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Better Easy IP Check.

This tweak was based on the Easy IP Check tweak posted by Hugo Tremblay.

Use this if you just want to display your IP address and not the extra information

(default gateway / subnet mask)

Simply copy and paste the following into notepad



@echo.

@ipconfig | find "IP Address"

@echo.

@pause

And save as IP.BAT (save to your windows dir if you want to be able to access it anywhere)

Now when you type IP you will see:

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : x.x.x.x

Press any key to continue . . .

(information about the code: @echo. produces a blank line, @ipconfig |

find "IP Address" causes the output of ipconfig to be piped to the find command,

which looks for the line containing "IP Address", find then outputs your IP address,

@pause causes the terminal to wait for user input before continuing.

The @ before each command tells the terminal not to echo the command being typed.)

Change the Browser Title

This tweak Customize the Title of the Internet Explorer.

1. Click Start > Run > Type gpedit.msc

2. Click User Configuration > Windows Setting > Internet Explorer Maintenance > Browser User Interface

3. Double click on Browser Title

4. Click on Customize Title Bars

5. type in whatever you want

6. Click OK

Now you changed the title of your browser and you sure see what you wrote when you

open a New Widow.

Change XP Boot Screen

If you would like to change your boot up screen follow the directions below.

These instructions assume that you have a place to download the boot screen from the net.

If you would like to download a boot screen, visit https://www.themexp.org

1. Backup (copy) the file %windir%\system32\ntoskrnl.exe (most likely C:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe - the boot screen)

2. Download the .zip to your computer

3. Extract ntoskrnl.exe to a directory other than %windir%\system32 (most likely C:\windows\system32)

4. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode (hit F8 before the boot screen) or into true DOS (from a boot disk)

5. Overwrite the file %windir%\system32\ntoskrnl.exe (which should have been backed up) with the extracted exe

6. Reboot your computer as you normally would

Correcting System Hang at Startup

If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access

the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service

(Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background. Microsoft put out a patch

for this but it didn't work for me. Here's what you do:

1. Click on Start/Run, type 'msconfig', then click 'OK'.

2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service,

disable it, apply the changes & reboot.

Data invalid fix for WinXP problem

This is a fix for if you ever had a "data invalid" problem that nags you while you were

installing and swapping out cards with Windows XP.

This error appears to be due to a protection problem in the Windows registry

and can occur with a variety of drivers (sound cards and SCSI drivers have been reported).

To fix this problem, go to Start, Run... and type "regedit" without the quotes to run

the Registry Editor. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetENUMPCI

and you will see a number of keys of the form "VEN_xxxx",

where xxxx are strings like "1102&DEV_0004&SUBSYS_00011103&REV_04".

Under each of these folders will be another folder with a long numerical name.

Open each folder and look for the "DeviceDesc" which matches the hardware

you are trying to install. Right Click on the "VEN_xxxx" for that device

and select 'Permissions' and then tick "Allow" for "Full Control".

Close Regedit and then continue with the installation of your device.

I cannot guarantee it works for everyone, but although I swear by it

after swearing at it(XP), it should help you if you ever had casual problem.

Disable Debug Scripting in Internet Explorer

Don't you hate it when you are browsing a page it asks you

"Would you like to debug this page?" Well here's a nifty and easy way to turn it off.

Right Click on Internet Explorer and Click Properties

----- or -----

Open Internet Explorer. Click Tools | Internet Options

Click The "Advanced" Tab

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

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

Fix for slow xDSL Internet access

This tweak is also valid for all Windows versions.

Sometimes during browsiing you can notice that it takes time to access any web page,

and then, suddenly, your connection establishes full-speed again.

The reason lays in amount of time it needs for tcp/ip protocol to translate

a host name to an IP address. In order to fix this problem your xDSL modem shoud have

an internal IP address specified in TCP/IP properties. For Win98 it would be TCP/IP bounded

to NIC.

In most of the cases IP address would be 192.168.1.2; subnet mask : 255.255.255.0.

Hope it helps.

Fix IE 6 Slowdowns and Hangs

If Internet Explorer (IE) 6 is slowing to a crawl and/or hanging and starts to use 100

percent of CPU time it may well be a corruption of the "Temporary Internet Files folder".

In particular, trying to delete Temporary Internet files via Tools, Internet Options or

other privacy software seems to trigger this behavior. Also, attempts to view files

in the Temporary Internet Files folder may show the folder as already empty when it is not.

This behavior occurs because the Temporary Internet files database is corrupt.

The Temporary Internet files aren't really files but entries in %systemdrive%\Documents and

Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat.

Deleting that file solves the problem. This same problem has occured for NT users

and the fix works for XP.

1. Open a command prompt window on the desktop (Start/Run/command).

2. Exit IE and Windows Explorer (iexplore.exe and explorer.exe, respectively,

in Task Manager, i.e - Ctrl-Alt-Del/Task Manager/Processes/End Process for each).

3. Use the following command exactly from your command prompt window to delete the corrupt file:

C:\>del "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local

Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat"

4. Restart Windows Explorer with Task Manager

(Ctrl-Alt-Del/Task Manager/Applications/New Task/Browse/C:\Windows\explorer.exe

[or your path]) or Shutdown/Restart the computer from Task Manager.

IE should now work properly.

Fix Problem with disconnect with ASDL/Cable modems

With some ADSL/Cable modems (especially USB) you may have a problem with getting disconnected

after a few hours, here are two ways to fix that.

Disable Hibernation

Right click on your desktop, click the screen saver tab, once there you should see a power

button at the bottom of the display properties dialog, click that, ones dialog appears click the hibernate tab,

and uncheck enable hibernation.

Disable Windows Messenger

Go to your start menu, click run.

In the Run dialog type gpedit.msc

Go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Messenger

Once there right click Do not allow Windows messenger to be run, go to properties.

Check the box next to enable.

That should fix the problem.

Fix problems with USB DSL/Cable modems

Some usb dsl/cable modems may get disconnected after a little while.

A possible reason that could cause this problem is that in windows xp there is an option

that allows the computer to turn off a usb device to save power. To disable this option:

1) click start, highlight my computer, right click and select properties and a window will pop up with the system properties

2) click on the hardware tab and press the device manager button

3) expand the universal serial bus controllers

4) Double click on the USB Root Hub.

5)Select the Power Management tab and UNTICK the "allow the computer to turn off the device to save power"

If you have more than one USB Root Hub, then you should apply the steps to each one of them

That's it, you won't need to restart the computer!

Fixa till bugg i Windows XP Veckans Windowstips.

Har du varit med om att du inte kan radera en filmfil pĺ din dator,

eftersom Windows hävdar att den används? Till att börja med kan du försöka att först flytta eller byta namn pĺ filen och sedan radera den,

men fungerar inte det finns det ocksĺ andra metoder att ta till.

Gĺ in i registereditorn och klicka dig fram till nyckeln

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\ \InProcServer32.

Radera sedan denna och starta om, sĺ ska du slippa problemet i framtiden.

Fixing SBLive! cracking and poping.

Ok, for a long time I`ve been looking over diferent forums and sites for a solution to this.

The other day I decided to change mi SbLive! MP3+ from PCI3 to PCI5

(which fisically shares the IRQ with my HPT raid controller) and since then no cracking

is generated anymore!

My mp3 music runs smoothly as it does over 98se!

BTW, I used to change all values in my BIOS (I have a Abit Kt7-raid) with no luck.

The only thing which improved but did not fixed it completely was setting PCI Latency=0

ACPI was allways ON. All cards use the same IRQ.

Hope this works for you too!

Good Luck!

IE: Another way to fix IE6 slow page load

Here's an easier way to get to index.dat file as addresse in another tweak submitted here.

1. click on Internet Explorer

2. go to to your root dir (usually C:)

3. open Documents and Settings folder

4. open "your username folder"

5. open UserData

6. **close IE if you have it open**

rename index.dat to index.old

logoff and log back on (don't need to restart)

open up IE and go to a web page or site that always seemed to load slowly.

It should load a lot more quickly now.

NOTE. Always rename or backup .dat or other system files before deleting.

Install XP from DOS

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

it yet try these:

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

Boot Windows 98

Insert the XP CD into your CD reader

Explore Windows XP through My Computer

Copy i386 folder to C:\

Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

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

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk

Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader

Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)

Type cd.. to back up to the root directory

Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader

Copy the i386 folder to C:\

Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

to install sp1 on a pirated copy of XP:

- open regedit

- browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\wpaevents

- double-click OOBETimer

- remove the 'ca' part from it by pressing HOME and then DEL (on keyboard)

- click OK

- close regedit

- start -> run

- type in: C:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

- choose the 2nd option (phone activation)

- click Change product key (at the bottom)

- enter the product key you got from running the Blue List key generator

- press OK

- close the window

- restart your comp

..after restart..

- start -> run

- type in: C:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

- verify that it says 'your copy of windows is already activated'

- proceed in installing XP SP1 from https://www.windowsxp.nu

KaZaA termination fix

KaZaA, one of the most famous P2P programs tends to hog the processor,

this results in the termination of the program after few seconds.

This tweak can be used on systems that have the above mentioned problem. Here it is...

1. Download and install KaZaA.

2. Right-click on the shortcut of the program and click on "Run as...",

this will prompt you to select a user to run the progam as..do not forget to

select the "Protect my computer and data from unauthorized program activity".

3. Click OK and everything is back to normal..happy downloading!!

Here is a final note on what I just discovered..you cannot change the options

while running in the protected mode..so just run it in the normal mode,

I mean the mode that hogs your CPU...change the necessary options and close down

before KaZaA terminates...this should do the trick!

Cheers!

Lindows Sneak Preview under Windows XP

The new Lindows OS system would install just when you have Win 98, ME or 2000. Here is a tweak which enables that you could install it under XP.

1. on you Lindows sneak preview cd find the LINDOWS.exe file. Rightclick and properties, then go to compatibility mode and select Windows 2000. Now you can install it.

2. But when you boot with the cd the keyboard locks and you can't write anymore. Just pull out the keyboard cable and connect it again.

3. Have fun with the Linux / Windows system

NetBeui can be installed!!.

For some of you guys out there who may just want to setup a small lan of computers,

you may not want to load up tcp/ip. In the past we've been able to intall

netbeui easily...until XP. In order to install it in XP, go to your XP cd and look in the

following folder:

%cdrom%:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NET\NETBEUI

There is a text file to easily install netbeui on your computer.

Norton Security & MsConfig

Too owners of Windows XP using Norton Home Security. Do not Use msconfig too tweak your start up

if Norton Internet Security is installed and running. Use the option in Norton Security too dissable it at start-up.

If you use msconfig too tweak your start-up while this product is installed it throws Norton

into *Security Advisor Mode* which defaults itself too full security. Once in this mode,

Norton will not let you adjust the firewall,check for virus up-dates and check any web site

using active X. It also will not let you check your e-mail or uninstall\reinstall the product.

Even the tool Microsoft offers will send this product into a tail spin.

If you must tweak your start-up (i realize that xp is a very slow starter) do it before using this product.

Permanent Acceleration Fix

It seems that even without pointer precision disabled, the mouse under XP is still influenced by an acceleration curve. This is especially noticeable in games. To completely remove mouse acceleration from XP, you will need to go into the registry and adjust the SmoothmouseXYCurve values. Here is how its done.

1. Click Start button

2. Select Run

3. Type 'regedit' in the open textbox

4. Open the tree 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER', select control panel, then select mouse

5. Right clicking, modify the SmoothMouseXCurve and SmoothMouseYCurve hexidecimal values to the following:

SmoothMouseXCurve:

00,a0,00,00,00,00,00,00

SmoothMouseYCurve:

66,a6,02,00,00,00,00,00

cd,4c,05,00,00,00,00,00

a0,99,0a,00,00,00,00,00

If done correctly, you will notice you are holding a markedly more responsive mouse.

Program Manager included with WIN XP

In case you want to use the WIN 3.1 Program Manager interface with WIN XP, NO PROBLEM!

WIN XP includes a re-written PROGRAM MANAGER, for backward compatibility with all previous WINDOWS versions.

1. Start/run/progman.exe

2. This will open the Program Manager window, and you can then drag and drop your favorite programs onto it.

Some programs will not show the correct icon, so you will have to select the MS DOS icon, and FILE/PROPERTIES/ Change ICON,

Browse to the program which you just added, and select its icon. You can also chose any icon you wish -

There are may icons stored in /WINDOWS/System32/shell32.dll file.

3. Create new program groups to keep your applications organized.

4. Add Progman.exe to your Startup group to automatically start it each time you boot-up.

PROGMAN.EXE runs at a HIGH priority so it is always available with a click on the task bar.

Make your desktop look and feel exactly like the easy-to-use WN 3.1 interface!

Quick Access to Anything Without a Mouse!

If your someone like me who wants quick access to everything then just listen to

what I have to say. This article will tell you how to makes shortcuts on your keyboard

that are Ctrl + Alt + "Any Key Of Your Choice." Heres what you have to do:

1. Make shortcuts of the programs you want shortcuts to somewhere in your start menu.

2. Right click on one of them and click on Properties.

3. Now click on Shortcut if its not already there.

4. Click on ShortCut Key's white area box and type a letter other than ones used

by XP like Ctrl Alt Del and stuff. I used the number 1 through 0 (after 9).

Do that and it should work. If it doesn't make sure its in the Programs part of

the Start Menu, I haven't tried outside programs, if it still doesn't work go to

the help section and ask a microsoft person.

Services Info and Configurations

Do you mean that out of 89 services, 36 are set to Automatic as DEFAULT, but,

we MAY only need 5 running? In short, yes.

More detail on XP Service decriptions and dependencies can be found at:

https://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm

Suggested configurations for tuning internet gateway and gaming systems can be found at:

https://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Show Administrative Tools on Start Menu

Right Click on Start, and select Properties, and then click on Customize

Click on the Advanced tab, and in the Start Menu Items box, scroll down to the bottom

In the System Administrative Tools, either click on:

Display on the All Programs Menu

Display on the All Programs Menu and the Start Menu (may require you to log in and out again to see the entry on the Start Menu)

Click on OK to confirm your choices

If you are using the Classic Start Menu

Right Click on Start, and select Properties, and then click on Customize

In Advanced Start Menu Items box, check the Display Administrative Tools (should be first item in list)

Click on OK to confirm your choices

Shutdown XP 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:

Start Regedit.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control.

Click on the "Control" Folder.

Select "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"

Right click on it and select Modify.

Set it a value lower than 2000 (Mine is set to 200).

Shutdown XP faster 2

Like previous versions of windows, it takes long time to restart or shutdown windows xp

when the "Exit Windows" sound is enabled. to solve this problem you must disable

this useless sound.

click start button then go to settings -> control panel -> Sound,

Speech and Audio devices -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Sounds,

then under program events and windows menu click on "Exit Windows" sub-menu and highlight it.

now from sounds you can select,choose "none" and then click apply and ok.

now you can see some improvements when shutting down your system.

Slow start-up when using Norton Internet Security 2002?

If you are using Norton Internet Security 2002, and are experiencing slow start-up of XP.

i.e. you can see the desktop with icons etc. but it takes 30-60sec before you

can start using the computer.

1. Click on start buttom.

2. Select control panel

3. Open "Network Connections"

4. Under "LAN and High-Speed Internet", right-click on your "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties"

5. Under "General" tab, select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and select "Properties.

6. Select "Use the following IP address:"

7. Under "IP address" enter following : 192.168.0.1

8. Under "Subnet Mask:" enter following : 255.255.255.0

9. Click "Ok"

Speed up Detailed view in Explorer

If you like to view your files in Windows Explorer using the "Details" view

here is a tweak to speed up the listing of file attributes:

Viewing files in Windows Explorer using the "Details" mode shows various attributes

associated with each file shown. Some of these must be retrieved from the

individual files when you click on the directory for viewing.

For a directory with numerous and relatively large files

(such as a folder in which one stores media, eg: *.mp3's, *.avi's etc.)

Windows Explorer lags as it reads through each one. Here's how to disable viewing of

unwanted attributes and speed up file browsing:

1. Open Windows Explorer

2. Navigate to the folder which you wish to optimize.

3. In "Details" mode right click the bar at the top which displays the names of the attribute columns.

4. Uncheck any that are unwanted/unneeded.

Explorer will apply your preferences immediately, and longs lists of unnecessary attributes will not be displayed.

Likewise, one may choose to display any information which is regarded as needed, getting more out of Explorer.

Speeding up your pentium 2 by 50%

We all know that you really shouldn't try to run Windows XP on anything less that about a

Pentium 3 of some sort if you are out for speedy operations and amazing reaction times,

but for those of us with the good old Pentium 2's who want to see just how well

we can run XP, we have to tweak as much as we can where-ever we can. A real killer

to the system's performance is Windows Media Player. Although it may look desirable

and fancy with it's rounded off edges and 3rd-Dimensional appearance, the truth is,

it takes up a large amount of that precious processing power. All of these troubles however,

lead to one thing in particular with this 'new-look' over-rated music and video player...the Visualisations.

The look-great i'll admit but like a lot of software these days, it has no purpose.

If you run the task manager, and click the Performance tab along the top, you'll see

that when Windows Media Player is running and nothing else is active, it takes up around 50%

of the processors power. Once these visualisations are turned off,

it barely takes up 2-3% of the processors power, which leaves much more room

for other applications to work efficiently. Here's how to disable the feature:

1. Open Media Player

2. Make sure the Now Playing tab on the left is selected.

3. Click the View menu along the top.

4. Go down to Now Playing Tools

5. In the sub-menu that has just 'popped-out', uncheck Show Visualisation.

It's a very simple process and a little boring without the colorful graphics - but then no-one said computing was easy!

Enklast

I Wxp:

kopiera in följande i KÖR pĺ startmenyn och klicka ok:

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

Borta!

Hej... Gĺ in pĺ:

www.tweakxp.com/tweakdatabase/tweakdb_display.aspx?id=1125&d...

Där hittar du text som du sedan ska klistra in i ett text-doc... efter det sĺ sparar du det med ändelsen *.bat.

Kör därefter filen, och starta om datorn.

Dĺ är MSN borta.

Re: Netmeeting

1.Kontrollpanelen

2Lägg till ta bort program

3Installationsprogram för windows

4.Kommunikation

Ĺ avmarkera Netmeeting

Turn on autocomplete for DOS shell

You can enable filename completion in the NT "DOS" shell by editing

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor

and changing the CompletionChar value to 0x00000009

Use active desktop to save memory used by wallpapers

When you choose a wallpaper using the standard method (selecting a background on the desktop tab, in the properties window),

Windows converts this image to a huge .bmp file (even if you selected a .jpg).

Then instead of having a nice 220K wallpaper, you get a 3,15MB wallpaper. To get rid of this,

try using active desktop's web capabilities, like this:

1. Right click on your desktop and select "properties", then select the "desktop" tab.

2. Click on "Customize Desktop".

3. Select the "Web" tab and click on "New..."

4. Browse for your favorite image and click OK when you are done.

5. Make sure "Lock desktop items" is uncheck.

6. Click OK, and OK again.

7. Now your image is like another window. Drag it to where you want and then right clik over it.

8. Select "arrange icons by" and the check "Lock Web Items on Desktop".

9. That's it. Now you have a "low memory usage wallpaper".

With this you can make interesting things, like using various small wallpapers,

or even animated ones!! (you can select an animated .gif too!!). Simply select various images,

and when you click OK, drag all them to its right location, and lock the content again.

PS: If you want to check the huge wallpaper windows makes, select a wallpaper the standard way,

then browse to "C:\Documents and Settings\USER PROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft" (where USER PROFILE,

is the profile you're using, i.e. Administrator). There should be a file called Wallpaper.bmp,

open it and you'll see your cureent wallpaper.

Web pages slow down, FIX.

The tweak is simple. Beside the QoS and others around the Internet for the new XP OS,

I found out that native drivers sometimes slow you down (cable and xDSL users).

So if you have applied all tweaks and you are still having slow downs try reinstalling

your NICs drivers.

I have reinstalled my NIC drivers (I own a CNET generic NIC, native driver is installed

with OS) with the latest found on their website, and now I can really apretiate

all my available bandwith. The difference is noticeable.

My web pages now load almost instantly where they used to take even a minute!

As allways, this tweak worked well for me, but may not work with everybody, just try!

You can go back to native drivers anytime.

Good Luck!

Add_Remove more Windows Components like MSN Explorer and the Accessories programs

Written By: Steve Hamblet | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 7310 | Print Tweak | 11/23/2001

This tweak lets you uninstall Windows Components such as MSN Explorer and programs in the Accessories menu on the 'All Programs' menu.

1. Edit the hidden system file SYSOC.INF in the Windows/System/Inf folder (or WINNT/System/Inf if you upgraded from NT or 2000).

2. Delete all instances of the word HIDE. Don't put any spaces inbetween the commas.

3. Save your changes.

4. Open 'Add or Remove Programs' in Control Panel.

5. Click on 'Add/Remove Windows Components. You will now see options for 'Accessories and Utilities' (the programs in the Accessories menu on the Start panel), MSN Explorer and several other components.

6. Uncheck the tick box to remove that component or check it to install it from your XP CD.

Be careful what components you remove though!

avi files causing high cpu usage again with installation of XP SP1

Views: 3139 | Print Tweak | 10/19/2002 3:15:19 AM

I have recently installed Windows XP SP1 update and have found that the problem with avi files causing 100% cpu usage started happening all over again. I tried to do the original tweak shown on the site, but the registry key specified was already deleted. I searched around and found this tweak that fixes the problem, in both the original release of Windows XP and the SP1 update.

The ultimate solution

To correct the misbehavior in Windows XP, remove the following registry key.

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\\InProcServer32"

This will prevent Explorer from loading shmedia.dll in response to file property queries on these files. This will not effect your ability to play files, get file attributes, or even view thumbnails. I really think Microsoft is trying to make sure people only use mpeg

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by Surfrider

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com

Written By: Nutterpc | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 938 | Print Tweak | 2/16/2002

Howdy all........Whats the one thing we hate most when copying something from CD, for me at least, is the speed in which the data is copied.

After many months of research, I have found what I consider the best CDFS settings to have, and my DVD drive never copied so good ;)

Here is the changes that must be made

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\CDFS

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

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

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

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

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

Let the ripping begin ;)

Changing the listening Port on Remote Desktop

Views: 16401 | Print Tweak | 8/12/2002

You can use the Remote Desktop feature in Windows XP Professional to connect to your computer from another, remote computer. WARNING: The Remote Assistance feature in Windows XP may not work properly if you change the listening port. To change the port that Remote Desktop listens on:

Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).

Locate the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP- Tcp\PortNumber

On the Edit menu, click Modify, click Decimal, type the new port number, and then click OK.

Quit Registry Editor.

NOTE: When you try to connect to this computer by using the Remote Desktop connection, you must type the new port.

Update: I forgot to inform you that you need to add this to the default.rdp file for the XP terminal client... Add this line anywhere in the file.

server port:i:your port number

ie server port:i:21

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by Oak

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com

Create a shortcut to lock computer

Written By: Steve | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 13079 | Print Tweak | 8/24/2001

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.

disable "shortcut to" prefix without external programs

Written By: BunnYPandA | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 1894 | Print Tweak | 12/1/2001

This tweak stops windows creating the annoying "shotcut to" prefix when creating shortcuts to the desktop via either dragging/ dropping or right clicking and selecting send to . This means that you do not need to rename all those shortcuts on your desktop . Here's how -

Start Registry Editor.

Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Modify the data value of the Link value to be 00 00 00 00.

NOTE : For Windows 95, the Link value does not exist by default. Create the Link value as a Binary value, with a data value of 00 00 00 00.

Restart the computer.

How to really get rid of unneccesary software

Written By: mort rigdon | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 10011 | Print Tweak | 11/25/2001

to uninstall things like msn messenger and other hidden installs thru add remove programs, do this:

find sysoc.inf (you might have to enable "show hidden files" and "show hidden/protected system folders" in explorer) and open it in notepad

replace all ",hide" with "," (both with out quotes) which is easiest to do with the replace all command under edit

then in add/remove programs under add/remove windows compnents and whole new list of things to uninstall and add are now listed (such as internet explorer)

How to Speed up Windows XP dramastically

Views: 4307 | Print Tweak | 9/30/2002 2:16:59 AM

I am an avid gamer and I am sure that many of you out there want to speed up your computer for a myrad of reasons, well it seems the good folks at Computer Gaming World know how to tweak their systems. Here are FIVE tweaks to help speed up the performance of Windows XP.

#1: Murder the Maintainance Apps Start by choosing the System icon in the Control Panel. There are three things here to eliminate: System Restore, Automatic Updating, and Remote Assistance. Navigate each tab and check or uncheck the appropriate boxes and select the appropriate radio buttons to cleanse your system of these largely useless applications.

#2: Toss out Windows Messaging Ready to kill that stupid little buddy icon that nobody uses? Choose Start and Run, and type C:\Windows\INF\SYSOC.INF. Substitute your Windows directory if necessary. This will open up a text file that maliciously hides some programs from the Add/Remove Programs folder. Find the line that starts with "msmsgs=" and edit the word "hide" out of it. Save the file, open Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs, and click on the Windows components button. Scroll down, and you'll find Windows Messaging just waiting to be unchecked.

#3: Purge Unnecessary Services Open Control Panel, selct Administrative Tools, and then select Services. Here you'll see a list of things running in the background to enable certain functions of Windows XP. Some start automatically, and you don't need all of them. Turn them off by setting them to manual: right-click on the service, choose Properties, pull down the Startup box, and select Manual. Some functions you will turn off include Automatic Updates, Error Reporting, Indexing, Internet Connection Firewall (unless you're using it, of course), Messenger, NVIDIA Driver Helper, Portable Media Serial Number, System Restore, and Task Scheduler.

#4: Reign the Swap File XP is conservative when it first sets up the paging file and then uses precious resources to resize it. Take that control out of Windows' hands by making your swap files huge and static. Open the Control Panel and choose System, select the Advanced tab, click on Performance settings button, and go to the Advanced tab. There, you can set your own swap file size. If you have a large drive and enough free space, make it 1000MB. Choose the Change button and make both the Initial and Maximum sizes 1000MB. Otherwise, make it as large as possible. You'll have to reboot when you're done.

#5: Get rid of stupid startup items. Finally, you can purge your system tray of silly files by hitting them where they live: in your Startup folder and "run" registry key. The easy way to do this is to use the System Configuration Utility. Launch it by hitting the Start button and then choosing Run. Type MSCONFIG. Choose the Startup tab. Uncheck anything frivolous, like Creative Labs AudioHQ, quick launchers from RealPlayer, MusicMatch, WinAmp, Kazaa, Microsoft Office; and-unless you use their special functions-hardware utilities like MouseWare and Microsoft SideWinder. The beauty of the System Configuration utility is that if you uncheck something and discover that part of your system doesn't work, all you have to do is go back and check it again.

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by Robb Frye

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com

Improve NTFS Performance

Views: 166413 | Print Tweak | 8/12/2002

The NTFS file system is the recommended file system because of its advantages in terms of reliability and security and because it is required for large drive sizes. However, these advantages come with some overhead. You can modify some functionality to improve NTFS performance as follows:

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

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

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

Reboot after making changes.

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by Nmohamad

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com

Increase available bandwidth for network connections

Written By: BigBrother | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 207184 | Print Tweak | 11/20/2001

This will help increase your bandwidth for any network connection in Windows XP PRO.

1. Make sure your logged on as actually "Administrator". do not log on with any account that just has administrator privileges. To log in as an administrator:

-click on start->logoff->logoff

-in the logon screen hold Ctrl+Alt+Del.

-in the user field type 'Administrator' <-case sensitive.

-in the password field type the password for the administrator (if you don't have one leave blank)

-press ok

2. Start - run - type gpedit.msc

3. Expand the "Computer configuration" branch

4. Expand the "Administrative templates" branch

5. Expand the "Network" branch

6. Highlight the "QoS Packet Scheduler" in left window

7. In right window double click the "limit reservable bandwidth" setting

8. On setting tab check the "enabled" item

9. Where it says "Bandwidth limit %" change it to read 0-- Click apply, OK, exit gpedit.msc

10. Go to your Network connections (start->my computer->my network connection-> view network connections). Right click on your connection, choose properties then under the General or the Networking tab (where it lists your protocols) make sure QoS packet scheduler is enabled.

11. Reboot , now you are all done.

This is more of a "counter what XP does" thing. In other words, XP seems to want to reserve 20% of the bandwidth for itself even with QoS disabled. So why not use it to your advantage. To demonstrate the problem, start up a big download from a server with an FTP client. Try to find a server that doesn't max out your bandwidth. In this case you want a slow to medium speed server to demonstrate this. Let it run for a couple of minutes to get stable. The start up another download from the same server with another instance of your FTP client. You will notice that the available bandwidth is now being fought over and one of the clients download will be very slow or both will slow down when they should both be using the available bandwidth. Using this "tweak" both clients will have a fair share of the bandwidth and will not fight over the bandwidth.

For more information on QoS: Refer to the Microsoft Knowledge base article by clicking here.

Log on as Administrator in Normal Mode

Views: 8367 | Print Tweak | 9/15/2002

When you install Windows XP an Administrator Account is created (you are asked to supply an administrator password), but the "Welcome Screen" does not give you the option to log on as Administrator unless you boot up in Safe Mode.

First you must ensure that the Administrator Account is enabled:

1 open Control Panel

2 open Administrative Tools

3 open Local Security Policy

4 expand Local Policies

5 click on Security Options

6 ensure that Accounts: Administrator account status is enabled

Then follow the instructions from the "Win2000 Logon Screen Tweak" ie.

1 open Control Panel

2 open User Accounts

3 click Change the way users log on or log off

4 untick Use the Welcome Screen

5 click Apply Options

You will now be able to log on to Windows XP as Administrator in Normal Mode

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by Pod

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com

Daca aveti instalat win2k sau XP si navigati pe LANu nostru din camin veti vedea ca anumite

calcuri va cer un user si o parola. Acestea probabil au tot w2k sau xp si de obicei dati guest

si fara nici o parola. Dar daca vreti sa va logati la acel calculator ca un alt user (daca aveti

cont pe calcu' ala - de ex daca vi se sharuie cu full access un director de obicei vi se creeaza

un cont si o parola) windowsu nu va mai cere user si parola ci se conecteaza tot ca guest. Si

atunci injurati ca nu puteti intra in directoru' ala care e shared numa pt voi. Solutia:

- dati comanda "net use * /delete" si apoi incercati sa intrati din nou pe calcu' ala. Veti

vedea ca acum windows va va cere user si parola, si de data asta puteti putea opta pt useru

corespunzator necesitatilor.

Daca metoda nu functioneaza atunci e vreo alta hiba la mijloc. Sapati! (btw, FUCK MS-WIN!)

Media Player 9

Views: 92 | Print Tweak | 8/25/2002 10:27:25 AM

When installing WMP 9 it leaves a watersign on your desktop. You can easily remove this with:

regedit:

HKey_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\microsoft\system certificates\CA\certificates\FEE449EE0E3965A5246F00E87FDE2A065FD89D4

HKey_Local_Machine\software\microsoft\system certificates\ROOT\certificates\2BD63D28D7BCD0E251195AEB519243C13142EBC3

Remove both lines and restart computer.

That's all

Modify auto-reboot setting

Views: 36938 | Print Tweak | 8/12/2002

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_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl

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.

No more low disk space messages

Written By: James | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 7290 | Print Tweak | 11/4/2001

go into registry with REGEDIT.EXE, go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\

and (if not already there) add DWORD (without quotes) "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks" and change the value to 1. Restart.

Written By: Mat Rigbye | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 4846 | Print Tweak | 2/11/2002

This tweak quickly completes website address in Internet Explorer by adding the www. prefix and the .com suffix

1. Type the main name of the website. eg. "microsoft"

2. Press CTRL + Enter

3. IE completes the address to "www.microsoft.com" and starts going to the site.

Notes:

Works on all newer versions of Internet Explorer.

Only completes for www. and .com - not for countries such as .co.uk or .com.au

Reduce 10 second scandisk wait time

Written By: win | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 8783 | Print Tweak | 12/1/2001

Start MS Dos Prompt (Start run CMD)

CHKNTFS/T:4

where 4 is the amount of waity time

CHKNTFS/?

for more info

Remove programs from uninstall list

Written By: Steve | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 8854 | Print Tweak | 8/3/2001

If you deleted a program instead of uninstalling it, most likely the program will still be listed in the windows uninstall list. Follow the directions below to remove programs from list manually.

Start regedit, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.

Delete the folder of the program.

Restoring Access to CD ROMs

Views: 4744 | Print Tweak | 9/8/2002 6:28:40 PM

Restoring Access to CD ROMs

If you removed CD Burning software, or for some other mystical reason, can not longer access your CD ROM's,

in most cases following registry keys needs to be deleted:

Locate and delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters values under the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\

Greeting MrReaL

Visit ww.live-ex.com

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by MrReaL

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com

Sharing and permissions

Written By: Reinier | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 2929 | Print Tweak | 11/29/2001

If you want to share with permissions per user, go to folder options, next go to the tab view and disable 'use simple file sharing'. Now you can set permissions for your shares per user. It doesn't matter if you use the FAT system and even not the NTFS.

Speed up browsing with DNS catch

Written By: Dope Star | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 2255 | Print Tweak | 12/4/2001

when you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth, this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words. This is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000 has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.

You can do this with the registry entries below:

************begin copy and paste***********

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters]

"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001

"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180

"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00

"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d

************end copy and paste***********

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

Swap File Optimization

Written By: moT | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 29657 | Print Tweak | 11/23/2001

Optimizing your swap file may seem a moot point now, memory prices being that low, still it's never a bad idea.

How much swap space do you need? That depends the amount of RAM you have and the programs you use. The rule of the thumb is 1.5 times the amount of system memory, unless you have too much memory on your system (make it 1 times or less) or too much load (make it more than you system's load). Say we decided we must create a swap file of 512MB.

Linux guys have always relied on disk partitions specially designated for the swap. That way, the swap is never fragmented. You can use a similar approach in Windows. If you are doing a fresh install, leave some unpartitioned space in your disk drive to fit the swap file (A little more than 512MB). If your system is already installed, you must use some re-partitioning software like 'Partition Magic'.

In Windows, you have to create and format the swap partition using the Disk Management settings (Start->Control Panel- >Performance and Maintenance->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Storage->Disk Management). Be careful because this tool has the ability to destroy your data if you are not careful!

Make sure you create an 'Extended' partition in the free disk space and then create a 'Logical Drive' inside the extended partition. Apply the changes and then format it. Note that you don't need to format the swap partition using advanced filesystem types like NTFS or FAT32. FAT16 is quite faster than the other two, and since this partition is only going to host one file, you don't need to worry about cluster size. Also, the security/fault tolerant features of NTFS are not needed for the swap, unless of course you are running under *real* tight security.

From then on, it's easy. You have to go to Performance Options (Start->Control Panel->Performance and Maintenance- >Administrative Tools->System->Advanced->Performance->Settings->Advanced->Virtual Memory->Change). Change the values 'Initial Size' and 'Maximum Size' to the size of your swap (512MB). Note that you have to specify the *same* amount for both values. This will keep your swap file from resizing, fragmenting and eventually slowing itself down.

Another cool trick can be used if you have more than one disks. Provided that both disks are of almost the same speed, in the above dialog you can split the swap file in two or more equally sized partitions (256MB each in our example). This will result in greater swap file performance, since the system will be reading from two disks at the same time. This way you will be actually setting up a raid0-like swap!

Good luck and keep those drives spinning! :-)

Turn off system beeps

Views: 16288 | Print Tweak | 8/12/2002

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_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!

Turn off Thumbs.db

Views: 29572 | Print Tweak | 8/12/2002

Thumbs.db is a file which is created in a folder with Movies or Pictures so that you can view a piece of their content without actualy opening them (you can't see thumbnails unless you have the option to view system files turned on). Thumbs.db is there so that you don't need to reload a thumbnail everytime you browse that folder. Sad fact is, is Thumbs.db takes up about 2kb per file and if you edit a lot of stuff its annoying to keep seeing them popping up all over your computer. You can remove thumbs.db quite easily by following these steps:

1. Go to Run in the startmenu

2. Type gpedit.msc

3. Click OK and the Group Policy will open

4. Go to User Configuration/Administrative Template/Windows Components/ Windows Explorer

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the long list of stuff that now shows up in the menu on the right. Double-Click on Turn off caching of thumbnail pictures.

6. Click on Enable then Apply, Ok. And now you no longer have this annoying problem.

Tweak written by or based on information submitted by Jake (Phat)

Copyright © 2001-2002 TweakXP.com


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