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8.3 DOS Namen Unterstützung abschalten
In case you are still using 16-bit DOS applications the NTFS filesystem also creates DOS compatible 8.3 filenames (e.g. DOSNAMEX.TXT) 8 characters before and 3 behind the dot. Thou since most people aren't using any DOS applications anymore this is only a waste of resources so you should disable it.

Disable adminsistrative shares
Here you can disable the default administrative shares e.g. IPC$. You should absolutely do this!

Disable AutoRun of all drives
When connecting removable media like floppy, CD, DVD or a USB flash drive the installation utility automatically gets started. Here you can disable this functionality. This prevents some sorts of viruses and rootkits contained on sold DVDs (according to German Press)

Disable auto-reboot after system crash
After a serious system-failure Windows XP automatically reboots. For troubleshooting you should disable this function so Windows won't reboot but show you a \"Blue Screen\" containing a useful error message.

Auslagern von ausführbaren Dateien deaktivieren
Normally executable files get cached in the pagefile. By disabling this they only get loaded into the RAM which might result in performance increasements.

Disable baloontips
Windows tries to help you with annoying yellow balloons containing more or less useful information. But since they might only annoy you disable them here.

Disable bandwidth reservation
Windows offers programs to reserve bandwidth only for themselves. By default up to 20 percent. If you disable this the bandwidth will be shared by process priority more or less equal.

Always show file extensions
Almost every file has an file extension e.g.. *.jpg or *.exe. Those are hidden by default. If you want to see them just click here.

Enable boot-defrag"
If you enable this, Windows automatically defragments file it's using during startup to decrease boot time. It only does this when you're idle for 10 minutes.

Add "give me a shell!" to Explorer-menu
You can open the Explorer-menu by right clicking. If you do this on a folder icon with this function enabled there will be an entry "Give me a shell!" which let's you open a command prompt

Disable Error-reporting
Windows automatically creates an error-report when an application crashes and wants to send it to Microsoft. Here you can prevent this. If you also desire that no error reports get created at all please disable the error-reporting service in the service field in this tool.

"Shared Files" not for network use
By default Windows shares the folder "Shared Data" on a network. If you're not using this folder you should disable it.

Disable User-Tracking
Windows automatically collects data about how often you use various applications and tries to arrange the Start menu at your needs.

Disable recent documents history
By default Windows saves which files you have been using. You can view this list at Start->Documents. If you don't want this data to be collected you can disable it here. (Thou the OpenSaveMRU isn't affected by this)

Disable Messenger start with Outlook
When starting Outlook (Express) the Windows Messenger launches automatically. If you don't like this behaviour you can disable it here.

Uninstall Messenger (Careful! no undo!)
If you are not using Windows Messenger you can uninstall it here. This option is hidden by Microsoft by default. CAREFUL: Windows Messenger cannot be installed out of this tool again!

Disable NTFS LastAccess time stamp
The NTFS filesystem automatically saves the last access time in kinda "invisible stamp". This results in longer read/write delays so you should disable it.

Enable Num Lock key on Startup-Screen
If you prefer typing in your password on the numeric block (right hand on your keyboard) but are disturbed that you have to press the NumLock key first in order to be able to use it you can automatically enable it at boot here.

Disable searching online for device drivers
Microsoft Windows wants to search online for a driver if you connect a new hardware-device to your computer. Even if no Internet-connection is present. Thats getting on my nerves. Really. Also you rarely get recent drivers but only old ones or even none. If you disable this you get directly to the screen to select the driver manually or let CD/DVD drives scanned for it automatically .

Disable Registration Wizard Control
The Registration Wizard Control uses two files: licdll.dll and regwizc.dll. These are required to activate Windows and install Service Packs. So if you plan to install a new Service Pack or don't have you Windows copy activated already you should not disable this. CAREFUL: Should you be planning any hardware changes in your computer you have to re-enable this because Windows has to be reactivated then and you won't be able to log on if this is disabled!

Open Start-Menu faster
The Start-menu gets opened after a delay of 400ms by default. If this is to long for you you can decrease this time to 0ms here.

Stop limiting TCP/IP connections
Since Service Pack 2 (SP2) the maximum number of unknown TCP connections has been limited to offer a better protection against worms and viruses. If you have applications that require a big number of connections you can disable this here. NOTE: This key is no solution for Event-ID 4226!

Don't warn at low disk space
If one of your hard disk reaches the lower end of capacity Windows continuously informs you. You can disable this annoying message here.

Disable clock synchronisation via Internet
The Windows clock automatically syncs itself with timeservers on the Internet. This might be abused in war situations to transmit you a wrong time. If you don't need a clock that goes right every microsecond you can disable it here.

Disable video preview
The Explorer shows a preview picture when you click on a video file. However these preview pictures will be created for every single video file inside a folder when opening it. This really decreases performance, and if you have any corrupt media files it will lead to a crash of the Explorer. This function will unregister the shmedia.dll which does this.

Disable Windows Script Host
The Windows Script Host (WSH) offers the ability to execute VBS scripts. If you don't need this function you should consider disabling it because then many viruses e.g. the \"I love you\"-virus won't work anymore.

Disable Windows ZIP function
Windows XP offers you the ability to create or extract compressed ZIP archives. In the past there have been reported vulnerabilities in this implementation. Therefore I recommend to disable this function and use an other free archiver (e.g 7-Zip).