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Vishal Gupta

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  1. So you are using Windows Vista and feel that its slower than Windows XP? Then you have come to the right place.

    Following tutorial will help you in tweaking your Windows Vista to the max and you'll feel a significant improvement in your system performance. So without wasting any time lets start:

    1. Following code contains a few registry modifications, which are completely safe and can increase the performance of Windows Vista. Just paste following code in Notepad, save the file with name "Vishal.reg" (including quotes) and then run it:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]





    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]




    2. Right-click on My Computer icon on Desktop and select Properties (or press <WIN> key + <Pause/Break> key), click on Advanced system settings link in left side pane (You can also open it by typing sysdm.cpl in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter). Now click on Settings button in Performance section:


    Now disable all unnecessary options in Visual Effects tab, you can remain following options enabled according to your requirements:

    • Enable desktop composition (If you want to use Windows Aero theme)
    • Enable transparent glass (If you want to use transparency in Windows)
    • Show preview and filters in folder (If you use Details Pane in Explorer)
    • Show thumbnails instead of icons (If you want to show thumbnails in Explorer)
    • Show window contents while dragging (If you want windows to show content while moving them)
    • Smooth edges of screen fonts (If you want to show smooth fonts)
    • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop (If you want to show shadows under desktop icon labels)
    • Use visual styles on windows and buttons (If you want to use Windows Aero or Basic theme.)

    3. Open Folder Options and click on View tab:
    Now disable following options:
    • Display file size information in folder tips.
    • Display simple folder view in Navigation pane.
    • Hide extensions for known file types.
    • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color.
    • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.

    Other options don't affect the system performance. You can enable/disable them according to your requirements.

    4. Right-click on My Computer icon on Desktop and select Manage (You can also open it by typing services.msc in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter).

    Now goto Services & Applications -> Services. Here you can set a few unnecessary services to Manual, which will not start with windows and will decrease the boot time and will increase system performance.

    Please follow the following tutorial to know about which services can be safely set to MANUAL:

    Windows Vista Services that can be Safely set to MANUAL

    5. Type msconfig in RUN or Startmenu search box and press Enter. Now goto Startup tab and deselect the unnecessary entries, which you don't want to start automatically with Windows, e.g. you can disable VGA driver utility, Sound Card utility, etc to speed up the startup time and to increase system performance.

    You can also disable these items using Windows Defender. Open Windows Defender and click on Tools and then click on "Software Explorer".

    6. Open Sound in Control Panel (or type mmsys.cpl in RUN or Startmenu search box and press Enter), goto Sounds tab and select No Sounds in Sound Scheme section. Or you can remain some of your favorite sounds but set Exit Windows, Windows Logoff, Windows Logon and Start Navigation to (None).

    7. At last I'll advise to defrag the HDD regularly, install only necessary software, use the latest drivers and keep your Windows updated.

  2. Guys

    Did you know there is an extra hidden tab in Windows Live Messenger Option dialog box? Its called "Add-ins". I don't know why its hidden by default? Today I found a registry hack to enable it in WLM while playing with WLM's EXE file in Resource Hacker. :)





    So here is step-by-step tutorial to enable it:

    1. Open regedit and goto:


    2. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value and give it name "AddInFeatureEnabled" and set its value to 1

    3. Thats it. Now open Windows Live Messenger and goto "Tools -> Options" and you'll see a new tab "Add-ins" at last. ;)

    Above tutorial can also be read here.

  3. In Longhorn the "Details Pane" was shown at Top but now in Windows Vista its shown on bottom. Many ppl still like the good old top details pane like shown in my following theme:


    New AeroVG Theme for Windows Vista

    So here I'm posting a detailed tutorial for changing the "Details Pane" location from Bottom to Top in Windows Vista:

    1. We'll have to edit "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file. So first take ownership of this file using my following tutorial:

    Add Take Ownership Option in File / Folder Context Menu in Windows Vista

    2. Now open the file in Resource Hacker.

    3. Goto "View -> Find Text" (or press Ctrl + F). It'll open Find box.

    4. Now type following String in textbox:


    5. Click on "Find Next" button and it'll show the line containing this text.

    6. You have to just replace "bottom" word with "top".

    7. When you have done, click on "Compile Script" button.

    8. Now press "F3" key and it'll show the next line containing the same text. Again do the same mentioned in 6th step.

    9. Remember! You have to replace “bottom” word with “top” only in following locations:

    3, 4, 5, 6, 19, 20, 21

    Thats it. You have done. Now save the file and restart your system to take affect. :)

  4. Login screen - %windir%\system32\logonui.exe

    Boot screen - %windir%\system32\NToskrnl.exe

    First you'll have to compress the file as you can see in "I386" folder of XP Setup, all EXE, DLL, etc files are compressed having "DL_", "EX_" extensions.

    Once you have compressed them, you can simply replace existing files in I386 folder with your hacked one.

    There is a file "makecab.exe". That can do the job. Search for it.

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