When you open my computer or Windows Explorer, you notice sometimes it take more time than normally it would.
There could be many reasons behind. But one of the reasons includes Windows search for Network folders and printers. By making Windows not to search for Network folders and printers, you can speed up your computer a bit. Note this tip apply only to Windows XP not Vista.
For me, I am using my laptop at work and at my home with different network folders. Each time I opened Windows Explorer, it would search for the unavailable network folders and printers. Searching the unavailable folders and printers take more time than available one. As Windows don’t have any idea of whether I’m at home or at work, I disable at Folder options.
If I need to open my Network folders or to use network printers, I manually connect it again.
Do you know that you can fine tune ClearType by using Microsoft ClearType Tuner. Note that the tuner can only be used with Windows XP.
If you don’t know what is ClearType, let me give you a brief explanation.
Some of the fonts may look ugly, jagged edges. Who wants to look at that all day long? Through the use of a Windows feature called ClearType, you can take advantage of smooth fonts. These fonts have smooth edges that blend into the background, creating much more readable characters.
Those of you with LCD monitors can also adjust your settings with the ClearType tuner.
Windows XP User can start download Windows XP Services Pack 3 first release candidate straight from Microsoft. Thanks to Steven28 from winmatrix.com forum, all Windows XP can enjoy his direct download link of XP SP3 from Microsoft.
I’m not sure how long this link would last. So that if you’re one of those who want to try new product earlier than others, grab it while you can.
Many people reported that XP SP3 speed up their computer and provide more stability and security.
Here are the facts I know about XP SP3.
- File size of SP3 is about 336 MB.
- Installation process could take around 15 to 30 minutes.
- SP3 is cumulative, so users can install SP3 on top of Windows XP SP1 or SP2.
- SP3 is able to update any version of XP, including XP Media Center.
- SP3 will not upgrade Internet Explorer to version 7. The Service Pack does include updates for both versions of Internet Explorer, but the main version of IE that you’re running will remain untouched.
Windows services run in the background when you start the computer no matter who’s logged in.
I’ll tell you the services which I think can be harmful for a system especially if your computer is over a network such as Internet/ University/ Office as bad boys can be anywhere.
To start the services management console, Go to Start Menu –>> Run and then type services.msc
After that disable any of the following services.
- 1. Stopping Windows Messenger Spam
Have you ever see a popup with a “Messenger Service” in the title bar while you’re surfing the net. If you did, that means someone is using the Messenger for sending adware to your system.
To stop it, disable the “Messenger” service from the Service Manager.
- 2. Disable NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
It allows for someone to remotely access to your computer through NetMeeting. Unless, you’re regularly NetMeeting often, you should disable this.
Disable the “NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing” service from the Service Manager.
- 3. Disable Protected Storage
This service stores the passwords and the auto complete function with Internet Explorer. Unless, you want to use it, I recommend you disable it.
Disable “Protected Storage” service from the Service Manager.
- 4. Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
This service provides supports for Remote Assistance. If you use this service rarely or not at all, it is recommended to be disabled.
Disable “Remote Desktop Help Session Manager” service from the Service Manager.
- 5. Remote Registry Service
This service allows for your system registry to be accessible remotely. If you don’t require the assistance of someone to remotely have access to editing your registry settings, then disable this service.
Disable “Remote Registry” service from the Service Manager.
There you have it, 5 simple services which you can disable to improve not only security but also startup speed for your system.
I come back from vacation only to find BtoN has got a lot of comments (some are spammy). Please excuse me if there’s any delayed in reply. There’s a little drip in traffic (trust me I’ll make it up). For my email inbox? Yes, there are many (really many) emails that I need to read or delete.
Meanwhile, Yahoo! has released long-awaited Yahoo! Messenger for Vista. I’ve just installed now and will follow up a full review later. As of now, Yahoo! Messenger for Vista looks really really buggy and omit a lot of features(such as voice call, video call, phone out/in, etc). If Yahoo! can’t iron out those bugs, they should drop the whole project.
If you want to see Yahoo! UI intended for Vista, you should download Yahoo! messenger for Vista Preview version and install it as you can still use your old messenger also.
Hello, everyone, I’ll be going on vacation for a week. So that excuse me for a while. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy browsing through my archives and make sure you’ve read all my top posts to get idea of what Bridge to Nova is really about.
What I wanted to do is that, after my computer has been idle for 3 minutes, it should lock itself. How to achieve this is one of the trouble for me for almost two days. I have been digging around the net, but no answer. I tried to find myself in GPO (Group Policy Editor), but I don’t find the option directly.
But many articles I read on the net pointed me that I can changed four options in GPO. But that is for screensaver. I tweak a bit to achieve what I want. Remember I have told you guys about how to create shortcut to lock computer. Well, I used that tweak.
Here are the steps that I took:
- First go to Start –>> gpedit.msc
- Go to User Configuration –>> Administrative Templates –>> Control Panel –>> Display
There are many options there, but you just need to change four of them as follow.
- For screen saver option, just choose Enabled.
- For screen saver executable, choose Enabled and then type “rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation“
- For password protect the screen saver, choose Enabled.
- For screen saver timeout, choose Enabled and then type the amount of time you want to lock your computer in seconds. (For example, if you want to lock your computer after three minutes of idle time, type 180)
That’s it. Next time if you’re away, you don’t have to worry about some other would invade your computer.
BtoN’s Tips : I have tested this on Vista and should work on Windows XP too. For screen saver timeout, if I set value less than 60, it won’t work.
I don’t trust Cnet anyway. I have always doubted about their product reviews and ratings. I’m sure all of these reviews are clearly biased based on how well someone paid them.
You know what? Cnet just named Vista as top ten terrible technology of the year. Come on, I confessed that Vista has been out for almost a year and has got many resistance than XP introduction was. But this is because XP has been out for 5 years and as strong as a rock. When the time XP was introduced, everybody was sick with Windows 9x Blue Screen of Death.
I’m sure Cnet must be paid by Apple marketing guys behind the door. Just look at their pathetic sentence such as:
Windows Vista conforms to all of the above. Its incompatibility with hardware, its obsessive requirement of human interaction to clear security dialogue box warnings and its abusive use of hated DRM, not to mention its general pointlessness as an upgrade
Isn’t this funny?
RSS feed is a very convenient way to keep in touch with our favorite website. But what annoy me most is some of my favorite website don’t have RSS feeds at all. So that I have to manual check regularly whether they have updated their content or not.
One of my friend told me there are many websites that offer to keep you updated with our favorite website which don’t have RSS. After filtering through googling results, I found these two websites (Feedity and Feed43) suit my need.
By using these websites, you can enjoy the following services:
- Data syndication facility to web-based services and SMB’s globally.
- Web data integration with backend systems, databases, and mashups.
- Create a custom RSS web feed for any ANY webpage!
- Easily track and monitor changes to your favorite web sites.
How their service work is that they converts free-form HTML or XML documents to valid RSS feeds by extracting snippets of text or HTML by means of applying search patterns, and then joining these snippets together using output templates to form user-friendly content of feed’s items. The principle of extracting specific data from source documents is also known as “HTML scraping”.
Yes, I’m combining two of these web sites technique to explain it just like one website because basically these two web sites work the same way.
I wonder whether Apple marketing guys has got anything to do other than to attack Windows Vista. I mean Apple should tell their potential customers about how good their MAC is and why they should get it. Not simply making a stupid ads like below.
The only thing good about this ads is the idea of using two leaderboards to make one video ads. That’s it. Are you thinking to buy a MAC in the near future? Read my top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t waste your money on MAC.