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    Smile Folder Locker

    Locker (Without any software)
    _____________________________________________


    * Copy the following codes (Marked in RED colour):

    cls
    @ECHO OFF
    title Folder Locker
    if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
    if NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER
    :CONFIRM
    echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
    set/p "cho=>"
    if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==n goto END
    if %cho%==N goto END
    echo Invalid choice.
    goto CONFIRM
    :LOCK
    ren Locker "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
    attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
    echo Folder locked
    goto End
    :UNLOCK
    echo Enter password to Unlock folder
    set/p "pass=>"
    if NOT %pass%==type your password here goto FAIL
    attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
    ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Locker
    echo Folder Unlocked successfully
    goto End
    :FAIL
    echo Invalid password
    goto end
    :MDLOCKER
    md Locker
    echo Locker created successfully
    goto End
    :End



    * Now paste it in notepad.
    * Change the "type your password here" with your password (Marked as blue in the above posted matter).
    * Save it as batch file(with extension .bat).Any name will do.
    * Now you see a batch file. Double click it to create a folder locker.
    * A new folder named Locker would be formed at the same location.
    * Now brings all the files you want to hide in the locker folder.
    * Now double click the batch file to lock the folder namely Locker.
    * If you want to unlock your files,double click the batch file again and you would be prompted for password.Enter the password and enjoy access to the folder.


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    Smile Optimizing Windows XP Services

    Optimizing Windows XP Services: Improve performances by disabling Windows services:

    Optimizing Windows XP Services

    Windows XP starts a lot of different services, as engine of the whole Windows system. However, some of them won't be of any use for you! By quitting those unused services, you can realize higher system performances. At the page MSCONFIG, I already mentioned the possibilities to turn off services on the tab Services, as shown below.



    This is not the proper way to turn off services, especially not the Microsoft services: please use the Services Management Tool for this purpose. The Services Management Tool (Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services or SERVICES.MSC if you would like to make a shortcut) shows all the available active and inactive services, including a information about what they are maent for:



    As you can see, for each services there is a lot of information (this information is not always clear, but gives you an idea whether you probably need it or not...). Here you can change the services start-up type to automatic, manual or disabled. Some services depend on other services to work properly (that's the reason not to turn off services in MSConfig) and others are normally disabled. Right click on a service and pick Properties to make changes to the startup type (first check the tab Dependencies!). Switching a service from automatic to manual makes the service available when needed but disables it on startup by default. To monitor the effect of a service, stop the running service by right clicking on it and choose Stop.
    Services which can be disabled safely

    There are many Windows services. Most of them you will need for a good functioning Windows system, but some can be turned off safely. Here are services mentioned, which can be switched (almost) safely to manual or even disabled. Read the information carefully and make sure you understand what the service does and/or does not! Keep in mind that possible problems in the future start here (so you will have to fix them here as well). If you are not sure about a service, then don't make any change to the startup type! Don't change them all at a time, if you are not sure what they are for. Don't turn off services which are depended on by other services!

    Alerter: Most times this service is not used. It takes care of administrative alerts over a network for administrative purposes.

    Automatic Updates: Downloading and installing Windows updates. If you think you don't need this service, you can disable it. Remember that the Windows update website doesn't work anymore without this service, since the introduction of Windows XP SP2. I advise to keep it unchanged. To work properly, the Automatic Updates service also needs Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Event Log and the Cryptographics Services.

    Computer Browser: This services lists all computers in a network and gives this information to other computers in the netwerk, when asked for. This makes browsing on the network faster. There is no need for this service, and especially not if you don't have a network situation. With this function disabled, you are still able to browse your network!

    Distributed Link Tracking Client: This service is only applicable when you make use of the NTFS file system. If you don't use this file system, you can switch off this service. This services makes sure that linked files on different volumes (possibly somewhere on the network) stay connected. If a file has been moved to another location, the link will be updated by this service. There is probably no need at all to for this services on your computer, so disable it.

    Error Reporting Service: Enables the option to report system errors to Microsoft. There is no need to do this, enough reason to disable this service.

    Event Log: This services logs issues in the log files, which can be viewed with the Event Viewer (Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer). Although you might think it's not useful, do not disable this service but keep it automatic.

    Fast User Switching Compatibility: If you don't need the fast switching between user accounts, disable this function. Fast switching of user accounts makes it possible to leave your application open without saving your data. If not needed, don't use this function, it doesn't always work properly.

    Help and Support: Without this service, the Windows Help and Support center will not be available. If you don't need this help, switch this service to manual.

    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service: This function is used to able to burn CD-ROM's with the Windows Explorer (copy-paste files to your CD burner). If you don't have a CD-burner, you can disable this service (or switch to manual). It is possible that this service causes troubles in combination with other burning software.

    Indexing Service: With this indexing service, you are able to search faster on your computer. The faster searching comes at a cost: the indexing of the content, which slows down your computer. This services is not needed, I advise to disable it for better overall performance.

    IPSEC-services: Manages IP security policy, possibly not needed for your system.

    Messenger: The Messenger service makes it possible sending messages over the network (it has nothing to do with Live Messenger). This function works by the following command: NET SEND 127.0.0.1 Hello (Start, Run,..), a new message Window should appear if this service is enabled. This service is also available from the internet, which makes it possible to receive strange messages: reason enough to disable this service.

    NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing: This service provides the possibility to invite others to access your computer as a remote desktop. There is no need for this service. For security issues, you better disable this option.

    Performance Logs and Alerts: The making off performance logs will probably lower your systems performance: reason enough to disable it, especially if you never read the log files.

    Portable Media Serial Number Service: Needed to reed the serial number of any portable media player. If this function is disabled, there is a chance not to open (downloaded) protected content. You probably can disable this service without any noticeable consequences.

    Print Spooler: Necessary for printing. If you don't want to have the option to print, you can disable it.

    Protected Storage: This service provides the possibility to safe passwords (email, websites, dial up,..). Remember that passwords can be easily retrieved with freeware software (see the item Forgotten passwords). Although this issue, I prefer to keep this option on automatic.

    QoS RSVP: QoS is probably not needed for your network traffic, so you can disable this service.

    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager: If you are getting troubles with your internet connection, leave this service on automatic. If you are using a router: disable this service.

    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager: If you don't need remote assistance (the other person controls your computer by your invitation), disable this function.

    Routing and Remote Access: If there is no need to dial in by others into your computer, disable this service.

    Security Center (SP2): Service Pack 2 provided Windows with the Security Center. The Security Center monitors the proper functioning of your system security (Windows updates, firewall and virus scan). If something is not working properly, you will be informed continuously. I can't imagine why you can't do it yourself, reason enough to disable it.

    Server: For sharing local files and printers with other computers on your network. If there is no need to share, disable this service.

    Shell Hardware Detection: Essential for automatic playing of connected devices (memory cards, CD/DVD).


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    Smart Card: No reason to run this service when you don't have a smart card.

    System Event Notification: Almost never used. Leave the service on automatic if you have a network or a portable PC, else disable it.

    System Restore Service: This service makes it possible to restore your system to an earlier date if something did go seriously wrong. This service consumes a lot of your system performances while the System Restore doesn't always function properly (and you can loose data!). Disabling this service is a relief for the system performances!

    Task Scheduler: This service enables automatic scheduled tasks (like regularly downloading of virus definitions). Many applications need this service. If you prefer to do everything yourself, you can disable this service. I prefer automatic.

    Theme's: If you don't need the XP look, disable this function. I prefer automatic.

    Windows Audio: needed for playing sounds, up to you.....

    Windows Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS): This services provides your computer with a software firewall for your internet connection. You can disable the firewall service if you use a third party firewall (do NOT go online without a firewall!). Besides the firewall function, the service provides you with the possibility to share the internet connection with other computers, which is not needed when your network is provided with a router.

    Windows Image Acquisition (WIA): This service is used for transferring images from your camera/web cam or scanner. Leave this service on manual if you have one of those devices, else disable the service.

    Windows Installer: Needed for installing MSI setup files. Do not disable this option, else windows updates won't be installed.

    Windows Time: If you prefer to keep you system clock up to date manually (if needed.....), there is no need for an automatic update: disable it as you wish.

    Wireless Zero Configuration-service: Needed for automatic configuration of your wireless network connection. If you don't have any wireless network adapter, disable this service.

    WMI Performance Adapter: No need for performance information, only the performances? Disable this service.

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    Nice thread dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Arrow Msconfig Tweaks & Tricks

    MSConfig System Configuration Utility

    With the utility MSConfig it is possible to analyze all the applications starting when you turn on your computer and, if you feel the need to do so, disable undesirable items. Turning off undesirable items will save system resources which will eventually result in a faster Windows. You can start the MSConfig utility by Start, Run and type the command MSCONFIG and press ENTER. If you have just done a fresh Windows setup, there won't be much shocking to disable. When you have installed all your favorite software, it is time to have a look at MSConfig, whether performance enhancements are possible.

    The most important tab, is the last one: Startup. Here you can disable (and enable again....) startup items. If you are not sure, you better leave the item untouched, but you are free to experiment (you can always turn them on again). If you have been infected by a virus, most times you can find the virus here. To disable a virus you better run MSCONFIG in Windows safe mode (press F8 while restarting Windows), else the still active virus will reactivate your action.






    MSConfig startup



    Above is shown how the automatic startup of the Windows Messenger has been disabled. The Command column shows the location of the application (which can give you information about what's the application for). The Location column tells you where you can find the place to delete the item permanently, most of the times it will be in the Windows registry. It is important to realize what every item does, and to ask yourself the question whether you need that item. Many applications you will install place a link here (most of the times unasked), to make them fast accessible in the system tray.


    XP PROCESS LIBRARY :
    If you are not sure what some items are all about (possibly a virus or Trojan....), you can always check it out at the Process Library !

    The tab Services also shows some essential services started with Windows. Most of the shown services are from Microsoft Windows, which are discussed on the page Windows XP services. It's wise, not to disable one of those, to make sure you keep out of startup troubles. However, by choosing the option to Hide All Microsoft Services. This will give you an insight in non-Windows services. Most of the time it is completely filled with the services from security software like firewalls and virus scanners. This answers the question why your quick computers rapidly turns into a slow snail.

    MSConfig services



    Above you can see that the NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (saves time at the shutdown of Windows) and the TuneUp WinStyler Theme Service are turned off.


    SOLVING STARTUP PROBLEMS WITH MSCONFIG :
    If you have a startup problem (for example blue screens of death, also called BSOD's), then MSConfig is the right tool for the first step to analyze this. First turn off all items on the Startup tab and restart your computer. If this didn't work you can also try to turn off all the non-Microsoft services. However, if it did work you can start turning on startup items again until you find your trouble maker. By trial and error you will find the problematic software, and solve your startup problems. A plausible other cause of a BSOD are wrong hardware drivers.

    !


    DELETING STARTUP ITEMS FROM THE REGISTRY :

    If you are sure about disabling certain items on the Startup tab, you can delete them permanently in the Windows registry. If you do so, you won't see them anymore in the MSConfig screen. Start the registry editor with the command REGEDIT the same way you started MSConfig: Browse to the following keys (all starting with Run):

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run????
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Run????

    Find your unwanted startup items en delete them. Be careful: deleting is permanent, you can't recover deleted keys! If you feel better, first make a backup of the registry by exporting the keys to a .REG file, which you can easily import again by double clicking on the file.

    !


    AUTORUNS AND PROCESS EXPLORER BY SYSINTERNALS :
    Sometimes MSConfig can be a little confusing. The application AutoRuns can be of great help and give some extra information about your startup items. The application Process Explorer can also be of great use when you have startup problems. With Process Explorer you can investigate the running processes: it tells you what files and DLL files are used by the different processes.

    !


    USE HIJACKTHIS FOR BROWSER HIJACKS :
    You can't fix any startup problem with MSConfig.... With the application HijackThis you have a very powerful tool to detect and end irritating browser hijackers. Be careful, the application is very powerful!

    !

    The tabs SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI aren't that important, the tab BOOT.INI gives you some extra boot options you can turn on or off. By clicking Check All Boot Paths, you can possibly fix some boot problems. By enabling the option /NOGUIBOOT there won't be any Windows logo at startup, just a black screen (actually there is no important reason to do so......;-).

    MSConfig BOOT.INI



    SHOW REASON XP CRASH IN THE LOG FILES :
    If you would like to have more information about the reason of a Windows crash, you have to change a key in the Windows registry. Visit the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability, and change the DWORD-value ShutdownReasonUI from 0 to 1. Now you will find more information about the reason why Windows crashed in the log files, which are available through the Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer. If your problems are solved, restore the value to 0.



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    IS SOME PROGRAMS TAKES LONG TIME TO LOAD ???????

    SOLUTION :


    PREFETCH CLEANING

    X:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

    X --- > THE DRIVE U INSTALL WINDOWS XP

    DELETE ALL FILES IN THAT FOLDER
    RESTART PC
    U MIGHT EXPERIENCE SOME SLOW PERFORMANCE ON 1 START
    AFTER THAT IT GO SMOOTH & FAST
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElemenT View Post
    dude plzz put the pics again...
    Now U can C BRO
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    Smile Want Very Fast Performance ???????? Do This

    Defragmenting hard disk/registry/pagefile

    Before imaging your Windows partition, it's wise to defrag your hard disk (C: partition). Defragmenting results in nicely arranged files, which are not spread in pieces all over the hard disk. After defragmenting your hard disk has faster access to the files, which results in a faster Windows. Before you start defragmenting your hard disk, make sure there are no temporary files left on your hard disk, (this will eventually result in a faster imaging process and a smaller system backup).


    DELETING UNNECESSARY FILES :
    If you didn't read the page about deleting unnecessary files, at least remove the following files in all user accounts:
    C:\Documents and Settings\user account\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
    C:\Documents and Settings\user account\Local Settings\Temp
    C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
    and of course afterwards the Recycle bin.

    TIP: You can bypass the Recycle bin, by pressing SHIFT-DEL! Most files are system files and/or hidden, so make sure you can see those type of files in the Windows Explorer (Tools, Folder Options, tab View, enable Display the content of system folders, enable Show hidden files and folders, disable Hide extensions for known file types and disable Hide protected operating system files).

    !

    Starting hard disk defragmenting

    The defragmentation tool is started by Start, All Programs, Accessories, System tools, Disk Defragmenter. You will see the screen below. Select a volume, your C: partition, and click Analyze followed by Defragment to start the defragmentation process (you can skip the Analyze step). You have to defrag each volume separately, furthermore there are no settings possible. The red parts indicate the fragmented files, the blue parts the defragmented files. The green parts are irremovable system files, which are discussed below.
    Defragmenting hard disk




    Defragmenting system files


    The green parts won't be defragmented, these are the virtual memory (Control Panel, System, tab Advanced, button Performance Settings, tab Advanced, button Change) and the hibernation file (Control Panel, Power Options, tab Hibernate), discussed on the page about deleting unnecessary files. Defragmenting those system files is not possible with the Windows Disk Defragmenter tool. However you can defrag these files with the free utility PageDefrag (also known as System File Defragmenter) from Sysinternals

    Defragmenting system files



    Defragmenting registry files


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by hotspicyhot View Post
    Defragmenting hard disk/registry/pagefile

    Before imaging your Windows partition, it's wise to defrag your hard disk (C: partition). Defragmenting results in nicely arranged files, which are not spread in pieces all over the hard disk. After defragmenting your hard disk has faster access to the files, which results in a faster Windows. Before you start defragmenting your hard disk, make sure there are no temporary files left on your hard disk, (this will eventually result in a faster imaging process and a smaller system backup).


    DELETING UNNECESSARY FILES :
    If you didn't read the page about deleting unnecessary files, at least remove the following files in all user accounts:
    C:\Documents and Settings\user account\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
    C:\Documents and Settings\user account\Local Settings\Temp
    C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
    and of course afterwards the Recycle bin.

    TIP: You can bypass the Recycle bin, by pressing SHIFT-DEL! Most files are system files and/or hidden, so make sure you can see those type of files in the Windows Explorer (Tools, Folder Options, tab View, enable Display the content of system folders, enable Show hidden files and folders, disable Hide extensions for known file types and disable Hide protected operating system files).

    !

    Starting hard disk defragmenting

    The defragmentation tool is started by Start, All Programs, Accessories, System tools, Disk Defragmenter. You will see the screen below. Select a volume, your C: partition, and click Analyze followed by Defragment to start the defragmentation process (you can skip the Analyze step). You have to defrag each volume separately, furthermore there are no settings possible. The red parts indicate the fragmented files, the blue parts the defragmented files. The green parts are irremovable system files, which are discussed below.
    Defragmenting hard disk




    Defragmenting system files


    The green parts won't be defragmented, these are the virtual memory (Control Panel, System, tab Advanced, button Performance Settings, tab Advanced, button Change) and the hibernation file (Control Panel, Power Options, tab Hibernate), discussed on the page about deleting unnecessary files. Defragmenting those system files is not possible with the Windows Disk Defragmenter tool. However you can defrag these files with the free utility PageDefrag (also known as System File Defragmenter) from Sysinternals

    Defragmenting system files



    Defragmenting registry files


    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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