So Windows XP is almost gone for most of people, but for those of you still loyal to the OS and the stability it has, even if Microsoft stopped the support for it, I will mention a few Windows XP tweaks that worth your time. They will change things for you, making you save some time with some instructions and optimizing your computer resources in this way.

Doesn’t matter if you use XP just because you still trust in it as a better OS than the new ones or you use it because your computer cannot support an upgrade to a newer OS due to hardware limitations or the fact that you don’t want to spent money on upgrading it just yet, just do these modifications to the registry (if you didn’t do them already) and you won’t regret it. They will fix a bit some settings you would maybe like to skip from being asked to do each time; we could also say, it will make your computer run faster but actually it’s almost impossible to see the difference if you don’t work in the IT field. You can do this even as just a casual computer user and most of the times helps you and your computer even if you don’t know how/why…just follow all steps.

Before starting to modify your registry you should backup your current settings, just in case something bad will happen. This configuration is tested on multiple computers and it never failed or provided errors. These settings are not so critical that would manipulate key portions of the registry, but even like this, it’s better to be secured. With this being said we can’t be held responsible for any custom settings your computer might already have and for any provided errors in terms of registry sections corrupted.

To backup your registry you must first open the registry tool (start – run – regedit – press enter) then select the branch that we need by left clicking on it: HKEY_CURRENT_USER, navigate in the upper left corner to the File option, the select export, set a name for the file and put it to a location you will remember later in case you will need it. You can use this file later in order to restore the registry keys to the old values.

Now to go ahead with our Windows XP tweaks, open up notepad (easy way: start – run – notepad – press enter) and type in the text below :

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
“LowLevelHooksTimeout”=”1000”
“MenuShowDelay”=”0”
“HungAppTimeout”=”1000”
“WaitToKillAppTimeout”=”1000”
“AutoEndTasks”=”1”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoResolveTrack”=dword:00000001
“LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo”=dword:00000001
“NoResolveSearch”=dword:00000001
“NoLowDiskSpaceChecks”=dword:00000001
“NoInternetOpenWith”=dword:00000001

You should have something like this in your notepad before saving it:

Windows XP tweaks - Optimize windows XP

Now save this file as “optimize.reg” without the quotes, to any location and then double click it to execute and follow steps by confirming the first question with Yes and last with OK when modifications are made. First question is added in the print screen below too, as for the last, you only have Ok as option so you can’t fail that.

Windows XP tweaks - Registry editor confirmation change
What those registry keys actually mean?

MenuShowDelay: Reduces the menu display times.
LowLevelHooksTimeout: Ends services automatically when they are not responding.
NoInternetOpenWith: Stops the “Windows Cannot Open This File” window from popping up when a file type is unidentified.
LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo: Windows attempts to connect to the original network resource when you access the shortcut, while creating a shortcut to a resource on a mapped network drive and altogether remapping the same drive to a different network resource.
NoResolveSearch: Stops Windows from searching disk(s) to resolve a shortcut.
NoLowDiskSpaceChecks: This will stop Windows from checking out if you have low disk space.
NoResolveTrack: Stops Windows from using NTFS when it resolves a shortcut.
HungAppTimeout: Reduces the timeout waiting time of any application to a second.
WaitToKillAppTimeout: Determines how long the system waits for user processes to end after the user attempts to log off or to shut down Windows 2000. When the time specified in this entry expires, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the process did not respond.
AutoEndTasks: Processes end automatically if value is set to 1. If value is set to 0, processes do not end automatically. The system waits until the process ends and, if the process takes more time than the value of the HungAppTimeout entry, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the application cannot respond to the End Task request.

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