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    do you know an xp trick? post it here

    ok i think this could be fun
    i'm sure we could get five tricks here in a short while

    post anything that you feel is helpful

    i'll start


    click on the start button
    select run
    type .
    press enter

    did you see where that takes you?

    pretty cool if you want to do some housekeeping

    cheers
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    axcel216 this guy is the guru of tips and tweaks he started my addiction to pc tweaking yrs ago....all flavors of windows and dos.



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    Window Refresh - Automatically

    Start/Run/Regedit
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update. Value Name: UpdateMode, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: default = 1. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, named "UpdateMode" and set it to equal "0" for faster updates. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.



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    Windows Key - Commands

    Windows: Display the Start menu
    Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows
    Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer
    Windows + F: Display Search for files
    Windows + Ctrl + F: Display Search for computer
    Windows + F1: Display Help and Support Center
    Windows + R: Display Run dialog box
    Windows + break: Display System Properties dialog box
    Windows + shift + M: Undo minimize all windows
    Windows + L: Lock the workstation
    Windows + U: Open Utility Manager

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    Zip Folders - To disable ZIP files being shown as folders

    Click Start/Run, enter the string below, and click OK: regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll

    You should receive a dialog that says "DllUnregisterServer in zipfldr.dll succeeded." To restore the default behavior, simply do the same with this string: regsvr32 zipfldr.dll


    CD-Rom Burning - Allow limited users access to CD Burning:

    To allow Limited User's to burn CD's, click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT. Go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    Look in the right pane for AllocateDASD and double click the entry. Set the value to 2.

    On PRO, this is exposed in Local Security Policy under Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
    "Devices: Allowed to format and eject removable media"

    For XP Pro, you can do this by clicking Start, Run and entering SECPOL.MSC.

    Go to Local Policies, Security Options, look in the right pane for Devices: Allowed to Format and eject removable media. Set this option to Administrators and Interactive Users.




    Non-Responding Programs/Apps at Shutdown

    You can tell Windows XP to automatically close all non responding windows. Go to Start/Run/Regedit

    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop and set the value to 1.


    Last edited by egghead; September 5th, 2002 at 23:10 PM.

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    Services - Disable


    To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the "Services" Admin Tool (Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.

    Alerter
    Clipbook
    Computer Browser
    Fast User Switching
    Human Interface Access Devices
    Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
    Messenger
    Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
    Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
    Remote Procedure Call Locator
    Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
    Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
    Server
    SSDP Discovery Service ("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

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    use the hd as the xp cd

    Copy the contents of the I386 folder from your XP CD to your hard drive. Then go to Start/Run/Regedit. Go to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

    In the right pane, change SourcePath to reflect your settings.




    The complete list of startup locations in Windows

    Feb. 24, 2002


    By Al Fasoldt
    Copyright 2002, Al Fasoldt
    Copyright 2002, The Post-Standard

    Most programs on a Windows PC run only when you want them to. But there are others that always start up with Windows, whether you want them to or not. Getting rid of such unwelcome guests can be a major project if you don't have help.

    I've written about this problem before (search using the word "startup" -- without quotes -- at the Technofile site, twcny.rr.com/technofile) and have talked about it on radio and TV. But I'd never done what many of you have asked -- provided a full explanation of all the ways Windows uses to launch programs automatically when it starts up.
    You have your wish. Here is a complete list.

    1. Start Up folder. Windows opens every item in the Start Menu's Start Up folder. This folder is prominent in the Programs folder of the Start Menu. Notice that I did not say that Windows "runs" every program that is represented in the Start Up folder. I said it "opens every item." There's an important difference.
    Programs represented in the Start Up folder will run, of course. But you can have shortcuts in the Start Up folder that represent documents, not programs.
    For example, if you put a Microsoft Word document in the Start Up folder, Word will run and automatically open that document at bootup; if you put a WAV file there, your audio software will play the music at bootup, and if you put a Web-page Favorite there, Internet Explorer (or your own choice of a browser) will run and open that Web page for you when the computer starts up. (The examples cited here could just as easily be shortcuts to a WAV file or a Word document, and so on.)

    2. REGISTRY. Windows executes all instructions in the "Run" section of the Windows Registry. Items in the "Run" section (and in other parts of the Registry listed below) can be programs or files that programs open (documents), as explained in No. 1 above.

    3. REGISTRY. Windows executes all instructions in the "RunServices" section of the Registry.

    4. REGISTRY. Windows executes all instructions in the "RunOnce" part of the Registry.

    5. REGISTRY. Windows executes instructions in the "RunServicesOnce" section of the Registry. (Windows uses the two "RunOnce" sections to run programs a single time only, usually on the next bootup after a program installation.)

    6. BATCH FILE. Windows executes all instructions in the Winstart batch file, located in the Windows folder. (This file is unknown to nearly all Windows users and most Windows experts, and might not exist on your system. You can easily create it, however. Note that some versions of Windows call the Windows folder the "WinNT" folder.) The full filename is WINSTART.BAT.

    7. INITIALIZATION FILE. Windows executes instructions in the "RUN=" line in the WIN.INI file, located in the Windows (or WinNT) folder.

    8. INITIALIZATION FILE. Windows executes instructions in the "LOAD=" line in the WIN.INI file, located in the Windows (or WinNT) folder.

    9. RELAUNCHING. Windows reruns programs that were running when Windows shut down. Windows cannot do this with most non-Microsoft programs, but it will do it easily with Internet Explorer and with Windows Explorer, the file-and-folder manager built into Windows. If you have Internet Explorer open when you shut Windows down, Windows will reopen IE with the same page open when you boot up again. (If this does not happen on your Windows PC, someone has turned that feature off. Use Tweak UI, the free Microsoft Windows user interface manager, to reactivate "Remember Explorer settings," or whatever it is called in your version of Windows.)

    10. TASK SCHEDULER. Windows executes autorun instructions in the Windows Task Scheduler (or any other scheduler that supplements or replaces the Task Scheduler). The Task Scheduler is an official part of all Windows versions except the first version of Windows 95, but is included in Windows 95 if the Microsoft Plus Pack was installed.

    11. SECONDARY INSTRUCTIONS. Programs that Windows launches at startup are free to launch separate programs on their own. Technically, these are not programs that Windows launches, but they are often indistinguishable from ordinary auto-running programs if they are launched right after their "parent" programs run.



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    Neoseeker have posted a comprehensive Windows XP Tweaking Guide.
    View the guide here (7 pages)

    thanks to warp2search

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    Originally posted by phishhead
    axcel216 this guy is the guru of tips and tweaks he started my addiction to pc tweaking yrs ago....all flavors of windows and dos.
    I couldn't agree more! axcel216 is the best. Did you know he started out in the chat room Mac and PC? Also, a very nice person to chat with.
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    To Disable The Notification Area Balloon Tips



    Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
    Navigate to the following subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    Right-click the right pane, create a new DWORD value, and then name it EnableBalloonTips.
    Double-click this new entry, and then give it a hexadecimal value of 0.
    Quit Registry Editor. Log off Windows, and then log back on.
    These steps disable all Notification Area balloon tips for this user. There is no way to disable balloon tips for specific programs only.



    ReferencesWARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
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    ANOTHER SCRIPT TO DISABLE MESSENGER IN WINDOWS

    Got this from Warp2search.net
    works great!
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    here is a doc with alot of great tweaks...Many great members over at xp-erience put this one together...great job.
    Last edited by phishhead; September 17th, 2002 at 15:56 PM.



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    Originally posted by phishhead
    here is a doc with alot of great tweaks...Many great members over at xp-erience put this one together...great job.
    Hi folks,
    Unfortunately, phishhead posted a rather old version of the "tips & tweaks" document.

    This one has more tweaks, less mistakes, and contains all the credits to who created/provided the tweaks, and who worked on the document

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    thanks a bunch for the updated document.. poor phishead... doesn't have the latest stuff...
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    thanks Ramanuman:

    and welcome to techzonez

    your update is the thing that keeps the forum alive



    cheers

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