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    Here is a list of the various links. Post any pros or cons with these tweaks (ex. any that you have tried and do not work or caused you a hassle)

    Black Viper's website - good source for various tweaks.

    tweakxp.com

    101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows

    104 Great Tech Tips for Windows

    99 Performance Tips for Windows

    Little Known Features of WindowsXP

    Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services

    tweakhound services

    tweakguides




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    XPlite is itself a great tweak. (even the trial version)

    ...can turn off WFP and prefetch, and also uninstall quite a few things. altho with WFP off you could just delete them yourself.

    http://www.litepc.com/
    Last edited by ThugsRook; 05-13-2008 at 08:12 PM.

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    microsoft tweakUI is another good tweak proggy

    http://www.microsoft.com/xppowertoys

    Current PowerToy options:

    Color Control Panel Applet
    Professional-level photographers and designers know that getting consistent, accurate color from file to screen to print and beyond is a requirement for great results. This new tool helps you manage Windows color settings in one place. Download or learn more.

    SyncToy
    With new sources of files coming from every direction (such as digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops), SyncToy can help you copy, move, and synchronize different directories. Download or learn more.

    RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
    Are you a serious photographer? Now you can organize and work with digital RAW files in Windows Explorer (much as you can with JPEG images). This tool provides thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images. Download or learn more.

    ClearType Tuner
    This PowerToy lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access.

    HTML Slide Show Wizard
    This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.

    Open Command Window Here
    This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.

    Alt-Tab Replacement
    With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.

    Tweak UI
    This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

    Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.

    Power Calculator
    With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

    Image Resizer
    This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.

    CD Slide Show Generator
    With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.

    Virtual Desktop Manager
    Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

    Taskbar Magnifier
    Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

    Webcam Timershot
    This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.
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    Thanks Thugs

    If you have a link I will edit the first post.




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    updated with links.

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    best tweak from tweakXP.....

    regedit

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\DisablePagingExecutive = 1
    keeps data in memory. (instead of harddrive paging)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache = 1
    this allows XP Kernel to Run from memory. (instead of harddrive paging)

    Reboot.

    Note: This tweak may cause problems with ATI cards.

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    Thanks Thugs!!!

    Now how about a regedit that will work with ati cards

    What kind of problems does it cause? Does it shut down a system such that a clean install is reuired?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Snafu View Post
    Thanks Thugs!!!

    Now how about a regedit that will work with ati cards

    What kind of problems does it cause? Does it shut down a system such that a clean install is reuired?
    im not an ATi guy, but i clearly remember that there was indeed an issue with it.

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    Large system cache is a staple tweak for Super Pi benching, it's enabled by default in Server 2K3. I found out the hard way about the ATI problem while benching my E8400 and HD2900pro a few weeks ago.

    With this tweak enabled, my system would boot and go BSOD as soon as Windows tried to load the gpu drivers. I have always ran ATI cards and this is the first time I've had this problem, so I couldn't figure out what was going on and I tried everything for 2 days, including fresh installs of XP (not fun at -74c ), and doing an install of 2K3. I can't remember why I finally tried disabling "large system cache", but when I did, everything worked fine.

    BTW; this tweak can be applied through Control Panel/System/Advanced/Performance/Advanced/Memory Usage


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    Quote Originally Posted by boshuter View Post
    Large system cache is a staple tweak for Super Pi benching...
    its a per-user setting. some benchmarks actually go slower, depending on how much memory youve got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThugsRook View Post
    its a per-user setting. some benchmarks actually go slower, depending on how much memory youve got.
    Of course... not many tweaks are going to be good for every benchmark, just like different benchmarks are better on different os's. If I'm benching PI, thats what I tweak for, if I'm going to bench 3D, then chances are I'm going to do a fresh Windows install anyway. One good day of benching will hose an os bad enough you find you can't repeat previous scores, I try to bench 2D one day, reinstall and bench 3D the next, if scores start dropping I may have to reinstall more frequently.... thats a good reason to have 2 or 3 hdd's preloaded.


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    W98 used to get hosed alot from pci bus OCing, but ever since pci lock i havent hosed an OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThugsRook View Post
    W98 used to get hosed alot from pci bus OCing, but ever since pci lock i havent hosed an OS.
    Lol..... things have changed a lot since then Thugs..... now it's 600+fsb and 130mhz PCIE that causing the problems.


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    Quote Originally Posted by boshuter View Post
    Lol..... things have changed a lot since then Thugs..... now it's 600+fsb and 130mhz PCIE that causing the problems.
    I'll vouch for the PCI-E frequency issue. 600+fsb is way out of my league!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boshuter
    Lol..... things have changed a lot since then Thugs..... now it's 600+fsb and 130mhz PCIE that causing the problems.
    im not big on high FSB, id rather OC the northbridge and run balls to the wall memory settings (IE: 400ddr is faster then 533ddr)

    can you guys still OC the northbridge like we can on the older Ai7/Ic7s?

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