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.)
Listen To Digital Music, From Digital CD's
Even though audio CD's store music in digital format, most of the time the music you hear is analogue. The reason behind this is, when the information is moving from the CD-ROM to your sound card it is first passed by a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) which can possibly degrade the quality of the sound you're listening to. Fortunately Win2k/XP also support digital reading of audio CD's.
To enabled digital reading you'll have to change some of the CD-ROM settings in the device manager. Right click on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop and go to properties.
From there click the "Hardware" tab and then the "Device Manager" button. Once the Device Manager window opens, expand the "DVD/CD-ROM drives" by clicking the + sign next to it. Next, double click on the CD drive which you use to listen to audio CD's from. Once inside there select the
"Properties" tab and check the box next to "Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device". You may have to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.After that's done, all the CD's you listen to on your computer will no longer first be converted to analog before it reaches your ears.
Remove the "Arrows" from Shortcut Icons
Open up regedit, (go to
Start then Run and from there type regedit.)
From there follow this path HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT -> lnkfile (that first character in "linkfile" is a lower case "L").
Inside there rename the IsShortcut String value to AriochIsShortcut.
Reboot your machine and now you will notice all your shortcut icon's no longer have that annoying little arrow. This works with both WindowsXP and Win2k.
Include "www" & ".com" to URL's shortcut.
IE6 and WinXP, has a
shortcut you can use when typing in dot com urls.(Not "co.uk" unfortunatly)
When you are typing in the URL in the address bar of your browser, just type in the word, like; "ntlworld" Then hold down the CTRL key and press enter. This will automatically drop in the "www." and ".com" before and after whatever word you typed in, and send the browser instantly on its way.
In Win2000, this doesn't work however, the browser just drops "http://" in front of the name of the url you typed in...
Reduce High Memory Usage In Windows XP System Restore :
The big problem with System Restore is that it can take up a lot of storage space on your HDD! 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. Only do this if your system is running properly, otherwise, reset to a restore point that is running correctly first.
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