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Colins Weekly Tech Tips 2002 Roundup

Colins Weekly Tech Tips 2002 Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: I have always prided myself as a tweak master and I love helping my readers improve their computing performance and experience.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats.com Jan 14 2003   C. Sun  
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Win2k/XP Tweaks Page 2

Better Mouse Control in Games with WinXP:

WindowsXP is a great OS, but one problem I find that bugs the hell out of me is Mouse Acceleration. It's especially irritating when I play FPS games. Luckily there's a simple fix for this. Click the Start Button, go to Run and type Regedit .

>From there go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Mouse folder. Find the SmoothMouseXCurve: and SmoothMouseYCurve: binary value's. Here under the binary SmoothMouseXCurve you'll want to change your value's to look like this...

00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 a0 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 40 01 00 00 00 00 00
00 80 02 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 05 00 00 00 00 00

And change the "SmoothMouseYCurve" values to this...
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
66 a6 02 00 00 00 00 00
cd 4c 05 00 00 00 00 00
a0 99 0a 00 00 00 00 00
38 33 15 00 00 00 00 00

After making those changes, reboot your computer. Now load up your favorite FPS game and you should notice you can 'frag' a lot easier!


Most programs require administrative access to install, however if the current user which is logged on the computer has work in progress it may not be possible to log off and log back on as the admin. Never fear though, Microsoft thought of this already and there is a little hidden trick that solves this problem.

If you need to access a program that requires administrative rights, simply press the "Shift" key and right click on the program file. You will now see the "Run as..." option and when you select that, it'll prompt you for a user name and password. Simply enter the administrator name and password and now you can run that program as the Admin. Administrative rights will only be enabled for that program alone, and once it has been closed admin access will be terminated.

This works in both Win2k as well as WinXP and can even be used on programs in the Start Menu.

WinXP System Restore, the hog:

While I don't use the System Restore feature of WindowsXP myself, on my parents and sisters computers I do enable it because it can very useful if they toast the OS. The big problem with System Restore is that it can take up a lot of storage space! Luckily there's a simple fix for this and you can clean up your HDD quite easily.

Go to the "Disk Cleanup" program in your "System Tools" directory (Start -> Programs -> Accessories). If you have more then one partition or multiple HDD's you'll have to do this procedure a few times, one time per partition/HDD. Click the "More Options" tab and the last box in that window should say "System Restore". Click the "Clean Up" button and XP will remove all but the latest restore point. Obviously only do this if your system is running properly.

When I did this for my sister, it freed up 4GB worth of HDD space and her XP installation is only about a year old! So if you're running out of space on your hard drive, just remove the old restore points! =)

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Contents of Article: PCstats.com
 Pg 1.  Colins Weekly Tech Tips 2002 Roundup
 Pg 2.  Win9x/ME Tweaks
 Pg 3.  Win2k/XP Tweaks Page 1
 Pg 4.  — Win2k/XP Tweaks Page 2
 Pg 5.  Win2k/XP Tweaks Page 3
 Pg 6.  Hardware Tweaks

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