Speedup windows XP boot

An Old windows installation will never be as fast as a fresh install, but many things can be done to improve the windows XP boot speed.

First you must disable any unneeded services and startup programs.

There are many software that claim to do this but here we do thing Angrybyte style, the Karate (empty handed) style.

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Play a voice welcome on windows logon (No extra software needed!)

Sick of the usual windows Xp logon sound? you can record a voice  welcome with the computer’s voice to replace it!

Follow the steps:

Open the control panel and follow the numbered steps in the picture.

Setting the record device
Setting the record device

then press OK on all opened windows to save.

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Super-hide a file

There are hidden files and super hidden files, hidden files are visible if you select “show hidden files and folders” from the folder options. To see a super-hidden file you will have to select “show hidden files and folders” and deselect “hide protected system files”

Showing super-hidden files
Showing super-hidden files

To super-hide a file do the following:

If you are familiar with DOS skip the first 5 steps and just DOS browse to the folder with the files to be hidden.

  1. right click the folder with the files to be hidden and select new->shortcut
  2. in the shortcut location type “cmd” , press next then finish.
  3. right click the created file and select properties
  4. empty the field start in. and press OK.
  5. start the created file.
  6. in the black screen type

attrib *.* +h +s +r       To hide all files


attrib *.txt +h +s +r     To hide all .txt files.

Later, to unhide the files open the created file and type

attrib *.* -h -s -r

Thats all.

Feel free to comment if anything goes wrong

Show a custom image in a folder’s background

Have you ever seen a flash disk, CD or just any folder that looks like this?

A USB Flash disk with a backgroud image
A USB Flash disk with a backgroud image

You can easily add a background to your USB flash disk or CD\DVD by following these steps.

1.Select the background you want and place in the folder or drive where you want to see it. rename it to back.jpg

2.In the same location, create a new file and name it desktop.ini

3. write the following code inside desktop.ini and save it

[ExtShellFolderViews] {BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}={BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC} [{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}] IconArea_Image=back.jpg

4.Exit the folder and open it again, and here is your fancy folder. To do this for a cd, burn the picture along with the desktop.ini files to the cd\dvd root.

One last thing is the choice of picture, what do you think is the best theme for a flash disc? Me I would go for some 3D images, maybe some games artworks ? what about you?