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Configuration Problems
AutoRun is not working
Cannot install Windows without formatting
Bitmap Icons
Dragging and Dropping an Exe file
Deleting or copying multiple files
Don't want programs to boot all the time
Do your Desktop Icons keep changing?
Faster CD ROM
Fix the most common error in the Registry
Make my computer faster
Need a new Registry
Set user options
Stuck with Classic Desktop
For Truncated File and Icon Names
Why you need to Defrag the hard drive once a week



Tip: Having a configuration problem ? Try changing the configuration of one of the objects that is conflicting manually. In the Device Manger. Highlight the item, then click properties and then on the resource tab, and uncheck "use auto settings". Select another conflicting setting and save it. Then reboot and go back to the Device Manger and change it back to "use auto settings" and click ok. Windows will now find settings that are not conflicting. You can only do this with Plug and Play items. As a last course of action you can delete the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum and when you reboot Windows will reinstall all your hardware.


If AutoRun is not working , you can set the Registry Key value (Default) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Classes\AudioCD\Shell to "play". If it is already set to "play" then check the Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Classes\ AudioCD\ Shell\ Play\ Command and make sure the file that is listed there is set correctly. Exmaple: C:\PROGRA~1\PLUS!\DeluxeCD\deluxecd.exe /play %1

If data CDs do not work set the Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ policies\ Explorer and set the value"NoDriveTypeAutoRun" to 95 00 00 00. For Windows NT, 2000, XP set this key to a Dword value of 0x00000095


Tip: Want to double the speed of your processor ? Well  then, place your swap file on a different drive. The second drive cannot be a partition of the same drive and the second drive must be on a separate BUS. It's easy and here is how it works: lets say your Windows directory is on the C drive, this is where all the DLL files are. Now let's place the swap file on a different drive. While one set of arms are reading the DLL files and program the other drive can be reading the swap file. You can do this in the Device Manager under the Performance tab, and than select the Virtual Memory button. You should also defrag your hard drive at least once a week; don't believe Windows if it tells you that you do not need to now. It's just another MS bug, that's why Microsoft did away with the message in Windows 98.

You can also use 80 wire cables instead of 40 wire cables to connect your hard drives to your motherboard.


Tip: If your desktop Icons keep changing to incorrect Icons after you have been in Windows for awhile try this. Add the value and value name "Max Cached Icons"="8000" to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ explorer, then reboot and your Icons should remain on your desktop unchanged.


For Truncated File and Icon Names
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"MinAnimate"="0"
"IconTitleWrap"="1"


Tip: If you do not want all the programs to start all the time that are in your startup folder, you can do one of two things. The first choice you have is to write a BATCH file (*.bat) to start them and place a shortcut to the batch file on your desktop. Or you can hold the shift key down when Windows is booting to stop all your programs from starting


Tip: You can make your old single or double speed CD ROM run as fast as a Quad speed in Win '95 by doing the following: Go to my computer/ properties/ performance/ file system / CDROM and set the supplemental cache speed to it's max and the access pattern to Quad speed or higher.


Tip: If you would like to see your BMP file without opening them you can change their icons to their bitmaps. To do this go to the start button and then to run, type RegEdit and then click OK. In the Registry go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTS\ Paint.Picture\ DefaultIcon and double click the word default in the right side window. Replace the entire line in the box that appears with %1


TIP: If you need to delete a lot of files in a windows application, simply highlight the first file, move to the last file, hold down the shift key, and click on the last file. All files in between will be highlighted. This comes in real handy if you need to delete a lot of files or move them to another directory. It's also handy for deleting a lot of messages in your mailbox. You can also select all files by pressing the Ctrl and A button.


Tip: You can copy a Exe file to another directory using windows explorer by holding down the control key when you drag and drop the file on the directory you are copying the file to. If you don't you will only be creating a shortcut to the file.


Tip: The most common error in the Registry are invalid paths. When programs install, they sometime write to the Registry in 8.3 (short name or DOS) file names. An example would be if you install Microsoft Publisher on your hard drive it will post all paths as C:\Progra~1\Micro~1\filename.ext. Then you install Microsoft Office, it will write the paths as C:\Progra~1\Micro~2\filename.ext. If you uninstall Microsoft Publisher or if you get a FAT error and Scandisk needs to make a repair then the correct Path for Microsoft Office may become C:\Progra~1\Micro~1\filename.ext where by making Microsoft Publisher's correct 8.3 path C:\Progra~1\Micro~2\filename.ext. This means the Microsoft Publisher is now installed incorrectly. To fix these errors do a search for Micros~ and replace all 8.3 paths with long file name (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Publisher\filename.exe). You should also search and check for ~ and fix any short name path that may become incorrect in the future.


You need to Defrag the hard drive even if Defrag says you don't need to. The Defrag program was written when hard drives were 500 Megs at most. So this means that if Defrag says that your 10 GIG hard drive is 1% fragmented this means that 100 million bytes are thrown all over the hard drive. And since Defrag was written for smaller drives it defaults to thinking that only 5 Megs are fragmented. Defrag tells you that you need to defrag at about 10% (or 50 Megs based on a 500 Meg HD). If your hard drive is only 10 Megs fragmented that means that the arm on you hard drive must search the entire drive for these 10 Megs every time you access a file that is fragmented. Hence your system runs slower. I recommend that you defrag at least once a week; you'll see the difference in speed. Try it!


If you have IE 4.0 or 5.0 and selected Classic Desktop and now cannot undo it go to the Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer and check the key for the value name ClassicShell. Set the value to zero (00 00 00 00).

This is the key that controls what the current user can and cannot do, what he sees and can access. Here is a list of just some of the things that can be added to this Key, zero is off and 1 (01 00 00 00) is on. If the NoRun value is set to 1 then you would not see the Run label at the Start Menu of your DeskTop.

ClassicShell"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoClose"=dword:00000000
"NoRun"=dword:00000000
"NoFind"=dword:00000000
"NoSetFolders"=dword:00000000
"NoDeskTop"=dword:00000000
"RestrictRun"=dword:00000000
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=hex:95,00,00,00
"NoSaveSettings"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoStartBanner"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoEditMenu"=dword:00000000
"ClearRecentDocsOnExit"=dword:00000000
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000001
"NoStartMenuSubFolders"=dword:00000000
"NoFavoritesMenu"=dword:00000001
"NoHelp"=dword:00000000
"NoNetHood"=dword:00000000
"EditLevel"=dword:00000000
"NoFileMenu"=dword:00000000
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=dword:00000000
"NoInternetIcon"=dword:00000000
"NoSetActiveDesktop"=dword:00000000
"NoChangeStartMenu"=dword:00000000
"NoFolderOptions"=dword:00000000
"NoRecentDocsMenu"=dword:00000000
"NoRecentDocsHistory"=dword:00000000
"NoLogoff"=dword:00000000
"NoSetTaskbar"=dword:00000000
"NoTrayContextMenu"=dword:00000000
"NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:00000000
"NoViewContextMenu"=dword:00000000
"EnforceShellExtensionSecurity"=dword:00000000
"LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000000
"NoDrives"=dword:00000000
"NoNetConnectDisconnect"=dword:00000000
"NoDeletePrinter"=dword:00000000
"NoAddPrinter"=dword:00000000


Cannot install Windows without formatting.

Try this undocumented Setup switch:
Typing Setup /NTLDR stops Windows from looking for previously installed versions of the OS. If you have a PC maker's crippled OEM/VAR Windows CD-ROM that will set up only on a new PC with no version of Windows installed; this switch ignores this limitation, enabling you to re-install Windows if necessary.


Need a new Registry

Try this undocumented Setup switch:
Typing Setup /p f (use a space between "p" and "f" ) deletes the existing settings in the Registry and installs a new one during the installation of Windows. This switch is very useful if your Registry is corrupted and you cannot fix it with a backup.

 

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