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    Originally posted by ColdFusion


    what exactly is that point of that ... what does it do ?
    Even if you install the web page tweak I find some pages on the net (including here) are incredibly slow to load.

    Give it a shot. You'll see a noticeable difference.
    Last edited by Joint Chiefs of Staff; 11-03-02 at 05:25 PM.
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    To clear your IE cache it also erases the hard to get rid of entries in your index.dat file.. if anyone can revise this and make it work faster.. feel free to post in the programming forum.

    Copy the following code between the lines. Open up Notepad and past it and save as "IECacheCleanup.js" with the quotes. To use it just double click it. And Answer Yes. then reboot. (maybe I'll find a way to make it close down running applications and restart computer...) (nah.. thats too aggressive.)
    Code:
    //
    // Internet Explorer Cache Cleanup
    //
    
    var TITLE = "IE Cache Cleanup 2.0";
    var wsh   = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell");
    var fso   = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject");
    var env   = wsh.Environment;
    var nfiles = 0;
    var nbytes = 0;
    
    function delcache(dirname) {
    	// Open directory name, catch "not found" error
    	try {
    		var dir = fso.GetFolder(dirname);
      	} catch(err) { return err; }
    	var e;
    	// Delete files in the current directory
    	for (e = new Enumerator(dir.files); !e.atEnd(); e.moveNext()) {
    		var file = e.item();
    		try { file.Delete(1); } catch (err) { }
    	}
    	// Delete subdirectories recursively
    	for (e = new Enumerator(dir.SubFolders); !e.atEnd(); e.moveNext()) {
    		var folder = e.item();
    		delcache(folder);
    		try { folder.Delete(1); } catch (err) { }
    	}
    	return null;
    }
    
    function tally(dirname) {
    	// Open directory name, catch "not found" error
    	try {
    		var dir = fso.GetFolder(dirname);
      	} catch(err) { return err; }
    	var e;
    	// Count number and size of files in this directory
    	for (e = new Enumerator(dir.files); !e.atEnd(); e.moveNext()) {
    		var file = e.item();
    		nbytes += file.Size;
    		nfiles++;
    	}
    	// Count files in the subdirectories as well
    	for (e = new Enumerator(dir.SubFolders); !e.atEnd(); e.moveNext()) {
    		var folder = e.item();
    		tally(folder);
    	}
    	return null;
    }
    
    // Get IE cache directory name from the registry
    var IEDIR = "HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Shell Folders\\Cache";
    var iecache = "";
    try {
    	iecache = wsh.RegRead(IEDIR);
    } catch(err) {}
    if ( iecache && fso.FolderExists(iecache) )
    	iecache = iecache.replace(/\\$/, "");
    
    // Get IE cache max size (in megabytes) from the registry
    var IEMAX = "HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Internet Settings\\Cache\\Content\\CacheLimit";
    var iemax = 0;
    try {
    	iemax = wsh.RegRead(IEMAX);
    } catch(err) {}
    if ( iecache.length < 4 || !iemax ) {
    	wsh.Popup("Cannot determine IE cache directory or settings.",0,TITLE,16);
    	WScript.Quit(1);
    }
    if ( !iecache.match(/temp/i) ) {
    	var msg = "Cache Folder: "+iecache;
    	msg += "\n\nYour cache folder has a very non-standard name. ";
    	msg += "There may be a problem with your configuration. No changes made.";
    	wsh.Popup(msg,0,TITLE+": Too Scary To Delete!",16);
    	WScript.Quit(1);
    }
    
    // Do you really want to go through with it?
    tally(iecache);
    var mb = Math.round(100*(nbytes/(1024*1024)))/100;
    var msg = "Internet Explorer cache will be cleaned:\n\n";
    msg += "Folder:\t"+iecache+"\n";
    msg += "Maximum:\t"+iemax+" MB\n";
    msg += "Currently:\t"+mb+" MB, "+nfiles+" files\n";
    if ( mb > iemax )
    	msg += "(NOTE: Cache space overflow!)\n";
    msg += "\nYou will need to reboot to finish cleaning the cache.";
    msg += "\nDo you want to continue?";
    var yn = wsh.Popup(msg,0,TITLE,36);
    if ( yn != 6 ) {
    	wsh.Popup("Cancelled at your request. No changes made.",0,TITLE,16);
    	WScript.Quit(4);
    }
    
    // Create batch file that will run on boot
    var tmp = env("TEMP") || env("windir")+ "\\Temp";
    var batfile = tmp+"\\iecache!.bat";
    var fh = fso.CreateTextFile(batfile, true);
    fh.WriteLine("prompt $G ");
    fh.WriteLine(iecache.substr(0,2));
    fh.WriteLine("cd \""+iecache+"\"");
    try {
    	fso.GetFolder(iecache+"\\content.ie5");
    	fh.WriteLine("cd content.ie5");
    } catch(err) { }
    fh.WriteLine("attrib -r -h -s index.dat");
    fh.WriteLine("del index.dat");
    fh.WriteLine("rem ------ IE Cache cleanup complete, please close this window. ------");
    fh.Close();
    
    // Goodbye cache, hello disk space!
    delcache(iecache);
    var ROKEY = "HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\RunServicesOnce";
    wsh.RegWrite(ROKEY+"\\ClearCache", batfile);
    
    msg =  "Please reboot NOW to complete the\nInternet Explorer cache cleanup.";
    wsh.Popup(msg,0,TITLE,64);
    WScript.Quit(0);
    Last edited by UnitedWeStand; 07-29-02 at 11:56 PM.

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    nice ...

    ".js" is that javascript ?

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    i get an error:

    Windows Script Host

    Script: C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\Desktop\iechacheclean.js
    Line: 49
    Char: 65
    Error: Uterminated string constant
    Code: 800AO3F7
    Source Microsoft JScript compilation error

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    Originally posted by ColdFusion
    i get an error:

    Windows Script Host

    Script: C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\Desktop\iechacheclean.js
    Line: 49
    Char: 65
    Error: Uterminated string constant
    Code: 800AO3F7
    Source Microsoft JScript compilation error
    For some reason this site won't handle long script lines..
    if you notice in the IECacheCleanup script above,
    line 54 needs a backspace to bring \\Explorer\\Shell\\Folders\\cache"; to finish the that path.
    if you look at line 64 same thing
    and line 117
    something about this site and the clipboard won't make the script function.. infact after making the change it still wont work..
    sorry. I'll have to find a better way to get it to work.
    darn windows puts things so deep in directories its just hard to get a script to even work like It should.. I'm venting....
    Last edited by UnitedWeStand; 07-30-02 at 12:43 PM.

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    tried it again ... same thing

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    I guess you cant paste it and copy and paste it on this site, tried it myself and it didn't work.
    I know where the mistake is but it won't stick..
    when I bring it from this site to the notepad.. it doesn't stick.
    I'm looking for another way..

    Okay I found alternative... but not as effective as jscript..
    here is the reg hack.

    Automatic MS IE cache clear:

    Make sure Internet Explorer is not running.
    Run Regedit and go to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache
    Double-click on the "Persistent" value in the right hand pane, and:
    - if DWORD [IE 3/4]: type 0 or 1 in the Decimal box, or
    - if Binary [IE 5/6]: delete the first two digits, and then type 0 or 01.
    Click OK.
    Where:
    0 = clears the cache every time IE closes.
    1 = saves IE's cache."



    Add the following to your autoexec.bat for windowsMe,2k. EDIT autoexec.bat by adding entries below.

    ---------begin copy & paste--------
    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\HISTORY\*.* > NUL
    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\TEMPOR~1\*.* > NUL
    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.* > NUL
    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\COOKIES\*.* > NUL
    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\APPLIC~1\MICROS~1\OFFICE\RECENT\*.* > NUL
    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\ShellIconCache
    DELTREE /y c:\WINDOWS\RECENT\*.* > NUL
    if exist del C:\WINDOWS\FF*.tmp
    if exist del C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\advert.dll
    ---------end copy & paste-----------

    then hit alt+f then s then alt+f then x
    reboot computer.


    For WindowsXP
    add a file to your Start>Programs>Start Up
    Open Notepad
    --------begin copy & Paste---------
    cd %homedrive%%homepath%
    rd /s/q locals~1\tempor~1
    rd /s/q locals~1\temp
    rd /s/q cookies
    rd /s/q temp
    rd /s/q locals~1\temp\history
    rd /s/q locals~1\temp
    md locals~1\temp
    --------end copy & Paste----------

    Hit Alt+F then s Save as xp.cmd
    then alt+f then x
    cut this file and drag it to your Startup folder located in your start menu (by default).

    reboot computer.
    **********Use With Caution**********

    Let me know if there is problems.
    Last edited by UnitedWeStand; 07-28-02 at 12:03 PM.

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    Open(2)

    To be able to open a file with more than one program, follow these instructions:

    From Windows Explorer's menu select View > Folder Options, select the File Types tab
    Find the file type you want to work with and double click it
    In the Edit File Type dialog that opens you will see a box marked Actions.
    This is where Windows 98,ME,2K,XP stores the actions to be taken when you double click on a file, drag it to a printer, and so on.
    You can have more than one Open, so long as each action is a unique character string.
    For example, you could edit the Gif file type registration so that you have one entry named Open and another named Open (Paint Shop Pro).
    For each entry edit the actions needed to open the file with the appropriate application e.g .WAV
    To add an entry, simply press New and in the New Action dialog box, type the name of the action in the Action box e.g. Open(WMP)
    You can use the Browse button to find the Application used to perform action e.g. C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\MPLAYER2.EXE
    Highlight one of the entries and click the Set Default button.
    That will be the application used when you double click on a file of that type.
    If, however, you right click the file, all of the entries you placed into the Actions box will appear on the context menu making it easy to open the file with the application of your choice.

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    UnitedWeStand, there is one line in your Bat file that could cause problems.
    Some programs use the temp dir to store a file, for use after a reboot, to finish the install. If you clear the temp dir from autoexec.bat before windows loads the install can't finish, since it can't find the file it put there.

    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.* > NUL

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    Originally posted by Norm
    UnitedWeStand, there is one line in your Bat file that could cause problems.
    Some programs use the temp dir to store a file, for use after a reboot, to finish the install. If you clear the temp dir from autoexec.bat before windows loads the install can't finish, since it can't find the file it put there.

    DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.* > NUL
    leave it to the dos master to tell us its not good to do this and that.. try relocating your temp folder

    SET TEMP=C:\WINDOWS\RECYCLE ...LOL...

    NOT!!!!
    You're right norm.. You and I don't have much to worry about because we use standalone execs .. thanks for that.. I wouldn't want anyone getting pissed at me because there Norton Antivirus couldn't finish installing..
    Thank you friend.

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    It can work fine if the user knows what's up (I assume you know). I delete my temp dir the same way.
    It's the newbs I worry about.

    Just 'rem' out that line before the reboot, and take the 'rem' out after reboot.

    For the newbs that have been following this tip...

    rem DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.* > NUL

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    When you send an instant message to a friend, pull up a Web page, or download your e-mail, you're establishing a network connection with a remote computer. These connections are cached; the next time you reach out to touch someone, the communication will be quicker. Sometimes, it's proper to flush this cache. Windows 2000 / XP users are well aware of IPCONFIG, the command line network tool. It's time to switch on the switches! Use "/flushdns" (sans quotes) to clear the stored connection data. Use this when your Internet connection is working, but one or two locations aren't resolving. You also might consider doing this before you walk away from the computer (to cover your tracks). So, how can someone see where you've been recently? IPCONFIG, in conjunction with the "/displaydns" switch, will tell all. Now, do you miss the GUI- driven WINIPCFG? You'll want to get WNTIPCFG, which can easily be found through Google.

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    To boost dramatically your CPU priority in Windows 9x/ME for higher performance, run Regedit and go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\control\PriorityControl Create the "PriorityControl" Registry subkey if not present: right-click in the left hand pane ->
    select New -> Key. Name this new subkey "PriorityControl" (no quotes) ->
    click OK or press Enter.Highlight this new subkey ->
    create a new DWORD Value called "IRQ#Priority": right-click in the right hand pane -> ->
    create a New DWORD Value named "IRQ#Priority" -> click OK ->

    double-click on it -> check the Decimal box -> type 1 to turn it on -> click OK or press Enter.To get the actual IRQ# go to: Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager -> System Devices -> System CMOS/real time clock -> Properties -> Resources tab -> default IRQ# is 8 on all IBM PC clones [yours included ]. Therefore you need to rename the DWORD above to read "IRQ8Priority" (no quotes).Close Regedit and restart Windows to see the effect.I have applied this trick to Win95 and WinME, both with great results.

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    I've tried this with WinME, Windows 98
    seems to make things more snappy.

    -----begin copy and paste-----
    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\BIOS]
    "CPUPriority"=dword:00000001
    "FastDRAM"=dword:00000001
    "PCIconcur"=dword:00000001
    -----end copy And Paste------

    Open Notepad
    Start>run type NOTEPAD
    ctrl+V
    Alt+f then S save as PCIAdjust.reg

    find file doubleclick it or right click merge.
    reboot computer.

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    Originally posted by Joint Chiefs Of Staff
    Get Rid of Unwanted Balloon Tips

    Open up the Registry Editor and expand the tree to display the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced

    Then, created a new DWORD value named EnableBalloonTips and set it to 0x00000000.
    what are balloon tips?

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    Originally posted by Roody


    what are balloon tips?
    balloon tips are for idiots.. well sorta.. its those annoying balloons that show up above or below or aside your systray, those little things that pop up as a balloon reads "Where are your programs?" "There here, click the down arrow to view your programs."

    but to not get off the subject of this thread

    I have a tip. its very acceptable too.. didn't see it on here.. and I thought, how can anyone browse with it enabled?
    in your IE >Tools>Internet Options >Advanced tab.. look for enable page transistions and uncheck it.
    holy makerel I can't believe it but I like it better without the page transistions.. others agree for themselves.

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    hey coldfusion/LC,
    I found a better one on the net that works just so fast.
    here is the link to the file that works better than the jscript I was trying to get to work on here.

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    Originally posted by UnitedWeStand
    hey coldfusion/LC,
    I found a better one on the net that works just so fast.
    here is the link to the file that works better than the jscript I was trying to get to work on here.
    well i thought it was working until i removed all the cls's from the bat file and found this:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version ******** ]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\Desktop>ieclear.bat
    Deleting recent files...
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    The system cannot find the path specified.
    The system cannot find the path specified.
    Deleting Temporary files...
    Could Not Find C:\*.tmp
    File not found - C:\WINDOWS\temp\*.*
    C:\WINDOWS\SET3.tmp
    Access is denied.
    C:\WINDOWS\SET7.tmp
    Access is denied.
    C:\WINDOWS\temp\*.*, Are you sure (Y/N)? y
    'deltree' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    Next line clears ads only from Juno's free internet service!
    Cleaning Recycle Bin...
    Path not found - C:\recycled
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    Cleaning .gid files...
    File not found - C:\WINDOWS\help\*.gid
    File not found - C:\WINDOWS\system\*.gid
    File not found - C:\WINDOWS\*.gid
    Could Not Find C:\WINDOWS\help\*.gid
    Could Not Find C:\WINDOWS\system\*.gid
    Could Not Find C:\WINDOWS\*.gid
    Cleaning Miscellaneous files...
    Could Not Find c:\scandisk.log
    The system cannot find the path specified.
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    C:\Documents and Settings\Matt\Desktop>

    lol it isnt even working at all!

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    you didn't tell me you were using XP you goof..
    lemme look for one for XP. I'll just edit this post. when I have it working.. just hold on.
    oh nevermind..
    I found something..
    before I bite my tongue I better try it first.
    Thanks to Paul Brown I found this bat file very handy as well as others handy. below is an.
    XP batch Cleaner. Not guaranteed to work because Temp TIF Recycle and other useless data must be in default locations on your system.. unless you edit this batch file to suit you. You can le me know where they are located so I can edit this batch file..for you or you can do it yourself. Good Luck!
    the folowing must be saved as xencleanxp.bat and placed in your startup folder located in start>program files>startup

    ___________begin copy & paste _______
    :: Xen standalone XP cleanup V1.80 by Paul Brown May 2002

    @ECHO OFF
    FOR %%? in (PROGS ROOT) do set %%?=

    ::-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SET PROGS=C:\PROGRA~1
    SET ROOT=C:
    :: dont change any of above as detected automatically
    ::-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    SET COPYCMD=/Y
    CLS
    C:
    CD\
    IF "%PROGRAMFILES%"=="" GOTO NOENVPRO
    IF "%SYSTEMDRIVE%"=="" GOTO NOENVSDR
    IF "%SYSTEMROOT%"=="" GOTO NOENVSRT
    IF "%USERPROFILE%"=="" GOTO NOENVUSE
    IF "%TEMP%"=="" GOTO NOENVTMP
    IF "%TMP%"=="" GOTO NOENVTMP
    IF NOT EXIST "%ROOT%\Xen" MD "%ROOT%\Xen"
    IF NOT EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Xen" MD "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Xen"

    ECHO --cleaning temporary files from XP folders
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\temp" RD /S /Q "%SYSTEMROOT%\temp"> nul
    IF NOT EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\temp" MD "%SYSTEMROOT%\Temp"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning temporary files in non standard locations
    IF EXIST "%TEMP%" RD /S /Q "%TEMP%\"> nul
    IF NOT EXIST "%TEMP%" MD "%TEMP%\"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning your temporary files
    IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\temp" RD /S /Q "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\temp"> nul
    IF NOT EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\temp" MD "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\temp"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning your internet temporary files
    IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\temporary internet files\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning your recent history
    IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\recent" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\recent\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning your internet history
    IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --creating startup file for cleaning index.dat and history.dat from IE
    IF EXIST %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat GOTO GOTBATXP
    ECHO :: xen cleanup of IE index.dat and history.dat at startup> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO.>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO @ECHO OFF>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF "%SYSTEMROOT%"=="" GOTO END>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\index.dat" DEL /F /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\index.dat">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\content.IE5" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\content.IE5\*.*">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\content.IE5" RD /S /Q "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\content.IE5">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\index.dat" DEL /F /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\index.dat">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\history.IE5" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\history.IE5\*.*">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\history.IE5" RD /S /Q "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\history\history.IE5">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\cookies\index.dat" DEL /F /A "%USERPROFILE%\cookies\index.dat">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\cookies" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\cookies\*.*">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO :END>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO cls>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat
    ECHO EXIT>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.bat

    :GOTBATXP
    ECHO --creating reg startup file to execute cleanxpdat.bat at startup once only
    IF EXIST %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg GOTO GOTDATXP
    ECHO Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg
    ECHO.>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg
    ECHO ; xen startup entry to execute cleanxpdat.bat at startup once only>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg
    ECHO.>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg
    ECHO [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg
    ECHO "CleanIEDAT"="\\xen\\cleanxpdat.bat">> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg
    ECHO.>> %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg

    :GOTDATXP
    regedit/s %SYSTEMDRIVE%\xen\cleanxpdat.reg

    ECHO --cleaning default user's netscape cache
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\cache" DEL /F /Q /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\cache\*.*"> nul
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\default\cache" DEL /F /Q /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\default\cache\*.*"> nul
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\%USERNAME%" DEL /F /Q /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\%USERNAME%\cache\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --utilising recyclenow command to empty your recycle bins
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\recyclenow.exe" START recyclenow.exe

    ECHO --cleaning your cookies - this may say process cannot access etc which is normal
    IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\tempor~1\*.txt" DEL /F /A "%USERPROFILE%\locals~1\temporary internet files\*.txt"> nul
    IF EXIST "%USERPROFILE%\cookies" DEL /F /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%\cookies\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning default user's netscape cookies
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\default\*.txt" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\default\*.txt"> nul
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\%USERNAME%\*.txt" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\netscape\users\%USERNAME%\*.txt"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning backup temporary files
    FOR %%v IN (old bak syd bkp bk! _bk da0) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (old bak syd bkp bk! _bk da0) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning diagnostic files created by windows
    FOR %%v IN (bootlog.prv suhdlg.dat iebak.dat ndimage.dat) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (bootlog.prv modemdet.txt suhdlg.dat system.1st) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (iebak.dat ndimage.dat) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning help avi files from help folder
    FOR %%v IN (avi ftg fts gid) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\help\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\help\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning help file search data
    FOR %%v IN (gid) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (gid) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (gid) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning log and text files from root dir and xp system32 folder
    FOR %%v IN (log txt) DO IF EXIST %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v DEL /F /A %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v
    FOR %%v IN (log txt) DO IF EXIST %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\*.%%v DEL /F /A %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\*.%%v
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\detlog.*" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\detlog.*"
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\detlog.*" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\detlog.*"

    ECHO --cleaning marketing files from shareware programs
    FOR %%v IN (diz) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (diz) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning save disk error from scandisk and lost cluster files
    FOR %%v IN (chk chklst chklist _dd) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (chk) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\chklst.*" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\chklst.*"
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\chklist.*" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\chklist.*"

    ECHO --cleaning temporary application ole supported files
    FOR %%v IN (shs) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (shs) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning temporary files left over by applications
    CD %SYSTEMDRIVE%\
    FOR %%a IN (~*.* *.??~ *.?$? *.??_ *.--- *.___ *.tmp *.~mp *._mp *.hfx *.cdx *.hfa) DO DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\%%a"
    FOR %%a IN (*.b~k *.bmk mscreate.* ffastun.* acad.e* *.da1 *.lhx *.par ~$*.doc) DO DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\%%a"
    CD %SYSTEMROOT%\
    FOR %%a IN (~*.* *.??~ *.?$? *.??_ *.--- *.___ *.tmp *.~mp *._mp *.hfx *.cdx *.hfa) DO DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\%%a"
    FOR %%a IN (*.b~k *.bmk mscreate.* ffastun.* acad.e* *.da1 *.lhx *.par ~$*.doc) DO DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\%%a"
    CD %SYSTEMDRIVE%\

    ECHO --cleaning temporary files other in root directory
    FOR %%v IN (prv fts ftg $$$ fnd mtx $db DB$ mfd wpx nu3) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (dos sdi 000 001 002) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning temporary files other in windows directory
    FOR %%v IN (prv fts ftg $$$ fnd mtx $db DB$ mfd wpx nu3) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (dos sdi 000 001 002) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning offline web pages
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\offline web pages" DEL /F /Q /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\offline web pages\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning msoffice recent files
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\applic~1\microsoft\office\recent" DEL /F /Q /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\applic~1\microsoft\office\recent\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning msword backup files
    FOR %%v IN (wbk) DO IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v" DEL /F /Q /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\*.%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning msword stored backup files
    IF EXIST "%SYSTEMROOT%\applic~1\microsoft\word" DEL /F /Q /A "%SYSTEMROOT%\applic~1\microsoft\word\*.*"> nul

    ECHO --cleaning opera3 cache and cookies
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\cache" DEL /F /Q /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\cache\*.*"> nul
    FOR %%v IN (cookies.dat vlink.dat) DO IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (opera.win global.dat) DO IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (opera.dir) DO IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning opera4 and opera5 cache, cookies and links etc
    IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\cache4" DEL /F /Q /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\cache4\*.*"> nul
    FOR %%v IN (cookies4.dat vlink4.dat) DO IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (opera.win global.dat) DO IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v"
    FOR %%v IN (opera.dir download.dat autopera.win) DO IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v" DEL /F /A "%PROGRAMFILES%\opera\%%v"

    ECHO --cleaning recently opened file records in registry (MRUs)
    IF EXIST %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg GOTO GOTMRU
    echo REGEDIT4> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo ; xen cleanup of recently opened files in registry>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\LastVisitedMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Doc Find Spec MRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FindComputerMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\OCXStreamMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\PrnPortsMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RecentDocs]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StreamMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpaper\MRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\Recent File List]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad\Recent File List]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo "Download Directory"="">> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1}\ContainingTextMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1}\FilesNamedMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\RecentFileList]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\RecentURLList]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Radio\MRUList]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MessengerService\PhoneMRU]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Management Console\Recent File List]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\URL History]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Kodak\Imaging\Recent File List]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wang\Imaging\Recent File List]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Network\Recent]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo "LastKey"="">> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Telnet]>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo "Machine1"="">> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo "LastMachine"="">> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg
    echo.>> %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg

    :GOTMRU
    regedit/s %ROOT%\xen\cleanmru.reg

    ECHO.
    ECHO.
    ECHO.
    ECHO -- XenClean V182 by Paul Brown 2002 www.x9000.net
    ECHO finishing up cleaning with ms cleanup manager and exiting...
    ECHO.
    %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cleanmgr.exe /sagerun

    :END
    cls
    EXIT

    :NOENVPRO
    COLOR 4F
    cls
    echo variable not found...
    echo.
    echo XenClean can only run from within windows.
    echo If you are not in windows please reboot. If you are in windows
    echo please edit this file manually by inserting the exact path to
    echo your program files folder. Insert the path near the top of Xen.
    echo.
    echo For example
    echo SET PROGRAMFILES=C:\progra~1
    echo.
    PAUSE
    GOTO END

    :NOENVSDR
    COLOR 4F
    cls
    echo variable not found...
    echo.
    echo XenClean can only run from within windows.
    echo If you are not in windows please reboot. If you are in windows
    echo please edit this file manually by inserting the exact paths to
    echo your systemdrive folder. Insert the paths near the top of Xen,
    echo pointing to your root directory.
    echo.
    echo For example
    echo SET SYSTEMDRIVE=C:
    echo.
    PAUSE
    GOTO END

    :NOENVSRT
    COLOR 4F
    cls
    echo variable not found...
    echo.
    echo XenClean can only run from within windows.
    echo If you are not in windows please reboot. If you are in windows
    echo please edit this file manually by inserting the exact paths to
    echo your systemroot folder. Insert the paths near the top of Xen,
    echo pointing to your XP directory.
    echo.
    echo For example
    echo SET SYSTEMROOT=C:\windows
    echo.
    PAUSE
    GOTO END

    :NOENVUSE
    COLOR 4F
    cls
    echo variable not found...
    echo.
    echo XenClean can only run from within windows.
    echo If you are not in windows please reboot. If you are in windows
    echo please edit this file manually by inserting the exact paths to
    echo your userprofile folder. Insert the paths near the top of Xen,
    echo pointing to your XP user profile directory.
    echo.
    echo For example
    echo SET USERPROFILE=C:\docume~1\paul
    echo Obviously changing paul to your username.
    echo.
    PAUSE
    GOTO END

    :NOENVTMP
    COLOR 4F
    cls
    echo variable not found...
    echo.
    echo XenClean can only run from within windows.
    echo If you are not in windows please reboot. If you are in windows
    echo please edit this file manually by inserting the exact paths to
    echo your temp folders. Insert the paths near the top of Xen.
    echo.
    echo For example
    echo SET TEMP=C:\documents and settings\paul\locals~1\temp
    echo SET TMP=C:\documents and settings\paul\locals~1\temp
    echo Obviously changing paul to your username.
    echo.
    PAUSE
    GOTO END
    -----------------------end copy & paste -----------
    Hope this one fits in the post.

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    Win XP TIPS N TRICKS!

    This guy made a whole list of XP tweaks (really sweet stuff i didnt know u could do!) ...

    Never re-activate after a new installation
    If you have to reinstall Windows XP you normally will have to re-activate too. Well not anymore. Just copy wpa.dbl after you activated the first time. It is located in the system32 folder. Now if you reinstall Windows XP just copy the file back and you're up and running again.

    Here's how to check if your copy of XP is Activated
    Go to the run box and type in oobe/msoobe /a
    and hit ok ...theirs your answer

    Windows Explorer Tip
    When launched in Windows Millennium/Win2k/WinXP,Explorer by default will open the "My Documents" folder. Many people prefer the behavior from previous versions of Windows, where Windows Explorer would open and display "My Computer" instead of the new way. To revert to the old way [My Computer by default rather than My Documents as the default], simply edit the shortcut to Windows Explorer, by right clicking on it, and left clicking "Properties" and changing the "Target" box to: "C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e," [adjust the path/drive letter if needed]. The key is to add the "/n,/e," to the end of the shortcut (don't type the quotes).
    Backup your Fresh install
    After you complete your clean install and get all your software installed I would recommend that you use something like Drive Image 3 or 4 to do an image of your install partition, then burn the image to CD and keep it. XP is a different creature for some people. If you mess it up when playing around with it, just bring the image back. You can be up and running again in 20 minutes vs. the two to three hours it will take to get the whole thing and all your stuff installed again.
    Note the default install of XP is about 1.5gigs and the DI image may be larger that 700 meg. So don't install too much on the OS partition. To help downsize the Image I run the System file checker and reset the cache size to 40 or 50 meg (It's well over 300 by default).
    To run it open the command prop and type:
    SFC /?
    SFC /purgecache
    SFC /cachesize=50
    and finally rebuild the cache with SFC /scannow (have the CD ready)
    I also Delete the Pagefile.sys and hibernate.sys files before running Drive Image..


    Section 2 By Ankit
    1.When setting up the system with tweaks or making changes to the core OS or hardware always be logged in as administrator. Seems that while XP does create an account upon install that has administrator privileges, its not the same as the administrator account is. Think about it this way - if the account created was the same then why have an administrator account period?

    2.It is always better to install winXP clean than to do an upgrade.

    3. The files and settings wizard is your friend. However it doesn't save the account passwords for your e-mail and news groups accounts in OE. Export these accounts manually from within OE first before hand and save them in a safe place. This way you will not need to remember what the account info was, just import the account again.

    4. If using a SB Live sound card and trying to run Unreal (the game) you may have some problems. This is not the fault of winXP or Unreal. the problem is a bad driver design from creative and the Devloader portion. There is currently no work around for this problem.

    5. Many - many games do run in winXP with comparability mode. The easiest way to do this is to simply create a shortcut on the desktop to the game executable and choose the compatibility tab of the shortcut and set up for win98.

    6. Do not disable all the services that you find outlined in the win2K tweak guides floating around. Instead set them to manual instead of disabled. This will allow something to start up when it is needed and you'll avoid the BSOD thing that can occur if something gets disabled that wasn't supposed to.

    7. The winXP firewall is actually very good. However it is not very configurable. I would recommend tiny personal firewall from www.tinysoftware.com. <http://www.tinysoftware.com.> It free and all you need. It so far is the most compatible with winXP - why you may ask? - because (little known trivia fun fact here) this is where the winXP firewall came from. Both the XP built in firewall and tiny will give complete stealth. However what you can do - which is kind of cool is divide the work between the two and use both. use tiny to just filter the ports you want to filter instead of everything and let the built in XP firewall take care of the rest. The result is a smoother running firewall system that reacts much more quickly. I've used Nortons , zone alarm (which contrary to popular belief is not a real firewall and a joke in the IT community as a whole) and several of the rest, Tiny has been the best so far.

    8. After you complete your clean install and get all your software installed I would recommend that you use something like drive image 4 to do an image of your install partition, then burn the image to CD and keep it. XP is a different creature for some people. If you mess it up when playing around with it, just bring the image back. You can be up and running again in 20 minutes vs. the two to three hours it will take to get the whole thing and all your stuff installed again.

    9. choose winXP pro over the personal version because it has more bells and whistles. However if the bells and whistles do not appeal to you then the home (personal) version is the way to go.

    10. Avoid problems with WinXP. Insure that your hardware is on the HCL. Don't be mad because the latest and greatest doesn't work with your hardware. It is not the fault of MS , winXP or anything or one else. Not defending them here, just being practical. Look at it this way - if your dream car costs $100,000 dollars and you don't have $100,000 is it the car manufactures fault? nope because thats the free enterprise system and the way it works. Try to upgrade your hardware if you can. If you can't, wait for drivers from the manufacturer that support winxp. I would highly recommend before installing winXP that you go out and get the win2000 drivers for all your hardware. 99% of the win2000 drivers will work in winXP. This way if winxp doesn't have drivers, you do.

    XP will ship with out the Virtual Java Machine.
    It will not appear on windows update either. Some sites will prompt you to install it upon visit to their sites. However this might change in the near future due to the problem between SUN and MS so the link you get pointed to might no be there.

    You can get the virtual Java machine now and have it ready to use when you install XP.

    go to:

    <http://www.microsoft.com/java/>

    and download the VJM for winNT. If you try to d/l the one for win2000 (which is exactly the same as the one for NT) you will be told to get the service pack. You don't want to do this for XP.

    or download it from:

    <http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...S/msjavx86.exe>

    keep it in a safe place and use it when you install XP.
    XP browsing speed up tweak
    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.

    Grouping multiple open windows
    WinXP will group multiple open windows (IE windows for example) into one group on the task bar to keep the desktop clear. This can be annoying at times - especially when comparing different web pages because you have to go back to the task bar, click on the group and then click on the page you want and then you only get one page because you have to click on each one separately. I think the default for this is 8 windows - any combination of apps or utilities open.

    You can modify this behavior by adding this reg key at:

    Change number of windows that are open before XP will start
    grouping them on the Taskbar

    HKEY_CURRRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\
    add reg_Dword "TaskbarGroupSize"

    modify "TaskbarGroupSize" entry to be the number of windows you want open before XP starts to group them on the task bar.
    A value of 2 will cause the Taskbar buttons to always group

    Another tweak is to disable or enable recent documents history. This can be done at:

    HKEY_CURRRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\
    this key should already be present - if it isn't you'll need to add it:
    reg_Binary "NoRecentDocsHistory"
    modify it so that value reads 01 00 00 00

    Wanna network but don't have all the stuff?
    If you want to network two winXP machines together you don't have to install a full blown network setup, i.e...switches, hubs, routers, etc...

    All you need is two NIC cards (three if you want to share an Internet connection) and a cross over cable.

    1. Connect one NIC to your broadband connection device like normal.
    2. Install a second NIC in the machine with the broadband connection.
    3. install a NIC in the second machine.
    4. connect the cross over cable between the second machine NIC and the second NIC in the board band connection machine.
    5. re-boot both.
    6. Run the networking wizard if necessary.

    or:
    use a direct connection setup with a parallel port to parallel port connection to the two machines. You will not be able to share a connection with the direct connect.
    Help is just a directory away! - Tip
    In windows XP pro at C:\Windows\help - you will find many *.chm files. These are the help files. Just start one up and find what your looking for without going thru the main help menu. If for example you are interested in command line tools or command line references start up the ntcmds.chm file. If you use command line a lot for things just create a shortcut on your desktop to this file and it there when you need it.

    You could go thru the Help thing to find these but on the home version some are not linked in some of the help. This is shorter.

    Speed things up a bit tip
    this might help some of you.

    1. go to control panel - system.
    2. click on the advanced tab
    3. under "performance" click on the settings button
    4. click on the Advanced tab
    5. click on the "Background Services" button
    6. Click OK

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