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Permanently delete files
To permanently delete files without moving them to Recycle bin, hold down the
Shift key while pressing delete. To stop using recycle bin altogether,
right-click the Recycle Bin and click on Properties. On the Global Tab, select
Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. If you enable configure drivers
independently, you can set this up for the drivers you want.
Avery useful tool included with Windows is the System Configuration Utility.
Select Start > Run and type 'msconfig' in the Open box to launch the
application. The system Configuration utility makes fiddling with programs to
launch at Startup or editing autoexec.bat, config.sys etc. a lot easier. To
system Configuration Utility also allows you to crease a backup of your system
files. It would be a good idea to use this before you begin making changed.
A clean Registry
A computer's registry accumulates a lot of corrupted, unused, and unnecessary
register keys, especially if keys are not removed when you uninstall a program.
As a result, you may begin to experience problems and your machine might
function slower than expected. The latest version of Microsoft's RegClean could
delete a lot of such registry junk. you can download this from here.
You can preview your Image files by viewing the folder they are in as 'Web
View". Form the Windows Explorer menu, select View > As Web page. A better way
to preview images is as thumbnails instead of icons. To enable this view in
Windows Explorer, right-click the folder you want to preview and click on
Properties. Check the box against Enable thumbnail view and click OK to exit the
dialog box. Now, form the View menu, select Thumbnails.
Optimizing the Windows 98 Registry
Windows 98 compresses the registry by default at restart if it fins that there
is more than 500KB of empty space in the registry. this is controlled by the
line Optimize=1 in the Scanreg.ini file in \Windows directory. To compress the
registry manually: 1. Restart in MS-DOS mode. 2. At the MS-DOS prompt, type
scanreg/backup. This will backup your registry. 3. Now type scanreg /opt. 4.
Scanreg will compress the registry.
Preview Media Files
Internet Explorer allow previewing media files (wav, mid, avi, mov, mpg) in
Windows Explorer. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to \Windows\Web, and open
Folder.htt in Notepad. Look for wantMedia = false and replace this with
wantMedia = true. you should now be able to preview media files in folders that
you viewed as a web page.
Optimizing the Swap File
With most resource hungry applications today, the RAM is not enough to help all
its data. Windows uses a portion of the hard disk as RAM, constantly swapping
data between RAM and hard disk as required. The speed of your hard disk is
nearly 1000 times slower than that of your main memory. Inefficient use of the
swap file could considerable slow down your system to a very great extent. One
of the best ways to speed up the swap file usage is to create a permanent swap
file. In a permanent swap file, the file used for swapping information has a
fixed size and location on your hard disk. When a temporary swap file is used,
the location and size of the file is determined by application being used and is
not predictable. Also, since a temporary swap file is constantly written to and
is not fixed in size, it would be highly fragmented across the partition that
holds it. A better option is to create the swap file on a dedicated partition on
your hard disk. By doing this, the swap file will never be fragmented since that
partition is only being utilized by the swap file itself. You can configure the
swap file size and location from Control Panel > System > Performance > Virtual
Memory. The size of the swap file should be around 2.5 times the amount of RAM
on the system.
Dummy entries in Add/Remove Programs list
Sometimes, even after program are uninstalled, or due to the files being deleted
instead of a uninstalled, the entry in the Add/Remove Programs list does not get
deleted. To remove it form the list: 1. Start the Registry Editor. 2. Open
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\Uninstall. 3.
Delete the program entry here. You can also use TweakUI to do this.
Restart only Windows
When restarting Windows, you don't always need to go to thought the BIOS
initialization and POST. Instead of simple clicking on Restart form the Shut
Down Windows dialog box, help down the Shift key as you click on OK. This will
restart only Windows. This is particularly useful when you change some registry
entries or a few system settings.
Improve Removable Disk Drive Performance
Windows gives you the option to use write-behind caching to improve the
performance of removable disk drivers. 1. Open control Panel > System >
Performance and click on File System. 2. Check the Enable write-behind caching
on all removable disk drives check box under the removable Disk tab and click
OK. Note: If this result in a problem with disk operations, uncheck the Enable
write-behind caching on all removable disk drives check box.
MS Office memory hoggers
A typical installation of MS Office installs Find Fast, an indexing utility that
loads at startup. This hogs system resources by regularly indexing the entire
hard disk(s). You can improve performance of your computer by removing Find Fast
form your Startup folder. To reclaim the space used by the Find Fast index, open
Control Panel > Find Fast, select your hard drives(s) and form the Index menu,
click on Delete Index. when you've deleted your Index, click on Close and Stop
form the Index menu. Another item installed in the Startup folder is named
Microsoft Office. this does nothing apart from loading all MS Office libraries
at startup to speed up launching of any Office applications. Since this is not
necessary, you can delete this shortcut, too.
Stop Automatic Dialing
Many Internet applications or software are often set to automatically dialup and
connect. To setup automatic dialing, open Control Panel > Internet Options.
Under the Connections tab, enable Never dial a connection.
The Windows Maintenance Wizard can automate a lot of routine system maintenance
tasks. To open this wizard, choose Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools
> Maintenance Wizard. It sets up the Task Scheduler to regularly run Scandisk,
Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup.
To hide all the icons on your Desktop, open the Registry Editor and navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Current Version\Policies\Explorer. Add a
DWORD value and name it NoDesktop. Change it's value to 1. Close the Registry
Editor and restart Windows.
To disable ToolTips in Windows, open the Registry Editor and navigate to
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Double-click UserPreferencemask and
change its value to 3E 00 00 00. Chose the Registry Editor and restart Windows.
Speed to your modem - Yay!
Even if your modem if apparently working well, the baud rate of your COM Port
might not allow you to reach top-speed. To improve your port's speed: 1. Click
Start >Settings > Control Panel > System. 2. Click the Device Manager tab, and
click on the "+" sign next to Ports (COM & LPT). 3. Select the port your modem
uses, click Properties, then click the Port settings tab and set the Bits per
second to 115200 bps. That way you won't have a sort of filter on the Port.
Associations in a jiffy
To associate files of a certain type with a different program, hold down the
Shift key while right-clicking on a file of that type and click on Open With...
from the context menu. Select the program you want to open files of this type
with and enable Always use this program to open this type of file. Henceforth,
the file will always open with this program when double-clicked.
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