[tweak] Windows XP tweaks, big list

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    User Interface Tweaks

    Show file extensions
    In any folder that contains files. Click on the tools menu and select folder options.
    Then click on the view tab.
    Locate where it lists Hide extensions of known file types and uncheck it.
    Click OK.

    Remove Shared Doc's from My Computer
    Start regedit
    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/
    CurrentVersion/Explorer/MyComputer/NameSpace/DelegateFolders.
    Locate the key {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}.
    Right click on it and select delete.
    Reboot.

    Turn off autoplay for CDs
    Open TweakUI
    Click on My Computer
    Autoplay and choose the drive by unticking it.

    Show hidden files
    In any folder that contains files. Click on the tools menu and select folder options.
    Then click on the view tab.
    Locate where it lists Hidden files and folders and select Show hidden files and folders.
    Click OK.

    Dont Cache Folder Thumbnails
    To make folders with thumbnail images start up faster
    Go to control panel and then folder options
    Click on the view tab and Uncheck "Do not cache thumbnails".

    Create your own popup menu in the TASK BAR
    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.
     
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    System Performance Tweaks

    System Performance Tweaks

    Easily Disable Messenger
    Go into C:program FilesMessenger
    rename the Messenger folder to something like "MessengerOFF"
    This does not slow down Outlook or hinder system performance

    Speed up Network Browsing
    Open up regedit
    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace
    Find a key named {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
    Right click on it and delete it
    Reboot.

    XP memory tweaks
    Below are some Windows XP memory tweaks. They are located in the windows registry at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/ SessionManager/MemoryManagement

    DisablePagingExecutive
    When enabled, this setting will prevent the paging of the Win2k Executive files to the hard drive, causing the OS and most programs to be more responsive. However, it is advised that people should only perform this tweak if they have a significant amount of RAM on their system (more than 128 MB), because this setting does use a substantial portion of your system resources. By default, the value of this key is 0. To enable it, set it to 1.

    LargeSystemCache
    When enabled (the default on Server versions of Windows 2000), this setting tells the OS to devote all but 4 MB of system memory (which is left for disk caching) to the file system cache. The main effect of this is allowing the computer to cache the OS Kernel to memory, making the OS more responsive. The setting is dynamic and if more than 4 MB is needed from the disk cache for some reason, the space will be released to it. By default, 8MB is earmarked for this purpose. This tweak usually makes the OS more responsive. It is a dynamic setting, and the kernel will give up any space deemed necessary for another application (at a performance hit when such changes are needed). As with the previous key, set the value from 0 to 1 to enable. Note that in doing this, you are consuming more of your system RAM than normal. While LargeSystemCache will cut back usage when other apps need more RAM, this process can impede performance in certain intensive situations. According to Microsoft, the "[0] setting is recommended for servers running applications that do their own memory caching, such as Microsoft SQL Server, and for applications that perform best with ample memory, such as Internet Information Services."


    IOPageLockLimit
    This tweak is of questionable value to people that aren't running some kind of server off of their computer, but we will include it anyway. This tweak boosts the Input/Output performance of your computer when it is doing a large amount of file transfers and other similar operations. This tweak won't do much of anything for a system without a significant amount of RAM (if you don't have more than 128 MB, don't even bother), but systems with more than 128 MB of RAM will generally find a performance boost by setting this to between 8 and 16 MB. The default is 0.5 MB, or 512 KB. This setting requires a value in bytes, so multiply the desired number of megabytes * 1024 * 1024. That's X * 1048576 (where X is the number, in megabytes). Test out several settings and keep the one which seems to work best for your system


    Disable unnecessary services to free system resources
    Services are programs that run when the computer starts up and continue to run as they aid the operating system in functionality. There are many services that load and are not needed which take up memory space and CPU time. Disabling these services will free up system resources which will speed up your overall computer experience. I recommend that you sort through the list and read the descriptions to decide if you need that service depending on what you want to do with your computer. Remember, you can always turn the service back on if you find that you need it in the future.


    Below is the procedure to turn off a service.

    1. Click the start button.
    2. Select run from the bottom of the right column.
    3. Then type services.msc in the box and click ok.
    4. Once the services window has loaded we are ready to turn off unneeded services.
    5. For instructional purposes we are going to turn off the Portable Media Serial Number service.
    6. Find this service in the list and select it with the mouse.
    7. Right click and select Properties.
    8. Once the properties windows has loaded locate the Start up type drop down box and select disable.
    9. Then just click ok and the next time the computer starts the service will not be loaded.[/list=1]More from MS.
     
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    Miscellaneous Tweaks

    Miscellaneous Tweaks

    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 > SessionManager > Memory Management
    Select ClearPageFileAtShutdown from the list on the right.
    Right on it and select Modify.
    Change the value to 1 to enable.
    Reboot your computer.

    *Disable error reporting
    One feature that I can do without is error reporting. Every time a program crashes I do not want to send a report to Microsoft. Read below to find out how to disable this stupid feature.
    Open Control Panel
    Click on Preformance and Maintenance.
    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.

    Display message on startup
    If you would like to display a legal message or any other message in a pop-up window when windows starts read below:

    Start regedit.
    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon
    Modify the key legalnoticecaption with what you want to name the window.
    Modify the key legalnoticetext with what you want the window to say.
    Reboot..

    Turn off system beeps
    If those beeps annoy you there is a way to turn them off

    Start Regedit.
    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Sound
    Once there, locate Beep on the list on the right.
    Right click on it and select Modify
    Change the value equal to no.
    Reboot your computer and the beeps will be gone!

    Enable Hibernation
    Click on the start button and select turn off computer.
    Then hold down the shift key and the hibernate button will be shown.
    Click it and your computer will enter into hibernation.

    Create a shortcut to lock computer
    Right click on desktop and select new | shortcut.
    Then copy and paste this in the program location box "rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation"
    Click next and enter a name for you shortcut and then click finish.
    Now you can copy and paste that shortcut anywhere you want on your computer.

    Use the group policy tool to restrict access
    If you would like to limit or control just about every aspect of your computer you can use a great tool called the group policy editor.
    Click Start and select Run
    Type gpedit.msc in the text box and click on OK.
    The group policy editor will load. Navigate through the folders and you will discover hundreds of items that you can limit access to and control.
     
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    thx alot!! i used almost all of those
     
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    Great tips! Thank you. :)
     
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    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > SessionManager > Memory Management

    i cant find that where do i look.......
     
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    Access the registry via Start>Run>Regedit then scroll down, just as you would in Windows Explorer.

    Be warned though, that altering registry settings without knowing what you're doing can damage your PC so you may not be able to use it. There is no "undo" button if you alter something and decide subsequently that you made a mistake.

    I'd suggest that you check out sites about the registry or get a book to give you some background to this very important and interesting area.
     
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    Tyte work man
     
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    uhg why do i KNOW most of those?
     
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