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PRANITH KUMAR VWINDOWS XP USEFUL TIPS AND BASICS
How to Remove Windows XP's Messenger
Theoretically, you can get rid of it (as well as a few other things). Windows2000 power users should already be familiar with this tweak.Fire up the Windows Explorer and navigate your way to the%SYSTEMROOT% \ INF folder. What the heck is that thingy with thepercentage signs? It's a variable. For most people, %SYSTEMROOT% isC:\Windows. For others, it may be E:\WinXP. Get it? Okay, on with the hack!In the INF folder, open sysoc.inf (but not before making a BACKUP copyfirst). Before your eyes glaze over, look for the line containing "msmsgs" init. Near the end of that particular line, you'll notice that the word "hide" isnot so hidden. Go ahead and delete "hide" (so that the flanking commas areleft sitting next to one another). Save the file and close it. Now, open theAdd and Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel. Click the Add /Remove Windows Components icon. You should see "Windows Messenger" inthat list. Remove the checkmark from its box, and you should be set. NOTE:there are other hidden system components in that sysoc.inf file, too. Remove"hide" and the subsequent programs at your own risk.
Set the Search Screen to the Classic Look
When I first saw the default search pane in Windows XP, my instinct was toreturn it to its classic look; that puppy had to go. Of course, I laterdiscovered that a doggie door is built into the applet. Click "Changepreferences" then "Without an animated screen character." If you'd rathergive it a bare-bones "Windows 2000" look and feel, fire up your Registryeditor and navigate to:HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ CabinetState.You may need to create a new string value labeled "Use Search Asst" and setit to "no".
New Sound Blaster Drivers
With the loads of problems reported by users with Soundblaster cards onWindows XP Creative has stepped up and offered drivers for at least somemodels of their Sound Blaster cards, but check your particular model closely.