Fine tuning Windows XP


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    Post by +uc.Un1x on Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:54 am

    This tutorial is meant for increasing the performance of Windows XP,
    either it can be a fresh installed windows or an old windows
    installation. Very Happy

    Actually these are some tips & tricks, which I always apply
    whenever I installed Windows XP on my home computer. So here I'm
    sharing many of those tips-n-tricks:

    1) First I can tell you some Registry tricks, which can be applied
    without any problem or doubt and I believe these tricks will surely
    help in increasing the performance of your windows.

    Copy the following code in Notepad, save the text file with name Tweaks.reg then run the file:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]

    @="Command &Prompt Here"
    @="%windir%\\System32\\cmd.exe /k cd \"%1\""
    @="Command &Prompt Here"
    @="%windir%\\System32\\cmd.exe /k cd \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]



    2) Right-click somewhere on Desktop and select the
    Properties option, Now in the new window goto the Appearance tab and
    click on the Effects button. Now in the new opened window uncheck the
    following options:

    a.) Use the following transition effect for menus & tooltips.
    b.) Show shadows under menus.
    c.) Show window contents while dragging. (you may remain this option
    checked as I hv in my screenshot. It depends upon ur choice.)
    d.) Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts. You may
    select "Standard" for this. I have selected "Clear Type" cause I have a
    TFT monitor, ClearType does not work properly for CRT monitors.

    3) Right-click on the My Computer icon on Desktop and select Properties
    (or press key + key), now goto Advanced
    tab in new window and click on Settings button in Performance section:

    Now uncheck all the options in Visual Effects, but u can remain following options checked acc. to ur choice:

    a.) Show window contents while dragging.
    b.) Smooth edges of screen fonts.
    c.) Use common tasks in folders (If u use the left side pane in My computer, I don't use it.)
    d.) Use drop shadows on icon labels on the desktop. (to make the desktop icons label transparent.)
    e.) Use visual styles on windows and buttons. (If u use XP themes.)

    4) In Windows Explorer, open Tools -> Folder Options and click on View tab:

    Now uncheck following options:

    a.) Automatically search for network folders & printers.
    b.) Display file size information in folder tips.
    c.) Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list.
    d.) Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color. (I don't use this option.)
    e.) Show pop-up description for folder and desktop icons.
    f.) Use simple file sharing.

    Other remaining options are totally based upon user's requirements,
    they usually don't affect the performance! So u can enable/disable them
    acc. to ur requirements.

    5.) Right-click on the My Computer icon on Desktop and select Manage.
    Now goto Services & Applications -> Services. Here you can set
    many services to Manual, which u don't want to start as soon as the
    windows starts. Following is a thread, in which I posted a small
    tutorial for knowing about which service should be set to MANUAL and
    which should be set to AUTOMATIC:

    Windows XP Services that can be Safely set to MANUAL:
    * Alerter
    * Computer Browser
    * Distributed Link Tracking Client (If you have NTFS partition, then don't disable it)
    * Fast User Switching Capability (removes Switch Users option)
    * Indexing service
    * Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing
    * Messenger
    * Remote Registry (Always disable it for Security purposes)
    * Secondary Logon
    * Server
    * System Restore (If you don't use System Restore)
    * TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service
    * Uninterruptible Power Supply
    * Upload Manager
    * Wireless Zero Configuration

    6) Start -> Run and type msconfig, now goto Startup tab and uncheck
    the entries, which u don't want to start automatically with the
    windows, like u can get display settings utility entry there, and many

    7) Open Sound & Audio Devices in Control Panel (or type mmsys.cpl
    in RUN), goto Sounds tab and select No Sounds in Sound Scheme section.
    Or u can remain some of ur favorite sounds there but set Exit Windows,
    Start Windows, Windows Logoff, Windows Logon to (None).

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