8 Windows XP Tips & Tricks

Following are a collection of nifty Windows XP Tips & Tricks that I have gathered and used over time.

  • Delete Files Immediately
    This will allow you to delete files from your system without sending them to the recycle bin first.
    Select Start > Run… type gpedit.msc then select User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer then locate the ‘Dsupo not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin‘ setting and set it.

  • Faster Start Menu Appearance
    Ever wondered why it takes the start menu a few seconds to appear when you click on it? To speed it up, go to Start > Run… Type regedit then navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop/MenuShowDelay section and change the value from 400 to 0.
  • Disable Unneeded Startup Services
    Disabling these services will not only make your machine a little safer, but will speed things up a bit. To disable services, go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services and disable the following:

    • Alerter
    • Clipbook
    • Human Interface Access Devices
    • Indexing Service
    • Messenger
    • Net Logon
    • Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (Good for remote support)
    • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
    • Remote Procedure Call Locator
    • Remote Registry
    • Routing & Remote Access
    • SSDP Discovery Service
    • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    • Telnet
    • Upload Manager
    • Windows Time
    • Wireless Zero Configuration
  • Turning Off The Welcome Screen
    Navigate to the Control Panel and select User Accounts then select the option that says Change the way users log on or off.
  • Speed Up Shared File Viewing across Network
    Machines have been known to have a bit of a delay when ever trying to view files shared across a network, due to the fact that Windows is taking the extra time to search and see if the networked computer has any Scheduled Tasks. To prevent Windows from searching for scheduled tasks on a remote computer click Start > Run… Type regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace and delete the key {D62277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
  • Speed Up Shutdown Process
    Many times, the shutdown process takes a while due to the fact that Windows is trying to clear the Page File. To stop Windows from clearing the Page File on shutdown click Start > Run… type regedit navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\ClearPageFileAtShutdown and set the value to 0.
  • Add Your Own Folders To The Send To Menu
    Having your own folders in the Send To menu can be a big help. This way, when you right click on something and select Send To you can choose to send it to your very own special folder. To do this navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\username\SendTo\ and simply add your own shortcuts to what ever folders you want to appear.
  • Launch Any Program From The Run Dialog
    We’ve been running applications like regedit by going to Start > Run. Now what if we could launch any application by doing this. We can! To do so, we need to once again, go to Start > Run… and type regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\App Paths and 1) Add a subkey of the file name you wish to use. For example, Photoshop.exe. Set the default value’s data to the full path of the application. For example, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Photoshop.exe. 2) Create a string value named Path that contains only the path. For example, C:\Progarm Files\Adobe\Photoshop\.

The above Windows XP Tips & Tricks should be used at your own risk. Have fun and keep looking for ways to improve your Windows XP operating system!

2 thoughts on “8 Windows XP Tips & Tricks

  1. Nice tips Adam,

    Checkout 26 Windows XP Speed Tweaks

    Some excellent tips all on one page to make your pc load faster, use fewer resources and improve efficiency. My fps in games has increased, overall boot time reduced and application performance increased. Contains some useful direct links to recommended software.

    Found it on digg.com


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