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    Section 3

    Windows XP Tips 'n' Tricks
    Please note that some of these tips require you to use a Registry Editor (regedit.exe), which could render your system unusable. Thus, none of these tips are supported in any way: Use them at your own risk. Also note that most of these tips will require you to be logged on with Administrative rights.

    Unlocking WinXP's setupp.ini

    WinXP's setupp.ini controls how the CD acts. IE is it an OEM version or retail? First, find your setupp.ini file in the i386 directory on your WinXP CD. Open it up, it'll look something like this:


    The Pid value is what we're interested in. What's there now looks like a standard default. There are special numbers that determine if it's a retail, oem, or volume license edition. First, we break down that number into two parts. The first five digits determines how the CD will behave, ie is it a retail CD that lets you clean install or upgrade, or an oem CD that only lets you perform a clean install? The last three digits determines what CD key it will accept. You are able to mix and match these values. For example you could make a WinXP CD that acted like a retail CD, yet accepted OEM keys.

    Now, for the actual values. Remember the first and last values are interchangeable, but usually you'd keep them as a pair:

    Retail = 51882 335
    Volume License = 51883 270
    OEM = 82503 OEM

    So if you wanted a retail CD that took retail keys, the last line of your setupp.ini file would read:


    And if you wanted a retail CD that took OEM keys, you'd use:


    How do I get the "Administrator" name on Welcome Screen?

    To get Admin account on the "Welcome Screen" as well as the other usernames, make sure that there are no accounts logged in.

    Press "ctrl-alt-del" twice and you should be able to login as administrator!

    finally worked for me after I found out that all accounts have to be logged out first

    Fix Movie Interference in AVI files

    If you have any AVI files that you saved in Windows 9x, which have interference when opened in Windows XP, there is an easy fix to get rid of the interference:

    Open Windows Movie Maker.
    Click View and then click Options.
    Click in the box to remove the check mark beside Automatically create clips.

    Now, import the movie file that has interference and drag it onto the timeline. Then save the movie, and during the re rendering, the interference will be removed.

    Create a Password Reset Disk

    If youíre running Windows XP Professional as a local user in a workgroup environment, you can create a password reset disk to log onto your computer when you forget your password. To create the disk:

    Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
    Click your account name.
    Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.

    Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk.

    Store the disk in a secure location, because anyone using it can access your local user account

    Change Web Page Font Size on the Fly

    If your mouse contains a wheel for scrolling, you can change font size on the fly when viewing a Web page. To do so:

    Press and hold Ctrl. Scroll down (or towards yourself) to enlarge the font size. Scroll up (or away from yourself) to reduce the font size.

    You might find it useful to reduce font size when printing a Web page, so that you can fit more content on the page.

    WinXP Clear Page file on shutdown

    WINXPCPS.REG (WinXP Clear Page file on shutdown)

    This Registration (.REG) file clears the Page file when you power off the computer.
    Restart Windows for these changes to take effect!

    Browse to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Session Manager \ Memory Management

    and add the DWORD variable "ClearPageFileAtShutdown"=dword:00000001

    You can also do this without reg hacking.
    Go to Control panel Administrative tools, local security policy. then go to local policies ---> security options.
    Then change the option for "Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile"

    Group Policy for Windows XP

    One of the most full featured Windows XP configuration tools available is hidden right there in your system, but most people don't even know it exists. It's called the Local Group Policy Editor, or gpedit for short. To invoke this editor, select Start and then Run, then type the following:


    After you hit ENTER, you'll be greeted by gpedit, which lets you modify virtually every feature in Windows XP without having to resort to regedit. Dig around and enjoy!

    Forgetting What Your Files Are?

    This procedure works under NTFS.

    As times goes along you have a lot files on your computer. You are going to forget what they are. Well here is way to identify them as you scroll through Windows Explorer in the future.

    This procedure works under NTFS.

    1.. Open up a folder on your system that you want to keep track of the different files you might one to identify in the future.

    2.. Under View make certain that you set it to the Details.

    3.. Highlight the file you want to keep more information on. Right click the file and you will get a pop up menu. Click on properties.

    4.. Click on the Summary Tab (make sure it says simple not advanced on the button in the box), You should now get the following fields,

    Title,Subject, Author, Category, Keywords, Comments

    You will see advanced also if you have changed it to simple, Here will be other fields you can fill in.

    5.. Next you can fill in what ever field you want.

    6.. After you finished click the apply button then OK.

    7.. Next right click the bar above your files, under the address bar and you should get a drop down menu. Here you can click the fields you want to display.

    8.. You should now see a list with the new fields and any comments you have done.

    9.. Now if you want to sort these just right click a blank spot and then you sort the information to your liking.

    Temporarily Assign Yourself Administrative Permissions

    Many programs require you to have Administrative permissions to be able to install them. Here is an easy way to temporarily assign yourself Administrative permissions while you remain logged in as a normal user.

    Hold down the Shift key as you right-click on the programís setup file.

    Click Run as.

    Type in a username and password that have Administrative permissions.

    This will also work on applications in the Start menu.

    Create a Shortcut to Lock Your Computer

    Leaving your computer in a hurry but you donít want to log off? You can double-click a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+DEL or a screen saver.

    To create a shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer:

    Right-click the desktop.
    Point to New, and then click Shortcut.

    The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following:
    rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

    Click Next.

    Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it "Lock Workstation" or choose any name you like.

    Click Finish.

    You can also change the shortcut's icon (my personal favorite is the padlock icon in shell32.dll).

    To change the icon:

    Right click the shortcut and then select Properties.
    Click the Shortcut tab, and then click the Change Icon button.

    In the Look for icons in this file text box, type:

    Click OK.

    Select one of the icons from the list and then click OK

    You could also give it a shortcut keystroke such CTRL+ALT+L. This would save you only one keystroke from the normal command, but it could be more convenient.

    Create a Shortcut to Start Remote Desktop

    Tip: You can add a shortcut to the desktop of your home computer to quickly start Remote Desktop and connect to your office computer.

    To create a shortcut icon to start Remote Desktop

    Click Start, point to More Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click on Remote Desktop Connection.

    Click Options.

    Configure settings for the connection to your office computer.

    Click Save As, and enter a name, such as Office Computer. Click Save.

    Open the Remote Desktops folder.

    Right-click on the file named Office Computer, and then click Create Shortcut.

    Drag the shortcut onto the desktop of your home computer.

    To start Remote Desktop and connect to your office computer, double-click on the shortcut

    Instantly Activate a Screen saver

    Turn on a screen saver without having to wait by adding a shortcut to your desktop:

    Click the Start button, and then click Search.
    In the Search Companion window, click All file types.

    In the file name box, type *.scr

    In the Look in box, choose Local Hard Drives (C or the drive where you have system files stored on your computer.

    Click Search.

    You will see a list of screen savers in the results. Pick a screen saver you want. You can preview it by double-clicking it.

    Right click on the file, choose Send To, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).

    To activate the screen saver, double-click the icon on your desktop

    Add a Map Drive Button to the Toolbar

    Do you want to quickly map a drive, but canít find the toolbar button? If you map drives often, use one of these options to add a Map Drive button to the folder toolbar.

    Option One (Long Term Fix)

    Click Start, click My Computer, right-click the toolbar, then unlock the toolbars, if necessary.

    Right-click the toolbar again, and then click Customize.

    Under Available toolbar buttons, locate Map Drive, and drag it into the position you want on the right under Current toolbar buttons.

    Click Close, click OK, and then click OK again.

    You now have drive mapping buttons on your toolbar, so you can map drives from any folder window. To unmap drives, follow the above procedure, selecting Disconnect under Available toolbar buttons. To quickly map a drive, try this option.

    Option Two (Quick Fix)

    Click Start, and right-click My Computer.
    Click Map Network Drive.

    If you place your My Computer icon directly on the desktop, you can make this move in only two clicks!

    Software not installing?

    If you have a piece of software that refuses to install because it says that you are not running Windows 2000 (such as the Win2K drivers for a Mustek scanner!!) you can simply edit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/ProductName to say Microsoft Windows 2000 instead of XP and it will install. You may also have to edit the version number or build number, depending on how hard the program tries to verify that you are installing on the correct OS. I had to do this for my Mustek 600 CP scanner (compatibility mode didn't' help!!!) and it worked great, so I now have my scanner working with XP (and a tech at Mustek can now eat his words).

    BTW, don't' forget to restore any changes you make after you get your software installed

    You do this at your own risk

    Use your Windows Key

    The Windows logo key, located in the bottom row of most computer keyboards is a little-used treasure. Don't' ignore it. It is the shortcut anchor for the following 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
    Windows + Q: Quick switching of users (Powertoys only)
    Windows + Q: Hold Windows Key, then tap Q to scroll thru the different users on your PC

    Change your CD key

    You don't need to re-install if you want to try the key out ... just do this:

    1. Go to Activate Windows
    2. Select the Telephone option
    3. Click "Change Product Key"
    4. Enter RK7J8-2PGYQ-P47VV-V6PMB-F6XPQ
    5. Click "Update"

    Now log off and log back in again. It should now show 60 days left, minus the number of days it had already counted down.

    Note: If your crack de-activated REGWIZC.DLL and LICDLL.DLL, you are going to have to re-register them.

    Remove the Shared Documents folders from My Computer

    One of the most annoying things about the new Windows XP user interface is that Microsoft saw fit to provide links to all of the Shared Documents folders on your system, right at the top of the My Computer window. I can't imagine why this would be the default, even in a shared PC environment at home, but what's even more annoying is that you cannot change this behavior through the sh*ll
    : Those icons are stuck there and you have to live with it.
    Until now, that is.

    Simply fire up the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ My Computer \ NameSpace \ DelegateFolders

    You'll see a sub-key named {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}. If you delete this, all of the Shared Documents folders (which are normally under the group called "Other Files Stored on This Computer" will be gone.

    You do not need to reboot your system to see the change.

    Before: A cluttered mess with icons no one will ever use (especially that orphaned one). After: Simplicity itself, and the way it should be by default.

    This tip For older XP builds

    Edit or remove the "Comments" link in window title bars

    During the Windows XP beta, Microsoft has added a "Comments?" hyperlink to the title bar of each window in the system so that beta testers can more easily send in a problem report about the user interface. But for most of us, this isn't an issue, and the Comments link is simply a visual distraction. And for many programs that alter the title bar, the Comments link renders the Minimize, Maximize, and Close window buttons unusable, so it's actually a problem.
    Let's get rid of it. Or, if you're into this kind of thing, you can edit it too.

    Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following keys:
    My Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ LameButtonEnabled
    My Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ LameButtonText

    The first key determines whether the link appears at all; change its value to 0 to turn it off. The second key lets you have a little fun with the hyperlink; you can change the text to anything you'd like, such as "Paul Thurrott" or whatever.

    Editing either value requires a restart before the changes take effect.

    Before: An unnecessary hyperlink. Have some fun with it! Or just remove it entirely. It's up to you.

    Rip high-quality MP3s in Windows Media Player 8

    The relationship between Windows Media Player 8 and the MP3 audio format is widely misunderstood. Basically, WMP8 will be able to playback MP3 files, but encoding (or "ripping" CD audio into MP3 format will require an MP3 plug-in. So during the Windows XP beta, Microsoft is supplying a sample MP3 plug-in for testing purposes, but it's limited to 56 Kbps rips, which is pretty useless. However, if you have an externally installed MP3 codec, you can use WMP8 to rip at higher bit rates. But you'll have to edit the Registry to make this work.
    Fire up the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ MediaPlayer \ Settings \ MP3Encoding

    Here, you'll see sub-keys for LowRate and LowRateSample, which of course equates to the single 56 Kbps sample rate you see in WMP8. To get better sampling rates, try adding the following keys (Using New then DWORD value):

    "LowRate" = DWORD value of 0000dac0
    "MediumRate" = DWORD value of 0000fa00
    "MediumHighRate" = DWORD value of 0001f400
    "HighRate" = DWORD value of 0002ee00

    Now, when you launch WMP8 and go into Tools, then Options, then Copy Music, you will have four encoding choices for MP3: 56 Kbps, 64 Kbps, 128 Kbps, and 192 Kbps. Note that you will not get higher bit rate encoding unless you have installed an MP3 codec separately; the version in Windows Media Player 8 is limited to 56 Kbps only.

    Find the appropriate location in the Registry... ...add a few DWORD values... ...And then you'll be ripping CDs in higher-quality MP3 format!

    Speed up the Start Menu

    The default speed of the Start Menu is pretty slow, but you can fix that by editing a Registry Key. Fire up the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ MenuShowDelay

    By default, the value is 400. Change this to a smaller value, such as 0, to speed it up.

    Speed up the Start Menu (Part two)

    If your confounded by the slow speed of the Start Menu, even after using the tip above, then you might try the following: Navigate to Display Properties then Appearance then Advanced and turn off the option titled Show menu shadow . You will get much better overall performance.

    Speed up Internet Explorer 6 Favorites

    For some reason, the Favorites menu in IE 6 seems to slow down dramatically sometimes--I've noticed this happens when you install Tweak UI 1.33, for example, and when you use the preview tip to speed up the Start menu. But here's a fix for the problem that does work, though it's unclear why:
    Just open a command line window (Start button -> Run -> cmd) and type sfc, then hit ENTER. This command line runs the System File Checker, which performs a number of services, all of which are completely unrelated to IE 6. But there you go: It works.

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    Do an unattended installation

    The Windows XP Setup routine is much nicer than that in Windows 2000 or Windows Me, but it's still an hour-long process that forces you to sit in front of your computer for an hour, answering dialog boxes and typing in product keys. But Windows XP picks up one of the more useful features from Windows 2000, the ability to do an unattended installation, so you can simply prepare a script that will answer all those dialogs for you and let you spend some quality time with your family.
    I've written about Windows 2000 unattended installations and the process is pretty much identical on Windows XP, so please read that article carefully before proceeding. And you need to be aware that this feature is designed for a standalone Windows XP system: If you want to dual-boot Windows XP with another OS, you're going to have to go through the interactive Setup just like everyone else: An unattended install will wipe out your hard drive and install only Windows XP, usually.

    To perform an unattended installation, you just need to work with the Setup Manager, which is located on the Windows XP CD-ROM in D:\SupportTools\DEPLOY.CAB by default: Extract the contents of this file and you'll find a number of useful tools and help files; the one we're interested in is named setupmgr.exe. This is a very simple wizard application that will walk you through the process of creating an answer file called winnt.sif that can be used to guide Windows XP Setup through the unattended installation.

    One final tip: There's one thing that Setup Manager doesn't add: Your product key. However, you can add this to the unattend.txt file manually. Simply open the file in Notepad and add the following line under the [UserData] section:


    (This is a 60 day CD key)

    Then, just copy winnt.sif to a floppy, put your Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD drive, and reboot: When the CD auto-boots, it will look for the unattend.txt file in A: automatically, and use it to answer the Setup questions if it's there.

    Finally, please remember that this will wipe out your system! Back up first, and spend some time with the help files in DEPLOY.CAB before proceeding.

    For Older builds or not using file

    Remove the Desktop version text

    During the Windows XP beta, you will see text in the lower right corner of the screen that says Windows XP Professional, Evaluation Copy. Build 2462 or similar. A lot of people would like to remove this text for some reason, and while it's possible to do so, the cure is more damaging than the problem, in my opinion. So the following step will remove this text, but you'll lose a lot of the nice graphical effects that come in Windows XP, such as the see-through icon text.

    To remove the desktop version text, open Display Properties (right-click the desktop, then choose Properties) and navigate to the Desktop page. Click Customize Desktop and then choose the Web page in the resulting dialog. On this page, check the option titled Lock desktop items. Click OK to close the dialog, and then OK to close Display Properties. The text disappears. But now the rest of your system is really ugly. You can reverse the process by unchecking Lock desktop items.

    There's also a shortcut for this process: Just right-click the desktop and choose Arrange by then Lock Web Icons on the Desktop.

    Enable ClearType on the Welcome Screen!

    As laptop users and other LCD owners are quickly realizing, Microsoft's ClearType technology in Windows XP really makes a big difference for readability. But the this feature is enabled on a per-user basis in Windows XP, so you can't see the effect on the Welcome screen; it only appears after you logon.

    But you can fix that. Fire up the Registry Editor and look for the following keys:

    (default user) HKEY_USERS \ .Default \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ FontSmoothing (String Value)
    HKEY_USERS \ .Default \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ FontSmoothingType (Hexadecimal DWORD Value)

    Make sure both of these values are set to 2 and you'll have ClearType enabled on the Welcome screen and on each new user by default.

    Stop Windows Messenger from Auto-Starting

    If you're not a big fan of Windows Messenger simply delete the following Registry Key:


    Display Hibernate Option on the Shut Down dialog

    For some reason, Hibernate may not be available from the default Shut Down dialog. But you can enable it simply enough, by holding down the SHIFT key while the dialog is visible. Now you see it, now you don't!

    Add album art to any music folder

    One of the coolest new features in Windows XP is its album thumbnail generator, which automatically places the appropriate album cover art on the folder to which you are copying music (generally in WMA format). But what about those people that have already copied their CDs to the hard drive using MP3 format? You can download album cover art from sites such as or, and then use the new Windows XP folder customize feature to display the proper image for each folder. But this takes time--you have to manually edit the folder properties for every single folder--and you will lose customizations if you have to reinstall the OS. There's an excellent fix, however.

    When you download the album cover art from the Web, just save the images as folder.jpg each time and place them in the appropriate folder. Then, Windows XP will automatically use that image as the thumbnail for that folder and, best of all, will use that image in Windows Media Player for Windows XP (MPXP) if you choose to display album cover art instead of a visualization. And the folder customization is automatic, so it survives an OS reinstallation as well. Your music folders never looked so good!

    Album cover art makes music folder thumbnails look better than ever!

    Change the location of the My Music or My Pictures folders

    In Windows 2000, Microsoft added the ability to right-click the My Documents folder and choose a new location for that folder in the shell
    . With Windows XP, Microsoft has elevated the My Music and My Pictures folders to the same "special shell folder" status of My Documents, but they never added a similar (and simple) method for changing those folder's locations. However, it is actually pretty easy to change the location of these folders, using the following method.

    Open a My Computer window and navigate to the location where you'd like My Music (or My Pictures) to reside. Then, open the My Documents folder in a different window. Drag the My Music (or My Pictures) folder to the other window, and Windows XP will update all of the references to that folder to the new location, including the Start menu.

    Or use Tweak UI

    Add/Remove optional features of Windows XP

    To dramatically expand the list of applications you can remove from Windows XP after installation, navigate to C:\WINDOWS\inf (substituting the correct drive letter for your version of Windows) and open the sysoc.inf file. Under Windows XP Professional Edition RC1, this file will resemble the following by default:

    [Version] Signature = "$Windows NT$"

    IndexSrv_System = setupqry.dll,IndexSrv,setupqry.inf,,7
    TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2


    The entries that include the text hide or HIDE will not show up in Add/Remove Windows Components by default. To fix this, do a global search and replace for ,hide and change each instance of this to , (a comma). Then, save the file, relaunch Add/Remove Windows Components, and tweak the installed applications to your heart's content.

    Cool, eh? There are even more new options now under "Accessories and Utilities" too.

    Remove Windows Messenger

    It seems that a lot of people are interested in removing Windows Messenger for some reason, though I strongly recommend against this: In Windows XP, Windows Messenger will be the hub of your connection to the .NET world, and now that this feature is part of Windows, I think we're going to see a lot of .NET Passport-enabled Web sites appearing as well. But if you can't stand the little app, there are a couple of ways to get rid of it, and ensure that it doesn't pop up every time you boot into XP. The best way simply utilizes the previous tip:

    If you'd like Windows Messenger to show up in the list of programs you can add and remove from Windows, navigate to C:\WINDOWS\inf (substituting the correct drive letter for your version of Windows) and open sysoc.inf (see the previous tip for more information about this file). You'll see a line that reads:


    Change this to the following and Windows Messenger will appear in Add or Remove Programs, then Add/Remove Windows Components, then , and you can remove it for good:


    Autolog On tip for XP
    real easy and straight forward.
    1. click on "Start" - then click on "Run" - type "control userpasswords2"
    2. click OK
    3. On the Users tab, clear the "Users must enter a user name and password to
    use this computer" check box.
    4. A dialog will appear that asks you what user name and password should be used to logon automatically.

    Your all set.

    WinXP does not come with an Aspi layer. So far almost 90% of the problems with winXP and CD burning software are Aspi layer problems. After installing winXP, before installing any CD burning software do a few things first:

    1. Open up "My computer" and right click on the CD Recorder. If your CD recorder was detected as a CD recorder there will be a tab called "Recording". On this tab uncheck ALL of the boxes. apply or OK out of it and close my computer.

    2. Next install the standard Aspi layer for NT. Reboot when asked.

    Thats is. after the reboot you can install any of the currently working CD recording applications with no problems. If using CD Creator do not install direct CD or Take two as they are currently incompatible but Roxio has promised a fix as soon as XP is released.

    Print Dir
    XP alas does not include a way to print a directory listing aside from using the command prompt. I talking about a right click on the directory and print the files names on the printer type of Dir print. So I guess we will need to add one - start up regedit and add the following

    @=" /c dir %1 > PRN"

    @=" /c dir %1 > dirprnt.txt"

    Right click on a folder in windows explorer and choose "print". The contents of the folder will appear in a file called dirprnt.txt in the folder. open the file and print it out. If you want to print directly to the printer remove the second line containing "dirprnt.txt"

    Rename Multiple files
    A new, small, neat feature for winXP deals with renaming files. I personally have always wanted the OS to include a way to do a mass file renaming on a bunch of files. You can now rename multiple files at once in WinXP. Its real simple:

    1. Select several files in Explorer, press F2 and rename one of those files to
    something else. All the selected files get renamed to the new file name (plus a number added to the end).

    2. thats it. Simple huh.

    I would recommend that you only have the files you want to rename in the directory your working in. I would also recommend that until you get used to this neat little trick that you save copies of the files in a safe location while your getting the hang of it.

    Handy for renaming those mass amounts of porn pics you d/l from the web
    Use Window Blinds XP to add themes
    Windows Blinds XP has been integrated into the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft and Stardock have entered into a partnership in which Microsoft will use their technology in the Windows XP operating system. With Windows Blinds XP installed you have additional styles to choose from in display properties.
    And the best part is you can download over 1000 different styles and even make your own very easily with the SDK.
    To get started you need to download the Windows Blinds XP extension: to download the latest beta
    Note: You must register at to be able to legally download the Windows Blinds XP beta. Once you register they will even e-mail you when new builds are available for download.
    Once downloaded, install the program and you will notice the extra styles in the display properties when you run the program.
    To download more styles and select windows blinds on the menu on the left.

    Show file extensions
    Ever wonder where you file extensions went? Working with files when you can not tell what the file extension can be a huge pain in the butt. Thankfully, MS has made it possible for all file names with the extensions to be shown.
    In any folder that contains files. Click on the tools menu and select folder options.
    Then click on the view tab.
    Locate where it lists Hide extensions of known file types and uncheck it.
    Click OK.

    XP memory tweaks
    Below are some Windows XP memory tweaks. They are located in the windows registry at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
    DisablePagingExecutive - When enabled, this setting will prevent the paging of the Win2k Executive files to the hard drive, causing the OS and most programs to be more responsive. However, it is advised that people should only perform this tweak if they have a significant amount of RAM on their system (more than 128 MB), because this setting does use a substantial portion of your system resources. By default, the value of this key is 0. To enable it, set it to 1.
    LargeSystemCache - When enabled (the default on Server versions of Windows 2000), this setting tells the OS to devote all but 4 MB of system memory (which is left for disk caching) to the file system cache. The main effect of this is allowing the computer to cache the OS Kernel to memory, making the OS more responsive. The setting is dynamic and if more than 4 MB is needed from the disk cache for some reason, the space will be released to it. By default, 8MB is earmarked for this purpose. This tweak usually makes the OS more responsive. It is a dynamic setting, and the kernel will give up any space deemed necessary for another application (at a performance hit when such changes are needed). As with the previous key, set the value from 0 to 1 to enable. Note that in doing this, you are consuming more of your system RAM than normal. While LargeSystemCache will cut back usage when other apps need more RAM, this process can impede performance in certain intensive situations. According to Microsoft, the "[0] setting is recommended for servers running applications that do their own memory caching, such as Microsoft SQL Server, and for applications that perform best with ample memory, such as Internet Information Services."
    IOPageLockLimit - This tweak is of questionable value to people that aren't running some kind of server off of their computer, but we will include it anyway. This tweak boosts the Input/Output performance of your computer when it is doing a large amount of file transfers and other similar operations. This tweak won't do much of anything for a system without a significant amount of RAM (if you don't have more than 128 MB, don't even bother), but systems with more than 128 MB of RAM will generally find a performance boost by setting this to between 8 and 16 MB. The default is 0.5 MB, or 512 KB. This setting requires a value in bytes, so multiply the desired number of megabytes * 1024 * 1024. That's X * 1048576 (where X is the number, in megabytes). Test out several settings and keep the one which seems to work best for your system.

    And thats it

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    WinXP Clear Type Font Adjuster

    works pretty slick!

    web page based interface
    Keyboard not found - Press F1 to continue.....

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    Make shortcut arrows go bye bye...

    To clean up the look of your desktop shortcuts simply go to the Run menu and start up Regedit. Now search for and remove any instances of "Isshortcut". After you restart, all of your shortcuts will no longer have that annoying little arrow in the corner

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    I like to use Tweak UI for that
    For XP, get it here:
    Keyboard not found - Press F1 to continue.....

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    Thumbs up UnClean2 from PC Mag


    UnClean 2 runs under Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP

    I downloaded it tonight and it is really nice.

    Edited: I think you may have to have an account to get it ... just thought of that. If someone would like it and can not get it via the link ... let me know. I can upload it here if someone tells me how to do it. It is a zipped file.

    I think I may have found a way to get it to you ... I uploaded it onto my file manager. I have the link to it below this.

    UnClean2 from my file manager

    I tried it and it seems to work ok.
    Last edited by mwkirchner; 09-27-02 at 10:50 PM.
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    Elite Member Norm's Avatar
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    Hey, I found something really neato...

    On every open window there is a button called "Help".
    In almost every program there is a "help" button too.
    And WOW !!! These help pages have a search engine built in too.

    WOW, almost everything you need to know is in there.
    Who woulda figured?

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    Get a baseball bat hit your cpu, makes it work harder
    Give me a fish, and you feed me for a day, teach me to fish and I won't be so damn lazy.

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    Originally posted by Norm
    Hey, I found something really neato...

    On every open window there is a button called "Help".
    In almost every program there is a "help" button too.
    And WOW !!! These help pages have a search engine built in too.

    WOW, almost everything you need to know is in there.
    Who woulda figured?

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    The Sandbox
    Originally posted by Norm
    [B]"To create a locked folder in Microsoft Windows, launch Windows Explorer and navigate to the directory one level above the folder you want to lock. Click Run... in the Start menu, type the word command, and press Enter.
    A command window will open in the folder displayed by Explorer. Suppose the folder's name is Private; enter the command ren private privateX, but instead of typing X, hold down the Alt key and type 255.
    To unlock the folder from the command prompt, enter ren privateX private (again replacing X with Alt-255). When the folder is locked, Windows won't be able to open it, though it will be visible as Private."

    "You MUST use the 'numeric' keypad when typing 255"
    Here ya go Normmy!
    Last edited by Joint Chiefs of Staff; 12-18-02 at 11:20 AM.
    >>Cult Master of International Affairs<<

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    Dictate IE Window Size

    Originally posted by Norm
    Be a dictator

    Here's an answer to a commonly asked question.

    November 5, 2002
    Control IE's Initial Size

    By Neil J. Rubenking

    You can force Internet Explorer to open in whatever size or position you want by going to Tools | Internet Options and entering the following line as the Address in the Homepage panel: javascript: resizeTo(800,600);moveTo(0,0);document.location.href=''

    Change the size and location to whatever values you prefer, and replace yourhomepage with your actual home page.

    Charles H. Stinson

    You can also control the initial size and position for Favorites menu items. Open the Favorites menu, right-click on an item, and choose Properties. In the URL field, enter the JavaScript command shown above, specify the size and position you want, replace the homepage with the item's original URL, and click on OK. IE will complain The protocol "javascript" does not have a registered program. Do you want to keep this target anyway? Click on Yes. Now this Favorite will open at the size and position you prefer.
    Thanks again for the help, Norm!!

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    top tip

    if you cant see your screen because of reflection from the sun ,CLOSE YOUR CURTAINS ,
    juste beacoz im blond it doseint meen im stewpid

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    Ummm good one

    STAY COOL!! Live Each & Every Day As If It's Your Very LAST!!!

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    I came across these registry tweaks while looking for something else. As always backup the registry first.

    -Add a "Remove recycle bin from desktop" checkbox to 'Folder-View-Advanced' list.-


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\RecycleBinOnDe sktop]
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\HideDesktopIcons\\ClassicStartMen u"
    "Text"="Show Recycle Bin icon on the desktop"

    Note: use the above if you use the Classic view. If you use the WindowsXP theme change 'ClassicStartMenu' to 'NewStartPanel'. Now all you have to do is double click 'My Computer-Tools-Folder Options-View and in the 'Advanced Settings' window there will be a checkbox to add/remove the recycle bin from the desktop.

    -For those of us that like to play with Regedit, tweakui, or any other program for that matter adding this to your registry will give you access to those programs with just a right click on 'My Computer'







    In this example Regedit and tweakui were used. All you have to do is right click 'My Computer' and select 'Registry' to bring up regedit or 'Tweak' to bring up tweakui. I'm sure you can add whatever program you want to the list.

    One more thing, no reboots are required for these tweaks.

    Have fun!!!


  15. #95
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    Windows tips

    dunno if this would be considered a 'tip' or not, but is a very useful site if you want to know what all those programs are that are running in the background when you run 'msconfig' and whether or not you should stop them or leave them alone.

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    go amish
    Comptia a+ n+

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    Anybody knows more tricks???
    Good links,aid,73848,00.asp,00.html

    Good shortcuts from Start/Run:
    Control Panel (CONTROL.EXE)
    Control Panel:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL

    Accessability Options (ACCESS.CPL)
    Accessability Properties (Keyboard):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,1
    Accessability Properties (Sound):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,2
    Accessability Properties (Display):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3
    Accessability Properties (Mouse):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,4
    Accessability Properties (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,5

    Add/Remove Programs (APPWIZ.CPL)
    Add/Remove Programs Properties (Install/Uninstall):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1
    Add/Remove Programs Properties (Windows Setup):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2
    Add/Remove Programs Properties (Startup Disk):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,3

    Display Options (DESK.CPL)
    Display Properties (Background):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
    Display Properties (Screen Saver):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
    Display Properties (Appearance):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,2
    Display Properties (Settings):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,3

    Regional Settings (INTL.CPL)
    Regional Settings Properties (Regional Settings):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,0
    Regional Settings Properties (Number):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,1
    Regional Settings Properties (Currency):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,2
    Regional Settings Properties (Time):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,3
    Regional Settings Properties (Date):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,4

    Joystick Options (JOY.CPL)
    Joystick Properties (Joystick):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl

    Mouse/Keyboard/Printers/Fonts Options (MAIN.CPL)
    Mouse Properties:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0
    Keyboard Properties:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @2
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @3

    Mail and Fax Options (MLCFG32.CPL)
    Microsoft Exchange Profiles (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mlcfg32.cpl

    Multimedia/Sounds Options (MMSYS.CPL)
    Multimedia Properties (Audio):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
    Multimedia Properties (Video):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
    Multimedia Properties (MIDI):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
    Multimedia Properties (CD Music):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
    Multimedia Properties (Advanced):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,4
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Sounds Properties :
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl @1

    Modem Options (MODEM.CPL)
    Modem Properties (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL modem.cpl

    Network Options (NETCPL.CPL)
    Network (Configuration):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL netcpl.cpl
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl

    Password Options (PASSWORD.CPL)
    Password Properties (Change Passwords):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL password.cpl

    System/Add New Hardware Options (SYSDM.CPL)
    System Properties (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,0
    System Properties (Device Manager):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,1
    System Properties (Hardware Profiles):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,2
    System Properties (Performance):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,3
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Add New Hardware Wizard :
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl @1

    Date and Time Options (TIMEDATE.CPL)
    Date/Time Properties:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl

    Microsoft Mail Postoffice Options (WGPOCPL.CPL)
    Microsoft Workgroup Postoffice Admin:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wgpocpl.cpl

    Open With (File Associations):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL d:\path\filename.ext

    Run Diskcopy Dialog:
    rundll32 diskcopy.dll,DiskCopyRunDll

    Create New Shortcut Wizard:
    'puts the new shortcut in the location specified by %1
    rundll32.exe AppWiz.Cpl,NewLinkHere %1

    Install New Hardware Wizard:
    rundll32.exe sysdm.cpl,InstallDevice_RunDLL

    Add Printer Wizard:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter

    Dial-up Networking Wizard rundll32.exe rnaui.dll,RnaWizard

    Open a Scrap Document:
    rundll32.exe shscrap.dll,OpenScrap_RunDLL /r /x %1

    Create a Briefcase: rundll32.exe syncui.dll,Briefcase_Create

    View Printers:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder

    View Fonts:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL FontsFolder

    Pick a Time Zone Dialog:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,/f

    Create Share Dialog
    rundll32.exe ntlanui.dll,ShareCreate

    Manage Shares Dialog
    rundll32.exe ntlanui.dll,ShareManage

    ODBC Data Source Administrator (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL odbccp32.cpl

    Themes Properties (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL themes.cpl

    TweakUI Dialog (General):
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tweakui.cpl

    Run Format Floppy Dialog:
    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHFormatDrive - sa vaeti discheta introdusa

    C'mon.. That's your turn
    Welcome to my world!

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    How to remove a Dual Boot ...

    these were my steps in case anyone decides to do this ....

    I was running ME on C: and Win2K Pro on F: with Fat 32 on all drives.

    1- Create an ERD and 4 Boot ( startup) disks
    2- Get a bootable( sys files ) floppy to boot to Dos ensure that you have the standard utilities Attrib , Copy , Xcopy , Format , fdisk etc ....
    3- I personally made a good Partition backup image , which I would have been screwed without ( since I attempted this 4 times before getting it all down right ...
    4- go into Tools ---- > Folder options --- > View Tab and uncheck Hide System files
    5- Do a search on C:\ for Boot.ini , NTDetect,NTLDR, Bootsect.dos
    6 Copy these files onto a seperate disk for later use ( It would be helpful to add the attrib.exe utility to the same disk)
    7- Boot from the Disk in Step 2 .
    8-from the A:\ type format c: ( and complete a normal foramt)
    9- Run Fdisk and make C: partition Active ( other logical drives should still be intact )
    10- Run fdisk /mbr ( to restore the Master boot record
    If you put attrib on the same disk as step 6 then skip to step 12 and run Attrib from A:\
    11-Copy the Attrib.exe to c:\
    12-Go to c:\ and type Attrib -h -r -s -a a:\*.* ( this will remove all attributes allowing you to copy the files. )
    13- from A:\ type Copy *.* c:\
    14- Now boot from the 4 boot Disks you created in step one

    Note : Case matters in the following options All upper case
    15- Take the Options to Repair --- > ERD ( not console ) --- > Manual Repair --- > inspect boot sector ( or somehting like that )

    It should when finished restart on it's own and you should see your Boot.ini options , now you can make that change as you see fit ....

    Me personally I left the boot disk files on the C: partition so that I would have a Dos environement to boot to if Windows fails. Or if I need to get to the potected files.

    I edited my Boot.ini file to reference Dos as an option and still have the rest of the drive to use for Windows storage space.

    I realize these instructions are not all that coherent as I was in a big hurry ... Hope it's ok and can help ...

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    Rename Multiple Files at the Same Time

    XP now allows you to select a number of files using Windows Explorer and then rename them all at once using F2. The new name you type will be applied to all the files plus an incremental number at the end.

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    Double-Click to Modify Bullets and Numbering in Word

    Do you get tired of searching through menu commands to make changes to the numbering schemes in your Word documents? Skip the menus, and use this shortcut instead:

    To open the Bullets and Numbering dialog box and adjust the numbering scheme, just double-click one of the numbers in the numbered list.


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