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Configure Windows Search to index file contents

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

Access special folders easily using the shell command

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

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

Defrag command line switches

List of the available command line switches for defrag.

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.

Extract files from a MSI package

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

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.

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).

Configure drive letter for the CD-ROM Drive

Assign specific drive letters for removable drives.

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.

Extend Folder Options to include your own tweaks

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

Turn off the beeping from the PC Speaker

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

Retrieve a lost CD-Key from the registry

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

Configure Autorun for different drives using policies

How to configure autorun for the different drive types.

Configure cleanup profiles to remove unnecessary files

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

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.

Enable support for hard disk above 137 GByte

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

Pro and cons for using multiple disk partitions

Describes the benefits and the costs of using multiple partitions.

Change WinXP CD Key using WPA

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

Configure the My Computer security zone

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

Configure NtBackup for faster throughput

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

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.

Bookmark favorite registry keys in the Registry Editor

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

Changing the available bit rates for encoding mp3

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

Stop Regedit from remembering previous location

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

Provoke a blue screen of death on command

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

Configure the keyboard mapping using scancode map

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

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.

Using the Group Policy Editor as registry editor

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

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.

Configure Autorun for the CD-ROM drives

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

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.

Reload the registry by restarting Explorer.exe

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

Changing PS/2 mouse refresh rate

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

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

Make screendump of the desktop using Print Screen

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

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.