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After the install of Windows XP do the following :

1) Turn off Hibernate and remove the Hibernate file from the root ( C: ) ( file is 300mb+ )
2) Turn off System Restore on ALL drives
3) Move the Pagefile to another drive like D:
4) Go into MSCONFIG and on the tab "startup" remove all the crap you do not need
5) Advanced Settings : see Below
Go to Start > Control Panel > Admin Tools > services
Double-click on the unwanted service to get the options for it
Click "STOP" to stop it if it is running
Change the start-up type from Automatic/Manual to DISABLED
The Following Services May Be Disabled :

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Alerter
Clipbook
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Messenger
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
Server
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
Workstation
6) Windows xp has the service shutdown time set to 20000 ms which equals 20 secs (no wonder it takes so long).

Go to regedit and change the key :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Con trol\\WaitToKillServiceTimeout
I set mine to 0 ms and now i shutdown way fast. Experiment with the settings.
Before we start tweaking, I recommend you set up a few things on your operating system.


Make sure you have Administrator privileges on the computer you are
tweaking as some options may have been disabled for use by standard
users. Also, there's ClearType. ClearType basically works to make text
on your screen appear much clearer and readable

To turn ClearType on, just access your Display properties in Control Panel,
then click on the 'Appearances' tab. Then click the 'Effects...' button.

Tick 'Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts...' and change the listbox to 'ClearType'.
Then just click OK, Apply, and close down your dialogs.

Tweak #1 - MsConfig


Most of you will be familiar with MsConfig, which is basically a
built-in system configuration utility for Windows. Open it up by simply
going to Start -> Run..., then type 'msconfig' in the box and press
enter. Now, the tab we are interested in here is the 'Startup' tab...

This box displays all of the programs that will be started when Windows
boots up. None of these programs are vital for Windows, so don't feel
worried about removing some of them in experimentation. You can see
from the screenshot that I have disabled both NDetect (ICQ's start-up
program) and WinAmpa (WinAmp, obviously). Now, if you've unchecked some
boxes, Windows should start up faster and will take less resources by
not running these programs in the background.

Tweak #2 - More Startup Tweakage
Now we're going to take the tweak above and go one step futher. Go to Start -> Run again, then type 'services.msc'.

This is a more detailed list of processes that are starting up with
Windows. All those items with 'Automatic' listed next to their names
are booting with Windows. Click on the items to find out just what they
do. If you decide you don't need a certain service, you can simply
right-click on it and change it's properties from 'Automatic' to
'Manual'.

Tweak #3 - Speeding Up Internet Explorer

This is a handy little trick you can use with Internet Explorer 6
(which ships with XP) to make it boot up extremely fast - instantly, on
my system . This should be familiar to those of you who have created
shortcuts for Half-Life mods and the like. For those of you who aren't
familiar, simply right-click on a shortcut to Internet Explorer (such
as the one in the Quicklaunch bar) and add the parameter '-nohome' to
the end of the command line.

Tweak #4 - Menu Delays

Another minor and easy tweak to remove any delay from menus sliding
out. For this you will need to use regedit (open regedit by going to
Start -> Run..., then typing 'regedit' and pressing enter). The key
you need to change is located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control
Panel\Desktop. The actual key is called MenuShowDelay - all you have to
do is change the value to 0. Remember, you will have to re-boot your
computer for this tweak to take effect.

Tweak #5 - GPEDIT.MSC And Autoplay

A great tweaking file that comes with XP is gpedit.msc. Go to Start
-> Run... and then type in 'gpedit.msc' and press enter. This is
effectively the Policies Editor, and it comes in handy often. For
example, if you hate CD autoplay like I do and want to permanently
disable it, you can use this tool to do so. Just run gpedit.msc, then
go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates ->
System. In here you can see the value 'Turn Off Autoplay'. Right-click
on it and then click 'Properties'.

Now you can simply play
around with the settings for this and other values in these folders,
customizing appearance and performance issues.

Tweak #6 - Increasing Options In Add/Remove Menu

Not a fan of MSN Messenger? Don't want Windows Media Player on your
system? Fair enough, but if you go to Add/Remove Programs in the
Control Panel, by default none of Windows XP's 'built in' programs are
visible. It's fairly easy to change, though... just open the file
X:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf (where X: is the drive letter where Windows XP
is installed) in Notepad. You should see a section of the file
something like this:
[Components]
NtComponents=ntoc.dll,NtOcSetupProc,,4
WBEM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wbemoc.inf,hide,7
Display=desk.cpl,DisplayOcSetupProc,,7
Fax=fxsocm.dll,FaxOcmSetupProc,fxsocm.inf,,7
NetOC=netoc.dll,NetOcSetupProc,netoc.inf,,7
iis=iis.dll,OcEntry,iis.inf,,7
com=comsetup.dll,OcEntry,comnt5.inf,hide,7
dtc=msdtcstp.dll,OcEntry,dtcnt5.inf,hide,7
IndexSrv_System = setupqry.dll,IndexSrv,setupqry.inf,,7
TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2
msmq=msmqocm.dll,MsmqOcm,msmqocm.inf,,6
ims=imsinsnt.dll,OcEntry,ims.inf,,7
fp_extensions=fp40ext.dll,FrontPage4Extensions,fp4 0ext.inf,,7
AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
RootAutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,rootau.inf,,7
IEAccess=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,ieaccess.inf,,7


This is a list of all components installed at the moment. I've taken
the example of MSN Messenger - the program entry called 'msmsgs',
third-last line. You can see the word 'hide' highlighted - this is the
string which tells Windows not to display the component in the
Add/Remove Programs list. Fix this up by simply deleting the word
'hide' like so:

msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
To this:
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7


Now, after restarting, you should be able to see MSN Messenger in the
Add/Remove Programs list. If you want to be able to quickly view and
remove all components, simply open the sysoc.inf file and do a global
find and replace for the word ",hide" and replace it with a single
comma ",".

Tweak #7 - Disabling Windows File Protection

WARNING: Using this tweak means you will be able to delete vital Windows files.


Here's a quick tweak to be able to totally disable Windows File
Protection, the system that prevent users from deleting system and
program files. Simply find the key SFCDisable in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and edit it to hold the value 0xFFFFFF9D.

If you want to re-enable File Protection, just re-set the value to 0.

Tweak #8 - Automatically Kill Programs At Shutdown

Don't you hate it when, while trying to shut down, you get message
boxes telling you that a program is still running? Making it so that
Windows automatically kills applications running is a snap. Simply
navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop directory in
the Registry, then alter the key AutoEndTasks to the value 1.


Note: the key 'AutoEndTasks' might not exist. If not, simply create it
with a value of 1. To disable the AutoEndTask feature, simply change
the value back to 0.

Tweak #9 - Memory Performance Tweaks
There are several memory tweaks that can be performed with Windows XP - all of them are located in the

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management

section of the registry.

Disable Paging Executive

In normal usage, XP pages sections from RAM memory to the hard drive.
We can stop this happening and keep the data in RAM, resulting in
improved performance. Note that only users with a large amount of RAM
(256MB+) should use this setting. The setting we want to change to
disable the 'Paging Executive', as it is called, is called
DisablePagingExecutive. Changing the value of this key from 0 to 1 will
de-activate memory paging.

System Cache Boost
Changing the
value of the key LargeSystemCache from 0 to 1 will tell Windows XP to
allocate all but 4MB of system memory to the file system cache,
basically meaning that the XP Kernel can run in memory, greatly
improving it's speed. The 4MB of memory left is used for disk caching,
but if for any reason more is needed, XP allocates more. Generally,
this tweak improves performance by a fair bit but can, in some
intensive applications, degrade performance. As with the above tweak,
you should have at least 256MB of RAM before attempting to enable
LargeSystemCache.

Input/Output Performance
This tweak is
only really valuable to anyone running a server - it improves
performace while a computer is performing large file transfer
operations. By default, the value does not appear in the registry, so
you will have to create a REG_DWORD value called IOPageLockLimit. The
data for this value is in bytes, and defaults to 512KB on machines that
have the value. Most people using this tweak have found maximum
performance in the 8 to 16 megabyte range, so you will have to play
around with the value to find the best performance. Remeber that the
value is measured in bytes, so if you want, say, 12MB allocated, it's
12 * 1024 * 1024, or 12582912. As with all these memory tweaks, you
should only use this if you have 256MB or more of RAM.

Tweak #10 - Speeding Up Share Viewing

This is a great tweak. Before I found it, I was always smashing my head
against the table waiting to view shares on other computers. Basically,
when you connect to another computer with Windows XP, it checks for any
Scheduled tasks on that computer - a fairly useless task, but one that
can add up to 30 seconds of waiting on the other end - not good!
Fortunately, it's fairly easy to disable this process. First, navigate
to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current
Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace in the Registry. Below that,
there should be a key called {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}.
Just delete this, and after a restart, Windows will no longer check for
scheduled tasks - mucho performance improvement!

Tweak #11 - Prioritizing Individual Processes

This is so simple it's not funny, but it leads into the next tweak...
anyway, if you press Control+Alt+Delete, then click on the 'Processes'
tab, you should get a dialog like the one above. You can see a list of
all the processes running at the time. Now, if you are running a
program that you want to dedicate more processing time to - eg, 3D
Studio Max, as in my example, you can just right-click on the process,
move your cursor down to 'Set Priority >', then select how high you
want that program prioritized. While I'm checking my email, I might
want a Normal priority for Max, but if I leave my Computer, I can
increass it to 'RealTime' to get the most rendering done. Easy!

Tweak #12 - Prioritizing IRQs

The last tweak for this guide - and a good one. The main components of
your computer have an IRQ number assigned to them. With this tweak we
can increase the priority given to any IRQ number, thereby improving
the performance of that component. The most common component this tweak
is used for is the System CMOS/real time clock, which improves
performance across the board. First of all, decide which component you
want to give a performance boost to. Next, you have to discover which
IRQ that piece of hardware is using. To do this, simply go to Control
Panel, then open the System panel (You can also press the shortcut of
Windows+Break). Click the 'Hardware' tab, then on the 'Device Manager'
button.

Now, right click on the component you want to discover the IRQ for and click 'Properties', then click on the 'Resources' tab.


You can plainly see which IRQ this device is using (if there is no IRQ
number, select another device). Remember the number and close down all
of the dialog boxes you have opened, then start up RegEdit. Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\PriorityControl in
the registry. Now, we have to create a new DWORD value - called
IRQ#Priority (where '#' is the IRQ number), then set the data to 1. For
example, the IRQ of my System CMOS is 8, so I would create the key
IRQ8Priority.

Now, after restarting, you should notice
improved performance in the component you tweaked. I would strongly
recommend the CMOS, as it improves performance around the board. Also
note that you can have multiple IRQ prioritized, but it is fairly
inefficient and can cause instability. To remove this tweak, simply
delete the value you created.

Scandisk
It is now hidden.To
use it Go to >my Computer>Right click on your hard drive
Icon>Properties>Tools>Error-checking.
It works just like the old scandisk.

WinXP Clear Page file on shutdown
Go to Control panel> Administrative tools> local security policy. then go to local policies> security options.
Then change the option for "Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile"

Easy send to menu modification

first open - Xocuments and SettingsusernameSendTo (it is hidden) where
X is your drive letter and username is your username make and delete
shortcuts to folders at will

Get rid of windows messenger
Start>Run>"gpedit.msc"
-Computer Configuration
-Administrative Templates
-Windows Components
-Windows Messenger
Here you can enable
"Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run"
and "Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially"

Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons
Here's how you can remove those shortcut arrows from your desktop icons in Windows XP.

1. Start regedit.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile
3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

You may need to restart Windows XP.


One of the most full featured Windows XP configuration tools available
is hidden right there in your system, but most people don't even know
it exists.
It's called the Local Group Policy Editor, or gpedit for
short. To invoke this editor, select Start and then Run, then type the
following:
gpedit.msc
After you hit ENTER, you'll be greeted by
gpedit, which lets you modify virtually every feature in Windows XP
without having to resort to regedit.
Dig around and enjoy!

Easier way to display windows icons on desktop
Rightclick on the desktop and select "properties".
In the new "display properties" window, click on the "desktop" tab.
Hit the "customize desktop..." button at the bottom of the window.
Now you can select the icons you want.
Enable cleartype on welcome login screen

Start regedit, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ.
Navigate to HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop.
Locate the key FontSmoothingType.
Change the value to 2.
Restart

Select theme and color scheme for welcome screen
Start regedit, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ.
Navigate to HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionThemeManager
Locate the key NormalColor
Right Click on it and select modify.
Change where it says "NormalColor" to "Metallic"
Click Ok, and exit regedit
Restart

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

Display "Internet Explorer" on the desktop
Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows
CurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPane l
Once there, locate {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} in the list
on the right.
Right click on it and select Modify
Change the value equal to 0
Reboot your computer

Windows 2000 style logon
To revert back to the Win2k style logon so you can log on as the administrator and other options, press ctrl+alt+delete twice

Remove Shared Doc's from My Computer
Start regedit, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows
CurrentVersionExplorerMyComputerNameSpaceDelegateF olders.
Locate the key {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}.
Right click on it and select delete.
After a reboot is is gone!

Turn off autoplay for CDs
Go to Start->Run->gpedit.msc
Computer Config -> Administrative Template -> System
Double clik Turn off Autoplay
Enable 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.

Remove "Comments?" Link from title bar
Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
Once there, locate LameButtonEnabled on the list on the right.
Right click on it and select Modify
Change the value equal to 0
Reboot your computer and the comments link will be gone!

Speed up Internet Explorer 6 Favorites

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

Just open a command line window (Start button -> Run -> cmd) and
type sfc, then hit ENTER. This command line runs the System File
Checker, which performs a number of services, all of which are
completely unrelated to IE 6.But there you go:
It works.


XP memory tweaks
Below are some Windows XP memory tweaks. They are located in the
windows registry at:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetContro lSession ManagerMemory Management


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.

Click the start button.
Select run from the bottom of the right column.
Then type services.msc in the box and click ok.
Once the services window has loaded we are ready to turn off unneeded services.
For instructional purposes we are going to turn off the Portable Media Serial Number service.
Find this service in the list and select it with the mouse.
Right click and select Properties.
Once the properties windows has loaded locate the Start up type drop down box and select disable.
Then just click ok and the next time the computer starts the service will not be loaded.

Speed up menu display


When using the start menu the you will notice a delay between different
tiers of the menu hierarchy. For the fastest computer experience
possible I recommend changing this value to zero. This will allow the
different tiers to appear instantly.

Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
Select MenuShowDelay from the list on the right.
Right on it and select Modify.
Change the value to 100.
Reboot your computer

Disable unnecessary programs


Installing many programs on you computer can often clutter your
registry with unnecessary programs running when your computer starts
up. This will slow down your machine and take up memory.

Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRun

Once there, locate any entry's on the right. You can identify the
program by the path to the executable. Find programs that you can live
without starting up from the list.
Right click on them and select Delete

You may also want to navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRunonce and
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRun.
Delete unnecessary programs.
Reboot your computer

Enable or disable boot defrag


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

Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimiz eFunction
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.

Modify auto-reboot setting


Since Microsoft has worked so hard to make this version "the most
stable ever," then this tweak is not needed. However, I am fairly sure
that they have not perfected millions of lines of code in less than a
year. Below you will discover how to turn the auto reboot feature on
and off. This allows your computer to instantly reboot upon a system
fault. (The blue screen)

Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlCr ashControl
Select AutoReboot from the list on the right.
Right on it and select Modify.
Change the value to 0 to disable and 1 to enable.
Reboot your computer

Modify application timeout


The operating system has a set amount of time that a program must be
frozen for before it is timed out. Often this number is set too high.
But in some circumstances it is set too low. Depending on if the
program is doing a lot of calculations in the background the computer
may think that it is timed out. To prevent this increase the value of
the timeout in the registry.
Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
Select HungAppTimeout from the list on the right.
Right on it and select Modify.
Change the value to the new timeout value.
Reboot your computer.

Security: Do not save encrypted...

The latest versions of internet explorer include some great new
security improvements. For this tweak I will talk about enabling the
feature to not save encrypted files to disk. This is a valuable
feature. When you connect to a site that is encrypted the data sent
over the network is encrypted. Your browser has the key to decrypt and
display the information. Why give someone a chance to crack the
encryption. If you don't allow IE to save it to disk then it is nearly
impossible for someone else to be able to get that file and use brute
force to crack it.

Launch Internet Explorer.
Select the Tools from the menu bar.
Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu.
Once the internet options has loaded click on the advanced tab.
Under security find where it says Do not save encrypted pages to disk and check it.
Click OK

Disable home page to speed up launch

One quick way to speed up launching internet explorer is to not set a
home page. By using a blank home page internet explorer does not have
to use additional cpu time and uses the hard drive less. After all most
of the time you want to go to a different site right away so it is not
going to affect your productivity at all.

Launch Internet Explorer.
Select the Tools from the menu bar.
Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu.
Once the internet options has loaded click on the general tab.
Under the home page section click the use blank button.
Click OK

Security: Clear temp files on close

The latest versions of internet explorer include some great new
security improvements. For this tweak I will talk about the feature
that clear the temporary internet files each time you close internet
explorer.

Launch Internet Explorer.
Select the Tools from the menu bar.
Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu.
Once the internet options has loaded click on the advanced tab.
Under security find where it says Empty Temporary internet files folder when browser is closed and check it.
Click OK

Change default pages for events


Internet explorer default pages for events such as navigation canceled,
navigation failed, offline information, and blank page are stored in
the registry. You can replace these pages with your own if you would
like to customize Internet Explorer.
Start regedit, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerAboutURLs
Modify the key values to the full path on the hard drive. Cage.htm
Uninstall windows messenger


Microsoft has tried really hard to prevent you from uninstalling
windows messenger. They failed to make it difficult enough because with
the directions below you can get rid of messenger very easily.
Navigate to C:windowsinf
Open sysoc.inf

find msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7 in the file and take
out the word hide so the line would look like
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7
Close the file and save it
Now go to the Add and remove programs applet in the control panel and you will be able to uninstall windows messenger.
Make sure to click on the add remove windows components button.
Note: You will be able to uninstall other unneeded programs by removing hide from the sysoc.inf file as well.

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. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSe ssion ManagerMemory 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
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, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows
NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
Modify the key legalnoticecaption with what you want to name the window.
Modify the key legalnoticetext with what you want the window to say.
Restart.

Turn off system beeps
If those beeps annoy you there is a way to turn them off
Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelSound
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.

Multi Boot tweaking

By modifying a boot.ini you can set your default OS or change the names
of OS , how they appear in boot menu (i.e. You can change "Microsoft
Windows Codename Whistler Proffessional" to "Microsoft Windows XP").
Additionally, you can change the amount of time the menu is displayed
for and the default OS.

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 play computer god and 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.

CD Autoplay/auto insert notification Settings without regediting
The settings for autoplay and cd recording can be tweaked by opening
explorer or my computer, right click on the cd-rom drive, then click
properties.

most of those services are ok to disable..but...some systems DO require them running for essential devices such as usb mouse and keyboard, printer, modem...



Remote Procedure Call Locator - many printers require this to run their drivers at least, many of the ones i have encountered over the last year, disable this and there are communication errors between the computer and the printer.



Universal Plug and Play Device Host- this one tends to be reasonable to kill, but , can affect the mouse and keyboard if settings or drivers are reinstalled or upgraded. Also, with media devices such as Ipods, this service is essentially what loads the unit onto the pc, and as such will not be recognised or load properly when this service is disabled.




another tip to speeding up windows, is running regular antispyware and antivirus programs on a regular basis. I try to run my scans each day, but tend to do them every second day. Also, keeping regular backups, and making sure the files you are not using are not left on the system as the more data stored on the HDD will slow the computer down too.

2) Turn off System Restore on ALL drives




also, i do NOT recommend this action as this particular service SAVES many people from dramas, and is useful with removing pesky problems caused by driver corruption or incompatibilities. Yes, it DOES speed the system up, but, the amount of customers i help on a daily basis because of problems they have encountered and been unable to resolve quickly has been mainly to do with the system restore being disabled.

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