Pc Basics

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Computer Performance

Performance basics .

Hardware — your computer’s CPU, memory, chipset (mother board), hard drive and video card have the most effect on the speed of your computer. There are a few settings, as explained below, which can improve performance. Antivirus programs, and real time backup programs like GoBack or SecondChance can slow your computer down. A badly fragmented hard drive can also slow it down.

Limit the number of auto-start programs

Unless you’ve done something to clean up the number of programs that autostart when Windows starts, it’s likely there are a slew of them killing the performance of your computer. There’s also a bunch of generally useless “services” that Windows XP wants to start. You’ll almost certainly never need some those either.Learn how to eradicate these parasites by cleaning up your Windows start. There’s much more good information on pruning startup programs at the Paul Collins site, and on pruning Windows XP services at the Black Viper site.

PC Hard drives

A bigger hard drive (disk) won’t make your computer run faster. That’s just an urban myth. The size of the Windows registry and the number of files in the Windows directory does affect speed to a slight extent. Making the hard disk larger won’t make either of those smaller.A faster hard drive — quicker access time, higher read rate (spindle speed) and larger buffer — will make your computer faster. Adding a second hard drive is usually a better alternative than replacing your hard drive (unless you have a laptop). It’s relatively easy, adds wonderful flexibility, adds capacity for backups and will speed up your computer, especially if the new one is faster than your old one.

Get more from a second hard drive

First, decide which hard drive to use for Windows. If you buy a faster one — quicker access time, higher spindle speed and larger buffer — you may want to make it your primary drive. That will entail either reinstalling or moving Windows and your programs to the new hard drive. You can move them with something like Acronis True Image.If you move Windows and your programs to the new hard drive, you’ll need to make it your “boot” drive. Do that by switching the “IDE” connections (you may need to change where they are mounted) or by changing the boot sequence in BIOS.You can speed up your computer by locating the Windows “swap” (paging) file on a fast second drive. The best way to do that is to create a FAT partion of 2 or 3 GB on the first part of the fast drive and move the swap file there. Create an NTFS partition or partitions in the remaing hard drive space. [Start > Help and Support > search for “paging file”] You can create the partition(s) with Acronis Disk Director Suite.Use your second hard drive to store backups from the first one. If you’re backing up Windows, you do not need to back up the swap file. Windows can recreate that on the next boot.

System settings for Windows 98

For most circumstances the following settings will assure maximum performance of your Computer. (Don’t worry about tweaking Windows XP. There are tweaks, but you won’t gain much unless you’re a hard core “gamer”, but then I don’t need to tell you about tweaks.1. Right Click “My Computer” > select “Properties” > click the “Performance” tab > click the “File System…” button > click the “Hard Disk” tab > select “Network Server” for the “Typical role of this computer” and set “Read-ahead optimization” to High unless there is a limited amount, say 64MB of RAM (memory) available. 2. Click the “Graphics” button > set “Hardware Acceleration” to Full. (If you then experience problems that could be connected to acceleration, lower this setting until they go away or the connection is disproved.) 3. Click the “Virtual Memory button > select “Let Windows manage my virtual memory settings” unless you have a second hard drive.

Registry Hacking *

Display legal notice on startup:

Wanna tell your friends about the do’s and dont’s in your computer when they login in your absence. Well you can do it pretty easily by displaying a legal notice at system start up.

REGEDIT

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system]

“legalnoticecaption”=”enter your notice caption”
“legalnoticetext”=”enter your legal notice text”

Automatic Administrator Login:

Well here’s the trick which you can use to prove that Windows XP is not at all secure as multi-user operating system. Hacking the system registry from any account having access to system registry puts you in to the administrator account.

REGEDIT 4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
“AutoAdminLogon”=”1” .

No Shutdown:

Wanna play with your friends by removing the shutdown option from start menu in their computer.
Just hack it down !!!

Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
“NoClose”=”DWORD:1”.

Menu Delays:

Another minor and easy tweak to remove any delay from menus sliding out.

For this you will need to use regedit (open regedit by going to Start ->

Run…, then typing ‘regedit’ and pressing enter). The key you need to change is located in

HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop. The actual key is called MenuShowDelay

all you have to do is change the value to 0. Remember, you will have to re-boot your computer

for this tweak to take effect.

GPEDIT.MSC And Autoplay

A great tweaking file that comes with XP is gpedit.msc. Go to Start -> Run… and then type in ‘gpedit.msc’ and press enter. This is effectively the Policies Editor, and it comes in handy often. For example, if you hate CD autoplay like I do and want to permanently disable it, you can use this tool to do so. Just run gpedit.msc, then go to Computer Configuration è Administrative Templates -> System. In here you can see the value ‘Turn Off Autoplay’. è Right-click on it and then click ‘Properties’.

Increasing options in add/remove programs:

Not a fan of MSN Messenger? don’t want Windows Media Player on your system? Fair enough, but if you go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, by default none of Windows XP’s ‘built in’ programs are visible. it’s fairly easy to change, though… just open the file X:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf (where X: is the drive letter where Windows XP is installed) in Notepad. You should see a section of the file something like this:[Components]
NtComponents=ntoc.dll,NtOcSetupProc,,4
WBEM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wbemoc.inf,hide,7
Display=desk.cpl,DisplayOcSetupProc,,7
Fax=fxsocm.dll,FaxOcmSetupProc,fxsocm.inf,,7
NetOC=netoc.dll,NetOcSetupProc,netoc.inf,,7
iis=iis.dll,OcEntry,iis.inf,,7
com=comsetup.dll,OcEntry,comnt5.inf,hide,7
dtc=msdtcstp.dll,OcEntry,dtcnt5.inf,hide,7
IndexSrv_System = setupqry.dll,IndexSrv,setupqry.inf,,7
TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2
msmq=msmqocm.dll,MsmqOcm,msmqocm.inf,,6
ims=imsinsnt.dll,OcEntry,ims.inf,,7
fp_extensions=fp40ext.dll,FrontPage4Extensions,fp40ext.inf,,7
AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
RootAutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,rootau.inf,,7
IEAccess=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,ieaccess.inf,,7This is a list of all components installed at the moment. I’ve taken the example of MSN Messenger – the program entry called ‘msmsgs’, third-last line. You can see the word ‘hide’ highlighted – this is the string which tells Windows not to display the component in the Add/Remove Programs list. Fix this up by simply deleting the word ‘hide’ like so:msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7To this:msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7Now, after restarting, you should be able to see MSN Messenger in the Add/Remove Programs list. If you want to be able to quickly view and remove all components,simply open the sysoc.inf file and do a global find and replace for the word “,hide” and replace it with a single comma “,”.

Automatically Kill Programs At Shutdown:

Don’t you hate it when, while trying to shut down, you get message boxes telling you that a program is still running? Making it so that Windows automatically kills applications running is a snap. Simply navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop directory in the Registry, then alter the key AutoEndTasks to the value 1.

Speeding Up Share Viewing:

This is a great tweak. Before I found it, I was always smashing my head against the table waiting to view shares on other computers. Basically, when you connect to another computer with Windows XP, it checks for any Scheduled tasks on that computer – a fairly useless task, but one that can add up to 30 seconds of waiting on the other end – not good! Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to disable this process. First, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace in the Registry. Below that, there should be a key called {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}. Just delete this, and after a restart, Windows will no longer check for scheduled tasks – mucho performance improvement!

Create a Shortcut to Lock Your Computer

Leaving your computer in a hurry but you don’t want to log off? You can double-click a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+

DEL or a screen saver. To create a shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer: Right-click the desktop. Point to New, and then click Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation Click Next. Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it “Lock Workstation” or choose any name you like. Click Finish. You can also change the shortcut’s icon (my personal favorite is the padlock icon in shell32.dll). To change the icon: Right click the shortcut and then select Properties. Click the Shortcut tab, and then click the Change Icon button. In the Look for icons in this file text box, type: Shell32.dll. Click OK. Select one of the icons from the list and then click OK You could also give it a shortcut keystroke such CTRL+ALT+L. This would save you only one keystroke from the normal command, but it could be more convenient.

Speed up Internet Explorer 6 Favorites

For some reason, the Favorites menu in IE 6 seems to slow down dramatically sometimes–I’ve noticed this happens when you install Tweak UI 1.33, for example, and when you use the preview tip to speed up the Start menu. But here’s a fix for the problem that does work, though it’s unclear why: Just open a command line window (Start button -> Run -> cmd) and type sfc, then hit ENTER. This command line runs the System File Checker, which performs a number of services, all of which are completely unrelated to IE 6. But there you go: It works.

Aspi

WinXP does not come with an Aspi layer. So far almost 90% of the problems with WinXP and CD burning software are Aspi layer problems. After installing WinXP, before installing any CD burning software do a few things first: 1. Open up “My computer” and right click on the CD Recorder. If your CD recorder was detected as a CD recorder there will be a tab called “Recording”. On this tab uncheck ALL of the boxes. apply or OK out of it and close my computer. 2. Next install the standard Aspi layer for NT. Reboot when asked. That’s is. after the reboot you can install any of the currently working CD recording applications with no problems. If using CD Creator do not install direct CD or Take two as they are currently incompatible but Roxio has promised a fix as soon as XP is released.

Another way …

Boot from win98 cd, delete the SAM, SAM.SAV, SAM.LOg files ( in sytem32/config folder ). Note: don’t delete SAM.exe.

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