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Published by: Mian Jibran Khalid on Jun 10, 2010
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Contents
Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ixIntroduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix
Part I:Customizing Your System1
Chapter 1: Customizing the Look of the Startup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Customizing the Windows XP Boot Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Changing the boot screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Customizing the Logon Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Working with the Welcome screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Working with the classic logon screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Global logon/Welcome settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Chapter 2: Customizing User Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Customizing the Start Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39Using Group Policy Editor to customize the Start panel . . . . . . . . . . . 40Adding and removing navigation icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44Switching to small icons for frequently run apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Increasing number of recently run programsdisplayed on the Start panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Hiding programs from appearing in the Start panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Pinning your programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Adding Web site links to your Start panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Customizing the Classic Start Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Turning the classic Start Menu back on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Customizing the classic Start Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Customizing the Start Menu/Panel Program Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Changing program listing display options forusers of the Start panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Changing program listing display options for usersof the classic Start Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59Removing pop-up Help for users of both the Startpanel and Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61Customizing the Taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62Using and adjusting program grouping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62Quick Launching your programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63Hacking the Start button to replace the Start text. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
 
Modifying the taskbar location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Using the Taskbar Magnifier PowerToy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69Removing the notification area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71Removing the clock from the taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Chapter 3: Hacking the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Customizing Desktop Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Removing all icons from the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74Customizing the icon drop shadow effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74Displaying the traditional Windows icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75Enabling large icons on the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Removing the text below the icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78Renaming the Recycle Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79Removing the shortcut arrow from icons on the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . 80Changing the icons on the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81Customizing the Behavior of the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83Using the Virtual Desktop Manager PowerToy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84Fun with Active Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Using the wallpaper PowerToy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Chapter 4: Customizing the Appearance of the Windows Interface . . . 91
 Working with Themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91Changing the current theme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92Making your own themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92Modifying the Visual Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100Installing new visual styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Tweaking the visual styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108Making your own visual styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108Visual Style Alternatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112Using WindowBlinds to change the way Windows XP looks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113Installing additional Windows XP skins for WindowBlinds . . . . . . . . . 114Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Chapter 5: Hacking Windows Explorer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Hacking File Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117Changing the default launch app . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118Changing the icon of any file type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119Hacking the Context Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120Removing items from the context menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121Adding your own items to the context menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122Modifying the Send To menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
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Customizing Your Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126Changing a folder icon and picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126Changing the template of a folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127Customizing the view folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129Applying your folder settings to all folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Working with Hidden Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132Unhiding hidden files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132Revealing the super hidden files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134Disabling the Common Tasks Pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Chapter 6: Exploring Other Windows Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . 137
Modding Internet Explorer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137Changing the logo animation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137Changing the toolbar background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140Making your own quick search address command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140Other Visual Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142Replacing the task switcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143Adding Special Effects to your Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144Fine-Tuning ClearType . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150Branding Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Part II:Increasing Your Systems Performance157
Chapter 7: Analyzing Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Monitoring Your System Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159Using performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159Using Bootvis to analyze your system start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166Using Task Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170Benchmarking Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173How to benchmark your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Chapter 8: Speeding Up the System Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
 Working with BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183Changing the boot order of your drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184Using the quick boot feature of the BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186Modifying the Operating System Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187Lowering OS timeout values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187Disabling the system boot screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189Disabling unneeded hardware devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191Removing extra fonts for speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
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