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Bitmap as icons
You can preview bitmaps (.BMP files) as icons in Explorer
instead of the default icon of the application it is associated
with. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_ CLASSES_ROOT\Paint.Picture\DefaultIcon.
Double-click the Default string and change it's value to '%1'
(without quotes). Close the Registry Editor and restart windows.
Window and menu Animations
One of the desktop enhancements built into windows is the
animation displayed when you minimize and maximize windows
or when displaying menus. Disabling this makes navigating
Windows a lot faster. Open the Desktop Properties dialog by
right-clicking any blank area of the desktop and clicking
on Properties. Disable Animate windows, menus and lists form
the Effects tab.
Smooth Screen Fonts
You may find that the fonts in your Internet Explorer and
other windows seem jagged as you increase the font size. To
make them smooth and thus, beautiful.
Right-click anywhere on the
free space of the Desktop and click properties
Select the Effects tab from the Display
In the Visual effects
frame, enable Smooth edges of screen fonts
Change the Refresh rate of your Graphics Adapter
Refresh rate of your monitor determines how fast the screen
if updated. Generally, the higher refresh rate monitor can support,
the better. Optimum refresh rates can be set manually for a
flicker-free display. If Windows hasn't already configured it.
Right-click on the Desktop, click on Properties and open Settings
> Advanced > Adapter. Depending on your graphics card
and monitor, you will get different choice for the refresh rate.
Click on Apply after setting the appropriate refresh rate. Click
through the warning message to change the refresh rate. If,
for some reason the display becomes garbled, don't do anything,
Windows will restore the original refresh rate.
Speed-up your connecting time
To speed-up the time it takes for Dial Up Networking to establish
a connection with your ISP:
Open Dial-Up Networking.
Right-click your connection
and choose Properties.
On the server types tab,
under Advanced Options, make sure that the check-box for Log
on to network is unchecked.
Under Allowed network
protocols select only TCP/IP and uncheck NetBEUI & IPX/SPX