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XP Tricks&Tips

XP Tricks&Tips

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XP Tricks&Tips
001. Remove MSN Instant Messenger Program

Some of us just don't like to use this IM program. I myself have looked in the Add/Remove
Program panel and can't find any way to remove it there. I found out how to do it with a little
research. Just go toStart->Run and type in rundll32 setupapi,InstallHin fSection BLC.Remove

128 %SystemRoot% \INF\msmsgs. inf and hit ENTER. Do a copy and paste to avoid
typographical errors.
002. Remove Internet Explorer Completely - All version of Windows
Microsoft said that removing IE may make Windows unstable because it has key components
that makes Windows function properly. Well, there is a way to remove it completely. Go to this
site and get IEradicator. Many people have used it before and removed IE with no problems
003. Shutdown Windows Faster
All versions of Windows have the same problem. It usually takes a little longer to shutdown
when you have the Exit Sound enabled. To disable this go to Start->Settings->Control Panel-
>Sounds and Audio Devices->Sounds. Scroll down and look for Exit Windows. Click on it
once and then underSounds, chooseNone. You should see faster shutdown times.
004. Clean out files in Prefetch Folder

There are files located in thePrefetch folder (C:\Windows\Prefetch) that you may safely
delete. These files are usually left there by other programs that were using. You can either
manually delete them or use this batch file that I created to do it. All you need to do is unzip
the file calledprefetch.b at into your Desktop and then double click on it. You will see the
command prompt come up shortly and disappear. That's it.

005. Remove temporary files from Temp Folder

You may have noticed that.tmp files appear in the Temp folder (C:\Windows\Temp). You may delete these files. Since these files might be accessed by another program, it's a good idea to delete these when you don't have any programs open. It's best to do this right after you login to ensure that no programs are using it. If you don't want to bother going into that folder every time to delete it, you can download xp_downloads. zip which contains a file called

del_temp.bat. Just extract that file and double click on it to run it.
006. Add programs/folders to SendTo menu

When you right click on a file/folder and chooseSendTo, you will get a list of programs/folders
to send it to. Let's just say that you want to add or delete one of your own programs/folders.
This could be accomplished very easily. Just navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\your_

username\ SendTo. In this folder you may add or delete any program/folder shortcuts. All you
need to do is right click on the program you want to add, and drag and drop (choose Create
Shortcuts Here) it into the SendTo folder.
007. Make XP stop displaying zipped files as folders
In XP, zipped folders could be viewed just by opening up the file. If you have a third party zip
program that you want to use instead of the built in one by XP, you can stop XP from
displaying the zipped files as folders. This may also be useful for those who are on a slow PC
and don't want to open zip files using XP's built in zip program.
To disable this in XP, go to Start->Run and type in regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll. You may just copy
and paste the command into theRun menu. If you want to undo it, just type inregsvr32
zipfldr.dll. Zip away.
008. How to Create a Password Reset Disk

Windows XP allows you to create a password reset disk, just in case you forget the password
and can't login. This is only for computers that are not on a domain. Those that are on a
domain may or may not work the same way.

Go to Start->Control Panel->User Accounts and click on your username. UnderRelated
Tasks on the left pane, click Prevent a forgotten password. A wizard will show up. Click next
and then insert a floppy disk into your floppy drive and choose to save the reset disk on the

Enter your current password and then click Next and Finish. The floppy will now contain your
encrypted password. If you forget your password, you can just use the Password Reset
Wizard to create a new one. Just make sure to create another reset disk once you changed
your password. So if you forgot your password and changed it to a new one, create another
reset disk by repeating the above procedure again.

009. Set User Logon Hours

You can restrict a certain user to only use the computer at a certain time interval. Let's say you have a username called Bill and you want Bill to access the computer only from 9AM - 9PM from Monday through Friday. You can do this by going toStart->Run and type innet

user Bill /time:M-F,9am- 9pm. For 24-hour time, you can replace the time with 09:00-21:00
instead. This will only allow the user to login during those hours on those days.
010. Disable XP Messenger Service

Disable the messenger service built into Windows XP to prevent ads or other popups from
coming up when using Outlook (and maybe even Outlook Express). Anyway, just disable it for
better performance. To disable it, right click on My Computer->Manage->Services and

Applications->Services and right click on Messenger and choose Stop. This will stop the
service. There may be cases when the Messenger Service is required for some programs to
run properly, so if that's the case, I would set it toManual instead ofStop.
011. Customize SendTo Menu - All versions of Windows

Have you ever wanted to use some other program to open up a certain file but had to go
through My Computer->Program Files and then click on the program's folder and then the
program itself. You can open a file with any programs you have with ease by adding them to
the SendTo menu. You know, when you right click on a file and choose Send To. To do this,
go toStart->Run and type insendto to open up the SendTo folder. Now go to My Computer-

>C: Drive->Program Files and open up any of the program folders you want. Then right click
on the individual programs and drag it to the SendTo folder and choose Create Shortcuts
Here. Do that for each program you want to be listed there. The next time you right click on a
file and choose Send To, you should see those programs listed there.
012. Disable Personalized Menus

Some XP users might not like the personalized menus that XP has. One example of
this feature is the highlighting of newly installed programs in the Start Menu. Some
users might find this annoying. To turn this feature off right click on the Start Button-

>Properties->Start Menu tab->Customize->Advance tab->uncheck Highlight newly
installed programs. Click OK. Now when new programs are installed they shouldn't
be highlighted.
013. Using XP System Restore

One important feature in XP is System Restore. This makes a backup of your data. To create the restore points go to Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->System Restore. Click Create a restore point and clickNext. Type in a description for the restore point and click Create. You're all set. If your system fails for some reason you may use the restore point by hitting the F8 key repeatedly during boot time until a menu comes up. Choose Last known

good configuration. This will restore everything to the last time when everything was working
ok. It's using the most recent restore point that you created. If you can get into Windows XP,
you can go to Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->System Restore.
014. Clear System Restore Points
System restore points can take up a huge amount of space due to the many restore points
created. You can delete all these restore points by right clicking on My Computer->Properties-
>System Restore and check Turn off System Restore on all drives. Then make sure to create
them again manually for each drive using the method above (Using XP System Restore).
That will get rid of the older restore points and leave you with the new and updated one.
015. Disable/Remove Hibernation Mode

The hibernation file which allows a user to use hibernation mode takes up a lot of space. If
you use this feature you are allocating/creating space so that when you come back everything
(programs and folders) are still open. If you don't use it that much then there's not much
sense keeping it. So you may remove it. Go to Start->Control Panel->Power Options-

>Hibernate tab and uncheck Enable hibernation. That should remove the actual hibernation
file. You may double check by doing a Search (F3 key) and search forhiberfil.s ys in the C:
drive. It shouldn't be found, but if it is, you may safely delete it.
016. Disable Indexing Service

Speed up XP by turning off the Indexing Service for your hard drive. This feature is used to
make your searching needs faster, but it's affecting the overall performance so it's best to turn
it off. Go to My Computer and right click on the drive that you want the feature to be disabled.
Choose Properties and uncheck the box where it says Allow Indexing Service to index this
disk for fast file searching. When a box come up choose to Apply to all folders and subfolders.

017. Rename Multiple Files

This is something new in Windows XP - renaming multiple files. Let's say you have a huge
photo collection and want to name them in sequential order. You can do this very easily. Just
select all the photos you want to rename (you may use the ctrl key and click on individual files
if desired). Then hit the F2 key and type in the name of the file. Hit Enter. It should all rename.
So if you entered VacationPhoto, you will have VacationPhoto (1), VacationPhoto (2),
VacationPhoto (3), etc.

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