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Speed up with Tips and Tricks:

This section covers useful tips and tweaks to get the most out of your computer and operating systems that will help speed up reaction times, load times, plus much much more. We will endeavour to add to this as much as possible and welcome user recommendations. If you have a Tip, Trick or Windows Hack that you think we should post then email it to us at www.windowsreinstall.com .

Customise Folders - Customise Menus - Hardware - Startup - Shutdown - Windows Services

 

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Customise Folders

Add any folder to your taskbar (Windows 8, 7 Vista, XP and older)

 

To add a folder to your taskbar simply right click on it, select "Toolbar" and then "New toolbar" and select the folder you wish to shortcut too.

Once picked click "Select folder" to complete

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Customise Menus

 
Add the Print Directory option to folders (Windows 7, Vista and XP)

This will add a print directory option when you right click on a folder, it can be done manually or you can click on the link below (this will do the registry changes automatically and is provided by Microsoft):

Add the Print Directory feature

 

Hardware


Disk Cleanup for Windows XP

 

Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then Disk Cleanup

(If more than one drive) Select drive to clean

Now Windows will check system, this may take a while so be patient.

From the next screen select what you wish to delete, from our example you will notice its quite a lot of  stuff. In "More Options" along the top you can also cleanup system restore files and remove software. This can free quite allot of space up also. Select what you want to delete and press "OK".

Once done you can check the amount of space the computer now has in "MY Computer"


 

Startup


Assign a Static IP Address in XP, Vista, or Windows 7

 

Click start/all programs accessories then run and type: CMD

When the command windows opens type: ipconfig /all

The following settings will appear (these settings you will require later):

ipconfig /allNow click start/control panel/Network and Internet/Network and Sharing Center/ and then change adapter settings

Now you will see your network connections, right click on the one that is connected and select properties. (Wireless connection in example below)

check network

Now you will see from the ipconfig menu you will see "IPv4 address" or "IPv6 address". select the appropriate setting from the properties menu (either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv6) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6))

Now fill in the settings:

Select "Use the following IP address":

IP address is same as IPv4 or IPv6 address in IPConfig.

Subnet mask the same as subnet mask address in IPConfig

Default gateway is the same as default gateway address in IPConfig

Select "Use the following DNS server addresses":

Preferred DNS should be 8.8.8.8

Alternative 8.8.4.8

Finally click on "Validate settings upon exit".

Click OK then OK again to save and exit. Network will the be set.

If network doesn't work run network troubleshooter, or reverse the above steps to get back to square one.


Change the Boot Menu's Timeout Values in Windows 8, 7 and Vista.

 

windows 8 speed up startupWindows 8, 7 & Vista: Click start/all programs accessories then run and type: MSCONFIG

Now click on boot and adjust the "Timeout" value to a lower figure, 0 means computer will not pause at all on the menu. I recommend 5 seconds just incase you need to make adjustments or prevent a startup repair.

 

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Shutdown

 
Shutdown, Hibernate, Log off or restart Windows XP instantly

 

To shutdown Windows XP instantly click "start", "Run" and type:

%SystemRoot%\System32\shutdown.exe /s

and click OK.

To hibernate Windows XP instantly click "start", "Run" and type:

%SystemRoot%\System32\shutdown.exe /h

and click OK.

To log off Windows XP instantly click "start", "Run" and type:

%SystemRoot%\System32\shutdown.exe /l

and click OK

To restart Windows XP instantly click "start", "Run" and type:

%SystemRoot%\System32\shutdown.exe /r

and click OK

To create a permanent shortcut for any of the above:

Right click on a blank area of desktop

Select "create new shortcut", copy and paste the commands above in the box, click next.

Finally name shortcut and change the icon if you wish by right clicking on it, going to properties and clicking change icon.



  

Windows Services

 

Disable constant indexing in (Windows 8, 7 and Vista)

 

Windows search indexing is constantly reviewing files on your system to make their contents available for quick searching. This can severely impact system performance.

To disable indexing:

Click Start then Computer or open Windows explorer

Right Click on the C: Drive and select "Properties"

On General Tab, Uncheck Index this drive for faster searching

On the subsequent dialog box, Select Include subfolders and files

Repeat for any further drives or partitions you have

Click OK to save and exit.

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Disable delete Confirmation (Windows 8, 7 and Vista)

 

Disabling delete confirmation is quite easy, just find recycle bin and right click on it, select properties

disable delete confimation

disable delete confirmationNow deselect "Display delete confirmation dialog" box.

If you have more than one drive/partition then you'll have to do it for each drive.

This is probably not recommended as you will never know if you accidently delete something, but its useful if your doing a system cleanup.

Do the opposite to reverse.

 


 
Stop the Windows Update restart (Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000)

Temporary fix

stop windows updateWindows XP: Click start then run and type: net stop "automatic updates"

Windows 8, 7 & Vista: Click start/all programs accessories then run and type: net stop "windows update"

 

Permanent fix

Now navigate to Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components and then Windows Update. Double click No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installation then choose Enabled and click OK.

gpedit.mscWindows 2000 SP3+ and Windows XP SP1+: Click start then run and type: GPEDIT.MSC

Windows 7 and Vista: Click start/all programs accessories then run and type: GPEDIT.MSC

Now navigate to Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components and then Windows Update. Double click No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installation then choose Enabled and click OK.

 


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