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Display Properties (Right Click Desktop | Properties)

Themes - Windows Classic

Desktop - Background - None
- Customize Desktop - turn off Desktop Cleanup
Screen Saver - None
Power - Turn of Monitor - around 20 minutes
Appearance - Effects - enable ClearType font smoothing
Disable transition effects
Disable show shadows under menus
Disable show window contents when dragging

System Properties (Right Click My Computer | Properties)

Advanced - Visual Effects - Performance - Settings
- Visual Effects - Adjust for best performance - turn off Show windows contents while
dragging and Use common tasks in folders
Untick everything except Use visual styles on windows and buttons and Use drop shadows for
icon labels on the desktop
- Advanced - Processor scheduling and Memory usage - Programs
- Data Execution Prevention - enable Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and
services only
- Startup and Recovery Settings - Disable Time to display list of Operating Systems
Edit - change the timeout = 0
Remote - Disable Allow Remote Assistance Invitations to be sent from this computer
Automatic Updates - Uncheck Keep my computer up to date
System Restore - Turn off

Folder Options (Get into any Folder | Tools | Folder Options)

General - Tasks - Use Windows classic folders
Browse folders - Open each folder in the same window.
Click items as follows - Double-click...
View - Disable Automatically Search for network folders and printers
Hide extensions for known file types
Hide protected operating system files
Launch folder windows in a separate process
Show popup description for folder and desktop items
Use simple file Sharing
Enable Display the full path in the address bar
Do not cache thumbnails
Display file size information in folder tips
Display simple folder view in Explorer's folder list
Display the contents of system folders
Show hidden files and folders
Show and manage the pair as a single file
Remember each folder's view settings
Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color

Taskbar & Start Menu (Left click Start | Properties

Taskbar - Enable Lock the taskbar
Disable Hide Inactive Icons
Start menu - Enable Windows XP default menu system
General - Set the Number of Programs on Start Menu option to 0 and click the Clear
List button.
Advanced - Enable Open submenus when I pause on them with my mouse
Disable Highlight newly installed programs

Control Panel (Start | Control Panel)

Fonts - Delete unnecessary

Sounds and Audio Devices - Disable unneeded sounds, particularly the Exit Windows, Start
Windows, Windows Logoff and Windows Logon.
Use the Exclamation.wav sound for Asterisk, Critical Stop, Default Beep, Exclamation, New
Mail Notification and System Notification
Keyboard - Repeat Delay - Short
Repeat Rate - Fast
Mouse - Pointers - Disable Enable Pointer Shadow
Pointer Options - Enable Enhance pointer precision
Disable Display pointer trails

Services (Right Click My Computer | Manage > Services and Applications >
Alerter - Disabled
Application Layer Gateway Service - Disabled
Automatic Updates - Enable
Background Intelligent Transfer Service - Disabled
ClipBook - Disabled
DHCP Client - Manual
Distributed Link Tracking Client - Disabled
DNS Client - Manual
Error Reporting - Disabled
Fast User Switching Compatibility - Disabled
Help and Support - Manual
Human Interface Device Access - Disabled
Indexing Service - Disabled
IPSEC Services - Disabled
Messenger - Disabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing - Disabled
Network DDE - Disabled
Network DDE DSDM- Disabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA) - Disabled
NVIDIA Display Driver Service - Disabled
Performance Logs and Alerts - Disabled
Portable Media Serial Number - Disabled
Print Spooler - Enable (Aut)
QoS RSVP - Disabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager - Disabled
Remote Registry Service - Disabled
Routing and Remote Access - Disabled
Secondary Logon - Disabled
Smart Card - Disabled
Smart Card Helper - Disabled
System Restore Service - Disabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - Disabled
Terminal Services - Disabled
Themes - Disabled
Uninterruptible Power Supply - Disabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Host - Disabled
WebClient - Disabled
Windows Time - Disabled
Wireless Zero Configuration - Disabled
WMI Performance Adapter - Manual

Device Manager (Right Click My Computer | Properties | Hardware > Device

View - View Devices by Type
Show Hidden Devices
Disk Drives - Right-click on each hard drive available - Properties - Policies - Enable
Optimize for Performance and Enable Write Caching on the disk
Select your mouse - Advanced Settings - Turn the Sample Rate to max

Hard Disk Options (My Computer | Right Click Drive | Properties)

General - Uncheck Allow Indexing Service
Start - Run - type Dfrg.msc
Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools

Registry Tweaks (Start | Run... > regedit)

plorer\ - Highlight the Explorer key, then go Edit | New | Key and name the key
AlwaysUnloadDLL. Double click the new key and give it a default value of 1.
RemoteComputer\NameSpace - Delete key [D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0O60F5BF]
Delete key [2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
HungAppTimeout = 4000
WaitToKillAppTimeout = 4000
AutoEndTasks = 1
MenuShowDelay = 20
Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
EnablePrefetcher = 3
Manager\Memory Management
DisablePagingExecutive = 1
NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate = 1
NoInstumentation = 1
NoCDBurning = 1
ThumbnailQuality = 50
ThumbnailSize = 32
DisableThumbnailCache = 0
NoLowDiskSpaceChecks = 1
EnableBalloonTips = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound
Beep = No
Win32PrioritySeparation = 26
Win32PriorityControl = 38 - Create a new DWORD called Win32PriorityControl and allocate
a value of 38 to it in Decimal view.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE - System - CurrentControlSet - Control -

SessionManager - Memory Management
LargeSystemCache = 1

Delete key [59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee]

Windows - SYSTEM.INI - u [386Enh]


OPTIMIZING SYSTEM STARTUP - Windows - Prefetch folder and delete the entire contents
- start Bootvis - Trace - Optimize System - let Bootvis reboot and wait for it to restart after the
reboot. It will say "Optimizing System" for a while.

DISK CLEANUP (Start | Run... > Cleanmgr.exe or

Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools menu)
Enable Recycle Bin
Setup Log Files
Temporary Files
Catalog files for the Content Indexer
Temporary Internet Files
More Options - Remove old System Restore Points

Right-click on the Recycle Bin - Properties - Global - Disable Display delete confirmation

TASK MANAGER(CTRL+ALT+DEL or Start>Run and type Taskmgr)

View - Select Columns - Enable CPU Usage
Memory Usage
Peak Memory Usage
Options - Enable Show 16-bit tasks
- Processes - Enable Show processes from all users
General - Enable Optimize hard disk when idle
- Focus - Enable Prevent applications from stealing focus
Explorer - Enable Detect accidental double-clicks
Disable Maintain network history
Disable Show Links on Favorites menu
Enable Use intuitive filename sorting
- Shortcut - Select None
- Thumbnails - Move the slider to the far left for Image Quality
Select the smallest value (32) for Thumbnail size
- Customizations - 200 folders
Taskbar and Start Menu - Disable Enable balloon tips
Disable Warn when low on disk space

Tools - Internet Options
General - Home Page - Use Blank
Temporary Internet Files - Settings - Check for newer versions of stored pages -
Temporary Internet Files folder - 80MB
History - click the Clear History button and set Days to 0.
Security - Medium-high level
Privacy - Medium-high level
Advanced - Enable Override automatic cookie handling
Enable Popup Blocker
Internet Explorer - View -Toolbars - Disable Lock the Toolbars
Links item
Customize..- In the Customize Toolbars box, select No text labels in the Text Options
box, and select Small icons in the Icon Options box at the bottom.
Menu, Icons, Address Bar on one line.
Internet Explorer - View -Toolbars - Enable Lock the Toolbars