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Tweaking Windows XP - Part 1 - Windows XP Tweaking - Page 4

Want to know how to tweak Windows XP for faster performance and improved appearance? Yes? Then come on in and see what Osiris found out when he started digging into some of those little secret areas of the newest OS to hit the streets.

| Guides | Posted: Nov 3, 2001 5:00 am

Tweak #6 - Increasing Options In Add/Remove Menu

 

Not a fan of MSN Messenger? don't want Windows Media Player on your system? Fair enough, but if you go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, by default none of Windows XP's 'built in' programs are visible. it's fairly easy to change, though... just open the file X:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf (where X: is the drive letter where Windows XP is installed) in Notepad. You should see a section of the file something like this:

 

[Components]

 

NtComponents=ntoc.dll,NtOcSetupProc,,4

 

WBEM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wbemoc.inf,hide,7

 

Display=desk.cpl,DisplayOcSetupProc,,7

 

Fax=fxsocm.dll,FaxOcmSetupProc,fxsocm.inf,,7

 

NetOC=netoc.dll,NetOcSetupProc,netoc.inf,,7

 

iis=iis.dll,OcEntry,iis.inf,,7

 

com=comsetup.dll,OcEntry,comnt5.inf,hide,7

 

dtc=msdtcstp.dll,OcEntry,dtcnt5.inf,hide,7

 

IndexSrv_System = setupqry.dll,IndexSrv,setupqry.inf,,7

 

TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2

 

msmq=msmqocm.dll,MsmqOcm,msmqocm.inf,,6

 

ims=imsinsnt.dll,OcEntry,ims.inf,,7

 

fp_extensions=fp40ext.dll,FrontPage4Extensions,fp40ext.inf,,7

 

AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7

 

msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7

 

RootAutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,rootau.inf,,7

 

IEAccess=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,ieaccess.inf,,7

 

This is a list of all components installed at the moment. I've taken the example of MSN Messenger - the program entry called 'msmsgs', third-last line. You can see the word 'hide' highlighted - this is the string which tells Windows not to display the component in the Add/Remove Programs list. Fix this up by simply deleting the word 'hide' like so:

 

msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7

 

To this:

 

msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7

 

Now, after restarting, you should be able to see MSN Messenger in the Add/Remove Programs list. If you want to be able to quickly view and remove all components, simply open the sysoc.inf file and do a global find and replace for the word ",hide" and replace it with a single comma ",".

 

Tweak #7 - Disabling Windows File Protection

 

WARNING: Using this tweak means you will be able to delete vital Windows files.

 

here's a quick tweak to be able to totally disable Windows File Protection, the system that prevent users from deleting system and program files. Simply find the key SFCDisable in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon and edit it to hold the value 0xFFFFFF9D.

 

 

 

 

If you want to re-enable File Protection, just re-set the value to 0.

 

Tweak #8 - Automatically Kill Programs At Shutdown

 

don't you hate it when, while trying to shut down, you get message boxes telling you that a program is still running? Making it so that Windows automatically kills applications running is a snap. Simply navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop directory in the Registry, then alter the key AutoEndTasks to the value 1.

 

 

 

 

Note: the key 'AutoEndTasks' might not exist. If not, simply create it with a value of 1. To disable the AutoEndTask feature, simply change the value back to 0.

 

How much to upgrade to x64 Edition?

 

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (ZAT00008) for PC

 

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