ICS trouble with ADSL Written By: Jazzman | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 1474 | Print Tweak | 2/18/2002

I couldn't get ICS to function properly with the XP-inbox PPPoE. (ADSL) ..I could get on-the-net on my client computers, but after about 30 seconds, the connection would slow down to a complete halt. I installed RASPPPoE and ICS worked like a dream.

Fix IE 6 Slowdowns and Hangs Written By: Michael Stephens | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 7002 | Print Tweak | 2/15/2002

If Internet Explorer (IE) 6 is slowing to a crawl and/or hanging and starts to use 100 percent of CPU time it may well be a corruption of the "Temporary Internet Files folder". In particular, trying to delete Temporary Internet files via Tools, Internet Options or other privacy software seems to trigger this behavior. Also, attempts to view files in the Temporary Internet Files folder may show the folder as already empty when it is not. This behavior occurs because the Temporary Internet files database is corrupt.
The Temporary Internet files aren't really files but entries in %systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat. Deleting that file solves the problem. This same problem has occured for NT users and the fix works for XP.
1. Open a command prompt window on the desktop (Start/Run/command).
2. Exit IE and Windows Explorer (iexplore.exe and explorer.exe, respectively, in Task Manager, i.e - Ctrl-Alt-Del/Task Manager/Processes/End Process for each).
3. Use the following command exactly from your command prompt window to delete the corrupt file:
C:\>del "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat"
4. Restart Windows Explorer with Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del/Task Manager/Applications/New Task/Browse/C:\Windows\explorer.exe[or your path]) or Shutdown/Restart the computer from Task Manager.
IE should now work properly.

Fix bug in IE 6.0 sendmail.dll file (Functionality of Menu/Send/Link by Email) Written By: Scott | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 2595 | Print Tweak | 2/14/2002

In IE6 when trying to Send/File/Link by Email from the menu bar, IE6 prevents the loaded Web Address from being copied into the email message area of either OE6 or Outlook XP. This does not occur in IE 5.5. This is specifically regarding the IE feature, which allows the convenient quick paste of the Web Address into an email message area without having to manually copy and paste. (This does not address OE or Outlook security blocking of misc. attachments.)
To fix this, a copy of IE 5.5 sendmail.dll file is required, located in the Windows/System folder. Delete or rename and/or backup the IE 6.0 sendmail.dll file, which is located in the Window/System32 folder (Windows XP). Paste the IE 5.5 sendmail.dll into the Windows/System32 folder. This will allow you to use the Menu/Send/Link by Email function on the IE 6.0 menu bar. I have not noticed any adverse effects from doing this, but if one encounters problems, it is easy to reverse.
This bug has been reported to Microsoft and they are studying it.)

Quick IE Text Size Change Written By: Luke Freiler | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 1659 | Print Tweak | 2/13/2002

You can quickly change the text size in your brower by holding Control and scrolling your mouse wheel (assuming you're lucky enough to have one) either way.
Moving the mouse wheel up makes text smaller, down makes it bigger (opposite of what you'd assume of course).
Note: This will not work on sites which hard-code sizes to their text (most decent sites don't).

Diable UPnP the easy way Written By: E. Neal Kimberly | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 2623 | Print Tweak | 2/12/2002

The way to disable Universal Plug and Play is to download a program from www.grc.com. The program is small and it will work on Pro or home version of Windows XP, just goto the page www.grc.com and on the first page you will see a link titled UnPlug n' Pray click here next you see the page showing the program, how it works.

Changing default text size in Internet Explorer Written By: Erick Medina | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 2001 | Print Tweak | 2/11/2002

If you have a 1600x1200 laptop monitor, like me, you're probably sick of having to readjust the text size in IE every time you open the browser. With this little tweak, you'll have the default text size adjusted just the way you want it.
(Some programs, like Eudora 5.1, actually change this setting without your knowledge, leaving you squinting.)
To do it, you'll have to edit the registry.
1) First of all, save your registry if you haven't done so already.
2) Open up the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\International\Scripts\3\IEFontSize.
3) Change the REG_BINARY value from 01 00 00 00 ("small" text size) to 02 00 00 00 for medium (which is what I have) or to whatever you want(see below).
4) Open up IE to see if it looks the way you want it, and if so, voila. If not:
4) go back to step 2 --or-- restore your original registry settings.
Just in case, here are the keys to try for the text size you want:
00 00 00 00 = smallest 01 00 00 00 = small 02 00 00 00 = medium 03 00 00 00 = large 04 00 00 00 = largest
Happy surfing!
EAM emedina007@earthlink.net

Completely disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Written By: Justin Rallis | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 3367 | Print Tweak | 2/9/2002

To completely disable the potentially dangerous UPnP service from Windows XP, there are two services present that should be disabled. You can access the Services panel through Administrative Tools (Control Panel>>Performance and Maintenance). The two services you need to disable are:
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
SSDP Discovery Service
Most users don't realize it, but the SSDP service is the actual server that's open to the internet (unless you're firewalled), and the service that turns on the UPnP Device Host. Disable the UPnP Device Host first by double-clicking on the service and selecting "Disabled" in the drop-down menu, instead of the default "Manual." Next, go on to the SSDP Discovery Service, double-click and select to stop the service, then disable it in the same manner.
I hope this helps anyone who might be confused about how to be rid of UPnP.

Allow more than 2 simultaneous downloads in IE 6 Written By: Jason | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 8024 | Print Tweak | 2/4/2002

This is to increase the the number of max downloads to 10.
1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
2. Locate the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value , and then add the following registry values:
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=Dword:0000000a "MaxConnectionsPerServer"=Dword:0000000a
4. Quit Registry Editor.

Add Internet Explorer Toolbar Buttons Written By: Blasphemous Girl | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 5616 | Print Tweak | 1/27/2002

Use the following step's to add your own browser tool bars. You can add links to any programs on your computer oh to any web page (tweakxp.com) for example.
1. Go to Start, Run 2. Type in gpedit.msc 3. Go to user configuration - Windows Settings - IE Maintenance - Browser UI. Then click on browser toolbar customizations.
Notes: You will need 2 icon files (ico files) one color and one grey for the mouse over.

Changing mailto: defaults Written By: Mark Phillips | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 1806 | Print Tweak | 1/27/2002

Clicking on a mailto: link in IE launches Outlook even if the default mail client is changed to something else. This forces mailto: links to open in Netscape 6, though varying the command line should allow you to use other clients.
1. Run regedit 2. Go to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command 3. Change the default value to: C:\PROGRA~1\NETSCAPE\NETSCA~1\NETSCP6.EXE -mail "%1" (for Netscape 6. Other clients will have their own command lines)
Now sit back and avoid the viruses!

Add a Website link to Start menu Written By: Waddy | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 2862 | Print Tweak | 1/24/2002

This is a simple registry tweak which adds a website link to your Start Menu.....its very handy for quick access to your favourite website.
-------------------------------------------- To Install : Copy the code below to notepad and save it as link.reg then just right click on it and choose "merge".... Or just download the completed registry file HERE
--------------------------------------------- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}] @="XP-erience"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}\DefaultIcon] @="%SystemRoot%\\system32\\shell32.dll,-47"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}\Instance\InitPropertyBag] "CLSID"="{13709620-C279-11CE-A49E-444553540000}" "method"="ShellExecute" "Command"="xperience" "Param1"="http://www.xp-erience.org/"
To uninstall : Copy the code below to notepad and save as rem.reg and right click and choose merge..... Or just download the completed registry file HERE
--------------------------------------- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}] @=""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}\DefaultIcon] @=""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}\Instance\InitPropertyBag] "CLSID"="{13709620-C279-11CE-A49E-444553540000}" "method"="ShellExecute" "command"="" "Param1"=""
You can view a Screenshot which shows what it adds (bottom right)
--------------------------------------- Enjoy ---------------------------------------

Phone Dialer Written By: Shaun | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 4737 | Print Tweak | 1/17/2002

The run the phone dialer that I noticed is missing from the communications section.
go to "run" type in dialer

Network Interface Card Memory Tweak Written By: John Saulka | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 13617 | Print Tweak | 1/16/2002

1. Right Click on My Comp. 2. Then Properties 3. Device Manager or Hardware 4. View Resources by connection 5. Find the number IRQ of your NIC that uses the internet. (NIC meaning Network Interface Card). REMEMBER THAT NUMBER!!! 6. Then Click Run 7. Type Sysedit in the box and return 8. 4 or 5 boxes will appear, highlight the system.ini box 9. Under the [386enh] add the following exactly.. 10. Irq[n]=4096, where "[n]" is the number irq of your network card. 4096 is the recommended ram to reserve in kilobytes. 11. So it will look something like this Irq10=4096. 12. Save changes in the file and reboot for effect...
This tweak was from the help of www.speedguide.net. Some people with a cpu of over 500MHz had an increase of only up to 10%. Therefore it is a controversial tweak thats talked about. Hence, most likely they would be online gamers.
Be sure NOT to overdue the amount of ram because it will have little or no effect at all. Most of you probably won't notice much effect anyway but it's worth a try. This tweak is assumingly okay for all Windows users. Afterward, go to www.dslreports.com to test your internet throughput and see what they recommend to change your RWIN. (It's under the link of dslrtools on thier homepage).
Peace, and happy tweakin'

Web pages slow down, FIX. Written By: Jordan | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 12570 | Print Tweak | 1/15/2002

The tweak is simple. Beside the QoS and others around the Internet for the new XP OS, I found out that native drivers sometimes slow you down (cable and xDSL users). So if you have applied all tweaks and you are still having slow downs try reinstalling your NICs drivers.
I have reinstalled my NIC drivers (I own a CNET generic NIC, native driver is installed with OS) with the latest found on their website, and now I can really apretiate all my available bandwith. The difference is noticeable. My web pages now load almost instantly where they used to take even a minute!
As allways, this tweak worked well for me, but may not work with everybody, just try! You can go back to native drivers anytime.
Good Luck!

Better Easy IP Check Written By: Robert DeFusco | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 11594 | Print Tweak | 1/14/2002

This tweak was based on the Easy IP Check tweak posted by Hugo Tremblay.
Use this if you just want to display your IP address and not the extra information (default gateway / subnet mask)
Simply copy and paste the following into notepad
@echo. @ipconfig | find "IP Address" @echo. @pause
And save as IP.BAT (save to your windows dir if you want to be able to access it anywhere)
Now when you type IP you will see:
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : x.x.x.x
Press any key to continue . . . ---------------------------
(information about the code: @echo. produces a blank line, @ipconfig | find "IP Address" causes the output of ipconfig to be piped to the find command, which looks for the line containing "IP Address", find then outputs your IP address, @pause causes the terminal to wait for user input before continuing. The @ before each command tells the terminal not to echo the command being typed.)

Faster and more powerful Internet searching then ever before Written By: PatHaugen | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 11414 | Print Tweak | 1/11/2002

This tweak will have you searching the Internet faster and more powerfully then you ever have before.
1. Get TweakUI by installing Powertoys for Windows XP from: http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install/1.0/WXP/EN-US/PowerToySetup.exe
2. Start -> Programs -> Powertoys for Windows XP -> TweakUI for Windows XP
3. Click the '+' next to 'Internet Explorer'
4. Hightlight 'Search'
5. In the right plane click on the 'Create' button.
6. For the Prefix, type in 'Google' or if you're REALLY lazy (like me) then just 'g'
7. for the URL, enter: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%s&num=100
The 'hl' is language, the 'q' is the query, and the 'num' is the number of results per page. To search for multiple keywords at a time, use the format 'google monkey+cars' or just 'g monkey+cars' depending how you chose to set it up.
If you use another search engine, then you must have never tried Google.
Here are some reasons to help sway you: http://www.google.com/technology/whyuse.html
It has no graphics to load, no popups, no graphical ads, and codes your search terms in bold to prove the pages it lists have all you wanted.
And if that didn't work, try installing a BSD or *nix type OS, and finding solutions to cryptic error messages using any other search engine.
Sooner or later you'll realize Google is tops. Just give it a month's trial and see if you ever leave it ;)

Kill IE ABOUT: URLs Written By: Hamidreza Fonouni | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 8521 | Print Tweak | 1/9/2002

THE BUG: In Windows 9X/2000/ME/XP with MS IE 4/5/6,there is an annoying MS Internet Explorer vulnerability. Certain web sites force the opening of a hidden popup tracking minimized window upon your first visit, or when you leave their web site or close your browser while one of their web pages is still displayed. They do this by using the little known "about:" browser built-in command into their HTML/DHTML/XML code. There is not much you can do, except close it by right-clicking on it and selecting Close/Exit, or by highlighting it with a single mouse left-click and then pressing simultaneously Alt + F4. That is if you can detect its small taskbar icon, because it won't allow to be restored or maximized, unlike the other well behaved windows. THE FIX: You can kill ALL MS IE "about:" URLs permanently with this Registry hack. Create a REG file in Notepad (save it as NOABOUT.REG for example), with these lines:
-----Begin copy & paste below----- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\ProtocolDefaults] "about"=dword:00000004 "about:"=dword:00000004 ------End copy & paste above------
Then run NOABOUT.REG to merge this info into your Registry. This will place all "about:" URLs into the MS IE Restricted Zone, which means they will not open anymore when using IE to surf the net.

NetBeui can be installed!! Written By: Corey Ernst | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 5391 | Print Tweak | 1/9/2002

For some of you guys out there who may just want to setup a small lan of computers, you may not want to load up tcp/ip. In the past we've been able to intall netbeui easily...until XP. In order to install it in XP, go to your XP cd and look in the following folder: %cdrom%:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NET\NETBEUI There is a text file to easily install netbeui on your computer.

Disable Universal PnP Written By: Steve | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 8785 | Print Tweak | 1/5/2002

Chances are you have heard something about the "big" security flaw in Windows XP. The security problem has to do with an error in the programming of the Universal Plug and Play system. The error allowed people to gain access to your system and use it for DoS attacks. Microsoft has made a patch available on Windows Update for download but if you never use this service, why not just disable it so you can be sure that no one will be exploiting your system. To do so just follow the short instructions below:
1. Click on the Start button and select Run. 2. Then type Services.msc in the text box and click OK. 3. Once the services management counsel has loaded, scroll down the list of services until you find Universal Plug and Play. 4. Right click on the service and select properties. 5. On the general tab you will notice a spot displays the start up type. By default it is set to manual. This allows it to start up when ever the service is called. We want to change the start up type to disable. This can be done by selecting Disable from the drop down box. 6. Then click the OK button and close the services management counsel.
That’s all.

Outlook Express is not saving passwords Written By: andrew cockburn | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 3497 | Print Tweak | 1/3/2002

Outlook Express running under Windows XP tends to experience a problem with not remembering the password(s) for the accounts. When Outlook Express is opened, a dialog box will pop up every time you open the program and ask you to enter your password(s). The issue you are having requires editing the Registry. Just follow these simple steps and your problem will be fixed:
1. Click START and go to RUN 2. Enter “Regedit” and click ENTER 3. Double-click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” 4. Next you will double-click “SOFTWARE” 5. Find “MICROSOFT” and double-click on that also 6. Under “MICROSOFT” you will see a folder named “Protected Storage System Provider” single click on this folder and hit the “DELETE” key 7.Click “YES” when you are prompt to choose to delete the key and all the subkeys 8.Restart your computer 9.Open Outlook Express and enter in your password(s) 10.Close Outlook Express 11.Then you want to reopen Outlook Express… the password(s) will be remembered now

Can't connect to computers in your network? Written By: BrahmaBull3dfx (Liem) | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 11479 | Print Tweak | 12/31/2001

This may not solve everyone's problem with networking, but this is one way to fix a problem if you can't connect to users' computer.

1. Click start button
2. Click "My Network Places"
3. Right-click and click on "Properties"
4. Right-click on "Local Area Connection" and click on "Properties"
5. click on the "Authentication" tab
6. Uncheck "Enable network access control using IEEE 802.1X"
7. Click "OK"
Hopefully that should fix the problem. If it didn't then you have a different problem. Enjoy!

another fix for dsl service interroptions Written By: Bruce Stovall | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 8101 | Print Tweak | 12/30/2001

when i installed dsl service with windows xp my modem would show a connection but i couldn't access the net. so after going to microsofts online support page i uninstalled easy cd creator 5.02 platinum and i haven't had a problem since. i hope someone will benefit from this tip as i have>

Disable Messenger SERVICE (Not MSN messenger) Written By: Dane Kantner | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 9006 | Print Tweak | 12/29/2001

In the default installation of XP, the Messenger service runs by default. Messenger in Windows 2000/XP is similiar to the functionality of what "WinPopup" was to Win3.x/9X. However, having this service running will cause problems in the very near future, as ANYONE can send popup messages to your computer when you have this service running. (The service doesn't check where the message comes from).
Don't believe it? At the command prompt, type "net send IPADDRESS_OF_CLIENT_TO_SEND_TO Your Message" and that person will get a popup window immediately with "Your Message" .. the popup window will says "Messenger Service" in the titlebar and will contain your workstation's name and the time. You can send a message to yourself by typing "LOCALHOST" to test this.
Another thing worth noting, if you are using a Microsoft firewall, these messages will still be sent through the firewall.
To make it so others cannot send these messages to you, disable the Messenger service from Services. (Go to Control Panel > Perf. & Maint. > Administrative Tools > Services. Double click the Messenger Service, change 'Automatic' to 'Disabled' and click the Stop button.) Once you've done this, people trying to send messages via the net message service will get errors. While you're at it, it might be wise to disable the 'Administrative Alerts' service as well.
The description Microsoft gives for this service is as follows: "Transmits net send and Alerter service messages between clients and servers. This service is not related to Windows Messenger. If this service is stopped, Alerter messages will not be transmitted. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start."

Make Windows XP work with Unix Samba PDC Written By: Luigi Belli | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 4028 | Print Tweak | 12/23/2001

Windows XP refuses to log into a domain hosted by a Samba PDC. To make it work you must change the following registry key from 1 to 0: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet\Services\ControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters\requiresignorseal

Speeding Up Share Viewing Written By: William H. Gates | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 10694 | Print Tweak | 12/19/2001

When you connect to another computer with Windows XP, it checks for any Scheduled tasks on that computer - a fairly useless task, but one that can add up to 30 seconds of waiting on the other end - not good! Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to disable this process.
First, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace in the Registry. Below that, there should be a key called {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}. Just delete this, and after a restart, Windows will no longer check for scheduled tasks - major performance improvement!

Internet Explorer Fast Load Written By: James | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 18058 | Print Tweak | 12/17/2001

1. Change your home page to about:blank, or click use blank page.

Activating Passive FTP Mode Written By: Rancho* | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 7783 | Print Tweak | 12/14/2001

If you have problems connectiong to FTP servers using Internet Explorer when your computer is behind a firewall, you need to enable passive mode so you can connect a different way.
1. In IE6 XP open the Tools tab -> go to Internet Options -> Advanced tab -> scroll down till you find "Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)" -> TICK this setting -> hit Apply
This should resolve all problems with accessing FTP servers.

Disable Modem Connection Auto-Redial Written By: BrahmaBull3dfx (Liem) | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 4940 | Print Tweak | 12/13/2001

Before I figured how to fix this problem, my computer would connect to the internet right after windows xp starts, or it sometimes just starts connecting when I didn't ask it to connect. To fix this problem, follow these steps...
1. Go to the "Control Panel" 2. Switch to Classic View (to make life easier) 3. Double-Click "Network Connections" 4. Click "Advanced" from the menu, then click "Dial-up Preference" 5. Under where it says "Enable redial by location", uncheck all locations. 6. Click "OK"
You're finished, now it won't auto-redial on you anymore.

Enter Words into IE Written By: Greg | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 11766 | Print Tweak | 12/9/2001

Not really a tweak but here goes if you add about:xxxxxxx the writing will come up or sometimes a nice colour will come up e.g about:mozilla = blue

Make mIRC identd work! Written By: Kirkwood | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 10815 | Print Tweak | 12/8/2001

If you use mIRC then you have noticed that the Ident requests do not get answered and mIRC will only connect to servers that do not require Ident. This is due to the built in "Internet Connection Firewall" in XP. Here is how to get it working without disabling the entire firewall:
1. Go into Control Panel-> Network Connections 2. Right click "Local Area Network" and select "Properties" 3. Left click the advanced tab 4. Left click the settings button 5. Under services, left click the add button 6. For description type "Ident", for Name of IP put the name that identifies your system with your ISP OR your IP if it is static. 7. Both external and internal ports are 113 by default and TCP. 8. Click OK all the way out.
No reboot is needed and the Identd function now goes through without a hitch. This should work for any programs that use port 113 for Identd. Enjoy your chatting again!

Run Explorer Full Screen Written By: Ronald Miller | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 11201 | Print Tweak | 12/8/2001

Tired of using "F-11" to make Explorer go Full-Screen? Well this registry tweek will make it run Full-Screen without having to push F-11.
1. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER,Console,find "fullscreen" modify the value from 0 to 1. 2 go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER,Software,Microsoft,InternetExplorer,Main, "find fullscreen" modify the value from no to yes. 3. reboot your computer. 4. Now everytime you open explorer or IE 6 you'll be running in full screen.

Disable ICMP Redirect for security Written By: Dope Star | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 6724 | Print Tweak | 12/4/2001

If your running server versions, add the following reg_dword in the location shown and set it to "0". This will help keep an icmp re-direct attack from taking over your server.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters] "EnableICMPRedirect"=dword:00000000
Works in both Win2k and XP

Searching made easy Written By: Otto | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 5667 | Print Tweak | 12/4/2001

Remember the Quick Search powertoy for IE? Well, now it's built in. Load up TweakUI and expand the Internet Explorer menu. Under search, you can create new search options. For example:
Create one with a prefix of "g" and a URL of "http://www.google.com/search?q=%s". Now, to search Google for, say, penguins, all you have to do is type "g penguins" in the Address bar. Nice and easy.

Speed up browsing with DNS catch Written By: Dope Star | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 25724 | Print Tweak | 12/4/2001

when you connect to a web site your computer sends information back and forth, this is obvious. Some of this information deals with resolving the site name to an IP address, the stuff that tcp/ip really deals with, not words. This is DNS information and is used so that you will not need to ask for the site location each and every time you visit the site. Although WinXP and win2000 has a pretty efficient DNS cache, you can increase its overall performance by increasing its size.
You can do this with the registry entries below:
************begin copy and paste*********** Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters] "CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001 "CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180 "MaxCacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000fa00 "MaxSOACacheEntryTtlLimit"=dword:0000012d
************end copy and paste***********
make a new text file and rename it to dnscache.reg. The copy and paste the above into it and save it. Then merge it into the registry

Better startup for IE (Google) Written By: Romp | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 34103 | Print Tweak | 12/2/2001

I prefer to use Google as my search engine so I use this to speed loading IE.
Go to www.google.com. Once the page is loaded, click FILE, SAVE AS. In the Save As Type dropdown, select Web Archive, Single File(*.mht) and save it somewhere.
Now, open the file, it will open a browser showing the www.google.com page. In IE, click TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, then under Home Page, click USE CURRENT.
Next time you start IE, it will use the local version of the web site to open with. This will only work with simple, static pages.

Get rid of the "links" folder in the favorites without regedit Written By: Quezako | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 9954 | Print Tweak | 11/21/2001

in IE, click on favorites and right click on links, propreties, check readonly and hidden. it will never show again in your favorite list !

Start IE with empty blue page Written By: J. Patje | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 16838 | Print Tweak | 11/21/2001

Set your default page to about:mozilla and IE will show a nice blue screen upon startup.

Modify bandwith reserved for QoS-aware programs Written By: Steve | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 347732 | Print Tweak | 11/20/2001

Traffic flow can be managed very well in Windows XP using the Quality of Service (QoS) Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP). However, programs must be designed to take advantage of this QoS API. The traffic from programs that are not QoS-aware are sent directly to a different API called TCI. These programs have to fight for bandwidth because unlike the QoS API, there is no bandwidth reservation. If you use a lot of QoS-aware programs and would like to change the percent of the bandwidth that is reserved for the program, read below. Make sure your logged on as Administrator. Do not log on with any account that just has administrator privileges. To log in as Administrator: - Click on start->logoff->logoff - At the logon screen hold Ctrl+Alt+Del. - In the user field type 'Administrator' - In the password field type the password for the administrator (if you don't have one leave blank) and press OK Click on the Start button and select run. Type gpedit.msc in the text box and click OK Once the program loads, expand the Computer configuration branch. Expand the Administrative templates branch. Expand the Network branch. Highlight the QoS Packet Scheduler in left window. In right window double click the limit reservable bandwidth setting On setting tab check the enabled option. Where it says Bandwidth limit %, change it to read what ever percent you want to reserve for QoS-aware applications. Click OK and exit the group policy editor. Go to your Network connections (start->my computer->my network connection-> view network connections). Right click on your connection, choose properties then under the General or the Networking tab (where it lists your protocols) make sure QoS packet scheduler is enabled. Now just reboot your computer and you are all done. When a QoS-aware program is in use it will reserve the allocated amount of bandwidth and that will take away form other non QoS-aware programs. However, once the QoS-aware application is closed or closes the network connection, the bandwidth reservation is released. This is done by a series of PATH and RESV refresh messages sent back and fourth over the connection. Once these messages are no longer detected, the data flow is closed and the reservation of bandwidth is eliminated.
For more information on QoS Traffic Control: Click Here
For more information on the control of reservation of bandwidth: Click Here
Original Tweak was written by BigBrother but was rewritten after it was found to be incorrect.

Security Test for XP Written By: Allen | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 34547 | Print Tweak | 11/12/2001

Heres a great way to test your securty,works with windows NT, 2000 and XP. It has a wealth of infomation like open shares, services, etc. It is a great tool, enjoy: Click Here

IMPROVED: Disable home page to speed up launch Written By: Jorrit Schippers | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 12515 | Print Tweak | 11/5/2001

there is a better way to do this: add -nohome to the shortcut! If you combine these two, it;s the fastest option you can get.

Get rid of the "links" folder in the favorites Written By: Kaz | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 12758 | Print Tweak | 11/2/2001

Well if your like me, you prob. have tried to delete the "Links" folder in your favorites, and then come to find out that when you restart the "Links" folder is still there. Well if you follow these directions you will not have that problem again.
1. Start regedit, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar 2. Locate the string "LinksFolderName" Right Click on it and select delete. 3. Click Ok, and exit regedit 4. Restart
Quick note by Steve: You can also just click on the favorites menu in internet explore and move the mouse over the links folder and right click and select delete.

Temporary Internet Files Written By: Sheehan Alam | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 13296 | Print Tweak | 11/2/2001

If you've got a beefy enough computer to shell out some hard-drive space this tip is for you! For your Temporary Internet Files, set at least 1GB, so that way you virtually cut down ALL loading time to previous sites you have visited. Increase this number if you want more space! To achieve this novelty open IE, and under Tools go to Internet Options. There on the main tab you will have the option to set the temporary internet files cache space.
Happy Tweaking!

Tweaking MTU on XP using PPPoE Written By: Lanik | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 29882 | Print Tweak | 10/27/2001

You need to downlod RASPPPoE: http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~normanb

Load Internet Explorer the fastest way possible Written By: simonize | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 60185 | Print Tweak | 10/23/2001

Edit your link to start Internet Explorer to have -nohome after it. For Example: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE -nohome" This will load internet explorer very fast because it does not load a webpage while it is loading. If you want to go to your homepage after it is loaded, just click on the home button.

Disable Scheldule Task in IE Written By: shawn ballard | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 15080 | Print Tweak | 10/10/2001

IE 6.0 wants to run a schelduled task everytime it connects to a server. This results in slower browsing. To disable this delete the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}.
I picked this up in a training class for windows xp, it does apply to machines running IE 6

Change default Internet Explorer Download Directory Written By: Eric H | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 10906 | Print Tweak | 10/9/2001

In Regedit go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
Change the value of the string "Download Directory" to the new path you want to assign as IE's Default Download directory i.e. "D:\" has been assigned as my new download directory.

Change default pages for events Written By: Steve | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 9104 | Print Tweak | 8/5/2001

Internet explorer default pages for events such as navigation canceled, navigation failed, offline information, and blank page are stored in the registry. You can replace these pages with your own if you would like to customize Internet Explorer.
Start regedit, if you are unfamiliar with regedit please see our FAQ. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs Modify the key values to the full path on the hard drive. C:\page.htm

Decrease temp internet files Written By: Webmaster | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 20284 | Print Tweak | 6/13/2001

The temporary internet files clutter your hard drive with copies of each page visited. These can build up over time and take up disk space. Even more bothersome is that instead of getting new pages each time IE often takes the page out the temp internet files. This can be a problem if you are viewing a website that is updated all the time. If you are on a slow connection such as a 56K or lower then this can be good but if you are on a fast broadband connection, like me, then you can get away with decreasing the size of your temp internet files to just one meg without any preformance decrease.
Launch Internet Explorer. Select the Tools from the menu bar. Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu. Once the internet options has loaded click on the general tab. Under the temporary internet files section click the settings button. A settings window will load. Slide the slider all the way to the left so the size indicated in the text box on the right is one. Click OK Click OK

Disable folder view Written By: Webmaster | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 13134 | Print Tweak | 6/13/2001

One of the most annoying features of Internet Explorer occurs when trying to connect to a FTP site. By default, folder view is enabled. For the extreme beginner this can be of great help but I am assuming that if you are visiting my web site then you are past that stage by now. I would disable it for many reasons. The most convincing reason to disable it is because it is slow and often causes IE to not respond for periods of time when it is having a hard time connecting to the server.
Launch Internet Explorer. Select the Tools from the menu bar. Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu. Once the internet options has loaded click on the advanced tab. Find where it says Enable folder view for FTP sites and uncheck it. Click OK

Disable home page to speed up launch Written By: Webmaster | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 21445 | Print Tweak | 6/13/2001

One quick way to speed up launching internet explorer is to not set a home page. By using a blank home page internet explorer does not have to use additional cpu time and uses the hard drive less. After all most of the time you want to go to a different site right away so it is not going to affect your productivity at all.
Launch Internet Explorer. Select the Tools from the menu bar. Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu. Once the internet options has loaded click on the general tab. Under the home page section click the use blank button. Click OK

Get rid of history Written By: Webmaster | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 22764 | Print Tweak | 6/13/2001

Get rid of that history. There is no good that can come of it. It will only take up space and allows any cleaver person to find out exactly what web sites you have visited.
Launch Internet Explorer. Select the Tools from the menu bar. Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu. Once the internet options has loaded click on the general tab. Under the history section change the days to keep in history to 0. I would also click the clear history button to get rid of everything else. Click OK

Security: Do not save encrypted... Written By: Webmaster | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 17839 | Print Tweak | 6/13/2001

The latest versions of internet explorer include some great new security improvements. For this tweak I will talk about enabling the feature to not save encrypted files to disk. This is a valuable feature. When you connect to a site that is encrypted the data sent over the network is encrypted. Your browser has the key to decrypt and display the information. Why give someone a chance to crack the encryption. If you don't allow IE to save it to disk then it is nearly impossible for someone else to be able to get that file and use brute force to crack it.
Launch Internet Explorer. Select the Tools from the menu bar. Then select Internet Options... from the drop down menu. Once the internet options has loaded click on the advanced tab. Under security find where it says Do not save encrypted pages to disk and check it. Click OK