Out of the box, Windows is configured for ease of use by the
"Average User", ...What ever that is, I've never met one have
So... tweaks, tips, tricks,
or whatever you prefer to call them are just directions to
settings that are hidden or just not real easy to find. This
website is (part of) my collection of "directions" to get
various Windows "features" to stop, start, or just do
something else that might actually be useful.
Most of these settings are accessed by using one of the
Windows Registry Editors, or by modifying the Group Policy
templates. Most of the registry edits can be done with the
standard registry editor regedit.exe, but on Windows NT/2000
any changes to a registry key's access permissions will
require using regedt32.exe. Windows XP/2003 however does not
require using regedt32.exe to modify a registry key's access
permission and running either command will load the same
application. The simplest way to access the group policy
editor is to open the run dialog and type gpedit.msc (don't
forget the .msc file extension or it won't work), and press
Even if you just
grab a pencil and jot down a few notes about what the
configuration settings were when you started (which is
recommended by the way...), make some kind of backup before
making any changes to your computers configuration. If you
You'll have no way of resetting the
defaults/previous configuration if something goes wrong.
It's self defeating, because taking
it to a "shop" is what you were trying to avoid in the first
You'll hate yourself.
I'll laugh at you.
Security & performance
are two of my favorite areas of research so the tweaks on this
site have all been checked to make sure that they won't
adversely effect either, and yes this is the "disclaimer" part
that stipulates that if your computer explodes you can't
yell at me.