Windows Default settings. What to change?

  [DELETED] 15:17 25 Nov 2003

Recently built a new XP2400 system only for it to fall flat on its face as the 80Gb hard drive caused Windows to allocate a huge chunk of resourses to temporary Internet files. This made Internet explorer unstable etc.

What other Windows default settings do we need to watch out for apart from the obvious keyboard language, and regional settings.

Think I will publish an idiots guide


  BurrWalnut 15:50 25 Nov 2003

If you're running XP, you could reduce the percentage of space used by the "Bin" and "System Restore".

  [DELETED] 18:23 25 Nov 2003

Any more suggestions anybody?

  [DELETED] 07:06 26 Nov 2003

Page file size. Default is initial 1.5 times amount of RAM, max 3 times RAM - change both values to the same desired amount.

Startup and Recovery - System Failure, untick box for "automatically reboot", so that one can see the error message - you get the BSOD in return.

Folder Options, View tab, untick "Hide file extensions for known file types". This makes things much clearer and will also show "double file extension" type of virus attachments.

OE6, View, Layout, untick show Preview Pane.

OE6, Options, Security, untick "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus". It's a silly protection which is of little use and only gets in the way. Use an updated AV.

Not sure it's the same in XP as in w2k, but DMA on secondary ide channel is not enabled by default by w2k. Device Manager, IDE controllers, secondary ide channel, advanced settings, Transfer Mode for both devices, select DMA if available. If problems occur after enabling DMA, re-select PIO only.

If you have USB2, Device Manager, USB 2 controllers, Advanced, select don't tell me about usb errors (this avoids the "error message" that comes up every time you plug in a USB1 device).

  [DELETED] 16:24 26 Nov 2003


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