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    Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?


    by Jay Garmon ·

    Windows XP is ostensibly the do-everything desktop operating system for any and all end-users–provided you know how to tune the OS. Are you among the few who have mastered the secret art of controlling and customizing Windows XP? If so, we want to know about it! Share your best XP hacks and tweaks in this discussion, and your name (and tip) just might earn a spot in an upcoming TechRepublic download.

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    • #3291579

      My Hack Tool

      by cxy ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      I am using Iolo System Mechanic to hack my XP. It’s good. It has utility to optimize Registry, too.

      Two others are TweakNow PowerPack and TweakXP Pro. This two have the most comprehensive options to tweak XP.

      Other than that, I also use O&O Defragmenter and PerfectDisk to defrag my hard drives.

      That’s how I keep my XP in shape. But, the most important thing is remember creating restore point every time you install patch(es) from Microsoft. I uninstall all patches that cause trouble, but sometime uninstall doesn’t really works as expected.

      • #3315871

        Lose the Windows XP Search Puppy and get a Real Search Tool for Windows XP

        by thelamberts ·

        In reply to My Hack Tool

        Although there are lots of XP hacks out there; this one is on the top of my list. “Getting Rid of the Windows Search Tool”. Aside from the irritating animations; the Windows Standard search tool does not work very well on Systems Folders. Follow these steps to go back to a Real Search Tool.

        Open the Registry Editor
        Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState
        From the File menu,select Edit,then New,then String Value
        Name the new value “Use Search Asst” (without the quotes)
        Double-click the new value, type “no” (without the quotes) in the Value Data text box, and click OK
        Close the Registry Editor, and restart the system.

        You should now have a crisp, clean, fast search tool….oh yeah…it also works……


        • #3347804

          Thanks for the tip

          by plum ·

          In reply to Lose the Windows XP Search Puppy and get a Real Search Tool for Windows XP

          Thanks for this tip.

          I’m in the support business and find that I often gravitate to previous ways of doing things… mainly because they’re familiar and I can do things faster.

          Windows is evolving constantly… which means that technical folks are constantly in a learning mode. This isn’t bad, it just is. But it makes support tough, unless tech folks share.

          Thanks for sharing.

    • #3291542

      No more Bubblegum

      by dreaddave ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      First thing I do when installing XP is kill the ‘bubblegum’ GUI. It just eats resources. I want my OS to be a tool, not a toy.
      The next thing is killing off the dosens of (normally) usless services that are running by default.
      A GREAT resource for finding out what services are needed (and not!) for your particular situation is:
      You’d be amazed how much more stable and smoother XP can run after ‘trimming the fat’.

      • #3305181

        Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

        by pickleman ·

        In reply to No more Bubblegum

        That’s exactly what I do.
        First thing I get rid of are the idiotic “special effects” that are completely unnecessary for an operating system. If I wanted special effects, I’d play a game or go see a movie.

        In the Control Panel, I go into System Properties, then in the Advanced tab under Performance, I remove ALL checkmarks except for these two:
        1) Show window contents while dragging
        2) Use drop shadows for icons on desktop

        The rest are all useless fluff.

        Then after that’s done, I immediately change the visual style to the “Classic” layout (as it was in Windows 2000)

        Once that’s done, I install TweakUI (PowerToys for XP) and configure it to my liking.

        And last but not least, I eliminate all the useless services (including the ones that are potentially dangerous).

        With a full load of applications, I have only 34 processes running on average at any given time, and with 1 GB of RAM, I always have 740 MB free after the O/S has finished loading.

        • #3305177

          Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          by pickleman ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          Oh and one thing I forgot to mention – I turn off the swap file usage. With a gig of RAM, the swap file is completely unnecessary.

        • #3305051

          Swap File

          by dreaddave ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          While it seems like with 1GB RAM it would certianly be ok to turn off virtual memory (pagefile) alltogeather, I HAVE seen programs that will use the pagefile no matter how much RAM you have.
          For sure you won’t see that very often, but it CAN happen.
          On machines with such obscene ammounts of RAM, I usually set a very low size for min & max. that way windows isn’t constantly trying to figure out how big the pagefile should be. Best of bolth worlds.

        • #3310993

          Installing memory chip

          by ckarmadillo ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          I do not think this has anything to do with your discussion but if you could answer my question I really could use your HELP. I have windows XP & I need to add a memory chip & I do not know how to do this. I have been told to take the side panel off & there are no screws on the side panels. So I need to take off the back panel & there are alot of screws. CAN YOU HELP ME??? Can you send me instructions I would be very grateful. C. Adams

        • #3310990

          Case Opening

          by the24frans9 ·

          In reply to Installing memory chip

          Unfortunately, many cases open many ways. I went to the site of the company that made the case (or computer…) and it had pictures and everything on how to open the case. There are usually two screws on the back that attach the sides to the Back panel. When removed the panel usually has to slide back a little to disengage the tabs and slots that hold the panel tight, and then you can pull it out. There are also many places that will give you detailed instructions on how to add or replace memory. The co. that made your case, and the co. that made your memory module are your best bet.

        • #3310972

          Adding Memory BE CAREFUL

          by aaron a baker ·

          In reply to Installing memory chip

          The Most important thing to remember, when adding “Anything” to a Computer is to Turn it “OFF” and Pull the plug.What a lot of people are not aware of is the fact that all is takes to Fry a CPU or destoy your Motherboard is a “Small” Shock,the equivalent of the same shock when you walk across a carpet and touch someone,that’s all.
          Then after you’ve pulled the plug,look at the back of your tower for 2 Main screws on the RIGHT hand slide door. There will be a few more but you will be able to tell which ones are the ones you want.Then Give the Side a GOOD tug,it will slide back off the latches and expose the interior of your Computer. “Now the important part”.Be Careful how you insert your Ram Chip.
          There are two notches on the Ram and the equivalent in the Ram slot. MAKE SURE THEY MATCH or the Ram won’t fit. Never “FORCE PUSH” a chip into place,it will fit snuggly and the clips at the end will collapse inward and lock it in.
          Once this is done, before re-installing the side, put the plug back in and try to re-start the computer. It it give you any sign of trouble immediately turn it OFF and unplug it agagin. Then find the Jumper pin that Clears the CMOS, it should be indicated on the Motherboard or in your literature. With the plug OFF Move the jumper over to the other pin and count to Five. You’ve just cleared your CMOS. Now PUT THE PIN BACK, and then plug in and re-start your Computer.
          Upon re-start, hit the DEL key and it will go to the CMOS main menu. If you are unfamiliar with this process, start by using the START UP “DEFAULT” Settings,however,if at all possible,I would try to have it detect your system and in what order.It would be “a very good idea to get to know this area well” as this is the very heart of your Computer.It’s pretty well self explanatory. “GO SLOW”,read everything an then decide but if you have doubts,then use the SET DEFAULTS setting and then save your settings.Your computer should restart and will include the new Ram addition in it’s Update. I strongly suggest that you become familiar with the CMOS Menus, these can usually be accessed any time at start up by hitting the [ Del ] Button right after your keyboard lights go on upon start-up.Who know’s someday you may want to upgrade your CPU so this is defenitely worth the time to learn and it’s not as difficult as it looks.Once your Computer has sarted up and is running OK again, Just slide the Side back on, “Gently” but firmly, return te screws and your done. Hope this has been of some help.
          Good Luck and congratulations on the New Ram.It WILL Make a difference.
          Aaron A Baker

        • #3310874

          Take it to someone who knows what they are doing

          by usdoj ·

          In reply to Installing memory chip

          After reading your post it is obvious that you do not know what you are doing and could end up costing yourself alot more then just a memory chip should you induce static electricity to the circuitry inside your case. I strongly suggest that you spend the 30 bucks and have someone who knows how to install memory perform this task for you.

          Often times I find that ribbon cables and power cables are in the way of accessing the mem banks and if you start pulling those around, you lossen connections and… just trust me on this.. prevent a nightmare.. Hire someone.

        • #3293565

          Right on brother

          by mustang221 ·

          In reply to Take it to someone who knows what they are doing

          Each computer case has a method for removing and installing side/top panels. There are as many ways as there are cases. When you take the computer to a tech, if he messes the job up, he pays for the new part/repairs. You should learn the basics from someone who know what they’re doing. Once you learn how, it’s not an overly complicated job. When in dought, take it to a pro.

        • #3314827

          Wrist strap!

          by elams ·

          In reply to Take it to someone who knows what they are doing

          I didn’t read all the posts on this but, have you guys ever heard of a little thing called a wrist strap? It will dissipate any static electricity and the one time cost is cheaper than $30 bucks a pop (or more) for a tech. The PC isn’t that scary inside.

        • #3350678

          30 Bucks…

          by duanedelima ·

          In reply to Take it to someone who knows what they are doing

          how I wish I could charge 30 Bucks for a memory install… sheesh… (just ranting cause where I live, the exchange rate of 200:1 would make 30 Bucks somewhere around $6000.)
          As much as I encourage users to become familiar with simple tasks like memory upgrades, you should attempt your first adjustments under supervision from a professional or at least someone who has had experience with successful installs. While memory arjustments do seem simple enough, they can become complex if another problem arises during the install.

        • #3293506

          Don’t do it

          by anom_amos1 ·

          In reply to Installing memory chip

          If you really have to open up your pc Get an old junker first and rip it apart and put it back together agian and see if it still works before you even consider opening the case on your primary machine.
          But really if you don’t know how to open the case there are probably other things that you don’t know; such as the correct ram chip to install the correct slot to put it in and the fact that you probably don’t actually need it in the first place!
          A lot of people say add more ram to resolve windows slowness or OUT OF Memory errors
          But the first place you should look is file corruption
          then Viruses then lack of disk space
          then having too amny things open
          then look at the amout ove ram you have installed already . On a XP machine with pention 3 or higher 256 meg is all that is required for average home use .
          Image rendering apps like Adobe photoshop and Premire love a lot of ram and will such up 4 gig and ask for more so look at what you are using and if it doesn’t suggest more than 256 meg to use or recommend 512meg then be happy with what you have and save your self the money and hasstle.
          If you have 128 or less running XP then buy an new machine becuase it is probably out fo date and you won’t find siutable ram without paying through the nose.

        • #3299998

          There all nuts!!

          by it24 ·

          In reply to Installing memory chip

          I have been building PC’s for 6+ years and have never fried a MOBO. Installing RAM is probably the easiest upgrade to do on your own! Do your homework just to be sure you get the correct type of memory stick, open your case, be sure to touch your power supply to eliminate any static and go for it! If you are even the slightest bit handy this will be a no brainer. People that scare you out of doing it are the ones that will charge you $50.00 to do something my 12 year old can do in 5 minutes!

        • #3299841


          by aceskaraoke ·

          In reply to There all nuts!!

          The first upgrade I ever did, and after that everything else seemed a bit less scary.

          No to mention that installation money spends well on getting new goodies to put in your machine yourself.

          For the novice, there are literally hundreds of good PC upgrade and maintenance manuals out there that cost less than one hour of tech installation time, and you’ll have it available for your next uprade when you need it.

          Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of learning what’s in the box and the satisfaction of do-it-yourself upgrades and PC building.

        • #3299558


          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Amen

          I would recommend touching the system case chassis, instead of the power supply, to ground any static charge. Touching the power supply is just not necessary since the power supply is attached to the system chassis, and someone somewhere might get the wrong idea and think they have to touch something they shouldn’t, I think.

          In any case, installing a stick of RAM isn’t difficult. Just be sure you get the right type of RAM for your computer (also making sure that if your motherboard will take more than one type, you match the new RAM to any old RAM you want to keep), and make sure you don’t try to insert it backwards. Those are the two biggies: choosing the right type, and not inserting it backwards.

        • #3293687

          No swap file with 1G of ram?

          by b cat ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          No swap file with 1G of ram? That depends on what you are running for apps. It may work fine for office apps, but if you are doing 3d graphics it will crawl if it can run the task at all. In stead I suggest using a fixed swap file size. Before you lock it down use task manager to monitor your swap file usage with the comp running the hardest tasks you expect it to do, and then lock down the swap file size to down to at least 10% over the highest usage you found.
          If you have more than one physical hard drive I also suggest relocating the swap to a drive other than the one your OS is on, providing the interface is at least the same speed. This allows for better bandwidth and head management for the swap while the OS uses its own drive.

        • #3293654

          Moving Swapfile

          by patracy_uk ·

          In reply to No swap file with 1G of ram?

          Hi, Seen this mentioned before (using an OLD and thus slower) HDD, so didnt take much notice of the article ; – it didn’t make sense to me !!
          But you are suggesting seperating the OS and Swap file on similar drives and that maes sense to me ! I think??
          So the question is, How do I go about moving it to my second HDD ??
          I’m Running XP Pro on an AMD Semperon 2400 with half a gig of RAM and using Norton Utillities Pro for AV, Clean up, Sys Tools etc.
          Be most greatful of some help,

        • #3293560

          User control of Swap File

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Moving Swapfile

          Right click on My Computer icon, & select Properties / Advanced / Performance Settings / Advanced / Virtual Memory Change.

          From there you can specify the drives(s) to be used, along with the amount of space allocated on each drive, for the Swap File.

        • #3293498

          How to

          by anom_amos1 ·

          In reply to Moving Swapfile

          R Click My Computer choose properties choose advanced tab choose performance options the click the Change button.
          You can specify your setting there.
          These instructions are for win2k but unles MS has hidden these options somplace esle again they should work OK.

        • #3293415


          by patracy_uk ·

          In reply to How to

          Ta two the two of you, I’ll try it and see if it makes much differance

        • #3314003

          put second drive on different controller

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Moving Swapfile

          Make sure to put the second drive on a separate controller or it will slow down your primary drive.

          Also move your temp files for IE to this second drive. Gives you a few advantages. The one I like best is that your primary drive will not get fragmented as quickly because the rapidly changing files are on the other drive.

        • #3315528

          make 3 ramdisks drivespace them put a zip file across

          by lawrephordoooooo296 ·

          In reply to No swap file with 1G of ram?

          across them PUT THE SWAP FILE IN THE ZIP FILE then
          look at the activity in the 256k cache or more and time the experiment PLEASE ?

        • #3314355

          No Swap file …

          by kapolasb ·

          In reply to No swap file with 1G of ram?

          Thank you for the confirmation. I run 3d CAD on a laptop w/ 1 gb ram – Their tech support recommended a swap file of 1 gb.

        • #3316033

          Swap File

          by milehighpro ·

          In reply to No swap file with 1G of ram?

          If you install a partition and create a new drive 10% larger than the swap file your needing and making sure its your last partition on your hard drive. Then dedicate that drive solely for your swap file, you will get awesome performance without any interference from any other data.

        • #3315964

          Swapfiles and other programs

          by jshee42 ·

          In reply to Swap File

          We use inventor at my work (a CAD program) and they techs at Inventor recommend having a swap file no matter how much RAM a computer has in it. Most of our CAD workstations have 2GB of ram and we setup the computer with 3 partitions. A 6 gig for the system, 6 gig for the swap file and everything else for the program files. With 40-80 gig drives being put in, it’s not that big of a deal to allocate that much space to a swap drive. I’ve seen a significant improvement in the performance of CAD work stations setup like this over ones with a single partition for the system, programs and swap file. The only problem I’ve seen is with this is others in the IT department installing programs incorrectly. I’ve seen a few workstations that have full system partitions because everyone installs everything to the c drive and not the d (program partition). A little messy, but nothing that can’t be remedied easily.

        • #3304972

          which services are useless

          by davidciesiolka ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          Once that’s done, I install TweakUI (PowerToys for XP) and configure it to my liking.

          And last but not least, I eliminate all the useless services (including the ones that are potentially dangerous).
          Which ones are you talking about? Thanks

        • #3311045

          Depends on your usage

          by marc erickson ·

          In reply to which services are useless

          A good guide to Windows 2000 and Windows XP services is at


        • #3293541

          First View Running Services

          by cindy faulk ·

          In reply to Depends on your usage

          I also have referred to on occasion. However, after 2 years of networking classes, I found that I have been confusing “services” with “processes,” and was using the Task Manager and the tasklist /svc command to try to identify running services. Only recently, after prepping for an A+ exam, did I stumble onto the “View Running Services” option, located by going to “Start,” “Help & Support Center,” “Support” from the top toolbar, then “Advanced System Information” from the left menu, and then select “View Running Services” on the right. This lists not only all running services, but whether they are automatically run at startup. The table format is easier to scan than the results from “msconfig”.
          Hope that helps 🙂

        • #3330235

          View Running Services help.

          by john-p ·

          In reply to First View Running Services

          When I go to View Running Services it says ‘inst.PathName’ is Null or not an object.

        • #3350737

          Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          by sramesh2k ·

          In reply to View Running Services help.

          inst.PathName error while viewing the list of running Services:

        • #3314129

          Excellent reference

          by blueknight ·

          In reply to Depends on your usage

          I was going to recommend the Black Viper’s web site, but you beat me to it. He’s got an excellent reference to XP services. Sure wish I had the time to acquire his level of knowledge.


        • #3299840

          Thanx for the tip

          by aceskaraoke ·

          In reply to Depends on your usage

          Visited and used his recommendations for setting up my services.

          Had VERY noticeable improvement on performance on my XP system with 384 Megs RAM.

        • #3299433

          384 Megs of Ram

          by rs47 ·

          In reply to Thanx for the tip

          384 or less will run XP, but 500 is what I consider a min. amount and is a sweet spot for XP. A small investment in memory will yield a lot more performance.

        • #3317307

          I know, maybe a late Christmas present….

          by aceskaraoke ·

          In reply to 384 Megs of Ram

          I moved into my new house about 2 years ago, just in time to lose about a third of my business. Needless to say, money’s been tight ever since for the whole family.

          I bought a pre-built e-machine box ( not a popular choice with many, but I had good luck with one I had bought way back when ) because I was going back to school and needed a new computer for my online courses and homework at ITT. Financial concerns kept me from buying parts and building from scratch.

          I bought it at Best Buy with good ‘ol plastic for a little over $400 after rebates. It’s an XP box with an AMD Athlon XP 2400, 40 gig HD, and 128 Meg RAM. With that kind of memory, XP didn’t really run….it walked. I picked up a 256 Meg RAM chip during a sale last Christmas, thinking I would pick up more when money allowed. I cracked the case only to find one of those damn boards with only two RAM slots.

          So, Now I have 384 Megs total and it runs MUCH better, but my slots are full. It offends my sensibilities to yank the 128 Meg just to replace it with a 256 Meg for a mere 128 Meg improvement for 256 Meg price. Now I’m saving up for at least a 512 Meg upgrade which will be way more worthwhile.

      • #3315369

        How ?

        by d50041 ·

        In reply to No more Bubblegum

        What’s a “bubblegum” GUI and how do you kill it ??

        • #3315303

          RE: How ?

          by citnetmajoratpurdue ·

          In reply to How ?

          “Bubblegum” GUI is the fancy ‘skin’ that comes with Windows XP that is green and blue. To get rid of this ‘skin’ go to Display Properties, Appearance and click under “Windows and buttons” and select windows Classic style

        • #3303485

          Kill the bubblegum!

          by dreaddave ·

          In reply to RE: How ?

          Yes, like the last poster described, you can choose the Classic Style under Display Properties, but there is SO much more!
          Right-Click on MyComputer, Properties, Advanced, and the first button on top (sory, I’m on a german version, so not sure what it called). You see a list of lots of things like menu shadows and other completely usless things. Click the radio button for Optimized settings. It will clear all the checkboxes. Enjoy the new ‘super-fast’ feel!

        • #3329933

          Today its bubblegum…

          by liame ·

          In reply to Kill the bubblegum!

          Today its bubblegum, tomorrow its classic.

          Soon you will have to choose from windows classic style, windows real classic, windows bubblegum classic style, old skool classic and windows 3.1 true classic stylee remix style.

          Or something.

        • #3329726

          It gets worse.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Today its bubblegum…

          Last I heard, Longhorn will NOT give you the option; you’ll be stuck with the “Fisher-Price” interface!

        • #3328900


          by apotheon ·

          In reply to It gets worse.

          The Fisher-Price widget set is to Windows as Jar-Jar Binks is to Star Wars.

        • #3341990

          Resistance is futile; …

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to It gets worse.

          you will be assimilated.

      • #3263484

        Site under construction

        by thom_stewart ·

        In reply to No more Bubblegum

        the URL for the blackviper site you refur to is under construction, so if you could elaborate as to what tools are there I can go look for them, or if this is all white pages should I wait untill they are finished whith thier updates?


    • #3291462

      Controlling Windows XP

      by hkphooey ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      As the previous poster said, the first thing I do is get rid of that horrific new UI.
      – Change desktop to Windows classic
      – change toolbar to windows classic
      – change folders to windows classic, where you can actually see the files instead of the monster icons.
      – Also turn on the facility to view the extensions .exe, .doc etc.
      – Turn off the immensely irritating Personalized menus that hide any program you’re searching for in the start menu.
      – Set system properties / performance to “Adjust for best performance” rather than letting windows choose for you.
      – Set System Restore so it only takes over a reasonable proportion of your hard drives and turn it off on any where you don’t need it. I use about 5% of my main system drive and disable it everywhere else.
      – Turn off the autoscanning of inserted media so that Windows doesn’t helpfully try to play all the mp3 on anything you put into your computer.

      OK, now I can start to use the thing …

      • #3304958

        auto scan

        by gwalton ·

        In reply to Controlling Windows XP

        How do you turn off auto scan?

      • #3315532

        Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

        by afterimage ·

        In reply to Controlling Windows XP

        > As the previous poster said, the first thing I do is get rid of that horrific new UI.

        If it’s so horrific, why aren’t you just using Windows 2000? I personally enjoy the interface; I spend so much time in front of the PC (typically) that it’s nice to have a “pretty” interface. Do you keep all the walls bare in your house too? 🙂

        • #3313998

          Trade offs for pretty

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          There is nothing wrong with enjoying the interface.

          As long as you understand you are making a trade of resources to draw that pretty screen over a plain jane interface.


        • #3299838

          Bare Walls

          by aceskaraoke ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          I must admit I do like the look of the new UI, even though it does sacrifice some resource, but hey, how would I know it was the newest version of Windows if it didn’t look a little prettier and gobble up my resources like a starving goat?

          …and yes the walls are bare here, they won’t even allow me any pin-ups here at the asylum…

        • #3299555


          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Bare Walls

          I loathe that Fisher-Price widget set that Windows XP uses. The whole OS looks like one of those cheap plastic toys for preschoolers with the bulbous primary-color buttons and drool-proof finish. It drives me up the wall.

          It also not only eats up system resources (like a starving goat, as you say: great analogy), but eats up an inordinate amount of screen real estate as well. I like having more space open to what I’m actually doing, and to sacrifice less of it to the gods of Microsoftian widget creep.

    • #3291456

      right click to move to or copy to a folder

      by pcross ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      Open your registry and find the key below.
      Registry Settings
      System Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
      Value Name: (Default)
      Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

      (Default) REG_SZ {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}


      Once your here make these subkeys.

      To enable the Copy To Folder menu option create a new subkey called “Copy To” and set the (Default) value to “{C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}”.

      To enable the Move To Folder menu option create a new subkey called “Move To” and set the (Default) value to “{C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}”.

      Disclaimer: Make a registry backup before modifying the registry. Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

      • #3291250

        “right click to move or copy to a folder”

        by tmradius ·

        In reply to right click to move to or copy to a folder

        I’d like an explanation of what the end result is.

      • #3305176

        Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

        by pickleman ·

        In reply to right click to move to or copy to a folder

        Regarding your “Copy To” and “Move To” keys, my question is why is it necessary to go through all that?

        Windows has had that functionality built-in for ages (since Win95 if I recall correctly).

        If you drag a file with the right mouse button instead of the left, you’re given a choice to Copy or Move when you release the button.

        • #3315504

          Regarding your “Copy To” and “Move To” keys, my…

          by rtlinux ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          Holding the right mouse button while doing that requires you to have the folder you want to send it to open. Adding the Copy/Move to option in the context menu makes the process much smoother and thus does not require you to have the folder open you want to work with. I generally will move items from my desktop to my external storage drive location this way. The only down side is that if you are working with other files, say you want to edit more than 1 file at a time (right click edit option) you may be prompted to select a destination location by the copy/move to option. It is minor and I have gotten used to it.

      • #3310872

        Why not use the send too folder?

        by usdoj ·

        In reply to right click to move to or copy to a folder

        If you look in your profile, you will see a folder called “Send Too”. Simply add shortcuts to desired locations in there and they will appear on your right click send too menu.

        Hell of alot easier then mucking with the registry.

        • #3293701

          Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          by soundy ·

          In reply to Why not use the send too folder?

          Except then you have to add shortcuts for every destination you might use… hell of a lot more convoluted to go in and add another shortcut every time you have a new destination.

        • #3293629

          Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          by lyon_bleu ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          Not at all, just use a browser/navigation dialog to choose the
          destination folder, with an optional pull down menu listing the
          most frequent destinations.

        • #3293626

          edited for better context

          by lyon_bleu ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          I some how jumped the thread, sorry about that 🙁

          So actually I agree with you, a lot of shortcuts in the “send to”
          folder would quickly become a PITA; a solution that invokes a
          navigation dialog and maybe a frequent folder pull down menu is
          much more flexible and efficient.

      • #3293699

        So let’s recap…

        by soundy ·

        In reply to right click to move to or copy to a folder

        Different ways to move objects in Windows Explorer:
        . Left-click dragging a file will MOVE it if dropped to a destination on the same drive.
        . Left-click dragging a file will COPY it if dropped to a destination on a different drive.
        . Holding SHIFT while left-click dragging a file will MOVE it (SHIFTING something is MOVING it).
        . Holding CTRL while left-click dragging a file will COPY it.
        . Holding ALT while left-click dragging a file will create a SHORTCUT.
        . Right-click dragging will provide Copy/Move/Shortcut options in a popup menu when dropping.

        Keyboard shortcuts for clipboard operations work on files as well:
        . Ctrl-C will “Copy” a file; Ctrl-V then “Pastes” a copy of it to the selected folder.
        . Ctrl-X will “Cut” a file; Ctrl-V then “Pastes” the original file to the selected folder and removes it from the source.

        Multiple object can be selected by:
        . Drawing a box around them (any object touched by the box is included, it doesn’t have to be completely within the box).
        . Hold CTRL while selecting multiple objects.
        . Select the first object. Hold SHIFT while selecting the last object. Everything in between will be selected.
        . CTRL-A will “Select All”.

        There’s more, but it’s time to go to work 🙂

      • #3293634

        re: right click to move to or copy to

        by lyon_bleu ·

        In reply to right click to move to or copy to a folder

        I’ve been using “Send to” from the original Win 95 PowerToys since
        it first appeared. Still works nicely with XP. I use it so much, I’ve
        written scripts for Mac OS that do much the same thing in the
        contextual menu, including “Make Alias [Shortcut] to…”.

      • #3293369

        See the Send To Anywhere Post below

        by muad dib ·

        In reply to right click to move to or copy to a folder

        See the Send To Anywhere – Open Expert post below.

    • #3291368

      System Volume Info+Virusses

      by bdx ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      Have you had that too, yr virusscanner has made a run, system seems clean, but still it comes with multiple warnings, that it has found a virus.

      Novice users will not find the answer, but it is like this, system volume is the folder inwhich windows XP sets it’s restores, if at that moment, you get a virus or spyware, and XP makes a restore point, well it is stored in the SVI.

      SVI is a hidden map, but also secured, trying to open it, fails….well try the following, right mouse, security and add your user ID on yr own PC as admin, with all the right, needs some browsing on the net, but it’s there, then run yr scanners, virus and antispy ware, and you will get those B*****S…. this trick work well in XP Pro, but in XP Home you first have to go to save mode, do the same trick, and get on scanning, if this is not a way to keep XP running smoothly..

      Good Luck


      • #3291313

        XP now runs faster than Win98se

        by goofytek ·

        In reply to System Volume Info+Virusses

        1/ must turn off system Restore,as it backsup trojans etc
        2/ Use Norton ghost Floppy making weekly Bakups
        as its image contains everything, better than Restore
        3/ My posted online Tips list is at :
        all the facts gathered from all over the WEB
        grouped together with links to great sites
        Tweak now Power pack & System Mechanic 40 are good for System setups & cleaning it,
        But XP-LITE 1.50 is best for removing Bill gates extra garbage,
        I use Perfect Disk 60,VoptXP for quicker Defrags
        Norton utilities Speedisk for 100% cleanup,
        But PerfectDisk is only Defragger that has
        OFFLINE Directory & Pagefile defragging
        it does this at bootup in its DOS mode
        hope all thes tis help others tobe more informed
        bye retired techie Keith

        • #3304888

          Why XP Then?

          by pka ·

          In reply to XP now runs faster than Win98se

          You said, “XP now runs faster than Win98se”. If you have to go through all that to get XP to perform with the older OS why spend the bucks for XP. Which is a good question in itself, why do my customers need XP?

        • #3311089

          Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          by pickleman ·

          In reply to Why XP Then?

          You can’t seriously ask a question like “Why pick XP over 98?”, with a straight face, can you?

          The reasons are endless, but first and foremost are:

          1) stability
          2) security

          With 98, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I would get a blue screen for absolutely no valid reason, pretty much at random with virtually any software package.

          With XP on the other hand, I’ve been running it since the RC days, and I have never had a single blue screen or other kind of nonsensical system crash. The only exception was the one time a couple years back when I bought some new RAM which turned out to be faulty. Took me 10 minutes to figure it out, and that was the one and only time I ever saw a blue screen under XP.

          Windows 98 was nothing more than a few cosmetic changes slapped on top of Windows 95, which itself was extremely unstable. Sure it looked much nicer and worked much better than Windows 3.1, but overall it was still a toy, especially when compared to something as robust as XP.

          I love XP, and I fully believe that it’s the best and most stable operating system MS has ever created. I only hope that they won’t completely screw everything up with Longhorn when it’s released in a couple years.

        • #3311060

          sorry, but your are wrong about windows 98

          by fdole ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          I have two workstations at home, one 98 and one xp pro which i use for net analyst work and also I work on workstation repair and setup.
          My 98 station is running everything that the xp is and as long as you keep it clean, it runs better.
          Meanwhile XP has about 2 gig of updates just to keep the stability that you are talking about.
          It uses min of 1 gig to make it run as fast as 98
          with 128 meg.
          Do i really have to answer that , when sp2 came out, i figured that it might finally be secure.
          It really is, because you cannot get out to the outside world with the firewall on and all the ports that are blocked.
          Blue screens, maybe you have not got them, but I can show you call-in tickets time after time for xp.
          So do I like XP/
          Yes, but it isn’t that much better when you figure
          in the cost up front and the “profile scourge”.

        • #3310943

          wrong about windows 98

          by laddie ·

          In reply to sorry, but your are wrong about windows 98

          I have been running win98se since it was win98, for work and repairs. I have had a few blue screens when I do something stupid, but was able to fix it in a couple of mins.The only thing I can see Xp is good for is tecees because the average person is in trouble when they have play with the reg. It is starting to look like a tecks gold mine.
          P/s I have worked on computer for over 25yrs so I have gone from dos to xp on computers. 95% of my work is home computers, with most os’s I can talk then thought the problem by phone, but not with Xp=Service call=2hrs min.

        • #3315304

          I Agree with you fully

          by darke51 ·

          In reply to wrong about windows 98

          I have worked on computers also for since the DOS days. When I get a 9X Machine in I can Fix it faster and more completely in less time. I am also a gamer and have crashed XP more Than I ever did Windows ME. I also Find that XP Drivers seem to be Harder on my Hardware. I do like XP but like any Microsoft product it is NOT Perfect!!!

        • #3315074

          sorry, but your are wrong about windows 98

          by phstacker ·

          In reply to sorry, but your are wrong about windows 98

          Thank you! But………I do have to admit, even after tweaking Win 98, I still find Win2000 more stable. But at least I don’t have to wait hours to upgrade service packs, etc., as with XP. If you need to see what is really working in the industy, just look see what the largest companies have upgraded to; and I’ll give ya hint, it’s not XP.

        • #3293545

          XP is stable & secure. NOT.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          As one who has been ‘computing’ since 1958, I am astounded to hear anyone make such a claim.

          As a quick review of the available literature will attest to, XP is one of the least secure & most unstable OS ever released!

          Both Win95 & Win98 (which, by the way, is far from being “a few cosmetic changes … on top of Win95”) are far more secure & stable, which accounts for the fact that they remain in wide spread use by small & medium sized businesses.

          If you like XP, and want security & stability Win2K Pro (which is WinNT 5.0) would be a far superior choice.

        • #3299415

          This has to be a joke

          by rs47 ·

          In reply to XP is stable & secure. NOT.

          There are some problems with XP if you don’t keep it clean of spyware and other malware, and try to apply updates and service packs, but you have to be joking to even compare it with any toy 9X OS. 9X is ok if you limit the programs installed in order to avoid conflicts, but the comparison is like a tricycle and a tractor trailer. With a properly maintained XP system with a GIG. of ram, there is very little that you can’t do. Right now, XP is the target, but it can be made very secure, and is an absolute stable workhorse, if properly maintained. It can also efficiently use all the memory that you can throw at it unlike 9X.

        • #3317453

          No time for jokes

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to This has to be a joke

          Nor, for that matter, for the brash remarks of those with a limited perspective.

          I speak not opinions, but facts; facts born of the 46 years experiences of myself & my clients.

          While it is true that there are a plethora of patches for XP directed toward improving its security with regards to online applications, it is equally true that there is a dearth of such aimed at improving its performance & stability.

          One client’s XP machine phones home so frequently with error reports that the staff nicknamed it ET.

          Others run mission critical applications efficiently, cost effectively & reliably on Win 95 platforms; attempting to run them on XP is like trying to traverse a tight wire on the back of an elephant. In the real world, the cheetah wins.

        • #3347798

          Jokes, notwithstanding

          by plum ·

          In reply to This has to be a joke

          I read all the replies and the churning dialog. I’m in the “Fall” of my life and have spent most of my Spring and Summer times in the technology industry. So, I reflect with humor upon the sharing, appreciating the dialog that ensues with what is best and good, and what is not.

          Supporting a client base is definitely different than supporting only yourself, relative to PCs of course.

          I like to set up my machines the way I have them at work. That way, I know what people are experiencing at the PC. This way, I suffer along with them.

          Further, client users at work are purchasing machines for their homes, and for their families. Thus, they expect similar machines at work. If they are the “big cheese” of the company, they want at least what they have at home, and it’s usually the latest OS. And, they usually set the standard for the company by saying things like, “My home machine doesn’t do this. Why do these machines break down so much?” Hey, you’re the tech guy… you better have a good answer! And… the answers between individuals such as these emails do not hold water. The boss will determine what OS you use… or his 10-year old will.

          What I’ve just mentioned has little to do with technology… but it influences what OS companies lean toward.

          The OS is driven, not by the techs, but by the non-techs. And, if you want to learn the technology, you have to use it.

          This means that old die-hards must move toward Win XP and SP2 and Longbeard, and on and on… not because it’s the best, or even good… but because that’s what people do in the Gatesian Universe… Linuz and UNIZ notwithstanding. You will do it… like it or not.

          Now the political caveat… it’s all true, factual, and accurate, relative to all the arguments in favor, or not, of various versions of Windows… or it’s not all true. And that last sentence is irrefutable… until it is.

        • #3347740


          by apotheon ·

          In reply to This has to be a joke

          It’s true that what is used [b]right now[/b] is client-driven. It’s true that those of us who want to work today have to be able to work on what’s in use today.

          The techs help to drive the market of tomorrow, however. What the techs talk about today is what the non-techs will reference tomorrow. Java became such a powerful force in programming not because the ten year old son of the boss was using it at home, but because Sun aggressively marketed it to programmers, and the programmers talked about it in hearing of their bosses. The bosses talked about it, the magazine editors published about it, and the bosses read the magazines, thus leading to talking about it more. Eventually, what the techs were talking about led to what the bosses were demanding. Now Java is everywhere.

          I stay up to date on both Windows and Linux systems. I have to: in one job, I’m a Linux-supporting datacenter technician, and in the other I’m an IT consultant that deals primarily with Windows systems (with the occasional Linux fileserver thrown in). I run Linux on my primary workstation at home because that’s what works best. I run Windows on a secondary workstation at home because I need it for work-related purposes, not only for prototyping and testing but for keeping myself up to date with what my clients deal with on a daily basis.

          So . . . you’re right, as far as you go. Just don’t stop there. Keep in mind that what we’re using today they’ll be using in a few months. Keep in mind that it’s better to know more than is strictly necessary to get the job done than it is to know less, or barely enough. Keep in mind that being familiar with a better tool for the job than what the industry considers “the standard” not only helps you when someone asks about it out of the blue, but also helps to understand the shortcomings of the tools others are using so that you can better support them.

          While it’s true that long experience and in-depth knowledge of Windows is the primary factor behind making a Linux believer out of me, it’s also true that becoming a Linux user and administrator has made a better Windows support expert out of me.

        • #3347986

          Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          by jamescantando ·

          In reply to XP is stable & secure. NOT.

          Ummm I hate to Burst your bubble, but XP is BUILT OFF Win2K. XP adds Capabilities to NT that arnt Normally available, Its like taking the best of 95/98 and Putting it on the stable and reliable structure of 2K.

          I love XP (Bubblegum and all) I BSOD once in a while but since its usually my hand written software that did it i fix it easily enuf.

        • #3347856

          patent nonsense

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          You’ve bought everything the Microsoft marketing machine has thrown in your direction, apparently. Unfortunately, what you’ve bought into is an illusion. XP is a clusterf**k. I’ve gone into it in some depth elsewhere here at TR, and don’t want to have to type it all from scratch again, so here’s a link:

        • #3347800

          About your Blissful Ignorance

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          You don’t get out into the real world much, do you.

          I speak from 46 years of IT experience; how about you?

        • #3347738

          Old, much?

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          Criminy, deepsand, you’ve got more IT experience than my father, and he’s been in the business about as long as I’ve been alive.

          . . . and I thought [b]I[/b] was an old-timer in this industry, compared to a lot of these whipper-snappers.

        • #3347570

          It’s just a number

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          I had the advantage of having access to PENNSTAC, Penn State’s EE Dept’s. version of ENIAC, when I was but 12 or 13; I’ve been “computing” ever since.

          I’m actually a mere 58, in human years that is.

        • #3347545

          Mmmm, chicken. . . .

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          Oooh, PENNSTAC. History in operation. That must be quite the memory for you, these days — similar to my own memory of a punchcard-fed behemoth in my childhood. I didn’t get to meaningfully interact with it, alas, but I did get to touch it and marvel at it a bit. I was somewhat younger than you were in your encounters with PENNSTAC, of course, and I think the only purpose for which they were still using it was translating punchcard data to a more-condensed format that could more easily be transferred to text-based hardcopy for more useful storage.

        • #3333616

          Punch cards !!! And …

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          Plug boards for IBM’s Unit Record Machines.

          I’ve still got a collection of punch cards; 2-Tape Autocoder programs for the IBM 1401. (That is, if my ex-wife didn’t throw them out!)

        • #3333510

          punch cards

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          Trade them with your friends! Collect the whole set!

        • #3332448

          Nope, won’t trade them

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Wow, Ignorance is Bliss…

          I’m holding out for a 1401 so that I can run them.

        • #3315078

          …believe that it’s the best and most stable operating….

          by phstacker ·

          In reply to Reply To: Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

          Have you ever used Win2000 Pro or did you just go from 98 to XP. I personally find XP to be a bit on the bloated side of Operating Systems. The only reason I have delved into the XP side of things is due to customer support and the newer multimedia XP which will no doubt be the forerunner of the multimedia industry.

        • #3314117

          Win2K Pro rocks

          by blueknight ·

          In reply to …believe that it’s the best and most stable operating….

          I’ve used all desktop versions of Windows since the beginning except for ME and 98 and I can truly say that Win 2K Pro is the most reliable, best performing version there is. I have XP on a pretty new machine and it was pretty good until SP2. Now it’s as slow as a tired dog and no other changes have been made besides installing SP2. I’m still working on resolving the poor performance. If it weren’t for all the [supposed] security fixes, I’d gladly return to SP1.


        • #3311079


          by b.borbiro ·

          In reply to Why XP Then?

          If you need to ask this question then you should’nt have customers!

      • #3305165

        How do you get into “Save Mode”?

        by jasminder2 ·

        In reply to System Volume Info+Virusses

        Bart, How do I get my computer into “Save Mode”? I read your post on the “Tech Republic” Discussion Center Re. accessing the System Volume Info, dated 11/22/04. You explained how to access AVI’s in “Window XP Professional”. I have XP Home Edition, and don’t understand your explaination for those of us who have the home ed. This info would have been useful to me last week, since I did have a virus situation, that I choose to reformat to get rid of. Would you please go into more detail about accessing the SVI’s in “XP Home Edition”?

        • #3305054

          Safe Mode

          by dreaddave ·

          In reply to How do you get into “Save Mode”?

          What he means by Save Mode is ‘Safe Mode’.
          Was most likely a typo.
          At bootup before windows starts hit the F8 key and you’ll land in a bootup menu. One of the menu points is for starting in Safe Mode.
          Hope that helps!

        • #3305024

          thanks Dave

          by jasminder2 ·

          In reply to Safe Mode

          I figured that out later, Thank You “DreadDave”

    • #3291352

      Windows XP Welcome Screen

      by tchrist ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      You know the Windows XP Welcome Screen with all the personalized pictures and common names for all your accounts? To me that?s a great idea except Windows XP requires an Administrator account other than the default and must display that account name at the Welcome Screen (or does it have to display?).

      While searching for a solution in the Microsoft Knowledge base for the reason why I am getting account logon failure audits in my security event log after upgrading to Windows XP, I found an article that describes why an active account might not display at the Welcome Screen. Looking closer at the Windows registry revealed this key:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

      When upgrading to Windows XP from Windows 2000, the default Administrator account is carried over and displayed at the Welcome Screen. I like to manage my computer exclusively from restricted accounts. This practice (?best? practice from Microsoft) prevents malicious code from attacking system files and resources if the operating system security is configured properly. I don?t want to ?Welcome? my sole Administrator to logon my computer. To remove this account from the Welcome Screen I added a DWORD value to the UserList key (directed above) using the account name ?Administrator? and data value of 0. The typical data values in this key appear to be 0 and 65536 (in binary 65536 differs from 0 only by the 17th bit set to 1). I don?t know what the different values mean. I can only guess that 0 means don?t display and 65536 means don?t display and don?t allow logon either.

      Now you?re asking, ?How do I logon as Administrator while its account isn?t displaying?? One little trick Microsoft included with the Windows XP Welcome Screen is pressing the ctrl-alt-delete key sequence twice at this screen reveals the typical username/password prompt. Use that to logon as Administrator if you have to.

      This revelation helped me clean up my Welcome Screen and, in a small way, keeps my computer more secure.

      I hope this information is useful to you.

      Oh, by the way, the account logon failures appearing in the security log are a result of Windows XP displaying the unread message count at the Welcome Screen. Windows XP has to perform a test logon to every account so it can read this user registry entry. That causes a logon failure. Microsoft recommend as a solution to stop auditing for logon failures. Is this really a solution?

      • #3293607

        missing Administrator account

        by fxef ·

        In reply to Windows XP Welcome Screen

        I just got a new HP notebook with XP Home SP2. I do not have a Administrator account on this box. Only have the two accounts that I set up, both with administrative privileges. My XP pro boxes have a Administrator account. Is this normal for XP Home?

        • #3293370

          Admin not readily seen in XP Home

          by muad dib ·

          In reply to missing Administrator account

          The “hidden” “Administrator” account is not immediately available in XP Home.

          You can get to it by booting into safe mode or…

          You can apply a tweak avilable in several of the tweak managers (X-Setup Pro is one).

    • #3291266

      A few ideas:

      by goofball ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      Tweak UI is a pretty good little tool offered by MS. It helps to simplify some of the changes that may have normally needed a manual registry change. It gives you back the classic search in Windows (d@mn that little dog!!) and offers some good ideas on hot keys and such. Worth the download as it was designed by Microsoft for Windows. There’s no risk of the “third party software ate my OS” syndrome. It’s one of the first things I install after a fresh load of XP.

      More registry change sites:

      And stay on top of what’s running in the task manager. This may be one of the easiest ways to identify unnecessary processes sucking the life out of your PC. This site offers up what each task is and whether it’s worth having running or not. All tasks are listed alphabetically for easy use.

      • #3311142

        One more thing:

        by goofball ·

        In reply to A few ideas:

        Be careful of overtweaking the PC using several utilities that share the same types of tweaks. Example: Tweak UI and several other tweak tools listed have a lot of the same/ similar features. If you alter the setting in one tweak program, leave those same settings alone in any other you may be using. Best bet is to only use one, restoring all settings to thier defaults prior to installing any others.

    • #3305196

      XP tip

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      When installing some photo viewer/editors i have discovered after that MSN wouldnt recieve or send certain attachments. It seems that when you install those softwares, they make entries in your registry to send you to that sofware when you try to view those pic files. Make sure you have backed up your registry, then go to “start” then “go” and enter “regedit”.
      Open HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and in the list of extensions that it will show first, click on the various picture extensions, like BMP, JPE, JPG, JPEG, MPEG, MPG, MPA & MPC to see that they are he origional type, like the JP group usually is gpegfile and MP group is mpegfile. If you know the origional, you can edit it back in by clicking on the AB default flag. Use extreme caution as usual when editing any registry file.

    • #3305143

      Don’t forget X-Setup Pro 6.6

      by ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      I’ve been using X-Setup Pro (freeware) for quite some time now. It has a wealth of plug-ins already installed to tweak nearly everything I’ve ever wanted to in Windows XP (claims to work with previous Windows versions too). Most important IMHO are the folder settings tweaks (contains auto-tweak for copy -to and move-to discussed earlier) options to optimize boot and clear prefetch, disable auto-runs, as well as several network and system security hardening settings. Have to be careful with it though (as with any software that edits registry) but definitely worth the time!

      • #3311027

        Ditto on X-Setup Pro

        by muad dib ·

        In reply to Don’t forget X-Setup Pro 6.6

        I was going to post on X-Setup Pro if no-one else did. I have several “Tweak Managers” but X-Setup is more comprehensive than the others. I have used it for quite a while now (v6.2?).

        Yes, the newest version is backward compatible to Win 9x and Win 2K (I haven’t personally used it on Win 2K).

        A definite must.

      • #3293676

        exelent tweaker sowtware

        by b cat ·

        In reply to Don’t forget X-Setup Pro 6.6

        I have used X setup on 98se, win 2000, and win XP, and it always was ans still is the best tweaker software you can get. it will let you get at almost ever setting you can think of and more with addon plugins. but beware it is not for ametures though, their is enoughf tweek seting to destroy your OS is if your not carefull!

      • #3249773

        X-Setup Pro 6.6 not freeware but shareware

        by jeasley ·

        In reply to Don’t forget X-Setup Pro 6.6

        X-Setup Pro 6.6 is no longer available, and version 7.0 is, but it is not freeware it is Shareware.
        30 days and then pay $8.00.
        Just FYI

    • #3305060

      Running Dos Apps under Xp/2000 and full Screen

      by gavind ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      If you have a old Dos app and you would like a full screen when running it, try the following: Use Dos’s Mode command to set the display size. This would have to be put into a batch file before you call the main program. The command should look something like this: Mode CON: lines=80 cols=25

    • #3305057

      Using Dos App and Usb printers under Xp/2000

      by gavind ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      It you have a dos app and you would like to print to a USB printer, especially if it is across a network. There are two steps – 1] Share the Printer 2] Under Dos, use the Net LPT command to map to the printer.
      The command should look something like this:
      Net LPt(n): \\machine name\shared printer name /Y
      (n) is the Lpt port no.

      • #3293548

        NET USE command better

        by deepsand ·

        In reply to Using Dos App and Usb printers under Xp/2000

        From the CMD box, use NET USE, w/ the PERSISTENT=YES parameter.

        This way the LPTx port will always be mapped to the desired printer at boot time, & will be available for all applications.

    • #3305032


      by lesoudeur ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      This allows windows to be on top, in system tray, opaque etc.

    • #3304963

      Send-To, TaskMgr, Everest System Info Util, etc.

      by dkt999 ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      My favorite XP (& general Window tweaks) are:

      1. Add useful options to your ‘Send To’ folder, such as Notepad, WordPad, Winzip, etc. Seems simple, but it’s really a time saver.

      2. Add a TaskMgr shortcut in your ‘StartUp’ folder and then set it to minimize. This way, TaskMgr is always up & active in your System tray. So, with a glance you can tell if somethings going on when your PC starts acting sluggish.

      3. The “free” Everest Home Edition system info utility software by Lavalys is really top-notch. You can pry most of this same info from several different std Windows utils, but nothing I’ve found so far does such a good job of providing you with virtually every piece of useful info about you PC in one place as the Everest util does. And did I mention, it’s free.

      4. MSConfig…it’s your friend, learn how to use it.

      5. As with most others, take the time to learn what services are running, what they are and what you can turn off. My XP had become a real dog with some 60+ background / startup services running. After some exhaustive (and rather irritaging) research, I was able to turn off / disable over half of them. My XP now boots & performs better than when I took it out of the box. It’s amazing how many truly “useless” background / startup services generally are running. Check for things like QuickTime, various music / CD softwares (Soundblaster, Roxio), some internet software (MS Messenger, AOL), etc.

      • #3314852

        services and processes

        by chris ·

        In reply to Send-To, TaskMgr, Everest System Info Util, etc.

        I think you are confusing services with processes
        services are items that windows and other proggys can use to perform tasks such as networking.
        Processes are the windows and proggys that run on your pc.
        Both can be cleaned START-RUN Type MSCONFIG.
        though i would advise novices to start with processes at START UP as described in my post later in the thread

    • #3304896

      Helping Dialup

      by d.kirk ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      To fix some Dialup problems disable QoS Packet Scheduler. My Dialup connections were disappearing so I removed this and fixed it. My internet runs faster and better than ever.

      open Control Panel.

      Double Click on Network Connections.

      Under the Dial-up section right click on the name of your dialup connection.

      Click on Properties.

      Click on the Networking tab.

      Highlight the QoS Packet Scheduler selection and delete it or remove the
      checkmark in the checkbox.

      Thats it, if dialup connections you created have disappeared or dialup
      has been unstable this will help you out.

    • #3310950

      whipped Windows XP into shape?

      by laddie ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      1)curse at it.
      2)holler and scream at it.
      3)pull your hair out.
      4)get up from your chair and get a hammer.
      5)get up off the floor and get a bigger hammer.
      6)if the hammer didn’t work, get a gun and shot it.
      7)when all else fails uninstall
      8) reinstall dos 6.22 or win 3.1 or win95,win98.

    • #3293702

      Tweak XP pro

      by bdx ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      Hi guys, well I also use Tweak XP Pro

      my comp starts within seconds, and shut down even goes faster, have fun but take care


    • #3293619

      Keep your machine clean

      by cns ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      All too frequently we get called by the same customers for the same basic problems. What most people don’t do is maintain their system, using RegVac or similar along with spyware remover. The biggest problems we normally see are associated with the registry. Save yourself some money and frustration, obtain and use (at least once per week)a good registry cleaner.
      Frankly we don’t advise use of MS updates (service packs)until they have been out for a few months, and bugs are known.
      These points are true for all MS OS’s.

    • #3293527

      Use a cat o nine tails

      by anom_amos1 ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      The firt thing to do is format the HD and install Linux with Lindows if you really need MS Apps.
      Failling that install win2kPro.
      If you really need XP then follow these steps.
      1 Partition your HD (or use seperate HD’s) and set them up as follows one partition for boot about 5 gig, one partition for the Swap file and temp files about 2 gig, one partition for apps about 5 gig, and finally one partition for data Preferably on a raid 5 array.
      This setup will require juditious hacking of the registry and close attention to detail when installing XP (and win2k) and all apps as they tend to want to put every thing in the default C:\documents blah blah blah\ or in c:\program files etc. What this does is not only speed up the system and make it far more stable it also makes backup and restore easier as you KNOW where every thing is and dont have to waste space on backing up crap. You can take a Ghost image of your apps and boot partitions seperately so you only need to restore the one that fails is zapped etc
      2 Kill every supposedly helpfull thing that you possibly can.
      Stop and set to disable or manual all the services you can.
      3 if you are really into performance get a 4 gig ram drive (a hard drive made up of memory chips)
      and put the boot files NLTDR etc and swap file on it. You’ll boot in seconds not minutes and apps will love a swap file that is only marginally slower than ram.
      4. I don’t know how to do this but turn off a lot of the prefetching and preloading of things that aren’t going to be used such as all user profiles and apps that will open only marginally faster when prefetched/loaded.

    • #3293373

      Send To anywhere and OpenExpert

      by muad dib ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      Couple of handy context addons:

      Send To – Anywhere – manage your send to selections directly from contect menu.

      Open Expert – manage your open with options directly from contect menu.

      Have fun!

    • #3314854

      remove unwanted processes

      by chris ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      There seems to be a lot of non techies viewing this thread so heres an invaluble way to ‘clean’ your system of unwanted processes, and freeup resources for something you are using.

      Hit CTRL+ALT and hit delete, now hit processes.
      View list some are obvious but others you will have to look up in google. LEARN THEM.

      Click START-RUN and type MSCONFIG. Click STARUP tab.
      Unclick any processes you do not want to start with windows.(BE CAREFUL IF YOU UNCLICK AND IMPORTANT PROCESSES THINGS AND MAYBE WINDOWS WILL STOP WORKING).
      Click OK.

      This is also a good way to spot malware (spyware viruses etc.) that are running on your pc.

      Hope this helped.

      • #3334837


        by blade94061 ·

        In reply to remove unwanted processes

        i dont think many people read this, but its a big help. But PLESE enfasise the importance of making sure that u are removing the right program, removing one can really skrew ur computer up.

      • #3331693

        If you’re using SpyBot, …

        by deepsand ·

        In reply to remove unwanted processes

        use the Tools feature, under the Advanced Mode, for both easy access to the Startup Config, along with descriptions of many of the entries present.

        For additional info., look to the Paul Collins Startup List (online.)

        • #3331521

          Wow! and thanx!

          by marty-7 ·

          In reply to If you’re using SpyBot, …

          Ok, I’m feeling really stupid – I’ve used Spybot along with Adaware and Hijack This many, many times to kill spyware on users computers, but never even realized that there WAS an Advanced mode or that there were such useful tools included. Sometimes you get too busy in this job to look beyond the ‘need to know’ stuff.

          The System Startup tool is like Hijack This on steroids – your post just made my life a lot easier – thanx deepsand!

        • #3330427

          Glad to be of help.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Wow! and thanx!

          I think that most of us have been trapped in the forest-vs.-the-trees zone more often than we realize.

          There is an adage which aptly describes this:

          “When you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s difficult to remember that your primary objective was to drain the swamp.”

    • #3314756

      Stuff I Use

      by blindwolf8 ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      In no particular order:

      *SpywareBlaster v3.2
      *Spybot – Search & Destroy v1.3
      *Ad-Aware SE Personal v1.05
      *Windows XP Service Pack 2
      *Sygate Personal Firewall v5.5.2710
      *Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer v1.2.1
      *DCOMbobulator ( Utility)
      *Shoot The Messenger ( Utility)
      *Un Plug n’ Pray ( Utility)
      *XPdite ( Utility)
      *PCMedik v6.10.25.2004
      *Speed XP
      *ERU-NT (optimizes registry)
      *Firefox and Thunderbird 😉

      All F R E E programs listed above.

      • #3315637

        A good way to “Harden” Windows with a security template

        by escheitz ·

        In reply to Stuff I Use

        There is a non-for-profit organization at which has pretty good security templates, and documentation to go along with them, which shut down unneeded, unsafe services, set file permissions, security options, registry edits, and user privileges, etc. They also have a scoring tool which is pretty useful also. It is not supposed to be used for business purposes but I used it on all of my home computers, and it has proved to be pretty insightful and informative, for security, stability and performance issues.

        • #3314549

          xp related question

          by misscrf ·

          In reply to A good way to “Harden” Windows with a security template

          I was just wondering if anyone has figured out how to uninstall msn messenger? it came with my computer, and it didnt even like me exiting it out of the system tray. It kept saying my computer was using it. But I dont use it and I dont want it.
          I use yahoo, and I dont want my msn! can I get rid of it?

        • #3314502

          Unistalling MSN Messenger

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to xp related question

          Start / Settings / Control Panel / Add&Remove Programs, just like any removing any other well behaved installed application.

          Just make sure that you have the install file, in case you find that another application requires it to be installed, even if you don’t use that feature.

          An alternative way of dealing with this problem is to:
          1) Use msconfig to insure that MSN Messenger is not auto-started at boot time; and,
          2) If launched by another application, use Tack Manager to kill the process.

        • #3290638

          getting rid of msn messenger

          by rhine ·

          In reply to xp related question

          Pretty simple………Go to control panel…add/remove programs….select…add/remove window components….deselect msn messenger….Wallah……hope this helps 🙂

      • #3249750

        Difference in FREE verses SHAREWARE

        by jeasley ·

        In reply to Stuff I Use

        Hey Dff2,
        Just thought I would add that several of the programs you mentioned are alos shareware not freeware. They have limited trial periods.

    • #3290604

      Many things about XP;But were intimidated to ask!

      by rhine ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      I have read all current replies to This particular thread….I have been both impressed and discouraged by all current replies;I have a degree in both programming and networking as well as A+ certification.But out of all my ammassed knowledge,I have found trial and error to be the best teacher. and with this knowledge I will attempt to provide all of you with a few tips.
      1st) The has a wealth of information that is definitely worth looking into;not all configurations listed will neccessarily work for your setup,but they do provide a means to start with.
      2nd) Good Rule of thumb for Swap file is 1.5 x total Ram on your system or the total amount of memory available. I personally run 4096 for min and max on swap file,and I have no problems running games or applications,But I also have 896mb of Ram on a dual boot OS.
      3rd) For those individuals wanting to increase your memory or Ram;I would suggest reviewing your documentation that came with your computer,this will show how to remove the appropriate case panel and where the memory chips are located;Another good rule of thumb memory sticks are loacted nearest the processor(thats the square looking thing with the little fan on top);Another good rule of thumb never touch any component inside your computer unless you ground yourself first( to do this ,1st be sure the computer power cord is unplugged from the back of the computer not just switched off;Then touch the power source with your hand to ground yourself(thats the box in the corner with all the cords running out of it)I have a ground strap,But never really use it,as long as you touch the power source box with your hand, you will be grounded;this will prevent you from damaging any components inside your computer by static electricity.
      4th) Clean the inside of your computer atleast twice a year(I personally use a home compressor to blow all the dust bunnies and such out of the computer) but, you can also use cans of compressed air or a vaccumn to clean the inside of your computer if your careful.Blowing it out with a compressed air is the safest and surest way to accomplish this.(your computer will function like new if you perform this simple step if only once a year)
      5th)You guys remember those games like freespace and freespace2;well it is possible to run these dos games in xp;I suggest going to and look for the Application compatabilty toolkit(This was a big help in getting alot of dos games to run in XP)
      6th) DO NOT MESS with the registry;Rule of thumb: If it isn’t Broke,Then leave it alone!!!!!!(if you know what your doing atleast make a backup copy before you make changes;even the professionals make mistakes.)
      7th) No Question is a stupid question;My most favorite web site is ,its resources and Downloads have been invaluable to me;and its constant articles have been a God Send.
      8th)The internet provides a wealth of information;unfortunately not all of it is as reliable as simple trial and error.
      Any specific questions can be asked and I will do my best to provide you all with the most reliable answers I can …………ROCK ON>…. 🙂

    • #3299866

      Ooh, neat!

      by apotheon ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      I installed Windows XP Professional on a workstation and started the long process of configuring it for security, stability, and performance. When I was done, I had Windows 2000 Professional! Amazing.

      • #3299832

        Now that’s funny

        by aceskaraoke ·

        In reply to Ooh, neat!

        Or is it sad really? Have worked with Win 2000 professional exclusively at ITT and you are so right…security, stability, and performance. Why would the newer offering stray from that…for a little glitz and showiness I presume?

        Sad to think there will be no more service paks and updates for 2000, and as such is destined to be phased out in many businesses and THAT is sad.

        Unless it helps further Open Source migration…

      • #3299720

        You Get My Vote

        by marty-7 ·

        In reply to Ooh, neat!

        You get my vote for best TR Post of 2004.

        (I just wish it was true!)

        • #3299553


          by apotheon ·

          In reply to You Get My Vote

          I couldn’t have done it without all the little people!

          (Yeah, me too. Alas.)

    • #3104601

      Hot Keys Scripts

      by ·

      In reply to Have you whipped Windows XP into shape?

      I read a few years ago about a way to create a shortcut on the desktop that used a hot key to send pc to the screen saver. I have lost this information during transition to different pc but would like to find again. It was a very fast way to lock my machine when leaving for coffee. Anybody know the script for this still?

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