Windows XP keeps a record of all files on the
hard disk so searching for files is faster, but, it is unnecessary if you
do not search for files on your hard drive much, and will slow down other
file operations, such as open, or close.
- Open my computer
- Right click your hard drive and select
- Uncheck the "Allow indexing service to
index this disk for faster searches," box at the bottom.
- A window will pop up and select apply to all
folders and subfolders, this will probably take a minute or two for
the changes to take affect but then you should enjoy slightly faster
With this tweak, you can add
specific programs or files to your Send To option when you right click.
and Settings\Username\SendTo (X is your drive, username is your
Make and delete shortcuts
Disclaimer: This tip should not be
used for pirated keys! It is intended to change from one legitimate
key to another. This may be necessary for those who purchased VLK's
that were stolen from them, and had new licenses granted by MS. It
may also be necessary for those who purchased a used system, and would
like to have their key associated with their OS. The use of this
information, though freely available in Microsoft's tech articles, is
intended for legal use.
- Run regedit (Start>Run>regedit>ok) and
the right pane double click on "oobetimer". This
will bring up the hex codes. Change at least one digit of this value
to anything but what it originally was. It really doesn't matter.
Keep in mind that what you enter must still be in line with the
hex-decimal format. (Important: The hex-decimal format consists
only of the numbers 1 thru 9 and the letters a through f.
Example: If it says "ff d5 71 d6 b3 8d..." Change the
"ff" to "1f". You can not change it to let's
say "fg" because the value "g" does not exist in
the hex-decimal system.) This will deactivate windows. Exit
- Choose Run from start menu again and type in
this command: "oobe/msoobe /a" (without the
quotes, of course) to get the activation screen. Then you will want to
Activate by phone, so Click on "Activate by phone" (no you
will not be activating by phone). Click Next.
- In the new screen choose the option to change
product key, and type in the new product key (Corporate one only). You
cannot use the famous blacklisted "FCKGW" key. Enter your
new legitimate key....no need to click next. Do not click Update.
If you do its ok.. but you don't need to ... you now should reboot.
Just close that window, and reboot your system.
- Once rebooted check to make sure that you're
activated. (Enter the command in step 2 again to verify your
activation , you should see "Windows Is Already Activated".)
You're done! Be sure to download
SP1 for extremely important security updates. This is very
important, as there are many exploits and vulnerabilities in the pre-SP1
The temporary internet files
clutter your hard drive with copies of each page visited. These can build
up over time and take up disk space. Even more bothersome is that instead
of getting new pages each time IE often takes the page out the temp
internet files. This can be a problem if you are viewing a website that is
updated all the time. If you are on a slow connection such as a 56K or
lower then this can be good but if you are on a fast broadband connection,
like me, then you can get away with decreasing the size of your temp
internet files to just one meg without any performance decrease. To
Open Internet Explorer
Go to Tools > Internet Options
On the General Tab, you will see
Temporary Internet Files. Click on Settings.
Change to the desired level with
In this same area, you can also change the location that IE saves these
The default search engine of Microsoft Internet explorer is MSN.
Uggh! Everybody knows Google rules. Here's how to change your
default search engine to Google.com
- Open regedit. (Start>Run>regedit)
- Navigate to following three keys separately and
change it as shown below:
If you have 512MB or or more of RAM, you do not need a swap file.
Here's how to remove it:
- Right click on My Computer and select
- Select the Advanced tab and click on the
Settings button for Performance.
- Click again on Advanced tab.
- Click the Change button under Virtual Memory
- Choose no paging file.
If you don't like the change, follow the same
steps and change the paging file size to whatever you want (usually 1.5
times the physical RAM).
can further gain by applying following changes in registry. Open the
Registry up again (Start>Run>regedit). Navigate to:
Management, and look for DisablePagingExecutive. Default value is 0
(disabled). Set it to 1 to enable.
You can disable the windows XP splash screen,
but you should be aware that removing the splash screen will also cause
you not to see any boot-up messages, such as chkdsk, but it should boot a
little quicker also:
- Edit boot.ini with a text editor (notepad will
do just fine).
- Add " /noguiboot" right after "/fastdetect".
If you've received some anonymous messages
popping up on your windows XP or 2000 systems, it may be messenger spam,
people are taking advantage of the messenger service that allows
administrators to monitor servers and send out service messages over
- Open the Control Panel, and then double-click
- Double click the Services entry.
- In the list of services listed in the resulting
in the Services dialog box, locate the messenger entry, and
- Click the Stop button in the service status
section and then in the same dialogue box, change the start-up type to
- Log on to the computer as Administrator.
- Open Control
- Click Performance
and Maintenance, and then click System.
- Click the Advanced
tab, and then under Performance,
- Click the Advanced
tab, and then under Virtual
memory, click Change.
- In the Drive
(Volume Label) list, click a drive other than the one on
which Windows is installed. Under Total
paging file size for all drives, note the value that is
displayed next to Recommended.
- Click Custom
size, and then type the recommended value in the Initial
size (MB) box.
- Type the maximum size that you want to allow
for paging in the Maximum
size (MB) box, and then click Set.
- In the Drive
(Volume Label) box, click the drive on which Windows is
installed (usually the drive C), and then use one of the following
- The following message appears:
"The changes you have made require
you to restart your computer before they can take effect."
Click OK, click OK,
click OK, and then click Yes
when you are prompted to restart the computer.
If an older application gives you trouble when
running Windows XP, you can set the compatibility properties manually so
that the program runs in a different mode, such as Windows 95, or in a
different display or resolution setting. To set the compatibility
properties for a program:
- Right–click the executable or the program
shortcut to the executable, and then click Properties.
- Select the Run this program in compatibility
mode check box.
- From the list, select an operating system that
the program runs in comfortably.
- If necessary, also change the display settings
and/or resolution, or disable the Windows XP visual themes.
Run the program again when you’re finished
changing the settings. Adjust the compatibility settings again if the
program is still not running smoothly: a program that won't work on
Windows XP may with Win98 or NT SP 5 turned on!
It seems that Windows XP installs
two separate versions of the NIC card. One you do not normally see in any
properties. Remember the "netcap/?" command above showing two
different adapters? The LAN one is the one you see. The invisible one
slows everything down and its like your running two separate cards
together, sharing a connection among two cards. This method breaks This
"bond" and allows the NIC to run unhindered. Perform this
tweak only if you have let Windows XP create a connection on install for
your cable modem/NIC combination and that your connection has TCP/IP, QoS,
File and Print Sharing, and Client for Microsoft Networks ,only
installed. Do this only if XP will detect your NIC and has drivers for it.
If it doesn't do not try this.
- Right click on the My Network Places icon on
your desktop and choose properties.
- Right click the connection and choose
- Uncheck the two bindings boxes for File and
Printer sharing and Client for MS networks.
- Click OK.
- Insert the Windows XP CD
- In the support directory, open Support.cab (WinAce
works well for this).
- Extract the file netcap.exe and place it in a
directory named netcap on your C:\ drive.
- Open up a command prompt window
(Start>Run>Command) and change directories to to netcap (cd\,
enter, cd\netcap, enter)
- Type netcap/?. It will list some commands that
are available for netcap and a netmon driver will be installed. At the
bottom you will see your adapters. (You should see two if using a 3Com
card. One will be for LAN and the other will be for WAN).
- Type "netcap/Remove". This will
remove the netmon driver.
- Open up Control Panel / System / Device
Manager. and look at your network adapters. You should now see two of
them and one will have a yellow exclamation point next to it.
- Right click on the one without the yellow
exclamation point and choose uninstall. (you are uninstalling your
network adapter, continue with the uninstall. Don't worry. Do
not restart yet).
- Check your connection properties to make sure
that no connection exists. If you get a wizard just cancel out of it.
- Restart the machine and go to your Connection
Properties again. You should have a new connection called
"Local Area Connection 2".
- Right click on the connection and go to
Properties. Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings
for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks.
- Click OK.
- Choose Connection Properties and uncheck the
- Restart the machine and enjoy the increased
responsiveness of IE, faster page loading, and a connection speed
Unless and until you have run into issues and fixing XP (in which case
you have to go to Safe Mode to login as Administrator), you can get to
administrator screen by simply pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE twice at the main
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache. Look for a file named "syncapp"
and double click it. An icon should appear on your desktop that says
"My Briefcase". Double click it and it will come up with this
window that tells you how to use it.
These restrictions allow you to block unwanted web sites from
downloading software onto your system. This can be useful in disabling the
installation of some common "cursor" programs:
- Open your registry and find the key below.
- Create a new sub-key for each site you want to
block, naming it based on the top-level domain for the site. For
example to block www.restricted.com you would create a new sub-key
restricted.com. Under the sub-key create a new DWORD value called
"*" and set it to equal "4".
Value Name: *
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (4 = restricted)
- Restart Internet Explorer for the change to
setting can also be applied on a user-by-user basis by modifying the same
key under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive.
A year or so ago, I though my box was hacked.
When I would attempt to type a document or enter a web address, words
would pop up that I never typed! That scared me. I realized after a while
that whenever I spoke, the words (or similar sounding words) would start
appearing on my screen. I finally realized that this had something to do
with VR (Voice Recognition) and did some research. What I found is that
Office 2000 and Office XP install a program called ctfmon. Ctfmon.exe
monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for
speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and
other alternative user input technologies. Microsoft claims that it
doesn't hog resources. That's a flat out lie though. It hogs resources
like you wouldn't believe. You can't remove ctfmon from msconfig! The best
way to disble this annoying resouce hog is:
Step 1: Uninstall Alternative User
- Quit all Office programs.
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click
Control Panel. NOTE: In Windows XP, click Start and then click Control
- In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove
Programs.NOTE: In Windows XP, click Add or Remove Programs.
- In the Currently installed programs list, click
to select Microsoft Office XP product, where Office XP product is the
name of the specific Office product being used. If you are using a
standalone version of one of the Office programs, click to select the
appropriate product in the list. Click Change.
In the Maintenance Mode Options dialog box, select Add or Remove
Features, and then click Next. This displays the Choose installation
options for all Office applications and tools dialog box.
- Click the plus sign (+) next to Office Shared
Features to expand it.
- Click the icon next to Alternative User Input,
and then select Not Available.
- Click Update.
NOTE: If you have multiple Office XP products installed, for example,
Office XP Professional and Publisher 2002, you must repeat the preceding
steps for each installed product.
Step 2: Remove Alternative User Input Services from Text
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click
- In the Control Panel, double-click Text
Services. NOTE: In Windows XP, click Date, Time, Language, and
Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options. On the
Languages tab, click Details.
- Under Installed Services, select each input
item that is listed, and then click Remove to remove the item. All
items must be removed, one by one, except the following input service:
English (United States)- default Keyboard United States 101
Step 3: Run Regsvr32 /U on the
Msimtf.dll and Msctf.dll Files
- Click Start and then click Run.
- In the Run dialog box, type the following
command: Regsvr32.exe /u msimtf.dll
- Click OK.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3 for the Msctf.dll
This is really, really, cool. Microsoft
has a little known applet available for free, that lets you adjust the
clear type font on your computer (a 3d rendered font that appears to be
transparent and or shadowed). That is, it lets you tune it to your
eyes. This really works, and may be one of the coolest things
I've found. It changes the transparency and shadowing on your fonts
to give them a more subtle, smooth look. Try it out by clicking here!
If you are having a problem with programs
hanging and your system contains an AGP video adapter and an AMD Athlon
Processors, you may need to add or edit the following Registry key:
Value Name: LargePageMinimum
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0xFFFFFFFF in Hex / 4294967295 in
Be sure to backup your Registry