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    This thread is designed to aggregate registry tweaks and/or other software tweaks that are handy for use in windows-based CarPC's (ie that make operation of an in-car computer easier). Please limit your posts to a description of what the tweak does and how to perform it. Please post questions about tweaks in another thread. Please discuss utility applications in another thread.
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    Automatically Close Applications Not Responding at Shutdown

    A lot of applications (CoPilot seems to be the worst about this) for one reason or another hang or deny windows the ability to shut down requiring you to manually push "OK" or "End task" before you can continue. More than once I've gotten back in my car to a carpc still running after a few minutes because something held up the shutdown. Here's a tweak to prevent that (taken from here). It forces applications to close when a shutdown is taking place.

    When an application fails to respond during shutdown a dialog box is displayed prompting the user to either end it now or to wait. Enabling the value AutoEndTasks will take care of the non-responding application without user intervention. This is often referred to as “Force Exit”.


    To Implement for All Users

    [Start] [Run] [Regedit]
    Registry Key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
    Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: AutoEndTasks
    Modify/Create the Value Name [AutoEndTasks] according to the Value Data listed below.
    Value Data: [0 = AutoEndTasks Disabled / 1 = AutoEndTasks Enabled]
    Exit Registry and Reboot

    To Implement for Individual Users

    [Start] [Run] [Regedit]
    Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: AutoEndTasks
    Modify/Create the Value Name [AutoEndTasks] according to the Value Data listed below.
    Value Data: [0 = AutoEndTasks Disabled / 1 = AutoEndTasks Enabled]
    Exit Registry and Reboot
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    • #3
      Thanks!
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      • #4
        Disable the "helpful" taskbar balloon hints such as the "Click here to increase your resolution"

        User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\
        Advanced]
        Value Name: EnableBalloonTips
        Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
        Value Data: 0 (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

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        • #5
          Good idea. here are a couple...have a bunch more even for win9x/me

          ///---This tweak allows you to disable the ability to use Windows Update to locate updated drivers for hardware in Device Manager.
          RegistrySet("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer","NoDevMg rUpdate",ReguLong!,1)

          ///----Disable PC Card Removal Warnings (All Windows)
          ///---his setting can be used to disable the PC Card warning messages shown when a PCMCIA device is removed from the socket without first being stopped.
          RegistrySet("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray","PCMCIAFla gs",ReguLong!,0)

          ///---Disable Media Player Upgrade Message (All Windows)
          ///---This setting allows you to disable the automatic Media Player upgrade message that appears when a new version of the player has been released
          RegistrySet("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft \MediaPlayer\PlayerUpgrade","AskMeAgain",RegString !,"no")

          ///---daylight saving time crap
          RegistrySet("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentCont rolSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation","DisableAutoDa ylightTimeSet",ReguLong!,1)

          ///---Disable Status Messages During Boot, Logon, Logoff, Shutdown
          RegistrySet("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System","DisableS tatusMessages",ReguLong!,1)

          ///---Disable Error Reporting
          RegistrySet("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft \PCHealth\ErrorReporting","DoReport",ReguLong!,0)
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          • #6
            here is a set of tweaks to your system configuration files that will help with boot times dramatically

            http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=641

            There are several, very simple tweaks that can be performed that will significantly decrease the amount of time it takes your computer to boot up. Not only that, but several of them will also increase the speed of your system as well. To begin with, there are four main files which all versions of Windows use to a varying degree while booting up. These four files are autoexec.bat, config.sys, system.ini, and msdos.sys. For the most part, unless you are running a command-line virus scanner, autoexec.bat should be empty. However, the other files can be modified to increase system boot time and performance.

            For example, adding the line stacks=0,0 to the config.sys file can significantly speed up a computer. However, the two files I really want to focus on here are system.ini and msdos.sys. Within system.ini, add the following lines under [386Enh]:

            LocalLoadHigh=1 - This setting tells the computer to load everything the operating system needs into upper memory by default, freeing up as much conventional memory as possible (the first 640K). Microsoft would like us to believe that this no longer effects the system, but they are lying.

            DMABufferSize=64 - This setting tells the computer to leave as much memory available for DMA data transfers as possible, speeding up not only the boot process but the system in general.

            There are some even more exciting settings available within the msdos.sys file for optimizing the boot process. Before you can modify the msdos.sys file (which is a hidden file, by the way, so you'll have to set Windows to show hidden files from within Windows Explorer), you will need to remove its read-only attribute. To do this, right click on the file, enter its properties menu, and uncheck read-only. Now that you've done that, open the file in notepad and add the following lines:

            Logo=0 - This setting turns off the silly Windows splash screen during startup. Disabling this will shave a few seconds off your boot time.

            Drvspace=0 - This setting turns off support for Drivespace-compressed FAT16 drives. Since no one uses this anymore, it is safe to disable. Disabling it will not only speed up your boot time, but it will also free up some extra resources as well

            Dblspace=0 - Same as above, but this time for Doublespace-compressed FAT16 drives.

            DisableLog=1 - This setting disables the log file which Windows creates by default when booting up. Disabling this will shave a few seconds off your boot time, and since no one ever uses the log file for anything anyway, it won't be missed.

            AutoScan=0 - This line disables the automatic scandisk that is run if the computer is improperly shutdown - saving a bunch of time if you are constantly restarting your computer using the power button instead of the 'correct' way. Sadly, however, this doesn't appear to work with Windows Me.

            Applying these tweaks should dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for your computer to start up or reboot. Hopefully, these tweaks will help your computer boot up faster, and give you a slight performance boost as well.
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            • #7
              plus, in winXP, when you decide to modify the services that start, you should set most of them to manual, so that the computer will start them only if absolutely necessary. i found that the computer doesn't even find most of them neccessary to start, and i brought a 3 second bios, 40 second xp boot down to a 3 second bios, 27 second xp boot.

              try it



              EDIT: about the above tweaks, the ones to the system files - i haven't done those yet; but when i do i'll post the new times
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              • #8
                Anyone know how to disable that annoying bubble that shows up now after an SP2 install to activate the automatic update?
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                • #9
                  sorry to post 3 times in a row, but is one of my best friends.

                  i highly recommend using something like the bootvis.exe [a microsoft tool] to analyze your boot times and move forward from there.


                  http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/tune-19.html
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                  • #10
                    @ defiler

                    Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.

                    Look for Security Center and change the startup properties to Disabled.

                    This is a trouble-free tweak, since that feature is just a notifier.
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                    • #11
                      Where do I start? Firstly, what of these settings do work only work for Windows 95 and 98, some for ME as well. None of these do anything for 2k/XP, or any NT based OS for that matter. config.sys, msdos.sys, io.sys, system.ini, and win.ini only exist in 2k/XP for compatibility with old applications. You can delete them if you want. Though some older programs may freak out.....


                      Originally posted by jaeger
                      here is a set of tweaks to your system configuration files that will help with boot times dramatically

                      http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=641

                      [b]There are several, very simple tweaks that can be performed that will significantly decrease the amount of time it takes your computer to boot up. Not only that, but several of them will also increase the speed of your system as well. To begin with, there are four main files which all versions of Windows use to a varying degree while booting up. These four files are autoexec.bat, config.sys, system.ini, and msdos.sys. For the most part, unless you are running a command-line virus scanner, autoexec.bat should be empty. However, the other files can be modified to increase system boot time and performance.

                      For example, adding the line stacks=0,0 to the config.sys file can significantly speed up a computer. However, the two files I really want to focus on here are system.ini and msdos.sys. Within system.ini, add the following lines under

                      [386Enh]:

                      LocalLoadHigh=1 - This setting tells the computer to load everything the operating system needs into upper memory by default, freeing up as much conventional memory as possible (the first 640K). Microsoft would like us to believe that this no longer effects the system, but they are lying.

                      DMABufferSize=64 - This setting tells the computer to leave as much memory available for DMA data transfers as possible, speeding up not only the boot process but the system in general.
                      These settings do nothing, thats right, nothing! Someone pulled these right out of their asses. And Microsoft is lying about conventional memory? The entire notion of conventional memory is related to DOS. Do you still run DOS applications? No!. Conventional memory and upper memory have absolutely nothing to do with Windows or any of its components.

                      There are some even more exciting settings available within the msdos.sys file for optimizing the boot process. Before you can modify the msdos.sys file (which is a hidden file, by the way, so you'll have to set Windows to show hidden files from within Windows Explorer), you will need to remove its read-only attribute. To do this, right click on the file, enter its properties menu, and uncheck read-only. Now that you've done that, open the file in notepad and add the following lines:

                      Logo=0 - This setting turns off the silly Windows splash screen during startup. Disabling this will shave a few seconds off your boot time.
                      Stops Win95/98 from displaying the 95/98 boot logo. Saves no startup time at all.

                      Drvspace=0 - This setting turns off support for Drivespace-compressed FAT16 drives. Since no one uses this anymore, it is safe to disable. Disabling it will not only speed up your boot time, but it will also free up some extra resources as well
                      Saves at most 3KB convential memory, but of course not that it matters.

                      Dblspace=0 - Same as above, but this time for Doublespace-compressed FAT16 drives.
                      Same as above...

                      DisableLog=1 - This setting disables the log file which Windows creates by default when booting up. Disabling this will shave a few seconds off your boot time, and since no one ever uses the log file for anything anyway, it won't be missed.
                      What log? 95/98 only make a boot log when told to do so from the Windows Boot Menu (F8 at Startup) And even then its a simple text file that takes at most a millisecond to create!

                      AutoScan=0 - This line disables the automatic scandisk that is run if the computer is improperly shutdown - saving a bunch of time if you are constantly restarting your computer using the power button instead of the 'correct' way. Sadly, however, this doesn't appear to work with Windows Me.
                      If you are shutting your computer down by just hitting the power button its quite possible for your filesystem to in a inconsistant state. This is because of disk write cache. This is why Scandisk runs in these situations. Now, if you are flushing the write cache before powering down then this is not a problem. There are many utilities out there that will cause windows to the flush the disk cache out.

                      Applying these tweaks should dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for your computer to start up or reboot. Hopefully, these tweaks will help your computer boot up faster, and give you a slight performance boost as well.
                      Applying these tweaks from a 4 year old article on any windows 95/98 system will result in no performance increase and nothing at all happening....

                      People, please, there is no "MakeMyWindozSuparFast" setting. It just does not exist. If it did be assured it would be turned on by default.

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                      • #12
                        I agree with Steve on his points, most of those tweaks are for compatability and not relevent for the most part. Two very useful sites to visit to reduce the memory used by Windows XP include http://www.blackviper.com and http://nuhi.msfn.org/ I have used both on the WinXP PC I am using to type this, and my memory use at startup is 48mb, 3mb used for task manager, so net 45mb of ram. Much better than the standard amount with all the services and tools installed by default.

                        Using the tool on the second site can leave you with a neutered OS though, my first pass included total removal of IE, and I couldn't open MMC to add users, and couldn't open key control panel apps and utilities that rely on integrated IE components. Leaving the IE core components solved my problems, and it cut the installed size of the OS to 350mb+pagefile. I think the default is over 700, so that's handy for a smaller HDD. My first version came in at 250mb, but for all it could do, Win95 would have worked just as well.

                        The main benefit I've seen is the speed of loading once you're to the login point. For a while I had it auto login as admin, and once that started I was at a working desktop in about 2 seconds. I know there was still a process running in the background, but it did shave a couple seconds off what I'm used to seeing.

                        Word of warning, I haven't installed FrodoPlayer or other unique apps yet, so I can't say if that works. But FireFox, OpenOffice, and a bunch of plugins/small utilities have worked fine so far.

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                        • #13
                          ...there are some people here who are using win98SE...please don't assume everything is just for xp/2k

                          thanks for shooting down my input.
                          nine.

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                          • #14
                            lol...Why in devils name are you guys still using those OLD os...come on get with the feature, let those os die. I can understand if u have old hardware but then again, hardware is much cheaper these dayz... Sorry i just have to vent
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                            • #15
                              Lower memory requirements, smaller footprint, runs on lower spec hardware.
                              I can see a few reasons, however I think XP is FAR superior in many other ways (including stability).
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