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  1. Thank you all for your kind words. My site is down, and will remain down. It was never really "my" site, it belonged to Sadie, a lady who lives in England. She gave it to me to support my work on Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide. You can read more about it here... Jan has hosted the guide for you in the event of something like this happening. Jan's copy of my guide is the only copy that I have granted permission to host, and it is the only copy posted on the Internet that I keep updated. It's there for you when you need it. The guide was always for you. That's why I created it. It is my gift to those who always wanted to know which files they can delete from Windows XP but couldn't find the site was only an after thought. The guide is here for you when you need it... Sincerely, Bold_Fortune
  2. Well, you asked for it. This took me forever to figure out. Enjoy. Removing the subfolders in Documents (or Shared Documents) Permanently... (When you delete the desktop.ini file from Shared Documents, the folder is renamed to simply Documents.) In order to permanently delete the My eBooks, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos subfolders from appearing in the Documents (or Shared Documents) folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents) and in My Documents in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents, you first have to unregister the mydocs.dll, and then delete the folders. However, it is very difficult to stop the Shared Music folder from returning in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents). But we'll give it a good try in just a second. To unregister: Start > Run > type in - "regsvr32 /u mydocs.dll" (without the quotes) and click OK. Then go here: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents) And here: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents and delete their subfolders folders. Now, about the "Shared Music" folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents).... Go to Windows Media Player Tools > Options > Library tab > Click on Monitor Folders > Highlight C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music > then click Remove. You can even remove any other paths to folders you may see in there. Now... Again in WMP go to Tools > Options > Rip Music tab. Under "Rip music to this location" click the Change button. Then create your own special folder in a location of your choice. I made a folder called Temporary Downloads on my D Drive. (Keep this in mind, if at some point you clear the MUI cache for ripping and burning Cd's, the new designated folder path you created in WMP could very well disappear, and WMP will default to the path C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music.) While you're in WMP, go to Tools > Options > Privacy and take the tick out of "Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet." I do this mostly to stop album cover art from cropping up on my computer. You may like the album art. The "Shared Music" folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents), is the most difficult folder to keep from returning. However, you can delete the Value data of a certain registry string. (Let me say here, this is to be done in addition to what I have outlined above.) Navigate in the Registry Editor to... HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders. In the right panel look for this entry... My Music REG_SZ C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music You will notice that since you unregistered the mydocs.dll as I outlined above, that the Value data for "My Pictures" and "My Video" have already been removed. Double click on My Music, and delete the Value data. Don't delete the entire String, just the value data. Now navigate also to here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders In the right panel look for this entry... CommonMusic REG_SZ C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\My Documents\My Music Just as you did above, Double click on CommonMusic, and delete the Value data. Don't delete the entire String, just the value data. NOTE: If you use MRU Blaster, the Value Data you just removed will return here: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders. ...and also, the My Music folder in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents will return. ...and, the "Rip music to this location" you chose in Windows Media Player will revert back to C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music. NOTE: Using Ad-aware to remove the MRU (Most Recently Used), the Value Data you just removed will return Here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders ...and, the Shared Music folder back to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents will return. There is one another part of this tweak that needs some work. I don't have it figured out yet, so if you have any ideas, let me know... When you rip a music CD, the "Shared Music" folder will return to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents) matter what. But this is the only time, as far as I can see.
  3. (I know, I know, "Use Firefox." lol. But for now, let's just keep this thread about tweaking Internet Explorer.) These are some of the tweaks I use, maybe you have some you'd like to share. Better Browsing Tweaks: This is my favorite IE tweak of all time. A very special thank you to pete for creating this tweak for me: Remove ActiveX Bar In IE Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Remove ActiveX Bar In IE [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_SECURITYBAND] "(Reserved)"="0" "explorer.exe"="0" "iexplore.exe"="0" "wmplayer.exe"="0" Stop IE from going to MSN search on incorrect URL Go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced Tab > scroll down to "Search from the Address bar" and check "Do not search from the Address bar" Speed Up Network Browsing By Removing Network Scheduled Tasks Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Speed Up Network Browsing By Removing Network Scheduled Tasks [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}] Disable Image Toolbar in IE Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Disable Image Toolbar in IE [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "Enable_MyPics_Hoverbar"="no" Disable SP2 Security Center Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Disable SP2 Security Center [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center] "AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:00000001 "AntiVirusOverride"=dword:00000001 "FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:00000001 "FirewallOverride"=dword:00000001 "FirstRunDisabled"=dword:00000001 "UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:00000001 Removes dialog box pop up asking if you want to browse the web when trying an open a file with an unknown extension. It will now go directly to the Open With menu Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Removes dialog box pop up asking if you want to browse the web when trying an open a file with an unknown extension. It will now go directly to the Open With menu [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:00000001 Open In New Window Right-Click Option Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Open In New Window Right-Click Option [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\Open_with] @="Open new" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\Open_with\command] @="rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %1" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\Open_with\ddeexec\Application] @="shdocvw" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\Open_with\ddeexec\Topic] @="System" RemoveScriptDebugger Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;RemoveScriptDebugger [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "Disable Script Debugger"="yes" Set IE Homepage Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Set IE Homepage [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "StartPage"="" Appearance Tweaks Remove IE Help Menu Items Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Remove IE Help Menu Items [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions] "NoHelpItemNetscapeHelp"=dword:00000001 "NoHelpItemSendFeedback"=dword:00000001 "NoHelpItemTipOfTheDay"=dword:00000001 Remove Throbber In IE Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Remove Throbber In IE [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar] "LinksFolderName"="Links" "ShowDiscussionButton"="Yes" "Theater"=hex:0c,00,00,00,4c,00,00,00,74,00,00,00,18,00,00,00,1b,00,00,00,5c, 00,00,00,01,00,00,00,e0,00,00,00,a0,0f,00,00,05,00,00,00,22,00,00,00,26,00, 00,00,02,00,00,00,21,00,00,00,a0,0f,00,00,04,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,a0,0f,00, 00,03,00,00,00,08,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser] "ITBarLayout"=hex:0c,00,00,00,4c,00,00,00,74,00,00,00,1a,00,00,00,10,00,00,00, 17,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,6a,00,00,00,26,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,e0,00,00,00,56, 00,00,00,02,00,00,00,29,00,00,00,57,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,a8,00,00,00,00,00, 00,00,04,00,00,00,09,00,00,00,55,01,00,00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\Explorer] "ITBarLayout"=hex:0c,00,00,00,4c,00,00,00,74,00,00,00,1a,00,00,00,13,00,00,00, 33,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,6a,00,00,00,26,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,e1,00,00,00,df, 01,00,00,04,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,bd,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,20,00,00,00,8d,01, 00,00,03,00,00,00,09,00,00,00,b8,00,00,00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser] "ITBarLayout"=hex:0c,00,00,00,4c,00,00,00,74,00,00,00,1a,00,00,00,10,00,00,00, 17,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,6a,00,00,00,26,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,e0,00,00,00,e0, 01,00,00,02,00,00,00,29,00,00,00,44,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,09,00,00,00,33,00, 00,00,03,00,00,00,09,00,00,00,42,00,00,00 Security Tweaks: Get rid of Tracking Cookies You'll never again pickup another tracking cookie...or that bugger, Doubleclick Cookie. (Boy, that thing used to really annoy me.) You can keep an eye on the Cookies that get dropped on your computer in this folder C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Cookies Go into Internet Options. Click on the Privacy tab. Then click on Advanced. In Advanced Privacy Settings... Put a check in "Override automatic cookie handling". Under "First-party Cookies", put a check in Accept. Under "Third-party Cookies", put a check in Block. Put a Check in "Always allow cookie sessions". Disables Error Reporting, but notifies when critical errors occur Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Disables Error Reporting, but notifies when critical errors occur [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReporting] "DoReport"=dword:00000000 DO NOT PERSIST! Courtesy of Terry (, Crack Talk Newsletter editor: "MS Internet Explorer 5.5 Advanced Security Privacy Beta manages cookies and maintains a higher degree of security and privacy never attained before. Now you can configure your browser settings to differentiate between cookies that originate from a web server you're intentionally visiting, and cookies that originate from other web sites which provide advertising or services. A new Help menu item provides an overview section and important links to information about Internet Explorer's security and privacy features. It is gracious of Microsoft to improve cookie control, but another process (used in the past on Microsoft's own Web sites) can track visitors even better than cookies. The feature called "User Data Persistence" (UDP) appeared in MS IE 5.0 and is not as well known or as easily managed as cookies, but unfortunately can accomplish the same thing. There is no warning flag that can be toggled to tell you when Data Persistence is being used on a web site to store information from your system, but it can be turned off: open IE -> from the File menu click Tools -> Internet Options -> Security -> Custom Level -> Miscellaneous -> disable "User Data persistence". The purpose Data Persistence was developed for was to offer the ability to "persist" information, which also lets you retain style and state beyond a single web page. Preserving style and state helps make it easy to produce web applications that use DHTML, such as an expensive report that automatically configures itself based on a user's personalized settings. A few lines of client-side script can accomplish what once required server-side programming and complicated scripts. The user data persistence behavior makes it easy to save information entered into a text field. Rather than query a server-side CGI script, the persisted information is saved to the CLIENT using two JScript-based functions and the persistent object, the data need never go to the server. This is an excellent example of how UDP was originally designed to be used. More info: IE 5.0: User Data Persistence. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0: The Inside Story. MSN Cookie & GUID tracking techniques. [This link courtesy of!]" Hidden Yahoo Option: Per Presto: As you all know, Yahoo! upgraded its features and the capacities of the mail accounts have grown to 250 MB. That's good for sure, but the "monitoring" methods that we all have been far too familiar with in the last couple of years have been renewed with this move also. Yahoo! is now keeping track of which sites its members that are getting into groups or using Yahoo! services are visiting and storing this data with a method called "Web Beacons". The aim is to give these statistics to the partner companies arranged by agreement and to improve the "advertisement guiding" function. However, those who are bothered by this and do not want to be kept track of have still a choice. Yahoo! has hidden this option way deep inside somewhere but I'm declaring it here in case there are people who want it anyway: 1. Go to the address and click the "Cookies" link under the "Special Topics" column. 2. Click the "Web Beacons" link under the "Reference Links" Column. 3. On this page, click the "click here to opt out" link toward the end of the third paragraph under the "Outside the Yahoo! Network" title. 4. After a while, a page that says you have been out of the monitoring program will load. Without doing anything, close that page or continue your usual surfing by typing another address in the address bar. (Do NOT click the "Cancel Opt-out" button, your action will be cancelled!) 5. You're done! Now Yahoo! will not record what you're doing during surfing. You can let your friends that might be interested know about this; since no matter how "innocent" it may seem, it's still a violation of privacy. You may also find this thread interesting...
  4. That's pretty neat, prathapml. I don't know how you guys figure this kind of stuff out sometimes. Good job. I've been using PrintFolder 1.2 With it I can right-click on a folder and save it to a text file.
  5. I thought this was interesting. I notice you have "csrss.exe" showing as running in your Task manager. Ctfmon.exe is the file that is responsible for controlling the Alternative User Input technologies. It starts the Language Bar component (in the Systray) and remains running in the background even after you quit an Office XP program. It also starts each time Windows is started and remains in the background, regardless of whether an Office XP program is started. Instead of following all the advice "To prevent Ctfmon.exe from running," I just took these steps, and "csrss.exe" was gone. Run Regsvr32 /U on the Msimtf.dll and Msctf.dll Files 1. Click Start and then click Run. 2. In the Run dialog box, type the following command: Regsvr32.exe /u msimtf.dll 3. Click OK. I guess, too, with that way, if a person wanted to use the Language Bar again, he or she would just have to re-register the files. Just seemed kind of interesting. I don't know much about it. I just know "csrss.exe" seems to always run with or without Office. And since I don't have Office, I thought I'd try it out. From Microsoft: EDIT: I'm sorry. My brain misfired. I was thinking "ctfmon.exe" and looking at "csrss.exe". Whatta dope.
  6. You're very welcome, Zxian. Matter-of-fact, I'm really glad about all this tit-for-tat that's been going on, because I'm so happy with my results, I've included my findings in PART 5 of my guide...and I am no longer using Prefetch. Learning is what it's all about. Shoving it down the throats of others really isn't a very good way to go about least in my opinion. All you can really say is, "This is what works for me. These are the tests I've performed. ...But you do what you think is best for you." ...And that's just one man's opinion.
  7. Ibis, this is partly for you, partly out of my own curiosity. I do not use nLite, as may know. I do however delete many files from my XP installation. My Window directory is 185MB. I also keep a full, XP installation image stored on another partition for testing purposes and comparisons. And I keep this image up-to-date same as I do the other. Each installation is identical to the other. Each has the same programs installed. Each has the same settings and tweaks applied. Each is kept up with the latest drivers and Windows Critical Updates. Everything installed is exactly the same as the other. Every change made is exactly the same as the other. There are only two exceptions to this: 1) Services settings 2) Files removed I cannot run bootvis on my 185MB image. I have COM+ disabled and all it's associated files deleted. I can run bootvis on my full installation, as COM+ is enabled and none of its files have been deleted. (Also, if it matters, Windows Defragmenter is enabled on this installation; where it is removed on the other.) Here are the Services settings I have on the full-installation image: And these are the only files I removed from the full-installation image: To figure out everything I have deleted on the 185MB installation...well, you'd kind of have to read my entire guide. However, I can show you which Services I have enabled, disabled, and deleted, here: On each installation, my reboot time is a consistent 31 seconds (given an oddball, occasional 32 second reboot on each). I have always kept a curious check on this. (I was excited recently to discover that if I set Acronis Scheduler2 Service to manual, and not allow Acronis True Image Monitor to startup with my system, that it shaved 2 seconds off my reboot time.) One more thing, I use PerfectDisk Defragmenter on both installations to manage my boot files, and I have always had Prefetch enabled (set to "3" in the registry) on both installations. Now that we have those reference points established, let me show you my results. With my full installation (reboot time being a consistent 31 seconds) when I run bootvis, my consistent reboot time remains at 31 seconds. If I then, set my Prefetch to "0" in the registry (disabled), my reboot time gains 2 seconds, making it now 33 seconds. Now, if I then keep that "0" setting, and purge the Prefetch folder of all it's files, and defragment using PerfectDisk, my reboot time goes down a second, to 32 seconds. So I gained 1 second on my reboot time on my full installation. As I said, I cannot run bootvis on my 185MB installation. However, when I disable the Prefetch in the 185MB installation, my 31 second reboot time gains 1 second, making it 32 seconds. Then, leaving Prefetch disabled, and now purging the Prefetch folder of all its files, defragmenting using PerfectDisk, my reboot time reverts once again to its 31 seconds. You know something? I really learned something with all this. By having the Prefetch disabled, and the Prefetch folder purged of all its files, on my 185MB installation, there is absolutely no difference in my reboot times. On the other hand, should I do the same for my full installation image, it adds 1 second to my reboot time.
  8. I posted this for dirtwarrior's benefit. Maybe others can find it useful.
  9. Man, this stuff is great. I'm saving all these posts. I'm really into cleaning up my context menus, and this is a plus. Thanks everyone!
  10. Branstrom, I offered as much help as I can on this on your thread here...
  11. Well, I doubt it would be from anything in the guide. The guide is about what I remove from XP, and I've never encounter this particular problem.
  12. That guide of mine you're looking at on Neowin, Branstrom, has had numerous revisions made to it. I doubt if anyone's computer would work after using that one. LOL. (Just kidding.) Better try this one...
  13. Let me explain first that I delete quite a few files from my XP installation, which should explain the large amount of invalid entries I receive when running any registry cleaner. After reading through this thread, I put a couple of registry cleaners here mentioned to the test. I have been using CCleaner for some time now, and find it a wonderful little program. And thanks to the maker for letting us have it for free. 1). CCleaner has been clearing out invalid registry entries right along for me, so I couldn't tell you just how many thousands of invalid registry entries it has found for me before making this comparison. 2). I ran Registry Mechanic, and it found an additional 834 invalid entries on top of what CCLeaner has found over a great period of time. 3). Then I ran RegSupreme, and it found an additional 992 invalid entries on top of those Registry Mechanic found. 4). Then I called out The Big Gun, Ontrack's Registry Fixer. Registry Fixer uncovered an additional 2,959 invalid registry entries on top of all of them. I have to cast my vote for Ontrack's Registry Fixer.
  14. System Information needs the index.dat file located in this folder: C:\WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\OfflineCache to function properly. If the index.dat file isn't there, make another copy and paste it there and then System Information should function again. Just create a new, blank, txt file and rename it index.dat You can also do this with or without that particular index.dat file in place. Make a new text document and change the extension to .nfo and then double click on it. (It may take a moment to open the first time.) You might see a System Information Popup saying "System Information cannot open this NFO file. It might be corrupted or an unrecognized version." Just click OK and your System Information will appear inside Help and Support Center.