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Tweaking your system startup/booting

Windows 2000

Click on Start, Run, type in boot.ini & hit Enter (Should this fail manually locate & open the boot.ini in your bootable partition).

Find the line with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional in it. It should appear something like this - multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect.

To disable the logo add the following command to it /noguiboot. A space should be left before adding this in, i.e. after modifying that entry it should appear as follows (Or similar) multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect /noguiboot. NOTE - This will also disable any error messages from appearing while loading Windows 2000 also, e.g. if a Hardware device causes a STOP error you will not be able to see what is causing it.

 

Windows 2k/XP

Click on Start, Run type in msconfig & hit Enter. Now select the BOOT.INI tab. This tab contains a few bootup minimizing options.

Timeout. This setting specifies how many seconds a list of Operating Systems are displayed before loading the default one. This setting is only of any use if you are Dual-Booting (Or greater) Windows XP with some other Operating System & have XP selected as the default Operating System to load. Reduce/Increase this value as you feel appropriate.

/NOGUIBOOT. Ticking this option will disable displaying the Windows XP logo during bootup, which should improve loading time slightly, which is highly recommended. NOTE - This will also disable any error messages from appearing while loading Windows, e.g. if a Hardware device causes a STOP error you will not be able to see what is causing it.

You should ignore the Services tab. Should you wish to not have Services loading then check the Windows XP Services Guide for more detailed information.

Now select the Startup tab.

For optimal bootup time Untick all unnecessary items listed here.

A good listing of Programs that may appear here can be found at this page. This should help you decide on what else you can Untick if you arenít too sure about some of them. Once you have finished this select Apply then hit Ok. You will need to Reboot your system for any changes to take effect.

To remove disabled items completely from msconfig, click on Start, Run, type in regedit & hit Enter. Open the following registry key, [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg\]. Expanding the startupreg folder will reveal a further listing of folders which will be named after items in the System Configuration Utility.

Deleting these folders will remove the item altogether from being displayed (& also disable the Msconfig reminder appearing after Windows XP has loaded). You should do this only after you have verified you donít require the item to be launched during Startup.

 



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