Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Windows XP Tips & Tricks - Part 1

1. Cleaning the Prefetch Directory:
WindowsXP has a new feature called Prefetch. This keeps a shortcut to recently used programs. However it can fill up with old and obsolete programs.
To clean this periodically go to:
1. Star / Run / Prefetch.
2. Press Ctrl-A to highlight all the files.
3. Delete them.

2. Not Displaying Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages:
1. Start Regedit.
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system 3. If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages.
4. Give it a value of 1.

3. Bringing Up the Shutdown Dialog Box:
1. Create a new txt file somewhere on your system, open it and put in this one line: (newActiveXObject("Shell.Application")).ShutdownWindows();
2. Save and Close the file. Change the extension to js and your got it.
3. You can make a shortcut to that file to make it easy to shut down your system.

4. Increasing the Folder Cache:
The default setting for WindowsXP is to cache the Explorer settings for 400 folders.To increase it:
1. Start Regedit.
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam.
3. Change the vaule of BagMRU to whatever size you want (hex).
1000 - 3e8
2000 - 7d0
3000 - bb8
4000 - fa0
5000 - 1388

5. Poweroff at Shutdown:
If your computer does not turn off the power when doing a shutdown,you may need to edit the registry. I have all the correct BIOS and Power settings and still needed to do this.
1. Start Regedit.
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
3. Edit the key PowerOffActive and give it a value of 1.
4. You can do the same in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop.

6. Show Hidden Devices:
You can show hidden devices in the Device Manager. One way is by making a simple registry change. The other is through a batch file.

Registry Change:
1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ ControlSet001 \ Control \ Session Manager \ Environment.
3. Give it a value of 1.

Batch File
@Echo Off
Prompt $p$g
start devmgmt.msc

7. Disable Shared Documents:
To disable the Shared Documents folder that shows up on the network:
1. Start Regedit.
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer 3. Create a new DWORD Value.
4. Give it the name NoSharedDocuments.
5. Give it a value of 1.
6. Log off or reboot.

Good Luck!


unknown said...

Great short article on tips & tricks in windows xp. I've got a blog with the same topics (almost) at

I will be looking forward to reading your next articles.

The disabling of the shared folder really increases networking performance, because the machine doesnt fetch the content hereof every time you view your network. ;-)

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Andrew K said...

Cleaning the Prefetch folder is a Myth

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