statement, if you would like to use an icon that you have created for the CD,
place the name of the icon file into this path.

EXAMPLE: icon = mypic.ico

Once the above three lines have been typed save the file as autorun.inf and exit.
You will know when you have made a .inf file, because it should look different from the notepad document
......nice trixxx ...........thanx alorrrttt
Seen most of it before but some of it is new... nice stuff Cool
Remote Shutdown

Right click my computer, choose manage.
Highlight the Computer Management (Local) then click on Action, choose connect to another computer.
In the window that opens fill in the machine name of the PC you want to connect to and click ok.
Once connected right click on Computer Management (Remote machine name) and choose properties.
Go to the "Advanced" tab and click the Settings button under Start up and recovery.
Click on the Shutdown button.
Under action choose what you want to do (you can log off current user, shut down, restart, or power down. you can also choose if you want to force all applications to close, close hung apps, or wait for all apps to close by themselves).

The second way... Remember dos... that good old thing. Open up a command prompt and enter in the following:

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r -m \\Machinename. The command prompt has more switches and options. I highly suggest using shutdown.exe /? to see all the posibilities.
Edit MSIE Title Bar

1. start-> run-> gpedit.msc

2. choose User Configuration, Windows Settings, Internet Explorer Maintainance, Browser User Interface, and doubleclick Browser Title.

3. Activate Customize Title Bars, and type something in there. Doesn't matter what. Let's type: QWERTY. Click Okay.

4. Fire up Reg editor. (start, run, regedit)

5. goto HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.

6. Look for the key: Window Title. There you'll find the value: Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by QWERTY.

7. Change this key to anythig you like and exit regedit.

8. Fire up IE and look at the titlebar!


If you don't do steps 1 to 3, you won't find the Window Title key!

SP2 Tweaks

Disable the SP antivirus and firewall functions - and keep XP from nagging about it:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center]
; don't monitor firewall and antivirus

;Disable antivirus and firewall check at boot time

SP2 enables Auto Updates by default. This is good for you, but some folks disagree, so here is how to turn it off:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update]
;disable Auto Update
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center]
;Stop nagging about AU being turned off

How to turn off the SP2 firewall :

; turn off firewall policy for domain profile
;disable firewall policy for standard profile

Change some popup settings:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\0]
;turn off IE popup blocker and return activeX handling to pre-SP2 setting for local system and current user
;1001 = 1 (prompt before download signed ActiveX)
;1004 = 1 (prompt before downloading unsigned ActiveX)
;1200 = 0 (prompt before download signed ActiveX)
;1809 = 3 (disable popup blocking)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\1]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\4]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\0]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\1]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\4]

Or you can disable Security Center altogether by disabling the wscsvc service.

;Disable Security Center

Using this registry hack, one can boost the application load times by up to 15% (this is one of the features in the upcoming Windows Vista he-he). I tested it myself, but my machine is a real number cruncher with a RAID0 of two 10000rpm hard drives, so I can't really tell. Will be glad to get feedback.

Use it at your own risk, but I tried it and it's OK.

In order to turn on SuperPrefetch you need to have SP2 installed:

1) regedit.exe (Windows + R, type regedit.exe, OK)

2) Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Session Manager/Memory Management/PrefetchParameters

3) Add the following DWORD value
Data Type: DWORD
Value Name: EnableSuperfetch
Value : 1

Reboot your PC and fly ....!
Very Happy

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This is a very cool trick for those of us who are into customizing everything...

This works well in Windows 2000: I've never had the opportunity to work on a Windows XP system, so I don't know if it'll work with that OS or not. (although it probably will).

First, create your HTML file and place it in whatever folder is easiest for you to remember.

( I have a folder on my D drive called Desktop Toolbars. )

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs

Create a new String Value with an easy to remember name.
Ex: TopToolbar

In the data for the new string value you've created, put the COMPLETE address for the HTML page you want to display in a toolbar.

Like this: D:\Desktop_Toolbars\TopBar.html

To show your new toolbar, right-click on your taskbar and choose "Toolbars" > New Toolbar.

In the box labeled Folder:, type about: with the name of the string value you created that represents the HTML file you wanna see in your toolbar.

Like this:


will display your D:\Desktop_Toolbars\TopBar.html in your taskbar.


See this screenshot for a visual example of something simple you can do:

As you can imagine, the possibilities are endless. Flash, simple javascript, CSS... you can put it all into your HTML file. The only limitation are your system resources and your own imagination! Smile
First of all, this tweak only apply to those who only have one HDD on their primary IDE channel (nothing else on device 0 or 1) and a CD-ROM and/or DVD-ROM on the secondary IDE channel. Each time you boot Windows XP, there's an updated file called NTOSBOOT-*.pf who appears in your prefetch directory (%SystemRoot%\Prefetch) and there's no need to erease any other files as the new prefetch option in XP really improves loading time of installed programs. We only want WindowsXP to boot faster and not decrease its performance. Thanks to Rod Cahoon (for the prefetch automation process...with a minor change of mine) and Zeb for the IDE Channel tweak as those two tricks, coupled together with a little modification, result in an EXTREMELY fast bootup:

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.

WindowsXP should now boot REALLY faster.
In regards to the "Remove Windows Messenger" tip at the very beginning of this thread, there is an easier way to do it (for novice users). Follow these steps :

- Click on the 'Start' button at the lower-left hand corner of your screen.
- Navigate to 'Control Panel'.
- Open up 'Add/Remove Programs'.
- Click on the 'Add/Remove Windows Components' tab on the left.
- Wait a few seconds until it finishes analyzing what Windows Components you have already installed on your PC.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom.
- Uncheck the box next to 'Windows Messenger'.
- Click the 'Next...' button at the bottom of the screen.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
- You're done.

- Mike.
Installing IIS on Windows XP Pro

If you are running Windows XP Professional on your computer you can install Microsoft's web server, Internet Information Server 5.1 (IIS) for free from the Windows XP Pro installation CD and configure it to run on your system by following the instructions below: -

1. Place the Windows XP Professional CD-Rom into your CD-Rom Drive.

2. Open 'Add/Remove Windows Components' found in 'Add/Remove Programs' in the 'Control Panel'.

3. Place a tick in the check box for 'Internet Information Services (IIS)' leaving all the default installation settings intact.

4. Once IIS is installed on your machine you can view your home page in a web browser by typing 'http://localhost' (you can substitute 'localhost' for the name of your computer) into the address bar of your web browser. If you have not placed your web site into the default directory you should now be looking at the IIS documentation.

5. If you are not sure of the name of your computer right-click on the 'My Computer' icon on your desktop, select 'Properties' from the shortcut menu, and click on the 'Computer Name' tab.

6. Your default web directory to place your web site in is 'C:\Inetpub\wwwroot', but if you don't want to over write the IIS documentation found in this directory you can set up your own virtual directory through the 'Internet Information Services' console.

7. The 'Internet Information Services' console can be found in the 'Administration Tools' in the 'Control Panel' under 'Performance and Maintenance', if you do not have the control panel in Classic View.

8. Double-click on the 'Internet Information Services' icon.

8. Once the 'Internet Information Services' console is open you will see any IIS web services you have running on your machine including the SMTP server and FTP server, if you chose to install them with IIS.

9. To add a new virtual directory right click on 'Default Web Site' and select 'New', followed by 'Virtual Directory', from the drop down list.

7. Next you will see the 'Virtual Directory Creation Wizard' from the first screen click the 'next' button.

9. You will then be asked to type in an 'Alias' by which you will access the virtual directory from your web browser (this is the name you will type into your web browser after 'localhost' to view any web pages you place in the directory).

10. Next you will see a 'Browse...' button, click on this to select the directory your web site pages are in on your computer, after which click on the 'next' button to continue.

11. On the final part of the wizard you will see a series of boxes, if you are not worried about security then select them all, if you are and want to run ASP scripts then check the first two, followed by the 'next' button.

12. Once the virtual directory is created you can view the web pages in the folder by typing 'http://localhost/aliasName' (where 'aliasName' is, place the alias you called the virtual directory) into the address bar of your web browser (you can substitute 'localhost' for the name of your computer if you wish).
Finding Information on your videocard through DOS

To find out information about your video card:

Open a DOS prompt window.

At the prompt type DEBUG ( You will only get a blinking cursor when in DEBUG mode)

At the blinking prompt type DC000:35

If DC000:35 doesn't work try DC000:50
DC000:50 works for newer cards

Then type D then hit Enter key

At the right on the first line or the second it will tell you what video card you have and the manufacture, along with the version and the bios number.

To exit type Q then hit Enter key
At the DOS promp type EXIT then hit Enter key.
Unblocking File Types Sent By Email Using Outlook

Go to;
Start -> Run -> (Type) Regedit

Locate The Following Registry Key:

"OutlookSecureTempFolder"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\ttynan\\Local Settings\\Temporary Internet Files\\OLKF\\"

Re-Register All .dll Files Within the Registry

1) First go Start/Run, and type in 'cmd' to bring up the Command Prompt.

2) Type 'CD \' and hit enter.

3) Type 'DIR *.dll /s /b > regdll.bat' and hit enter.

4) Type 'Notepad regdll.bat' and hit enter.

Now Notepad is going to bring up a list of your .dll files, nevermind that for a moment.


5) Now type 'Path' and hit enter to see your current path. It will bring up something like: Path=c:\Windows;c:\windows\Command

6) (supplement your Windows Version, ex: C:\WINNT, or C:\Windows) Now type: 'Path=c:\windows;c:\windows\Command;c:\Windows\Prog
ram~\Accessories' and hit enter.

7) Verify again by typing 'Path' and hitting enter, and then type: 'C:\WINNT\System32\Regsvr32.exe /s C:\' and hit enter again.

8. Now, go back to Notepad and if you have Win98 use the replace feature in Wordpad (CTRL + H) or notepad to search for 'C:\' and replace it with this: 'C:\Windows\System\Regsvr32.exe /s C:\'

If you have Win2000, etc. use the replace command in note pad to search for 'C:\' and replace it with this: 'C:\WINNT\System32\Regsvr32.exe /s C:\'

*Be sure to type the replace string exactly like above or it won't work*

9) Use "Replace All" to make the changes to the entire file.

10) When it finishes, save it, exit notepad or wordpad, and return to the Command Prompt.

11) Type 'regdll' and press enter. If you followed the above steps correctly it will now go through and re-register all your .dll files.

n0obie4life wrote:
Changing your admins password without being in his account and knowing his current password.
There is another way. You must be logged on an administrator account. Go to Run and write
control userpasswords2
After that it should be obvious that you have to select the account and press the button on the buttom of the page. Than you choose the new password and that's it. Another way it's using some boot cds that are available on the net, that decode all user passwords.
Some people were talking about remote log in

Go to for an easier experiance
Run Commands

compmgmt.msc - Computer management
devmgmt.msc - Device manager
diskmgmt.msc - Disk management
dfrg.msc - Disk defrag
eventvwr.msc - Event viewer
fsmgmt.msc - Shared folders
gpedit.msc - Group policies
lusrmgr.msc - Local users and groups
perfmon.msc - Performance monitor
rsop.msc - Resultant set of policies
secpol.msc - Local security settings
services.msc - Various Services
msconfig - System Configuration Utility
regedit - Registry Editor
msinfo32 _ System Information
sysedit _ System Edit
win.ini _ windows loading information(also system.ini)
winver _ Shows current version of windows
mailto: _ Opens default email client
command _ Opens command prompt
Run Commands to access the control panel

Add/Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl
Date/Time Properties control timedate.cpl
Display Properties control desk.cpl
FindFast control findfast.cpl
Fonts Folder control fonts
Internet Properties control inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Properties control main.cpl keyboard
Mouse Properties control main.cpl
Multimedia Properties control mmsys.cpl
Network Properties control netcpl.cpl
Password Properties control password.cpl
Printers Folder control printers
Sound Properties control mmsys.cpl sounds
System Properties control sysdm.cpl
Command Prompt

ANSI.SYS Defines functions that change display graphics, control cursor movement, and reassign keys.
APPEND Causes MS-DOS to look in other directories when editing a file or running a command.
ARP Displays, adds, and removes arp information from network devices.
ASSIGN Assign a drive letter to an alternate letter.
ASSOC View the file associations.
AT Schedule a time to execute commands or programs.
ATMADM Lists connections and addresses seen by Windows ATM call manager.
ATTRIB Display and change file attributes.
BATCH Recovery console command that executes a series of commands in a file.
BOOTCFG Recovery console command that allows a user to view, modify, and rebuild the boot.ini
BREAK Enable / disable CTRL + C feature.
CACLS View and modify file ACL's.
CALL Calls a batch file from another batch file.
CD Changes directories.
CHCP Supplement the International keyboard and character set information.
CHDIR Changes directories.
CHKDSK Check the hard disk drive running FAT for errors.
CHKNTFS Check the hard disk drive running NTFS for errors.
CHOICE Specify a listing of multiple options within a batch file.
CLS Clears the screen.
CMD Opens the command interpreter.
COLOR Easily change the foreground and background color of the MS-DOS window.
COMP Compares files.
COMPACT Compresses and uncompress files.
CONTROL Open control panel icons from the MS-DOS prompt.
COPY Copy one or more files to an alternate location.
CTTY Change the computers input/output devices.
DATE View or change the systems date.
DEBUG Debug utility to create assembly programs to modify hardware settings.
DEFRAG Re-arrange the hard disk drive to help with loading programs.
DEL Deletes one or more files.
DELETE Recovery console command that deletes a file.
DELTREE Deletes one or more files and/or directories.
DIR List the contents of one or more directory.
DISABLE Recovery console command that disables Windows system services or drivers.
DISKCOMP Compare a disk with another disk.
DISKCOPY Copy the contents of one disk and place them on another disk.
DOSKEY Command to view and execute commands that have been run in the past.
DOSSHELL A GUI to help with early MS-DOS users.
DRIVPARM Enables overwrite of original device drivers.
ECHO Displays messages and enables and disables echo.
EDIT View and edit files.
EDLIN View and edit files.
EMM386 Load extended Memory Manager.
ENABLE Recovery console command to enable a disable service or driver.
ENDLOCAL Stops the localization of the environment changes enabled by the setlocal command.
ERASE Erase files from computer.
EXIT Exit from the command interpreter.
EXPAND Expand a Microsoft Windows file back to it's original format.
EXTRACT Extract files from the Microsoft Windows cabinets.
FASTHELP Displays a listing of MS-DOS commands and information about them.
FC Compare files.
FDISK Utility used to create partitions on the hard disk drive.
FIND Search for text within a file.
FINDSTR Searches for a string of text within a file.
FIXBOOT Writes a new boot sector.
FIXMBR Writes a new boot record to a disk drive.
FOR Boolean used in batch files.
FORMAT Command to erase and prepare a disk drive.
FTP Command to connect and operate on a FTP server.
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension associations.
GOTO Moves a batch file to a specific label or location.
GRAFTABL Show extended characters in graphics mode.
HELP Display a listing of commands and brief explanation.
IF Allows for batch files to perform conditional processing.
IFSHLP.SYS 32-bit file manager.
IPCONFIG Network command to view network adapter settings and assigned values.
KEYB Change layout of keyboard.
LABEL Change the label of a disk drive.
LH Load a device driver in to high memory.
LISTSVC Recovery console command that displays the services and drivers.
LOADFIX Load a program above the first 64k.
LOADHIGH Load a device driver in to high memory.
LOCK Lock the hard disk drive.
LOGON Recovery console command to list installations and enable administrator login.
MAP Displays the device name of a drive.
MD Command to create a new directory.
MEM Display memory on system.
MKDIR Command to create a new directory.
MODE Modify the port or display settings.
MORE Display one page at a time.
MOVE Move one or more files from one directory to another directory.
MSAV Early Microsoft Virus scanner.
MSD Diagnostics utility.
MSCDEX Utility used to load and provide access to the CD-ROM.
NBTSTAT Displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections using NBT
NET Update, fix, or view the network or network settings
NETSH Configure dynamic and static network information from MS-DOS.
NETSTAT Display the TCP/IP network protocol statistics and information.
NLSFUNC Load country specific information.
NSLOOKUP Look up an IP address of a domain or host on a network.
PATH View and modify the computers path location.
PATHPING View and locate locations of network latency.
PAUSE Command used in batch files to stop the processing of a command.
PING Test / send information to another network computer or network device.
POPD Changes to the directory or network path stored by the pushd command.
POWER Conserve power with computer portables.
PRINT Prints data to a printer port.
PROMPT View and change the MS-DOS prompt.
PUSHD Stores a directory or network path in memory so it can be returned to at any time.
QBASIC Open the QBasic.
RD Removes an empty directory.
REN Renames a file or directory.
RENAME Renames a file or directory.
RMDIR Removes an empty directory.
ROUTE View and configure windows network route tables.
RUNAS Enables a user to execute a program on another computer.
SCANDISK Run the scandisk utility.
SCANREG Scan registry and recover registry from errors.
SET Change one variable or string to another.
SETLOCAL Enables local environments to be changed without affecting anything else.
SETVER Change MS-DOS version to trick older MS-DOS programs.
SHARE Installs support for file sharing and locking capabilities.
SHIFT Changes the position of replaceable parameters in a batch program.
SHUTDOWN Shutdown the computer from the MS-DOS prompt.
SMARTDRV Create a disk cache in conventional memory or extended memory.
SORT Sorts the input and displays the output to the screen.
START Start a separate window in Windows from the MS-DOS prompt.
SUBST Substitute a folder on your computer for another drive letter.
SWITCHES Remove add functions from MS-DOS.
SYS Transfer system files to disk drive.
TELNET Telnet to another computer / device from the prompt.
TIME View or modify the system time.
TITLE Change the title of their MS-DOS window.
TRACERT Visually view a network packets route across a network.
TREE View a visual tree of the hard disk drive.
TYPE Display the contents of a file.
UNDELETE Undelete a file that has been deleted.
UNFORMAT Unformat a hard disk drive.
UNLOCK Unlock a disk drive.
VER Display the version information.
VERIFY Enables or disables the feature to determine if files have been written properly.
VOL Displays the volume information about the designated drive.
XCOPY Copy multiple files, directories, and/or drives from one location to another.
TRUENAME When placed before a file, will display the whole directory in which it exists
TASKKILL It allows you to kill those unneeded or locked up applications
Windows XP Shortcuts

ALT+- (ALT+hyphen) Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu
ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window
ALT+TAB Switch between open items
ALT+Underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
CTRL+A Select all
CTRL+I Italics
CTRL+O Open an item
CTRL+U Underline
CTRL+V Paste
CTRL+F4 Close the active document
CTRL while dragging Copy selected item
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging Create shortcut to selected iteM
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
ESC Cancel the current task
F1 Displays Help
F2 Rename selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu
SHIFT+CTRL+ESC Launches Task Manager
SHIFT when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
WIN Display or hide the Start menu
WIN+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box
WIN+D Minimizes all Windows and shows the Desktop
WIN+E Open Windows Explorer
WIN+F Search for a file or folder
WIN+F+CTRL Search for computers
WIN+L Locks the desktop
WIN+M Minimize or restore all windows
WIN+R Open the Run dialog box
WIN+TAB Switch between open items
Windows Explorer Shortcuts

ALT+SPACEBAR - Display the current window’s system menu
SHIFT+F10 - Display the item's context menu
CTRL+ESC - Display the Start menu
ALT+TAB - Switch to the window you last used
ALT+F4 - Close the current window or quit
CTRL+A - Select all items
CTRL+X - Cut selected item(s)
CTRL+C - Copy selected item(s)
CTRL+V - Paste item(s)
CTRL+Z - Undo last action
CTRL+(+) - Automatically resize the columns in the right hand pane
TAB - Move forward through options
ALT+RIGHT ARROW - Move forward to a previous view
ALT+LEFT ARROW - Move backward to a previous view
SHIFT+DELETE - Delete an item immediately
BACKSPACE - View the folder one level up
ALT+ENTER - View an item’s properties
F10 - Activate the menu bar in programs
F6 - Switch between left and right panes
F5 - Refresh window contents
F3 - Display Find application
F2 - Rename selected item
Internet Explorer Shortcuts

CTRL+A - Select all items on the current page
CTRL+D - Add the current page to your Favorites
CTRL+E - Open the Search bar
CTRL+F - Find on this page
CTRL+H - Open the History bar
CTRL+I - Open the Favorites bar
CTRL+N - Open a new window
CTRL+O - Go to a new location
CTRL+P - Print the current page or active frame
CTRL+S - Save the current page
CTRL+W - Close current browser window
CTRL+ENTER - Adds the http://www. (url) .com
SHIFT+CLICK - Open link in new window
BACKSPACE - Go to the previous page
ALT+HOME - Go to your Home page
HOME - Move to the beginning of a document
TAB - Move forward through items on a page
END - Move to the end of a document
ESC - Stop downloading a page
F11 - Toggle full-screen view
F5 - Refresh the current page
F4 - Display list of typed addresses
F6 - Change Address bar and page focus
ALT+RIGHT ARROW - Go to the next page
SHIFT+CTRL+TAB - Move back between frames
SHIFT+F10 - Display a shortcut menu for a link
SHIFT+TAB - Move back through the items on a page
CTRL+TAB - Move forward between frames
CTRL+C - Copy selected items to the clipboard
CTRL+V - Insert contents of the clipboard
ENTER - Activate a selected link
HOME - Move to the beginning of a document
END - Move to the end of a document
F1 - Display Internet Explorer Help
Windows 98 Taskbar Customizations

Customizing the taskbar

Want to customize your taskbar so you can do everything from one place, including starting programs, viewing documents, and surfing the Web? Wouldn't it be great if there were an Address bar or Links bar on the taskbar along with your program buttons? With Windows 98, you can customize the taskbar to meet your every need. Here's how:

* Right-click the background of the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then click the toolbar you want to add: an Address bar, a Links bar, a toolbar containing all items on your desktop, or the Quick Launch bar.

You can also create your own toolbar from any folder.

* Right-click the background of the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then click New Toolbar. Select a folder from the list. A toolbar containing all items in that folder will be added to your taskbar.

You can drag the new toolbar to any location on your desktop, and easily remove a toolbar from the taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar and then clicking the item again to remove the check mark.
Windows 98 Remove the Run Command

Remove Run command from Start Menu

Here's how to remove the Run command from the Start menu:

1. Start the Registry Editor
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
3. Double-click the entry NoRun and change the Value Data from 0 to 1
4. Exit RegEdit and restart Windows

To put the Run entry back on the Start menu, just change the value of the NoRun key to 0

You can also use my Tweaking Toolbox for Windows, one of it's functions is to remove the Run command from the Start menu.
Adding Themes to Windows 2000

Although there is no tool in Control Panel for configuring desktop themes in Windows 2000, you can use and configure desktop themes by using the Desktop Themes tool.
Click Start, and then click Run,
In the Open box, type themes, and then click OK,
Configure the theme you want, and then click OK.
Windows Me Tip

To start your computer without starting Windows

Click Start, and then click Shut down.
Click Restart, click OK, and then press and hold the CTRL key until the Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition Startup Menu appears.

For some computers, you can use F8 instead of CTRL to bring up the Microsoft Windows ME Startup Menu. Do one of the following:

If you want to load Windows as usual, press the number key that corresponds to Normal, and then press ENTER.
If you want to create a file listing your computer's boot and load activity, press the number key that corresponds to Logged, and then press ENTER. Windows loads as usual and writes the activity to the C:\Bootlog.txt file.
If you want to load Windows using minimum drivers and basic options, press the number key that corresponds to Safe mode, and then press ENTER. Use this option if you have difficulties with hardware and other issues in Windows. In Safe mode, you can diagnose and fix errors.
If you want to step through each activity in the Windows load sequence, allowing or disallowing an activity as you choose, press the number key that corresponds to Step-by-step confirmation, and then press ENTER.
Windows Me Tip

Troubleshooting Hibernating issues

Windows Me include a new & very usefull hibernate feature. To use it you must enable it by opening the power options applet of the control panel and click the advanced tab to enable the hibernate checkbox. When you hibernate your computer if you encounter any errors try to edit the 'nohiber.txt' file to see if it lists something. Then try to fix it and reboot your computer (using our quick tip restart method) then take a new look at the 'nohiber.txt' file. Now if nothing new is listed the hibernate feature should work. Please also note that actually some drivers/devices or even motherboards are totally uncompliant with the hibernating feature of Windows Me.
Windows Me Tip

To repair the Help & Support (PC Health) center

On many Windows Me computers when users attempt to open the Help & Support center (known as PCHealth) applet they may see a white page saying that the page cannot be displayed so they can't access any area of PCHealth. This is due to the fact that some vital information of PCHealth got corrupted. If it's your case then download this Reg file and double click on it to apply the changes to your system. Now start PCHealth and enjoy its features!
Registry Editing Tip

BMP Thumbnail As Icon

You can actually use a thumbnail version of a BMP file for its own icon displayed in Explorer. Go to HKCU\Paint.Picture\Default. Double-click default and change its value to %1. Please note however that this will slow down the display rate in explorer if there are too many BMP thumbnails to display. To restore it, change default back to C:\Progra~1\Access~1\MSPAINT.EXE,1. You may use other icons if you feel like it.
Registry Editing Tip

Instant Refresh

You might find that Windows doesn't refresh Explorer instantly. If you have created a new file, you might have to wait a few seconds before the file shows up under explorer. And if system resources are low, Explorer sometimes won't even refresh by itself! If you are tired of pressing F5, launch the registry editor and scroll to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update. On the left pane, double click UpdateMode. Change the binary value from 01 to 00. Restart and Windows will refresh at a faster rate.
Registry Editing Ti

Remove The "Shortcut To" Prefix

Is the "Shortcut to" text prefix on your shortcuts annoying you no end? Here is the way to remove all instances from all your shortcuts.

Fire up your registry editor and go to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. On the left pane, create a new binary value named link. Set the value to 00 00 00 00. Restart your system and the "Shortcut To" text prefix is gone.
Registry Editing Tip

Lock Icons On Desktop

You have arranged your desktop to look nicely with your wallpaper. Presently comes someone and mess up the nice arrangement. To lock your desktop icons into place, first arrange it carefully the way you want it to be, then open up the registry editor. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Right-click in the right pane and select New, DWORD Value name NoSaveSettings and press the Enter key. Right-click on the new NoSaveSettings item and select Modify. Enter 1 in the Value data box. After this, whenever you restart Windows, your settings will return to their current state.
Speed Up Browsing

When you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth. 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 Windows XP and Windows XP have a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.

You can do this with the registry entries below:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


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

Boot Defragment

By default this option is enabled but some upgrade users have reported that it isn't on their setup.
Start Regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction
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.
Turning Off System Beeps

We have a simple registry editing way of turning them off.
Load Regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound
On the left hand side of the screen find Beep on the list.
Right click on it and select Modify
Change the value equal to no
Reboot your computer
The beeps will then vanish - if you wish them to return change the equal value back to yes.
Finding winipcfg for Windows XP

Instead of using the command line to display /configure your ip with ipconfig, you can download wntipcfg directly from Microsoft which will give you the same GUI to display / configure your ip as winipcfg.


When you have downloaded it, install it (the default is c:\program files\resource kit\ ) copy wntipcfg.exe to c:\windows and rename it to winipcfg.exe Now you can just click on run, then type in "winipcfg"
Sync your time

If you are running Windows XP or higher, have a internet connection, and allow Windows to automatically sync your time with a server. If you happen to get an error abour peers, etc, try this:

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:"" /update

That will add more Time Servers to the list to update your time (will not show up in Time Configuration Control Panel Applet though)

For a full list of Internet Time Servers, head over to:
Delete individual AutoComplete entries

It's possible to delete an individual entry which AutoComplete has remembered for you in a form, rather than clearing the whole lot.

To do so, double-click inside the text-field you want to remove the cached entry from. This will bring up a list of all entries for this text-field. Simply point to the one you want to remove and press the delete key.

Note: This doesn't appear to work for the AutoComplete feature in the address bar
nt warning

to add a pop up screen at the bening of Ctrl+Alt+Del logon, you can set up a popup box.
to do this go into regedit value: [hkey_local_machine]\software\microsoft\winnt\currentversion\winlogon. you will see the keys to change. "WELCOME TEXT ECT"
mine for example says
Disabling Recent Documents History

Windows XP includes a feature that keeps track of all recent documents you have opened or used. The idea is that you can select Start/Recent Documents History and quickly reopen any document you have recently used. I use many documents each day and never use the feature myself. In my opinion, I can keep up with what I want to use without Windows XP doing it for me.

The bad thing about Recent Documents History is that Windows XP has to calculate what should be put there each time you boot Windows, which can slow things down. So, if you never use the Recent Documents History, it's a good idea to disable it. Here's how:

1. Open the Registry Editor (select Start/Run, type regedit, and click OK).
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mcft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
3. Create a NoRecentDocsHistory D_WORD key. Double-click the value to open it once it is created.
4. Set the Data Value to 1 to enable the restriction.
5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. You'll need to restart the computer for the change to take effect.
Disabling the Boot Logo

You can remove the boot logo that appears when you start Windows XP. This little tweak probably shaves only a few seconds off your boot time but seconds count if you are serious about trying to get Windows XP up and running as quickly as possible. The only negative is that if you remove the boot logo, you will also not see any boot messages, such as check disk. (But if you are not having problems with your computer, this isn't such a big deal.)

To remove the boot logo, follow these steps:
1. Select Start/Run, type msconfig, and click OK.
2. In the System Configuration Utility, click the BOOT.INI tab.
3. On the BOOT.INI tab, click the NOGUIBOOT check box option. Click OK.
Removing Unwanted Fonts

One trick that increases your boot time a bit is to lose any fonts in the Fonts folder in Control Panel that you never use. The more fonts you have, the more processing Windows XP has to do to prep all of those fonts for use. You must be a bit careful here to not remove fonts that you might want, but there is a good chance that you can live without many of them. For instance, you may have foreign language fonts and other symbol fonts (such as Wingdings) that you never use.

To delete unneeded fonts, follow these steps:
1. Open the Fonts folder in Control Panel.
2. Select Edit/Select All and then Edit/Copy.
3. Create a new folder on your desktop, open it, and select Edit/Paste.
4. In this new folder, delete any of the fonts you do not want.
5. Return to the Fonts folder in Control Panel. Right-click the selected fonts and click Delete.
6. Go back to your new desktop folder and click Edit/Select All.
7. Return to your Fonts folder and click Edit/Paste. You now have only the desired fonts in the Fonts folder.
Stopping Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Sharing

In Windows XP Professional, you have two remote networking features called Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Sharing. These remote networking features are very helpful in a variety of situations but if you don't use them, it is good idea to disable them to save boot time. You can always enable them later if you want to use them.

1. Open the Start menu, right-click My Computer, and choose Properties.
2. Click the Remote Tab.
3. Clear both check boxes to disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop.
Speeding Up the Dual-Boot Timeout

If you dual-boot your computer with Windows XP and another operating system, you see an operating system selection menu on startup. If you typically boot into Windows XP and not the other operating system, you can speed up the dual-boot timeout value so that you do not wait so long for the boot process to select your default operating system and continue with the boot process. The default timeout value is 30 seconds but you can change this setting to 10. This gives you enough time to select the alternate operating system if you want but also speeds up the boot process. You can skip this section if you do not use a dual-boot configuration.

Follow these steps:
1. Locate the boot.ini file on your computer. It is a hidden file by default; mine is located in C:\boot.ini.
2. Open the file with Notepad (which is what opens it by default).
3. Change the Timeout value to 10
4. Select File/Save and close Notepad.
Speeding Up Your PPPoE Connection

If you use a Point-to-Point Protocol connection over Ethernet (PPPoE), you may notice a delay in using the PPPoE connection after startup. By default, there is a 120 second delay but you can stop this behavior by manually configuring an IP address for the network adapter card. If you do not use a PPPoE connection, you can skip this section.

1. Select Start/Connect to/Show All Connections.
2. Open the TCP/IP properties for your LAN network interface card.
3. Manually set the IP address on the TCP/IP properties to an appropriate IP address and subnet mask for your network.
Reducing the Wait Time

When you start to shut down Windows XP, it has to quit, or "kill," any live applications or processes that are currently running. So close all applications first. However, some applications and processes are always running in the background. You can reduce the amount of time that Windows XP waits for those applications and processes to close before Windows XP kills them. Edit three different Registry settings to change this:

1. Open the Registry Editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Select WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the value to 1000.
3. Select the HungAppTimeout value and set it to 1000 as well.
4. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Set the WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the value to 1000. Select the HungAppTimeout \newline value and set it to 1000 as well.
5. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l. Select the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value and set it to 1000.
6. Close the Registry Editor.
Automatically Killing Tasks on Shutdown

You know the drill. You start to shut down the computer, you wait a few moments, and then you see a dialog box asking if you want to kill an application or service that is running. Instead of prompting you, you can make Windows XP take care of the kill task automatically. Here's how:

1. Open the Registry Editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
3. Highlight the value AutoEndTasks and change the value to 1.
4. Close the Registry Editor.

Well thats about it... when you done all the steps you machine most run faster...without ANY errors
Checking the .DLL files

If you check the contents of the C:\Windows and the C:\Windows\System folders, you will find many of useless DLL files. To save your hard disk space, use Windows Explorer to know whether a .DLL file still needed or not. To do so, right click a DLL file and then select Quick View. You will see some information, such as the applications that use it. If the application is no longer exist then you can safely remove it from your disk. Of course, you must very careful while doing this. You can move it first to other folders and then delete it several days later if there is no problem generated. N otice that if you can't see the Quick View option that means you must install it first from Windows Installation CD.
Clean Up the Installation Trash

Perform these steps to clean up your disk from useless files and folders:
Click on the Start-Find menu, type *.DIR to find files named MSCREATE.DIR. You can delete this file to save your empty space. You may also find and delete folders named ~MSSETUP.T, which is a temporary directory used to install Microsoft's applications.
Deleting Junk Files

Want to clean up your hard drive and get several Mbytes additional space? Run this saved search every week and carefully pick out the files that you don't want to delete. First, make sure that hidden files are shown on your system, activate it through Windows Explorer settings (View/Tools - Folder Options - tab View). Click on Start - Find/Search - Files or Folders. Now, find files in all of your hard disks named:
*.tmp, *.~mp, *.gid, *.fts, *.chk, *.00*, *.---, *.$$$, *.*$, ~*.*, *.~*, *.??_, *.??~, *.^*, *.syd, *.prv, *.old, *.bak, mscreate.dir
Speeding the Startup of Some CD Burner Programs

If you use program other than the native WindowsXP CD Burner software,
you might be able to increase the speed that it loads.

Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services
Double-click on IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
For the Startup Type, select Disabled
Click on the OK button and then close the Services window
If you dont You should notice
Getting Rid of Unread Email Messages

To remove the Unread Email message by user's login names:

Start Regedit
For a single user: Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\UnreadMail
For all users: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\UnreadMail
Create a DWORD key called MessageExpiryDays
Give it a value of 0
Resolving Inability to Add or Remove Programs

If a particular user cannot add or remove programs, there might be a simple registry edit neeed.

Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pol icies\Uninstall
Change the DWORD NoAddRemovePrograms to 0 disable it

4096 - 32megs of memory or less
8192 - 32+ megs of memory
16384 - 64+ megs of memory
32768 - 128+ megs of memory
65536 - 256+ megs of memory
Rename the Extensions with renamer.bat file

You all downloaded some game or app once that was 50 parts big, and you had to rename them all from .bmp to .rar to extract them.

You can easily create a batch file that does that for you.

Open Notepad

write the CODE in the notepad:

ren *.bmp *.rar

Ofcourse, you have to edit these two extensions to fit the files you want to convert. Save this file as renamer.bat and run it in the directory where you want to rename your downloads.
My Computer/Explorer W2K/XP

This will now make your MY COMPUTER Icon look like your EXPLORER.

"My Computer"
"Folder Options"
"File Type" Find the extention that says "NONE" "folder" MAKE SURE THE FOLDER SAYS "NONE" "folder" NOT "NONE" "file folder"
Click on "Advance" under ACTIONS hightlight "explorer"
click OK.
Compact e-mail Outlook Express

When you delete a letter from the "Deleted Items " folder the letter is still there ! It is just that you cannot see it anymore. This has something to do with data bases and removing entries from the index file. ( perhaps someone with more teck knowledge could explain it further).
If you follow File >Folder>Compact all folders , this will permanently remove deleted letters from the hard drive making Outlook run faster and free up disk space. In my case I recovered 44mb of space.
Faster Shutdown or Restart

This tip will enable you to create buttons in your quick launch toolbar to quickly and easily shut down and/or restart your computer.

Right click on your desktop, scroll to new..... shortcut

In the location line, for shutdown type; shutdown -s -t 0 ie: shutdown(space)-s(space)-t(space)number zero

Name the shortcut "Shut Down PC" or whatever u want

The new shortcut is now sitting on your desktop, right click on it and go to properties, then click on "change icon". Click OK, then pick a suitable icon, there is a red "off button" icon available, then click apply and ok.

Now drag the icon from your desktop into the quick launch toolbar, resize the toolbar so all the buttons are visible, then delete the shortcut from your desktop.

To create a restart button the location line should read shutdown -r -t 0 name it restart pc and give it a suitable icon for restart.

Now you can shut down or restart your pc in 1 mouse click without having to go through the startup menu.
How to Remove a Recovery Console Password

What to do if the Recovery Console password does not work?
(This is only if you can get into windows. If it is a unmountable boot volume then reload windows)
Always back up the registry before you make changes in it.
Click start > run > Type in Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole
Double click on the SecurityLevel and change from 0(zero) to 1(one)
Close regedit and it will be saved.
At this point you can reboot to the disk and go into the Recovery Console option. When asked for the Administrator password press enter and it will now let you enter the recovery console.

To Install Recovery Console as a choice for the boot option:
1. Insert the Windows XP CD. It may auto run. Close the window.
2. Click Start.
3. Click Run.
4. Type CMD.
5. Type D: (Replace D with the drive letter containing the Windows XP CD).
6. Type cd i386 to change the directory.
7. Type winnt32 /cmdcons
8. Follow the on screen instructions.
Make sure you remove the XP cd before you reboot. If errors come up just ignore
them and REBOOT.
Note: The Recovery Console is installed into the Boot.ini. When the PC is booted the choice to
either start in Windows XP or the Recovery Console is displayed. The Recovery Console does not
require a Admin password.
for all you gamers

Heres a good trick for all you gamers out there without a powerful PC.

Creating Extra Profiles, which will not load some drivers you dont necessarly need during gaming.

This will work in all version of Windows.

>Open your Control Panel, and click on System.
>Click on the Hardware tab
>Highlight the Profile 1(current) and click copy, then supply a name (any name is sufficent)
>Hit ok and ok and now reboot.
>When you reboot select the new profile you created.

>Now go back into your control panel and click on system.
>click on Hardware profile, click on Device Manager
***now what you want to do is disable drivers you dont need during game play

Here are a list of common drivers you can disable which are useless during gaming.

Printer Ports
Com Ports
fax/modem (if you dont play multiplayer on dialup)
Digital camera drivers
External Drives and devices

To disable a driver, double click on it, when it pops up, at the bottom scroll down menu and select disable.


Start > run > "msconfig"

Click on startup Tab>
***Now you can click on programs you do no wish to load when your computer boots.

****This will increase the performance of your computer, however doing this will not hold to the Profile you created, it will effect every profile...
Hiding Desktop Icons In Windows XP

1) Right-click a blank area of your desktop.
2) Point to "Arrange Icons By" in the pop-up menu.
3) In the secondary menu, click the "Show Desktop Icons" option
to remove the checkmark.

That's it! No more icons. To restore them just run the drill
again to put the checkmark back next to "Show Desktop Icons"
and all of your shortcut icons will be back again.
Tweak to Speed up the Start Menu

Here's a registry change that will speed up the time for the start menu to appear. Navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop MenuShowDelay

The Windows default is 400, so change this to a smaller value with 0 being the fastest. For some people this can be too fast, so you could try 50 or 100.

As usual, be sure to backup your registry before making any changes.
How To Restore The "ScanRegistry" Entry In The MSCONFIG Startup Tab List

This is for Windows 98, 98SE, and ME users only.

Click Start - Run, type in REGEDIT, then click OK. This will open the registry editor window.

Click the + in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE - Software - Microsoft - Windows - CurrentVersion, then click directly on Run.

Right-click an empty area within the right pane, then click New - StringValue.

Type in ScanRegistry (exactly as you see it here), then press Enter.

Right-click directly on this new entry, then click Modify.

Type in C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun (exactly as you see it here and with a space before the slash), then click OK.

Close the registry editor, then reboot.

ScanRegistry should now be listed in the MSCONFIG "Startup" tab list
Repairing IE6

The ability to Repair Internet Explorer does not exist in the version that ships with Windows XP.

If you want to repair your Internet Explorer, follow the next steps:

Click Start and select Run.

Type cmd and OK.

In the command box, type:
rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\Inf\ie.inf
Repairing MSPAINT

If MSPAINT stops working for some reason this hack deletes the Registry key and Windows rebuilds it on a reboot. MSPAINT then works in 90% of cases. This has to be applied for each user on a computer if there is more than one. No need to be logged on as Administrator for this hack.
Select and copy the text between the dotted lines. Paste into Notepad and save to the Desktop as FixPaint.txt. Right click on this file and Rename as FixPaint.reg, Double click on the file to add to the Registry.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Sometimes this Registry key is missing completely and is not rebuilt. In this case select and copy the Registry keys after the dotted line below all at once and save into Notepad and follow intructions as given above: -


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\C olors]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\G eneral-Bar0]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\G eneral-Bar1]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\G eneral-Bar2]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\G eneral-Bar3]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\G eneral-Bar4]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\G eneral-Summary]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\S ettings]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\T ext]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\V iew]
"WindowPlacement"=hex:2c,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,83,ff,ff,00,83 ,ff,\
Quicker Search Tool

if you hanker for a simpler and quicker Search tool in XP this Registry hack will do the trick.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Cabine tState]
"Use Search Asst"="no"

To undo this hack

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Cabine tState]
"Use Search Asst"="yes"
Remove Unchecked entries in MSCONFIG

When using MSCONFIG to uncheck programs that you don't want starting, they still remain in the list. This is generally a good idea since if you make a mistake, you can easily add them in again. But if you are sure you want them removed and not displayed:

Open the Registry Editor click on the Start button on your taskbar, then click on Run and type "regedit" and click on OK to start the regedit utility.

Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Remove any items you don't want displayed.

The modifications you made will be in effect after you reboot your PC.
Specify Source Path to XP Installation Files

Specify Source Path to XP Installation Files
Eliminates the need to insert Windows XP CD for system modifications.

Insert Windows XP CD and copy \i386 folder to hard drive.
Location does not have to be on C:\ drive.

Enter the location where you copied the i386 folder

Example: A valid entry would be "D:\My XP Install"as shown below in this Registry hack.

Change this to wherever you copy the i386 folder.
Please Note: - Don't include the i386 folder itself in
the sourcepath
Placing Windows Kernel in RAM

It's well known that anything that runs in RAM will be faster than an item that has to access the hard drive and virtual memory. This hack prevents the kernel that is the foundation of XP using the slower Paging Executive functions.

Perform this hack only if the system has 512MB or more of installed RAM!


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]


To undo this hack use the entry below

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
Leave Window open on Reboot

Normally XP shuts down all windows on a reboot but this hack will leave any window you were working on open when windows loads again.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanc ed]


To undo this hack use the entry below


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanc ed]
Undeletable Files

To delete a undeletable file, follow the next steps:

Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open.

Close all open programs. Click Start -> Run and type "taskmgr"

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 where the 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 type "explorer.exe" to restart the GUI shell.

Close Task Manager.
Make your fonts crisp and clear in xp


If you have ever noticed how crisp text appears on certain systems as compared to your own and wished that you could have that same sharpness and clarity, you should turn on ClearType. ClearType is a feature built into Windows XP that allows you to further smooth screen fonts. To turn it on, go to Start -> Control Panel -> Display -> Appearance -> Effects, and check "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts." Choose "ClearType" (as opposed to "Standard") and press OK. You should immediately notice a subtle difference!
Windows 98 Performance Tip

Windows 98 has some internal settings from the days when RAM (Random
Access Memory) was expensive. These settings are largely obsolete
today, and can even slow down your computer. Try this:

1) Right-click My Computer
2) Choose Properties > Performance > File System.

If that is set for "Desktop Computer" - and if your PC has more than
32MB of RAM - it will operate slightly faster if you:

3) Select Network Server instead of Desktop Computer (it doesn't have
to be a server to use that setting).
Stop Home Page being changed

You can override any homepage setting in Internet Options. If you have Spyware, or come across it frequently, then this is a very good tweak for you.

Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop and select "Properties".

Now in the "Target" box you will see "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE".

Now by adding the URL of the site to the end of this it overrides any Homepage setting in internet options, see example below:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"

This will stop websites re-directing you automatically.
Nice hint but i don't think this is a solution for such a problem. Well i have installed the Microsoft Antispyware beta and its working really fine for me. Well it has put a stop to all the spywares.
Repairing Dll corupted files

System File Checker
A command-line utility called System File Checker (SFC.EXE) allows an Administrator to scan all protected files to verify their versions. System File Checker can also set the registry

value SFCScan discussed in "Additional Registry Settings" later in this article.

System File Checker will also check and repopulate the %Systemroot%\system32\dllcache directory. If the dllcache directory becomes corrupted or unusable, SFC /SCANNOW, SFC

/SCANONCE, SFC /SCANBOOT, or SFC /PURGECACHE can be used to repair the contents of the dllcache directory.

SFC.exe scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions. The following shows the syntax:


/SCANNOW Scans all protected system files immediately.
/SCANONCE Scans all protected system files once.
/SCANBOOT Scans all protected system files at every boot.
/CANCEL Cancels all pending scans of protected system files.
/QUIET Replaces all incorrect file versions without prompting the user.
/PURGECACHE Purges the file cache and scans all protected system files immediately.
/CACHESIZE=x Sets the file cache size (in megabytes).

It can repair both the registry and dll files.
Un-hide Components from Add/Remove List

Most Windows components can be uninstalled by going to Add/Remove Windows Components in the Control Panel. But what about ones that you don't find? You know that they're on there somewhere, so how do you get rid of them? Well, it's actually not too hard to bring these out of hiding.

Bring up Windows Explorer (one way is to right-click the Start button and select "Explore").

Find your way to C:\Windows\Inf

Make a copy of "Sysoc.inf"—click the file and type Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V

Right-click Sysoc.inf and choose "Open with" then Notepad.

Type Ctrl+H to bring up the Replace box.

,hide, (comma hide comma)

,, (comma comma)

Then hit the "Replace All" button.

Save the file.

Now when you go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components you will see stuff that wasn't there before. Some items are in sub-folders, like "Games" which are under "Accessories"—double click to open folders. Just uncheck items to remove.
Renaming the Start Button

To rename the start button, you will need a hex editor.
My preference is UltraEdit

1. Copy the \windows\explore.exe file to a new name (e.g. explorer_1.exe)
2. With the hex editor, open that file and go to offset 412b6
3. You will see the word start with blanks between each letter
4. Edit it be any 5 characters or less
5. Save the file
6. Boot to DOS
7. Copy the existing c:\windows\explorer.exe to
8. Copy explorer_1.exe to explorer.exe
9. You will also need to replace the explorer.exe in the c:\windows\system32\dllcache file as well with the new one.

Note: If the partition is NTFS and you can't access the files from DOS:

1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon.
3. Change the value of Shell from Explorer.exe to explorer_1.exe
Grouping multiple open windows

WinXP will group multiple open windows (IE windows for example) into one group on the task bar to keep the desktop clear. This can be annoying at times - especially when comparing different web pages because you have to go back to the task bar, click on the group and then click on the page you want and then you only get one page because you have to click on each one separately. I think the default for this is 8 windows - any combination of apps or utilities open.

You can modify this behavior by adding this reg key at:

Change number of windows that are open before XP will start
grouping them on the Taskbar

HKEY_CURRRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\
add reg_Dword "TaskbarGroupSize"

modify "TaskbarGroupSize" entry to be the number of windows you want open before XP starts to group them on the task bar.
A value of 2 will cause the Taskbar buttons to always group.
Slow boot on network

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.

Simply uninstalling and reinstalling your file and printer sharing will fix this up
Increase DNS cache size

If you do a TON of surfing like I do then it might help you a little to increase how much cache is allocated to DNS information. DNS looks up what IP number relates to each domain. By increasing the size of this cache it can cut down on the number of DNS queries. Minor I know, but every little bit helps.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Dnscache\Parameters]

Create the following DWORD values:

CacheHashTableBucketSize = 1
CacheHashTableSize = 180
MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit = ff00
MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit = 12d
Do Not cache DNS error sites

Since we showed you the tweak above we'd also better show you how to prevent lookup errors from being cached!

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\ Services\DnsCache\Parameters]

Create the following DWORD values:

NegativeCacheTime= 0
NetFailureCacheTime= 0
NegativeSOACacheTime= 0

Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise:

1.Go to Start
2. Click Settings
3. Click Control Panel
4. Click System
5. Click Advanced tab
6. In the Performance tab click Settings
7. Leave only the following ticked:
- Show shadows under menus
- Show shadows under mouse pointer
- Show translucent selection rectangle
- Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
- Use visual styles on windows and buttons

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 everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:

1. Open My Computer
2. Click on Tools menu
3. Click on Folder Options
4. Click on the View tab.
5. Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
6. Click Apply
7. Click Ok
8. Reboot your computer

If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.

Go to Start and then Run and type "regedit"
Click through the file system until you get to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contr ol\FileSystem"
Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select 'DWORD Value'
Create a new DWORD Value called 'NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate'
Then Right click on the new value and select 'Modify'
Change the Value Data to '1'
Click 'OK'

Some machines suffer from jerky graphics or high CPU usage even when a machine is idle. A possible solution for this, which, can also can help network performance is to:

1. RightClick 'My Computer'

2. Select 'Manage'

3. Click on 'Device Manager'

4. DoubleClick your network adaptor under 'Network Adapters'

5. In the new window, select the 'Advanced' tab

6. Select 'Connection Type' and select the correct type for your card and then Reboot

Although not strictly a performance tweak I love this fix as it makes my machine 'feel' faster. I hate the annoying 'are you sure?' messages that XP displays, especially if I have to use a laptop touchpad to close them. To remove these messages:

1. Right-click on the 'Recycle Bin' on the desktop and then click 'Properties'

2. Clear the 'Display Delete Confirmation Dialog' check box and click 'Ok'

If you do accidently delete a file don't worry as all is not lost. Just go to your Recycle Bin and 'Restore' the file.
Maybe you should make a website?
I've got one ,but it is not on my signature Very Happy Very Happy
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