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WINDOWS XP Tips & Tweaks

WINDOWS XP Tips & Tweaks

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Some tips and tricks gathered by someone from all over Internet. Credits to him/her.
Some tips and tricks gathered by someone from all over Internet. Credits to him/her.

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XP Tips & Tweaks
 
These tips and tweaks have come from hundreds of individuals across the internet. I haveincluded some of web sites links (below) that cover this popular topic.
 
I have not tried most of these tips, so let me know if some don't work or have mistakes.
Tips & Tweaks Links
 
 
Stop Jerky Graphics
 
If you are connected to a LAN and have problems with jerky graphics, this might be thesolution:
 
 
Right-click "My Computer".
 
 
Select "Manage".
 
 
Click on "Device Manager".
 
 
Double-click on your NIC under "Network Adapters".
 
 
In the new window, select the "Advanced" tab.
 
 
Select "Connection Type" and manually set the value of your NIC. (Not "AutoSense" which is default.).
 
 
You should reboot.
 
 
Shutdown XP Faster
 
Like previous versions of windows, it takes long time to restart or shutdown windows XPwhen the "Exit Windows" sound is enabled. To solve this problem you must disable thisuseless sound.
 
Click Start button.
 
 
Go to settings > Control Panel > Sound, Speech and Audio devices > Sounds andAudio Devices > Sounds.
 
 
Then under program events and windows menu click on "Exit Windows" sub-menuand highlight it. Now from sounds you can select, choose "none" and then clickApply and OK.
 
Now you should see some improvements when shutting down your system.
 
Speeding Up Your Pentium 2 by 50%
We all know that you really shouldn't try to run Windows XP on anything less that about aPentium 3 of some sort if you are out for speedy operations and amazing reaction times,but for those of us with the good old Pentium 2's who want to see just how well we can runXP, we have to tweak as much as we can where-ever we can. A real killer to the system'sperformance is Windows Media Player. Although it may look desirable and fancy with it'srounded off edges and 3rd-Dimensional appearance, the truth is, it takes up a largeamount of that precious processing power. All of these troubles however, lead to onething in particular with this 'new-look' over-rated music and video player...theVisualizations. The look-great I'll admit but like a lot of software these days, it has nopurpose. If you run the task manager, and click the Performance tab along the top, you'llsee that when Windows Media Player is running and nothing else is active, it takes uparound 50% of the processors power. Once these visualizations are turned off, it barelytakes up 2-3% of the processors power, which leaves much more room for otherapplications to work efficiently.Here's how to disable the feature:
 
 
Open Media Player.
 
 
Make sure the Now Playing tab on the left is selected.
 
 
Click the View menu along the top.
 
 
Go down to Now Playing Tools.
 
 
In the sub-menu that has just 'popped-out', uncheck Show Visualization.
 
Speed Up Detailed View in Explorer
If you like to view your files in Windows Explorer using the "Details" view here is a tweakto speed up the listing of file attributes:Viewing files in Windows Explorer using the "Details" mode shows various attributesassociated with each file shown. Some of these must be retrieved from the individual files
 
when you click on the directory for viewing. For a directory with numerous and relativelylarge files (such as a folder in which one stores media, eg: *.mp3's, *.avi's etc.), WindowsExplorer lags as it reads through each one. Here's how to disable viewing of unwantedattributes and speed up file browsing:
 
 
Open Windows Explorer.
 
 
Navigate to the folder which you wish to optimize.
 
 
In "Details" mode right-click the bar at the top which displays the names of theattribute columns.
 
 
Uncheck any that are unwanted/unneeded.
 
Explorer will apply your preferences immediately, and longs lists of unnecessaryattributes will not be displayed.Likewise, one may choose to display any information which is regarded as needed, gettingmore out of Explorer.
 
Easily Disable Messenger
Go into: C:/Program Files/Messenger. Rename the Messenger folder to "MessengerOFF".This does not slow down Outlook Express or hinder system performance.
 
Turn Off System Restore to Save Space
By default, Windows XP keeps a backup of system files in the System Volume Informationfolder. This can eat up valuable space on your hard drive. If you don't want Windows toback up your system files:
 
 
Open the Control Panel.
 
 
Double-click on System.
 
 
Click the System Restore tab.
 
 
Check "Turn off System Restore on all drives".
 
 
Hit Apply.
 
 
You may now delete the System Volume Information folder.
 
Warning! If you turn this off you will not be able to use Windows System Restore torestore your system in case of failure.
 
Very Slow Boot When Networking
On some XP Pro installations, when connected to a network (peer-peer in this case), thecomputer boot time is over 1:40. The system seems to freeze after logging in and thedesktop may not appear or will freeze for a minute. As timed with the utility, Bootvis.exe,the problem was with the driver mrxsmb.dll, adding over 67 seconds to the boot time.

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