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Tweaking Windows Xp

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#1 Sam Fisher

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:41 AM

Hi guys,

I happened to come across tweaks.com which generally covers all kinds of tweaks for windows xp and other operating systems. Now i observed that there are tons of tweaks. I did not however come across any topic for beginners on these tweak issues. Basically, tweaking is manipulating the registry files in windows, which happens to be the most critical system files. So, I was wondering if the more experienced folks could put up some kind of guide giving step by step process of tweaking it would be very useful to the beginners. These tweaks unfortunately do not give much scope for errors, and getting anything wrong might result in crashes or other problems. That is where the veterans could help the novice.

It would also be a good idea for people to put up what they think are "must have tweaks list" for beginners. This is my first post so i am merely suggesting an idea to make things easy for newbies, like me. :flowers:

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:44 AM

I suggest you read the Tweaking Companion. It's written at a fairly basic level and contains good information.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 06:25 AM

You can also check out this pinned topic:
Windows XP Tweak Guide

If you have any questions, you can always ask in the forums, and I'm sure someone will be able to help you out.

As with all registry tweaks:
If you're not comfortable with working in the registry, DO NOT ATTEMPT.
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:01 AM

Not only should you backup the registry - but you should also learn how to restore it in case you can't boot into Windows.

With a serious registry error you won't be able to boot into Windows - so the practice beforehand is needed. It's actually a simple process, but is very detailed so it pays to practice first. Most commonly it's either done from the Recovery Console or from a BartPE/UBCD disk.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 10:11 AM

You could try letting more experts do it using these:



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