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JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:47 PM

Common WinXP Tweaks
 
The following are pretty common tweaks, but instead of a list of steps of how to manually tweak your registry, I've written up a bunch of .reg files to make for easy implementation. Simply copy and paste the tweaks into a .reg file, double-click them and reboot!

^_^

JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:48 PM

CDFS Tweak - for better CD peformance
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem]
"CacheSize"=hex:ff,ff,00,00
"Prefetch"=dword:00004000
"PrefetchTail"=dword:00004000

JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:49 PM

Enable UDMA -- improved disk performance
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E96A-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000]
"EnableUDMA66"=dword:00000001

JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:50 PM

Fast Shutdown -- dramatically speed up shut down time
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"HungAppTimeout"="5000"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="4000"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l]
"WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="200"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"AutoEndTasks"="1"

JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:51 PM

Unload DLLs -- forces Windows to unload unused DLLs
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer]
"AlwaysUnloadDLL"="1"

JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:53 PM

Disable Paging (512 recommended)
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management]
"DisablePagingExecutive"=dword:00000001

JavaFox Jul 22, 2002 04:55 PM

DiskCache Tweaks
 
Users with 128MB
--------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management]
"IOPageLockLimit"=dword:01000000



Users with 256MB
--------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management]
"IOPageLockLimit"=dword:02000000



Users with 512MB+
---------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management]
"IOPageLockLimit"=dword:04000000

franguinho Aug 2, 2002 08:13 AM

nice!

stesamo Aug 23, 2002 02:22 PM

hello
 
Sorry for being a Plantpot, but how do I make a .reg file
I tried just renaming a notepad doc to no avail.
Tried exporting a reg file deleting contents then typing in your keys, but it wont merge.

thx

prymo Aug 23, 2002 09:23 PM

Re: hello
 
Quote:

Originally posted by stesamo
Sorry for being a Plantpot, but how do I make a .reg file
I tried just renaming a notepad doc to no avail.
Tried exporting a reg file deleting contents then typing in your keys, but it wont merge.

thx

open notepad, paste that in there, and click FILE>SAVE AS and save it was "whatever.reg" without quotes, and whatever being the name you want.

iceboy Aug 26, 2002 07:04 PM

i really don recommend large system cache which will restart my pc for no reason and unload dll which will crash my active desktop.. then again it could be just my pc.

nForcer Aug 28, 2002 05:23 AM

prob importing reg files
 
It gives me an error saying 'you can only import binary registry files into the registry editor.
Suggestions?

prymo Aug 29, 2002 11:06 AM

Re: prob importing reg files
 
Quote:

Originally posted by nForcer
It gives me an error saying 'you can only import binary registry files into the registry editor.
Suggestions?

you have to copy the whole thing, including this...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

that's probably what you're missing, the whole file should look like this (when looked at with notepad)....


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management]
"DisablePagingExecutive"=dword:00000001

nForcer Aug 29, 2002 04:20 PM

Yup, that was it!
Now I feel stupid.

Thanks prymo

Kelsenellenelvian Sep 13, 2002 06:36 PM

Thanks to everyone who has posted these some of them have been big helps

skastel Sep 13, 2002 07:32 PM

unload dll's??
 
what exactly does unload DLL's do to speed things up?

Kelsenellenelvian Sep 13, 2002 07:39 PM

Not nessecarily speed things up but it keeps the clutter down and your system is less likely to get confused and crash.

shai Sep 13, 2002 09:56 PM

if you have alot of mem you shoudnt unload it as apps will load faster if thier dlls are loaded

skastel Sep 13, 2002 10:23 PM

I get it
 
ok, I wasn't sure at first what DLL's were being unloaded, Apps or windows itself, but thanks for clearing it up!

wizard Oct 23, 2002 01:56 AM

Thanks these are some great tweaks here.

reno Oct 27, 2002 05:48 PM

asdas
 
Most of these tweaks can be done with Xteq System's Xsetup.

LINK

Hundreds and hundreds of easy tweak toggles with descriptions and recommendations, I highly recommend it.

giganick Nov 14, 2002 08:16 AM

I have used them all....they really do help....!!
:cool:

visitor Nov 19, 2002 11:42 AM

Add Rename option to desktop Recycle Bin icon
 
...this one is not specifically for XP

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:50,01,00,20
"CallForAttributes"=dword:00000000

visitor Nov 19, 2002 11:49 AM

PopUp messages & Start Menu
 
Stop PopUp messages
&
Speed up Start Menu


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"LameButtonEnabled"=dword:00000000
"MenuShowDelay"="0"

visitor Nov 19, 2002 11:50 AM

clear Run MRU @ shutdown
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\RunMRU]
"a"=""
"MRUList"="a"

visitor Nov 19, 2002 11:51 AM

set # recent docs (to 6) & clear recent docs on shutdown
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"MaxRecentDocs"=dword:00000006
"ClearRecentDocsOnExit"=dword:00000001

visitor Nov 19, 2002 11:52 AM

Windows Media Player performance hacks
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\ Preferences]
"AddToMRU"=hex:00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\ Settings]
"LowRate"=dword:0000dac0
"MediumRate"=dword:0001f400
"MediumHighRate"=dword:0003e800
"HighRate"=dword:0004e200

visitor Nov 19, 2002 11:53 AM

show Administrator account @ logon
 
can also be used to show/hide other accounts

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserLis t]
"Administrator"=dword:00000001

schwarz2 Nov 24, 2002 10:26 AM

yo..i created a ramdrive since i have 512 mb ram....would it be a good idea to set the paging file to run on that? if so how would i do that? thanks

Louie6666 Nov 30, 2002 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by schwarz2
yo..i created a ramdrive since i have 512 mb ram....would it be a good idea to set the paging file to run on that? if so how would i do that? thanks

lol Think about it for a moment....Your paging file is for, when you run out of ram!


Careful with xteq ppl its very powerful & can reduce ppl to tears....do a backup first! its also my fav tweaking tool


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