Use Windows at the office? Want to work faster?
If you’re under the rule of an iron-fisted system administrator you might not be able to implement some of these tweaks, but others you can put into practice right away.
Some of the highlights:
1. Streamline your startup. You can prevent unnecessary programs and services from starting up automatically and slowing down your boot time by using msconfig to remove the sluggish culprits.
In time, the Microsoft Windows XP tweaking series covered a lot of ground, from minor to serious, these optimizations were mostly software/OS oriented. So, we thought it’s about time to ‘sing another song’ and go from software to hardware tweaks. In today’s episode, we’ll only cover printing tweaks, mostly intended for printer servers or users dealing with large amounts of printing jobs, but some of them might also be useful to any average user owning a printer.
For those of you just joining us, here’s the deal with this series: it provides immediate access to registry tweaks hidden in Windows XP that will help you unlock cool features just by using Notepad. You don’t need to install any other tweaking program, because you’ll do the optimizations by yourself. More »
If you read our latest articles about tweaking Microsoft Windows XP by modifying the registry, we surely know we’ve covered the customization of the Internet Options window. On the other hand, if this is your read about the XP registry tweaks saga, here’s the basic idea: we provide an absolutely free, easy to perform tutorial on how to unlock hidden secrete inside good-old XP, just by using Microsoft Notepad.
Internet users will also be interested in another important XP application: Outlook Express. OE is the default email client integrated into Windows XP and covers the basic functions for this of software. In this article will cover a few Outlook Express tweaks that will ease your work with this program or at least improve it a bit.
Let’s start with the preparations: as always, you’ll have to create a .reg file that must run after adding the customizations. This process is described in detail in the first article about Windows XP tweaks, so take a look here for all the details. Now that you’ve created your tweaks.reg file and added in Notepad Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 at its beginning, you can choose of the following tweaks and paste it below that line. More »
Microsoft already confirmed one new feature for the Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, but apparently the company is also cooking some changes to the graphical user interface.
A recent video that made its way in the wild seems to indicate modifications to Tabbed browsing in IE9 RC.
Early adopters familiar with the beta development milestone of IE9 undoubtedly already know that the browser ships with a very simple UI.
This move is designed to put all the focus on the websites rather than on the browser, according to the IE team, and far from me to disagree with them.
IE9’s UI is certainly more subtle, and contributes to pushing the browser to the background and leaving site take center-stage. More »