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Win XP tips 4
31. Internet Explorer As Fast As FireFox:
Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Once in registry,
navigateto key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\microsoft\Windows\ Current
Version \InternetSettings. Right click on the right windows > New > DWORD. Type
MaxConnectionsPerServer > You can set value (the more higher the no, the more
good speed eg:99). Create another DWORD >type MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server.
Then put a high value as mentioned above. Restart I.E and you are done.
32. Increasing Band-Width By 20%
Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like
Windows Updates and interrogating your PC etc. Click Start then Run and type
"gpedit.msc" without quotes. This opens the group policy editor. Then go to: Local
Computer Policy Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesNetwork
QOS Packet Scheduler and then to LimitReservableBandwidth. Double click on
Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the
'Explain' tab i.e."By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of
the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default." So
the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the
system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.It works on Win 2000 as well.
33. Disabling Drives in My Computer
To disable the display of local or networked drives when you click My Computer go
to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies
\Explorer Now in the right pane create a new DWORD item and name it NoDrives.
Now modify it's value and set it to 3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal). Now press F5 to refresh.
When you click on My Computer, no drives will be shown. To enable display of
drives in My Computer, simply delete this DWORD item.
34.Shutdown and Reboot in Style
Turning off or rebooting XP involves a several-step process: click the Start menu,
choose Shut Down, and then select Shut Down or Restart. If you want, however, you
can exit or reboot much more quickly, by creating a shortcut that enables one-click
shutdowns. You can also use the shortcut to customize the shutdown or reboot for
example, by displaying a specific message or automatically shutting down any
programs that are running.
First, create a shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking the desktop, choosing New,
and then choosing Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard appears. In the box asking
for the location of the shortcut, type shutdown. After you create the shortcut, doubleclicking
it will shut down your PC.
But you can do much more with a shutdown shortcut than merely shut down your PC.
You can add any combination of several switches to do extra duty, like this:
shutdown -r -t 01 -c "Rebooting your PC"
Double-clicking that shortcut will reboot your PC after a one-second delay and
display the message "Rebooting your PC." The shutdown command includes a variety
of switches you can use to customize it.
Switches you can use with shutdown
Switch What it does
-s Shuts down the PC.
-l Logs off the current user.
-t nn
Indicates the duration of delay, in seconds, before performing the
Switches you can use with shutdown
Switch What it does
Displays a message in the System Shutdown window. A maximum
of 127 characters can be used. The message must be enclosed in
quotation marks.
-f Forces any running applications to shut down.
-r Reboots the PC.
Here are the ones I use for shutdowns and restarts:
Shutdown -s -t 03 -c "See you later!"
shutdown -r -t 03 -c "You can't get rid of me that quickly!"
You always have to turn from the CPU after running this command. (Same with AT
and ATX powered machines.) If you want to turn down power of ATX machine
automatically, run the following commnd "c:\windows\system32\tsshutdn.exe 00 /
POWERDOWN / DELAY:00" This is used to turn off a server. Even though you
don't have networked computers attached to your computer, this works.
35. Change Internet Explorer's Caption
Open the registry editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE
\Microsoft \Internet Explorer\Main. In the right pane create a new String Value names
Window Title (Note the space between Window and Title). Right click on this newly
created String Value and select Modify. Type in the new caption you want to be
displayed. Restart for the settings to take place.
36. Play around registry- More Options
Launch Regedit and go to the following Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies Under this key, there will definitely be a
key named explorer. Now under this explorer key we can create new DWORD values
and modify it's value to 1 in order to impose the restriction. If you want to remove the
Restriction, then you can simply delete the respective DWORD values or instead
change their values to 0. The following is a list of DWORD values that can be created
under the Explorer Key:
NoDeletePrinter: Disables Deletion of already installed Printers
NoAddPrinter: Disables Addition of new Printers
NoRun : Disables or hides the Run Command
NoSetFolders: Removes Folders from the Settings option on Start Menu (Control
Panel, Printers, Taskbar)
NoSetTaskbar: Removes Taskbar system folder from the Settings option on Start
NoFind: Removes the Find Tool (Start >Find)
NoDrives: Hides and does not display any Drives in My Computer
NoNetHood: Hides or removes the Network Neighborhood icon from the desktop
NoDesktop: Hides all items including, file, folders and system folders from the
NoClose: Disables Shutdown and prevents the user from normally shutting down
NoSaveSettings: Means to say, 'Don't save settings on exit'
DisableRegistryTools: Disable Registry Editing Tools (If you disable this option, the
Windows Registry Editor(regedit.exe) too will not work.)
NoRecentDocsHistory: Removes Recent Document system folder from the Start
Menu (IE 4 and above)
ClearRecentDocsOnExit: Clears the Recent Documents system folder on Exit.
Nolnternetlcon: Removes the Internet (system folder) icon from the Desktop
Now create a new key and name it System. Under this new key, system we can create
the following new DWORD values
NODispCPL: Hides Control Panel
NoDispBackgroundPage: Hides Background page.
NoDispScrsavPage: Hides Screen Saver Page
NoDispAppearancePage: Hides Appearance Page
NoDispSettingsPage: Hides Settings Page
NoSecCPL: Disables Password Control Panel
NoPwdPage: Hides Password Change Page
NoAdminPaqe: Hides Remote Administration Page
NoProfilePage: Hides User Profiles Page
NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager Page
NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles Page
NoFileSysPage: Hides File System Button
NoVirtMemPage: Hides Virtual Memory Button
Similarly, if we create a new subkey named Network, we can add the following
DWORD values under it:
NoNetSetupSecurityPage: Hides Network Security Page
NoNelSetup: Hides or disables the Network option in the Control Panel
NoNetSetupIDPage: Hides the Identification Page
NoNetSetupSecurityPage: Hides the Access Control Page
NoFileSharingControl: Disables File Sharing Controls
NoPrintSharing: Disables Print Sharing Controls.
37. Automatically Turn On Num Lock,
Scroll Lock, and Caps Lock

When you start your PC, Num Lock, Scroll Lock, and Caps Lock don't automatically
toggle on. You can automatically turn each of them on or off whenever your PC
starts, for all accounts on the PC. As a practical matter, most people probably want to
have only Num Lock automatically turned on, but this Registry hack allows you to
force any combination of keys on or off. Run the Registry Editor [Hack #83] and go
to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard. Find the String value
InitialKeyboardIndicators. By default, it is set to 0, which means that Num Lock,
Scroll Lock, and Caps Lock are all turned off. Set it to any of the following values,
depending on the combination of keys you want turned on or off:
0-Turns off Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock
1-Turns on Caps Lock
2-Turns on Num Lock
3-Turns on Caps Lock and Num Lock
4-Turns on Scroll Lock
5-Turns on Caps Lock and Scroll Lock
6-Turns on Num Lock and Scroll Lock
7-Turns on Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock
Exit the Registry. When you restart, the new setting will take effect.
38. Control User Logins by Hacking the

To control logon options, run the Registry Editor [Hack #83] and go to the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
Winlogon subkey, which contains a variety of logon settings (as well as some settings
not having to do directly with logons). Following are the most important values you
can edit to customize logons.
This setting lets you control how the system logon dialog box is used. If this String
value is present and set to 1, all users will have to enter both their username and
password to log on. If the value is 0, the name of the last user to log on will be
displayed in the system logon dialog box.
This String value contains the name of the last user who logged on. It will be
displayed only if the DontDisplayLastUserName value is not present or is set to 0.
LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText// Already discussed
This DWORD value lets you display a warning message to users a certain number of
days before their passwords are set to expire. It lets you determine how many days
ahead of time the warning should be issued. To edit the value, click the decimal
button and enter the number of days.
This String value enables or disables a button on the XP logon dialog box that lets the
system shut down. A value of 1 enables the button (so that it is shown); a value of 0
disables the button (so that it is not shown).
It determines the shellthe user interfacethat will be used by XP. The default is
Explorer.exe, but it can be another shell as wellfor example, the Program Manager
from older Windows versions. Type in the name of the program; for example,
Progman.exe for the Program Manager, or Taskman.exe for the Task Manager.
This DWORD value doesn't have to do with logons either, but it's another good one to
know. It sets whether to automatically restart the Windows shell if the shell crashes. A
value of 1 automatically restarts the shell. A value of 0 tells XP not to restart the shell,
forcing you to log off and then back on again to restart it.

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