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Windows XP registry tweaks

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Windows XP registry tweaks ........................................................................................... 2 Speed up browsing AVI files (audio/video) ................................................................... 2 Automatically expanding folder trees ............................................................................. 2 Windows search optimization ......................................................................................... 2 Remove shared folders My Computer ............................................................................ 2 Saving Notepad settings .................................................................................................. 3 Disable the balloon tips ................................................................................................... 3 Disable the useless Security Center warnings ................................................................ 3 Remove the low disk space warning ............................................................................... 3 Disabling wrapping icon/shortcut labels ......................................................................... 3 Disabling the blocking of pop-ups from secured sites .................................................... 3 Command Console tweak ............................................................................................... 4 Activated NUM-LOCK .................................................................................................. 4 Automatically defrag system files .................................................................................. 4 A faster Windows shutdown ........................................................................................... 4 Fix for shutting down your computer automatically....................................................... 4 Fix for shutting down Windows slowly (or not at all) .................................................... 5 Finding out the reason of a Windows crash .................................................................... 5 A faster NTFS file system............................................................................................... 5

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Windows XP registry tweaks
Hello, I always like to play a bit with windows registry. The best way to avoid unpleasant surprises would be that you backup your registry or make a system image of your disk. Now enjoy!

Speed up browsing AVI files (audio/video)
By default, opening folders containing AVI files (audio/video) can be very slow because Windows is trying to extract non important information. This can be solved, by deleting the following key: HKCR\CLSID\{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}

Automatically expanding folder trees
The folder view on the left in Windows Explorer automatically expands if you click on a folder containing sub-folders. You can disable this function with a registry tweak: change the DWORD-value FriendlyTree to 0 (instead of 1) in the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Advanced Automatically expanding folders will be disabled, expanding a folder is now done by double clicking the folder.

Windows search optimization
Within Windows XP you are able to search your computer for files (Start, Search), but takes some clicking to get what you want! To optimize the search function, you have to make some registry changes. To make changes, navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer where you will find some important DWORD-values. Change these values to optimize your Windows search: SearchSystemDirs=1 SearchHidden=1 IncludeSubFolders=1 CaseSensitive=0 SearchSlowFiles=1 (if you have a tape drive, else: 0)

Remove shared folders My Computer
To remove the shared folders in the My Computer view, delete the value {59031a473f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee} in the following key (export to a reg-file first, to have a backup): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\My Computer\NameSpace\DelegateFolders 2

Saving Notepad settings
If you are a heavy user of Notepad, you probably like saving the Notepad settings on exit. To make sure your settings are saved, add/Change the DWORD-value fSavePageSettings=1 and fSaveWindowsPositions=1 in the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad

Disable the balloon tips
Already irritated by the information balloons, covering the important buttons in the Start Menu? Start the registry editor and navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Advanced change or add the DWORD-values EnableBalloonTips and ShowInfoTip, both with value 0.

Disable the useless Security Center warnings
If your Windows is not provided with one of the well known virus scan and/or firewall software, the Security Center will come with useless repeating reminders. The reminders can be disabled by changing the values AntiVirusDisableNotify and FirewallDisableNotify to the DWORD-value 1 in the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center

Remove the low disk space warning
Probably you have seen the irritating 'low on disk space'-warning before, if your hard disk reaches full capacity. This warning message can be turned off by adding the DWORD-value NoLowDiskSpaceChecks with value 1 in the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MicroSoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer

Disabling wrapping icon/shortcut labels
Probably your desktop contains icons (shortcuts) with long names, which aren't shown completely (the are wrapped......). With a registry tweak you can disable the title wrapping, create a String value IconTitleWrap with value 0 in the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

Disabling the blocking of pop-ups from secured sites
By default Internet Explorer blocks the pop-ups because they are mostly used for irritating advertising purposes. For secured pages (e.g. the login to a bank account), this behavior is not wished. The URL of a secured page is preceded by HTTPS instead of

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HTTP. The blocking of pop-ups for these HTTPS-pages can be disabled by changing the DWORD-value Allow HTTPS to 1 in the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Windows

Command Console tweak
If you are a frequent user of the Command Console (the MS-DOS screen, Start, Run, command CMD), the following tweak will be valuable. To change folders is difficult, using the Command Console. By changing the DWORD-value CompletionChar to 9 in the following registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor With the command CD followed with the first letters of the folder name, you are able to select the folder with the TAB-key (also works with other commands).

Activated NUM-LOCK
To automatically switch on the NUM-LOCK, change the value InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2 in the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard

Automatically defrag system files
To defrag the system files automatically at every boot (to optimize you system), change the value Enable to Y in the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction

A faster Windows shutdown
Shutting down Windows can take a long time. You can speed this up (at your own risk) with the following tweaks in the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop Change the following String values: AutoEndTasks=1 HungAppTimeout=4000 WaitToKillAppTimeout=4000 WaitToKillServiceTimeout=4000 (the last registry value is also present in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control)

Fix for shutting down your computer automatically
In most cases, automatically shutting down can be fixed by installing the motherboard drivers (if not done already). If your computer still doesn't shut down correctly, try this registry tweak. Change the value PowerdownAfterShutdown to 1 in the following key:

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ Winlogon

Fix for shutting down Windows slowly (or not at all)
If shutting down Windows takes a long time (or doesn't shut down at all), change the value PowerOffActive to 1 in the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Finding out the reason of a Windows crash
If you would like to know the reason why there was a sudden crash of Windows, change the DWORD-value ShutdownReasonUI temporarily to 1 in the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Reliability After a reboot you will find the reason why your Windows shuts down suddenly in the log files (Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Logfiles). If you are finished analyzing, change the value ShutdownReasonUI back to 0.

A faster NTFS file system
You probably use the NTFS file system (see the properties of your C: partition). You can improve performance by making some changes in the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Filesystem Change the following registry values, as you wish: DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate = 1 (last file access is no longer registered). NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation = 1 (no more double filenames: long names and the old 8.3 variant (the 8.3 file notation is used for the older Windows versions). NtfsMftZoneReservation = 2 (if there are many files on a partition, the master file table (MFT) can get fragmented, with this tweak there will be no more fragmenting of the file master file table (default value = 1, range 1-4).

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