How to create multiple network profiles on Windows XP/2000.

July 8, 2006

I recently found this very very indispensable information specially useful for those who have different ISP connections and need to change their ip/subnet/dns settings frequently. If you have a notebook, usually at work you have an IP/subnet and home another IP/subnet. So changing all these setting is really a tough job.
This little howto explain how save network profiles and recall it with a double click.

  • no additional software required
  • unlimited number of profiles
  • easy to run
  1. First, save your network profile with all you need (ip, subnet, gateway, dns, wins…)
  2. Now you can open a DOS shell with start -> run; then type cmd
  3. On shell write: netsh -c interface dump > c:/windows/system32/homesettings.txt
    the path is optional, you save this as you want, and also the name of file (homenetwork.txt) can be different.
  4. Now you can setup a different netrwok, like the first profile, and repeat the point 3.
  5. On you Desktop, in a free area, click on right button of mouse and choose new -> link
  6. write: %windir%\system32\netsh.exe -f c:\windows\system32\homesettings.txt
  7. Next write the name of link that appear as title of icon, eg: home
  8. Repeat the step 6 and 7 for other network, change the name of txt in step six… 🙂
  9. you are ready, if you want, you can change the two new icons on desktop, with right button, properties, change icon (the default icon file is c:/windows/system32/shell32.dll).

Now when you are at home put a double click, wait few seconds the windows disappear and you are ready.


Fast Disk Cleanup

March 31, 2006

Many of my friends asked me how to speed up the disk cleanup dialog as it takes long time to analyze compressed files.I was also facing same problem. Acc to me the problem is processor specific as mostly ppl having intel processors were facing the problem. I searched internet and came to know about this: 

Open registry editor (regedit.exe)
go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches  and remove the key Compressed files.
Restart your computer and you are done with it .
Next time when you start disk cleanup utility it won't stuck at compressed files , as it will skip checking for compressed files.

PS: make sure that you backup your registry by exporting the key before deleting it .


Speed up .. menu delays … share listing.

February 10, 2006

Menu Delays:

This is a  minor and easy tweak to remove any delay from menus sliding out. For this you will need to use regedit (open regedit by going to Start -> Run…, then typing ‘regedit’ and pressing enter). The key you need to change is located in HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop. The actual key is called MenuShowDelay – all you have to do is change the value to 0. Remember, you will have to re-boot your computer for this tweak to take effect.

GPEDIT.MSC And Autoplay

A great tweaking file that comes with XP is gpedit.msc. Go to Start -> Run… and then type in ‘gpedit.msc’ and press enter. This is effectively the Policies Editor, and it comes in handy often. For example, if you hate CD autoplay like I do and want to permanently disable it, you can use this tool to do so. Just run gpedit.msc, then go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System. In here you can see the value ‘Turn Off Autoplay’. Right-click on it and then click ‘Properties’.

Speeding Up Share Viewing:

Tired of waiting to view the shares on other computers..this is a great tweak 4 u then. Basically, when you connect to another computer with Windows XP, it checks for any Scheduled tasks on that computer – a fairly useless task, but one that can add up to 30 seconds of waiting on the other end – not good! Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to disable this process. First, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace in the Registry. Below that, there should be a key called {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}. Just delete this, and after a restart, Windows will no longer check for scheduled tasks – mucho performance improvement!
PS: The author won’t be responsible for any crashing or misbehaviour of ur PC once you change your registry settings. It is highly advisable to backup your registry before making any changes.

Welcome .. all Windows Fanatics

February 10, 2006

Hello ppl!
This blog belongs to all the windows os lover. Here you’ll get to know about real tweaks n tricks which will make your os faster and reliable. Though there are many blogs which usually are for open source or other operating systems. This blog is an attempt to make a strong and active community of all microsoft operating system lovers.
You are free to post comments or give better suggestions