Free Up Memory in Windows XP

I found this useful app via FixMyXP. ClearMem is an Excellent Tool for speeding up your XP Computer (especially if your system has been on for awhile and you have a lot of applications open). What it does, is it Forces pages out of physical memory and reduces the size of running processes if working sets to a minimum. When you run this tool, the system pauses because of excessive high-priority activity associated with trimming
the working sets. To run this tool, your paging file must be at least as large as physical memory. To check your Paging File:

  1. Go to your control panel, then click on ‘System’, then go to the ‘Advanced’ Tab, and Under ‘Performance’ click ‘Settings’ then the ‘Advanced’ Tab
  2. On the Bottom you should see ‘Virtual Memory’ and a value. This is the value that must be at least as large as how much memory is in your system
  3. If the Virtual Memory Value is smaller than your system memory, click Change and change the Min Virtual Memory to a number that is greater than your total system memory, then click ‘Set’ and Reboot
  4. Once you have rebooted install ClearMem

Speed Up Boot Times in Windows XP

This tweak works by creating a batch file to clear the history and temp folders everytime you shutdown so that your PC does not waste time checking these folders the next time it boots. It’s quite simple to implement:

       1. Open Notepad and create a new file with the following entries:

     * RD / S / q “C: \ Documents and Settings” username without quotes “\ Local Settings \ History”
     * RD / S / q “C: \ Documents and Settings \ Default User \ Local Settings \ History”
     * RD / S / q “D: \ Temp” <- “Deletes temp folder, type in the location of your temp folder”

       2. Save the new as anything you like but it has to be a ‘. Bat’ files eg fastboot.bat or deltemp.bat

       3. Click ‘Start’ then ‘Run’

       4. Type in ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ‘ok’

       5. Click on ‘Computer Configuration’ then ‘Windows Settings’

       6. Double-click on ‘Scripts’ and then on’ Shutdown ‘

       7. Click ‘Add’ and find the batch file that you created and then press’ Ok ‘

When your PC starts it usually looks for any media in any bootable floppy or CD-ROM drives you have installed before it gets around to loading the Operating System from the HDD. This can waste valuable time. To fix this we need to make some changes to the Bios.

    1. To enter the bios you usually press’ F2 ‘or’ delete ‘when your PC starts
    2. Navigate to the ‘Boot’ menu
    3. Select ‘Boot sequence’
    4. Then either move your Hard drive to the top position or set it as the ‘First Device’
    5. Press the ‘escape’ key to leave the bios. Do not forget to save your settings before exiting

Note: Once this change has been made, you will not be able to boot from a floppy disk or a CD-ROM. If for some strange reason you need to do this in the future, just go back into your bios, repeat the steps above and put your floppy or CD-ROM back as the ‘First Device’

When your computer boots up it usually has to check with the network to see what IP addresses are free and then it grabs one of these. By configuring a manually assigned IP address your boot time will improve. To do this do the following:

  1. Click on ‘Start’ and then ”Connect To/Show All Connections’
  2. Right-click your network adapter card and click ‘Properties’
  3. On the ‘General’ tab, select ‘TCP/IP’ in the list of services and click ‘Properties’
  4. In the TCP/IP properties, click ‘Use the following address’ and enter an IP address for your PC. If you are using a router this is usually 192.168.0.xx or 192.168.1.xx. If you are not sure what address you could check with your ISP or go to ‘Start/run’ and type ‘cmd’ and then ‘ipconfig/all’. This will show your current IP settings which you will need to copy
  5. Enter the correct details for ‘Subnet mask’, ‘Default gateway’ and ‘DNS Server’. Again if you are not sure what figures to enter use ‘ipconfig/all’ as in stage 4.

Simple Ways of Speeding Up Windows XP

I just finished setting up a new PC for a friend and I think some of you will be interested in some of the adjustments can I make all my computers to make them faster. I’m here focused on those that are simple to make and will not cause problems if you get ill, instead of registry settings etc. Quoting

1. Disable indexing services

Services Index is a bit small program that uses a large amount of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This process of system updates and lists of indexes all files on your computer. He does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will look for faster scanning the index lists. If you do not search your computer frequently, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following:

      * Go to Start
      * Click Settings
      * Click Control Panel
      * Double-click Add / Remove Programs
      * Click Add / Remove Window Components
      * Clear the indexing service
      * Click Next

2. Optimizing display settings

Windows XP can look sexy, but displaying all the visual elements can waste system resources. To optimize:

      * Go to Start
      * Click Settings
      * Click Control Panel
      * Click System
      * Click the Advanced tab
      * In the Performance tab, click Settings
      * Leave only noted the following:

      * Show shadows under menus
      * Show shadows under mouse pointer
      * Show translucent selection rectangle
      * Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
      * Use visual styles on windows and buttons

3. Speedup folder browsing

You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for files and network printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To correct this and to significantly increase navigation:

      * Open My Computer
      * Click on the Tools menu
      * Click on the Folder Options
      * Click the View tab.
      * Clear the Automatically search for network folders and printers on the box
      * Click Apply
      * Click OK
      * Reboot the computer
4. Disable Performance Counters

Windows XP has a performance monitor utility Monitors which several areas of your PC’s performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea.

To disable:

     * Download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List
     * Then select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and clear the’ performance counters enabled ‘below bottom.button checkbox at the

5. Improve Memory Usage

Cacheman Improves the performance of your computer by optimizing the disk cache, memory and a number of other settings.

Once installed:

     * Go to Show Wizard and select All
     * Run all the wizards by Selecting Next Finished or until you are back to the main menu. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing
     * Exit and Save Cacheman
     * Restart Windows

6. Optimizing your internet connection

There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP / IP Optimizer.

     * Download and install
     * Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)
     * Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet
     * Check Optimal Settings then Apply
     * Reboot

7. Optimizing Your Pagefile

If you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from Needing to resize the page file.

     * Right click on My Computer and select Properties
     * Select the Advanced tab
     * Under Performance choose the Settings button
     * Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change
     * Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the current amount of physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512 or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.
8th Run BootVis – Improve Boot Times

BootVis will significantly improve boot times

     * Download and Run
     * Select Trace
     * Select Next Boot and Driver Trace
     * A Trace repetitions screen will appear, select OK and Reboot
     * Upon reboot, BootVis will automatically start, analyze and log your system’s boot process. When it’s done, in the menu, go to Trace and select Optimize System
     * Reboot.
     When your machine has rebooted wait until you see the Optimizing System box appear. Be patient and wait for the process to complete

9th Remove the Desktop Picture

Your desktop background consumes a fair amount of memory and can slow the loading time of your system. Removing it will improve performance.

     * Right click on desktop and select Properties
     * Select the Desktop tab
     * In the Background window select None
     * Click OK

10th Remove Fonts for Speed

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

     * Open Control Panel
     * Open Fonts folder
     * Move fonts you do not need to a temporary directory (eg C: \ FONTBKUP?) Just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

Hope you find these 10 tips useful please leave a comment below and please share any other tips you may have with other readers.

Insert your name in the bottom right taskbar

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Insert your name in the bottom right taskbar!
Hey its a very cool trick u can amaze u r freinds and relatives by insertng ur name on the bottom right taskbar. Follow the instructions bellow:
Open Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Customize ->Time
here u can see A.M. and P.M. change it with u r name or anything you like

best keyboard shortcut keys

Getting used to using your keyboard exclusively and leaving your mouse behind will make you much more efficient at performing any task on any Windows system. I use the following keyboard shortcuts every day:

Windows key + R = Run menu

This is usually followed by:
cmd = Command Prompt
iexplore + “web address” = Internet Explorer
compmgmt.msc = Computer Management
dhcpmgmt.msc = DHCP Management
dnsmgmt.msc = DNS Management
services.msc = Services
eventvwr = Event Viewer
dsa.msc = Active Directory Users and Computers
dssite.msc = Active Directory Sites and Services
Windows key + E = Explorer

ALT + Tab = Switch between windows

ALT, Space, X = Maximize window

CTRL + Shift + Esc = Task Manager

Windows key + Break = System properties

Windows key + F = Search

Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows

CTRL + C = copy

CTRL + X = cut

CTRL + V = paste

Also don’t forget about the “Right-click” key next to the right Windows key on your keyboard. Using the arrows and that key can get just about anything done once you’ve opened up any program.

Keyboard Shortcuts

[Alt] and [Esc] Switch between running applications

[Alt] and letter Select menu item by underlined letter

[Ctrl] and [Esc] Open Program Menu

[Ctrl] and [F4] Close active document or group windows (does not work with some applications)

[Alt] and [F4] Quit active application or close current window

[Alt] and [-] Open Control menu for active document

Ctrl] Lft., Rt. arrow Move cursor forward or back one word

Ctrl] Up, Down arrow Move cursor forward or back one paragraph

[F1] Open Help for active application

Windows+M Minimize all open windows

Shift+Windows+M Undo minimize all open windows

Windows+F1 Open Windows Help

Windows+Tab Cycle through the Taskbar buttons

Windows+Break Open the System Properties dialog box

acessability shortcuts

Right SHIFT for eight seconds…….. Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN……. Switch High Contrast on

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK……. Switch MouseKeys on and off.

SHIFT……. five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK…… for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

explorer shortcuts

END……. Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME……. Display the top of the active window.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK……. on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.

LEFT ARROW…… Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder.

RIGHT ARROW……. Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder.

Type the following commands in your Run Box (Windows Key + R) or Start Run

devmgmt.msc = Device Manager
msinfo32 = System Information
cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
mmc = Microsoft Management Console
excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)
msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)
powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)
winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)
frontpg = Microsoft FrontPage (If Installed)
notepad = Notepad
wordpad = WordPad
calc = Calculator
msmsgs = Windows Messenger
mspaint = Microsoft Paint
wmplayer = Windows Media Player
rstrui = System Restore
netscp6 = Netscape 6.x
netscp = Netscape 7.x
netscape = Netscape 4.x
waol = America Online
control = Opens the Control Panel
control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog

internetbrowser

type in u’re adress “google”, then press [Right CTRL] and [Enter]
add www. and .com to word and go to it

For Windows XP:

Copy. CTRL+C
Cut. CTRL+X
Paste. CTRL+V
Undo. CTRL+Z
Delete. DELETE
Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
Copy selected item. CTRL while dragging an item
Create shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an it

Rename selected item. F2
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Highlight a block of text. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select all. CTRL+A
Search for a file or folder. F3
View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER
Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4
Switch between open items. ALT+TAB
Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. SHIFT+F10
Display the System menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Display the Start menu. CTRL+ESC
Display the corresponding menu. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
Carry out the corresponding command. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
Activate the menu bar in the active program. F10
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Refresh the active window. F5
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. BACKSPACE
Cancel the current task. ESC
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Use these keyboard shortcuts for dialog boxes:

To Press
Move forward through tabs. CTRL+TAB
Move backward through tabs. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move forward through options. TAB
Move backward through options. SHIFT+TAB

Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option. ALT+Underlined letter
Carry out the command for the active option or button. ENTER
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box. SPACEBAR
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons. Arrow keys
Display Help. F1
Display the items in the active list. F4
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box. BACKSPACE

If you have a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key , you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

Display or hide the Start menu. WIN Key
Display the System Properties dialog box. WIN Key+BREAK
Show the desktop. WIN Key+D
Minimize all windows. WIN Key+M
Restores minimized windows. WIN Key+Shift+M
Open My Computer. WIN Key+E
Search for a file or folder. WIN Key+F
Search for computers. CTRL+WIN Key+F
Display Windows Help. WIN Key+F1
Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain. WIN Key+ L
Open the Run dialog box. WIN Key+R
Open Utility Manager. WIN Key+U

accessibility keyboard shortcuts:

Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch StickyKeys on and off. SHIFT five times
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
Open Utility Manager. WIN Key+U

shortcuts you can use with Windows Explorer:

Display the bottom of the active window. END
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder.

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Save youtube videos directly from Firefox3 cache

Open the youtube video page in firefox 3. Allow the video to play once.

Now the video is finished playing. Open a new tab in firefox 3. In the location bar (address bar) type

about:cache

and press enter. A new page will load. In the page see the heading

Disk cache device

Under that there is “Cache Directory”. There will be a long address similar to one shown below

C:\Documents and Settings\usrname\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\abcd123h.default\Cache

Copy the full address (You must copy the cache link address from your computer. The above address is just to show and make you understand). Now open “My Computer”. In the address bar paste the already copied long address.

A folder will open. This folder contains the youtube video file in the form of cache. Note that the video file will be big in size. Now open VLC Media player or any other flv player. Drag and drop the bigger cache file in the media player. The file that plays the video is your video file. Copy and paste it in desktop. Rename the file to yourvideo1.flv (or any other name of your choice with flv extension).

Now you have saved the youtube video right from your firefox 3 cache rather than downloading it again.

You can watch the saved video while offline.

Tested in WinXP, Firefox3

Explorer crash on opening of some folder having viedos

While working on win xp i have faced many problems whose solution is not there even with MS people..

one such problem is the occurrence of explorer. According to ms people it happens because o corrupt codecs. But when it happened with me i couldn’t found any such problem. Anyway.. they still didn’t gave any solution for this. what happens exactly is that when you open some folder containing videos it results in a crash of explorer and explorer restarts and you get a window to sen error report.

Well, the solution [temporary] is that open that folder and quickly [before ur explorer crash again] change the view from thumbnails to ANY other.  Even after doing so the explorer will crash but next time when u open the same folder.. it wont crash again if its in icon view or detail view[but not thumbnail]. Now in explorer open Tools>folder options>view>now uncheck “hide protected os files” . a warning will be displayed.. ignore it.. click apply.

now goto that folder. you may see a file named thumbs.db. delete it. Now again goto Tools>folder options>view>now check “hide protected os files” for safety. and click apply

now u may again change the view of that folder to thumbnails. but if it crashes again then repeat the above said process and dont use the thumbnails view again for that folder until you format the system in future.

156 clickable run commands

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Working better with Windows XP
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Windows XP Hidden application Enabler.

Keygen for Windows XP SP2 and other virsions.

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Media Center 2005 Activator.
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