by Noc Team on November 4, 2009


Contributed by Faisal Shahzad

How To Speed Up Your Windows XP By Disabling File Indexing:

File indexing is a Windows service like many others is totally useless – unless you search alot on your computer. As most users don’t, it’s a good idea to disable it to speed up actions like opening and closing files and folders on your Windows XP.

In order to disable the Indexing Service:

Go to “My Computer” and right click on your hard drive. At the bottom of the window that opens, you should see a check box titled “Allow Indexing Service to index the disk for fast file searching.”

Protect your Media identity:

Like many other audio players, Windows Media Player rushes out to the Internet to find information for you when you play a CD. Some of this information, such as song titles and album art, is useful, but Media Player also identifies your copy of Media Player to the site where it’s receiving data. Why? According to the help file, “The server uses this unique identifier to monitor your connection. By monitoring your it, the server can make adjustments to increase the playback quality and to alert you about events that occur when receiving streams over the Internet.”
If you’re disturbed by this exchange of information, here’s how to cease it.

In Windows Media Player, click Tools > Options and go to the Player tab. Notice the option that says “Allow Internet sites to uniquely identify your player?” Turn it off.

Enable Clear Type:

When you use the windows, sometimes there are fonts and colors are not sharp and blurry and irritating, so this trick helps.

Easy way- Click on or cut and paste link below:


  • Right click on a blank area of the Desktop and choose Properties
  • Click on the Appearance Tab; Click effects
  • Check the box: Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts
  • In the drop down box select: Clear Type

Turn of CD Auto Play:

  • Open My Computer
  • Right click on your CD ROM and choose Properties
  • Click on the Auto Play tab
  • In the drop down box you can choose the Action for each choice shown in the drop down box


  1. Go to Start->Run->gpedit.msc
  2. Computer Config -> Administrative Template -> System
  3. Double click Turn off Autoplay
  4. Enable it.


This is for broad band connections. I didn’t try it on dial up but might work for dial up.

  1. Make sure your logged on as actually “Administrator”. Do not log on with any account that just has administrator privileges.
  2. Start – run – type gpedit.msc
  3. Expand the “local computer policy” branch
  4. Expand the “administrative templates” branch
  5. Expand the “network branch”
  6. Highlight the “QoS Packet Scheduler” in left window
  7. In right window double click the “limit reservable bandwidth” setting
  8. On setting tab check the “enabled” item
  9. Where it says “Bandwidth limit %” change it to read 0

In some system immediate effect is earned while some require to re-boot. This is more of a “counter what XP does” thing. In other words, programs can request up to 20% of the bandwidth be reserved for them, even with QoS disabled, this is no big deal and most programs do not request it. So, although QOS has caused a big stink because people think it reserves 20% of their bandwidth, you can still disable it, just to be sure, hehe.

Do Not Highlight Newly Installed Programs:

Tired of that annoying little window that pops up to tell you that new software is installed? If it gets in the way when you are logging off, turn it off completely.

  • To do this Click Start, right-click at the top of the Start menu where your name is displayed, and then click Properties.
  • In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, on the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
  • Click the Advanced tab, and then clear the Highlight newly installed programs check box.
  • Click OK, and then click OK again.

Now that message won’t be popping up when you least want to see it.

Speed up the Start Menu:

You can use this tip to speed up the Start Menu in Windows XP release candidate 1. You can customize the speed of the Start Menu by editing a Registry Key.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Type Regedit in the box, and then click OK.
  3. Expand the menu in the left panel and select the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop folder.
  4. Scroll down in the right panel and double click on the MenuShowDelay file.
  5. In the Value Data box, change to default value for the menu speed from 400 to a lesser number, such as 1.
  6. Click OK.

Caution: Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on your computer.

Show yourself or don’t Show yourself:

Only the Administrator can set up new user accounts (go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Create A New Account). You can select a picture to identify the account. When you’re logged on to the system under your username, this picture, along with your username, peeks out at you from the top of the Start menu. There are a slew of 48×48-pixel bitmap images to choose from within XP. They’re housed in D:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures. But why limit yourself? You can also copy any graphic you want into this folder or browse for another from your hard drive. Usable file types are BMP, GIF, JPEG, or PNG. However, always use a square picture, to limit the white space on the side. Your image can be any size but will be displayed as 48×48-pixel image, so a close-up works best.

Hide yourself:

Once you’ve created a user account, password-protect it to keep other users from viewing your files, Favorites, and cookies. Why? You may not want your child to see the note that you’re sending to his or her teacher, or you may be planning someone’s surprise party. (Note: Anyone with an Administrator account can still see them.)

Worried about remembering your password? Create a hint to help you when you initially create it by following the prompts during setup. XP stores the password hints in the Registry at Hkey_local_machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Hints.

What if the hint doesn’t help? Any user or Administrator can create a password reset disk, which you can use to log on and create a new password. Go to Control Panel > User Accounts and select “Prevent a forgotten password” in the Related Tasks box on the left. Follow the wizard’s instructions. After creating the disk, find a safe place for it. Don’t forget the password or where you put the disk. Someone else could use it to change your password without you knowing it.

NOTE: It is somewhat risky to touch the registry entries, but also these tricks make the system fast and more efficient. : )

About The Author:

Faisal Shahzad is currently working as a Software Engineer and maintains a blog at

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