23
May
2008

The best Windows Vista hacks…I meant Tweaks

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vistaA couple of days ago I was surfing in the Internet looking for some real Vista hacks to apply to my ORIGINAL Windows Vista, just for fun and improve my wonderful operating system a little bit. To my surprise I found out that there are a lot of fake hacks in the web and a lot, really a lot of junk. I mean: clicking on Computer, right click on C: , click on property and tick off “Compress this drive to save disk space” should be well known to everybody and should not be marked as “Hack”, right? On a lot of website instead this little, silly feature is sold as a big hack most of people don’t know about! I mean, are all users real noobs or what? That’s why, apart from inviting you to read this guide of mine, I want to report some real hack people should know. Be sure, they are hacks and not regular features dressed in something else to make them look more appealing! By the way, I used the word hack. But I really don’t like it. Nothing here has to do with hackers or with irregular procedures. They are simple tweaks not to activate or get something for free (and illegally possibly), but just to improve and make your Windows Vista a little sexier.

Enable Aero in Home Basic

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run…
  3. Type Regedit
  4. Find this path: HKEY_Current_User/Software/Microsoft/Windows/DWM/
  5. Put these values to these keys: Composition = 1 , CompositionPolicy = 2
  6. Close the window, turn off and on the computer to apply the changes.
  7. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories.
  8. Open Command Prompt
  9. On Command Prompt, run as administrator the following commands: net stop uxsms , net start uxsms

Enable New Boot screen in Vista

  1. Click on the start orb and type in “MSCONFIG” in the textbox.
  2. Once the System Configuration tool loads, click on the Boot tab.
  3. Under Boot Options check ‘NO GUI Boot’.
  4. Reboot.

Create a Shortcut for Flip 3D

  1. Right click on your desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
  2. Copy and paste “RunDll32 DwmApi #105” into the location box and hit Next.
  3. Enter in a name for your shortcut and hit Finish.
  4. Copy/Cut and Paste your new shortcut where ever you want.

Source: WinMatrix.com

Prevent Windows Vista from checking the space on your hard disk to speed up the Operative System.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run…
  3. Type Regedit
  4. Find this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
  5. Right click and create a New Key.
  6. Give the key this name: Explorer.
  7. In the Explorer key, right-click in the right pane and click New DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  8. Name the DWORD NoLowDiskSpaceChecks.
  9. Right-click the new DWORD and click Modify.
  10. Set the value to 1.
  11. Click OK
  12. Turn off and on the computer to apply the changes.

Disable the NTFS habit to create 8.3 versions of filenames for backward compatibility.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run…
  3. Find this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
  4. Find this DWORD: NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation.
  5. Change the value to 1.
  6. Click OK
  7. Turn off and on the computer to apply the changes.



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