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How to speed up XP

Cassis 2000 desktop

classic XP desktop

Right click once on My Computer

Left click once on Properties

Click on the Advance tab on top

Look down till you see Performance

Click on Settings

You will have a choice of 4 different settings

1.      Let windows choose what’s best for my computer

2.      Adjust for best appearance

3.      Adjust for best performance

4.      custom 

I recommend selecting Adjust best performance

Click apply

Click the X in the top right hand corner

Your Computer should be much faster now

 

 

 

 

 Left click once on Start

Find the My Computer Icon on the right box of the startup box

Right click once on My Computer

Left click once on Properties

Click on the Advance tab on top

Look down till you see Performance

Click on Settings

You will have a choice of 4 different settings

5.      Let windows choose what’s best for my computer

6.      Adjust for best appearance

7.      Adjust for best performance

8.      custom 

I recommend selecting Adjust best performance

Click apply

Click the X in the top right hand corner

Your Computer should be much faster now

 

 

DO NOT CHANGE ANY OTHER SETTINGS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. STOPPING THE WRONG SERVICE CAN TURN YOUR COMPUTER INTO A DOORSTOP!!!!!!

 

Fixing your Hosts File

 

Tips and tricks I've learned through the years
I'm slowly adding things as I get them together.
If you have something you would like to add please feel free to send it in and I'll add it to the list.

 

 

Enable Firewall on XP

Speed up XP

Turn off Messenger

See securities in XP

Fix Host file

 

Debugging

CAT 5 wiring 

 

 

 

Most people are un-aware that XP has a firewall built in. For that reason most don't use it.
Some little known facts about XP Firewall,
1. It isn't enabled by default, unless you have SP2
2. If you network your computers together and the firewall is active on that connection,
 you wont be able to talk to each computer without adjusting the settings.
3. Like ANY other firewall, it is NOT perfect.

How to enable XP fire wall

Cassis 2000 desktop

classic XP desktop

Right click on Network icon

click Properties

Right click on your internet connection

Click Properties again

Click advanced tab

Put a check in Internet connection firewall box

you can adjust the setting's in the settings

 

Click start

Right click on Network icon

click Properties

Right click on your internet connection

Click Properties again

Click advanced tab

Put a check in Internet connection firewall box

 

Please go by the instructions, if you make the wrong changes in the wrong place you run the risk of damaging or completely crashing your computer

How to turn off MS Messenger in
 2000 and XP

(not to be confused with MSN Messenger, 2 different programs)

Cassis 2000 desktop

classic XP desktop

Right click once on My Computer

Left click once on Manage

You will now see a box with two sides

On the left side, go to the bottom and left click once on the plus sign of

Services and Applications

An extended menu will appear below, left click once on Services

You will notice many things appear on the right side

Scroll down on the right side till you find Messenger

Double left click on Messenger

In the Messenger Properties box look down till you see Startup type

Change to Manual

In Service status, left click Stop

Wait for service to stop

Click Apply

Click OK

Click the X in the top right hand corner of the
Computer Management box

 

 

 

 

Left click once on Start

Find the My Computer Icon on the right box of the startup box

Right click once on My Computer

Left click once on Manage

You will now see a box with two sides

On the left side, go to the bottom and left click once on the plus sign of

Services and Applications

An extended menu will appear below, left click once on Services

You will notice many things appear on the right side

Scroll down on the right side till you find Messenger

Double left click on Messenger

In the Messenger Properties box look down till you see Startup type

Change to Manual

In Service status, left click Stop

Wait for service to stop

Click Apply

Click OK

Click the X in the top right hand corner
of the Computer Management box

 

 

How to see Securities in XP

Go to Control Panel

Click on folder options

Click view

Scroll down to the bottom and take the check OUT of "use simple file sharing"

If you do this under control panel ALL files will show security

You can also do one file at a time by highlighting a single file click view, folder options and take the check OUT of "use simple file sharing"

If your hosts or lmhosts file has become corrupt you can use your original Windows installation CD to
clean it up. Just copy and past to the
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc Directory for XP
or
C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc for 2000
Hosts files can be viewed in notepad
A little know thing that happens from a bad infection of Viruses and Spy Ware is your Hosts or LMHosts file will become corrupt. The hosts file is used by Internet Explorer to figure out where it's home is. the basic Hosts file looks like this when viewed in note pad.

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost

If it doesn't then you have been high jacked.
Your LMHosts file should look like this

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample LMHOSTS file used by the Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to computernames
# (NetBIOS) names. Each entry should be kept on an individual line.
# The IP address should be placed in the first column followed by the
# corresponding computername. The address and the computername
# should be separated by at least one space or tab. The "#" character
# is generally used to denote the start of a comment (see the exceptions
# below).
#
# This file is compatible with Microsoft LAN Manager 2.x TCP/IP lmhosts
# files and offers the following extensions:
#
# #PRE
# #DOM:<domain>
# #INCLUDE <filename>
# #BEGIN_ALTERNATE
# #END_ALTERNATE
# \0xnn (non-printing character support)
#
# Following any entry in the file with the characters "#PRE" will cause
# the entry to be preloaded into the name cache. By default, entries are
# not preloaded, but are parsed only after dynamic name resolution fails.
#
# Following an entry with the "#DOM:<domain>" tag will associate the
# entry with the domain specified by <domain>. This affects how the
# browser and logon services behave in TCP/IP environments. To preload
# the host name associated with #DOM entry, it is necessary to also add a
# #PRE to the line. The <domain> is always preloaded although it will not
# be shown when the name cache is viewed.
#
# Specifying "#INCLUDE <filename>" will force the RFC NetBIOS (NBT)
# software to seek the specified <filename> and parse it as if it were
# local. <filename> is generally a UNC-based name, allowing a
# centralized lmhosts file to be maintained on a server.
# It is ALWAYS necessary to provide a mapping for the IP address of the
# server prior to the #INCLUDE. This mapping must use the #PRE directive.
# In addtion the share "public" in the example below must be in the
# LanManServer list of "NullSessionShares" in order for client machines to
# be able to read the lmhosts file successfully. This key is under
# \machine\system\currentcontrolset\services\lanmanserver\parameters\nullsessionshares
# in the registry. Simply add "public" to the list found there.
#
# The #BEGIN_ and #END_ALTERNATE keywords allow multiple #INCLUDE
# statements to be grouped together. Any single successful include
# will cause the group to succeed.
#
# Finally, non-printing characters can be embedded in mappings by
# first surrounding the NetBIOS name in quotations, then using the
# \0xnn notation to specify a hex value for a non-printing character.
#
# The following example illustrates all of these extensions:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino #PRE #DOM:networking #net group's DC
# 102.54.94.102 "appname \0x14" #special app server
# 102.54.94.123 popular #PRE #source server
# 102.54.94.117 localsrv #PRE #needed for the include
#
# #BEGIN_ALTERNATE
# #INCLUDE \\localsrv\public\lmhosts
# #INCLUDE \\rhino\public\lmhosts
# #END_ALTERNATE
#
# In the above example, the "appname" server contains a special
# character in its name, the "popular" and "localsrv" server names are
# preloaded, and the "rhino" server name is specified so it can be used
# to later #INCLUDE a centrally maintained lmhosts file if the "localsrv"
# system is unavailable.
#
# Note that the whole file is parsed including comments on each lookup,
# so keeping the number of comments to a minimum will improve performance.
# Therefore it is not advisable to simply add lmhosts file entries onto the
# end of this file.

Debugging
Works on win 2000 win xp

 The first thing to do is make sure your virus definitions are up to date. once you do that do a FULL and COMPLETE scan of all your hard drives.
Once that is complete download a Spy Ware hunter, I recommend MS Spy and SYSClean. Make sure to look for updates and load as needed for both. Once both programs are loaded run SYSClean first. Then run MS SPY. Polish it off with one more virus scan and you should be clean.  The final step is to defrag the computer. I HIGHLY recommend you defrag once a month minimum and run SpyWare sniffers and full virus scan every two weeks. Most infections can be cleaned like this. For worse infections look at having it professionally cleaned. Once it is clean, make sure you do a restore point. It is cheap insurance.