Tip and Tricks to XP

Posted: June 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hello again. On regards to the last blog, if you find that a little to much then you can have a try at the tips that come a standard XP Pro and its registry, so here is one of two. however if you’ve got some ideas of your own feel free to post them. Please note that you should all ways back up your registry as well and looking into VMWare and also these tweaks do not need any 3rd party software in order to complete and I will give some long over due Linux tips next blog:

Automatic Administrator Login:
Well here’s the trick which you can use to prove that Windows XP is not at all secure as multi-user operating system. Hacking the system registry from any account having access to system registry puts you in to the administrator account.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

Menu Delays:

Another minor and easy tweak to remove any delay from menus sliding out. For this you will need to use regedit (open regedit by going to Start -> Run…, then typing ‘regedit’ and pressing enter). The key you need to change is located in HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop. The actual key is called MenuShowDelay – all you have to do is change the value to 0. Remember, you will have to re-boot your computer for this tweak to take effect.


Automatically Kill Programs At Shutdown:

don’t you hate it when, while trying to shut down, you get message boxes telling you that a program is still running? Making it so that Windows automatically kills applications running is a snap. Simply navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop directory in the Registry, then alter the key AutoEndTasks to the value 1.


Shutdown Computers Over The Network.

To make this 1. Open Notepad, 2.Type Shutdown -s -m \\xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (IP Address)
3. Save To Desktop As (Anything).bat (DONT FORGET THE .BAT)
4.Double click on the icon and wait.
5. Now there is of course other ways of doing this, read the post on the front page,
you can also open CMD and type "Shutdown -i"

The XP Prefetcher

Windows XP has a service called the Prefetcher. It basically monitors the different programs that start during startup and helps them launch faster.
To find this tool browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
The important key is EnablePrefetcher. Default value for this is 3. You will want to try numbers between 1 and 6. 5 seems to work best for me but your mileage may vary.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session\Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters]


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