Thursday, November 10, 2005

Windows XP Tweaks, Tips & Tricks

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I am now gonna share with you some interesting XP tips. And if you are a non-techy, pl dont be intimidated. I am going to present it in a very simple and easy-to-follow fashion. Try these on your system and am sure you would see atleast a few of your friends go in awe.

Tweaking an operating system would involve working on the Registry settings . To access the Registry Editor, go to Start--> Run and then type regedit. The editor opens. Now before any change could be made to the editor, take a backup and save it on your system. Now, you are safe and even if you get insane with the registry, you can still restore it. To take a backup, click on File-->Export. The file gets saved as a .reg file. We are now ready to dabble with the editor. Lets start with a few cosmetic edits.

How to Change Name and Company Information After You Install Win XP
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOrganization. Under "Value data", type the name that you want, and then click OK. To change the name of the registered owner, do the following: In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOwner. Under "Value data", type the name that you want, and then click OK/Exit.

Change the Text in Internet Explorers Title Bar
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main. In the right pane, change the value of the string, "WindowTitle".

Not all of the tweaks, require you to make changes to the registry. To make it simpler, make use of utilities like TweakUI. This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.You can find numerous patches available at Kelly's website

Now here is a simple yet effective performance tweak for XP
1. Start >> Right Click on My Computer and select Properties.
2. Click the "Advanced" tab
3. Select "Settings" in the Performance section.
4. Disable any or all of the following:

Fade or slide menus into view
Fade or slide ToolTips into view
Fade out menu items after clicking
Show Shadows under menus
Slide open combo boxes
Slide taskbar buttons
Use a background image for each folder type
Use common tasks in folders

You should notice a big improvement (depending on how many features you've disabled) in your computers performance while still keeping the same look and feel of your Windows application.You may have to turn on ClearType again. You can do this online here or you can download Microsoft's PowerToys ClearType Tuner. Source: 5 Star Support

Try out these very effective "Performance Tweaks" suggested by 5 Star Support.

Let me list a few other interesting websites for your reference:
Microsoft Powertoys for Windows XP

There are lots more but for want of time, I stop here. I may be covering on this topic sometime later. Meanwhile you can write in your comments & suggestions

Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

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  • I think these tips are great. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I will try all of them out tonight. Best of luck with your blog.

    By Anonymous K, at 2:38 PM  

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