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    Quote Originally Posted by AxN View Post
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    thanks for the information nice post keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak47mi6 View Post
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    Arrow Optimizing Registry Must 4 Speed

    Registry cleaning and optimizing (Regclean)

    Microsoft didn't provide in a regclean utility for Windows XP, like they did for Windows 98/ME (download from CNET). Although you are not advised to use the Windows 98/ME Regclean tool for Windows XP, many people report to have no problems (including myself). If something goes wrong, you can undo the cleaning by double clicking the stored undo registry file.

    I have tried a lot of other registry clean tools, but I didn't find a 100% risk free registry cleaning tool yet.... If Windows XP has been installed recently, there is not much to clean, and with an image of your system you don't need a cleaning tool in the future. The only thing left is defragmenting the registry, which can be done with NT Registry Optimizer.
    The use of Regclean

    The setup of Regclean is easy. After Regclean is started, you will see the following on your screen. Clicking the Start button starts the registry analyzing process. When Regclean is ready, you are asked to Fix Errors. To make it possible to undo the registry changes, a undo registry file will be placed in the same folder as the Regclean tool (double click this file to restore registry settings).


    Registry defragmenting (optimizing)

    After you have cleaned the registry, you should defrag the registry, which is more important then registry cleaning. Spoken normally, you can diminish the registry by at least 10 percent. Registry defragmenting doesn't delete anything, it just makes a smaller registry with the same information. This saves a lot of memory, which is important for the performance of your system.


    The freeware utility NT Registry Optimizer is the a very useful tool to realize the registry defragmentation. First the NT Registry Optimizer application calculates the possible size reduction, which will be realized after a reboot. In this case the registry will be reduced by 10% (click Yes to reboot).




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    Windows XP registry tweaks

    Most settings can be done easily within Windows. However, for some setting you need to dive into the registry or use one of the many registry tweak utilities (like the Windows XP powertool TWEAKUI). On this page (and other pages), I have described some interesting registry tweaks which you can do yourself, using the registry editor.

    NOTE: Be careful editing the registry. Worst case scenario: Windows won't boot anymore. If you are not sure, leave things unchanged! My advise: create a system image before making major changes!
    Speed up browsing AVI files (audio/video)


    By default, opening folders containing AVI files (audio/video) can be very slow because Windows is trying to extract non important information. This can be solved, by deleting the following key:
    HKCR\CLSID\{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}





    Automatically expanding folder trees


    The folder view on the left in Windows Explorer automatically expands if you click on a folder containing sub-folders. You can disable this function with a registry tweak: change the DWORD-value FriendlyTree to 0 (in stead of 1) in the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    Automatically expanding folders will be disabled, expanding a folder is now done by double clicking the folder.
    Windows search optimization

    Within Windows XP you are able to search your computer for files (Start, Search), but takes some clicking to get what you want! To optimize the search function, you have to make some registry changes. To make changes, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    where you will find some important DWORD-values. Change these values to optimize your Windows search:
    SearchSystemDirs=1
    SearchHidden=1
    IncludeSubFolders=1
    CaseSensitive=0
    SearchSlowFiles=1 (if you have a tape drive, else: 0)

    Remove shared folders My Computer

    To remove the shared folders in the My Computer view, delete the value {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee} in the following key (export to a reg-file first, to have a backup):
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\My Computer\NameSpace\DelegateFolders
    Saving Notepad settings

    If you are a heavy user of Notepad, you probably like saving the Notepad settings on exit. To make sure your settings are saved, add/Change the DWORD-value fSavePageSettings=1 and fSaveWindowsPositions=1 in the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad

    Disable the balloon tips


    Already irritated by the information balloons, covering the important buttons in the Start Menu? Start the registry editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    change or add the DWORD-values EnableBalloonTips and ShowInfoTip, both with value 0.
    Disable the useless Security Center warnings

    If your Windows is not provided with one of the well known virus scan and/or firewall software, the Security Center will come with useless repeating reminders. The reminders can be disabled by changing the values AntiVirusDisableNotify and FirewallDisableNotify to the DWORD-value 1 in the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center
    Remove the low disk space warning

    Probably you have seen the irritating 'low on disk space'-warning before, if your hard disk reaches full capacity. This warning message can be turned off by adding the DWORD-value NoLowDiskSpaceChecks with value 1 in the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MicroSoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Disabling wrapping icon/shortcut labels


    Probably your desktop contains icons (shortcuts) with long names, which aren't shown completely (the are wrapped......). With a registry tweak you can disable the title wrapping, create a String value IconTitleWrap with value 0 in the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
    Disabling the blocking of pop-ups from secured sites

    By default Internet Explorer blocks the pop-ups because they are mostly used for irritating advertising purposes. For secured pages (e.g. the login to a bankaccount), this behavior is not wished. The URL of a secured page is preceded by HTTPS in stead of HTTP. The blocking of pop-ups for these HTTPS-pages can be disabled by changing the DWORD-value Allow HTTPS to 1 in the following registerkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Windows
    Command Console tweak

    If you are a frequent user of the Command Console (the MS-DOS screen, Start, Run, command CMD), the following tweak will be valuable. To change folders is difficult, using the Command Console. By changing the DWORD-value CompletionChar to 9 in the following registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor
    With the command CD followed with the first letters of the folder name, you are able to select the folder with the TAB-key (also works with other commands).
    Activated NUM-LOCK

    To automatically switch on the NUM-LOCK, change the value InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2 in the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard
    Automatically defrag system files

    To defrag the system files automatically at every boot (to optimize you system), change the value Enable to Y in the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction
    A faster Windows shutdown

    Shutting down Windows can take a long time. You can speed this up (at your own risk) with the following tweaks in the registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    Change the following String values:
    AutoEndTasks=1
    HungAppTimeout=4000
    WaitToKillAppTimeout=4000
    WaitToKillServiceTimeout=4000
    Fix for shutting down your computer automatically

    In most cases, automatically shutting down can be fixed by installing the motherboard drivers (if not done already). If your computer still doesn't shut down correctly, try this registry tweak. Change the value PowerdownAfterShutdown to 1 in the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    Fix for shutting down Windows slowly (or not at all)

    If shutting down Windows takes a long time (or doesn't shut down at all), change the value PowerOffActive to 1 in the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    Finding out the reason of a Windows crash

    If you would like to know the reason why there was a sudden crash of Windows, change the DWORD-value ShutdownReasonUI temporarily to 1 in the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability
    After a reboot you will find the reason why your Windows shuts down suddenly in the log files (Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Logfiles). If you are finished analyzing, change the value ShutdownReasonUI back to 0.
    A faster NTFS file system

    You probably use the NTFS file system (see the properties of your C: partition). You can improve performance by making some changes in the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Filesystem
    Change the following registry values, as you wish:
    DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate = 1 (last file access is no longer registered).
    NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation = 1 (no more double filenames: long names and the old 8.3 variant (the 8.3 file notation is used for the older Windows versions).

    NtfsMftZoneReservation = 2 (if there are many files on a partition, the master file table (MFT) can get fragmented, with this tweak there will be no more fragmenting of the file master file table (default value = 1, range 1-4).

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    Arrow Optimize Windows Vista With TweakVI

    Optimize Windows Vista With TweakVI

    WOW

    TweakVI is a freeware program that claims to be the first to both both tweak and optimize Windows Vista. The free Basic version of TweakVI comes with 13 plugins that perform various functions. Other plugins are available, but they have to be paid for.

    The TweakVI feature I like the sound of the most is the settings transfer, which allows you to transfer your Vista tweaks between machines, which will be handy if you building a new machine or even just rebuilding your current one.

    Other Key features of TweakVI include:

    * Activate hundreds of hidden Windows Vista settings
    * clean your registry
    * activate system and software restrictions
    * display detailed system information
    * create a 256MB RAM drive
    * protect your privacy
    * clean your harddrive
    * manage TrueType fonts
    * improve your internet connection
    * optimize your CPU
    * optimize your RAM
    * manage system updates

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    Increase max IE7 downloads

    Internet Explorer 7 only allows you to download two files from the same server at a time. This is not a software limit but rather a limit imposed based on the web standard. Since this is simply a software setting, it can be modified and you can increase the limit to something much high such as 10. Follow the steps below to increase your max downloads from the same server:


    1. Click on the Start Button and type in Regedit.


    2. When Registry Editor loads navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion and Internet Settings.


    3. Right click on MaxConnectionsPerServer and select Modify. Set the decimal value to something greater than 2.


    4. Right click on MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server and select Modify. Set the decimal value to something greater than 2.


    5. Reboot.


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    Reset Internet Explorer settings

    Internet Explorer can be difficult to troubleshoot, partly because of the many settings and modifications that can be made to IE. Also, if Internet Explorer gets infested with malware (perhaps I should say when instead of if,) it's good to have a way to undo as many changes to IE as possible and roll it back to a "factory-fresh" configuration.

    As it turns out, one of the less-documented features of IE7 is a function that allows you to do exactly that: reset Internet Explorer to the state you'd have on a clean install. Microsoft calls it Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES).
    To access RIES:

    * In IE, select Tools | Internet Options.

    * Under the Advanced tab, click Reset.

    * After you click OK to close everything out, close IE; the settings will be restored the next time you launch IE. You can also do this from the Internet Options portion of the control panel.

    Note: While most of IE's settings are affected by RIES, some are not. RIES will disable all third-party toolbars and add-ons and will remove all temporary files, browser history entries, cookies, Web form data, passwords, proxy information, search providers and homepage entries. However, it does not affect one's favorites (i.e., bookmarks), Internet connection settings, Content Advisor settings or Group Policy entries.

    For instance, if you have a problem that might be traced to a Content Advisor level being set too high for a given site (e.g., disabling JavaScript), RIES won't help. But RIES should be able to deal with any problems that arose due to malware or page-hijack exploits, and it's a good first step when debugging a chronic IE problem.

    Note: Since the settings are applied on a per-user basis, you don't need to be logged in as an admin to run RIES. It only resets the settings that apply to the current user.

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    How To Restrict Drives in My Computer

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer

    In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value NoViewOnDrive and change its value as following:

    3 : To Restrict A and B drives only.
    4 : To Restrict C drive only.
    7 : To Restrict A, B, and C drives only.
    8 : To Restrict D drive only.
    F : To Restrict A, B, C, and D drives only.
    03FFFFFF : To Restrict all drives.

    And if you want more specific restrictions, like you want to restrict a combination of other drives, then you can use decimal no. instead of hexadecimal no. Following is a list for all drives decimal no.:

    A: 1
    B: 2
    C: 4
    D: 8
    E: 16
    F: 32
    G: 64
    H: 128
    I: 256
    J: 512
    K: 1024
    L: 2048
    M: 4096
    N: 8192
    O: 16384
    P: 32768
    Q: 65536
    R: 131072
    S: 262144
    T: 524288
    U: 1048576
    V: 2097152
    W: 4194304
    X: 8388608
    Y: 16777216
    Z: 33554432
    ALL: 67108863

    So if you want to disable a combination of drives, just sum their numbers and give the same value to NoViewOnDrive. e.g., for restricting CDEF drives, give the value: 4+8+16+32 = 60

    NOTE: You can also hide the drives using NoDrives DWORD value. The location and its value remain same as the above trick.

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    Boost your Internet speed upto 20%

    Type "Gpedit.msc" in the Run box and Hit Enter.
    Then goto Computer Config > Administrative Templates > Network > QoS Packet Scheduler.



    Then on the right hand side window double click on "Limit Reservable Bandwidth".

    In that window, enable this option and change the value of % from 20 (default) to 0.



    Thats it.


    This is the bandwidth Microsoft reserves for doing Windows Updates.


    MORE INFO

    Determines the percentage of connection bandwidth that the system can reserve. This value limits the combined bandwidth reservations of all programs running on the system.

    By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.

    If you enable this setting, you can use the "Bandwidth limit" box to adjust the amount of bandwidth the system can reserve.

    If you disable this setting or do not configure it, the system uses the default value of 20 percent of the connection.

    Important:
    If a bandwidth limit is set for a particular network adapter in the registry, this setting is ignored when configuring that network adapter.
    Last edited by hotspicyhot; 10-03-2008 at 08:52 AM.

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    Speed Up Windows XP Boot (SLIGHTLY)


    Here’s another tip for speed demons, determined to shave the last few nanoseconds off their Windows XP boot up times.


    Truth be told this one probably won’t save more than a second or so but every little helps.


    The idea is that XP wastes time and resources checking to see if there are any devices connected to empty IDE slots on the PC’s motherboard.


    To stop this happening open Device Manager (Winkey + Break > Hardware > Device Manager) and click on the plus sign next to the IDE ATA/ATPI listing to expand the tree.

    Right click on Primary IDE Channel and select Properties then the Advanced Settings tab. If either Device 0 or Device 1 is ‘Device Type’ box is empty (not greyed out) change the drop down menu setting for this box to ‘None’ and click OK.


    Repeat for the Secondary IDE Controller listing. Note that if you add a new IDE device you will have to go back and change the Device Type drop down menu back to Auto Detect.

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    Disable Hibernation & Delete the Hibernation File
    THIS IS NOT FOR SPEED JUST INFO

    Windows places a file on your hard drive that it uses when your computer goes into hibernation mode.

    If you do not use hibernation mode, or your computer does not properly support it, you may want to disable hibernation and clear the file off your hard drive to free up some space (the file will use as much space as you have in physical memory, so if you have 1GB of RAM, it’s going to use 1GB of your hard drive space).

    Disable Hibernation:

    1. Click Start, All Programs, and then right click on "Command Prompt".
    2. From the context menu click on "Run as administrator".
    3. If User Account Control prompts you to allow the action, click on Continue.
    4. In the command prompt window, type "powercfg –h off" (without the quotes).
    5. Close the Command Prompt window.



    Delete the Hibernation File:

    1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click "Disk Cleanup".
    2. If prompted to choose a drive, select the drive in which Windows Vista is installed on to and press OK.
    3. Disk Cleanup will scan the hard drive and present you with a list of options.
    4. Check "Hibernation File Cleaner", and then click OK.
    5. When asked "Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?" click on the Delete Files button .

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    Clear the PageFile on shutdown


    The Pagefile.sys is used for the Virtual Memory of Windows (compensates RAM).

    Clearing it make your system more secure (temporary data may be written in the pagefile.sys and accessed without having administrator privileges).


    To enable this, go to Start - ‘Run’ and type regedit.exe.

    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management and double click the ClearPageFileAtShutdown key.


    Change it value to 1 in decimal. Restart your computer.

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    nice upz dude!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikkuartz View Post
    nice upz dude!!!!!!!

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