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Tweaking your Windows Registry
Last updated on March 09, 2000 by Thomas McGuire - Page 3/9

Restoring up the registry

Click Start, and then Shut Down. Select Restart in MS-DOS mode, and then click Ok.

At the MS-DOS prompt, type scanreg /restore & hit enter. When you do so, you can choose up to five registry backup files listed for you to restore.

When you receive notification that you restored a properly working registry, press ENTER to restart your computer. Following this procedure will restore your registry to its state when you last successfully started your computer.

Every time you restart your computer, the Registry Checker scans your registry, and if it finds a problem, it automatically replaces the damaged registry with the most recent backup copy. By default, registry backups are stored in the Windows\Sysbckup folder as Rb0<nn>.cab files, where <nn> is a number between 00 and 99.

Now that you know how to backup/restore your registry itís time to start editing the registry.

Troubleshooting MS-DOS Compatibility Mode on Hard Disks/Drives

If the Performance tab in System properties (right click on My computer, select Properties) shows that one or more of the hard disks in your computer is using MS-DOS Compatibility mode. MS-DOS compatibility mode may be in use for either the file system or for virtual memory. You may receive the following message:

Compatibility Mode Paging reduces overall system performance

Set the MTU to 1500. Restart your PC then open an MS-DOS prompt once connected to the Internet. Type in ping -f -l xxxx www.yourisp.com. Replace xxxx with number values until you get the message Packet needs to be fragmented by DF set. Use whatever the largest value is before that fragment message & add 28 to it to find your MTU.

Restart for changes to take effect. The error message should be gone now.

Windows Media player DVD playback

This tweak will allow you to play DVD movies using Windows media player. Open [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\Settings], right click in the right pane & select New, String value entitled EnableDVDUI. Give it a value of yes. Restart your PC & insert a DVD disk into your DVD drive, open Media player, click on File & Open DVD. Enjoy. Alternatively, you can download the file here.

Smooth scrolling

Youíll need Microsoft Word 97 to use this. This will enhance the scrolling function in Word. The scrolling will be much smoother than before & you can pull up & down on the sidebar & actually see where you are going, before you had to release the bar to move to the location. Unzip this file & double click the file within, it'll ask to add the data to your registry, click Yes/Ok & it'll confirm the data has been added.

 


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