WINDOWS 9X CUSTOMIZATION TIPS
Disclaimer - The actions to perform the hints in these documents reflect the steps you would take to accomplish the action in Microsoft Windows 98. The steps vary slightly for Windows 95, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Microsoft seems to change the location of these tools with each operating system.
Editing the registry is for those that KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. Guardian Geek takes no responsibility should you decide to edit the registry and screw things up.
RESIZING ICONS AND THEIR SPACING
To resize icons, or how far they're placed apart, do the following:
Right-click on the Desktop and choose Properties
Select the Appearance tab.
In the Items listbox find Icon, Icon Spacing(Horizontal), Icon Spacing(Vertical) and choose the sizes from the Size box.
ADDING PROGRAMS TO THE 'SEND TO' MENU
To add programs to the Send To menu in Explorer, you'll have to create shortcuts to the programs in the C :\Windows\SendTo folder. For example, to add Notepad to the menu, do the Following:Select the Windows\SendTo folder in Explorer
Open the File menu, choose New > Shortcut.
Click on the Browse button, and find Notepad.exe in your Windows directory.
Click Open, then Next > Finish, and you'll have Notepad in your Send To Menu.
Editing the Registry
This is the key to Windows 98. The registry is the vital information Windows needs and is the best place to optimize or customize almost anything in the whole OS. By all means it would be to your best advantage to learn about your registry and play around in registry editor (regedit.exe). Here are some tips, but please, use them wisely and make sure you know what you are doing first:
First do this: Hit Control-Alt-Delete and see what programs come up. If there are any you don't want go to the registry to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Select the program and delete it (ALWAYS Back up your registry first, using registry backer (scanregw.exe) or 'Export Registry' in Regedit)
If you feel pretty safe, or you back up your registry/hard drive often, you can decrease your boot up time by removing the line: [ C:\Windows\Scanregw.exe /autorun ] in the same key location as above. That's what backs up your registry and then compresses it each time you start Windows which makes for unwanted delay.
BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR REGISTRY. You may accidentally remove something you shouldn't have. If this happens, don't worry, just boot to dos and import your backed up registry using regedit.exe in dos.
Look around, you can customize anything you want basically try different variables, you may come up with something you like.
Instead of hacking the registry, you can also try: Start > Run , type msconfig, go to the Startup Tab and remove unwanted entries.
CUSTOM EXPLORER COMMANDS (PKzip, ARJ... )
In Explorer select View menu item > select Folder Options > select File Types tab > highlight Folder > hit Edit button > hit New button > as Action, type the action of the dos program you want to use. E.g. "Pkunzip.exe -d *.zip -o" as Program used to perform action, type "pkunzip.exe -d *.zip -o" Click Ok, Ok, Ok, and you will have the option to unzip multiple files in any Folder by right clicking on it.
Note: For this to work you must have the Program 'pkunzip.exe' in a directory in your path statement, so just copy pkunzip.exe into your c:\windows\command\ folder and it's done. Commands for unrar are 'unrar.exe x -r -v -y *.rar' or, 'unrar.exe x -r -v -y *.001' for Arj: 'arj.exe x -r -v -y *.arj' or 'arj.exe x -r -v -y *.001'
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