74. Increase desktop graphic
have an older computer and are unhappy with the sluggishness of the new XP
interface, or if you simply want XP to be as zippy as possible, you can increase
the responsiveness of the desktop by disabling some of the graphical 'frills'
that are packaged with the default XP settings.
this, right click on 'my computer' and select 'properties.'
the 'advanced' tab and under the 'performance' heading, hit
you can adjust the graphical settings of the XP interface. Choose 'adjust for
best performance' to turn all the non-essential features off, or you can
cherry-pick from the window below.
75. Make 'my computer' open faster
Windows XP operating system automatically searches for attached and network
printers and remote drives and folders each time you open 'my computer.' This
can cause a considerable delay before you can actually see the icons.
find yourself using 'my computer' often and gritting your teeth at the delay,
there is an easy way to speed things up.
Computer.' Go to 'Tools\Folder Options...'Select the view tab and uncheck the
'Automatically search for network folders and printers' box. Click OK.
computer' will now open much faster.
the need to enter a password to login to XP (be careful!)
are exasperated by the welcome screen and the need to enter a password for your
user account, you can disable this fairly easily, but be careful. If your
computer is connected directly to the Internet by a cable or DSL modem, do not
do this. It's just not worth the risk.
if you are at all concerned about the privacy of your data, keep a strong
password enabled for your XP user account. If you are sure you want the password
gone, and the welcome screen with it, here's what to do:
rid of the welcome screen, you need to have only a single main user account and
have the Guest account deactivated.
'start\run' and type 'control userpasswords2'
any other user accounts that appear on the welcome screen by highlighting them
and using the 'remove' button.
Now go to
'start\control panel\user accounts' and select your user account.
'remove password' and enter your password to strip it from your account. Note
XP should now boot straight up without the welcome screen or a password prompt.
77. Sort out spam
through acres of spam in order to retrieve the few valid emails from your inbox
each day can really slow things down. It would be ideal if you could
automatically sort out all the junk so you could quickly read your email.
news is, with a couple of quick adjustments to Outlook Express or your mail
client of choice, and a freeware program called POPFile, you can!
PCstats Guide right here for details on this
procedure. You'll be glad you did.