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I feel like making a list of registry tweaks that improve performance in WIndows XP and. If you have some just Post them here and I will add them to the list

EDIT FOR XP ONLY DO NOT ATTEMPT ON VISTA

Again ONLY WINDOWS XP


TWEAKS:
1. Click on RUN type in msconfig. Go to the startup tab and turn all the unnecessary programs off

2. Start > Run > Regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop > Change MenuShowDelay value data number to 0.

3. A faster NTFS file system

You probably use the NTFS file system (see the properties of your C: partition). You can improve performance by making some changes in the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Con tro l\\Filesystem

Change the following registry values, as you wish:

DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate = 1 (last file access is no longer registered).

NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation = 1 (no more double filenames: long names and the old 8.3 variant (the 8.3 file notation is used for the older Windows versions).

NtfsMftZoneReservation = 2 (if there are many files on a partition, the master file table (MFT) can get fragmented, with this tweak there will be no more fragmenting of the file master file table (default value = 1, range 1-4).

4. Speed up browsing AVI files (audio/video)
By default, opening folders containing AVI files (audio/video) can be very slow because Windows is trying to extract non important information. This can be solved, by deleting the following key:
HKCR\\CLSID\\{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}

5. Automatically expanding folder trees
The folder view on the left in Windows Explorer automatically expands if you click on a folder containing sub-folders. You can disable this function with a registry tweak: change the DWORD-value FriendlyTree to 0 (in stead of 1) in the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\ Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced
Automatically expanding folders will be disabled, expanding a folder is now done by double clicking the folder.

6. Windows search optimization

Within Windows XP you are able to search your computer for files (Start, Search), but takes some clicking to get what you want! To optimize the search function, you have to make some registry changes. To make changes, navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\ Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer
where you will find some important DWORD-values. Change these values to optimize your Windows search:
SearchSystemDirs=1
SearchHidden=1
IncludeSubFolders=1
CaseSensitive=0
SearchSlowFiles=1 (if you have a tape drive, else: 0)

7. Remove shared folders My Computer

To remove the shared folders in the My Computer view, delete the value {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee} in the following key (export to a reg-file first, to have a backup):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\ Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\My Computer\\NameSpace\\DelegateFolders

8. Saving Notepad settings

If you are a heavy user of Notepad, you probably like saving the Notepad settings on exit. To make sure your settings are saved, add/Change the DWORD-value fSavePageSettings=1 and fSaveWindowsPositions=1 in the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Notepad
Disable the balloon tips

Already irritated by the information balloons, covering the important buttons in the Start Menu? Start the registry editor and navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\ Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced
change or add the DWORD-values EnableBalloonTips and ShowInfoTip, both with value 0.

9. Disable the useless Security Center warnings

If your Windows is not provided with one of the well known virus scan and/or firewall software, the Security Center will come with useless repeating reminders. The reminders can be disabled by changing the values AntiVirusDisableNotify and FirewallDisableNotify to the DWORD-value 1 in the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Security Center

10. Remove the low disk space warning

Probably you have seen the irritating 'low on disk space'-warning before, if your hard disk reaches full capacity. This warning message can be turned off by adding the DWORD-value NoLowDiskSpaceChecks with value 1 in the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\MicroSoft\\ Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\Explorer

11. Disabling wrapping icon/shortcut labels


Probably your desktop contains icons (shortcuts) with long names, which aren't shown completely (the are wrapped......). With a registry tweak you can disable the title wrapping, create a String value IconTitleWrap with value 0 in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Control Panel\\Desktop\\WindowMetrics Disabling the

12. Blocking Pop-ups from Secured Sites

By default Internet Explorer blocks the pop-ups because they are mostly used for irritating advertising purposes. For secured pages (e.g. the login to a bankaccount), this behavior is not wished. The URL of a secured page is preceded by HTTPS in stead of HTTP. The blocking of pop-ups for these HTTPS-pages can be disabled by changing the DWORD-value Allow HTTPS to 1 in the following registerkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\New Windows

13.Command Console tweak

If you are a frequent user of the Command Console (the MS-DOS screen, Start, Run, command CMD), the following tweak will be valuable. To change folders is difficult, using the Command Console. By changing the DWORD-value CompletionChar to 9 in the following registry key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Command Processor
With the command CD followed with the first letters of the folder name, you are able to select the folder with the TAB-key (also works with other commands).
14. Activated NUM-LOCK

To automatically switch on the NUM-LOCK, change the value InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2 in the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Control Panel\\Keyboard

15. Automatically defrag system files

To defrag the system files automatically at every boot (to optimize you system), change the value Enable to Y in the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\\Microsoft\\Dfrg\\Boo tOptimizeFunction

16. A faster Windows shutdown

Shutting down Windows can take a long time. You can speed this up (at your own risk) with the following tweaks in the registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Control Panel\\Desktop
Change the following String values:
AutoEndTasks=1
HungAppTimeout=4000
WaitToKillAppTimeout=4000
WaitToKillServiceTimeout=4000
17. Fix for shutting down your computer automatically

In most cases, automatically shutting down can be fixed by installing the motherboard drivers (if not done already). If your computer still doesn't shut down correctly, try this registry tweak. Change the value PowerdownAfterShutdown to 1 in the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon
18. Fix for shutting down Windows slowly (or not at all)

If shutting down Windows takes a long time (or doesn't shut down at all), change the value PowerOffActive to 1 in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Control Panel\\Desktop
19. Finding out the reason of a Windows crash

If you would like to know the reason why there was a sudden crash of Windows, change the DWORD-value ShutdownReasonUI temporarily to 1 in the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\ Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Reliability
After a reboot you will find the reason why your Windows shuts down suddenly in the log files (Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Logfiles). If you are finished analyzing, change the value ShutdownReasonUI back to 0.

Numbers 4-19 are credited to http://www.optimizingpc.com/optimize...trytweaks.html
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Start > Run > Regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop > Change MenuShowDelay value data number to 0.

I believe default is 300. Well, this will make your start menu pop up faster when you click on it.
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LOL...good one!
However...this is pretty old to the true Windows Wrangler.
Also your title suggested plural...what are some others that you have found useful?
Also...a warning...using MSCONFIG is for advanced users there are many things that cannot be repaired without a repair or fresh installation if used improperly.
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Some of these are useful.

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Some of these are useful.

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I second the section from the above link on NTFS file access performance; these are some of the first tweaks I apply to each new install. I have some other essentials that I'll post in a bit:

...

FOR XP ONLY!!

A faster NTFS file system

You probably use the NTFS file system (see the properties of your C: partition). You can improve performance by making some changes in the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Con trol\\Filesystem

Change the following registry values, as you wish:

DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate = 1 (last file access is no longer registered).

NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation = 1 (no more double filenames: long names and the old 8.3 variant (the 8.3 file notation is used for the older Windows versions).

NtfsMftZoneReservation = 2 (if there are many files on a partition, the master file table (MFT) can get fragmented, with this tweak there will be no more fragmenting of the file master file table (default value = 1, range 1-4).
    
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A faster NTFS file system

You probably use the NTFS file system (see the properties of your C: partition). You can improve performance by making some changes in the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Con trol\\Filesystem

Change the following registry values, as you wish:

DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate = 1 (last file access is no longer registered).

NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation = 1 (no more double filenames: long names and the old 8.3 variant (the 8.3 file notation is used for the older Windows versions).

NtfsMftZoneReservation = 2 (if there are many files on a partition, the master file table (MFT) can get fragmented, with this tweak there will be no more fragmenting of the file master file table (default value = 1, range 1-4).
I don't have any of that in my registry except the NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation lol
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I don't have any of that in my registry except the NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation lol
I should have qualifed ...

FOR XP ONLY!



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I should have qualifed ...

FOR XP ONLY!



(editing my original post, now)
Is it possibly just xp home? Cause i have xp pro and don't see it Maybe it was before service pack 2 or one of those updates or something.....not trying to steal this thread tho!
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This is a great refreshing thread for the newbie...lets continue!!!!


If you do not use hibernation, make sure you do not have it enabled, which reserves disk space equal to your RAM. If you have a hidden file on the root directory of your C-drive called hiberfil.sys, hibernation is enabled. To remove that file:
  • Go to Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, Hibernate tab, and uncheck the Enable hibernation box.
Also for the old SP1 folks...LOL
Remove Messenger completely tweak!!!
  • Go to Start/Run, and type: "rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection BLC.Remove 128 %SystemRoot%\\INF\\msmsgs.inf"
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