Apr 012008
 


MAC-Address is the hardware Network Address for the NIC which is unique for the system. However, there may be time when you need to change the MAC-Address for administrative purpose on a network. Some of the device drivers come with an option to change it from the device properties but not all (like my Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet Driver). For those who do not have the luxury of changing the MAC-Address from the device properties there is a way to do this  by editing the Windows Registry.

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Mar 252008
 


One of the features introduced in Windows XP is called Prefetch wherein Windows caches the boot files and the most recently used application files so as to make Booting the system faster and load the previously loaded applications faster for the simple reason its been cached.

Windows XP prefetch in my words is a “Good Bad & Ugly” all packed into one. While definite advantage is that the system boot time and previously accessed applications faster, the downside is that the feature can clog the cache in itself with those unused programs and you do not have to wait for Windows loading all those application files which you may not used this time (say used watched DVD on a DVD player software and this morning all you need is to check a few word files).

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Mar 252008
 


In Windows XP, by default there is a delay in displaying the Start Menu when you click the Start Menu. This is a delay induced by purpose to allow Mouse Response times. However, the default delay time might just prove a bit too long and make you feel Windows is slow.

To speed up the Windows Start Menu, edit the value of the Registry Key and set a lower valus which suits your need. Beware, setting it to “0″ will be too quick for your mouse to respond.

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Mar 172008
 
Mar 172008
 


Sometimes when you log into the Windows XP or Windows 2000, you may see the System32 folder opening up at the startup. This could be due to an incomplete or an invalid entry in the Windows Startup registry key. This could be for example a null value (“”) or a string value with only one quotes (“).

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