Create A Shortcut To Abort Shutdown

1. Right click > new > shortcut.

2. paste the following:

c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -a

3. Click next call it > abort shutdown > click ok.

Disable Recent Documents History

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

3. Modify/Create the Dword Value 'NoRecentDocsHistory' (without quotes)

4. Give it a value data of 1.

Enable/Disable Boot Defrag

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction

3. Double click 'Enable' and change the value data to Y to enable boot defrag and N to disable it.

Disable Autoplay

1. Start > Run > Gpedit.msc

2. Computer Configuration > Administration Templates > System.

3. On the right double click 'Turn off autoplay'

4. Select Enable, on the dropdown menu select all drives.

5. Click ok > apply > ok.

Create A Batch File To Kill Unresponsive Tasks

1. Start > Run > Notepad.

2. paste the following:

@echo off
taskkill.exe /f /fi "status eq not responding"

3. File > Save as > call it killtasks.bat

Use Open DNS For Faster Web Browsing

1. Start > Control Panel > Network Connections.

2. Right click on your default connection, select properties.

3. Under 'This connection uses the following items' double click 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)'

4. On the general tab select 'Use the following DNS server address'

5. On preferred DNS server put: 208 . 67 . 222 . 222

6. On alternate DNS server put: 208 . 67 . 220. 220

7. Click ok > ok.

Make XP Start Up Faster

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex

3. Locate the value 'StartupDelay'

4. Select Decimal, change the value data to 40000

Customize The Open With Menu

1. Start > Run > Regedit


3. Open the extension you want to modify and select 'OpenWithList'

4. On the right add or remove programs that you want to show up on the open with menu.

Rename The Administrator Account

1. Start > Run > type 'control userpasswords2' (without quotes) > hit enter

2. On the users tab click the account name 'Administrator' > select properties.

3. On the general tab look for user name and change the name from Administrator.

Force Use Of Classic Control Panel (XP Professional)

1. Start > Run > GPEDIT.MSC

2. user confiuration > administration templates.

3. On the right double click 'force classic control panel style'

4. Select enable. Click apply > ok.

Force Unresponsive Programs To End When Shutting Down

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

3. Modify/Create The value '
AutoEndTasks' (without quotes)

4. Set the value data to 1

Force Use Of Classic Control Panel

1. Start > Run > Notepad.

2. Paste the following:


3. Save it is 'ForceClassicControlPanel.reg' (without quotes)

4. Double click
ForceClassicControlPanel.reg > You will be prompted to add the information, click yes.

Note: See also Force Use of Classic Control Panel (Xp Professional)

Repair System Restore

1. Start > Run > type %Windir%\INF > Hit enter.

2. Locate the file name 'SR.INF' (may also be called sr)

3. Right click on it, select > install.

Unblock A Website That Has Been Blocked By Malware/Virus

1. Start > My computer > C drive > Windows > System 32 > Drivers > etc > open the Hosts file with notepad.

2. At the bottom, on a new line, paste in the ip address of the site and the site you want to access.

3. Save it.

Relocate Your Cursor With The ctrl Key

1. Start > Control Panel > Mouse.

2. On the pointer options tab check 'show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.'

Show The Administrator Account On The Windows Welcome Screen

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

3. Modify/create the value Administrator, set the value data to 1.

Enable Automatic Logon

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

3. Locate the value name
AutoAdminLogon set the value data to 1.

(make sure your user is set in the value 'DefaultUserName' if not double click the value name and place in the user you want to automatically log in. Also if you have a password type it in the value data of 'defaultpassword.')

Disable System Beeps

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound

3. Modify the value 'beeps' set the value data to no.

Diable Autorun

Start -> Run -> Regedit.

Browse to:


Locate the Dword Value "NoDriveTypeAutoRun" Change the value data to 0xFF

Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips

1. Start > Run > Regedit.

2. Locate, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

3. Find the value
EnableBalloonTips (or right click new >key call it EnableBalloonTips set the value data to 0)

Control how much disk space System Restore uses

1. Right click on my computer > select Properties.

2. On the system restore tab under disk space usage, drag the slider to the right to increase the amount of disk space, and to the left to decrease it.

Change The Password For Users On The Computer Using Cmd

Start > run > cmd.

net user
net user 'user'
net user 'user' *

Type the new password > verify it.

Toggle Auto Starting Programs

Start > run > msconfig.

In the start up tab uncheck the programs you don't want to auto start > click apply > ok.

Stop Windows From Hiding Inactive Icons

Right click on the taskbar > select properties.

On the taskbar tab untick 'hide inactive icons'

Create A Shorcut To Shutdown and/or Restart The Computer

Right click anywhere and select new > shortcut.

For shutdown put: shutdown -s -t 60 -c " " click next > type in the name of the shortcut > click ok

For restart put:
shutdown -r -t 60 click next > type in the name of the shortcut > click ok

Uninstall Microsoft Internet Explorer

Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components.

Uncheck Internet Explorer > click next.

Make A Batch File to Automatically Renew Your Ip-Address

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad.

paste the following:

ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

Save it as renew.bat

Remove The Recycle Bin From The Desktop

Start > Run > Type Regedit > Hit Enter.


Find the key "645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E"

Delete it.

Disable Indexing Service

Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add or Remove Windows Components.

Uncheck The indexing service, click next.

Enable Clear Type

Start > Control Panel > Display.

On the appearance tab select effects.

Under use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts select clear type.

Disable Sounds In XP

Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices.

In the sounds tab under sound scheme select no sounds.

click apply > ok.

Disable Suggestions In Firefox

Type about:config in the location bar > locate browser.urlbar.maxRichResults.

Set the value to 0.

Block Websites Permanantly

Open My Computer > c drive > windows > system 32 > drivers > etc.

Now open the file named hosts with notepad.

next to put the websites you want to block.

Create A Shortcut To Flush XP DNS

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad.

Paste the following: ipconfig /flushdns

Save it as 'flushdns.bat'

Cannot Flush DNS Error

Start > Run > type services.msc. Make sure the dns client is started.

if the dns client isn't started right click on it > select properties.

In the general tab look for start up list and select automatic.

Click start > apply > ok.

Make A Shortcut To Log Out Of The Computer

Start > All Programs > Accessories > notepad.

Paste the following:
shutdown -l -f

Save it as logoff.bat

Clear XP DNS

Start > Run > cmd > hit enter.

At the prompt type ipconfig /flushdns > hit enter.

Turn Off System Restore

Right click on my computer > select properties.

In the system restore tab check 'turn off system restore.'

Make The Quick Launch Icons Larger

Right click on the task bar > untick 'lock the tasbar.'

Now right click on an open space in the quick launch bar and select view > large icons.

Confirm Open After Download

Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options.

In the files types tab select the type of file you would like your computer to confirm open. Click advanced and tick 'confirm open after download.'

Add A Website Link To The Start Menu

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad.

Paste the following:




replace "website" with the link you want.

Now save it as website.reg

Hide Your User From The Control Panel

Start > Run > type gpedit.msc.
Navigate to user configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel.

On the right select 'hide specific control panel applets.' Enable it > apply > add item, call it nusrmgt.cpl. Click ok.

Run A Program In Compatibility With Older Versions Of Windows

Right click on the program you want to change compatibility with > select properties > on the compatibility tab, select 'run this program in compatibility mode for.' Select the version of windows.

Make A Blue Screen Of Death

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad.

Paste the following:

@echo off
cd /
color 17
echo A problem has been detect
ed and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage
echo to your computer.
echo The problem seems to be caused by the following file: SPCMDCON.SYS
echo If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen,
echo restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow
echo these steps:

echo Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.
echo If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer
echo for any Windows updates you might need.
echo If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware
echo or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.
echo If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart
echo your computer, press F8 to select Advanced S
tartup Options, and then
echo select Safe Mode.
echo Technical information:
echo *** STOP: 0x00000050 (0xFD3094C2,0x00000001,0xFBFE7617,0x0000 0000)
echo *** SPCMDCON.SYS - Address FBFE7617 base at FBFE5000, DateStamp 3d6dd67c
pause :nul

echo Downloading viruses . . .
ping localhost -n 5 :nul
dir /s
pause :nul

Save this as bsod.bat

(To open it if full screen hit alt+enter while the window is open)

Disable Search Suggestions (Firefox)

Right click on the search bar untick Show Suggestions.

Add The Administrator User To The Log On Screen

Start > Run > Regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList.

Right click select new > Dword Value. Name the new value Administrator. Click on it, in value data put 1.

Change The Log On Screen Color

Start > Run > Regedit > HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager

Modify the 'ColorName' key value. Set it to either Homestead or Metallic.

Disable The Sound And Devices Icon In The Task Bar

Start > Control Panel > Sounds And Devices.

In the Volume Tab untick 'place volume icon in the task bar.'

Completely Disable AutoArrange

Start > Run > Type Regedit > HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Program Manager\Settings

Modify the
REG_DWORD value: "AutoArrange" to 0.

Win In Solitare By Cheating

Start > all programs > games > solitaire. Now hold alt+shift+2 and let go.

Hide A Folder

Right click anywhere select new > folder.

For the name of the folder hold alt+0160.

Now right click on the folder on the customize tab select change icon.

Look for a blank icon. Click apply > ok.

Turn Off The Clicking Sounds On XP

Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices

Go to the sounds tab and in program events look under windows explorer. Select Start Navigation. In the drop down menu select none.

Skip The Welcome Screen On Log On

1. Start>run>control userpasswords2>untick users must enter a user name and password to log onto this computer>click apply>enter the password>click ok.

Use Small Icons In The Start Menu

1. Right click on start menu>select properties or start>control panel>start menu.

2. In the start menu tab choose customize>in select an icons size for programs change it to small icons.

Stop The Start Menu From Remembering Your Most Used Applications

1. Right click on the start menu>choose properties or start>control panel>taskbar and start menu.

2. In the start menu tab choose customize>change the number in number of programs on start menu to 0>click apply.

Delete Restore Points

1. Start>all programs>accessories>system tools>disk clean up>more options tab>system restore>clean up>click yes.

Disable Error Reporting

1. Right click on my computer>select properties>advanced tab>error reporting>select disable error reporting>click apply.

Title (the song that plays when you install xp)

1. start>my computer>disk c>windows>system 32>oobe>images>title. Pretty good song actually.

Change The Windows Media Player Title Bar

1. Start>run>type regedit>hit enter>HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Policies>Microsoft>right click>new>key>paste WindowsMediaPlayer>create the value name TitleBar>in value data put whatever you want the windows media player title bar to say.

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