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1) Hibernating Windows–

There are two ways to hibernate windows. One–>Open Task Manager and then click shutdown tab and click hibernate. Second Hidden Method id to Simply click Turn Off From Start Menu and Press Shift when the small box appears. Notice Standby changes to HIBERNATE.

2) Speed Up your performance in Windows XP

Some people find Windows XP slow and some find it good. But the simple way to boost up your XP is simply right click»»my computer»»click properties»»Advanced»»settings in perfomance»»Adjust for best performance. Wait and watch. If you common tasks have gone (the boxes in each folder then go again there and check »» USE COMMON TASKS IN FOLDER.

3) Speeden up your Booting

Just edit boot.ini and remove the /fastdetect word. Another way id press win+R. Type msconfig click startup tab. End the processes you do not want. Also do the same with services tab. If BITS is started please turn it off.

4) No Messenger

Tired of MSN messenger, even after disabling it, but do not want to remove it. Simply go to C:\Program Files and Rename Messenger folder to Died Messenger. And if you use outlook express, It(messenger) will not start untill yo invoke it to stat.

5) Do Not Highlight Newly Installed Programs

Tired of that annoying little window that pops up to tell you that new software is installed? If it gets in the way when you’re logging off, turn it off completely. To do this:

Click Start, right-click at the top of the Start menu where your name is displayed, and then click Properties. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, on the Start Menu tab, click Customize. Click the Advanced tab, and then clear the Highlight newly installed programs check box. Click OK, and then click OK again.

6) Turn Off Automatic Updating.

Some people might have thought that after using pirated XP copy and Connecting to the INTERNET their copy becomes some slower. So just turn off Live Update. How to Turn Off Automatic Updates?

Click Start , click Control Panel , and then double-click System. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click Turn off automatic updating. I want to update my computer manually.

7) Using the Ultimate Configuration Tool (Professional Edition Only)

One of the most full featured Windows XP configuration tools available is hidden right there in your system, but most people don’t even know it exists. It’s called the Local Group Policy Editor, or gpedit for short. It just like old Poledit.exe. To start this editor: Select Start and then Run, then type the following: gpedit.msc After you hit Enter, you’ll be greeted by gpedit, which lets you modify almost every feature in Windows XP without having to go to regedit.

8)Login in Adminsitrator

today, i found a new security hole in windows XP which is very important to all the admins of winXP.Its very easy to bypass the windows XP Admin logon window. When u started yr computer , u got a message something like that: Admin or (whatever u make a account!!!) Password: ….. XXX XXXX……… some people think that its impossible to break through this, but through this article u can make it easy to break this cripy. In order to break the Windows XP admin logon , you simply boot yr computer through Windows 2000 CD and boot up a windows XP box and start windows 2000 recivery Console, its a troubleshooting program. Windows XP then allows us to operate victim’s computer as an Administrator without a admin password, even if the Administrator account has a strong password. You can also operate other user accounts that may be present on, even if those accounts have passwords. Finally u can do anything u want on the victim’s computer, copy/delete the files whatever u want . {Extracts frm an article by }

9) Remove program from your desktop

Whenever you have to remove any software/package/program you have to go to control panel then add/remove programe and for that either go to my computer or start menu. My way is the sleekest one. All you have to do is make a new shortcut on ur desktop and set its target to “control.exe appwiz.cpl” there id space between control.exe and appwiz.cpl and write without quotes. this simply would launch Addremove programs wizard.

10) Shutdown Button on Desktop

Right click on ur Desktop and create new Shortcut and type “C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Shutdown.exe –s” without quotes in the popup box which will appear asking for a path of shortcut . Now when u will double click this shortcut it will give u shutdown message and ur computer will shutdown after some seconds. U can customize ur shutdown button with same icon which original shutdown have Just go to the properties of ur shortcut and click change icon tab select any icon u like and click apply. Similarly u can also put restart button on ur desktop just replace –s in above line by –r If u don’t want shutdown button on ur desktop u can the go to start >run and type Shutdown –s or –r they will do the same job. If someone tries to shutdown u remotely on the net then u can stop shutdown process but typing shutdown –a in Run. Shutdown –s = Shutdown & restart Shutdown –r = Restart Shutdown –a = To abort shutdown

11) Remove Hibernation File

If you do not use hibernation, make sure you do not have it enabled, which reserves disk space equal to your RAM. If you have a hidden file on the root directory of your C-drive called hiberfil.sys, hibernation is enabled. To remove that file: Go to Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, Hibernate tab, and uncheck the Enable hibernation box.

12) Free some disk space with XP and some fast.

If you have NTFS partistions then you should stop the indexing service. This service slows your navigation of files. Whenever you click the file the XP adds that to its database for quick search. To turn it off select your all hard disks. Then right click and go to properties. And uncheck “Allow indexing service check Box”.

13) Turn Off AND On System Restore.

The system Restore option is useful for some people but for most people its a sheer wastage of RAM and HDD. So according to me it should be turned off. To Change system restore settings Press Win Key + Pause/Break Key (near num lock). Go to System Restore. and change your settings.

14) Prevent XP from Unauthorized Access

This is the best way to prevent unauthorized access while connected to the internet. Go to my computer properties, and select Remote tab. Uncheck Both the Check Boxes. This help you to prevent your computer from unauthorized access, while connected to the net.

15) Change Drive Letters in Windows XP

When you add drives to your computer, such as an extra hard drive, a CD drive, or a storage device that corresponds to a drive, Windows automatically assigns letters to the drives. However, this assignment might not suit your system; for example, you might have mapped a network drive to the same letter that Windows assigns to a new drive. When you want to change drive letters, follow these steps: Right-click My Computer, and then click Manage. Under Computer Management, click Disk Management. In the right pane, you’ll see your drives listed. CD-ROM drives are listed at the bottom of the pane. Right-click the drive or device you want to change, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Change, click Assign the following drive letter, click the drive letter you want to assign, and then click OK.

16) Run safely any of downloaded EXE’s.

When ever you download or copy any EXE, do not execute it straight first scan it, and then right click that exe and select Run as and then Select the current user option alongwith, protection option. This is usefull in some cases.

17) Change the Default Opening Folder in Windows Explorer

By default, Windows Explorer opens showing the My Do***ents folder. To change the default setting so that all top–level drives and folders are shown, follow these steps: Click Start > Programs > Accessories, then right–click Windows Explorer, and click Properties. Under Target field, which reads %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe, add to make the line read: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\ Click OK.{Extracts by Mr.xp}

18) Identify a 16-bit Program

Use Windows Explorer to open the folder that contains the program’s executable (.exe) file. Right-click the .exe file, and then click Properties. A 16-bit program does not have a Version tab in this dialog box. {Extracts by Mr.xp}

19) Use the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in Windows XP

To start the Desktop Cleanup Wizard: Click Start , and then click Control Panel. In Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes under Pick a category. Under or pick a Control Panel icon , click Display. The Display Properties dialog box is displayed. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Desktop tab, and then click Customize Desktop. The Desktop Items dialog box is displayed. Under Desktop cleanup , click to clear the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days check box if you do not want the Desktop Cleanup Wizard to automatically start every 60 days. Click Clean Desktop Now. The Desktop Cleanup Wizard starts.

20) Remove Unwanted Shortcuts

In the Welcome to the Desktop Cleanup Wizard dialog box, click Next. In the Shortcuts dialog box, a list of shortcuts are displayed in the Shortcut to Clean Up list. The shortcuts that you click are removed from the desktop and placed in the Unused Desktop Shortcuts folder on the Windows desktop. If you do not want a shortcut to be removed from the desktop, click to clear the check box for that shortcut, and then click Next when you are finished.In the Completing the Desktop Cleanup Wizard dialog box, view the items in the Shortcuts box to confirm that you want them removed from the desktop, and then click Finish. The Desktop Cleanup Wizard moves the selected shortcuts to the Unused Desktop Shortcuts folder and then quits.


Clustering and Load Balancing

  • Distributed Transaction Coordinator
  • Intersite Messaging


  • ClipBook
  • NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing


  • Fax Service
  • Telephony

Disk and File Management

  • Distributed File System
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Distributed Link Tracking Server
  • File Replication
  • Indexing Service
  • Logical Disk Manager
  • Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service

Event Monitoring, Logging, and Alerting

  • Alerter
  • COM+ Event System
  • Event Log
  • Performance Logs and Alerts
  • SNMP Trap Service
  • System Event Notification


  • Plug and Play
  • Smart Card
  • Smart Card Helper
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • Internet Clients
  • DHCP Client
  • DNS Client

Internet Server Services

  • DNS Server
  • FTP Publishing Service
  • IIS Admin Service
  • Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP)
  • Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)
  • Simple TCP/IP Services
  • Site Server ILS Service
  • SNMP Service
  • TCP/IP Print Server
  • World Wide Web Publishing Service

Media Services

  • On-line Presentation Broadcast
  • Windows Media Monitor Service
  • Windows Media Program Service
  • Windows Media Station Service
  • Windows Media Unicast Service

Other OS Support

  • File Server for Macintosh
  • Print Server for Macintosh

Remote Access

  • Internet Authentication Service
  • Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Routing and Remote Access

Remote Administration

  • Remote Registry ServiceTe
  • Telnet
  • Terminal Services
  • Terminal Services Licensing

Remote Installation

  • Boot Information Negotiation Layer
  • Single Instance Storage Groveler
  • Trivial FTP Daemon

Removable and Remote Storage

  • Remote Storage Engine
  • Remote Storage File
  • Remote Storage Media
  • Remote Storage Notification
  • Removable Storage

System Administration

  • Application Management
  • License Logging Service
  • RunAs Service
  • Task Scheduler
  • Windows Installer
  • Windows Management Instrumentation
  • Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
  • Windows Time

System Services

  • Protected Storage
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Security Accounts Manager

TCP/IP Networking

  • Internet Connection Sharing
  • QoS Admission Control (RSVP)
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service

Windows Networking

  • Computer Browser
  • IPSEC Policy Agent
  • Kerberos Key Distribution Center
  • Messenger
  • Net Logon
  • Network Connections
  • Network DDE
  • Network DDE DSDM
  • NT LM Security Support Provider
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
  • Server
  • Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)
  • Workstation


  • Print Spooler
  • Utility Manager

Remove Annoying Delete Confirmation Messages

Although not strictly a performance tweak I love this fix as it makes my machine ‘feel’ faster. I hate the annoying ‘are you sure?’ messages that XP displays, especially if I have to use a laptop touchpad to close them. To remove these messages:

  • Right-click on the ‘Recycle Bin’ on the desktop and then click ‘Properties’
  • Clear the ‘Display Delete Confirmation Dialog’ check box and click ‘Ok’. If you do accidentally delete a file don’t worry as all is not lost. Just go to your Recycle Bin and ‘Restore’ the file.

Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don’t search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following:

  • Go to Start
  • Click Settings
  • Click Control Panel
  • Double-click Add/Remove Programs
  • Click the Add/Remove Window Components
  • Uncheck the Indexing services box
  • Click ‘Next’

Optimize Display Settings

Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimize:

  • Go to Start
  • Click Settings
  • Click Control Panel
  • Click System
  • Click Advanced tab
  • In the Performance tab click Settings
  • Leave only the following ticked:
  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons

Speedup Folder Browsing

You may have noticed that every-time you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers every-time you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:

  • Open My Computer
  • Click on Tools menu
  • Click on Folder Options
  • Click on the View tab.
  • Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
  • Click Apply
  • Click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

Optimize your internet connection

There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run Download TCP/IP Optimizer

  • Download and install
  • Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)
  • Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet
  • Check Optimal Settings then Apply
  • Reboot

Optimize Your Pagefile

If you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file.

Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.

  • Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Under Performance choose the Settings button
  • Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change
  • Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

Remove Fonts for Speed

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

  • Open Control Panel
  • Open Fonts folder
  • Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

Turn Off System Restore

System Restore can be a useful if your computer is having problems, however storing all the restore points can literally take up Gigabytes of space on your hard drive. To turn off System Restore:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Performance and Maintenance
  • Click on System
  • Click on the System Restore tab
  • Tick ‘Turn off System Restore on All Drives’
  • Click ‘Ok’

Defragment Your Pagefile

Keeping your pagefile defragmented can provide a major performance boost. One of the best ways of doing this is to creat a separate partition on your hard drive just for your page file, so that it doesn’t get impacted by normal disk usage. Another way of keeping your pagefile defragmented is to run Download PageDefrag. This cool little app can be used to defrag your pagefile, and can also be set to defrag the pagefile everytime your PC starts. To install:

  • Download and Run PageDefrag
  • Tick “Defrag at next Reboot”,
  • Click “Ok”
  • Reboot

Make Your Menus Load Faster

This is one of my favourite tweaks as it makes a huge difference to how fast your machine will ‘feel’. What this tweak does is remove the slight delay between clicking on a menu and XP displaying the menu.

This is the delay time before a menu is opened. You can set it to “0? but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them – well move your mouse over them anyway. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on my mood

  • Go to Start then Run
  • Type ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’
  • Find “HKEY_CURRENT_USER¥Control Panel¥Desktop”
  • Select “MenuShowDelay”
  • Right click and select “Modify’
  • Reduce the number to around “100?

Make Programs Load Faster

This little tweak tends to work for most programs. If your program doesn’t load properly just undo the change. For any program:

  • Right-click on the icon/shortcut you use to launch the program
  • Select properties
  • In the ‘target’ box, add ‘ /prefetch:1′ at the end of the line.
  • Click “Ok”

Speed Up Boot Times I

This tweak works by creating a batch file to clear the temp and history folders everytime you shutdown so that your PC doesn’t waste time checking these folders the next time it boots. It’s quite simple to implement:

  • Open Notepad and create a new file with the following entries:
  • RD /S /q “C:\Documents and Settings”UserName without quotes”\Local Settings\History”
  • RD /S /q “C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\History”
  • RD /S /q “D:\Temp” <–”Deletes temp folder, type in the location of your temp folder”
  • Save the new as anything you like but it has to be a ‘.bat’ file e.g. fastboot.bat or deltemp.bat
  • Click ‘Start’ then ‘Run’
  • Type in ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ‘ok’
  • Click on ‘Computer Configuration’ then ‘Windows Settings’
  • Double-click on ‘Scripts’ and then on ‘Shutdown’
  • Click ‘Add’ and find the batch file that you created and then press ‘Ok’

Speed Up Boot Times II

When your PC starts it usually looks for any bootable media in any floppy or cd-rom drives you have installed before it gets around to loading the Operating System from the HDD. This can waste valuable time. To fix this we need to make some changes to the Bios.

Note: Once this change has been made, you won’t be able to boot from a floppy disc or a CD-rom. If for some strange reason you need to do this in the future, just go back into your bios, repeat the steps above and put your floppy or CD-rom back as the ‘First Device’

  • To enter the bios you usually press ‘F2′ or ‘delete’ when your PC starts
  • Navigate to the ‘Boot’ menu
  • Select ‘Boot Sequence’
  • Then either move your Hard drive to the top position or set it as the ‘First Device’5. Press the ‘Escape’ key to leave the bios. Don’t forget to save your settings before exiting

Speed Up Boot Times III

When your computer boots up it usually has to check with the network to see what IP addresses are free and then it grabs one of these. By configuring a manually assigned IP address your boot time will improve. To do this do the following:

  • Click on ‘Start’ and then “Connect To/Show All Connections’
  • Right-click your network adapter card and click ‘Properties’
  • On the ‘General’ tab, select ‘TCP/IP’ in the list of services and click ‘Properties’
  • In the TCP/IP properties, click ‘Use the following address’ and enter an IP address for your PC. If you are using a router this is usually 192.168.0.xx or 192.168.1.xx. If you are not sure what address you could check with your ISP or go to ‘Start/run’ and type ‘cmd’ and then ‘ipconfig/all’. This will show your current IP settings which you will need to copy
  • Enter the correct details for ‘Subnet mask’, ‘Default gateway’ and ‘DNS Server’. Again if you are not sure what figures to enter use ‘ipconfig/all’ as in stage 4

Speedup Folder Access – Disable Last Access Update

If you have a lot of folders and sub directories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.

  • Go to Start and then Run and type “regedit”
  • Click through the file system until you get to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem”
  • Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select ‘DWORD Value’
  • Create a new DWORD Value called ‘NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate’
  • Then Right click on the new value and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the Value Data to ‘1′
  • Click ‘OK’

Improve Boot Times

A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

  • Go to Start Menu and Click Run
  • Type in “Regedit” then click ok
  • Find “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE¥Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction”
  • Select “Enable” from the list on the right
  • Right on it and select “Modify”
  • Change the value to “Y to enable”
  • Reboot

Improve Swapfile Performance

If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.

  • Go to Start then Run
  • Type “msconfig.exe” then ok
  • Click on the System.ini tab
  • Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign
  • Click on new then in the blank box type”ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1?
  • Click OK
  • Restart PC

Improve XP Shutdown Speed

This tweak reduces the time XP waits before automatically closing any running programs when you give it the command to shutdown.

  • Go to Start then select Run
  • Type ‘Regedit’ and click ok
  • Find ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’
  • Now select ‘HungAppTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’
  • Now find ‘HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop’
  • Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’
  • Now find ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control’
  • Select ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’


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XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger, but you can tickle it and make it disgorge everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/ sysoc.inf, search for the word ‘hide’ and remove it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be your prey, exposed and vulnerable.


Navigate to your desktop. On the desktop, right-click and go to New, then to Shortcut (in other words, create a new shortcut). You should now see a pop-up window instructing you to enter a command line path.

Use this path in “Type Location of the Item” SHUTDOWN -s -t 01

If the C: drive is not your local hard drive, then replace “C” with the correct letter of the hard drive. Click the “Next” button. Name the shortcut and click the “Finish” button. Now whenever you want to shut down, just click on this shortcut and you’re done.


Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates and interrogating your PC etc

Click Start then Run and type ” gpedit.msc” without quotes.This opens the group policy editor. Then go to: Local Computer Policy then Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates then Network then QOS Packet Scheduler and then to Limit Reservable Bandwidth. Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab i.e.”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.” So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.It works on Win 2000 as well.


To change the name of the Recycle Bin desktop icon, click Start then goto Run, write Regedit and press Enter. It opens Registry Editor. Now in Registry Editor go to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOT/CLSID/ {645FF040- 5081-101B- 9F08-00AA002F954 E} and change the name “Recycle Bin” to whatever you want (don’t type any quotes).


You can at last get rid of tasks on the computer from the command line by using ‘taskkill /pid’ and the task number, or just ‘tskill’ and the process number. Find that out by typing ‘tasklist’, which will also tell you a lot about what’s going on in your system.


Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Once in registry, navigate to key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ My Computer \ NameSpace \ DelegateFolders

You must see a sub-key named {59031a47-3f72- 44a7-89c5- 5595fe6b30ee} . If you delete this key, you have effectively removed the my shared documents folder.


Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit and navigate to following three keys separately and change it as shown below:

[HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\Main]
“Search Page”=” com”
“Search Bar”=” com/ie”
[HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\SearchURL]
“”=” com/keyword/ %s”
[HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\Search]
“SearchAssistant” =” com/ie” .


There are a variety of reasons why your windows XP system would boot slowly. Most of the times it this has to do with the startup applications. If you would like to speed up the bootup sequence, consider removing some of the startup applications that you do not need. Easiest way to remove startup apps is through System Configuration Utility. Go to Start then Run and enter MSCONFIG and go to the Startup tab. Deselect/UnCheck application( s) that you do not want to startup at boot time.


Open Registry by going to Start then Run, entering regedit and Navigate to

[HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\ Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ Winlogon]

In right pane, look for key by the name “LogonPrompt” . Set its value to whatever text you want to see displayed at login screen.


Go to Start then Run. Enter ‘cmd’ and then enter ‘ipconfig’ .Add the ‘/all’ switch for more info .


Open My Computer Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive (C, unless you have more than one drive on your computer). If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive. Double-click the Documents and Settings folder. Double-click your user folder. Right-click any folder in your user profile, and then click Properties. On the Sharing tab, select the Make this folder private so that only I have access to it check box.


Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management, Disk Management, then right-click the partition whose name you want to change (click in the white area just below the word “Volume”) and select “change drive letter and paths.” From here you can add, remove or change drive letters and paths to the partition.


Goto Start then Run and Enter regedit. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOTlnkfile. Delete the IsShortcut registry value. You may need to restart Windows XP.


Visit Windows Update (XP Only)
Look at the left hand pane and under Other Options click Personalize Windows Update. Now in the right hand pane check the box – Display the link to the Windows Update Catalog under See Also Below Choose which categories and updates to display on Windows Update – make sure you check all the boxes you want shown. Click Save Settings Now look in the left hand pane under See Also click Windows Update Catalog and choose what you’re looking for. Choose either MS updates or drivers for hardware devices. Start the Wizard and off you go.


Open Registry by going to Start then Run and Enter regedit. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\ Microsoft\ Internet. Explorer\Main. In right hand panel look for string “Window Title” and change its value to whatever custom text you want to see.


If your are a gaming freak then you must be sick of the Win key in your keyboard. To disable use of Win key, open registry by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSe t\Control\ Keyboard Layout] . In this look for value of “Scancode Map”. Its binary data so be extra careful: Set its value to “00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 5B E0 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00” to disable the win key.


This one is again is. When you click on the SHUTDOWN button, make sure to simultaneous press SHIFT Button. If you hold the Shift key down while clicking on SHUTDOWN button, you computer would restart without restarting the Computer. This is equivalent to term “HOT REBOOT”.


To stop XP from displaying count of unread messages, Open registry and navigate to

[HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentV ersion\UnreadMai l]

and look for the data key “MessageExpiryDays” . If you do not see this key, create one DWORD key by the name “MessageExpiryDays” . Setting its value to 0 would stop Windows XP from displaying the count of unread messages.


Open registry by going to Start then Run. Entering regedit, navigate to

[HKEY_USERS\ .DEFAULT\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentV ersion\ThemeMana ger]

and locate the key “ColorName”. Right Click on it and select modify its value from “NormalColor” to “Metallic” Click Ok, and exit regedit and restart your computer.


If you don’t use the Recycle Bin to store deleted files , you can get rid of its desktop icon all together. Run Regedit and go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ SOFTWARE/ Microsoft/ Windows/CurrentV ersion/explorer/ Desktop/NameSpace

Ever run into situation where someone sends you a read-only password protected Word document, but wants you to make changes?
Here’s how to crack it if you are using the newer versions of Word:

If you are using office XP or 2003, you can change the view to HTML-Code using Microsoft Script-Editor by pressing the [Alt]+[Shift]+[F11] key combination.

Search for “Password” and you will find somethimg like this:

To remove the protection:
-Just remowe those two lines, and after saving the document , the protection is gone.

To remove the password:
-replace the Password, here “19E8E61E”, with “00000000”, save the Document and close “Script-Editor”.

Alternative you can save your document as .html and use a html-Editor


I would like to make clear all the visitors of my blog that I am not Rqaqi, Aamil, or Spiritual Healer. Any Raaqi you contact via my blog, know they do not represent this blog or me.


In my knowledge these are few dedicated places where you can get your spiritual healing according to Quran and Sunnah. I can recommend these places as in my knowledge they works according to Quran and Sunnah; but I cannot be made responsible either individually or severally for any untoward incidents.


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