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This needs to be sticky. It's an amazing guide for Win XP users.



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whatya doing this late? it is 12 48 AM Eastern time, must be 4 - 5 in the morning over there!!!

Anyways, i am writing some hard core C++ code right now smile.gifsmile.gif trying to make my PDA work like a remote control ( for TV) making use of its Infrared port.

..Leaving for 4 day vacation tommorrow smile.gif


Thanks for posting XP Tips && Tricks smile.gif




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No problems. I am sure you will not control my computer with your PDA ..lol, However keep up with your coding. I am looking about end of this month for vacation.


Happy holiday.

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just do it..


Some more tips.. though i copy and pasted.. hope u will love it...



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Cleaning the Prefetch Directory


WindowsXP has a new feature called Prefetch. This keeps a shortcut to recently used programs.

However it can fill up with old and obsolete programs.


To clean this periodically go to:


Star / Run / Prefetch

Press Ctrl-A to highlight all the shorcuts

Delete them




Not Displaying Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages


To turn these off:


Start Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\policies\system

If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages

Give it a value of 1



Clearing the Page File on Shutdown


Click on the Start button

Go to the Control Panel

Administrative Tools

Local Security Policy

Local Policies

Click on Security Options

Right hand menu - right click on "Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile"

Select "Enable"



For regedit users.....

If you want to clear the page file on each shutdown:


Start Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\ClearPageFileAtShutdown

Set the value to 1




No GUI Boot


If you don't need to see the XP boot logo,



Click on the BOOT.INI tab

Check the box for /NOGUIBOOT



Speeding the Startup of Some CD Burner Programs


If you use program other than the native WindowsXP CD Burner software,

you might be able to increase the speed that it loads.


Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services

Double-click on IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

For the Startup Type, select Disabled

Click on the OK button and then close the Services window

If you dont You should notice




Getting Rid of Unread Email Messages


To remove the Unread Email message by user's login names:


Start Regedit

For a single user: Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\UnreadMail

For all users: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\UnreadMail

Create a DWORD key called MessageExpiryDays

Give it a value of 0




Decreasing Boot Time


Microsoft has made available a program to analyze and decrease the time it takes to boot to WindowsXP

The program is called BootVis


Uncompress the file.


For a starting point, run Trace / Next Boot + Driver Delays

This will reboot your computer and provide a benchmark

After the reboot, BootVis will take a minute or two to show graphs of your system startup.

Note how much time it takes for your system to load (click on the red vertical line)

Then run Trace / Optimize System

Re-Run the Next Boot + Drive Delays

Note how much the time has decreased

Mine went from approximately 33 to 25 seconds.



Increasing Graphics Performance

By default, WindowsXP turns on a lot of shadows, fades, slides etc to menu items.

Most simply slow down their display.


To turn these off selectively:


Right click on the My Computer icon

Select Properties

Click on the Advanced tab

Under Performance, click on the Settings button

To turn them all of, select Adjust for best performance

My preference is to leave them all off except for Show shadows under mouse pointer and Show window contents while dragging




Increasing System Performance


If you have 512 megs or more of memory, you can increase system performance

by having the core system kept in memory.


Start Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\DisablePagingExecutive

Set the value to be 1

Reboot the computer




Increasing File System Caching


To increase the amount of memory Windows will locked for I/O operations:


Start Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management

Edit the key IoPageLockLimit




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Nice tips,


PS: its a good idea to backup your current registry before messing up with it. If something goes wrong you can just restore it ;) Happened to me :)


thanks b-mal

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