How to convert your Windows Server 2003...
to a Workstation!

Tweaking Windows Server 2003

TweakUI 2.10 for Windows XP and Server 2003 *New!*
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.

New in 2.10: Supported for Windows Server 2003, new extra tweaks. More info @ MSFN article

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Open Command Window Here
Modified to work with Windows Server 2003. 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. (Thanks to Toby B.)

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Xteq X-Setup

Xteq X-Setup is a so-called "hacker" or "tweaker" program. It allows you to change settings that are normally hidden deeply in some configuration-files like the registry fast and easily. X-Setup offers several advantages, making it the "ultimate tool for black belt system tuning". It's runs on any Windows version (incl. XP), is clutter-free, easy to use, extensible, powerful, covers any aspect of your computer and has more configuration options than any other tweaker. For a complete listing of the features of X-Setup, please see the Features Page.

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Add TweakUI shortcut to the Control Panel

This registry hack will add a shortcut to TweakUI in the Control Panel, the registry file assumes you have tweakui.exe in %SystemRoot%\System32\ (commonly, C:\Windows\System32\). If you haven't done so, be sure to grab TweakUI before executing the registry file! (Thanks to Vadim Y. for sending this in)

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Add User Accounts shortcut to the Control Panel

This registry hack will add a shortcut to User Accounts in the Control Panel, which serves as an alternative to running commands such as rundll32 netplwiz.dll,UsersRunDll or control userpasswords2 in the Run box. All you need to do is execute the included registry file. (Thanks again to Vadim Y. for sending this in)

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Problem with MenuShowDelay

There is a bug in Windows Server 2003 that will cause short bursts of unresponsiveness when loading a sub menu such as SendTo. The cause of this problem is when the MenuShowDelay is set to "0" (which allows sub menus to instantly appear). This tweak is applied by either TweakUI, X-Setup, or by editing the Registry.

To fix this you can download and execute a registry file to change the delay to "8". Don't worry, 8 is a very minor step up and the menus will still load up instantly. You may need to reboot for the changes to take effect.

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Thanks goes out to these sites for supporting this guide!

[NT Compatible] [Mister.de]