List of XP Registry Tweaks to enhance Performance - The Shadow

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Performance Tweaks for Windows XP
Set the Online Registration as Being Completed
Set Windows-XP to assume the online registration has been completed.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \WindowsNT \ CurrentVersion
Edit the String Value called RegDone and Give it a value of 1
Decrease Shutdown Time
Cut the amount of time it takes your computer to shut down to only a few seconds.
Click Start, click Run, and type regedit.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control.
Click the Control folder.
Right click "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" and click Modify.
Set the value to 1000 (One Second)
Automatically Ending Non-Responsive Tasks
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \
AutoEndTasks = Set the value to 1
HungAppTimeout = Set the value to 1000
WaitToKillAppTimeout = Set the value to 1000 (One Second)
Create a Quick Shutdown Icon for your Desktop
This method of shutting down your PC will be much quicker than starting the process with the
START button. It also forces stubborn programs to close. Create a New Shortcut on your
desktop and put this line in the path box.
%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f
Save the shortcut and you now have yourself a quick way to shutdown Windows.
On my own PC, using “Quick Shutdown”….Shutdown only takes five seconds.
Memory Performance Tweak
These Settings will fine tune your systems memory management -at least 256MB of ram
recommended, 512 preferred for first tweak.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \
Session Manager \ Memory Management
1.DisablePagingExecutive -double click it and in the decimal put a 1 - this allows XP to keep
data in memory now instead of paging sections of ram to harddrive.
2.LargeSystemCache- double click it and change the decimal to 1 -this allows XP Kernal to Run
in memory improves system performance a lot. This tweak can actually slow down a system
with less than 256 megs of ram.

                                Hanging of Disk Cleanup
Hanging of Disk Cleanup during compression is a known problem with Windows XP. To
solve it, you must edit the Registry. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \
Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ VolumeCaches
Under VolumeCaches is "Compress Old Files". Click it once to highlight,then click the Del
button. Close the Registry editor. Disk Cleanup should no longer hang. Temporary files
can also cause Disk Cleanup to hang. If the previous change does not solve your problem,
try this. Click Start>>Run. Enter "%temp%" (without the quotes) in the box. Click OK.
The Temp folder will open. In the Edit menu, click Select All. Press the Del key and click
Yes to confirm the deletions. That will send everything to the Recycle Bin. Next, click
Start >> Control Panel. Double-click "Internet Options" On the General tab, click Delete
Files. Select "Delete all offline content." Click OK. This could take a while. Disk cleanup
gets rid of temporary files, old applications you no longer use and Internet cache files. It
asks before any of these are deleted.
Poweroff at Shutdown
If your PC does not turn off the power when doing a shutdown, edit the registry
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop
Edit the key PowerOffActive and give it a value of 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ Current Version \
Edit the Key: PowerOffAfterShutdown
Values: 0=Default, 1=Power Off
Disabling Balloon Tips
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Current Version \ Explorer \
Right click in the right hand pane,,,then select DWord from the menu.
Create a Dword value of EnableBalloonTips and set value to "0" (it will be set to "0" by
Disabling Error Reporting
By default, Windows-XP will request to report application errors to Microsoft. To turn this
Right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop
Select Properties / Advanced
Click on the Error Reporting tab
Check Disable error reporting
Increasing Graphics Performance
By default, Windows-XP turns on a lot of shadows, fades, slides etc to menu items.
Most simply slow down their display. To turn these off selectively:
Right click on the My Computer icon
Select Properties
Click on the Advanced tab
Under Performance, click on the Settings button
To turn them all of, select Adjust for best performance
Turn ON: Show window contents while dragging
Apply the change and close the window.
Controlling the Desktop Cleanup Wizard Added 7/24/02
By default, the Desktop Cleanup Wizard will pop up every 60 days to cleanup your
To stop this:
Right click on the desktop. Select Properties
Click on the Desktop tab Click on the Customize Desktop button
Uncheck Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard.
Click Apply, and close the window.
Restoring Access to CD ROMs
If after you remove CD Burning software, you can no longer access your
CD ROM's, the following registry keys need to be deleted:
Locate and delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters values under the following key in the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES \ SYSTEM \ Current Control Set \ Control \ Class \
Dell Computer Not Keeping Correct Time
If a Dell PC is losing time while the PC is turned on, Run the following commands:
Start / Run / CMD
Net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
Net start w32time

Turning Off the Built-In CD Burner
If you want to turn off the ability to use the built-in CD burner software that comes with
Open up the Explorer
Right click on the drive that is your CD burner
Select Properties
Click on the Recording tab
Uncheck Enable CD recording on this drive
Re-Installing Windows-XP
If you need to reinstall Windows-XP and want to keep all your current installed
applications and settings:
1. Start Windows-XP
2. Find the location of your source files (a folder called "I386" , May Be on Your Install CD
or a folder on your HD) You may find several i386 folders on your PC but you want the
one that has the .cab files in it along with the command file "Winnt32.exe".
3. Run WINNT32      /unattend ,,, For example, D:\I386\winnt32.exe    /unattend    (type
this command into the RUN box, then press ENTER).... Leave just one space where I've
put three for emphasis, at the end of the command and before the switch (/unattend).
I've often needed to do this to repair something that had gotten corrupted and I didn't
want to do a clean install.
                    Removing those Arrows from Desktop Icons
A shortcut is a pointer to a file or application that is stored in another location. When you
create a shortcut, you'll notice the icon has a small arrow in the corner. And, yes, you
guessed it!
This little arrow indicates to you that the icon is, indeed, a shortcut.
So here is a tip that lets you remove the shortcut arrows and it works with all versions of
Windows. A word of caution before you proceed since it does require making changes to
the registry; do so carefully!
To completely remove the shortcut arrow, open the registry and delete the IsShortcut from
the following three keys:
* HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ InternetShortcut
Once you've made the change, Windows no longer considers shortcuts to be shortcuts
 Note: A security update for Windows 98 may prevent the steps outlined above from
working. This tweak should work well on all versions of Windows.
You can change the registered owner information by editing the registry.
Always remember to back up the registry before making changes.
   Open your favorite registry editor
   In the left pane, navigate to the following registry key:
   In the right details pane, double click the entry labeled RegisteredOwner. In the
       Value Data field, delete the name and type in the name you want. Click OK
   You can similarly change the company name (or make it blank) by double clicking the
     entry labeled RegisteredOrganization and editing the Value Data field.

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