WINDOWS XP TIPS.

Try These At Your Own Risk. I've used some of them and they're fine, however I accept NO responsibility for problems arising from your use of them. (ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF ANYTHING YOU CHANGE SO YOU CAN REINSTATE IT.)

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AVI. files/CPU usage.

One of the problems with Windows XP is how CPU utilization goes up to 100% when viewing AVI files. When this happens it slows the rest of the system to a crawl. As always though, there's a registry hack that can solve this problem.

Load up regedit (start -> Run then type regedit and press the Ok button) and follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Classes -> CLSID -> {87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE650DC73E}. Once you're there delete the "InProcServer32" key then save and exit. Once that's done AVI files will no longer suck up all the CPU resources.

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Reduce resources for background images.

Background Desktop Images Suck Resources.
Pretty looking backgrounds can really liven up a computer screen... but it is possible to have a bit too much fun with wall papers. Even if you select a JPG as a background, Windows converts the file into a BMP file which obviously can take up a lot of system resources. Luckily if you take advantage of Window's Active Desktop capabilities you can shrink that file back down to size.
 

First, right click anywhere on the desktop (not on an icon) and go to properties. From there click the Desktop tab then Customize Desktop. Go to the Web tab and click on the New button. Locate the picture you want as your desktop (animated gif's work as well!) and then click the Ok button once you're finished. Make sure the Lock Desktop Items box is unchecked then press Ok twice. The image that you have selected is now in a window, drag it so it's centered or covering the entire screen then right click and go to Arrange icons by and select Lock Web Items on Desktop.

That's it, now you have a background that does not eat up much system resources.

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Remove MSN. Messenger

The version of MSN messenger that is bundled with WindowsXP loads by default, uses up a lot of resources and is difficult to remove. Even after you upgrade your MSN Messenger to something newer, the bundled version still loads up at startup!
You can remove it after a few clicks of the mouse and keyboard:
 

First load up Windows Explorer (right click on the My Computer Icon and go to Explore). Go to your Windows/INF directory and find open up the sysoc.inf file. From there find msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7 and remove hide and nothing else. Save, close and now you can remove that old MSN Messenger from your XP system.

 http://www.xp-antispy.de/

(Download and run to correct OE6 speed issue, after messenger removal)

 

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Improve readable text for LCD. and low res. Monitors.

Clear Type Font Smoothing is one feature that's supposed to help make text more readable on LCD and low resolution monitors in WindowsXP, however, it's disabled by default. If you have problems reading the text on your monitor perhaps this will help.

You have to edit two registry values the FontSmoothing and FontSmoothingType string values. First load up regedit (Start -> Run -> regedit then press OK) and follow this path HKEY_Current_User -> Control -> Desktop and locate the two strings and change the values of both to 2.

After that's done save and reboot. Now the text that is displayed should be a lot cleaner and smoother for those of you who thought the text in WindowsXP was poor.

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Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is the multimedia software developed by Microsoft to provide users with the ability to view multimedia content.The program allows you to view MPEG and various other types of video content, as well as audio clips.

To play VCDs with Windows Media Player, you need to do the following:

Select your CDROM/DVDROM drive
Locate and open the MPEGAV folder
You will see one or more DAT files -- these are your video files. To view these files, you need to associate the DAT files with Windows Media Player. This is how you do it (it may be a little different in Windows 98, Me, XP, 2000 but the same principle applies):
 

Press the "SHIFT" button, then RIGHT-CLICK on the DAT file.
Select the "Open with..." option
On the drop down list, select Windows Media Player
You should see a check-box that allows you to always use Windows Media Player to open DAT files --- select this option so that the next time you double click on a DAT file, it will automatically open Windows Media Player and play your VCD.
 

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