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ManzZup 12Sep2010 19:55

Grand Collection Of XP [TWEAKS] ! - Part2 (10 tweaks)
 
Heyy guyss,

Back again with the 2nd part of the tweak pack :D. Also Grand Collection Of XP [TWEAKS] ! - Part1 (10 tweaks) if you haven't. Its really driving me insane trying to pack these pack.

[ Everything is not my content, credits gone to whoever supported for this + i'm not responsible whutever you do to your PC :D 'dont-be-afraid"]


11) Mess up the 'policy' : The Longest

The Policy Editor tool imposes restrictions on the user's system by editing the user.dat file which in turn means that it edits the Windows Registry to change the settings. It can be used to control or restrict access to each and every folder and option you could ever think of. It has the power to even restrict access to individual folders, files, the Control Panel, MS DOS, the drives available etc. Sometimes this software does make life really hard for a Hacker. So how can we remove the restrictions imposed by the Policy Editor? Well read ahead to learn more.

You see the Policy Editor is not the only way to restrict a user's activities. As we already know that the Policy Editor edits the Windows Registry(user.dat) file to impose such restrictions. So this in turn would mean that we can directly make changes to the Windows Registry using a .reg file or directly to remove or add restrictions.

Launch Regedit and go to the following Registry Key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies

Under this key, there will definitely be a key named explorer. Now under this explorer key we can create new DWORD values and modify it's value to 1 in order to impose the restriction. If you want to remove the Restriction, then you can simply delete the respective DWORD values or instead change their values to 0. The following is a list of DWORD values that can be created under the Explorer Key-:

* NoDeletePrinter: Disables Deletion of already installed Printers
* NoAddPrinter: Disables Addition of new Printers
* NoRun : Disables or hides the Run Command
* NoSetFolders: Removes Folders from the Settings option on Start Menu(Control Panel, Printers, Taskbar)
* NoSetTaskbar: Removes Taskbar system folder from the Settings option on Start Menu
* NoFind: Removes the Find Tool (Start >Find)
* NoDrives: Hides and does not display any Drives in My Computer
* NoNetHood: Hides or removes the Network Neighborhood icon from the desktop
* NoDesktop: Hides all items including, file, folders and system folders from the Desktop
* NoClose: Disables Shutdown and prevents the user from normally shutting down Windows.
* NoSaveSettings: Means to say, 'Don't save settings on exit'
* DisableRegistryTools: Disable Registry Editing Tools (If you disable this option, the Windows Registry Editor(regedit.exe) too will not work.)
* NoRecentDocsHistory: Removes Recent Document system folder from the Start Menu (IE 4 and above)
* ClearRecentDocsOnExit: Clears the Recent Documents system folder on Exit.
*Nolnternetlcon: Removes the Internet (system folder) icon from the Desktop

Under the same key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies you can create new subkeys other than the already existing Explorer key. Now create a new key and name it System. Under this new key, system we can create the following new DWORD values(1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option):

* NODispCPL: Hides Control Panel
* NoDispBackgroundPage: Hides Background page.
* NoDispScrsavPage: Hides Screen Saver Page
* NoDispAppearancePage: Hides Appearance Page
* NoDispSettingsPage: Hides Settings Page
* NoSecCPL: Disables Password Control Panel
* NoPwdPage: Hides Password Change Page
* NoAdminPaqe: Hides Remote Administration Page
* NoProfilePage: Hides User Profiles Page
* NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager Page
* NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles Page
* NoFileSysPage: Hides File System Button
* NoVirtMemPage: Hides Virtual Memory Button

An yes, if we create a new subkey named Network, we can add the following DWORD values under it(1 for enabling the particular option and
0 for disabling the particular option):

* NoNetSetupSecurityPage: Hides Network Security Page
* NoNelSetup: Hides or disables the Network option in the Control Panel
* NoNetSetupIDPage: Hides the Identification Page
* NoNetSetupSecurityPage: Hides the Access Control Page
* NoFileSharingControl: Disables File Sharing Controls
* NoPrint: Sharing: Disables Print Sharing Controls

Ofcourse, if we create a new subkey named WinOldApp, we can add the following DWORD values under it(1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option):

* Disabled: Disable MS-DOS Prompt
* NoRealMode: Disable Single-Mode MS-DOS.

12) Getting access to blocked folders in the most secured OS

It gives the User an option to do the same thing in various ways. You see the RUN command is only the most convenient option of launching applications, but not the only way. In Windows you can create shortcuts to almost anything from a file, folder to a Web URL. So say your system administrator has blocked access to the c:\windows\system folder and you need to access it. What do you do?

Simply create a Shortcut to it. To do this Right click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut. A new window titled Create Shortcut pops up. Type in the path of the restricted folder you wish to access, in this case c:\windows\system.

Click Next, Enter the friendly name of the Shortcut and then click Finish. Now you can access the restricted folder by simply double clicking on the shortcut icon. Well that shows how protected and secure :D

13) Making a fancy off with .htt files

If you have installed Windows Desktop Update and have the view as Web Page option enabled, you can customise the way the folder looks by selecting View > Customise this folder. Here you can change the background and other things about that particular folder.

Well, you could also change the default that is stored in a Hidden HTML Template file (I think so..) which is nothing but a HTML document with a .htt extension. This .htt file is found at: %systemroot%\web\folder.htt.

The %systemroot% stands for the drive in which Windows is Installed, which is normally C:

You can edit these .htt files almost just like you edit normal .HTM or .HTML files. Simply open them in an ASCII editor like Notepad. The following is a list of .htt files on your system which control various folders and which can be edited to customise the way various folders look.

controlp.htt Control Panel
printers.htt Printers
mycomp.htt My Computer
safemode.htt Safe Mode

All these files are found in the web folder in %systemfolder%. The folder.htt file has a line:

'Here's a good place to add a few lines of your own"

which is the place where you can add your own A HREF links. These links would then appear in the folder whose folder.htt file you edited. All this might sound really easy and simple, but you see these .htt files do not contain normal HTML code, instead they contain a mixture of HTML and web bots. Hence they can be difficult for newbies to understand.

14) Create a Password Reset Disk

If you’re running Windows XP Professional as a local user in a workgroup environment, you can create a password reset disk to log onto your computer when you forget your password. To create the disk:

* Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
* Click your account name.
* Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.

Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk. Store the disk in a secure location, because anyone using it can access your local user account


15) Clear Page File on Shutdown

ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES!

Browse to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \Session Manager \ Memory Management

* Add the DWORD variable "ClearPageFileAtShutdown"=dword:00000001

16) Software says "OS too advanced" ?

If you have a piece of software that refuses to install because it says that you are not running Windows 2000 (such as the Win2K drivers for a Mustek scanner!!) you can simply edit

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/ProductName

to say Microsoft Windows 2000 instead of XP and it will install. You may also have to edit the version number or build number, depending on how hard the program tries to verify that you are installing on the correct OS.

17) Speed up the Start Menu

The default speed of the Start Menu is pretty slow, but you can fix that by editing a Registry Key. Fire up the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop \ MenuShowDelay

By default, the value is 400. Change this to a smaller value, such as 0, to speed it up.

18) Add/Remove optional features of Windows XP

To dramatically expand the list of applications you can remove from Windows XP after installation, navigate to C:\WINDOWS\inf (substituting the correct drive letter for your version of Windows) and open the sysoc.inf file. Under Windows XP Professional Edition RC1, this file will resemble the following by default:

[Version] Signature = "$Windows NT$"
DriverVer=06/26/2001,5.1.2505.0

[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,fp4 0ext.inf,,7
AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
msnexplr=ocmsn.dll,OcEntry,msnmsn.inf,,7
smarttgs=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,msnsl.inf,,7
RootAutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,rootau.inf,,7
Games=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,games.inf,,7
AccessUtil=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,accessor.inf,,7
CommApps=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,communic.inf,HIDE,7
MultiM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,multimed.inf,HIDE,7
AccessOpt=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,optional.inf,HIDE,7
Pinball=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,pinball.inf,HIDE,7
MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,HIDE,7
ZoneGames=zoneoc.dll,ZoneSetupProc,igames.inf,,7

[Global]
WindowTitle=%WindowTitle%
WindowTitle.StandAlone="*"

The entries with HIDE are not shown. So simply remove the HIDE with a ',' [comma :D ]

19) Speed up your interNET

Use these simply incease your browing spped.

Run --> Regedit
Goto the key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Dnscache\Parameters

Add or change the follwing values:
"CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001
"CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180
"MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00
"MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d

20) Customize the 'Anonnoying' Opened-documents-grouping by XP

WinXP will group multiple open windows (IE windows for example) into one group on the task bar to keep the desktop clear. This can be annoying at times - especially when comparing different web pages because you have to go back to the task bar, click on the group and then click on the page you want and then you only get one page because you have to click on each one separately. I think the default for this is 8 windows - any combination of apps or utilities open.

Goto regedit:

HKEY_CURRRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\add reg_Dword "TaskbarGroupSize"

modify "TaskbarGroupSize" entry to be the number of windows you want open before XP starts to group them on the task bar. A value of 2 will cause the Taskbar buttons to always group

be back with another one
cyah all :D

shabbir 13Sep2010 08:33

Re: Grand Collection Of XP [TWEAKS] ! - Part2 (10 tweaks)
 
Inter linked both the parts

ManzZup 13Sep2010 09:44

Re: Grand Collection Of XP [TWEAKS] ! - Part2 (10 tweaks)
 
thnkxx :D


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