Several tips and fixes have already emerged from
member posts in the
that "fix" some of the issues in XP.
Exclude ZIP files from Search.
The first is the search facility which is a lot
slower than any other version of Windows I've installed. I noted that
it was getting incredibly bogged down in certain areas.
Chris Dunford noted that, by default, XP search
looks inside of CAB and ZIP files which squared with my observation
that XP search was crawling when it hit the Java folder.
Chris has a fix to eliminate that:
Disable all running programs.
From the command prompt type:
regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll
This eliminates compressed file searching.
Want to undo the change? Simply rerun the command
without the /u switch.
Remove MSN Messenger
Removing MSN Messenger files can also be a problem
as simply removing them via add/remove doesn't delete the files.
Here's the process:
1. Run gpedit.msc and go to Windows Components
then Windows Messenger. Change the options that allow Windows
Messenger to run or auto start. You may not have this entry if MSN
Messenger doesn't start automatically.
2. With notepad edit the sysoc.inf file in the C:\windows\inf folder
and remove all the hide statements for all lines. The line that
concerns Messenger is:
3. Go to Add Remove Windows Components in the Control Panel and
remove Messenger. This does not remove all the folders and files.
4. Go to C:\Program Files and delete the folder called Messenger.
5. Copy and Paste the following into your run command or run from
the DOS Prompt.
rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection BLC.Remove 128 %SystemRoot%\INF\msmsgs.inf
6. Run regedit, search for MSN messenger and delete all references
to C:\Program Files\Messenger. Don't delete any references to
messenger if it does not contain a pointer to C:\Program
Files\Messenger. You may not have any entries, so don't be concerned
if search doesn't turn any up.
Status at Boot (num lock, scroll lock, caps lock)
I follow good
security advise (ha!) and use a password of letters and number yet
when XP boots the num lock is disabled. That means I have to hit an
extra key to enable it. Wow, I know, but I'm lazy.
I've read over and
over that Windows XP will remember that state of the num lock and
will restart in that state. Not on any of my XP boxes.
But there is a
quick registry change that'll fix it up.
Click start, run
and type in regedit to open the registry editor program.
The value of InitialKeyboardIndicators controls
the state of num lock, caps lock and scroll lock:
0 - Indicators off
1 - Caps Lock on
2 - Num Lock on
3 - Caps Lock on and Num Lock on
4 - Scroll Lock on
5 - Caps Lock on and Scroll Lock on
6 - Num Lock on and Scroll Lock on
7 - Caps Lock on, Num Lock on, and Scroll Lock on
So to enable num lock at boot time set the value
to 2, close regedit and reboot.
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Recommended XP tweak download:
Toolbox XP - The complete tool for tweaking XP
AutoPilot for XP -
Depending on your computer load AutoPilot can increase performance
by 40% (I've see it!). Worth trying.
XP Smoker - Way cool
tweaking tool for XP. Very effective at improving XP stability.
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