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Tweaking Windows XP Part 2 - Windows XP Tweaking Part Two - Page 6

So many emails were recieved after our original XP Tweaking Guide that Gavin "Osiris" Ballard decided he would write a second one, as there's quite a few tweaks that have been discovered since the first article. Join Gavin and he shows you ven more new tips and tricks for Windows XP!

By: | Guides | Posted: Jan 3, 2002 5:00 am

Tweak #11 - L2 Cache Tweakage


The L2, or second-level, cache, is an integral part of your CPU. However, XP is very shoddy at detecting it, so setting it manually is sometimes necessary. It's easy to do, though, you simply have to navigate to


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\


in the registry and find the value SecondLevelDataCache. You must then adjust it to the value (in kilobytes) of the L2 Cache of your processor.





You should be able to find the L2 Cache value of your processor from its manufacturer.


NOTE: Sorry about this people, but the original version of this article showed me, in the above tweak, entering data in Hexadecimal mode. The L2 Cache of your processor should be entered in Decimal mode. Sorry, guys :(.


Tweak #12+ - TweakUtils


Finally, for those of you looking to squeeze the most out of your XP experience, there are a couple of programs floating around that serve to tweak XP even futher. They are;


Microsoft's PowerToys - Download Here


These PowerToys were developed by the XP team after the release of XP, and include things like Power Calculators, Super Fast User Switching, and improved Alt-Tab menus.


Microsoft's BootVis.exe - Download Here


This is another tool developed by the Microsoft Windows XP development team. It was designed to aid in decreasing boot times, and has been very effective at that task.


Xteq X-Setup - Download Here


A third-party tool, great for tweaking all versions of Windows, including XP.


That's all, folks!


Well, that does it for the second part of the Windows XP tweaking guide. I'd like to thank Leigh "Grim Reaper" for putting me on the trail of a couple of tweaks. Thanks mate! I hope this installment helped you get even more out of your systems, and if you have any questions, comments, et cetera, drop me a line at or, post around in the TweakTown Forums.


Have some great Tweakage!


-Gavin "Osiris" Ballard


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