Windows Tips Tricks for Win 98

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Here are just a few Tips for Windows 95 /98 that may make your life a little easier by changing some system settings.

You must remember that changing settings in the Registry may prevent Windows from starting, so please take care when making changes.
Always Backup first. Registry tips are only for expert users

Backing up the Registry

In Windows 95 / 98 / XP Home and Proffesional / ME / NT, Click 'START' button, Click 'RUN'
In dialogue box enter 'Regedit' (without quotes).
When Editor has opened, on the Menu Bar, Click 'File' Click 'Export'.
Follow the instructions and enter a file name you wish to export to. Note:- You can Export single registry keys if you want to, this is explained in the regedit help file.
When Editor has opened, on the Menu Bar, Click 'File' Click 'Import' to recall a previously backed up registry file.

REMOVING Programmes From THE ADD/REMOVE Programmes List

Windows 9x-compatible programs should have an Uninstall executable that removes the program from the Windows installation. Uninstall should also remove the program from the list of programs registered as installed in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs list. Sometimes, however, these programs aren't removed properly. In that case, you may wish to remove them from the list manually.
This is achieved by opening the Registry Editor, Regedt.exe, and navigating to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
Now look for the key below this one to find the one that relates to the application to be deleted, highlight it, and press [Delete] to remove it. If you need more information to determine which key to remove, look for the DisplayName value in the keys to match up the value to the entry in the Add/Remove Programs list.
Note: Always Backup your Registry before making any changes.

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CHANGE The Default Windows Install path

For long-term support of your Windows 9x installations, you can save yourself a great deal of time by simply copying the Windows installation files from the CD to your computer's hard drive. These files (mainly .cab files) will take up some disk space--but having them available on your hard drive can save you a lot of time and pain later.
You may also want to change the path where Windows looks for the files you've copied. If you don't, Windows will ask you for the path each time you use the files to add new components to the installation.
To change the path, start Regedt.exe from the Run dialog box and navigate down to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup
In the right-hand pane you'll find the SourcePath value. Double-click this entry and enter the path to the files you copied. Verify your changes as OK and exit the Registry Editor.
Note: Always Backup your Registry before making any changes.

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Putting Control Panel in the Quick Launch Tool bar

Right-click the desktop and choose New|Folder. Name the folder:-
ControlPanel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
exactly as you see it above. The best way to do this is to copy the name from this document and then paste it into the new folder name.
At this point, the new Control Panel will appear on your desktop. All you have to do now is use the right mouse button to drag the folder to the Quick Launch bar. When the menu opens, choose Move Here.

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Change default Search Engine in Explorer

To change the default Web search engine that IE 4 opens when you select Find|On the Internet from the Start menu, run Regedit and go to :-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Double-click on SearchPage and enter the URL of the new search engine in the Value Data box.

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Retrieve Seriel Number

Usually, your Microsoft applications Product key come printed on the jewel box. In case you have accidentally threw it away, you won't be able to install the application again for losing the CD key.
Open up the registry editor and scroll to :
- MS Windows 95/98:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProductID
- MS Windows NT:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductID
- MS Internet Explorer 4:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ProductID
- MS Plus!:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft
Plus!\Plus!\Registration\ProductID
- MS Plus! for Kids:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Kids\Kids Plus!\Registration\ProductID

After finding the key you want, write it down on the other surface of the CD-ROM with permanent ink to prevent yourself from forgetting it again.

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Customize Outlook Express Tile Bar

If you are really mad about changing the title caption on OE's title bar, open up the registry editor and scroll to:-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
Create a new string value on the right-pane named WindowTitle . Change the value to the new name for the title caption. Restart to take effect.

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Customize Internet Explorer Tile Bar

Want to change IE's title caption as well? Open up the registry editor and scroll to :-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Create a new string value on the right-pane named Window Title ( note that there is a space between "Window" and "Title" unlike OE which doesn't have a space in between ). Change the value to the new name for the title caption. Restart to take effect.

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FIND Files or Folders

Open Explorer and just press the [F3] key, and the Find dialog box pops up. Even better, Find will take your current folder in Explorer and make it the default starting point for its searches. And because My Computer and the desktop are all part of Explorer, you can press [F3] in My Computer, and all the drives in My Computer become the starting point for searches. You can also search a cluttered desktop by pressing [F3].

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FIND All System Files

In recent tips we suggested editing a single configuration file, System.ini, to solve a simple problem. In addition to System.ini, there are a few other text files that (along with the registry) largely govern the way in which Win9x systems run. If you ever need quick access to these files, you can open all of them simultaneously simply by typing the following command in the Run dialog:
Sysedit.exe

All the files listed below will open in text editor windows within one convenient utility:
* Config.sys
* Autoexec.bat
* System.ini
* Win.ini
* Protocol.ini

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Windows Quick Startup

As Windows starts, wait for the Windows logo screen to appear. Now press and hold [Shift] until Windows has stopped loading. The programs in the StartUp folder will be omitted from the startup procedure, and Windows will consequently load quicker this particular time.
This also works when you insert a CD and you have Autorun enabled.

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Sort Drives by Free Space

If you have got more than 1 drive in your system, then do the following to find quickly which has got the most free space on it.
Open My Computer, right-click on a blank space within the My Computer window, and click Arrange Icons. Now select the By Free Space option.
It's that simple.

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Windows tries to Dial-Up on Startup

The EnableAutoDial key in the registry is a common culprit for this behavior, and this is the setting to check to eliminate the problem. This key can appear more than once in the registry, so open the Regedit.exe program and press [F3] to start a find. Enter EnableAutoDial as the search string.
When the search stops at an instance of the EnableAutoDial key, check whether the value is set to something other than 00 00 00 00 (if a different value appears, that's what's likely triggering Auto Dial). Double-click on the value and enter 0000 (which will actually appear as 00 00 00 00 in the value field). Click OK and press [F3] again to carry on searching the rest of the registry. When all the EnableAutoDial values have been set to 00 00 00 00, reboot the PC and verify that the PC doesn't try to dial up!
Note: Always Backup your Registry before making any changes.

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Quickly Copy Floppies

Open My Computer, right-click the floppy drive icon, and select Copy Disk.
You'll be prompted for the source disk (the disk you want to copy), which Windows will then read. You'll then be prompted to insert the destination disk, which should be a blank, formatted disk. The contents of the source disk will then be read back out to the new disk.
To be safe, you could ensure that you have write-protected the source disk by opening its protection tab so that you can't accidentally overwrite the original.

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INSTALL THE SAME PRINTER TWICE FOR COMMON SETTING CHANGES

If you commonly print to a single physical printer but frequently have to change the properties of the printer to certain settings (e.g., Landscape) for some jobs and then back again for others, why not try this tip and save yourself some time?
1. Simply install the same printer again, using the Add Printer wizard and the same driver.
2. Name this printer with a name to indicate what print job it will be used for (e.g., Epson EPL5700 Landscape).
3. Using the Properties pages, set the alternative properties and OK the changes.
Now, instead of changing the properties each time you need the alternative settings, you just select the alternative printer.

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DIR Long Filenames in DOS

When you use the DIR command in Windows on a folder with long file names, you have to type shortened folder name like :-
dir c:\progra~1 for the folder program files - not any more....... instead type this exactly as it is written down:-
dir "program files"
To go a bit further type this :-
dir /b "program files"
Hope this little tip helps.

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Turn Off Those Animated Menus

If you are forced to run Windows 98 on some elderly and underpowered PCs, you may find that one of the biggest annoyances for the user is the speed at which the user interface, especially the Start menu, reacts to mouse actions. You could try this tip to help speed up this user experience.
1. From the Control Panel, start the Display applet.
2. Click on the Effects tab.
3. Uncheck the Animate Windows, Menus, and Lists option, and click on OK.
Now, rather than scrolling through menus from the Start menu, the menus will snap into place instantly.

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Restart Windows without restarting the whole PC

Sometimes you may want to restart Windows without restarting the whole PC.
Here's one way to do it--right from an icon on your desktop.
Follow these steps:
1. Create a .bat file on your computer with the following line:
@EXIT
2. Create a shortcut on your desktop that references this batch file.
3. Right-click the shortcut and select Properties.
4. Click the Program tab and select the Close On Exit check box.
5. Click Advanced, select MS-DOS Mode, and clear the Warn Before Entering MS-DOS Mode check box.
When you use the shortcut, Windows will restart on its own, without accessing the Start menu or restarting the computer.

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Create ICON file from a BMP file

Raise your hand if you know how to use bitmaps (.bmp files) to create your own custom icons to use on Windows 98-without using any third-party tools! Those of you who didn't extend your hand, read on.
First, select the .bmp file that you want to use as an icon. (For the best results, try to select a .bmp file with a small number of colors.)Now, rename the .bmp file to become an .ico file. Here's how:
* Open Windows Explorer.
* From the View menu, select Options.
* Deselect the 'Hide MS-DOS Extensions For File Types That Are Registered' check box and then click OK.
* Navigate to the .bmp file.
* Right-click the .bmp file, select Rename, and rename the file to a file with an .ico extension.
To use the new icon, right-click any shortcut on the desktop and select Properties. Select Change Icon from the Shortcut tab and navigate to the renamed file. Select the file and approve your changes.
Windows will recognize that this is a bitmap, resize the image as an icon, and reduce the number of colors to 16. Your new icon will now be displayed in place of the old icon.

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Secret Windows Cool icons

Have you wondered why Windows icons looks so dry and boring? You can uncover the windows' secret stash of icons.
Right-click any shortcut and select Properties. Select the Shortcut tab and click on the Advance Settings button. You are now required to type in the full path of where your icon library is situated. The default file is C:\windows\system\shell32.dll.
Try some of these:-
C:\Windows\System\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\Plus!\Microsoft Internet\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Windows\System\cool.dll
Here is a special::-
C:\Windows\System\pifmgr.dll.

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Copying Bookmarks From Netscape To Microsoft Internet Explorer 5+

If you've been using Netscape and now want to use Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or greater, you probably would like to copy your bookmarks to the IE 5 Favorites folder.
You can't just copy them to the folder and expect them to work, though.
What you need to do is get Microsoft Internet Explorer to import those bookmark files for you.
To do this, run IE and choose File|Import and Export. Now just follow the wizard and you'll have access to all those bookmarks in IE 5.

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Changing Your Home Page In Netscape 6

We were asked how to change the default home page in Netscape 6.0. Here's what to do. Run Netscape and choose Edit|Preferences. When the Preferences dialog box opens, look under "Category" and select Navigator. In the Right pane, you'll see Home Page and an entry box labelled "Location." Type in the complete address of your new home page (http etc., etc.) and click OK.

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Blocking Email Messages

Do you consistently get email messages from some commercial site that you really don't want? Have you asked them to take you off the list with no response so far?
If you're using Outlook Express 5.x or 6, you can block these messages and never have to see them again. Just click on the offending message and choose Message|Block Sender.
You'll get a dialog box asking if you want to remove all the current messages from this sender.
Click Yes. You'll get another dialog box informing you that the deed has been done.
Click OK and you're done.

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