Here in the article I am going to show you 15 ways to make your windows OS computer to work smarter. Now most of the tips and tweaks in this article mostly work with modifying the registry. Now one thing that you should do when working with the registry is that you need to back up your registry. Now windows does this automatically, but it is always good to back up your registry manually. As well when you go in and modify your registry make sure you make the modifications to the exact methods as described. Because even one mis-modification can mess your whole computer and make it an expensive paper weight.
For this first one I will show you how to remove programs from open with list for when you are opening unknown programs. This one works for Windows Xp, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Go into your registry, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTApplications. You will see a list of the programs on your computer as sub keys on the left hand pane. Now when you go to the program that you want to remove click on it in the right hand pane. Next select New> String Value and name it “No Open With”. That is all there is to it.
This one will give you the option to add a “Copy to Folder” in the context menu and be able to copy it quickly. Go to your registry editor, and go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAllFilesystemObjectsshellexContextMenu Handlers. Now create a new key called “Copy to”. Now change its default value to “” and check that it works.
Now for this one we will create the option to create a “Move to” option. Now we do the same thing that we did in the last trick that I showed you. Although with this one instead of naming it “Copy to” you name it “Move to”. As well like the last one you change its default value to “”. Now check it and see that it works.
With this one you can turn a folder into a tool bar. This one works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Now to do this minimize any windows that are open. Next move your mouse to the task bar and right click on it. Now choose Toolbars> New Toolbar. Select the folder that you want to use as a tool bar. If necessary you can search your computer to choose the folder you want to use. As well you can choose to create a new folder and customize to your specific needs. Once you have chosen or created the folder you want to use click OK and it will show up as a button in your task bar.
This one is an easy one to do. This one will allow you to cycle through and select the active item you want to work on. This one works for Windows Xp, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. What you do is press the Alt + Esc to cycle through the active items. Now when you see the active item that you want to work with then press Alt+Tab and it will open the active item that you want to work on.
For this one I am going to share with you will be a simple one. This will show you how to auto hide your task bar. By hiding the task bar you free up screen space on your computer. To do this one right click on the task bar and select properties. Select the auto hide option and that is all there is to that. This one works for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
This one will get you past the lo gin screen and take you directly to your desktop. By doing this you can decrease the amount of time it takes to boot up. ( NOTE: Doing this means that you don’t have to put in your password to lo gin. Which means that when ever your computer is on and connected to the Internet it will be easier for some one to hack your computer. If you don’t like that then don’t do this one.) Click Start> Run and in the box type control userpasswords2 and click OK or press the enter button. Now unchecked the box that says ” Users must enter lo gin and password to lo gin”. Click OK or press the enter button. Now reboot your computer and it will take you directly to your desktop. This one works for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
The one that I will discuss next is an easier way of creating a keyboard short cut. This one works for Windows Xp, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. To do this one right click on the short cut icon, and select properties. Now click on the short cut key box and enter a letter. Now click OK and Ctrl + Alt and whatever letter or number or symbol that you entered will now take you straight to that program.
This one is a quicker way to change your user picture. This one works for Windows XP, Windows Vista , and Windows 7. Click Start and click on your user picture, and it will take you to the dialog that changes your user picture. From there you can either choose one of the default pictures that come installed with Windows, or you can choose to select a custom picture or photo.
This one works for Windows Xp, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. This one will allow you to clear the paging file at shut down. This one involves modifying your Registry. Go to your Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemoryManagement. Now modify or make a new DWORD value and name it “ClearPageFileAtShutdown”. Now to activate it, set the value to “1”.
This one will allow you to correct the file sorting. Now go to your Registry and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplore. Now make a new DWORD value and name it “NoStrCmpLogical”. Now right click the new DWORD value that you created and set the value to “1”.
This one is an easier method of changing your mouse cursor in Windows Vista, and Windows 7. From any where on your desktop right click and select Personalize> Mouse Pointers. Now from here you can select from the default mouse cursors that come installed with your computer. Or you can choose to select a custom file from any where in your computer. As well you can download different sets of mouse cursors from on line.
The one that I will discuss next is a quicker way of changing your theme. From any where on your screen right click and select Personalize>Theme. It will take you to a dialog in which you can change your theme. You can select from the default themes installed in your computer, or you can choose to select one from in your computer. As well there are a lot of different sites that you can download a different variety of themes from. This one works with Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
This one works for speeding up the hang time at shutdown. Windows has the hang time to allow extra time for programs to finish closing. This one works for Windows Xp, and Windows Vista. This one requires that you modify your Registry. So go to your Registry and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControlPanelDesktop. If you are using Windows Xp then the string “HungAppTimeout” is already there. If you are using Windows Vista then you have to create the string. Right click on the string and select Modify. It will take you to a dialog where you can change the amount of time in milliseconds (5000 ms = 5 sec).
This one is an easier and quicker way modifying the performance of your computer. This one works for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Click start and then right click on computer. Then go to Properties>Advanced System settings. Go to Performance select Settings> Visual Effects. Check adjust for best performance. As well from the Advanced tab Processor Scheduling and Memory usage are optimized for best performance. If you use your computer as a server then change to background services and System cache. This will make programs performance secondary. As well from the virtual memory option click Change> Custom Size. Then you will go to a dialog box where you can change the amount of virtual memory used.