Our forums are currently in maintenance mode and the ability to post is disabled. We will be back up and running as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

General discussion


DOWNLOA 10 customization tricks to save you time in WinXP

By JodyGilbert ·**

After you take a look at this download, please post your feedback, ideas for improvements, or further thoughts on this topic.

--The TechRepublic Content Team

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

In WinXP -> Productivity and Organization = LNP

by Van Morris In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 customizatio ...

The tricks mentioned in this article are very useful. However, if you really want to save time when using WinXP I recommend you to use the LaunchIt NOW! Plus program, which really is a huge time saver and greatly improves your productivity and organization. I don't know in your case, but I hate going all day to the Start menu to access all my programs or opening IE to visit a favorite URL, not to mention opening the My Documents folder to look for an important document.

You can find this fantastic tool at:

Also, see what others say about this program at:

IMPORTANT: I want to clarify that I don't have any direct or indirect relation with the company that owns the product I'm mentioning here.

Collapse -

Adding Safe Mode

by defo1 In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 customizatio ...

In the last line you say: 7. Add the following to the end of the line:
/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog
My question is: to the end of which line?
Did you not consider showing the completed boot.ini file or what will happen if it's added to the wrong line?

Collapse -


by stew In reply to Adding Safe Mode

The steps make reasonably clear which line to add the "/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog" text. Following the steps, beginning with 4, you're told to locate a particular line, copy and paste that line, change the description of that line, and then add some text to the end. Clearly, the addition is to the newly copied and pasted line.

Granted, the steps would be clearer if written like this:

4. Locate the line that includes the /fastdetect switch. It should look something like this:

  multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" ... /fastdetect ...

5. Copy and paste that line so you can make changes to the copy.

6. Change the description between the quotation marks (e.g., "Windows XP Professional") to "Safe Mode" or something similar.

7. Append "/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog" to the line. The result should look something like this:

  multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Safe Mode" ... /fastdetect ... /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

Collapse -

Continue View

by Basel.nimer In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 customizatio ...

I am not sure why this is happeneing, I managed to view the article, but my system crashed, now, when i view the same link, i get "Continue viewing" instead of "view it now" button.

If i press the "Continue" button, i am returned to the same page, i am stuck and cannot view the article.

Collapse -

Best and cheapest solution

by jihernandez In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 customizatio ...

Keep your machine clean and lean.
Otherwise, it?s like an old store house. It is full of things no longer necessary, or seldom used, there is no way you can order it .

Collapse -

Simplify Copy and Paste Operations

by stew In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 customizatio ...

That tip is ridiculous. Really. I don't consider Ctrl-C two keystrokes and any "special" button across the top of my keyboard cannot be touch typed. Thus, your "optimization" will be a pessimization for most.

Collapse -

Why XP tips now?

by TrueDinosaur In reply to Simplify Copy and Paste O ...

This thing is over 6 months old. How about tips on Vista since it is so new no average user has any real experience with it yet.

Collapse -

Why Xp tips now.

by houstonman In reply to Why XP tips now?

You got that right.Most know XP pretty well by now.What we dont know is Vista.

Collapse -


by meridian10k In reply to Simplify Copy and Paste O ...

That word isn't in the dictionary, what does it mean?

Collapse -

Animated Pointers Optimization?

by stew In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 customizatio ...

How will an animated pointer scheme optimize my use of XP? It is a customization some may be ignorant of, but it doesn't save anyone time, which is the subject of the download.

Related Discussions

Related Forums