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Windows XP Tips 01. Identify Faulty Device Drivers:
If you are having problems with lockups, blue screens, or can only get to safe mode, often the problem is due to a faulty device driver.
One way to help identify them is through the use of the Verfier program

  • Start / Run / Verifier
  • Keep the default of Create Standard Settings
  • Select the type of drivers you want to confirm
  • A list of drivers to be verified on the next boot will be shown.
  • Reboot
  • If your computer stops with a blue screen, you should get an error message with the problem driver
  • To turn off the Verifier, run verifier /reset

    02. Autoexec.nt or Config.nt Errors:
    If you are getting errors similar to:
    The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.
    Try copying the file from windows epair directory to the one that is in the windowssystem32 directory.

    03. Windows Explorer Opens Search Companion Rather than the Folder :
    If the Windows Explorer opens up the Search Companion rather than opening up the actual folder, the default setting for opening a folder is changed.
    To correct this:
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Directory shell and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Drive shell]
  • Edit the default value to be explorer or none

    04. Hiding a XP Computer from Network Neighborhood:
    If you want to share files from a XP computer, yet want to remove it from showing up in the Network Neighborhood, Run net config server /hidden:yes

    05. Configure for Auto-Logon :
    If you are the only person using the computer and what to have it automatically log you on,
  • Start / Run / "control userpasswords2" - no quotes
  • Uncheck User must enter a user name and password to use this computer

    06. Faster DOS Printing
    If you are experiencing slow printing for DOS programs with Windows2000
  • Go Start | Run | Regedit
  • Click Hkey_Local_Machine
  • Click on System
  • Click CurrentControlSet
  • Click Control
  • Go to the bottom of this part of the list and click WOW
  • Click LPT timeout and change it to a 3

    07. Not Displaying Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages :
    To turn these off:
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciessystem
  • If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages
  • Give it a value of 1

    08. Disable Explorer Thumbnail View:
    If you want disable the Explorer's ability to show the Thumbnail View ,
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced
  • Change ClassicViewState to 1

    09. Spell Check Not Working With Outlook Express and Office97:
    This is simply due to a missing or corrupted DLL file Go to the i386 directory of your XP source files Run Expand csapi3t1.dl_ csapi3t1.dll (Note: If your source files are on a CD, you will need to put a path before the csapi3t1.dll since you can't write to the CD).
    Copy the file to the Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedProof directory

    10. Disable Shared Documents:
    To disable the Shared Documents folder that shows up on the network
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer
  • Create a new DWORD Value
  • Give it the name NoSharedDocuments
  • Give it a value of 1
  • Log off or reboot

    11. Enable / Disable the Task Manager:
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
  • Create the Dword value DisableTaskMgr
  • Give it a value of 0 to enable it
  • Give it a vaule of 1 to disable it

    12. Hiding the Windows Version on the Desktop
    If your version of WindowsXP is displaying on the desktop and you would like to remove it:
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Control Panel Desktop
  • Edit or Create the DWORD entry PaintDesktopVersion
  • A value of 0 will hide the version from the desktop
  • Logoff or reboot

    13. Speeding the Startup of Some CD Burner Programs
    If you use program other than the native WindowsXP CD Burner software, you might be able to increase the speed that it loads.
  • Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services
  • Double-click on IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
  • For the Startup Type , select Disabled
  • Click on the OK button and then close the Services window
  • If you dontYou should notice

    14. Allowing Network Access with Blank Passwords
    Although you can log in locally without a password, by default, WindowsXP Pro does not allow network users to access the computer without a password. Typically you will receive an Unknown error 31 if this is the case.
    To change this setting:
  • Run gpedit.msc
  • Go to Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options
  • Double click on Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only
  • Disable this option

    15. Remembering Outlook / Outlook Express Password
    On systems, Outlook or Outlook Express will not remember the e-mail password, which would then need to be entered in each time.
    To solve the problem:
  • Open Registry Editor
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft
  • Right Click Protected Storage System Provider
  • Choose the Permissions option
  • Click the Advanced box near the bottom right hand corner. This should open another box, Towards the bottom of this box there should be two tick boxes, make sure that both of them are ticked. Click Apply, another box will open Click Yes, then Click OK and OK again.
  • Left Click the + next to Protected Storage System Provider and Delete any sub folder in this tree. (Right clicking and choose the delete option or press the delete key and choosing yes to delete)
  • Shutdown and Restart Computer.

    16. Hiding System Tray Icons
    With WindowsXP, you can manually select how you want individual icons in the System Tray to be displayed.
  • Right click on the Taskbar
  • Select Properties
  • Check Hide inactive icons
  • Click on the Customize button
    This will bring up a dialog box that will allow you to select one of three options for your applications:
  • Hide when inactive, Always hide, or always show
  • Highlight current or past applications and make any changes you like.
  • A small arrow will now appear in the System Tray that will allow you to show or hide these icons

    17. Disabling Balloon Tips
    To turn off balloon tips in applications that support XP Themes:
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  • Create a DWORD value of EnableBalloonTips
  • Give it a value of 0

    18. Increasing System Performance
    If you have 512 megs or more of memory, you can increase system performance by having the core system kept in memory.
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementDisablePagingExecutive
  • Set the value to be 1
  • Reboot the computer

    19. Automatically Ending Non-Responsive Tasks
  • Start Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktopAutoEndTasks
  • Set the value to be 1
  • In the same section, change the WaitToKillAppTimeout to the number of milliseconds you want.