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Tips & Tricks for Windows Operating Systems.
Enable or disable Scandisk/Chkdsk on system reboot
If you disable the automatic execution of Scandisk (Win98, ME) or Chkdsk (Win2K, XP), you should run it manually about every two weeks to maintain the integrity of your PC's file system
Start>Run>chkntfs /x <drive> [drive] [drive]
For example, if you want to disable Chkdsk from running on drive C: chkntfs /x c:
Chkntfs works by modifying the BootExecute value in the Registry.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\ CURRENTCONTROLSET\ CONTROL\Session Manager
The default value is BootExecute: REG_MULTI_SZ:autocheck autochk *
Chkdsk /f /r is unaffected by chkntfs and can be run to check volumes manually on the next system reboot.
Advanced>Disable Scandisk after
bad shutdown Win98:
If you prefer to play with the Msdos. sys file:
Add AutoScan=0 to the [Options] section.
WinMe: If you prefer to play with the Registry:
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ System\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\FileSystem]
Value Name: DisableScandiskOnBoot
Data Type: REG_BINARY
Value Data: 01
Warm boot (9x)
Go to the Start Menu and click on shut down. Then make sure that in the selection box the Restart option is selected, then hold down the shift key and press Restart.
Restart the computer from a shortcut
c:\windows\rundll.exe user.exe, exitwindowsexec
c:\windows\rundll.exe shell32.dll, SHExitWindowsEX 2
Control Panel>Power Options>APM
Check Enable Advanced Power Management support
Msconfig>Advanced>Disable Fast Shutdown.
The exit windows .wav file can also cause this.
If your computer still won't shut down properly, check this page.
Run programs at shutdown
The start command allows you to run DOS and Windows
programs from a batch file. The /w switch allows the
program to finish running before the next program starts
running. For example, if you want to run scandisk before
shutting down, you need the following batch file: @echo
off start /w
c:\windows\ scandskw.exe /a /n start c:\windows\rundll32.exec: \windows\system\ shell32.dll,shexitwindowsex 1
Create a shortcut to your batch file, then click it when you want to shutdown.
Shut down programs when shutting down windows
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop] Create the string value AutoEndTasks, value = 1. Reboot.
If a directory is left open at shutdown, and is
deleted from DOS, and Windows is no longer saving
Explorer folder settings, you will get a message about
an invalid directory when you boot up. Simply re-enable
the save option and reboot.
(TweakUI's Explorer tab). You can also get this message if a reference to a non-existent folder exists in the startup folder, or is referenced in the registry. Check startup with msconfig. If that reveals nothing, search the registry for the folder name and delete the entries.
Change Windows Logo (9x)
Win9x logo files must be 30x400-256 colors. When
viewed during startup, Windows stretches them to
640x400, so keep that in mind if you're designing your
own logos, else it will throw the aspect ratio off. The
default image is in oi.sys. The startup logo file
(logo.sys) goes in the root directory. If your drive is
compressed, logo.sys needs to be placed in the host
The shutdown logo files go in the windows directory:
The Please Wait logo is in the logow.sys
The Shutdown logo is in the logos.sys
Disable or Enable Windows XP Auto Updates
To modify your autoupdate settings for Windows XP,
use the following steps.
Click on START.
Click on either CONTROL PANEL or SETTINGS, then CONTROL PANEL (depending on how your desktop is configured).
If you are using Category View, click on PERFORMANCE & MAINTENANCE, then the SYSTEM icon.
If you are using Classic View, simply click on SYSTEM.
Click on the AUTOMATIC UPDATES tab.
Click on the KEEP MY COMPUTER UP TO DATE option to either turn on or off autoupdates. If you turn autoupdates on, you will then be able to choose from the three autoupdate options mentioned previously.
Simply click on the radio button next to the option you want to select.
Click on APPLY, and then click on OK.