Category: Windows XP / WinXP

Description of soft and hard page faults

Description of how Windows optimizes the virtual memory to minimize the need for hard pagefaults.

Improve latency for TCP by not waiting for Push flag

Description of how the Push Flag in the TCP Header can optimize network buffer usage, but can increase latency.

Use process affinity to lock application to a single core

Applications optimized to run on single CPU systems, will perform worse on multi CPU systems.

Disable the MSDOS and Win16 subsystem

For security measures then one should consider disabling the ability to launch the 16 bit subsystem.

Troubleshoot problems with entering sleep mode

Diagnose what is preventing your computer from entering sleep mode, or wakes it prematurely.

Mapping network printer to LTP1

How to solve access denied error when trying to map network printer to LPT1

Copying files when the DVD or CD is scratched

When the media is filled with bad sectors, then one can still try to recover the good bits.

Configure Windows Search to index file contents

Configure Windows Search index filters to perform indexing of document and spreadsheets using IFilters.

Access exFAT partitions from Windows XP

How to install the Vista exFAT file system driver on Windows XP.

Access special folders easily using the shell command

How to use the shell keyword to quickly access special folders like the Send To folder.

Faster Start Menu navigation with integrated search

Utilities to make it easier to browse the Start-menu and increase productivity

Optimize processor power management

Use power management to throttle the processor when idle, and get a cool CPU temperature.

Use NTFS compression to save disk space

NTFS compression can compress / decompress files on the fly and save disk space and minimize needed hard disk I/O

Setting the default folder view for all folders

How to configure the Windows Explorer to display all folders the same way.

Creating a bootable USB stick

How to make a DOS bootdisk on a USB pen drive.

NDIS 5 hardware features that increases network performance

Windows can activate NDIS 5 network hardware features for offloading the system processor.

No boot device found or available

Computer cannot start if no proper boot device exists, or if the active boot device fails.

Windows XP Home cannot join domain, but can access shares

By changing the workgroup of Windows XP Home, then it is possible to get access to domain shares.

Defrag command line switches

List of the available command line switches for defrag.

Adding FTP server / WebDAV folder as a network place

Use Windows Explorer to browse a remote internet server by adding it as a network place.

Mapping WebDAV folder as a network drive letter

Mount a Web Folder as a mapped network drive with help from the Webclient service.

Mapping FTP server as a network drive letter

Utilities for mounting a FTP folder as a mapped netwok drive.

Configure and troubleshoot Automatic Updates

Troubleshoot and repair Automatic Updates when it fails to perform Windows Update.

Changing the font of the command prompt

How to use a different font in the command prompt than Lucida Console and Raster Fonts.

Mount Ext2 / Ext3 linux partitions inside Windows

Access Linux Ext2 / Ext3 partitions inside Microsoft Windows.

Network Access Protection Agent

Description and recommended settings for the Network Access Protection Agent service (also called Quarantine Agent).

Health Key and Certificate Management

Description and recommended settings for the Health Key and Certificate Management service.

Extensible Authentication Protocol

Description and recommended settings for the Extensible Authentication Protocol service.

Wired AutoConfig

Description and recommended settings for the Wired AutoConfig service.

Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder

The LLTD protocol makes it easier to get an overview of the available network devices and their configuration.

Send To Toys

Utility that can extend the functionality of the sendto context menu.

Configure and troubleshoot Windows Firewall and ICS

How to get a non-working Windows Firewall service started with a configuration reset.

Description of the hard disk cache

The hard disk performance is very dependent on the configuration of the disk cache.

Vista Transformation Pack

Give your good old Windows XP a visual facelift with the transformation pack.

Extend the Windows Explorer context menu with Copy Path

Make it easier to copy the location of a file to the clipboard.

Open Command Prompt during the install phase

It is possible to open a command prompt during the GUI part of the Windows install.

Graweg NetApi32.dll Exploit

Description of the Graweg worm and how to protect against its SMB attacks.

Configure the Attachment Manager in Windows XP SP2

Windows XP SP2 includes the ability to mark files downloaded from the Internet as insecure and block access to them.

Allow viewing of CHM files across the network

Microsoft security update MS05-026 blocks for viewing compressed HTML (CHM) files placed on a network drive.

Repair the builtin disk defragmenter

The disk defragmenter will fail to load if it not registered properly, or if the services it depends on are disabled.

Change the display of share comment in My Network Places

Control in what order the share name and share comment should be shown in My Network Places.

Change the display of drive-letters in Windows Explorer

Control in what order the drive letter and label should be shown in My Computer.

Debugging Tools

Microsoft Windbg makes it possible to diagnose what caused a BSOD, so one can replace the device that caused it.

Restore boot manager when NTLDR is missing

Windows NT will fail to boot if it cannot find the files used to load the boot manager.

Description of the kernel memory area in Windows NT

How the kernel memory area is divided into the different page pools.

Use environment variables for user input in Windows NT

Allow user interaction in command prompt scripts using environment variables.

Unlocker can display and close open file handles

Unlocker displays the open file handles, when trying to delete or move a file which is used by another application.

Using TCP/IP Version 6 (IPv6) can make network slow

Before activating TCP/IP Version 6 then one should make sure that the DNS server is able to handle IPv6 properly.

Create shortcut to "Run..." in the Start Menu

The Run... option in the Start Menu can be launched using a shortcut.

Extract files from a MSI package

The Microsoft Installer (MSI) Package file is a compressed archive, which can be decompressed.

Recover deleted NTFS/FAT32 partition

When deleting a partition then only the boot sector is modified, so by restoring the boot sector, then one will restore the partition.

BgInfo

Utility that can generate a wallpaper, which includes the computer system details.

PolicyMaker Registry Extension

Utility for creating group policy ADM files from registry files.

Description of Automatic TCP/IP Addressing

Details of how the Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) takes over if no DHCP server is found.

Configure caching of remote customized folders

Enable caching of desktop.ini can improve the speed of browsing custom folders on remote computers.

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

Security utility for checking if computer is infected with malware, and if so remove it.

Utilities to configure file associations in Windows Explorer

Utilities that makes it easier to modify the Windows Explorer context menu for the different filetypes.

No more than 10 concurrent connections to a remote computer

Windows Professional / Home edition includes limitation for not handling more than 10 SMB connections.

Restrict access to the USB storage devices

USB makes it easy to attach a storage device and steal valuable data from a computer.

Preinstalled Environment for emergency recovery

Create a cd-rom-, dvd- or usb-drive which Windows can boot from.

Synchronizing Images and Files with SyncToy

SyncToy is an utility by Microsoft which can make the manual task of synchronizing files a little easier.

Configure the memory usage of the NTFS file system

How to increase the amount of memory the NTFS filesystem can use for file operations.

Enable Driver Verifier to troubleshoot faulty driver

Driver Verifier can be used to stress device drivers and can detect if the drivers performs illegal operations.

Configure MSN Messenger

MSN Messenger is an application by Microsoft that allows one to chat with friends and family.

Configure lookup caching of files placed on network shares

The lookup cache for network files makes it faster to reopen a file placed on a remote share.

Configure opportunistic locking for files on network shares

Opportunistic locking delivers good network performance but older implementations can lead to data loss.

Configure automatic handling of network file sharing violations

Sharing violations on files placed on network shares are retried while they block immediately with local files.

nLite - The ultimate deployment tool

Configure the perfect Windows installation before actually installing.

Replace Microsoft JVM with Sun Java Runtime

Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (JVM) contains security flaws and should be uninstalled and replaced with the Sun Java Runtime.

Configure the file association for unknown file types

Change whether it should use the Internet to determine what application to use for opening a file of an unknown type.

Microsoft Scriptomatic

Scriptomatic makes it easy to extract system information through WMI using scripting.

Reinstall printer drivers in Windows NT

Changing printer drivers in Windows NT can cause problems, and can require that the old drivers are remove manually first.

Configure host name resolution order in Windows NT

Configure the priority of how it should lookup the physical network address of a computer.

Description of host name resolution order

Description of the different ways Windows can convert a logical network name to a physical address.

Security Center

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Security Center service (WSCSVC).

Network Provisioning Service

Description and recommended settings for the Network Provisioning service.

DCOM Server Process Launcher

Description and recommended settings for the DCOM Server Process Launcher service.

Configure the caching of thumbnails in thumbs.db

Thumbnail View uses a cache to allow quicker viewing of folders with pictures, and one can change the quality of these thumbnails.

Configure the Task Scheduler Log

How to configure the location and size of the task scheduler log with all its events.

Configure the Shutdown Event Tracker

The shutdown event tracker forces the user to give a reason for restarting the computer.

Recover Windows installation by repair or reinstall

Different solutions for recovering a broken Windows installation.

Using Last Known Good Configuration

The Last Known Good Configuration makes it possible to rollback to the previous good state of the system registry hive.

Using Recovery Console to restore registry files

The Recovery Console allows one to restore the registry as part of system recovery.

Disable hotkey activation of sticky keys

Sticky keys is an accessibility features, that can be activated with a shortcut key (often by accident when inside a game).

Disable speech recognition to free resources

Windows includes text services to handle speech and handwritting recognition that can cause conflicts with other applications.

Sasser Worm Local Security Authority (LSA) exploit

Description of the Sasser worm and how to protect against its SMB attacks.

Uninstall or reinstall NetMeeting in Windows NT

NetMeeting is an inter-message (IM) application by Microsoft which can create a virtual conference room for several users to chat and exchange documents.

Configure I/O requests for SCSI devices

How to increase the allowed amount of concurrent I/O request for a disk controller.

Configure the max limit for concurrent TCP connections

Windows is configured by default to handle 1000 to 2000 concurrent tcpip connections.

Program startup order in Windows NT

Description of where and in what order programs are loaded at startup.

Windows Command Prompt Reference

The command prompt can be used to configure almost anything, and be used to create advanced batch jobs for trivial tasks.

Using the registry editor to change the service state

How to use the registry editor to configure the state of the Windows services.

Configure the priority of protocols bound to the network

Change which network protocol to use first when looking for a resource on the network.

Configure the priority of networks known by the MUP

Change which network redirector to use first when looking for a resource on the network.

Configure drive letter for the CD-ROM Drive

Assign specific drive letters for removable drives.

Configure the Recovery Log on stressed NTFS Volumes

How to change the size of the NTFS transaction log to handle peak loads.

Microsoft Tweakomatic

Tweakomatic will take over where group policies cannot handle it any longer.

Configure the request of extended file details when opening a file

Windows Explorer will automatically request extended file information when trying to open a file on a network share.

Configure notification events received from mapped network shares

Windows Explorer sends a Change Notification request to the remote server when mapping a network share.

Diagnose performance issues with network hardware

Description of different causes and solutions to network problems.

Security Configuration Manager Tool

Display the security tab for controlling NTFS permissions in Windows XP Home without using safemode.

HTTP SSL / SSL for HTTP.SYS

Description and recommended settings for the HTTP SSL service.

Description of Windows service wrappers

Description of how Windows services are hosted within the same process.

The TCPIP nagle algorithm can slow down network

Description of the nagle algorithm effects on the network throughput, and how to configure the delayed ACK.

Configure password encryption level in Windows NT

How to configure the password encryption level for better security.

Description of password encryption in the Microsoft Network

The different password encryption algorithms available in the Microsoft Network.

Description of SMB signing in the Microsoft Network

How the security features in SMB signing can protect the network.

Disable hibernation to save disk space

Hibernation requires a file as big as the size of the physical memory, which it dumps the contents of the memory to hibernate.

Change OEM branding of System Properties

System Properties can be modified to display company name or company pictures.

Monitor system performane and system health

CPU core temperature monitoring utilities, that can give alerts if things gets too hot.

Windows XP firewall log reader

Windows XP firewall log can be used to monitor those who are trying to access the computer.

Fix blue screen of death with INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Description of the different situations where Windows NT can fail to boot because it no longer can find the boot device.

Blaster Worm Remote Procedure Call (RPC) exploit

Description of the Blaster worm and how to protect the operating system from its RPC attacks.

Extend Folder Options to include your own tweaks

Folder Options can be extended to easily configure other settings in Windows.

Using the services snapip to change the service state

How to use the services snapin to configure the state of the Windows services.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Utility for analyzing the computer configuration and alerts if any security issues are detected.

Configure the Windows taskbar

Changing the behavior and visual appearance of the task bar.

Rebuild icon cache to fix incorrectly displayed icons

The icon cache can become corrupted and lead to icons being garbled.

Manually remove programs from the Add/Remove list

How to manually uninstall an application and remove it from the Add/Remove list.

Turn off the beeping from the PC Speaker

Disable the beep from the PC speaker when Windows performs an alert.

Configure the scanning for network shares and printers

The network crawler will automatically create shortcuts to the network shares and printers found on the netwok in My Network Places.

WMI Performance Adapter

Description and recommended settings for the WMI Performance Adapter service.

Application Layer Gateway

Description and recommended settings for the Application Layer Gateway service.

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Image Acquisition service.

Windows Audio

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Audio service.

WebClient

Description and recommended settings for the WebClient service.

Volume Shadow Copy

Description and recommended settings for the Volume Shadow Copy service.

Upload Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Upload Manager service.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Device Host

Description and recommended settings for the Universal Plug and Play Device Host service.

Themes Service

Description and recommended settings for the Themes service.

System Restore Service

Description and recommended settings for the System Restore service.

SSDP Discovery Service

Description and recommended settings for the SSDP Discovery service.

Shell Hardware Detection

Description and recommended settings for the Shell Hardware Detection service.

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Desktop Help Session Manager service.

Network Location Awareness

Description and recommended settings for the Network Location Awareness service.

Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing

Description and recommended settings for the Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing service.

MS Software Shadow Copy Provider

Description and recommended settings for the MS Software Shadow Copy Provider service.

Fast User Switching Compatibility

Description and recommended settings for the Fast User Switching Compatibility service.

Error Reporting Service

Description and recommended settings for the Error Reporting service.

IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

Description and recommended settings for the IMAPI CD-Burning COM service.

Human Interface Device Access / HID Input Service

Description and recommended settings for the Human Interface Device Access service.

Configure and troubleshoot Help and Support Service

How to reinstall the Help and Support service if it fails to function properly.

Help and Support Service

Description and recommended settings for the Help and Support service.

Cryptographic Services

Description and recommended settings for the Cryptographic services.

COM+ System Application Service

Description and recommended settings for the COM+ System Application service.

Configuring the media preview in Windows Explorer

Change whether it should extract file details for media files and display thumbnail preview.

Configure SMB use of Netbios

How to configure which port number to use for Netbios communcations.

Windows Explorer file copy replacement

Enhance the file copy abilities of Windows Explorer

Configure how long to cache negative DNS replies

By not caching negative DNS lookups then one will quickly recover in case a domain is unregistered and registered again.

Samurize

Advanced desktop enhancement engine that can gather all sorts of system details along with feeds from the Internet and place it all together on the desktop.

Slipstream Service pack before installing Windows XP

Apply the service pack before making the install for a faster and more secure install.

Include 3rd party controller drivers in the recovery console

Modify the Recovery Console installation so it will load 3rd party drivers for your disk controller.

Backup and restore the Windows NT registry database

Before making changes to the registry database, then it can be a very good idea to make a backup first.

Run commands automatically at command prompt start

Execute commands when opening the command prompt to configure the command prompt or the environment.

Change look of the command prompt in Windows NT

Description of how to extend the default command prompt to include more information than just the current directory.

Retrieve a lost CD-Key from the registry

Where to find the cd-key for the current Windows install.

Configuring environment variables in Windows NT

Description of the different types of environment variables in the Windows NT system.

Load registry hive for offline registry editing

The registry editor is capable of editing an offline registry hive.

Description of Master Browser in the Microsoft Network

The use of the master browser in the microsoft network, and how it is elected.

Configure the task grouping in the taskbar

Change how multiple instances of the same application should be grouped together.

Reveal password hidden under asterisks

Utilities to recover lost passwords, which are only shown as asterisks.

File and Partition Recovery

Recover deleted or damaged files (and partitions) with undelete / unerase utilities.

Configure Autorun for different drives using policies

How to configure autorun for the different drive types.

Configure the explorer file sort to be like in Windows 2000

Windows Explorer file sorting can be changed from logical number compare to just one digit at a time.

Configure the file search to include all files types

Change whether the file search assistant should look through only registered file types or all files.

Configure the caching of customized folders

Configure how many folder customizations Windows should remember.

Install an application as a Windows service

Running an application as a service allows the application to run without a user needing to login.

Configure the taskbar Start Menu

Changing the behavior and visual appearance of the Start Menu.

Convert FAT16 and FAT32 partition to NTFS

Description of the different issues that can arise when converting from FAT16 and FAT32 partitions to NTFS.

Configuration of the remote assistance

Microsoft articles on how to offer and receive and remote assistance requests to perform remote desktop control.

Extracting the cd key from the registry

Utilities for extracting the the cd-key from the registry database.

Microsoft IIS Lockdown Tool

IIS Lockdown is an utility by Microsoft for setting up Internet Information Server in a secure way.

Configure cleanup profiles to remove unnecessary files

How to create different profiles for cleaning up the hard disk.

Remove listing of recent shares in My Network places

Shortcuts to network shares visited will automatically be added to My Network Places.

Customize the default registered identity

How to change the name and company registered as owner of the Windows installation.

Configure Mouse Acceleration in WinXP

The settings to configure mouse acceleration are hidden away but can still be changed.

Configure Mouse Acceleration

Mouse is accelerated when moved in a single movement to make the Windows nagivation easier.

Disable/Uninstall Windows Messenger in Windows XP

Windows Messenger is an inter-message (IM) application created by Microsoft which is integrated into Microsoft Outlook.

Enable support for hard disk above 137 GByte

Things to be aware of when using a hard disk larger than 137 gigabyte.

Uninstall ghost devices or services using the Device Manager

Description of ghost devices and how they can be removed in safemode.

Configure the winsock default send- and receive-buffer size

Most Windows applications uses Winsock to perform TCPIP communication, and many of these applications uses the default send- and receive-buffer size, which by default isn't adapted to the available network connection.

Configure whether to display balloon tips

Configure what balloon tips Windows should display above the system tray.

Fix for Adaptec ASPI layer driver

Certain applications cannot detect the installed cdrom drives when using the Adaptec ASPI layer.

Windows XP boot visualizer to analyze the bootup phase

Microsoft created the tool bootvis for driver developers to see how their driver behaves during bootup.

Checkpoints for fixing a bad or corrupt BIOS flash

Description of different alternative ways for recovering from a bad BIOS flash.

Checkpoints for fixing no BIOS POST

Steps for fixing a computer which cannot perform BIOS POST.

Checkpoints for fixing hardware conflicts

Steps for finding what hardware devices that is causing problems.

Configure and troubleshoot Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Control how much of the bandwidth the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is allowed to use.

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

Description and recommended settings for the Background Intelligent Transfer service.

Configure the behavior of the Automatic Updates service

Control how and when Automatic Updates (AU) should contact the Windows Update services.

Windows Update / Automatic Updates

Description and recommended settings for the Automatic Updates service.

Pro and cons for using multiple disk partitions

Describes the benefits and the costs of using multiple partitions.

Configure the login and welcome screen in Windows XP

How to enable the Welcome Screen and specify what users to display at logon.

Configure TCPIP settings for better performance

Increase the speed of the network connection by changing the TCP/IP settings.

Disable the page file to avoid using the slow HDD

Disabling the page file to prevent Windows from unloading memory to the hard disk.

Setting up Internet Connection Sharing

How to configure Internet Connection Sharing to configure a gateway to the Internet for other computers.

Change WinXP license before installing

How to change the Windows XP license by updating the install files, so it will accept a cd-key from a different license.

Change WinXP CD Key using WPA

By re-activating Windows XP then one gets the option to change the cd-key.

Change the license key before installing Windows XP

Change the install license by updating the install files for Windows XP.

Include 3rd party controller drivers using unattended install

Avoid having to use a floppy disk when installing Windows NT on a machine with unsupported disk controller.

Creating a Local Area Network (LAN)

Setting up a computer network, and steps for troubleshooting errors in the computer network.

Microsoft Network Diagnostics Tool for Windows NT

NetDiag is a command line utility created by Microsoft that can be used diagnose network problems between two computers.

Finding the optimal TCPIP receive window size

Using PING to test the network connection and calculating the best TCP/IP receive window.

Setting up an Internet Connection Firewall (ICF)

How to configure the Windows XP firewall rules for incoming connections.

Windows XP clear type tuner

ClearType font smoothing can improve how text is displayed in Windows XP.

Remote Desktop Client

Remote Desktop Client can take control of a remote computer running Microsoft Windows.

Windows Media Player Bonus Pack for Windows XP

Microsoft have created several extensions to its Windows Media Player for Windows XP.

Prevent the creation of the administrator shares

Windows creates by default a network shares for each drive letter, which is used for administrative tasks.

Convert from Windows Workstation to Server Edition

Utilities that can change the configuration of a Windows installation so it becomes a server edition.

Configure the My Computer security zone

Display the My Computer security zone along with the other security zones for configuration.

Installing NtBackup in Windows XP Home

NtBackup is not installed by default in Windows XP Home.

Configure NtBackup for faster throughput

Increase the size of the buffers used by NtBackup to perform faster backup and restore.

Configure shortcut link tracking

Control what should happen when a shortcut is detected as being broken.

Change keyboard codepage

How to change the codepage for the command prompt.

Open Command Prompt Here

Extend the right-click context-menu of a folder to open a command prompt.

Netbrute monitors the network for available file shares

NetBrute by Raw Logic Software can scan the network and display computers which announce themselves on the network.

Restrict access to the registry over the network

Manage what accounts that have remote access to the registry.

Restrict users from replacing a system DLL

Protect against DLL injections to avoid performing malicous code.

Display detected network errors in connection status

Network connection status can be extended to also show errors besides bytes/packets received and sent.

Using router metric to specify primary gateway

Description of how router metric works, and how to use it to prioritise gateways and perform simple load balancing.

Configure the timeout used when stopping / starting services

Change how long time to wait before a service is considered not responding and should be shut down.

Remove the Shared Documents folder from My Computer

The shared documents folder allows multiple users to exchange documents, pictures and other files on the same computer.

Using function keys to enhance the command prompt

The command prompt allows one to use shortcut keys for easier navigation.

Bookmark favorite registry keys in the Registry Editor

The ability to store favorite locations in the registry can be quite useful.

Configure the logical prefetcher for faster application start

Microsoft Windows can speed up the launch of application by prefetching the data the application usually request at startup.

Media Player 8 extension for MP3 recording

To record audio as MP3 in Windows Media Player then one needs to buy a license for the MP3 codec.

Media Player 8 extension for DVD play

To play DVD's in Windows Media Player one needs to buy a license for the MPEG2 codec.

Windows virtual desktop management utilities

Virtual Desktop Manager utilities can give even more room on the Windows desktop.

Changing the available bit rates for encoding mp3

Configure the bit rate of the predefined quality levels for mp3 encoding in Media Player 8.

Windows Shell Replacement

Alternative window shells that to change the desktop experience.

Make any window transparent

Utility that can enhance any window with the transparent glass effect.

Diagnose performance issues with IDE ATA hard disk

Description of different causes and solutions to hard disk performance problems.

XPInfo can display the hardware changes since activation

XPInfo was developed in the proces of trying to discover how Windows Product Activation works.

Install the deprecated NetBEUI protocol

How to install the NetBEUI protocol eventhough no longer a supported network protocol.

Setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private Network makes it possible to make a secure connection to another network through an insecure network.

Stop Regedit from remembering previous location

Configure whether the registry editor should show the last registry location when started.

Windows XP setup boot floppy disks

Using floppy disks to perform the install of Windows XP.

Configure master browser election in Windows NT

How to configure the way Microsoft Windows participates in the master browser election.

Windows XP Power Toys

Power toys created by Microsoft to enhance Windows even more.

Disable running low on disk space notification in the taskbar

Display a warning when the when a hard disk is near its capacity

Configure dialup modem to use maximum port speed

Changing the maximum port speed to get a faster dialup connection.

Save the WinXP Product Activation before reinstall

How to backup the state of having performed Windows Product Activation.

Configure zip and cab files as compressed folders

Open zip and cab files in Windows Explorer like they were normal directory with files.

Configure Windows NT boot manager for dual-boot

Dual booting several versions of Windows can be useful if running software which is locked to certain version of Windows.

BootPart to add several boot partitions to boot.ini

Bootpart makes it easy to create the perfect multi-boot setup using the Windows NT boot manager.

Provoke a blue screen of death on command

Using a special keyboard shortcut to create a blue screen of death with memory dump.

Control disk check at boot after incorrect shutdown

Windows NT will perform a chkdsk at boot time after an improper shutdown.

Using Recovery Console in Windows 2000 / XP

Recovery Console can be useful when performing system recovery.

DOS emulation in Windows NT

DOS box extensions for Windows NT to play the old DOS games one love so dearly.

Fix a non-working Windows Update

Possible steps for repairing Windows Update

Configure the keyboard mapping using scancode map

How to use the scancode map to modify the keyboard layout and disable the Windows-key.

Use HOSTS file to ban ads and speedup DNS lookups

How the HOSTS file can be used to customize the host name resolution.

Display all components in the Control Panel Add/Remove applet

Windows does not by default display all items that can be uninstalled in the Add / Remove applet.

Configure the WMI logging level

How to configure the location of WMI logs and how verbose the logs should be.

Disable detection of non-existing IDE devices at every boot

Faster boot times by not spending time on detecting non-existing IDE devices.

Configure performance counters in Windows NT

How to activate performance counters for the different performance objects in Windows NT.

Specify base priority when launching programs

Decide the CPU priority when starting an application.

Use several Explorer.exe processes to increase stability

Prevent that all Windows Explorer instances crashes just because one gets a fatal error.

Change processor quantums to tweak application priority

Configure how the process scheduler should split up the processor slots.

Boot Manager

A boot manager can help with running multiple operating systems on the same machine.

Using the Group Policy Editor as registry editor

How to use the group policy editor for easy editing of registry settings.

Using the System File Checker in Windows 2000 / XP

System File Checker is able to verify that system files are intact.

Extend context menu with Move To and Copy To options

Add "Copy To Folder..." and "Move To Folder..." when right-clicking a file.

Display the Windows version on the desktop

When BETA testing Windows versions then it can be rather useful to easily see the build version on the desktop.

Using Windows File Protection in Windows 2000 / XP

Windows File Protection is able to keep the system files intact when overwritten.

Changing hardware abstraction layer in Windows 2000 / XP

Windows NT hardware abstraction layer can be changed if the motherboard doesn't support the one chosen by default.

Hide computer from the other computers on the network

How to configure the computer not to announce itself on the Microsoft Network.

Change location of the print spooler directory

When printing a document, then the document is spooled into a temporary directory and then sent to the printer.

Disable Page Size Extension for AMD Athlon XP

Configure the Page Size Extension feature of the processor which is used to for activate large pages support.

File and directory completion with keyboard shortcut

How to assign keyboard shortcut to file and directory completion in command prompt.

Optimizing the file sharing network to handle more traffic

Prepare the file servers to handle a higher loads and allow the clients to make more requests.

Configure Autorun for the CD-ROM drives

Configure whether to automatically launch application when inserting a CD or DVD disk.

Optimize dialup modem connection

Make dialup modem faster at etablishing a connection and with better connection speed.

Creating the Show Desktop shortcut

The Show Desktop shortcut in the quick launch bar can be restored if deleted.

Configure the file server request buffer size

Increasing the request buffer size can improve file sharing performance on high latency networks.

Configure TCPIP stack settings in Windows NT

Description of the registry keys used for configuring the TCP/IP stack in Windows NT.

Configure when to report low on disk space in the Event Log

Change the treshold of when to report that a disk is near its capacity.

QChain to install several hotfixes without restarting

QChain is created by Microsoft and allows several hotfixes to be chained together in a single install.

Qfecheck to list the hotfixes applied to the system

Qfecheck is a command line utility by Microsoft to list installed hotfixes.

Reload the registry by restarting Explorer.exe

How one can reload the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry hive without needing a restart.

Lock down the network connection

There are several security issues one should take care of when having a network connection.

Change the color of the command prompt

How to change the text color and background color in the command prompt.

Finding the optimal TCPIP max transfer unit size

Using PING to test the network connection and finding the best TCP/IP max transfer unit (MTU).

MSDOS subsystem and Autoexec.nt / Config.nt

How to configure the MS-DOS subsystem using Autoexec.nt and Config.nt.

Changing PS/2 mouse refresh rate

Improve the precision and smoothness of your ps/2 device by increasing the sample rate.

Creating file shares that are hidden

Hiding a file-share by changing the name.

Using file compare to see changes made to the registry

How to see the registry changes of a certain action by using the file compare utility.

Modify the Windows registry with registry files

How to add and remove registry entries from the Windows registry using .reg files

Create keyboard shortcut to quickly launch a program

How to configure a keyboard shortcut as a hotkey to quickly start an application.

Unplug hardware if Windows fails to install properly

Troubleshooting what is causing Windows not to install properly.

Microsoft Office graphics filters for Mspaint

Microsoft Office graphic filters allows programs like Mspaint to work with formats like jpeg and gif.

Make screendump of the desktop using Print Screen

How to use the keyboard key "Print Screen" to make a screen dump.

Faster boot times by using static IP instead of DHCP

Description of how to configure a computer network without a DHCP server.

Restrict access to the files stored on NTFS partitions

Using access control lists to improve the security for NTFS partitions.

Bypass the loading of programs at Windows startup

Holding down the SHIFT key during Windows startup will stop applications from loading.

Configure Max Transfer Unit (MTU) size for the TCPIP stack

Changing the Max Transfer Unit (MTU) to avoid packet fragmentation and loss of VPN connection.

Create special folders where you want them

Shortcuts can be created to most of the special folders available in Windows Explorer.

WMDM PMSP Service / Portable Media Serial Number

Description and recommended settings for the Portable Media Serial Number service.

Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC)

Description and recommended settings for the Wireless Zero Configuration service.

Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions service.

Configure and troubleshoot Windows Management Instrumentation

Description of how to repair the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) repository.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Management Instrumentation service.

Windows Installer

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Installer service.

Terminal Services

Description and recommended settings for the Terminal Services service.

Telnet

Description and recommended settings for the Telnet service.

Smart Card Helper

Description and recommended settings for the Smart Card Helper service.

Smart Card

Description and recommended settings for the Smart Card service.

Remote Access Connection Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Access Connection Manager service.

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Access Auto Connection Manager service.

QoS RSVP

Description and recommended settings for the QoS RSVP service.

Configure and troubleshoot Secondary Logon service

How to use the Secondary Logon service to start an application with different user credentials.

RunAs Service / Secondary Logon

Description and recommended settings for the Secondary Logon service.

Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS)

Description and recommended settings for the Routing and Remote Access service.

Performance Logs and Alerts

Description and recommended settings for the Performance Logs and Alerts service.

Removable Storage Manager (RSM)

Description and recommended settings for the Removable Storage Manager service.

Network Connections

Description and recommended settings for the Network Connections service.

Remote Registry Service

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Registry service.

Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service

Description and recommended settings for the Logical Disk Manager Administrative service.

Logical Disk Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Logical Disk Manager service.

IPSEC Policy Agent

Description and recommended settings for the IPSEC services.

Internet Connection Firewall (ICF)/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service.

Indexing Service

Description and recommended settings for the Indexing service.

Application Management

Description and recommended settings for the Application Management service.

DNS Client

Description and recommended settings for the DNS Client service.

Configure and troubleshoot Distributed Transaction Coordinator

How to reset the transaction log for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) and reinstall MSDTC.

Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Description and recommended settings for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator service.

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Description and recommended settings for the Distributed Link Tracking Client service.

DHCP Client

Description and recommended settings for the DHCP Client service.

Configure and troubleshoot COM+ Event System service

How to repair a broken COM+ catalog and reinstall COM+ services.

COM+ Event System

Description and recommended settings for the COM+ Event System service.

Windows Time

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Time service.

Configue IDE ATA hard disk to use DMA transfer

How to configure Windows to use DMA for IDE ATA hard drives.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Description and recommended settings for the Uninterruptible Power Supply service.

Telephony

Description and recommended settings for the Telephony service.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service

Description and recommended settings for the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service.

System Event Notification

Description and recommended settings for the System Event Notification service (SENS).

Server

Description and recommended settings for the Server service.

Security Accounts Manager (SAM)

Description and recommended settings for the Security Accounts Manager service.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Procedure Call service.

Task Scheduler

Description and recommended settings for the Task Scheduler service.

Protected Storage

Description and recommended settings for the Protected Storage service.

Configure and troubleshoot Print Spooler service

How to configure the priority and logging level of the Printer Spooler service.

Print Spooler

Description and recommended settings for the Print Spooler service.

Plug and Play

Description and recommended settings for the Plug and Play service.

NT LM Security Support Provider (SSP)

Description and recommended settings for the NT LM Security Support Provider service.

Network DDE DSDM

Description and recommended settings for the Network DDE DSDM service.

Network DDE

Description and recommended settings for the Network DDE service.

NET Logon

Description and recommended settings for the NET Logon service.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Procedure Call Locator service.

Messenger

Description and recommended settings for the Messenger service.

Windows Event Log

Description and recommended settings for the Event Log service.

Alerter

Description and recommended settings for the Alerter service.

Computer Browser

Description and recommended settings for the Computer Browser service.

Workstation

Description and recommended settings for the Workstation service.

Clipbook

Description and recommended settings for the Clipbook service.

FAX

Description and recommended settings for the FAX service.

Load balancing over several Network Adapters

Configure how the TCP/IP should respond when multiple network adapters are installed.

Defrag hard disk partitions to speed up file operations

List of steps to perform before starting a file defragmentation on a hard disk partition.

Reset WinSock/TCPIP or manage several network configs

How to use the utility Netsh to reset or change the network configuration.

Windows Explorer command line switches

Windows Explorer allows one to specify what folder to display when launched.

Disable paging of drivers and kernel core

Prevent the Windows kernel core from being paged to disk.

Defragmentation utilities to remove file fragmentation

Different utilities available to keep file fragmentation at a low level, and maintain good hard disk performance.

Configure the file system cache in Windows NT

How to configure memory size of the file cache for faster file operations.

Microsoft support tools and resource kits

Microsoft have created many utilities for management of the Windows NT operating system.

Disable the automatic updating of file access time

Lower the disk activity by disabling the updating of when a file was last accessed.

Disable creation of DOS compatible 8.3 filename

Speed up the creation of new files by not creating a 8.3 filename for backward compatibility.

Manage temporary files to minimize file fragmentation

How temporary files cause file fragmentation and different RAM disk options.

Configure the page file for best performance

Finding the the optimal size and location for the Windows swap file.

Apply the DirextX runtime installer after updating drivers

Update the DirectX runtime after installing new drivers to prevent conflicts.

Configure what fonts to load in memory

Uninstall unneeded fonts to speed up boot times and free memory.

Change the color of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

How to change the color of the BSOD to make it easier to read or just for fun.

Password recovery utilities for Windows NT

Utilities for offline editing of the password files to change the password, or perform recovery of the lost password.

Disable visual effects to make the desktop faster

Speed up the Windows experience by disabling unneeded visual effects.

Configure timeout for application termination

Change when an application is considered as deadlocked and should be terminated.

Update hardware drivers and firmware to improve stability

Description of how the drivers and firmware for the computer hardware should be updated to get the best performance.

Boot.ini switches used by the Boot Manager

Boot.ini is used by the Boot Manager to determine the installed operating systems and what startup settings to use.

Using "Send To" for easy access to useful actions

How to use the "Send To" feature to perform often used file operations.

Configure the Master File Table for the NTFS partitions

The Master File Table is the index for all files and directories placed on a ntfs partition and critical for ntfs performance.

Customize the right-click menu in Windows Explorer

Adding own actions to the context menu when right clicking a file in Windows Explorer.

Update Windows to improve security and fix errors

Description of how Microsoft Windows requires constant updating to get the best performance.

Change the source path for the install files in Windows NT

Configure the path to the location of the install files whether on CD-ROM or HDD.

Configure the cluster size of the hard disk partition

How to change the cluster size of a partition with description of the different filesystems and their limitations.