Archive for the 'Registry Tips & Tweaks' Category

How To Change the Registered Owner and/or Organization of your Computer

If you have obtained a computer from someone else or a company then you can change the Registered Owner or Organization name to your own.

Many computer users who have written into us have stated that they inherited or purchased a second hand computer from someone else or on discount via eBay or online computer company. Some of the systems range from refurbished models to slightly used PCs that were returned to the store without any damages. Among the messages that we received users wanted to know how to change the registered owner or organization listed on the computer.

Each PC, upon installation of Windows, asks that you enter your name or company name fore registration of Windows or for indentifying the ownership of a certain computer. If you ever wondered how you change the “Registered to” name or company then we will explain to you how to do this through editing a registry entry.

How To Speed Up Your Broadband Cable Modem or DSL Connection

Ever wondered if you are able to speed up your internet connection for free?

Many computer users have faced the issue of slow network performance or slow internet connection speeds. What if you were able to speed up your connection without paying for additional internet provider services? What if you are able to speed up your current internet connection through a few registry tweaking steps? Well, today is your lucky day because we will demonstrate one way of speeding up your internet connection through a simple registry tweak.

How to Disable Desktop Cleanup Wizard

Stop the Desktop Cleanup Wizard from popping up every 60 days in Windows.

Do you get the annoying message on your Windows machine to cleanup unused desktop items and shortcuts? Is this something that you do not want to normally perform as often as Windows wants too?

You can disable the desktop cleanup wizard function with a registry tweak. Many times we have items on our desktop that we do not use often but it does not necessarily mean that you want to remove them from your desktop. This will prevent the desktop cleanup wizard from prompting you to remove any unused desktop and shortcut items automatically if you were to give the wizard permission.

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Change Your Bandwidth Reserve Setting

Want to speed up your connection speed on your computer?

Windows XP reserves about 20% of your bandwidth for Quality Of Service or QoS traffic. This type of traffic is not necessary at all times and you can utilize this 20% that Windows uses and re-route this extra bandwidth to your primary connection or services. Performing this tweak will yield a faster connection due to freeing up an extra 20% of bandwidth.

Memory Tweak: Speed up the way your computer handles RAM

Do you want speed up your computer by fine tuning your systems memory management?

Windows memory management is usually handled automatically but sometimes this leaves your system thirsty for resources due to the misplacement of used and available memory. Did you know that you can edit the way your system handles the memory and possibly speed up your systems processes? Through a registry editing process you can setup your system to keep data in memory instead of paging sections of the RAM to the hard drive. This process may speed up the performance of your computer.

Disable Warnings on Startup

Stop warning message popups when you startup your PC

(applies to Windows 2000 and Windows XP)

Do you get a warning message every time you startup your computer? The warning message may be from a program that you uninstalled but it is still attempting to run. Maybe you uninstalled a hardware device and your system is still looking for that device giving you an error message when your PC starts up. You can stop the error messages by following the registry edit steps below.

Automatically Run Inserted CD-ROM’s and DVD’s

When you insert a CD or DVD into your drive does it run Automatically or wait for your actions?

You can change the settings in your registry to automatically run CD’s or DVD when they are inserted in a CD or DVD drive on your PC. The steps below will assist you in changing this setting in your system’s registry.

Change the Mailbox New Mail Message Sound Setting

Customize your Default New Mail Notification Sound Setting

The bland New Mail Message Sound has become very old and users want to change it to something more personalized. If you are not able to specify the sound you want when a new message is received you must edit the registry value for a new message. If your control panel sound setting for a new message no longer registers the sound file it is set for you can follow the steps below to get it working again.

Stop Windows from automatically rebooting after a Windows Update

Does your PC automatically reboot after a Windows Update was installed?

Windows Update may automatically reboot your system after the Windows Update has installed. This may be an annoying function when your Windows Updates are set to automatically download and install causing your system to reboot each time. To stop this from happening you can follow the steps below.

Your Windows Registry Explained

What is the Windows Registry?

The Windows Registry is a grouped database storing all of the Window’s Operating System settings, preferences, and hardware configurations. The Windows Registry also referred to as the Registry, is constructed in a hierarchy database. Any software installed on a system will reference the Registry for it’s specified settings for operation. The understanding of the Windows Registry in depth can be complex.

A down to earth overview of the Windows Registry

Without the Registry Windows would not function and your system would be a big paper weight. The Windows Operating System and all software applications constantly reference back to the registry for basic functions. Think of the Registry as a infinite customization tool for your computer. It stores the key to changing the settings to just about any customizable function within reason of installed software. You can’t change a programs over-all functionality with the registry but you can certainly manipulate the basic functions and behavior of a given program.

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