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Windows XP Hacks
By Preston Gralla
February 2005
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More Power: Registry Hacks to Speed Up XP
Put your Registry-hacking knowledge to good use: hack your way to running Windows XP at top speed
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Creating and marketing tuning and customization utilities for the Windows XP operating system is quickly becoming big business. A Google search will turn up hundreds of sites and programs dedicated to tweaking Windows XP. But no matter what type of interface is developed to make system tweaking easier and safer for the average user, the end result is that the changes are reflected in XP by modifying the Registry. For some people, commercial tweaking utilities might be the method of choice, but with a few precautions and safeguards it's possible to enhance system performance using only those tools supplied with Windows XP.

As you learned in Chapter 7, you can use the Registry Editor to edit the Registry. Make sure you take the precautions outlined in that chapter and back up your Registry , no matter how comfortable you are editing the thing.

No single tweak is going to take an ancient PC and turn it into a gamer's dream machine. It's even unlikely that a number of tweaks will achieve substantial performance gains, but every little bit does help. As long as you keep your expectations realistic, you'll learn something about the Registry and hopefully see a performance increase in the process.


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