Stopping Remote Assistance and
Remote Desktop Sharing
In Windows XP Professional, you have two remote networking features called
Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop Sharing. These remote networking features
are very helpful in a variety of situations but if you don't use them, it is
good idea to
disable them to save boot time. You can always enable them later if you want to
1. Open the Start menu, right-click My Computer, and choose Properties.
2.Click the remote tab.
3. Clear both check boxes to disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop. 8.
Speeding Up the Dual-Boot Timeout
If you dual-boot your computer with Windows XP and another operating system,
see an operating system selection menu on startup. If you typically boot into
XP and not the other operating system, you can speed up the dual-boot timeout
so that you do not wait so long for the boot process to select your default
system and continue with the boot process. The default timeout value is 30
but you can change this setting to 10. This gives you enough time to select the
alternate operating system if you want but also speeds up the boot process. You
skip this section if you do not use a dual-boot configuration.
Follow these steps:
1. Locate the boot.ini file on your computer. It is a hidden file by default;
located in C:\boot.ini.
2. Open the file with Notepad (which is what opens it by default).
3. Change the Timeout value to 10.
4. Select File/Save and close Notepad. 9.
Speeding Up Your PPPoE Connection
If you use a Point-to-Point Protocol connection over Ethernet (PPPoE), you may
notice a delay in using the PPPoE connection after startup. By default, there
is a 120
second delay but you can stop this behavior by manually configuring an IP
the network adapter card. If you do not use a PPPoE connection, you can skip
1. Select Start/Connect to/Show All Connections.
2. Open the TCP/IP properties for your LAN network interface card.
3. Manually set the IP address on the TCP/IP properties to an appropriate IP
and subnet mask for your network. 10.
Reducing the Wait Time
When you start to shut down Windows XP, it has to quit, or "kill,"
applications or processes that are currently running. So close all applications
However, some applications and processes are always running in the background.
You can reduce the amount of time that Windows XP waits for those applications
processes to close before Windows XP kills them.
1. Open registry editor
2. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Set the
WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the value to 1000. Select the HungAppTimeout
\newline value and set it to 1000 as well.
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control.
Select the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value and set it to 10000.
4. Close the Registry Editor. 11.
Automatically Killing Tasks on
You know the drill. You start to shut down the computer, you wait a few
and then you see a dialog box asking if you want to kill an application or
is running. Instead of prompting you, you can make Windows XP take care of the
task automatically. Here's how:
1. Open the Registry Editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
3. Highlight the value AutoEndTasks and change the value to 1.
4. Close the Registry Editor. 12.
When using 3rd party burning software (eg, Nero Burning Rom) to copy audio
CD,some noise may be heard at the end of each track. To prevent this,try the
1. Enter System Properties\device manager
2. Select IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
3. Double click on thee CD writer IDE channel
4. Select advance setting
5. Change the transfer mode to 'PIO Only'
6. Restart Computer 13.
Disable Unsigned Driver Dialogue
First go to: Start Run
Then type: gpedit.msc and hit enter. Browse the folder tree to the following
User Configuration Administrative
Templates System. Right-click Code
signing for Device drivers and select Properties. On the Settings tab, either
enable, and then select ignore from the appearing listbox..
or click the disable option. Click apply and Ok and your set!
Alternatively especially for XP Home users:
Open "System" properties (Windows key + pause or Right click 'My
properties or Control Panel - System).On the Hardware tab click the
button. In the dialogue that comes up choose "Ignore" to install the
A Flying Start for the Start Menu
A simple Registry tweak can give speed up your start menu and sub-menus. Open
Registry Editor, and navigate to and select:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop .
Double-click the MenuShowDelay icon on the right, and change 'Value data' from
default of 400 (milliseconds) to something speedier, like 0. When you have
press Enter. 15.
Resize Your Wallpaper
If you just switched to a wide-screen monitor, your desktop wallpaper image may
longer look right, or maybe you just want to make a small adjustment to it.
For more-granular control of your wallpaper's placement, highlight the following
Double-click the WallpaperOriginX icon in the right pane. (If you don't see
right-click in this pane, choose New, String Value, type WallpaperOriginX to
the value, and press <Enter>.) Type a number (in pixels) for the starting
position of your wallpaper's left edge, and press <Enter>. Now
WallpaperOriginY icon (create it if necessary as explained above) and enter a
for the starting vertical position of the image's top edge. If your wallpaper
larger than the screen, type a negative number (for example, -200) to push the
picture's top or left edge off the screen.
To test the effect, first minimize the Registry Editor (and any other open
right-click the desktop, choose Properties, and click OK or Apply to refresh
wallpaper placement. Repeat these steps as needed until the wallpaper is
correctly.The settings work whether you've set your wallpaper to be centered,
Unhide the Administrator
Few people are aware of Windows XP's cloaked administrator account (called,
appropriately enough, "Administrator"). This account is invisible
unless either your
system has no other accounts or you are booting in Safe Mode. To remove
Administrator's camouflage and add it to XP's Welcome screen, navigate to &
ogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList in the Registry Editor, and double-click the
Administrator icon in the right pane. If you don't see this icon, right-click
in the pane,
choose New, DWORD Value, name it Administrator, and press Enter. Type 1 in the
'Value data' box, and press <Enter>. From now on, when you open the User
Accounts window via the Control Panel, you'll see the Administrator account.
can easily change its picture or give it a password. In addition, the next time
the Welcome screen, your Administrator account will be visible, along with the
computer's other user accounts. 17.
Retitle Internet Explorer
By default, Internet Explorer's title bar shows the name of the Web site you're
viewing, followed by "Microsoft Internet Explorer"--or in some cases,
company's name or the name of the ISP that supplied the browser. To change the
repeating text in IE's title bar (or to get rid of it altogether), navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main in the Registry
Editor, and double-click the Window Title icon in the right pane. (If you don't
icon, right-click in the pane, choose New, String Value, type Window Title, and
<Enter>.) Type what you want to see on IE's title bar, or type nothing to
the site name. Note that the hyphen that normally separates the site name from
page title will remain. When you relaunch Internet Explorer, you will see the
Bonus Tip: Hack Your BIOS for Faster
You can speed up your startup procedures by changing the BIOS with the built-in
setup utility. How you run this utility varies from PC to PC, but you typically
get to it
by pressing the Delete, F1, or F10 keys during startup. You'll come to a menu
variety of choices. Here are the choices to make for faster system startups:
Quick Power On Self Test (POST)
When you choose this option, your system runs an abbreviated POST rather than
normal, lengthy one.
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Disable this option. When it's enabled, your system spends a few extra seconds
looking for your floppy drivea relatively pointless procedure, especially
how infrequently you use your floppy drive.
Some systems let you delay booting after you turn on your PC so that your hard
gets a chance to start spinning before bootup. Most likely, you don't need to
boot delay, so turn it off. If you run into problems, however, you can turn it
back on. 18.
Find Every File
When you search for a file in Windows Windows searches only for file types it
recognizes. Files that aren't listed in the 'Registered file types' list are ignored.
Fortunately, a simple edit of the Registry will make Windows search for every
regardless of its extension. Open the Registry Editor as described above, and
navigate to and select:
Double-click the FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions icon in the right pane,
the 0 in the 'Value data' box to 1, and press Enter.
To ensure that Windows XP searches for every possible file, select All Files
Folders under 'Type of file' in the Search Companion pane. (If you don't see
option, click More Advanced Options.) Check Search system folders, Search
files and folders, and Search subfolders (as desired). In Windows 2000, click
Options, check Type, and make sure that (All Files and Folders) is selected in
resulting drop-down menu. Check Advanced Options, and make sure Search
Subfolders is checked. Finally, to ensure that Windows 2000 finds system and
files, choose Tools, Folder Options and click the View tab. In the 'Advanced
list, select Show hidden files and folders. Uncheck Hide protected operating
files (Recommended), click Yes to acknowledge the warning, and finish by
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